Winter is here to stay
University of Nebraska at Lincoln Climatologist Ken says unseasonably cold weather has given way to the normal cold of winter.
“This weekend is going to warm up. I mean, it’s going to be in the mid-30s, which is close to normal for this time of year,” Dewey tells LNK Today on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLNI. “But, those days of 80s and 70s and 60s and 50s and 40s I think are gone, all the way into next year.”
Temperatures in parts of Nebraska have averaged above normal for more than a year, according to Dewey, until the cold snap broke the string.
Dewey cautions against relying on Facebook and other social media posts warning of severe weather bearing down on Nebraska.
“We do not have the ability to forecast a snowstorm a week or two in advance. Half of these storms are so variable, all we know is it’s going to get cold. We’re 100% confident with that and we were confident with that a week ago,” according to Dewey. “So please be careful when you see things on the Internet that people are posting the map of the worst-case scenario.”
Dewey says once the calendar flipped to December, temperatures plummeted.
“So this is a radical departure and I want to remind everybody, our big worry right now is if we were to get one of these heavy snowstorms, like we did in December ’09 2009/10, and we lay down a couple of feet of snow, we will not warm up until Spring.”