Welcome to the centralized information hub regarding current drought conditions. Reports from monitoring services & local information on water status or restrictions will be displayed here. Check back often for updated info & sign up for Alert Iowa to receive emergency notifications regarding water system issues.
The county has been placed into the lowest category of drought, ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITION. This trend is fairly consistent for this time of year near harvest, however with low annual precipitation is being closely watched. The next 14-day outlook calls for higher than normal temperatures and a slightly higher than normal chance for precipitation.
The State Drought Working Group met again on September 23rd to provide outlooks and updates on drought status across Iowa. All areas have seen about a one category improvement in drought status. Weather officials have signified that the near term outlook shows possible slightly higher than average temperatures and an equal chance of below or higher than average precipitation chances as we enter a La Nina pattern in the coming months.
Climatologists and Natural Resources personnel expressed keeping a watchful eye over October and November. Soil moisture is low and a dry fall will cause some concern entering spring related to agriculture and water production operations. Officials should have a pretty good direction of potential drought conditions for 2022 by the end of November.
With the current conditions stabilized over a majority of the state, the Drought Working Group will suspend its monthly meetings which will be replaced with monthly situation report updates provided by partners related to water system status and climatology reports/outlooks. This web page will be left active and updated as conditions warrant.
As of 27 July 2021, the western third of Pottawattamie County has been lifted from drought status & the eastern 2/3 of the county had improved to classification D0 (Abnormally Dry) from its previous classification of D1 (Moderate Drought).
This improvement is welcome and came ahead of recent rains throughout the county. Residents are still urged to comply with local water system conservation restrictions or orders that may be in place. See below for water system status updates as they are reported to Emergency Management.
Due to the persistent drought conditions affecting much of the state, a Drought Workgroup convened. Facilitated by Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management, its purpose is to ensure appropriate coordination of issues and information sharing as well as to promote readiness should further actions beyond coordination meetings become necessary.
The workgroup will meet on a monthly basis with stakeholders, barring a significant improvement or worsening of conditions. Meetings include an updates on meteorological and drought conditions, near term forecasts, and round table updates from stakeholders to provide any updates or information relevant to the group as well as raise any issues for discussion or action.
Workgroup participants include:
Additionally, various livestock producer associations (Iowa Beef, Iowa Pork, Iowa Poultry, Turkey Federation, etc.) as well as Rural Water Associations and Municipal Water Utility Associations will be invited to provide insights into challenges/issues being experienced by their members.
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