The drought conditions in Iowa have been trending in the right direction recently, as some timely rains have worked to replenish the soil moisture levels. Iowa State Climatologist Dr. Justin Glisan provided an update on the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report for the state.
Glisan said they were expecting this May to be drier than average, but we still received more rain than anticipated.
The weather has been cooperating pretty well for planting season, and Glisan said that should continue this week and allow farmers to finish in the fields.
Later this spring, Glisan said there’s a very high chance that we will transition to an El Nino climate pattern. He added that the El Nino phase can cause some varying weather conditions across the country.