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There are a multitude of drought indicators available online, but sifting through all of the data can be overwhelming. We have pulled together a few key indicators to give you a sense of the drought status in Cedar Rapids.

Rain Deficit
The rain deficit is the difference between how much rain Cedar Rapids usually gets and how much rain has actually fallen this year. (source)

Departure from Normal Rainfall (Jan. 1–April 1, 2024)
+0.93 inches

Cedar River Flow
The amount of water flowing through the river directly affects the aquifer through which we draw Cedar Rapids' drinking water.  The flow of the river is measured in cubic feet per second (cu ft/s). Learn more about about the relationship between the river and our water supply.

Current River Flow

Median River Flow on this Date

Historic Lowest River 

Flow (1901-2023)

3,440 cu ft/s

6,260 cu ft/s

591 cu ft/s

Last updated 4/2/2023

on 4/2 across recorded years

on 4/2/1934


Drought Intensity Map

The intensity of a drought is captured by combining the following factors:

  • Amount of Rain (or lack thereof)
  • Temperature
  • Duration of the drought

View Current Conditions

(Map last updated: 3/28/2024. source)

Drought Map Image

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