For over a month, drought conditions have remained largely unchanged across south central Iowa. According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor Report, abnormally dry conditions persist across most of south central Iowa, with moderate drought conditions in parts of Warren, Polk, Jasper, and Mahaska Counties.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the 2020 winter outlook, and most of Iowa has equal chances for above or below normal temperatures and precipitation this winter, meaning there is not great confidence in long-term forecasts about the upcoming season.

However, drought conditions are expected to persist in Iowa and even expand through the end of the year, as long term forecasts do not favor above average precipitation trends over the next three months.

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