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Seven-day US precipitation map
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Forecast: Hot, Dry Conditions to Break Next Week June 16, 2016

After a cool start to the growing season coupled with copious rainfall, temperatures the past 10 days have felt more like July, leading to leaf rolling in corn in eastern Nebraska. Earlier cool temperatures may have partially masked accumulating soil moisture deficits. Expect continued hot, dry conditions through June 20 and then a drop to the 80s through June 24.

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June to August CPC precipitation forecast
June to August CPC precipitation forecast

Expect More Moisture, Then a Drier La Nina by Late Summer May 25, 2016

As El Nino winds down, expect above-normal precipitation during the early summer and drier conditions as La Nina moves in in late summer. With the levels of snowpack feeding the North Platte River, flooding along the river is expected to continue.

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Shift to La Nina Likely in Late Summer or Earlier May 2, 2016

It has been exceptionally wet since mid April with south central and southwest Nebraska receiving enough moisture to eliminate short-term dryness concerns that dominated the early February through mid-April period. Moisture data from NERain stations show that at least 253 stations recorded over 5 inches of moisture April 15-30.

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US map showing precipitation distribution for the 7 days previous to 7 a.m. April 21
Figure 1. NOAA Next Generation Radar (NEXRAD) one-week precipitation estimates ending at 7 a.m. ET April 21.

April Showers Expected to Continue in Spurts April 21, 2016

A well forecasted spring storm system brought significant moisture to a substantial area of the southern and central High Plains this past week.

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Spring Freeze Risk April 8, 2016

Soil conditions, the weather forecast, freeze risk and projected days needed for planting are all part of the decision as to when to get into the field. These factors can be highly variable from year to year and it can be challenging to know when we will reach, and maintain, soil temperatures conducive to proper crop germination.

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