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No day off for Dakota City, recovering from severe storms

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Nebraskans in extreme northeastern Nebraska are spending today not at cook-outs, but at clean ups. Dakota City is recovering the Labor Day after severe thunderstorms with high winds touching 80-miles-per-hour at times took down power lines and did some structural damage throughout the city. Dakota City Mayor Jerry Yecevich says all the destruction is still […] Read More »

Storms prompt officials to urge disaster preparedness (AUDIO)

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A summer of severe storms has promoted state officials to call on Nebraskans to be prepared in case disaster strikes. Perhaps, the Sunday storms put a punctuation mark on the message by state officials that Nebraskans need to prepare for severe weather. Gov. Dave Heineman declared September Nebraska Preparedness Month. A state hit hard all […] Read More »

Storms sweep through Nebraska

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Stormy weather hit Nebraska on Sunday with straight-line winds clocked at 80 miles per hour in the eastern part of the state. The Panhandle suffered through rain, hail, and wind. A weather spotter in Gordon reported that so much hail fell the ground turned white. The National Weather Service reports the early evening thunderstorm that […] Read More »

Expect a wet Labor Day weekend

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Remember the children’s rhyme, “Rain, rain go away. Come again another day”? Much of the state is waterlogged after heavy rain this week. National Weather Service – Valley meteorologist Dave Fobert says more is on the way. He says rain is in the forecast tonight and again on Sunday. There likely will be pockets of […] Read More »

Winds up to 83 MPH accompany Sunday’s strong storm system

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Residents in several areas of Nebraska have spent part of today cleaning up from Sunday’s severe storms. The storm system brought heavy rain, hail and high winds. Authorities in northwest Nebraska’s Sheridan County say at least one person was injured by big hailstones, with large hail also falling in Cherry County. Hurricane-strength winds whipped through […] Read More »

USDA boss says not all climate change impacts are bad

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Farmers and scientists are trying to determine how climate change will impact agriculture in Nebraska and nationwide in the years ahead, with one study predicting without action, crop yields will drop 20% by mid-century. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says farmers will have to adapt to greater variability in the weather, but the news isn’t […] Read More »

Expert: Now’s the time to top off propane tanks for winter heating

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While many Nebraskans have their air conditioners running during the heat of early August, one expert suggests they look ahead to wintertime and their home heating needs. Fuels analyst Harold Hommes says a very rapid rise in liquid propane prices last winter left many Nebraskans stunned and facing tough financial decisions. “We’re encouraging people to […] Read More »

Assistance coming to individuals, businesses impacted by June storms

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Disaster assistance for businesses and individuals is being offered to the areas of Nebraska most heavily damaged by June storms, but not by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA announced earlier that though public assistance has been made available for several areas of Nebraska hit hard by June storms, individual assistance would not. The state […] Read More »

Benefit concert for tornado-tossed Pilger brings windfall

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Residents of western Iowa and eastern Nebraska gathered at a bar in Omaha last night to support a benefit concert for the tornado-ravaged town of Pilger, Nebraska. Four bands, all featuring members with ties to the small town, performed at The Waiting Room. Many residents of Pilger were in attendance, including 61-year-old Keenan Meyer, who’s […] Read More »

Concert is tonight in Omaha to benefit tornado-tossed Pilger

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Several musicians with ties to the northeast Nebraska town of Pilger have organized a benefit show tonight to raise money for the community that was struck by two tornadoes last month. Clint Meyer, a singer-songwriter, grew up in Pilger. He saw the pictures and videos of the damage done on June 16 and went back […] Read More »

Disaster aid now available for livestock producers; amount under dispute (AUDIO)

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Federal disaster assistance has been made available for livestock losses due to severe weather, even to producers who suffered losses two years ago from drought. But, the amount of aid is in dispute. Nebraska Farm Service Agency Director Dan Steinkruger agrees Nebraska producers have been hit hard by severe weather the last few years. “The […] Read More »

Siouxland schools donate 70 desks and more to tornado-damaged Pilger

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A school in northeast Nebraska that was damaged beyond repair in a tornado last month will re-open for classes on time next month, thanks in part to a school district in northwest Iowa. The 105-year-old Wisner-Pilger Middle School in Pilger was demolished by the EF4 tornado on June 16th. Superintendent Chad Boyer says he got […] Read More »

FEMA aid coming to 12 Nebraska counties following storms, floods

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Twelve Nebraska counties are now approved for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. Recovery efforts are still underway for residents across the state who were impacted by the recent severe storms, tornadoes and flooding. Kevin Garvin, the emergency manager for Cedar County, says the FEMA assistance will greatly help with the […] Read More »

The silver lining of June storms: an end to the drought (AUDIO)

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One month of well-above-normal rainfall has ended the drought in nearly all of Nebraska. But drought continues to plague a large portion of the United States. Climatologist Brian Fuchs at the National Drought Mitigation Center on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln east campus says heavy June rains finally broke the drought which began in 2012. “It’s […] Read More »

Yes, it is as hot as you think is…maybe hotter

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It’s hot out there. How hot? Hot enough to break some records in western Nebraska. The sun was searing the Nebraska Panhandle plains Thursday where temperatures reached up to 112 degrees. That mark was hit in rural Sioux County, as was 111 degrees about ten miles east of Harrison. Mitchell, Chadron and rural Banner County, […] Read More »