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From a record low Sunday to a possible record high today, this week is another reminder of how wacky spring 2013 has been.
But at least it also is crazy beautiful.
“Really quite lovely,” said horticulturist Kathleen Cue of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Douglas and Sarpy Counties.
Puffy clouds of white and pink blossoms have billowed up along neighborhood streets as spring color makes a delayed and concentrated arrival.
Cue said the overall delay in spring has helped concentrate a succession of blooms, as has a lack of hot, dry winds. Normally, warm gusts have knocked off more blossoms by now, she said.
Flurries of pink and white could billow to the ground today, though, given the warm and windy forecast.
Today's high in Omaha is forecast for the mid-90s and winds could gust above 25 mph. The record high today in Omaha is 96 degrees.
Sunday brought a record low of 32 degrees in Omaha, said Barbara Mayes, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. The previous record for Omaha, 33 degrees, had stood for 135 years.
Sunday morning also brought Omaha its second-latest date that spring temperatures dropped to freezing. The record remains the 32 degrees on May 13, 1997.
Lincoln, with a low of 31 degrees, and Norfolk, with a low of 29 degrees, also set record lows Sunday morning, according to the weather service. Each town bested its previous record by one degree.
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