Nancy's Almanac, Sept. 7-9, 2013: How dry was this summer? -
Published Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 3:43 pm
Nancy's Almanac, Sept. 7-9, 2013: How dry was this summer?

Two successive dry summers have allowed drought to persist in Nebraska and return to Iowa.

Iowa had its 15th driest summer of 141 years on record, said state climatologist Harry Hillaker.

Nebraska has been drier than normal, too, but its statewide ranking isn't in yet.

Courtesy of the National Weather Service, here are rankings for Omaha, Lincoln, Norfolk and Grand Island:

• Omaha, 20th driest summer; 6.90 inches of rain, 58 percent of normal.

• Lincoln, 6th driest; 4.6 inches of rain, 41 percent of normal.

• Norfolk, 20th driest; 6.99 inches of rain, 65 percent of normal.

• Grand Island, 18th driest; 6.04 inches, 56 percent of normal.

Temperatures this summer in Omaha, Lincoln, Norfolk and Grand Island were near-normal, according to the weather service.

Last summer was dry, too, but it was much hotter, so the drought had a greater impact.

In 2012:

• Norfolk had its driest summer on record and its fifth hottest.

• Omaha had its ninth driest and fourth hottest summer.

• Lincoln had its fourth driest and 16th* warmest summer.

• Grand Island had its driest and eighth hottest summer.

Sidney recorded its driest summer on record, but weather service records date only to 1948. Likewise, McCook recorded its third driest summer, but reliable records there date only to 1998, according to the weather service.

The areas of Nebraska in most intense drought are the Panhandle and southwest corner.

*Source: University of Nebraska's School of Natural Resources Climate Corner blog

Current conditions and forecast

Contact the writer: Nancy Gaarder    |   402-444-1102    |  

Nancy writes about weather, including a blog, Nancy's Almanac. She enjoys explaining the science behind weather and making weather stories relevant in daily life.

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