SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) — The latest drought monitor update from the USDA (US Department of Agriculture), NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), CPC (Climate Prediction Center), and the NDMC (National Drought Mitigation Center) is in.
It’s been a very dry open to December. Most areas across Siouxland have received minimal to no precipitation at all this month.
As a result there has also been minimal change to the drought monitor.
This latest update indicates 99.43% of Iowa is at least abnormally dry, an increase of 0.47% from the last update. All other categories also expanded slightly in coverage, with no exceptional drought in Iowa.
In Nebraska and South Dakota, overall drought coverage didn’t change.
Looking at the entire Missouri River Basin, drought coverage increased by 0.95% with abnormally dry conditions expanding while all other drought categories.
Finally, nationally, 55.36% of the United States is at minimum, abnormally dry, seeing a decrease in coverage by 0.41% from the previous update. All other categories of drought also decreased slightly in coverage.
A few minor precipitation chances are on the way, starting with light snow/mix potential for Saturday, however these precipitation chances don’t look to amount to much so drought conditions across Siouxland should remain about the same, potentially seeing some slight change with the next update.