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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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Nebraska map showing departure from normal precipitation

A Recap of Weather and Its Effects on the 2018 Crop Season September 20, 2018

Weather data and trends from April through August are reported here and help explain what you're seeing from the cab this fall.

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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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Sites reporting weather data to Nebraska Mesonet
Sites reporting weather data to Nebraska Mesonet

Survey: What do YOU want from Nebraska Mesonet? September 4, 2018

Farmers, consultants and others in the Nebraska agriculture community are invited to take a short survey from the Nebraska State Climate Office to share how they use and value weather data from Nebraska Mesonet.

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US map indicating departure from normal temperatures for July 2018.

July Recap and August Forecasts for Temperatures and Rain August 3, 2018

July's above normal temperatures are quickening corn maturity. Forecasts for August and early September see limited potential for precipitation.

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Rezaul Mahmood (left), co-leader of the GRAINEX project, talks with a student and co-leader Eric Rappin (right) of Western Kentucky University.
Rezaul Mahmood (left), co-leader of the GRAINEX project, talks with a student and co-leader Eric Rappin (right) of Western Kentucky University.

Husker-led Research Team to Examine Irrigation's Role in Precipitation July 16, 2018

A national team led by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is studying potential links among irrigation, cloud formation and rainfall from a 3,600-square-mile region in southeastern Nebraska.

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Alfalfa Harvests in High Heat June 28, 2018

When the temperature is consistently above 90°F, many guidelines for alfalfa harvest no longer apply. Rather than using the bloom as a guide, give plants extra time between hot summer harvests to maintain healthy stands.

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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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