National Drought Monitor

Precipitation outlook map

Weekly Weather Outlook and Update: March 28, 2024

March 28, 2024
More precipitation and a possible snow event are headed for Nebraska this weekend, with chances of another storm system bringing rain the first weekend of April.

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Temperature percentiles map

February 2024 Climate Summary

March 28, 2024
February 2024 was the second-warmest on record for the state of Nebraska, and the new warmest on record for eastern crop reporting districts.

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Soil moisture map of US

Weekly Weather Update: Aug. 24, 2023

August 24, 2023
Minimal precipitation and intense heat this week led to dangerous conditions for livestock in Nebraska, and soil moisture and crop conditions are expected to show decline in next week's reports.

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Drought monitor map

Weekly Weather Update: July 13, 2023

July 13, 2023
While numerous precipitation events have decreased statewide drought nearly 33% and brought timely moisture for rainfed crops, some producers may still face lower yields this year due to acute, continued dryness, particularly in the York area.

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Drought monitor
The Media Drought Index was created to help researchers, climatologists and the public in their efforts to track drought impacts and to see where drought-related news is being published at higher or lower rates than normal.

Drought Center Creates Tool That Could Help Detect Emerging Impacts by Tracking News

November 16, 2021
The experiential Media Drought Index (MDI) may help detect emerging drought impacts through an automated news search and mapping system.

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Annual departure from normal precipitation map

Mid-Year Weather, Drought and La Nina Update

July 15, 2021
The distinct periods of above and below normal temperatures are expected to continue in Nebraska. Respectable precipitation events in early August are anticipated.

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Aug. 1 Drought Monitor shows abnormally dry areas in east central Nebraska

Abnormally Dry Conditions in East-Central Nebraska

August 1, 2019
The August 1 Drought Monitor shows abnormally dry conditions for an area of east-central Nebraska including Dodge, Washington, Cuming, Burt and some of Stanton and Colfax counties. The condition was attributed to short-term precipitation deficits.

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US map showing departures from normal temperatures in May

If Patterns Continue, Drought Areas Likely to Expand in Nebraska

June 1, 2018
Based on current conditions and short and longer term forecasts, drought conditions appear to be building in Nebraska, says Associate State Climatologist Al Dutcher.

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