The latest drought monitor showed overall drought and dryness in Iowa deteriorated somewhat in December. Most of the state shows some level of dryness or drought. The area of D3 Extreme Drought expanded into parts of central Iowa, while a small area showing no dryness or drought was introduced in northwest Iowa. December saw areas affected by extreme drought increase from 27 percent of Iowa to 35 percent.
Precipitation for December was 1.79 inches, or 0.42 inches above normal. This marks only the fourth month of 2023 of above-average precipitation. Stations across western, southern and eastern Iowa reported positive departures with the wettest conditions in the northwest and southeast corners. The statewide average snowfall was 1.4 inches, 6.5 inches below normal. Monthly average temperatures were well above normal statewide with the warmest conditions reported across northern Iowa, where departures were nearly 12 degrees warmer than average.