Recent Rains Bring Some Relief to Nebraska Drought Conditions


Recent heavy rainfall has washed away or at least lessened drought conditions in portions of Nebraska.

Thursday's Drought Monitor from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln National Drought Mitigation Center shows significant improvements for areas of Nebraska and Iowa where recent heavy rains have fallen.

Brian Fuchs, a climatologist at the center, says overall drought reduced last week by about 17 percent in Nebraska and nearly 12 percent in Iowa.

Nebraska saw a substantial reduction in drought intensity in the east-central region, and there is now a pocket considered drought-free.

Fuchs says the improvements seen within the past week are noteworthy, as changes in drought status typically occur slowly.

A small area in the southwest corner of the state remains in extreme drought, while no section of Nebraska is considered to be in exceptional drought. However, a large portion of the state does fall under the abnormally dry to severe drought classifications.