A warm and dry summer predicted for Nebraska

After one of the coldest, stormiest winters in recent history, much of Nebraska is expected to see above-normal temperatures and relatively dry conditions from late spring through the summer.

State climatologist Al Dutcher said Tuesday that those conditions are normally bad for the farm-focused state, but they could help offset crop-planting delays this year. Dutcher predicts above-normal precipitation in eastern Nebraska in May, below-normal precipitation in June, an equal chance of either in July and drier-than-normal conditions in July and August. He expects drier-than-normal conditions in western Nebraska in each of those months, with the possible exception of August.