Weather year to be covered in webinar

     Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at noon about Iowa’s weather in 2020.

     “With 95 to 99 percent of Iowa experiencing abnormal dryness or drought and 57 counties affected by the derecho, most Iowans have been impacted by this year’s wild weather,” said Dr. Justin Glisan, the state climatologist of Iowa.

     During this webinar, Glisan will discuss initial drought formation and expansion across western Iowa, as well as the short and long-term impacts of the drought on the growing season and crop production. Additionally, he will discuss the severe derecho which moved through Iowa on August 10th, producing widespread damage in rural and urban areas, including the extreme drought region in west-central Iowa.

     As state climatologist of Iowa, Glisan’s responsibilities include quality control of Iowa weather observations, weekly recommendations to the U.S. Drought Monitor, and weekly and monthly climate summaries for state stakeholders. Glisan also advises the Secretary of Agriculture on climatological matters that impact the agricultural sector, such as how trends in precipitation and temperature are changing. Iowa’s weather and climate observations, which date back to 1872, help tell the story of Iowa agriculture and how resilient and innovative the state’s farmers are and have been.

     To participate in the live webinar, shortly before 12:00 pm CDT on Sept. 30, go to and enter meeting ID: 364284172.

     The webinar will also be recorded and archived on the ILF website, so that it can be watched at any time. Archived webinars are available at

     A Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit (CEU) has been applied for, for those who are able to participate in the live webinar. Information about how to apply to receive the credit (if approved) will be provided at the end of the live webinar.



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