Al Dutcher - Associate Nebraska State Climatologist

Al Dutcher

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

Faculty Bio

Drought outlook

La Nina Forecasted to Continue with Drought Expansion Likely According to CPC

April 28, 2022
Nebraska Climatologist Al Dutcher reviews the latest CPC forecast, which predicts drought intensification through the entire 2022 growing season.

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April precipitation

Weekly Agricultural Weather Update — April 26, 2022

April 27, 2022
Though lack of surface moisture and cool soil temperatures have contributed to planting delays across Nebraska, two precipitation events are expected to hit the state in early May, followed by a warming trend.

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April precipitation map

Weekly Agricultural Weather Update — April 19, 2022

April 21, 2022
With the lack of measurable moisture this past week for a large portion of the state, Nebraska experienced a continuation of topsoil and subsoil moisture decline and winter wheat deterioration.

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April precipitation map

Weekly Agricultural Weather Update — April 12, 2022

April 14, 2022
With an outlook of dry weather until the last week of April, the most favorable planting windows based upon widespread high temperatures exceeding 60°F is currently April 19-24.

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April precipitation outlook map

Weekly Agricultural Weather Update - April 5, 2022

April 7, 2022
With the March 31 CPC outlook, temperatures in Nebraska are still expected to be above normal through April, but precipitation chances have improved.

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Winter 2021-22 precipitation anomalies graph

Winter 2021-22 Recap

March 23, 2022
According to preliminary findings by the National Center for Environmental Information, the 2021-22 winter season ranked as fourth-driest on record for the state of Nebraska.

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April-June precip outlook graph

CPC Latest Outlooks Offer Little Drought Relief

March 23, 2022
The latest CPC outlook reports above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation are expected to continue in Nebraska until the end of summer.

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Precipitation outlook map

Spring 2022 Weather Outlook

March 8, 2022
With chances of below normal moisture and above normal temperatures through the next three months, Al Dutcher reports drought conditions across western Nebraska could rapidly intensify this spring.

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