DES MOINES, Iowa – It’s still a little too early to call it, but 2014 is shaping up to be an El Niño year.
Grain prices are plummeting on expectations of a bumper crop, and here in Iowa crop conditions on corn and soybeans are both at or above 75 percent good to excellent.
However there’s also been significant flooding in some parts of the state, with 36 percent of topsoil moisture rated surplus across Iowa in the last crop progress report.
State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says just about every watershed in the state flooded at some point throughout the month of June.
He says, “For rainfall: a very wet month. [It was the third] wettest June and 4th wettest of any calendar month. The only wetter Junes were 2010, and 1947. The wettest month of all, for a calendar month, was July of 1993. But, none of those three months were really all that much more than this month, maybe a half inch greater than June of 2014. Preliminary, about 9.94 inches was the statewide average for June. Not quite double the normal, which is 5.02 inches. Still, a very, very wet month.”
Hillaker says looking at the big picture, the floods in June still weren’t comparable to the floods of 1993.