Last month was a soaker for the Dorchester area. But according to official numbers, July erased those precipitation gains thanks to one of the driest month's experienced by Dorchester in the last several years.
According to the Nebraska Rainfall Assessment and Information Network (RAIN), the immediate Dorchester area received amounts ranging from just over 1" to less than 0.10" over the past 29 days. A reporting site two miles north of town showed 1.01" for July; a site 4.5 miles southeast of town showed just 0.07".
Our rain gauge at the Times headquarters showed around 0.35" for the month. The average July rainfall amount for Dorchester is 3.3". As mentioned on the community marquee, Dorchester officials are urging the conservation of water by residents.
Tonight's Dorchester area forecast calls for a 60% chance of much-needed precipitation.