Historic is one way to describe this week's weather.
Wacky is certainly another.
From sunburns and the highest temperatures of the year on Sunday and Monday to freeze warnings and historic May snow on Wednesday and Thursday, weather has been Topic No. 1 at the water cooler.
“They always say 'If you don't like the weather in Nebraska, just wait a day and it will change,'” said Jeremy Wesely, a National Weather Service meteorologist and lifelong Nebraskan. “This last week has about typified that.”
» Soul-relieving warmth: For the first time this year, temperatures crested 80 degrees across the region: 82 degrees in Omaha on Monday and 85 degrees on Tuesday.
» Great start to the workweek: More remarkable was Monday morning's low of 55 degrees. “Our nights have been cold,” said Barbara Mayes, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
April in Omaha tied for third for most nights below freezing. Monday was the fourth-latest arrival of a 50-degree-plus temperature for a morning low.
» Historic misery: Rarely are springs as cold and wet as this year, said Harry Hillaker, state climatologist in Iowa. This is only the second spring in 141 years in Iowa in which March-April ranked in the Top 10 for both wet and cold weather.
Usually if spring is wet, it's also warm, he said. This is Iowa's third-wettest and seventh-coolest spring.
» Record snow: A May snow descended across the region Wednesday and Thursday. With a total of 3.1 inches, Omaha set records for most snow on May 1 and 2 as well as for the month of May. Other cities, including Lincoln, also set daily records. This is only the third time in 114 years that Lincoln has had snow in May. For Omaha, it was the fifth time in 129 years. The last time Omaha saw snow in May? 1967.
» Graduation groan: University of Nebraska-Lincoln's plans for an unusual, outdoor graduation this morning have been whipsawed by the weather.
The usual spot, the Devaney Center, is not available, so the university was trying a cool first: Memorial Stadium. But a cool and rainy forecast has had officials scrambling. An abbreviated ceremony, with graduates crossing the stage in no particular order and collecting handshakes and empty diploma covers (so it looks good for pictures) will be held if rain holds off.
Otherwise, students will gather by college at various times throughout the morning to receive diplomas in the Hawks Championship Center. UNL will make the decision at 6 a.m.
» 10,000 exhausted and chilled: Lincoln's National Guard Marathon and Half-Marathon race on Sunday celebrates its 37th year, regardless of the weather conditions.A sliver of good news: The forecast appears to favor a dry morning. To ward off risks of hypothermia, organizers will hand out lightweight mylar blankets to the 10,000 racers as they cross the finish line, director Nancy Sutton said.
» El show debe continuar (“The show must go on”): Cinco de Mayo officials in Omaha may have canceled or rescheduled Friday night events because of the rainy forecast, but the parade along South 24th Street will go on today rain or shine.
» Sports: High school district soccer matches were played in sleet, college baseball tournaments have been rescheduled and the metro high school track meet was canceled altogether.
Plus countless tennis, softball/baseball and soccer events have been washed out for players of all ages.
» It could always be worse: A May 27-29, 1947, storm dropped 3 inches to 12 inches of snow across most of Nebraska and northwest Iowa. Read more about the storm on Nancy's Almanac.