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National Weather Service Cautions About Flash Drought

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By: Claire Powell
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Along with the high temperatures and the driest July since 1976, the National Weather Service is concerned with the potential of a flash drought.

Iowa had one of the wettest springs on record, but with little current rainfall, a flash drought is a possibility. 

"In an area that was say experiencing a normal or above normal precipitation and then suddenly switches dry for a couple of months and goes into a drought condition very quickly, that is what we consider to be a flash drought," said Jim Lee, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service.

Lawns that are not being irrigated are becoming brown and crunchy, especially in central Iowa where it hasn't been this dry since 1976.

"We're very dry right now, so far this July has been drier than 2012 which was the biggest drought we've seen in 50 years, so it's getting pretty crunchy out there right now," said Bob Dunn of A Plus Lawn Care.

"But certainly peoples lawns are feeling the effects and the longer we go without rain, the worse it's going to be," said Lee.

The metro areas are still asking their residents to cut back on irrigating their lawns due to high nitrate levels in the water.

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