Weather Alert

Despite Dry November, Drought Conditions Improve and Stabilize

After a very wet October, November was drier than normal, but Iowa Department of Natural Resources says conditions improved over the month. As winter approaches, conditions have stabilized, according to the most recent Water Summary Update.

Shallow groundwater conditions, as well as soil moisture, are showing improvement. Over September, October and November, precipitation was nearly normal.

Tim Hall, Hydrology Resources Coordinator for the Iowa DNR says there is still time for December rainfall to soak into the ground before widespread soil freezing. Any amount of precipitation will improve conditions for the start of the 2022 spring season.

Streamflow and soil moisture conditions to show improvement, which is a good indicator of potential conditions for the spring of 2022.

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