Douglas County lifts burn ban as Omaha metro gets first rain since October

Douglas County lifted its burn ban Monday after the metro's first measurable rainfall since March.
Published: Nov. 20, 2023 at 2:27 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - For the first time since October 27th, the Omaha area has received measurable rainfall.

On Sunday, 0.08 inches were recorded in the metro, and as of 2 p.m. on Monday, 0.20 inches have been recorded. This marks the first time the area has gotten over a tenth of an inch since October 12th.

Rain Yesterday
Rain Yesterday(WOWT)
Rainfall Totals Today
Rainfall Totals Today(WOWT)

As a result, the Douglas County Fire Chiefs lifted the burn ban issued on Nov. 13. Permits are still required for open burns other than fire pits.

Current Drought Conditions
Current Drought Conditions(WOWT)
Rainfall Amounts
Rainfall Amounts(WOWT)

The new rainfall totals will make slight improvements in the current moisture departure, although the area will still be in severe drought after factoring in the new totals.