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Drought has officially come to the Omaha metro

Drought has officially come to the Omaha metro


Those dry, brittle grasses aren’t lying. The Omaha metro area has officially slipped into drought.

This week’s National Drought Monitor added portions of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa to the areas of the country considered to be in drought.

The Omaha area has intermittently been in drought in recent years, according to the monitor, but there have not been prolonged periods of drought along the Nebraska-Iowa border since 2012-14.


The monitor is published by the National Drought Mitigation Center, housed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

This weekend’s hot, dry weather will only add to the stress on the landscape.

But there’s a potential for good news. The National Weather Service is forecasting a chance of rain and storms in the Omaha area for Sunday evening and beyond.

Dave Pearson, a hydrologist with the weather service in Valley, said a good rainfall would help, but it will take successive rains to pull the region out of drought.

If the dry conditions persist, horticulturists say trees and shrubs will need a weekly deep soaking of water, about an inch.

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Nancy Gaarder helps cover public safety and weather events as an editor on The World-Herald's breaking news desk. Follow her on Twitter @gaarder. Email:

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