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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Calculating the Odds of a Hard Freeze

August 7, 2019
How likely are you to see a hard freeze (28°F or less) before your corn reaches maturity? Check these tables based on current and historical conditions to see whether you're in an area of concern.

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Pollen on leaves and silks in spite of heat
Corn pollen on and near silks. For each kernel of grain to be produced, one silk needs to be fertilized by one pollen grain. Photo by Jenny Rees.

How Extended High Heat Disrupts Corn Pollination

July 19, 2019
A lot of factors can affect corn pollination success, including recent and predicted high heat and high humidity. This explains how environmental conditions influence the pollination process and how a cool down later this weekend may be helpful.

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Forecast Shows Much Warmer Days Ahead in July

June 26, 2019
After a cooler and wetter than normal spring, Nebraska is finally moving into a much warmer period in the first half of July, notes Climatologist Al Dutcher. The greatest likelihood for widespread moisture will be in the evening hours July 1-4 in the Panhandle.

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US map showing departure from normal precipitation from April 13 to June 11, 2019

Longer Term Forecasts for More Moisture in the Corn Belt

June 12, 2019
Rainy periods will continue but stretch into a warm-up next week, bringing with it higher relative humidity and favorable conditions for some crop diseases.

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GFS forecast for early June
GFS forecast for early June

Warmer, Drier Conditions Forecast for June

May 29, 2019
After extended rains and cool temperatures, Climatologist Al Dutcher reports that a considerably drier forecast may be unfolding as the calendar turns to June.

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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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