Al Dutcher - Associate Nebraska State Climatologist

Al Dutcher

(faculty)
Work HARH 153D
Lincoln NE 68583-0931
US
Work 402-472-5206 On-campus 2-5206

Faculty Bio

Precipitation forecast map for September 21-28 2017

Forecast for Precipitation and End-of-Season Freeze Risk September 19, 2017

Nebraska climatologist Al Dutcher forecasts the precipitation and temperature outlook through early October and examines the freeze risk prior to corn maturity for multiple hybrids and sites across Nebraska.

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3-0-day temperature forecast from the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center

Forecast of End-of-Season Weather and Freeze Risk September 5, 2017

What's the likelihood you'll see a hard freeze prior to corn maturity? Check out the end-of-season forecast and a table showing risk of a hard freeze for various emergence dates and locations in Nebraska.

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US map of temperature departures for the first three weeks of August

Nebraska Drought Decreases; Forecast for Cooler, Wetter Conditions August 24, 2017

Cooler and sometimes wet conditions continue in the forecast for Nebraska. And, with Hurricane Harvey barreling into the Texas coast, there are likely to be waves of rain in the eastern Corn Belt and changing conditions that may bring an early freeze to some areas there.

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Nebraska mesonet sites

Documenting Climate Data Relative to Pesticide Injury July 27, 2017

With dicamba injury reports surging during the past few weeks, we want the public to be aware that historical data is available to research whether climatic conditions were a contributing factor.

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Nebraska drought monitor map for July 25, 2017

As Drought Worsens, Hopes Focus on Moisture Forecast July 27, 2017

With recent and predicted rains, soil moisture conditions may improve some in western Nebraska while eastern Nebraska may continue to dry down, says climatologist Al Dutcher.

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Drought monitor map for Nebraska for June 27, 2017
Drought monitor map for Nebraska for June 27, 2017

Forecast: Expect High Heat Indices after July 4 June 29, 2017

Short range numerical models bring additional chances for moisture to the eastern half of the state from July 2 through early July 4, likely the best chance for moisture for northern Nebraska through next weekend. If substantial rains in excess of 2 inches fail to materialize, there is a strong possibility that moderate drought conditions will be introduced across portions of the eastern Sandhills and northeast Nebraska next week.

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Map of accumulated GDD in Nebraska

Warmer Days Help GDD Levels Catch Up; but Rains Still Limited June 7, 2017

Above normal temperatures since June 1 have reduced accumulated GDD deficits from late April and May. Preliminary analysis suggests that GDD deficits (corn base) have been eliminated across southern Nebraska and reduced across northern Nebraska. See current GDD table.

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US map of hail events

Hail: Pre- and Post-Event Risk Management Considerations May 25, 2017

Severe weather, especially hail, is common during the Nebraska growing season. The impact to crops, structures, and equipment can be devastating, but planning and responding properly can save you time, money, and stress.

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