Drought monitor shows improving conditions in Nebraska

For the first time in nearly year, under half of Nebraska is in drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. 

The drought monitor shows about 55 percent of Nebraska is not under drought conditions this week. Its the first time over half of Nebraska has not been in a drought since the week of July 7, 2020. 

This week, most of the area still in a drought is the northern edge of the state along with the panhandle. Portions of southwest Nebraska and the far southeast corner are also still under drought conditions. 

The panhandle has consistently seen the worst of the drought conditions for the state since mid-July last year. This week, most of the panhandle remains in a moderate drought. 

The National Weather Service is tracking the potential for storms to hit western Nebraska Thursday evening. There is also a chance for scattered storms Friday through the weekend in the Panhandle.