Weather Information & Resources
Soil Temperature Summary for Nebraska (Source: Nebraska Mesonet) (illustrated graphically and numerically by district)
Accumulated GDD and Crop Water Use (ET) Rates
Nebraska Ag Water Management Network. Access rain and ET information posted by the ag community and crop growth stage information
Nebraska Extension Crop Water Use Information Rich resources of information on ET, soil moisture sensing and water management for crop production
Corn GDD, an online Useful to Usable Decision Support Tool for the Corn Belt See current conditions and GDD in a 30-year perspective.
Evapotranspiration Resources and Crop Water Use Data by Growth Stage (Corn, Soybean, Wheat, Alfalfa, Sorghum, Sugarbeet, Potato)
NeRAIN Reports and Maps (Nebraska Rainfall Assessment and Information Network) Daily precipitation reports from hundreds of Nebraska sites
Precipitation Summary (Source: High Plains Regional Climate Center)
Ag Climate View Tool, a Useful to Usable U2U decision support tool Access customized historical climate and crop yield data (See related CW article.)
Ag Climate Connection, a blog with news and views on climate change in the Corn Belt Other Helpful Sites
Figure 1. Map of the Midwest showing average date ranges for first 28°F freeze. (Source: Midwest Regional Climate Center)
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.
Weather data and trends from April through August are reported here and help explain what you're seeing from the cab this fall.
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.
Sites reporting weather data to Nebraska Mesonet
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.
July's above normal temperatures are quickening corn maturity. Forecasts for August and early September see limited potential for precipitation.