Cooler Temps are Behind Us, Above Average Temps Expected for June
Experts are saying that April and May's cooler temperatures will soon be behind us as June is expected to warmer than normal.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Climate Prediction Center released new data last week with predictions for the upcoming summer.
Above average temperatures are predicted for June in the 30-day forecast. Thehighest probability for those higher temperatures falls across the areas westand south of a line from Chadron to Holdrege.
And unfortunately, that same area has the highest risk for below normal precipitation.
For the summer prediction, which includes June, July and August, the highestprobability for above normal temperatures is south and west of a line fromValentine to Hebron.
Below normal precipitation is predicted for the western two-thirds of thestate, with the highest probability being in the southeastern Panhandle, thesouthwestern Sandhills and the southwestern corner of the state.
While the warmer temperatures are on their way, the cooler spring temperatures have already impacted corn farmers, according to state climatologist for the UNL Institute of Agriculture and NaturalResources, Al Dutcher.
"Farmers are 10-15 days behind planting corn," Dutcher said."Under normal temperatures, this crop would be projected to come intopollination during the statistical peak of the summer heat, the second andthird week in July."
Crops exposed to higher temperatures have a risk of lower yields.
"That's when we can really take a big bite out of our crop," Dutchersaid.
But there has been some benefit to the cooler spring temperatures.
"The benefit of these cold and wet conditions has been a significantincrease in soil moisture conditions across eastern Nebraska," Dutchersaid. "They have contributed to a limited recovery but are insufficient toalleviate concerns."
Dutcher said it remains unclear however whether this summer will be a stormy one.
"So far this season we have had a very weak storm season," Dutchersaid.
This in part was due to snow pack across Canada and the Northern Plains,Dutcher said.
Now that the snow pack has melted, there is a higher chance of stormy weather.