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Nebraska experiences driest and hottest year on record

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The multiple fires around the region in 2011 were fueled by dry weather conditions.

In fact, it was the hottest and driest year in Nebraska on record.

The National Climatic Data Center says the average annual temperature was about 55 degrees.

Those warm temps led to dry soil, adversely affecting livestock and growth conditions.

Soil Scientist Gary Hergert says irrigated crops will have some water, but it will be a question of how to divide up the little they have.

"It was incredibly dry, but it was also hot and we started out with the heat very early.   March was very warm so we actually started using water, the very little we had, earlier than we did and that made the drought worse," says Hergert.

Hergert says even with normal rainfall this year, drought conditions could persist.

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