Budget woes lead to weather station closures

Update - Laura Thompson with UNL Extension is picking up the cost of Rulo. Thank you very much Laura.

Leading into the sixth year of appropriation shortfalls, Nebraska Mesonet weather stations that are not contracted specifically by clients are slotted for closure to cut costs and reduce labor overhead.  The following stations have already been closed in 2022:


  • Ainsworth 2NE (opened 4 June 1984)
  • Gordon 4SE (opened 18 October 1984)
  • Ragan 5W (opened 29 May 1988)
  • Dunning 6NW (opened 13 August 1989)
  • Mullen 30N (opened 26 July 2004)
  • Sparks 5NE (opened 27 July 2004)
  • Harrison 4NW (opened 21 April 2016)


Additional stations to be closed in the next 12 months due to non-funding include:

  • Lincoln 1500 N 45th (opened 27 August 1986)
  • Guide Rock 3E (opened 15 October 1990)
  • Eagle 3NW (opened 15 August 2015)
  • Hayes Center 3N (opened 31 October 2016)
  • Arthur 8S (opened 31 March 2017)
  • Rulo 5SW (opened 14 June 2019)
  • Indianola 8SW (opened 16 July 2019)
  • Dickens 1NE (opened 17 July 2019)
  • Bushnell 12SE (opened 14 July 2021)
  • Enders 10SW (opened 3 August 2021)


If you would like to pay to keep any of these stations in place, please contact Dr. Martha Shulski at mshulski3@unl.edu or 402-472-6711.

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