Iowa sees drought improvement
OTTUMWA — Iowa's drought situation improved in the new report from the U.S. Drought Monitor as the map began showing the effects of a rainy couple weeks.
Most of the changes in the map focus on northern Iowa, where the areas that have fallen completely out of drought increased substantially. More than 8 percent of the state is now free of any drought designation and more than a quarter of Iowa rates no higher than abnormally dry, the monitor's least-serious category.
That's all good news, but the worst of the drought didn't shift. A patch in west-central Iowa remains in extreme drought, the monitor's second-highest designation. And most of southeast Iowa remained in severe drought.
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