Pressure : 29.93 in
Dewpoint : 62.1 °
Wind : South
What to expect for the rest of the season
With over 22 percent of the state of Nebraska in exceptional drought, what does the rest of the season have in store?
The National Weather Service explains what trends we can expect for the rest of the season and looking ahead.
"Since May, we've had the significantly warmer than normal temperatures up through about mid-August.," said Warning Coordinator Meteorologist Mike Moritz with the National Weather Service in Hastings. "Precipitation was significantly below normal in many areas."
Recently we've seen more seasonably average temperatures and moving ahead the trend may continue.
"Unfortunately, there's not any widespread rainfall expected across the area, but temperatures have moderated and they will continue to be near normal or slightly above normal for the next couple weeks," Moritz said.
Average highs top out in the mid-80s this time of year.
With record breaking heat this summer, will the mercury rise once again?
"It doesn't appear as though we'll have any long term triple digit heat, but moving up to around 100 degrees once in a while during the month of September isn't unheard of and it's pretty frequent," Moritz said.
He says we can look for short periods of hot weather, followed by a cool down, which is typical as we move into fall.
But as for the next couple of months?
"There is quite a bit of confidence in the above average temperatures going into November, from September through November," Moritz said.
What about the rainfall we so desperately need?
"I would anticipate remaining on the dry side with that hit and miss chance for rain at least for the first part of the fall," Moritz said.
Meaning the drought is expected to persist into the fall, with no strong signal for above average rain.
"Most of Kansas and Nebraska, we're not really expecting any change to this dry weather," Moritz said.
Moritz says there is some trend that we're going into an El Nino, but it doesn't really favor Nebraska, wet or dry.
"Most likely impacts are across the deep south, Texas into the gulf coast states," Moritz added. "Probably the main things we'll notice is a little bit warmer than normal temperatures, especially in the latter half of the winter."
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