Record in the Books for North Platte's Driest Year
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — North Platte has just experienced its driest 365-day period in recorded history.
The National Weather Service office in North Platte says less
than 7¼ inches of rain fell between April 28, 2012, and Saturday. The
office recorded less than 1¼ inches on April 27 last year and less than
an inch on any rainy day since.
Weather service meteorologist Bill
Taylor says the last comparable period of 365 days would be found
during the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s.
The National Drought
Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln says much of
west-central Nebraska remains in exceptional or extreme drought.