A wet month has made up a lot of ground on Nebraska’s rainfall deficit.
But, is the drought over?
No is the easy answer, but that answer could change.
No doubt, rainfall this May has cut deeply into the moisture deficit. Western and central Nebraska began the year between 12 and 16 inches behind in rainfall. Southeastern Nebraska found itself four to eight inches behind normal.
Heavy rainfall in the southeastern portion of the state has largely wiped out the deficit, though technically that part of the state remains at least a couple of inches of rain behind. Even with the rain in May, other regions in the state have yet to emerge from the drought.
Then, there is June.
State Climatologist Ken Dewey with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln worries that the rain could stop and temperatures rise, just like last year.
“But the computer models say for the month of June it’s going to be warmer than normal and dryer than normal over our entire region,” Dewey tells Jack and Dave in the Morning on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “So, I don’t know when that big switch is going to be flipped in the sky. It may never. We’re just going to have to wait and see.”
Dewey points out that Nebraska wasn’t in a drought a year ago. The rain stopped in June. Temperatures rose, dramatically. That created what Dewey calls a “flash drought” that spread over the entire Corn Belt.
Whether weather repeats itself we will see.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]
AUDIO: UNL State Climatologist Ken Dewey speaks with Jack and Dave in the Morning on KLIN. [10 min.]