The 1-Month Evaporative Stress Index shows the ratio of actual ET to potential ET over the last month in the U.S., which can be an early (and current) drought indicator. In Nebraska, small pockets exist with early drought conditions, but most of these areas have received adequate moisture recently as seen in the soil moisture satellite image from August 17. The moisture received today in SE Nebraska will enhance the signal in that area. All in all, many areas in Nebraska are sitting in a good position to get the crops to maturity with current, and forecasted, conditions. Rain chances move back in this weekend with another cool down.
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