Nebraska Drought Coming to an End, But Wet Winter Still Needed


In some encouraging news for Nebraska farmers, experts say the drought that has kept Nebraska in its grips for nearly two years is coming to an end thanks to some well-timed heavy rainfall and floodwaters from Colorado.

Climatologist Mark Svoboda says things are improving and the southwest corner of the state is the only area still in bad shape.

The National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln says only about 5 percent of Nebraska remained in extreme drought this week.

However, the state may not be off the hook yet. If this winter is as dry as in previous years, experts say drought conditions could return.

State Climatologist Al Dutcher says he would like to see soil saturation reach at least five feet before spring planting. Currently across the state, soil moisture is looking good down to around two or three feet.