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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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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Mid- to Late-December Forecast

December 11, 2019
Al Dutcher's forecast for mid-December through Christmas sees a series of fronts passing through, some with the potential for light snow, and a possibility of a white Christmas for much of the state.

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US map showing October 2019 departure from normal temperatures.

Drier, Colder Weather Now, but Storms Likely in Late November

November 6, 2019
Following a colder than normal October, University of Nebraska Climatologist Al Dutcher predicts drier, colder weather for much of the next two weeks with storms likely in late November.

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Nebraska map showing locations and dates of first hard freezes.

Forecast Offers Harvest Hope if Snows Stay North

October 8, 2019
With extended wet conditions this season, every precipitation event going forward has the potential to bring harvest activity to a grinding halt. The big question is how extensive will the delays be. Climatologist Al Dutcher offers good and bad news for some.

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Solar Radiation Takes a Hit in Central Nebraska in August

September 19, 2019
During much of August, particularly August 19-25, the central tier of Nebraska, from the South Dakota border to the Kansas border, saw reduced levels of solar radiation.

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Freeze Risk Shifts from August Report

September 12, 2019
Climatologist Al Dutcher looks at freeze risks for various sites, maturities and planting dates for corn. In some areas slightly warmer-than-normal August temperatures reduced freeze risk while in others, conditions were cooler than normal.

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Fall Freeze Risk as of early September (Table 1)

September 10, 2019
Table 1. The odds (%) of an early fall hard freeze (28°F or less), calculated using 2019 GDD accumulations from emergence to August 31 and applying 1981-2010 GDD accumulations from September 1 to the average first hard freeze date. The table (stacked in two parts) shows the odds for four emergence dates.

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Fall Freeze Risk, August 2019 (Table 1)

August 8, 2019
Table 1. The odds (%) of an early fall hard freeze (28°F or less), calculated using 2019 GDD accumulations from emergence to July 31 and applying 1981-2010 GDD average accumulations for August 1 to the average first hard freeze date. The table (stacked in two parts) shows the odds for four emergence dates.

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