Nebraska State Climate Office

May 30 Drought Monitor

May Temperatures Well Above Normal Statewide, Heavy Precipitation Hits Western Nebraska

June 14, 2023
May's precipitation led to atypical extremes for both sides of the state, with the western region breaking records for rainfall and eastern areas setting new records for dryness. 

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December 2022 was Stormy and Colder than Normal

February 1, 2023
In addition to below-normal temperatures closing out 2022 in Nebraska, last year also ranks as the fourth-driest on record for the state.

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September Continues Warm, Dry Trend as Drought Worsens

October 25, 2022
September was one of the driest on record for Nebraska, with above-normal temperatures and numerous records set for daily highs in the triple-digits.

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Nebraska has Second-driest August, Third-driest Summer on Record

September 15, 2022
Nebraska experienced the second-driest August on record (0.94 inches), just two years after the driest August on record in 2020 and a mere three years since the wettest on record (5.14 inches in 2019).

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National temperature rankings

Drought Covers 76% of Nebraska by End of July

August 18, 2022
Sustained heat in the high 90s and 100s combined with below-normal precipitation throughout July led to increased drought stress across Nebraska, with severe implications for pasture and sorghum conditions heading into August. 

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Precipitation rankings map

June Ranks in Top 10 Driest on Record for Nebraska

July 15, 2022
Despite numerous severe weather events, June 2022 was Nebraska's seventh driest on record, with 76% of the state in drought.

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Mesonet location map
Due to budgetary constraints, seven weather stations have been closed in 2022, with another nine slated for closure in the coming months. The remaining stations will continue to serve stakeholders in the agricultural industry, observing temperatures, humidity, precipitation, wind and soil conditions, and more.

Budget Woes Lead to Weather Station Closures

July 7, 2022
Seven weather stations have been closed so far in 2022, with another nine slated for closure in the coming months.

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May precip outlook map

April Brings High Winds and Deadly Wildfires

May 12, 2022
Though summer climate trends haven't changed, the latest CPC outlook reports a higher probability of wetter than normal conditions across Nebraska during May.

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