Iowa’s rainfall deficit expands through fall
September was warmer and drier than normal for Iowa, while October continued dry with a mix of warmer and colder-than-average days.
Above normal amounts of rain in September were confined mainly to parts of south-central and southeastern Iowa, while many of the driest locations received less than 1 inch of rainfall. Statewide average precipitation was only around 53% of normal.
Through most of October, precipitation was light in most of the state, with many areas reporting well less than one-half inch. Some greater rainfall occurred later in October, but only in isolated areas.
This weather pattern allowed harvest and other...
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