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Looking at the Drought Through Pictures 2007 vs. 2012

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Source/Author: Joseph Brum - High Plains Regional Climate Center 09/14/12

Sparks Station 2007 vs. 2012

Image © Glen Roebke-High Plains Regional Climate Center

Arapahoe Station 2007 vs. 2012

Image © Glen Roebke-High Plains Regional Climate Center

Cedar Point Station 2007 vs. 2012

Image © Glen Roebke-High Plains Regional Climate Center

Cozad Station 2007 vs. 2012

Image © Glen Roebke-High Plains Regional Climate Center

Curtis Station 2007 vs. 2012

Image © Glen Roebke-High Plains Regional Climate Center

The drought this year has hit the High Plains Region hard. Looking at numbers and colorful graphs may not always give everyone a full understanding of how bad it actually is. Here at the High Plains Regional Climate Center we have put together some pictures of our AWDN weather stations across Nebraska to put into perspective the drought this year.

The five pictures to the right are a comparison from 2007 to this summer.  Looking at the 2007 pictures you can see the grass is thick, tall and green. Looking at this year’s pictures the grass is thin, short and very brown.  The Curtis station in 2007, with its tall, green grass, received 19.43 inches of precipitation from the beginning of the year to July 27, which was 128% of normal. This year the Curtis station, with its short, brown grass, received only 2.99 inches from the beginning of the year to June 26, which was 25% of normal.

We hope these pictures give everyone a better perspective of how bad the drought is in our Region.

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