The Ottumwa Courier

August 1, 2013

Rain approaching, but clear weekend ahead

Ottumwa Courier

DES MOINES — Southeast Iowa should see some much-needed rain before what forecasters believe will be a beautiful weekend.

After an unusually wet spring, most of the state has fallen back into a dry pattern reminiscent of last year's drought. The U.S. Drought Monitor places all but the northeastern third of the state in the abnormally dry category, the first level of its drought stage scale, in its report released Thursday.

The report shows a slight worsening of conditions since last week. Changes are significant in the past month. In early July, only a sliver of western Iowa was in any form of drought. Seventy percent of the state is now.

The Des Moines office of the National Weather Service says a more active weather pattern should bring some relief Thursday evening though Friday. The system could bring as much as three-quarters of an inch of rain to areas of southeast Iowa, though most of the rainfall is expected to concentrate in western Iowa. Severe weather is not expected.

Temperatures will remain well below the average for this time of year.