In Waterloo, there was measurable rain in just six of the 30 days in April for a grand total of only .40". It's the second-least amount of precipitation in the month of April since 1895 in Waterloo. The city averages over 4.5” of rain in April.

The record for least amount of rain in April is .28” in 1942.

Iowa Environmental Mesonet

88% of all April’s since 1895 had at least one day where ½” of rain fell. The most rain that fell in one day in April 2021 was only .21” on April 7th.

Iowa Environmental Mesonet

The lack of precipitation has put most of the state of Iowa into at least one category of drought:


LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America

Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.


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