Project supports cities in face of climate change

A group of University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers have banded together with the city of Lincoln, Nebraska, to help municipalities across the Midwest plan for changes in climate.

The projected changes have implications for public planning, utilities, city budgets and public health, particularly for vulnerable populations such as the young, elderly and poor. The project is intended to help cities determine where to invest their limited dollars to match future needs of their communities.

A tale of two Decembers

December started the month with temperatures above normal, but ended with frigid temperatures after an Arctic airmass settled over the eastern two-thirds of the mainland United States. Precipitation was below average, and the U.S. Drought Monitor showed much of the state now in the pre-drought or abnormally dry category. Learn more about what December's climate conditions meant for Nebraskans in this month's edition of the Climate Update.

Warmth, dryness round out the fall season

November brought Nebraskans above-average temperatures and below-normal precipitation. In the eastern part of the state, temperatures were slightly above normal, but the west and north-central portions of the state saw temperatures rise about 5 degrees above normal. This was coupled with well-below-normal precipitation levels across the entire state. Learn more about what November's climate conditions meant for Nebraskans in this month's edition of the Climate Update.

Climate Update: Season-ending freeze later than normal

This year, Nebraskans saw the season-ending freeze come, on average, a little later than normal, with each of our 65 weather stations recording a 28-degree low by Oct. 28. None, however, broke a record. The state also experienced strong winds that affected farmers and their harvest when it flattened corn. Learn more about how the state's climate affected Nebraskans in this month's edition of the Climate Update from the Nebraska State Climate Office.

Growing season officially over for Nebraska

On Oct. 28, 2017, the last of Nebraska's weather stations recorded a hard freeze of 28 F, effectively bringing the state's growing season to an end. 

The table below lists the date when each Mesonet station first reached the 28 F and 32 F thresholds this fall. Hard freeze conditions are defined as minimum temperatures reaching 28 F or lower. Frost conditions are met when the minimum temperature drops to 32 F or lower.

Understanding how El Nino, La Nina affected Midwest climate, crops

With the Climate Prediction Center issuing a La Nina watch for this upcoming winter, the Nebraska State Climate Office would like you to be aware of a suite of products that may help you understand how temperature and precipitation reacted to La Nina and El Nino episodes since the 1950’s.   The uniqueness of these data products is that agricultural producers can now match up their yield records with past events to see how their local area production matches up individual events.

September temperatures mostly above average

September delivered temperatures that were mostly above average, in some areas by 3 degrees or more, though there were pockets in the western part of Nebraska that were below normal. Above-average precipitation hindered farmers' efforts to get crops out of the field, but reduced drought in areas of the state. Learn more about how the state's climate affected Nebraskans in this month's edition of the Climate Update from the Nebraska State Climate Office.

August temps below normal for Nebraska

August saw temperatures dip below normal, in some areas by as much as 5 degrees on average; it was the first time in the period of record that Norfolk and Grand Island didn't see temperatures hit 90 degrees at all any day during the month. Precipitation, on the other hand, was above-normal for much of the state. Learn more about how the variables affected Nebraskans in this month's edition of the Climate Update from the Nebraska State Climate Office.