Tuesday, August 21, 2012

August 21, 2012: Drought Update, Lincoln, NE.



August 21, 2012:  Drought Update, Lincoln, NE.

The above photos from today show some of the trees in Lincoln exhibiting drought stress with brown leaves. Also note the brown lawns.

Total Lincoln precipitation since January 1 = 13.66 inches.
This is the 15th driest on record for year to date (127 years of data).

Greatest January 1-August 20 precipitation = 31.44 inches in 1951.
Least January 1-August 20 precipitation = 6.80 inches in 1934.

When looking at the July 1 through August 20, 2012 time period, Lincoln has had only 0.45 inches of precipitation and this is the driest on record for that time period.  Note the top five driest July 1 through August time periods listed below (Value is total precipitation in inches).

Rank  Value  Ending Date (starting date is July 1 each year)
  1    0.45    8/20/2012
  2    0.72    8/20/1936
  3    0.83    8/20/1941
  4    0.93    8/20/1955
  5    1.04    8/20/1983


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