Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 12:26 AM

Drought 2012: Two Months of Summer Rain

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Here is the comprehensive list across of locations across the state and the Upper Midwest with rainfall for the first two months of the Summer 2012 Season. Only 8 out of the 92 sampled in this image are at or above average for rainfall during the Summer Season. The percentages of average have come up slightly in some areas, particularly in Wisconsin and Indiana. South Bend has received quite a bit of rain the last few weeks and they’re not back to average for the summer, but still in serious drought however. Here the percentage of rainfall for the summer is averaging between 16 and 44% of typical summertime rain in the state. Currently Severe to Extreme drought continues over the state. The new drought monitor comes out tomorrow morning, there looks to be a slight increase in the intensity of the drought in our state at this time.

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Jeff Wilcox serves as the Senior Forecaster at the Iowa Weather Network with primary focuses in long term weather operations and climatology. Weather has always fascinated me since I was young. My first memory of weather was back in 1988 during the Mother’s Day Tornado Outbreak in 1988. I can vaguely remember the cold snap the state experienced around Christmas Time in 1983, but was too young to remember that vividly. Growing up in Anamosa since moving there in 1981, I’ve experienced all the weather imaginable from bitter cold in early 1996 to hot and humid weather in 1995 and again in 2012, to floods in 1993, 1999, 2008 and 2013, Droughts in 1988 and 2012. After doing some other website work and other interests which included publishing a novel in 2007, I finally began the Iowa Weather Blog on June 27th 2008, right after the Flood of 2008. I worked it alone for hours on end giving out weather information that I thought was appropriate for those that wanted to know what was going on in their skies and what was to come. I continue to work on the blog along with the Iowa Weather Network which was created back in 2012 and continue to do so to this day.