Many outdoor plans for the holiday weekend were washed out by rain, but the moisture was a blessing for drought-frightened farmers. Iowa climatologist Harry Hillaker says at least for the short-term, the drought is over. He says the concerns of farmers have been lessened as we now have adequate topsoil moisture. He says the subsoil moisture could still be a concern.Hillaker says the month of May is still a little below normal for rainfall amounts statewide, but he says the Memorial Day weekend rains made up a lot of ground. He says virtually every part of the state had rains of an inch to an inch and a half.Parts of northern and central Iowa had rain this morning, while Dubuque County reported quarter-inch hail about 5 a-m. Hillaker says the forecast calls for a wet week ahead too.The National Weather Service is calling for at least a chance of rain every day through Saturday.
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