It’s official. Linn County, where I live in eastern Iowa, is no longer in a state of drought according to the U.S. Drought Monitor:
This picture will probably get better as Tuesday was the cutoff for data samples and it has rained across much of the state for the entire week.
The turnaround has been quite nice over the past few weeks as actual rain has fallen with a steady drumbeat. Granted, the rain has also been accompanied by low temperatures so it is making for some miserable days. Take the good with the bad and all.
Actually, I think the cooler temperatures are at play in helping us get out of drought because the soil does not dry out as fast when it is forty degrees versus seventy degrees. Last spring it was ridiculously warm and sunny in March and April. I am talking about seventy degrees and full sun almost every day it seemed like.
That weather trend continued into the summer where it was hot and sunny for many days on end. It ended up that we just baked all summer because the rains did not come.