Friday, April 30, 2010

First tornadoes of the year for Nebraska

First tornado reports (3) of the year for Nebraska yesterday, April 29, 2010: 11:18 PM, 8 miles West of Nebraska City; 11:23 PM, 3 miles SSE of Dunbar; 11:27 PM, 1 mile S of Nebraska City.
One tornado reported in Kansas near Washington Kansas and one tornado reported near Glenwood, Iowa
Wind damage near Diller, Nebraska at 8:25 PM. Amazing storms considering how dry the air was.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

EPA's new report on Climate Change

There is an interesting new report by US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published this month called "Climate Change Indicators in the United States." The report presents 24 indicators of effects of climate change.

Here is the PDF of the report.

Tapan Pathak

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

2009-2010 Snowfall Season comes to an End

It appears that we are done with snow for the 2009-2010 season.
Here are some Lincoln, NE, snowfalls statistics:

Earliest measurable snowfall: September 29, 1985: 0.8 inches.
Latest measurable snowfalls: May 3, 1907: 2.2 inches and, May 3-4, 1967: 3.0 inches
Latest FIRST measurable Snowfall: December 31, 2006: 7.5 inches

2009-2010 Season:
First snowfall, October 10, 2009
Last snowfall, March 19, 2010
Season total = 41.6 inches, 13th snowiest. Data beginning in 1900.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Volcano produced lightning

We normally associate lightning being caused by severe thunderstorms, however, thought you might like seeing lightning caused by volcanic eruptions. This photo is from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland. Click on the following link to see more images from this on-going volcanic eruption.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Winter wheat emerges from its winter sleep in Nebraska

Spring is finally here! April 16, 2010 in Central Nebraska with a green landscape from the Winter wheat crop rapidly beginning to grow. Winter wheat is planted from September to October in Nebraska. Winter wheat sprouts before freezing occurs, then becomes dormant until the soil warms in the spring. It is harvested in Nebraska in late June and July and is very vulnerable to the peak season for hail in Nebraska which is also late June and July. North Dakota and the Prairie Provinces of Canada, however, plant "Spring Wheat" in May and harvest it in the Autumn.

March 2010 global temperatures were the warmest since records began in 1880.

Here is an animation that I created of all the monthly global temperature anomaly maps from September 2005 through March 2010:

Thursday, April 15, 2010

March 2010: The combined global land and ocean surface temperature anomaly for March 2010 was the warmest March since records began in 1880. Canada also had its warmest March on record following Canada's Winter which was the warmest on record as well.

This day in weather history

The state snowfall record for Colorado was set April 14-15, 1921 in Silver Lake. A record 75.8 inches of snow fell in this 24 hour period!

For more Colorado records, click here.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

With 116 years of climate data, it was an amazing January 1-March 31, 2010 time period. New England was the warmest ever recorded for this time period and the Great Lakes had much above normal temperatures. However, Florida experienced it coldest ever first three months of the year, and much of the Gulf region was much below normal. Nebraska? Right in the middle of it all, Nebraska’s temperatures averaged near normal for the first three months of the year.

Wind Gusts Over 50 mph in Nebraska Yesterday

Wind gusts over 50 mph were common across western and central Nebraska yesterday. Check out these gusts!


Peak Gust


68 mph


63 mph


61 mph

North Platte

60 mph


59 mph

Broken Bow

58 mph


55 mph


54 mph


54 mph


54 mph


53 mph

Grand Island

52 mph


52 mph

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Revised Statewide Climate Extremes Tables

The statewide climate extremes tables have been reviewed and updated with the latest records. Click here to search for extremes in your state. An example is shown below:

All-Time Climate Extremes for NE

VariableLocationValueDateStation IDStatus
24-hr PrecipitationYork13.15 in.July 8-9, 1950259510E
24-hr Snow FallDalton27.0 in.December 21, 2006252145N
Snow DepthFremont44 in.February 16, 1936253050N
Maximum TemperatureGeneva
118 °FJuly 15, 1934
July 17, 1936
July 24, 1936
Minimum TemperatureBridgeport
-47 °FFebruary 12, 1899
December 22, 1989
HailAurora7.0 in diam.
18.75 in circum.
June 22, 2003