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Conservation is key to mitigate drought in Nebraska – Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska 2021-07-22 20:42:55 –

Lincoln, Nebraska (KMTV) —The Climate Assessment and Response Committee met at one of its biannual meetings in Lincoln today. One of the topics of discussion was drought mitigation throughout Nebraska.

Climatologists at the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Brian Fuchs explain that the current drought situation is not the worst seen at this time of the year compared to what it has seen in the past.

Mr. Fuchs explained that we usually wouldn’t go this long without a severe drought and had above average rainfall over the last 30 days.

“Before the drought we are seeing now, we spent years, seven or eight years without actually seeing a serious drought in the state,” Fuchs said.

He went on to say that only about 22% of Nebraska is in drought and soil moisture availability looks good throughout the state. In fact, we haven’t seen many water supply issues this summer.

“I don’t think there are any serious water supply problems across the state right now, as these long-term drought episodes haven’t happened,” he said.

Fuchs warned that drought development is likely to be along the western side of Nebraska.

“History has shown us that we are going for a drought episode,” he said.

It is very difficult to predict the duration and severity of a drought. A month or two of rain can make a big difference to the landscape.

“It’s very difficult to tell exactly that this drought can end in a really wet fall, or as we saw last year, in a really dry fall,” Fuchs explained.

Recent weather conditions are below average temperature. So, ahead of the heat up, he is worried about how the drought situation will change for the rest of the summer.

When asked about what we could do to help with a possible drought-like situation, Fuchs explained that conservation was important.

“Water is a finite resource, so conservation is always the key when talking about drought.”

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