Hot and dry were the watchwords for July in the Midlands.
Some highlights as reported by local offices of the National Weather Service and the High Plains Regional Climate Center:
Two Nebraska cities were the driest on record: Norfolk with no officially no rain, although a trace was recorded, and Omaha with .01 inches of rain.
Three others in Nebraska were second driest: Grand Island, Lincoln, and Valentine, with rain totals ranging from .08 inches in Valentine to .33 inches in Lincoln.
No cities in Nebraska, thus far, have reported their warmest July on record, but the month was in the top 10 for the following cities: Valentine and Scottsbluff, second warmest; Norfolk, third warmest; Omaha, fourth warmest; North Platte, fifth; Grand Island, sixth; and Lincoln, seventh.
Average daily temperatures ranged from 79.7 degrees at Scottsbluff to 84.8 degrees in Omaha.
Iowa experienced its fifth-driest July and fourth-warmest, said Harry Hillaker, state climatologist.
Two Iowa communities — Audubon and Atlantic — received a trace of rain, and for both it was a record dry month, Hillaker said.