Drought conditions ease in the panhandle

Drought conditions have eased in the panhandle due to recent moisture. Climatologist Mark Svoboda with the University of Nebraska's Drought Mitigation Center says areas of the panhandle have gone from extreme drought conditions to moderate drought and even just a listing of abnormally dry in the last two months.

It is not just the panhandle that is seeing relief but many areas in the Plains, southwest and western part of the country have improving conditions due to recent rains. The only area of the panhandle not seeing significant improvement is in the southwestern part of the state near McCook.

Svoboda says the situation needs to continue in the winter months, where he says good snowfall would help insulate the dry wheat crop and recharge the pasture land to its full potential.

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