Nearly a full year of drought in southern Iowa

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - Through all the flash flooding, tornado warnings, and high wind of the past five days, one thing still stands strong: southern Iowa drought.

Something that’s been observed over the years is the tendency for a pattern to become stuck, or persistent. Drought tends to breed more drought, and that is no doubt the case for areas south of Interstate 80. In fact, the better part of a year has been characterized by at least moderate drought over portions of far southern Iowa.

Meanwhile, farther north, wet weather continues to be persistent. This part of the state is favored for the rain chance Thursday night into Friday. Little to none will fall south of Interstate 80, unfortunately.