After recent rounds of rain, the drought conditions across the state have improved slightly, but there is still more to go. Last week, 47.13% of the state was in some form of drought. Whereas, only 44.46% of the state is in some form of a drought. While this is moving in the right direction, we will need a few more days of rain to fully improve this.
Compared to this time last year, the drought conditions are much worse this year. Last year at this time, only 5.48% of the state was abnormally dry. The estimated population that needs the rain is roughly 500,000. The good news is that there is a chance of rain by the end of the weekend. The bad news, a heat wave with temperatures near 100, and few rain chances will make conditions worse again.
The thunderstorm chances on Sunday could be strong to severe, so continue to check back to the Iowa Storm Chasing Network on Facebook, Twitter and online at IowaChase.com for the latest updates.