SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Siouxland came into 2021 with a lack of soil moisture due to severe drought conditions throughout 2020. While this year started off near average for moisture, things have dried out over the last month again.
In fact, Siouxland has not seen rain fall since May 30th.
The latest drought monitor has moderate to severe drought for most of the area north of Highway 20 while abnormally dry conditions continue to shift southward into the rest of Siouxland.
There is one solid chance for rain in the forecast.
Late Thursday night into Friday morning, a cold front will sweep through the area and bring the chance for thunderstorms with it.
There will likely be a line of storms moving in from the west, but they will likely be losing strength as they arrive in our area.
At this point, rainfall amounts look to end up in the quarter to half inch range with the higher amounts in western Siouxland. Aside from that, though, there is not much good news.
The hot and sunny weather that we have had lately works to evaporate moisture more quickly and dry us out more.
Aside from the rain chance Thursday night into Friday, that pattern looks to dominate even as we head into the back half of the month.
Temperatures look likely to stay above average:
Precipitation looks likely to end up below average as well:
As you can see, much of the rest of the country (especially in the West and Midwest) is also looking to be stuck in this pattern.
We will need a major pattern shift as we move toward July to avoid another summer crop hampered by severe drought.