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Drought watch in place with below normal rainfall in May

Drought watch in place with below normal rainfall in May

  • 6/8/2023 3:06:00 PM
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DES MOINES - The state of Iowa faced a dry May with only 2.54 inches of rainfall, which is just over half of its normal rainfall for the month. This lack of rainfall has led to deteriorating conditions in soil moisture and stream flows across the state. Southwest Iowa has been hit the hardest with less than two inches of rain, which is only 35 percent of expected May precipitation. As a result, Iowa's Drought Regions have been rated as "Drought Watch", indicating that at least three indicators in the ...
Water Summary Update: April 2023 - Another dry month

Water Summary Update: April 2023 - Another dry month

  • 5/4/2023 2:25:00 PM
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DES MOINES — Rainfall in April was just over two inches but 1.5 inches below normal for the month. This comes after a drier than normal March. As a result, streamflows are down across much of the state, and conditions are generally deteriorating in the eastern two-thirds of Iowa. While all of the Drought Regions of Iowa are rated as “normal, " downward trends are shown in the state's central, northeastern, and southeastern parts. The US Drought Monitor introduced a small area of moderate drought in so...
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 1:41:00 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.
Heavy Rainfall Closes Shooting Range At Hawkeye Wildlife Area

Heavy Rainfall Closes Shooting Range At Hawkeye Wildlife Area

  • 6/22/2016 1:55:00 PM
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IOWA CITY - The Tim Dorr rifle and handgun range at the Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area is closed after a nearly six inch rainfall Tuesday night damaged the recently completed renovation on the popular shooting range.