NEBRASKA CITY – The US Department of Agriculture has included portions of southeast Nebraska on its May 24 drought map and this situation is not expected to improve for the new map expected out Thursday.
The Nemaha NRD’s NE Rain project for May shows 19 days with no more than a tenth of a inch of rain and only 3 days with an inch of rain. Last May there were 10 days with more than an inch of rain.
In southeastern Nebraska, precipitation is 40 to 60 percent of normal over the past 90 days. The May 22 map included an increase of the moderate drought indicators southwest of Lincoln.
Since May 1, one observer records three inches of rain near Burr and another reports two inches near Cook.
Palmyra has less than an inch and a Julian report has less than a quarter of inch so far this month.
Auburn and Falls City observers report as much as 2.5 inches.