State Climatologist Says Iowa’s Drought Has Finally Been Busted

Des Moines, Iowa — The latest Iowa Drought Monitor shows there is no sign of drought conditions anywhere in the state.

State Climatologist Justin Glisan says March, April, and May have been particularly wet.

Glisan monitors all nine climate divisions in Iowa.

If there’s a particularly dry and warm stretch this summer, though, this may only be temporary.

However, Glisan says soil moisture levels and stream flows in Iowa are both near or above average right now — and the initial weather outlook for June is above normal.

Glisan says deep underground aquifers do need to be replenished because any water surplus picked up in 2018 and 2019 is gone. The 24-month period of 2018 and 2019 is the wettest two-year stretch in the 152 years that weather data has been recorded.


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