Al Dutcher - Associate Nebraska State Climatologist

Al Dutcher

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

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Departure from normal precipitation map

Winter Weather Outlook 2021-2022

December 2, 2021
Al Dutcher, Nebraska State climatologist, shares his analysis of the latest weather outlook, which indicates that winter weather of 2021-22 will be more active than last year.

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CPC temperature outlook map

CPC Increases the Odds of La Niña Development and Issues Official Fall Forecast

August 24, 2021
During the fall of a building La Niña event, the northern and central High Plains region has a tendency to be warmer and drier than normal, which will keep drought prospects elevated for 2022 barring an exceptionally wet late winter and spring.

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Annual departure from normal precipitation map

Mid-Year Weather, Drought and La Nina Update

July 15, 2021
The distinct periods of above and below normal temperatures are expected to continue in Nebraska. Respectable precipitation events in early August are anticipated.

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June-August temp forecast map

Climate Prediction Center Releases Summer Outlook

May 24, 2021
Nebraska State Climatologist Al Dutcher reviews the Climate Prediction Center's summer forecast and moving three-month forecasts.

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forecast low temperatures for September 9, 2020

Cold Air Event Expected Next Week, Frost Possible

September 2, 2020
The front is projected to begin its move through the state September 8 and produce widespread cold rains and strong winds statewide, with snow or a mix of snow and rain across the Nebraska Panhandle.

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corn ear showing tip back

Weather Impacts to Pollination and Kernel Fill in 2020

August 13, 2020
For this year having what seemed to be good pollination weather, some are surprised regarding how much tip back we’re seeing. It’s important to count kernels long as there may be more kernels than one realizes in spite of tip back occurring.

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corn knocked down by high winds

Wind-Damage to Corn

July 16, 2020
Prior to storms July 8-9, plants were nearing tassel, a critical time for photosynthesis and pollination. These storms resulted in “flattened” corn from lodging/leaning in addition to bent and snapped plants. "Recovery" depends on a variety of factors.

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wheat damaged by freeze

Assessing Freeze Injury to Wheat

April 24, 2020
It takes a number of warm days (a week or more depending on temperatures) after freezing to determine the condition of the winter wheat crop, so don’t make any quick decisions after a freeze.

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