Al Dutcher - Associate Nebraska State Climatologist

Al Dutcher

(faculty)
Work Hardin Hall (HARH) 153D
Lincoln NE 68583-0931
US
Work 402-472-5206 On-campus 2-5206

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October 2016 US map with the temperature forecast
October 2016 US map with the temperature forecast

Above Normal Temps, Precipitation Forecast for Nebraska September 23, 2016

Above normal temperatures and precipitation are forecast for October for Nebraska. A longer lead outlook indicates the potential for late winter rains that could hamper spring field operations.

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Number of degree day units over 86
Number of degree day units over 86

Data Shows Timing of Temperature Extremes in June and July August 18, 2016

This summer's temperature extremes are studied in more detail, with a focus on the number of days where highs exceeded 86 F and a forecast for cooler temperatures the second half of August.

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Comparing 2016 Summer Temperatures with 2015 August 9, 2016

A comparison of high and low temperatures across Nebraska in June and July shows a stark difference from 2015 to 2016, particularly in June. Some sites had as many as 14 more days with maximum temps over 90°F or 13 days with minimum temperatures over 70°F in June 2016.

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30-day precipitation forecast
30-day precipitation forecast

Undulating Heat, Cooler Temperatures to Continue August 4, 2016

As we enter the final stretch of the growing season, weather models are indicating that the pattern of heating up during the work week and cooling down on the weekends will continue at least through mid-August. There even appears to be a good chance that above normal moisture may be realized across the southern half of the state as monsoon moisture works around the periphery of the upper air ridge projected to be positioned across the south central High Plains the next two weekends.

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Seven-day US precipitation map
Seven-day US precipitation map

Forecast: Hot, Dry Conditions to Break Next Week June 16, 2016

After a cool start to the growing season coupled with copious rainfall, temperatures the past 10 days have felt more like July, leading to leaf rolling in corn in eastern Nebraska. Earlier cool temperatures may have partially masked accumulating soil moisture deficits. Expect continued hot, dry conditions through June 20 and then a drop to the 80s through June 24.

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June to August CPC precipitation forecast
June to August CPC precipitation forecast

Expect More Moisture, Then a Drier La Nina by Late Summer May 25, 2016

As El Nino winds down, expect above-normal precipitation during the early summer and drier conditions as La Nina moves in in late summer. With the levels of snowpack feeding the North Platte River, flooding along the river is expected to continue.

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Managing N in a Wet Spring May 5, 2016

USDA NASS estimated 26% of Nebraska’s corn acres had been planted as of May 2, well behind last year’s pace of 45% and slightly behind the five-year average of 31%. The pace is undoubtedly being affected by the amount of precipitation across the state and the wet field conditions (Figures 1 and 2).

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Shift to La Nina Likely in Late Summer or Earlier May 2, 2016

It has been exceptionally wet since mid April with south central and southwest Nebraska receiving enough moisture to eliminate short-term dryness concerns that dominated the early February through mid-April period. Moisture data from NERain stations show that at least 253 stations recorded over 5 inches of moisture April 15-30.

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