We have experienced quite a turnaround in weather the last four days. Last Sunday August 16 – we were experiencing dry soil, high temperatures and crop stress. After a late Sunday afternoon rain shower of around 0.5 inch – things were looking good.
However, the rain persevered and now as of August 19 – many locations have had 5 to 9 inches of rain. The rate of rainfall was fairly easy so most of the rainfall soaked in. A few small creeks are running full but nothing serious. Areas around Royal, Rossie, Emmetsburg and West Bend received 7 to 9 inches of rain from August 16 to 19.
The US Drought Monitor had much of my area categorized as ‘abnormally dry’. I would expect much of that to change on August 20 when the Drought Monitor is updated. However, the northwest part of my area – which includes parts of Clay, Dickinson, Kossuth and Emmet county received about 2 inches of rain with the recent storms. So those areas may remain ‘abnormally dry’ by the Drought Monitor.