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Event Details

Event Drought
State NEBRASKA
County/Area DEUEL
WFO LBF
Begin Date 07/01/2012 00:00:00 MST-7
End Date 07/31/2012 23:59:00 MST-7
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 50.00K
Crop Damage 1.00M
Episode Narrative Severe drought conditions (D2) continued from late June into early July. The combination of intense heat and a lack of rainfall, allowed extreme (D3) to expand to across all counties. Further, in eastern Custer County the prolong lack of rain resulted in exceptional (D4) drought conditions to develop by the end of the month. Official observation platforms recorded their driest July period on record as rainfall deficits increased to below 2 to 3 inches in most areas north of Interstate 80.

Nebraska's power grid took hits as well from the extremely hot temperatures and dry weather. The need for power was so great Custer Public Power District was forced into rolling blackouts for the Nebraska Sandhills on the 18th, when emergency relief was implemented as irrigation demands rose.

By the 23rd, the Nebraska Governor declared a state of emergency in all 93 Nebraska counties, and ordered the department of roads to allow roadside haying for the remainder of the summer.

Crop conditions across Nebraska deteriorated significantly by the end of the month. According to the USDA, 37 percent of the total corn crop, 38 percent of the soybean crop and 83 percent of pastureland was rated either very poor or poor. Irrigated corn rated 55 percent good to excellent, while dry land corn rated 5 percent good to excellent. Many livestock producers have begun to haul water to cattle, while deteriorating pasture conditions have forced producers to sell their herds early.

The abnormally dry conditions led to numerous range fires started by lightning. Two major fires occurred during the month. One in Thomas County which burned approximately 1000 acres, and the Region 24 Wildfire that included Keya Paha, Brown, and Cherry counties, where approximately 76,000 acres burned.

Extreme (D3) and exceptional (D4) drought conditions continued into August.
Event Narrative Severe drought conditions (D2), which began the month of June, intensified to extreme drought conditions (D3) by the end of the month. Pastures that make up close to 16 percent of the land use in Deuel County (2007 Census USDA) was rated 69% poor or very poor. The lack of rain limited grazing capacity and created increased sales of livestock as the departure from normal precipitation reached one to two inches. Crop producers began silage of dryland corn where in Deuel County cropland includes 83% of land use. On July 23rd all counties in Nebraska were approved for CRP Emergency Haying and Grazing. The drought continued into August.


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 215.050M 63.560M
ARTHUR (ZONE) ARTHUR (ZONE) NE 07/01/2012 00:00 MST-7 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BLAINE (ZONE) BLAINE (ZONE) NE 07/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 1.000M 500.00K
WESTERN CHERRY (ZONE) WESTERN CHERRY (ZONE) NE 07/01/2012 00:00 MST-7 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
THOMAS (ZONE) THOMAS (ZONE) NE 07/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 1.000M 0.00K
SHERIDAN (ZONE) SHERIDAN (ZONE) NE 07/01/2012 00:00 MST-7 Drought 0 0 10.000M 1.000M
ROCK (ZONE) ROCK (ZONE) NE 07/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 1.000M 1.000M
PERKINS (ZONE) PERKINS (ZONE) NE 07/01/2012 00:00 MST-7 Drought 0 0 1.000M 1.000M
MCPHERSON (ZONE) MCPHERSON (ZONE) NE 07/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 1.000M 30.00K
LOUP (ZONE) LOUP (ZONE) NE 07/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 1.000M 500.00K
LOGAN (ZONE) LOGAN (ZONE) NE 07/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 1.000M 1.000M
LINCOLN (ZONE) LINCOLN (ZONE) NE 07/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 20.000M 10.000M
KEYA PAHA (ZONE) KEYA PAHA (ZONE) NE 07/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 1.000M 1.000M
KEITH (ZONE) KEITH (ZONE) NE 07/01/2012 00:00 MST-7 Drought 0 0 1.000M 1.000M
HOOKER (ZONE) HOOKER (ZONE) NE 07/01/2012 00:00 MST-7 Drought 0 0 1.000M 10.00K
HOLT (ZONE) HOLT (ZONE) NE 07/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 50.000M 10.000M
HAYES (ZONE) HAYES (ZONE) NE 07/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 1.000M 1.000M
GRANT (ZONE) GRANT (ZONE) NE 07/01/2012 00:00 MST-7 Drought 0 0 1.000M 20.00K
GARFIELD (ZONE) GARFIELD (ZONE) NE 07/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 1.000M 500.00K
GARDEN (ZONE) GARDEN (ZONE) NE 07/01/2012 00:00 MST-7 Drought 0 0 10.000M 1.000M
FRONTIER (ZONE) FRONTIER (ZONE) NE 07/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 1.000M 500.00K
EASTERN CHERRY (ZONE) EASTERN CHERRY (ZONE) NE 07/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 10.000M 500.00K
DEUEL (ZONE) DEUEL (ZONE) NE 07/01/2012 00:00 MST-7 Drought 0 0 50.00K 1.000M
CUSTER (ZONE) CUSTER (ZONE) NE 07/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 30.000M 500.00K
CHASE (ZONE) CHASE (ZONE) NE 07/01/2012 00:00 MST-7 Drought 0 0 10.000M 500.00K
BROWN (ZONE) BROWN (ZONE) NE 07/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 30.000M 10.000M
BOYD (ZONE) BOYD (ZONE) NE 07/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 30.000M 20.000M
WHEELER (ZONE) WHEELER (ZONE) NE 07/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 1.000M 1.000M
Totals: 0 0 215.050M 63.560M