Changes in climate do not necessarily translate into changes to management practices and interactions between sectors remain quite complex.
Those topics were key discussions during the Northern Great Plains Regional engagement workshop for the Fourth National Climate Assessment on Feb. 22 in Rapid City, South Dakota. Three satellite sites for the workshop included one hosted by the High Plains Regional Climate Center and Nebraska Extension at the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
February in Nebraska saw both heavy snow and record high temperatures, a highly variable swing of climate compared to the norm. Read about that and more in the February climate summary, available here.
State and regional climatologists and fisheries and wildlife professionals know this to be true: Changes in climate are a growing threat to fish and wildlife populations in the Midwest. Higher temperatures. More sporadic and heavier rainfall. Longer periods of frost-free days. Each of these – changes already seen in the Midwest – are altering plant and animal cycles.
Robins are heralding the morning light. Early blooms are reaching toward the sun. And the extended forecast calls for daytime high temperatures rising into the low 50s to upper 60s.
It's mid-February in Nebraska, Lincoln is on course for its lowest seasonal snow total ever and winter is over, right?
Not so fast — March is coming.
The Nebraska State Climate Office is launching its quarterly newsletter with the Winter 2016 edition of Climate Dispatch. In this issue, we introduce ourselves and our Director Martha Shulski to you, our stakeholders.
In this quarter’s edition, you also will these stories:
A winter outlook by Al Dutcher, Agriculture Extension Climatologist with NSCO;
An introduction to our monthly summary;
A look at our statewide weather network: The Nebraska Mesonet;
Our upcoming schedule of events.
As winter rapidly approaches, it’s time to look at current conditions and weather patterns expected to impact North America during the next six months.
Although the temperature and precipitation patterns in October 2016 were similar to those in October 2015, the underlying causes were polar opposite patterns in the Equatorial Pacific. Last year we were entering an exceptionally strong El Nino in October, while this year a weak to moderate La Nina appears to be unfolding.