DROUGHT CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO EXPAND AND WORSEN ACROSS IOWA WHEN THE NEW MAP IS RELEASED THURSDAY FROM THE U-S DROUGHT MONITOR.

THE CONTINUED HOT, DRY WEATHER IS BEING REFLECTED IN RUNOFF PREDICTIONS FOR THE MISSOURI RIVER.

KEVIN GRODE, WITH THE U-S ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS IN OMAHA, SAYS LOWER-THAN-NORMAL RUNOFF HAS PERSISTED SINCE LAST YEAR.


GRODE4 OC……..”RUNOFF SEASON” :17

GRODE SAYS THE CORPS’ OVERALL RUNOFF PREDICTION WILL END UP WELL BELOW NORMAL.

GRODE5 OC………”PERCENT OF AVERAGE” :16

HE SAYS. GRODE SAYS THEY DON’T EXPECT MUCH CHANGE UNTIL PERHAPS NEXT YEAR:

GRODE6 OC……… “CALENDAR YEAR” :12

THE CORPS IS SENDING LETTERS TO WATER USERS ALL ALONG THE RIVER, WARNING THEM OF POSSIBLE PROBLEMS WITH LOW WATER ACCESS.

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