Recent Improvement in Drought Conditions Across Midwest
· Significant spring-time precipitation removed lingering drought concerns for most areas of the Upper Midwest that have been experiencing drought conditions since summer into the fall of 2021.
· Currently, only 2% of the region is impacted by drought, which is confined to western Iowa. While Iowa has recently seen some drought relief, moderate drought (D1) is still affecting 13% of the state, with severe drought (D2) affecting 2%.
· Current impacts include below-normal streamflow, limited shallow groundwater supplies, and dry soils in western Iowa.
· The region has been in a wet pattern recently, which could mean further improvement to drought conditions in the short term.
· However, the seasonal outlooks for May through July 2022 show a greater chance for hotter and drier conditions in the western portions of the Midwest, which is expected to lead to drought persistence in western Iowa, and could potentially lead to drought development across a majority of Iowa, as well as southern Minnesota and northern Missouri.
· NIDIS and its partners will issue future updates as conditions evolve.
· For more details on the current conditions, view the April 21North Central Climate and Drought Outlook Webinar.
· More local information is available from the following resources: