Rain nowhere in sight through middle September

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Since August 1st, eastern Iowa is running 2 to 4 inches of rain below average, further exasperating an already dry summer. The situation doesn’t look to improve through at least a good portion of this month.

As Hurricane Irma moves towards the southeast coast, and possibly inland, our weather pattern will stall. A ridge of high pressure is expected to build in later this week, and remain in place through next week. This means no major system will move through the area, and moisture will be lacking in our atmosphere.

The result will be little to no chances for rain in eastern Iowa for quite some time. Drought conditions in southern and central Iowa will likely worsen.