US map of precipitation probability

Planting Delays Possible if Forecasts for Above Normal Precipitation Hold True

April 20, 2017

Planting is underway in Nebraska but briefly stalled mid-week due to several storm fronts moving through.

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Map graphing Nebraska precipitation from March 20 to April 2

Continued Rains in Early April Forecast; Possible Snow Mid-Month

April 3, 2017
While all of Nebraska has seen precipitation in the last two weeks, amounts have varied widely. More rain and possibly snow is forecast for the next two weeks and may help to improve some areas that are still abnormally dry. Find the day by day breakdown here.

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US precipitation forecast maps
Figures 3-4. US precipitation maps from the NOAA Climate Prediction Center, from left: Outlook for Feb. 16-22 and experimental outlook for Feb. 18-March 3. Green indicates above average precipitation and numbers indicate percent likelihood.

As Temperatures Warm, Spring Conditions Could Turn Wet

February 8, 2017

We are now two-thirds of the way through our meteorological winter (December-February) and it is time to take stock of how the current upper air pattern will likely influence the remainder of our winter and whether these conditions will carry over into the first half of our spring season. 

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US temperature outlook
US temperature outlook

Short- and Long-Term Forecasts Suggest Highly Variable Winter Temperatures

November 10, 2016
Nebraska's extended summer conditions appear to be nearing an end as the temperature trend is forecast to drop mid-November. The long-lead winter forecast sees potential for a roller coaster of highs and lows traversing the state from December through February.

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Much, but Not All, of Nebraska Experiences Hard Freeze

October 14, 2016
The hard freeze felt across much of east central and northeast Nebraska Oct. 13 marks the second major freeze event of the month. The first, on Oct. 6, primarily impacted western Nebraska. Now, 38 of the 56 locations listed have reported minimum temperatures of 28ºF or lower (defined as a hard freeze).

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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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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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