Little Hope for Drought Relief
Some areas of Iowa received rain on Thursday, but it likely wasn’t enough to help Iowa’s deteriorating crop conditions. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says the wettest spring in Iowa history has been followed by an extremely dry summer…
“For some areas — Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Burlington — they’re in record territory. Burlington has only a trace of rain for the whole month of August and Iowa City, just four-hundredths of an inch.”
Cedar Rapids has received roughly six-hundredths of an inch of rain this month. Relatively cool temperatures have been mitigating the effects of the rain deficits, but Hillaker says with hot and dry weather predicted for the rest of August, “our luck has run out.”
High temperatures through much of next week, starting Sunday, are expected in the mid to upper 90s.