2nd May - Today's News: Iowa's First Snow-free April Since 1890

Who, what, why: how much rain is needed to ease the drought?   The problem really is the use of the word 'drought' which is usually used to mean a total lack of rainfall rather than, as in this case, a defict in total rainfall over a prolonged period of time.   We'd need a repeat of May, June and July 2007 to fully make up the deficit of the past 18 months, so concerns over water supplies remain.   Indeed, it's even been suggested that another dry winter may mean standpipes in 2013.   I've a feeling we won't have another dry winter though.


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