What a difference a week of rain makes. This was the drought picture for the state of Iowa last week per the U.S. Drought Monitor:
The real dramatic change is how much of the state is out of “extreme” drought. Keep in mind that this picture does not include the rain that we got all through Tuesday night and Wednesday. Things are really wet right now.
How wet? Roads are being closed because water is rushing over them. Streams and creeks have broken their banks and flooded low lying areas. Heck, Coralville Reservoir’s levels are rising to such a level that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had to assuage everyone’s fears about the flood of 2008 happening again.
If the rains keep coming we are going to swing from extreme drought last year to springtime flooding this year. Climate change anyone?