There’s still drought in Iowa, it’s just in a very small section of the state according to Iowa’s top weather-watcher. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker will deliver a detailed drought report this afternoon to the Governor’s Drought Advisory Council.Hillaker says while most of the state has gotten enough rain to erase drought fears, west central and northwest Iowa haven’t. The extremely dry area in Cherokee, Ida and Sac counties stretches from east of Sioux City to south of Spencer.Hillaker says that area is exceptionally dry — up to a foot below normal rainfall since last fall.Hillaker says everywhere else, things have improved. He says the northeast half of the state is back to normal when it comes to water levels.Hillaker says the most-recent outlook from the National Weather Service is much better than earlier forecasts which predicted hotter and drier weather in August. He says they’re looking at slightly below normal temperatures.The Governor’s Drought Advisory Task Force meets at 1:30 this afternoon.
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