July saw temperatures again hover about 2.5 degrees above average, with temperatures the highest in the northwestern half of the state. The intense heat and a lack of widespread precipitation events in the first half of the month also led to a rapid deterioration of drought conditions in the northern Plains; those conditions hit the northern part of Nebraska.
The Nebraska State Climate Office would like to remind the general public that historical Mesonet data is available to the public in hourly and/or daily format. With Dicamba herbicide injury reports surging during the past few weeks, we want the public to be aware that data is available to research whether climatic conditions were a contributing factor. Entities looking to acquire Mesonet observation data should contact the State Climate Office at (402)-472-5206.
June saw temperatures rise about 2 degrees above average, with temperatures the highest in the southcentral and northeast portions of the state. A lack of rain also meant dryness crept into all but the far western and southeastern parts of Nebraska. Learn more about how June’s climate conditions ranked in this month’s edition of the Climate Update from the Nebraska State Climate Office.
The Nebraska State Climate Office has released the summer edition of Climate Crossroads, its quarterly newsletter. In this issue, you can get up to date on:
- Mesonet maintenance - we're on track!
- The summer climate outlook;
- A project helping cities plan for climate risks; and
- NSCO services to our stakeholders: 14 talks to 510 individuals this quarter, 36 data requests filled.
Click here to view the newsletter.
It has been a difficult spring season across most of the United States east of the Rockies. Unusually warm weather during March quickly gave way to cold air intrusions during April and May, making row crop planting a challenge at best. Heavy rains, several unusually late snow events, and severe temperature oscillations have producers wondering what conditions will develop during this upcoming summer.
LINCOLN — City planning experts from 13 cities across the Midwest recently gathered to talk climate: Climate extremes, variabilities, thresholds, risks and how they should utilize the information.
A very active weather pattern is currently impacting the central United States as a broad upper air trough over the western third of the country ejects northeastward toward the Great Lakes region. Severe thunderstorms developed during the afternoon of May 16 from Texas northward through Nebraska and dropped an extensive area of 1-3 inches from west central through eastern Nebraska.
Nebraska again saw higher-than-normal temperatures across most of the state in April, but it also saw a late-season snow storm that will have implications for Nebraska crops. Read more about it in the April climate summary, available here.