After widespread precipitation in the latter part of this week, dry weather and temperatures returning to the 70s and 80s should dominate the last full week of September through the first full week of October.
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).
Precipitation is forecast to move across Nebraska Sept. 21-24, with another chance of lighter rainfall Sept. 25-28 for the eastern half of the state. Temperatures are expected to cool slightly into the 70s and 80s beginning Sept. 21.
The Climate Prediction Center's monthly outlook predicts the status quo to continue in Nebraska — above-normal temperatures in the 80s and 90s and below-normal precipitation, with potential rainfall events Sept 14-15 and 21-23.
A warmer and drier pattern is favored to continue for most of the first half of September — temperatures are anticipated to be in the 80s and mid-90s until Sept. 12, when cooler weather may move into Nebraska.
There's little relief in sight from intensifying drought conditions across the state — temperatures will remain in the 80s and mid-90s next week, with a small chance of showers Aug. 28 in eastern Nebraska.
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.
The current forecast holds a slightly cooler trend for Nebraska in August, with temperatures ranging from the 70s to low 90s through the end of the month and widespread precipitation anticipated Aug. 19-20 and Aug. 24-26.