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Heat and rain: What will August bring?


The month of July broke many records across Iowa for heat and lack of rainfall. Unfortunately, the trend doesn't look like it'll change any time soon. The climate prediction center has released its outlook for August. It is forecasting above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation for most of Iowa. The drought is partially to blame for the forecast of above normal temperatures.

"The soils are so dry across Iowa and really all across most of the Midwest. There's very little moisture to evaporate. That evaporation process would be a cooling mechanism but there's no water to evaporate. There's no cooling to take place," said Harry Hillaker, State Climatologist.

Chris Pries, a Pioneer sales associate, has been working with many farmer and this week is helping with the Bremer County Fair. The drought is always a hot topic.

"With the fair going on, you never want to see it rain. But I think if you saw rain this year, you'd see a lot of farmers standing out in the middle of the rain," said Pries.

Pries has started seeing crops dry up and kernels dent due to lack of moisture. With some crops being destroyed across the area, some farmers are beginning to cut them down. But experts say, talk to an adjuster before you take any action.

Pries was also shown the August outlook and he hopes it doesn't come true.

"Beans are made in August so if we can get some timely rain in August, I still feel we have a good chance of getting some fairly decent bean yields. With the outlook of August being dry and hot, corn and beans are going to suffer," Pries said. 

So how long will the drought last? Experts are optimistic.

"Maintaining this level of intensity of drought would be rather unlikely for that to go into 2013," said Hillaker.

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