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Water Summary Update: June rainfall an inch below normal

Water Summary Update: June rainfall an inch below normal

  • 7/11/2019 1:42:00 PM
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DES MOINES — After higher amounts of rainfall in May, June rainfall in Iowa was 3.86 inches, or more than an inch below normal for the month, according to the latest Water Summary Update. June is typically the wettest month of the year in Iowa.
Water Summary update

Water Summary update

  • 5/9/2019 2:44:00 PM
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DES MOINES – While most stream flows continue to drop and April had below-average rainfall, the past 12 months set records for the wettest May to April period in Iowa’s history. Surrounding states have also experienced record wet years.
Water Summary Update: Rapid runoff led to historic flooding in March

Water Summary Update: Rapid runoff led to historic flooding in March

  • 4/5/2019 8:00:00 AM
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DES MOINES — Although statewide precipitation was slightly below average in March, a combination of high precipitation in Nebraska, snowmelt and rapid runoff led to historic flooding along the Missouri River, according to the latest Water Summary Update.
Water Summary Update: 2018 second only to 1993 in precipitation

Water Summary Update: 2018 second only to 1993 in precipitation

  • 1/10/2019 2:41:00 PM
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DES MOINES — in 2018, Iowa received 45 inches of rainfall – nearly 10 inches more than normal. That puts 2018 second only to 1993 for average statewide precipitation, according to the year-end Water Summary Update.
Water Summary Update: Dry July for parts of Iowa

Water Summary Update: Dry July for parts of Iowa

  • 8/9/2018 2:16:00 PM
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DES MOINES — Parts of Iowa experienced a very dry July, with Des Moines receiving only 0.38 inches of rain for the entire month, according to the latest Water Summary Update.
Water Summary Update: cool and dry April sets records

Water Summary Update: cool and dry April sets records

  • 5/11/2018 9:09:00 AM
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DES MOINES —As most Iowans noticed, this was an unusual start to spring in April, exceptionally cooler and drier than normal. This April was the coldest on record, and the 13th driest on record, according to the latest Water Summary Update.
Water Summary Update - 2016 in review

Water Summary Update - 2016 in review

  • 1/12/2017 3:39:00 PM
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DES MOINES - Iowa started 2016 with dry conditions but extensive rains in August and September ranked this as the 19th wettest year on record.  
Water Summary Update: 2016 Water Year much wetter than normal

Water Summary Update: 2016 Water Year much wetter than normal

  • 10/11/2016 9:16:00 AM
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DES MOINES— The 2016 Water Year (ending September 30, 2016) brought a statewide average precipitation of almost 45 inches, 9.6 inches more than normal. This ranks as the third wettest water year among 144 years of record.
Water Summary Update: July and August wettest months so far in 2016

Water Summary Update: July and August wettest months so far in 2016

  • 9/1/2016 1:26:00 PM
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July and August have easily been the two wettest months of 2016, and have continued to improve the overall hydrologic condition of the state. The National Drought Monitor has removed areas of moderate drought from Iowa, and less than 6 percent of the state is shown as “abnormally dry” – continuing the improvement that been occurring over the last several weeks.
Water Summary Update - Iowa Remains Drought-Free

Water Summary Update - Iowa Remains Drought-Free

  • 3/10/2016 8:42:00 AM
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DES MOINES—All of Iowa remains drought free, according to the National Drought Monitor, and stream flows remain normal to above normal for about half of the state.
Water Summary Update: 2015 in review

Water Summary Update: 2015 in review

  • 1/14/2016 8:40:00 AM
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2015 started as the driest in the state since 1988, but frequent precipitation in April and May gradually eliminated drought worries by the end of the spring. Precipitation was much more evenly spread out during the year, resulting in frequent, but less pronounced flooding than in other wet years.
Water Summary Update: Conditions Continue to be Drought Free

Water Summary Update: Conditions Continue to be Drought Free

  • 9/4/2015 12:00:00 PM
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DES MOINES — Continued rains have resulted in drought free conditions for the state. Streamflow remains normal to above normal in most areas and groundwater levels are slightly below normal in areas of Dubuque and Winneshiek Counties. However, the overall assessment of the state’s conditions is near-normal.