Drought Information Statement
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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE
805 AM CST Sun Feb 5 2023

...DROUGHT CATEGORIES BASICALLY UNCHANGED IN THE AREA OVER PAST
EIGHT WEEKS...

.DROUGHT INTENSITY AND EXTENT:

D4 - Exceptional Drought category - Portions of Knox, Cedar,
Antelope, Pierce, Wayne, Thurston, Madison, Stanton, Cuming,
Burt, Platte, Colfax, Dodge, Butler, and Saunders counties in
Nebraska and the northwestern corner of Monona County, Iowa.

D3 - Extreme Drought category - Portions of Knox, Cedar,
Antelope, Boone, Platte, Dodge, Burt, Washington, Butler,
and Saunders in northeast Nebraska, and the portions of Monona
County, Iowa.

D2 - Severe Drought category - Covers portions of southeast
Nebraska and southwest Iowa.

D1 - Moderate Drought category - Covers the remainder of western
Iowa and southeast Nebraska.

D0 - Abnormally Dry category - Only a small bit of Jefferson
County Nebraska and a small part of Page county in southwest
Iowa.

.PRECIPITATION SO FAR THIS YEAR (through Feb 3):

Norfolk, NE :::: 1.58" : 229% of normal
Omaha, NE :::::: 1.22" : 145% of normal
Lincoln, NE :::: 1.32" : 159% of normal
Tekamah, NE :::: 1.42" : 249% of normal
Falls City, NE : 2.01" : 287% of normal
Clarinda, IA ::: 1.61" : 181% of normal
Beatrice, NE ::: 1.29" : 163% of normal
Columbus, NE ::: 1.22" : 167% of normal
Fremont, NE :::: 1.66" : 195% of normal
Hartington, NE : 2.07" : 318% of normal


.HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS:

After a string of months of well below normal precipitation,
Nebraska and Iowa have observed above normal precipitation since
2023 has begun. Unfortunately, with very low average moisture
this time of the year, that doesn`t necessarily mean a lot of
improvement in drought conditions. Soil moisture is very low,
falling into below the 5th percentile for most.

Precipitation deficits were several inches below normal for 2022.
Norfolk, NE recorded the least amount of precipitation observed
for any year on record.

September 2022 brought exceptional drought into eastern Nebraska
for the first time in ten years. It remains in place as we`ve
begun 2023.

.SUMMARY OF IMPACTS:

Low water levels in the Missouri River have lead to the
development of ice jams along much of the river. Impacts have
been minimal so far, but industry and utility companies are
concerned that any drop in water levels could produce significant
impacts.

Hay, dry summer in Nebraska meant that hay production was much
lower than normal. The hay supply is 35% lower than at this time
in 2022... and prices are up 40% to 50%.

The US beef cow heard dropped to its lowest level since 1962.

$$

tsn


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