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Omaha's lack of rain

Below average rain totals
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Posted at 5:14 PM, Jul 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-21 18:14:04-04

We’ve started off the past few mornings with some rain in Omaha, but unfortunately it hasn’t amounted to much.

Much of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa need rain! According to the July 16th drought monitor update from UNL, we’re starting to see “Moderate Drought” conditions across northeastern Nebraska and northwestern Iowa along with some spots of “Abnormally Dry” conditions. There are even some “Severe Drought” conditions near Atlantic and Carroll and eastward to near Des Moines.

However, the rain we’ve received over the past 48 hours hasn’t really fallen in the “right” spots. Most of the rain has fallen in southeastern Nebraska with radar estimated totals between two and a half inches of rain and nearly five inches of rain.

In Omaha, we’re way behind on our rain totals for the year. On average, we would be at nearly 18 inches of rain by this point in the year. We’re about seven inches below that, coming in at almost 11 inches of rain measured at Eppley for 2020.

We’ve got a few more rain chances coming up in the next several days, but it looks like we’ll have to wait a bit longer for some more widespread, beneficial rain across the area.