Drought Part II

By: Cheryl Lemke
By: Cheryl Lemke

Early indications are not looking promising for Nebraska farmers this next growing season.

A recent meeting of the Nebraska Climate Assessment Response Committee determined that 2013 may be prime for yet another devastating drought.

Precipitation totals this past fall and winter were meager--- roughly 30 to 50 percent below normal.

Adding insult to injury, the latest long range forecast models provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are hinting that rainfall may just be average through June.

But because the 2012 drought was so extreme and soil moisture so greatly depleted, even so-called "normal" precipitation would not be adequate enough to offset and counterbalance the already extremely low water levels.

The bottom line, it is likely water levels and sub-soil moisture will likely continue to decline resulting in a drought that may rival last year.

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