This may seem like an odd observation, but the ground around my house is squishy. What’s the big deal you ask? Well, considering the state of drought that we were in for most of 2012 it’s damn near a miracle that the ground feels like anything other than concrete. I am just hoping that this precipitation gets locked into the ground and we can have a good warm weather season. If it is another drought year I am going to have a hard time keeping to my planting schedule. Damn you climate change!
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor the trend for my part of the country has been improving and we are only considered “dry” right now. This will improve when the steady rains of the past few days are taken into account for next week’s figures. Check out the 12-week animation:
You can see that the drought conditions in eastern Iowa are relatively persistent, so there are macro conditions to be concerned about. However, when I make the trek out to the compost bin the ground squishes under my boots. It has been a long time since I could say that.
A cool feature of the U.S. Drought Monitor is the ability to view a regional or state level 52 week animation of drought conditions. Check it out. The summer months were just brutal here in Iowa as everything went to deep tan, orange, and red. Ugh!