As of October 31, 2012 The State of Nebraska was experiencing its 2nd warmest year on record and driest year on record for this time period.
The statewide rankings for temperature and precipitation are mapped below. There are 118 years of data in the data archive.
Nebraska is not alone for having a very warm year, almost half of the states are experiencing their "warmest year on record" and almost have are experiencing a "much above normal" year in temperatures. Only one state is experiencing near normal temperatures and one other state is merely "above normal". None of the conterminous states are experience a colder than normal year in 2012.
Several states join Nebraska in having much below normal precipitation for this January 1- October 2012 time period. Wyoming joins Nebraska in also having its driest year on record.