Severe drought conditions persist in Nebraska and Iowa

Aug 2, 2012

All of Nebraska and Iowa are experiencing drought conditions, according to a new report.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor was released Thursday morning. 83 percent of Nebraska is in an extreme to exceptional drought, up from 64 percent last week. 30 percent of Iowa is in an extreme to exceptional drought.

National Drought Mitigation Center officials say this year's drought is unusual because it developed and intensified quickly. Only 0.01 inch of rain fell in Omaha in July, according to the National Weather Service.

47 Nebraska counties have been declared primary natural disaster areas due to drought conditions.