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Omaha's roller-coaster weather to take downward dip after warm weather detour

Omaha's roller-coaster weather to take downward dip after warm weather detour

February 2021 was the coldest February in the United States since 1989, according to the NOAA. 

Omaha’s welcome springtime warmth — records were set across the region Tuesday — won’t last long.

Instead, the crazy, roller-coaster weather is taking a dip late this week, and it may be a while before temperatures go back up.

Highs this week have been in the 70s, but by late in the week, they will be topping out in the 50s, the National Weather Service said. Omaha even has a slight chance of a rain-snow mix over the weekend if overnight lows drop far enough.

Then, for about another two weeks, temperatures may average cooler than normal, according to the National Climate Prediction Center. The average high in Omaha this time of year is 48 degrees and the average low is 26.

Omaha saw about a 100-degree swing in temperatures from the depths of mid-February to the highs this week.

Recall that on Feb. 16, Omaha set a record low when the temperature dropped to minus 23. On Tuesday, the city’s high climbed to 75 degrees, just shy of the record of 77 degrees.

Still, Omaha was among the cities to see record warmth. In Omaha, a daily record was set when the morning temperature bottomed out at 50 degrees. The city’s previous “highest low” was 46 degrees in 1902. Other cities, such as North Platte, Valentine and Sioux City, set daytime highs. In North Platte, the temperature reached 81 degrees; the record had been 77 in 1936.

So far, March is averaging 12 degrees above average in Omaha, while February averaged almost 12 degrees below normal.


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Nancy Gaarder helps cover public safety and weather events as an editor on The World-Herald's breaking news desk. Follow her on Twitter @gaarder. Email: nancy.gaarder@owh.com

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