Yes, it is cold.
But, it isn’t as cold as other parts of the country or as cold as it has been.
Though temperatures in Nebraska have fallen below zero a look back reveals it is not as cold now as it has been during past winters.
“Back in 1989, we were below zero for over 100 hours in a row,” State Climatologist Ken Dewey with University of Nebraska-Lincoln tells Jack and Dave in the Morning on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “So, this is like one tenth the length of the event back in 1989.”
Dewey points out though the temperature in Lincoln dipped to eight below on Monday, it wasn’t even as cold as a month earlier, when the temperature dropped to minus-10.
Even colder temperatures have been recorded in the eastern part of the United States, which is digging out of heavy snowfalls. Dewey says the lack of snow in Nebraska have kept temperatures from dropping further.
As for the coldest January 6th in Nebraska; that was a bitter 25 below zero. The coldest daytime high recorded on the 6th, according to Dewey, was minus-14.
Dewey also recalls the very cold temperatures and deep now of 2009-2010.
“But this is a relatively snow-free winter for us. It’s wonderful for travel, very dry and the cold spells are not lasting long,” Dewey says. “We’ve had, ’09-10, we had a cold spell that lasted several weeks. We’re going to go right back above freezing again in a few days.”
Western Nebraska could see the 40s Tuesday afternoon with the warm air spreading to eastern Nebraska by the end of the week.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]