Figures 1 and 2. Comparison of the February (left) and March 15 precipitation outlooks for June-August 2018. A indicates above normal chances, N indicates normal changes, B indicates below normal chances and EC indicates equal chances for precipitation percentages provided in the key. (Source: NOAA Climate Prediction Center)
Figures 1 and 2. Comparison of the February 15 (left) and March 15 precipitation outlooks for June-August 2018, showing Nebraska is no longer in a large area of below-normal precipitation. A indicates above normal chances, N indicates normal changes, B indicates below normal chances and EC indicates equal chances for precipitation percentages provided in the key. (Source: NOAA Climate Prediction Center)

Weather Outlooks Shift Slightly as Spring Begins

March 23, 2018

The Climate Prediction Center’s March 15 outlook continues to favor dry conditions for the Southern Plains. Its summer precipitation outlook, however, has changed and is shifting the highest probabilities for below normal moisture south (Figures 1 and 2).

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December 5, 2017 Drought Monitor for Nebraska

Dry November Conditions Lead to Major Shift in Drought Monitor

December 7, 2017
After a drier and warmer than normal November, the Drought Monitor showed a marked increase in how much of Nebraska was dry, increasing the "abnormally dry" area from 9% to 61% this week.

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Table of wind gusts in Nebraska
Table of wind gusts in Nebraska

How windy was it? A look at Nebraska gusts Oct. 23-27

November 2, 2017
As evidenced by field after field of broken corn stalks and ears lying on the ground, the Nebraska plains were swept by winds of 30-50 mph, often over a sustained period, Oct. 23-27. Two tables show the peak gusts as well as how many hours in a given day two sites experienced high winds.

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Table of freeze dates and average freeze dates for 2017
Table of freeze dates and average freeze dates for 2017

Growing Season Officially Over for Nebraska

October 31, 2017
On Oct. 28, the last of Nebraska's Mesonet weather stations recorded a hard freeze of 28°F, effectively bringing the state's growing season to an end. A table shows dates for 28°F and 32°F freezes as well as average dates for these thresholds for 63 sites.

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Typical La Nina pattern over North America

What Will a La Nina Winter Mean for the Midwest?

October 24, 2017
The Climate Prediction Center reissued its La Nina Watch on October 12, stating that the odds of a La Nina occurring during our North American winter have now increased to 55%-65%.

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NWS-Omaha map showing areas of below normal temperatures

Scout Corn Fields for Kernel Set

August 4, 2017
Considering the day to day and week to week variability in weather we’ve experienced and the wide range of regional conditions across Nebraska this year, scouting fields for kernel set and overall condition may be more important than ever. Check out these corn reports from across the state.

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Nebraska drought monitor map for July 25, 2017

As Drought Worsens, Hopes Focus on Moisture Forecast

July 27, 2017
With recent and predicted rains, soil moisture conditions may improve some in western Nebraska while eastern Nebraska may continue to dry down, says climatologist Al Dutcher.

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Nebraska mesonet sites

Documenting Climate Data Relative to Pesticide Injury

July 27, 2017
With dicamba injury reports surging during the past few weeks, we want the public to be aware that historical data is available to research whether climatic conditions were a contributing factor.

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