It's not our imagination: Snow has become increasingly rare in these parts.
Omaha and Lincoln this week set records for the number of consecutive days without snow. The streak is expected to come to an end this weekend when a chance for snow blows in.
According to the National Weather Service:
Omaha's last measurable snowfall, based on readings at Eppley Airfield, was 0.2 inches on Feb. 24, which means 286 days without snow as of Thursday. The previous record was 284 days ending on Dec. 30, 2006.
Lincoln's last measurable snowfall, 1.1 inches on Feb. 13, resulted in 297 days without snow as of Thursday. The previous mark was 295 days ending Nov. 27, 2004.
The lack of snow is due to the combination of drought and record warmth. Much of eastern Nebraska is in the midst of one of its warmest and driest years on record.
Josh Boustead, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said snow was forecast this weekend.
“We'll probably have at least a little bit of snow. It doesn't look like a big system,” he said.
For a snowfall to be measurable, only 0.1 of an inch will need to be recorded.
Contact the writer: 402-444-1102, firstname.lastname@example.org