And the Weather Hits Just Keep on Coming
September did not bring relief for Nebraskans in the north-central part of the state, where some communities saw 4 to 8 inches of rain over a two-day period. Ainsworth recorded 8.01 inches over two days and ended the month with nearly 10 inches of rainfall, a good 7 inches above average.
Across the state, the average overnight temperatures were higher than normal, helping the average minimum temperature to come in as the warmest on record. These wet and warm conditions did help some crops mature, but they also allowed fungal plant diseases to strike corn across the state.
Nebraska’s statewide weather network operated by the Nebraska Mesonet at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln cataloged the following extremes this September:
- Highest air temperature: 99°F on Sept. 5 at Indianola 8 miles SW
- Lowest air temperature: 34°F on Sept. 22 at Harrison 4 miles NW
- Highest 4-inch bare soil temperature: 96°F on Sept. 2 at Oshkosh 6 miles N
- Lowest 4-inch bare soil temperature: 49°F on Sept. 13 at Harrison 4 miles NW
- Highest one-day rain event: 4.42 inches on Sept. 12 at Ainsworth 2 miles NE
- Highest 5-second wind gust: 75 mph on Sept. 12 at Dickens 1 mile NE