July on pace for near-record dry month for Omaha - Omaha.com
Published Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 10:46 am
Nancy's Almanac, July 30, 2013
July on pace for near-record dry month for Omaha

For the second year in a row, Omaha is on pace to see one of its driest Julys on record.

As of Monday, the city had received slightly less than a half-inch of rain for the month, making this the third-driest July on record, said Van DeWald, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

There's a slight chance of rain in the final two days of the month, so the ranking could change.

July 2012 was the driest July on record in Omaha. A measly 0.01 inches of rain fell.

Dewald points out that 2012 and 2013 aren't comparable in terms of overall weather. By this time last year, Nebraska and Iowa were in the grip of intense drought.

This year, scattered storms have brought some communities healthy rains.

Take Monday's rain: Approximately 1 inch to 2 inches of rain fell south of Interstate 80, DeWald said.

Beatrice received 2.18 inches and Falls City 1.36 inches. By contrast, 0.04 inches fell at Eppley Airfield, the official recording station for Omaha; 0.10 inches fell at Valley, where the National Weather Service is located.


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Nancy writes about weather, including a blog, Nancy's Almanac. She enjoys explaining the science behind weather and making weather stories relevant in daily life.

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