A climatologist with the University of Nebraska says we could be in for a wet spring.
Ken Dewey, who has an office on the East Campus in Lincoln, says it was dry before the recent rains set in and he expects the weather to change quite often over the next few weeks.
“We’re going to go back and forth between wet and dry, but the good news is we’re past the risk of freeze and we’re past the risk of any snow at all here in eastern Nebraska, although we do know it snowed last weekend in western Nebraska,” Dewey tells Jack and Dave in the Morning on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Dewey says the temperatures have remained cool enough to keep many tornadoes from forming, but he says the current weather pattern will produce severe weather nonetheless.
“It’s a matter of off and on again thunderstorms with always, always the potential in Nebraska of small hail and flash floods,” Dewey says.
Dewey points out that while the prediction of numerous tornadoes a week ago never materialized, two tornadoes formed in Omaha later in the week without warning. And Dewey makes no apologies for the numerous forecasts which predicted numerous tornadoes a week ago that never materialized.
“If we say there’s no risk and everybody goes about (their business) and they’re not thinking about it when it does happen, that’s our bigger worry is that we don’t want it to being over-hyped, but we don’t want people not being aware of the risk or potential danger in any given day,” according to Dewey.
Dewey expects this to be a wet spring, which could bring thunderstorms, high winds, hail, and even tornadoes once the temperatures being to rise.