According to the National Drought Monitor, while drought across the Midwest continues to shrink, all of Nebraska is still covered by drought. The monitor shows 78.29% of the Midwest is now drought free, which compares to 77.96% last week and 68.76% a year-ago. Very little change was seen to Nebraska's drought footprint last week. Eastern Nebraska is mostly covered by "abnormally dry" to "severe" drought, with the western two-thirds of the state mostly in "extreme" to "exceptional" drought.
In its forecast for May 16 through 20, the monitor says heavy precipitation is expected over a broad area covering the northern Rockies, the northern half of the Plains and the Upper Mississippi Valley. "Generally 1.5 to locally 3.5 inches are anticipated in parts of Montana, across all of North Dakota and Minnesota, in all but southwestern South Dakota, and through adjacent sections of Nebraska and Iowa. Moderate amounts of at least 0.5 inch are expected from the eastern reaches of Kansas, Oklahoma, and northeastern Texas eastward through the mid-Atlantic and the Carolinas."