Iowa’s Wild Weather: Drought on Iowa PBS

Between 2011 and 2014, a drought slowly squeezed moisture, and opportunity, from the Iowa landscape. In 2018, rain showers slowed to a trickle in the state, resulting in a record-setting drought that continues today. Iowa’s Wild Weather: Drought, a new project from Iowa PBS, examines the causes of and responses to the increasing frequency and intensity of droughts in the Midwest. It debuts Wednesday, November 24 at 7 p.m.

Unlike other natural disasters, droughts move slowly, sometimes taking years to take hold and even longer to recede. During that time, they can leave behind long-lasting impacts that have devastating effects on farms and rural communities. Iowa’s Wild Weather: Drought examines the struggles Iowans face as drought conditions dry up rural life and the opportunities that go along with it. The program also examines the history of drought in Iowa, what is being done to protect Iowa’s landscape and how climate change continues to increase the pressure on the state’s environment.

On November 9 at 7 p.m., viewers have an opportunity to join Iowa PBS virtually for a screening of Iowa’s Wild Weather: Drought. Attendees will be able to watch the full program online and join a discussion with Iowa PBS Producer and Director John Torpy and Dr. Justin Gilsan, state climatologist with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Visit for more information. 

Iowa’s Wild Weather: Drought is the first in a multipart series from Iowa PBS. Future episodes include Flooding and Severe Weather, both scheduled to debut in 2022. Support for Iowa’s Wild Weather is provided by the Gilchrist Foundation and the Small and Cousins Charitable Foundation.

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