Al Dutcher - Associate Nebraska State Climatologist

Al Dutcher

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Work Hardin Hall (HARH) 153D North
Lincoln NE 68583-0931
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Work 402-472-5206 On campus, dial 2-5206

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Climate Prediction Center 30-day outlook for June 2019

Weather Outlooks for Planting Season and Summer May 16, 2019

It looks like we're not done with the rain yet. Expect widespread rainfall May 17-19, followed by several rounds of thunderstorms May 19-22, says climatologist Al Dutcher in his planting season and summer outlook.

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Nebraska map showing winter precipitation recharge.

Late April Forecast and Status of Soil Moisture and Temperature April 17, 2019

With soil temperatures warming and above-average soil moisture across much of Nebraska, climatologist Al Dutcher looks at what to expect in the planting season forecast for late April.

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Flooding in eastern Nebraska.
Figure 1. Damaged railroad bridge over the Platte River near Plattsmouth. (Photo by Tyler Williams)

Nebraska's Most Challenging 60 Days March 29, 2019

Here's how a succession of weather events over 60 days, from mid-January to mid-March, led to a historic blizzard and flood in Nebraska.

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US map showing departure from normal temperatures for February 2019

Tired of Record Winter? Here's What to Expect for Snowmelt, Eventual Warm-Up March 6, 2019

Climatologist Al Dutcher takes a look back at this unusual winter and a look forward with what to expect in the next couple weeks. After all this snow, what's next? Flooding is going to be a very real concern.

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Spring N application in the field
Growers planning for their 2019 N management in corn might consider the potential for increased N efficiency and reduced loss from split applications at planting and up to R3 growth stage rather than a fall application.

Consequences of Fall-Applied N November 9, 2018

A fall nitrogen application has a relatively high loss potential and is considered the riskiest N management practice. Consider breaking tradition and splitting your N applications next year to coincide with when your corn most needs more N.

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Expect a Stormy Turn with Halloween October 24, 2018

Expect a couple periods of light rain the last week of October, then stormy and possibly snowy conditions following Halloween.

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Quote from the author, Al Dutcher: "As fall progresses, most of the Corn Belt will likely deal with periods of heavy rainfall, interspersed with warm dry weather."

El Nino Conditions Forecast for Fall-Winter September 20, 2018

Climatologist Al Dutcher says there are initial signals of a developing El Nino event for this fall and winter, possibly leading to drier conditions in northwest Nebraska.

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Nebraska map showing departure from normal precipitation

A Recap of Weather and Its Effects on the 2018 Crop Season September 20, 2018

Weather data and trends from April through August are reported here and help explain what you're seeing from the cab this fall.

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