Lincoln, Nebraska — All of Iowa is now at least considered “abnormally dry,” according to the US Drought Monitor at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Nearly the entire state was at least abnormally dry last week. Three months ago that percentage stood at 62, while over 90 percent of Iowa was abnormally dry at the start of the year.

Drought numbers statewide are virtually the same as last week, with nearly 87 percent of the state in some level of drought. Almost half of the state is experiencing severe drought.

All of Sioux County remains in moderate drought. Most of Lyon and O’Brien Counties are also listed in moderate drought. But about half of Osceola County and a little part of northeast O’Brien County is only termed “abnormally dry.” At least portions of a few surrounding counties are in severe drought including Plymouth and Cherokee.

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