Southwest & Northeast Nebraska in Severe or Extreme Drought, According to Latest Data

Aug. 6, 2021, 10:33 a.m. ·

Map of Nebraska, showing different shades of red and yellow to show driest spots in Nebraska. Only extreme drought spot located near Niobrara River in Northeast Nebraska. All areas of the state experiencing at least abnormal dryness, with a few exceptions
The U.S. Drought Mitigation Center located on UNL's east campus updates drought conditions in Nebraska every Thursday. The above map takes into account more than a month of data. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Drought Mitigation Center)

Precipitation has been spotty in Nebraska, leading to certain areas dealing with severe or extreme drought.

Curtis Riganti is a climatologist with the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and said the southwest part of the state has been particularly dry recently.

“The northeast part of Nebraska still has some areas that are in severe and extreme drought,” he said. “Southwest Nebraska’s also starting to light up with moderate and severe drought.”

Riganti said there’s also a spot southwest of Lincoln experiencing severe drought.

He said some regions of Nebraska have recently progressed from dry weather.

“There’s a couple spots in central to eastern Nebraska that have stayed the same or gotten better over last week,” he said, “and there have been some improvements in east-central Nebraska.”

Based on short term forecasts, Riganti said weather in the next week isn’t expected to bring much rain to alleviate drought conditions.