Following a wet October, shallow groundwater and drought conditions in Iowa improved, according to the latest Water Summary Update from the Iowa DNR.
Despite the wet month, little flooding occurred across the state. DNR Hydrology Resources Coordinator Tim Hall says there are some dry areas in southeastern Iowa, and subsoil moisture has not fully recovered in that part of the state. However, hydrologic conditions across most of Iowa are pretty good headed into the winter.
Iowa recorded the fourth wettest October among 145 years of records with a statewide average precipitation of 5.35 inches, a little more than double the monthly normal of 2.74 inches.