Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Omaha/Valley, NE

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE
350 PM CDT Sat Sep 17 2022

...DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUE TO EXPAND AND WORSEN...

.DROUGHT INTENSITY AND EXTENT:

D4 - Exceptional Drought category - Portions of Knox, Cedar,
Antelope, Pierce, Wayne, Thurston, Madison, Stanton, Cuming,
Colfax, and Dodge counties.

D3 - Extreme Drought category - Portions of Knox, Cedar,
Antelope, Thurston, Madison, Stanton, Cuming, Burt, Platte,
Colfax, and Dodge counties in eastern Nebraska. The northwestern
corner of Monona County, Iowa is also included.

D2 - Severe Drought category - Covers the remainder of northeast
Nebraska north of the Platte River, and portions of Monona county
in western Iowa. It also includes portions of Lancaster, Saline,
Gage, Johnson, and Pawnee counties.

D1 - Moderate Drought category - Covers a large portion of
southeast east Nebraska and some of western Iowa.

D0 - Abnormally Dry category - Covers the remainder of southeast
Nebraska and western Iowa with the exception of the eastern edge
of Fremont County and the entirety of Page County.


.30 DAY MOISTURE AND DEPARTURES AS OF SEPTEMBER 15TH:

-----NORFOLK: 0.78" -2.4" 11TH DRIEST OF 127 YEARS
-------OMAHA: 1.71" -2.6” 46TH DRIEST OF 152 YEARS
-----LINCOLN: 0.96" -2.6" 13TH DRIEST OF 136 YEARS

.YEAR TO DATE MOISTURE AND DEPARTURES AS OF SEPTEMBER 15TH:

-----NORFOLK: 10.85" -10.8" 2ND DRIEST OF 120 YEARS
-------OMAHA: 19.46" -6.0" 43RD DRIEST OF 152 YEARS
-----LINCOLN: 18.24" -5.2" 33RD DRIEST OF 136 YEARS

.HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS:

Precipitation has been been below normal for months. Soil
moisture is low, and stream flow continue to diminish.
Precipitation deficits are several inches below normal for the
year.

Regular opportunities for rain and thunderstorms populate the
local forecast through September 24th, but most of the moisture
is expected to fall east of the Missouri River.

The last time Exceptional Drought existed in our area was the
Fall of 2012.


.SUMMARY OF IMPACTS:

Drought conservation measures have been implemented for the
Missouri River by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Parts of the
Platte River have run dry. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
has implemented campfire bans at many state recreation areas.
Voluntary water conservation has been requested in Omaha, and in
some areas in Lancaster and Pottawattamie counties. Crop yields
will be significantly down in northeast Nebraska, and in many
cases, a total loss.

.LOCAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK:

Drought conditions will likely persist and expand in coming
weeks.

.NEXT ISSUANCE DATE:

This product will be updated weekly while an extreme drought is
in effect for any county in eastern NE or southwest Iowa.

.RELATED WEB SITES:

Additional information on current drought conditions may be found
at the following web addresses:

NWS Omaha Local Drought Page: https://weather.gov/oax/drought

US Drought Monitor: https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu

National Drought Mitigation Center: https://drought.unl.edu

US Drought Information System: https://www.drought.gov

Drought Conditions: https://www.drought.gov/current-conditions

NOAA Drought Page: https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/Drought

Additional water and river information:

National Weather Service (NWS): https://water.weather.gov

Office of Water Prediction (OWP): https://water.noaa.gov

US Geological Survey (USGS): https://water.usgs.gov

US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE): https://www.usace.army.mil

.ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:

The drought monitor is a multi-agency effort involving NOAA`s
National Weather Service and National Centers for Environmental
Information, the USDA, state and regional center climatologists
and the National Drought Mitigation Center. Information for this
statement has been gathered from NWS and FAA observation sites,
State Cooperative Extension Services, the USDA, USACE and the
USGS.

.CONTACT INFORMATION:

If you have questions or comments about this Drought Information
Statement, please contact:

National Weather Service
6707 North 288th Street
Valley, NE 68064-9443
Phone...402-359-5166

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