Abnormally Dry Conditions in East-Central Nebraska
The August 1 Drought Monitor, reflecting data through July 30, showed abnormally dry conditions for an area of east-central Nebraska including Dodge, Washington, Cuming, Burt and some of Stanton and Colfax counties. The High Plains Regional Climate Center reported that the abnormally dry area in Nebraska, as well as in several other areas of the High Plains, was due to short-term precipitation deficits. This is the first week since May 21 when any part of the state map indicated abnormally dry or drought conditions.
In the last year, since July 31, 2018, dry/drought conditions in more than 5% of the state were indicated only eight times, mostly from early February to mid-March 2019 after which heavy rains and flooding occurred in multiple areas of the state. On the Drought Monitor website, you can track the state's weekly drought report back to 2000.