(Atlantic) As the calendar turned to July the rainfall in southwest Iowa came to an abrupt stop.
Just one-tenth of an inch of rain has fallen in the month of July for the Atlantic area and state climatologist Harry Hilaker says many areas of the state and especially southwest Iowa could use a good rain.
“The last few days of June also didn't really bring much rain to speak of. We have to go all teh way back to June 23rd-24th was the last time we had substantial rainfall. Most of the southwest 2/3 of Iowa are basicall in the same ball park.”
That puts southwest Iowa much behind the average rainfall for the month and for the year to date as well.
"Normally by the 18th day of July we would already have three inches of rain by this point in the month, so we've only had about 3% of that. For the year to date we are about 2.8" below normal with virtually all that deficit coming in the month of July.
Hilaker says the good news is the hot and try trend could be over by the end of this week.
"A lot of rain chances coming up starting Friday, although none of them look like sure things. Hopefully one of them could bring us some substantial rain. We'll have to wait and see on that but at least this hotter weather pattern will be gone after another day and it will be much more milder after that.
The DTN Forecast calls for a 30% chance of precipitation on Saturday and 40% on Sunday.