Flash Drought

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KIMT NEWS 3 – Most of us have probably heard of flash flooding, but how about flash drought?

It’s a term many are starting to use when a heat wave comes on very quickly, following very wet weather like we saw this Spring.

According to the National Weather Service, parts of Iowa are seeing the dryest July in decades.

But local ag experts say we aren’t seeing this in our area, and compared to last year North Iowa is looking pretty good.

Iowa State Extension Program Director, Rick Pleggenkuhle said, “Our soil reserves are really full. We’re probably sitting at a much better position now than we were last year through the drought. Not saying farmers couldn’t use a little bit of extra moisture to help through the season, because we’ll definitely need that, but right now the soil profile is plenty full for several weeks.”

This type of drought situation is happening mostly in the Des Moines area. It’s only gotten six-hundredths of an inch of rain this month.

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