The weather is going to get more pleasant around here, but with the nice conditions also comes drier weather. And that's not something we need right now. The latest Drought Monitor came out Thursday morning and dry and drought conditions have been expanding across Iowa and other parts of the Midwest.

The worst of it is centered in western Iowa where severe drought conditions exist.

As an example, Carroll, Iowa has only seen 1.44" of rain in July (a month where there's normally over 4 inches). Additionally, the city is behind in precipitation for the year by about TEN inches.

Compare that to Cedar Rapids, which is starting to get dry, but got 4.77" of rain in July (about normal) and is just slightly below normal on rainfall for the year (1.58" below normal).

Unfortunately the next few days won't really support *much* rain. Here's a look at the rainfall totals on the

European model over the next week.