Latest Drought Monitor Shows Eastern Iowa Abnormally Dry

A new report shows the drought zone in Iowa has greatly expanded.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 70 percent of Iowa is abnormally dry or in some form of drought. A week ago, the report indicated about half of Iowa in those conditions.

Nearly all of the KMCH listening area is abnormally dry, with conditions in eastern Dubuque County normal. The driest areas of the state are in southern Iowa, where they are seeing a moderate to extreme drought.

More than three inches of rain falls, on average, in Iowa during the month of September. So far this month, there are significant sections of the state that have had NO rain.