Published On: Wed, Jan 8th, 2014

Area residents blessed by ample precipitation in 2013

HARTINGTON — As 2013 began, the general consensus was that Northeast Nebraska was destined for another dry year.

“It didn’t look good,” said Pat Steffen, Fordyce, who farms and raises grass-fed Scottish Highland cattle. “I was concerned … you don’t like to see it dry.”

In 2012, only 13.35 inches of precipitation fell in the Hartington area. The lack of autumn and early winter precipitation painted a bleak picture for 2013.

According to state climatologist Al Dutcher, the precipitation received during the fall, winter and spring seasons is a leading indicator for what the upcoming growing season will be like.

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