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.
The Nebraska State Climate Office has released the fall edition of Climate Crossroads, and it has been a busy quarter.
Not only did we go live with our data streams for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, but we also were added to the National Mesonet Program. None of that would have been possible without the support of our sponsors, who we are thanking in this edition.
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.
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.