Long-range forecasts find Nebraska may be in for a mild fall as we head into winter.
Mark Svoboda, a climatologist with the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, predicts the Husker State and most of the country will see above-normal temperatures from September through November.
“You see a little bit less odds of that from Montana over into North Dakota and parts of Minnesota,” Svoboda says. “Is that the La Nina signal trying to force its way in there? All and all, you can see the entire (contiguous United States) and Alaska are looking to be above-normal temperature-wise into the early winter time period.”
Svoboda says it looks like precipitation will be near normal as well for Nebraska and most of the rest of the Midwest and Great Plains.
“Equal chances for the majority of the region, save for a little bit there in the western Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming, which have slightly above odds for being a little bit wetter than normal as this plays out over the next three months,” he says.
Svoboda says that trend should help improve drought conditions over most of the region. He says La Nina conditions are developing, but look to remain weak for the next few months.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton