Precipitation

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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ET gage
ETgage installed near soybean field.

ET Resources

June 24, 2021
Online resources for viewing evapotranspiration (ET) information and changes, which can be used alongside your crop's stage of growth to estimate crop water use.

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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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Photos of two very different eastern Nebraska wheat fields
Figure 1. Photos of both of these eastern Nebraska wheat fields were taken June 16, 2018 and show the contrast between wheat grown in Thayer County (left) in southeast Nebraska where precipitation was much below normal and a field in Washington County in east central Nebraska where there was sufficient soil mosture throughout the season. (Photos by Brad Heinrichs (left) and Nathan Mueller)

Recap of 2017-18 Eastern Nebraska Winter Wheat Crop

July 25, 2018
Winter wheat yields in eastern Nebraska were quite variable in 2018, ranging from 10 to 80 bu/ac, depending on precipitation. This review of the growing season examines some of the factors affecting yields in southeast, east central, and northeast Nebraska.

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Nebraska precipitation map based on single point data

Why Do Precipitation Maps for the Same Date and Area Differ?

June 28, 2018
Why do precipitation maps for the same storms sometimes appear to report different rainfall amounts? How can you determine which one to use when?

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Map of accumulated GDD in Nebraska

Warmer Days Help GDD Levels Catch Up; but Rains Still Limited

June 7, 2017
Above normal temperatures since June 1 have reduced accumulated GDD deficits from late April and May. Preliminary analysis suggests that GDD deficits (corn base) have been eliminated across southern Nebraska and reduced across northern Nebraska. See current GDD table.

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Cooler Temperature Swing Likely in Second Half of March

March 9, 2016
Soil temperatures have begun to respond to the recent warming trend with soil temperatures 4 inches under bare soil in the southern half of Nebraska averaging between 45°F and 48°F, while those in the northern half are averaging between 42°F and 45°F.

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