Nebraska Drought

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A University of Nebraska-Lincoln climatologist says the percentage of contiguous U.S. land covered by "exceptional" drought reached its highest level since monitoring began in 1999.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln climatologist says the percentage of contiguous U.S. land covered by "exceptional" drought reached its highest level since monitoring began in 1999.

Brian Fuchs of the university's National Drought Mitigation
Center says nearly 12 of the contiguous United States fell into the
"exceptional" classification in July.

The "exceptional" drought classification is the most severe
ranking on a five-part scale. Fuchs says its impacts include
widespread crop and pasture losses and water shortages in
reservoirs, streams and wells.

Fuchs says most of the drought is contained in the south, particularly in Texas. He says moisture from Tropical Storm Don could ease the problem in parts of the south.

Nebraska is not shown as part of the drought area on the U.S.
Drought Monitor's website.


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