Created: Thu, 03 Jul 2014 11:23:00 CST
Updated: Thu, 03 Jul 2014 11:44:07 CST
We head into July with drought conditions significantly lower across the state than they were one year ago.
The latest Drought Monitor report issued Thursday shows that just over 61% of Nebraska is now fully out of the drought. That compares with only 8% of the state with adequate moisture levels this time last year.
1% of the state, located in southwest Nebraska, is still listed in severe drought, with 14% at moderate drought levels. Another 24% of the state ranks as abnormally dry.
The condition in Kansas is far worse; with nearly 100% of the state at some sort of drought level, including over 12% with extreme drought.
The significant rainfall in portions of Nebraska that helped reduce those drought conditions also qualified for the record books.
The National Weather Service in Hastings said this past June was the third wettest on record for Grand Island and the fifth wettest for Hastings and Kearney.