Iowa’s drought monitor map has expanded to include nearly all of the KMCH listening area in northeast Iowa.
The latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows most of northeast and east-central Iowa in the D-0 category, which means conditions are abnormally dry.
It’s the lowest rating on the scale, with a D-4 rating showing conditions of an exceptional drought, though none of Iowa has reached that level yet this year. The highest rating in Iowa includes eleven counties in west-central Iowa, which are now in the D-3 category of an extreme drought.
Only about twenty counties, on the southern and far eastern borders, are in normal territory.