El Nino strengthens, bringing favorable crop outlook

For the two-month per­iod of March and April combined — the first two of the three months that make up the climatological spring season, temperatures in most of Iowa averaged near to 2 or 3 degrees above normal.

The warmest conditions, compared to normal, were in the western part of the state. Meanwhile in some far eastern locations, this two-month period averaged slightly cooler than normal. Precipitation during this period averaged below normal in most of Iowa, with average departures of 1 to 3 inches below normal in most crop districts. Only the crop districts of west-central and north-central Iowa had average precipitation that was less than 1 inch below normal.

During May, temperatures showed some of the normal...

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