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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Figure 1. Snow and freezing temperatures in the Nebraska Panhandle this week are likely to cause some leaf burn in wheat, but are not expected to cause extensive crop damage. (Photo by Cody Creech)

Assessing Freeze Injury to Winter Wheat

May 2, 2019
With freezing temperatures in the Panhandle May 1-2, wheat injury may have occurred. This guide addresses injury potential at various growth stages, factors contributing to injury, and why it's important to delay assessment for several days afterward.

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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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Market Journal: Farming Challenges in Western Nebraska

December 7, 2018
This week's Market Journal includes segments on farming in western Nebraska, part two of series about the Nebraska Farm Bureau, market analysis, and a look back at weather events that made 2018 unique.

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GIS Shapefile showing precipitation and streamflow in the Lower Platte South NRD

HPRCC Now Offers 500+ GIS Map Options

November 14, 2018
If you use GIS to help with your farm management decisions, check out the new shapefiles being offered by the High Plains Regional Climate Center. Individual shapefiles are available for over 500 map options.

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Chart showing date of first snow of the season 1948-2018
Chart showing date of first snow of the season 1948-2018

Nebraska Weather: Variability is the Norm

October 19, 2018
With much of the state's corn and soybeans still not harvested, it seemed too early for snow, but really how unusual is an Oct. 14 snow? UNL Climatologist Ken Dewey takes a closer look at the variability of Nebraska's weather.

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Map of the Midwest showing average date ranges for first 28°F freeze. (Source: Midwest Regional Climate Center)
Figure 1. Map of the Midwest showing average date ranges for first 28°F freeze. (Source: Midwest Regional Climate Center)

Average First Freeze Dates for Nebraska

September 21, 2018
Statistics indicate that first freeze (28°F) trends for southeast Nebraska are changing, moving slightly later into the fall while those for northwest Nebraska, at the other end of the scale, are not changing. See average first freeze date ranges here.

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Quote from the author, Al Dutcher: "As fall progresses, most of the Corn Belt will likely deal with periods of heavy rainfall, interspersed with warm dry weather."

El Nino Conditions Forecast for Fall-Winter

September 20, 2018
Climatologist Al Dutcher says there are initial signals of a developing El Nino event for this fall and winter, possibly leading to drier conditions in northwest Nebraska.

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