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Natural gas prices may rise “a twitch” this winter

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With memories of last winter’s cold blast, some of Nebraska’s natural gas suppliers are looking for what they’re calling insurance. Clyde Gross is the senior gas manager for Northwestern Energy. “We’re 70% locked in through our traditional ways of locking in,” Gross says. “Because of a scar we have from last winter, not near the […] Read More »

Have your furnace inspected now, before winter winds howl

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Many Nebraskans are already turning up the heat on their thermostats but autumn is a good time to have an expert look over your furnace before winter arrives. Merl Scott, a mechanical inspector, says it’s crucial to have your system checked out every year. Scott says, “Most of us have gas furnaces so we’d want […] Read More »

Water levels rising higher on the Missouri River to prep for ’15

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The Missouri River will be rising at least three more feet over the coming weeks as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers prepares for next year with above-normal releases from Gavins Point Dam. Jody Farhat, chief of the Missouri River Basin Water Management Division in Omaha, says the increased releases now will help lower the […] Read More »

Weather doesn’t delay start of ALCS

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The Royals and Orioles have waited a long time to get back to the American League Championship Series, and as they prepared to begin their battle for the pennant, meteorologists were predicting wet but playable conditions for the scheduled first pitch ... Read More »

Climate change authors say debate is over, time to prepare

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One of the lead authors of a new University of Nebraska-Lincoln report on climate change says Nebraska farmers and ranchers will face significant weather-related challenges in the coming decades. Climate scientist Don Wilhite says average temperatures will continue to rise with a substantial increase in high-temperature stress days over 100 degrees. And while average annual […] Read More »

UNL study concludes climate change effects could be dramatic for state

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Dramatic effects of climate change could be ahead for the state, according to a new University of Nebraska-Lincoln climate study.One of the lead authors, Dr. Don Wilhite with the UNL School of Natural Resources and founder of the National Drought Mitigation Center, indicates that predicted temperature changes of four to nine degrees by the end […] Read More »

Study: Climate change is making some Nebraska bird species scarce

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A study by an environmental group is analyzing the vulnerability to climate change of more than 500 species of birds across the Midwest. The Environmental Defense Fund is working with teams of biologists in Nebraska, Illinois and Iowa. Alicia Hardin, an administrator in the wildlife division of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, says some birds are […] Read More »

Almanac: Winter of 2015 will be bitter cold, snowy

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Nebraskans could be in for a rough winter. The 2015 Old Farmers Almanac is out with its recipes, charts for ocean tides and, of course, predictions about the weather. Bob Farmer, one of the contributors to the annual publication, says there’s a particularly challenging winter ahead for the Midwest. “For winter 2015, the prediction is […] Read More »

Possible tornado rips up farms in SE Nebraska

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A team from the National Weather Service is examining storm damage in southeast Nebraska’s Otoe County, trying to determine if it was caused by a tornado on Tuesday afternoon. Otoe County emergency management coordinator Gregg Goebel says the severe weather started at about 4:30 P-M and some damage was done south of Nebraska City, near […] Read More »

Severe storms a possibility for eastern Nebraska

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Round one of rain moved through eastern Nebraska just before noon today as predicted. Now get ready for round two. National Weather Service – Valley Meteorologist Cathy Zapotocny says there is a stronger warm front to the south and that will have more dynamics including deep moisture and upper level support. While it is too […] Read More »

Corps of Engineers offers more detail about rising Missouri River

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Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are now offering more details about how high the Missouri River will rise over the next few months. Releases are being increased from the four lower dams on the Missouri following heavy rains in August in an effort to cut flood risks. Jody Farhat is chief of […] Read More »

Missouri River levels are rising and will continue climbing

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With all the rain in recent weeks across the Midwest and Northern Plains, water levels are rising along the Missouri River basin — and the water will likely remain high through fall. Dave Becker, operations manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Gavins Point Dam, says they’re having to increase the releases from […] Read More »

Study: Nebraska winters will still be snowy despite climate change

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A national report on climate change finds even with global warming, we’ll still have plenty of snow in the winters ahead in Nebraska and across much of the country’s northern half. Climatologist Harry Hillaker says climate change is very gradual and snow blowers and shovels will remain necessities. Hillaker says the report from the Massachusetts […] Read More »

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 »