Seasons in Nebraska

Like many of the central states of the United States, Nebraska has a continental climate with distinct seasons. Summers are hot, winters are snowy, as well as the traditional off-season in autumn and spring. 

The Great Plains leave their mark on the climate. In the east of Nebraska, rainfall is significantly higher than in the west.


Seasons

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Spring in Nebraska

Spring is rainy, but friendly. It's already warm in April. The season of thunderstorms and tornadoes begins in May. Temperatures gradually rise from 28 °F (-2 °C) to 52 °F (+11 °C). The weather depends on the geographic location, as the state has plains, rivers and lakes, canyons and mountain ranges, steppes and swamps.

National parks open hiking trails for tourists in the spring. The Sandhills region is famous for its picturesque lakes surrounded by sand dunes. National parks, campgrounds, zoos are waiting for tourists. This is also a great time for a relaxing beach break. It's not too hot yet and there are no crowds of tourists. You can visit the Egeti Fossil Sediments Park and see the Chimney Rock rock.

Climate of the Spring Months

March
Max average t°: 52 °F (+11 °C)
Min average t°: 32 °F (0 °C)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 2.5" (63 mm)
April
Max average t°: 64 °F (+18 °C)
Min average t°: 43 °F (+6 °C)
Sundial in the day: 8.5 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 4.2" (106 mm)
May
Max average t°: 73 °F (+23 °C)
Min average t°: 54 °F (+12 °C)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 5.6" (143 mm)

(Omaha)

Spring Holidays

March 1st: National Women of Color Day.
March 17: St.Patrick 's Day.

April 1: April Fools' Day.
April 22: International Earth Day.
last Friday in April: Arbor Day

2nd Sunday of May: Mother’s Day.
last Monday in May: Memorial Day.

Summer in Nebraska

Nebraska receives the bulk of rainfall in late spring and summer. Rains with thunderstorms are frequent, tornadoes are likely. Check the weather forecast before traveling. Daytime temperatures in the summer months reach 85-95 °F (+29 +35 °C). There are days in July when the heat reaches 100 °F (+38 °C). Regardless, it is worth bringing an umbrella and raincoat with you. Sometimes it starts raining unexpectedly.

The main wealth of the tourist industry in Nebraska is the picturesque landscapes of the prairies, a rich wildlife, many flowers and birds. Lakes and rivers are full of fish. The locals love cycling and hiking trails through historical sites. The famous Lewis and Clark expedition took place here. Tubing is popular on the North Platte River. The route starts at Cody Park.


Climate of the Summer Months

June
Max average t°: 82 °F (+28 °C)
Min average t°: 64 °F (+18 °C)
Sundial in the day: 11.5 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 5.4" (136 mm)
July
Max average t°: 87 °F (+30.5 °C)
Min average t°: 69 °F (+21 °C)
Sundial in the day: 11.5 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 3.5" (90 mm)
August
Max average t°: 85 °F (+29 °C)
Min average t°: 67 °F (+19 °C)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 3.7" (93 mm)

(Omaha)

Summer Holidays

June 14: Day of the American flag.
June 19: Juneteenth National Independence Day.
Third Sunday of June: Father’s Day.

July 4: Independence Day.
August 26: Women's Equality Day.

Autumn in Nebraska

Autumn is the best time for tourism in Nebraska. From September to October it is warm, there are often sunny days, and it is dry. The maximum temperature during this period is about 75-80 °F (+24 +27 °C), the minimum is 31-40 °F (0 +4 °C). It can be much cooler at night. Birds leave Nebraska and go to warmer regions only in November.

The first half of autumn can be continued with some summer fun. Tourists can visit the Henry Doorley Zoo. He is located in Omaha. Vacationers are still attracted to Lewis and Clarke Lakes. It may be chilly to swim, but you can still go boating and fishing. Autumn is rich in festivals: Harvest Festival, AppleJack in Nebraska City. You can visit the national parks Gomstead, Chimney Rock, Niobrara River Valley.


Climate of the Autumn Months

September
Max average t°: 78 °F (+26 °C)
Min average t°: 60 °F (+15 °C)
Sundial in the day: 9.5 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 3.1" (78 mm)
October
Max average t°: 64 °F (+18 °C)
Min average t°: 47 °F (+8 °C)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 2.8" (70 mm)
November
Max average t°: 51 °F (+10 °C)
Min average t°: 34 °F (+1 °C)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 1.8" (46 mm)

(Omaha)

Autumn Holidays

1st Monday in September: Labor Day.

2nd Monday in October: Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Columbus Day.
October 31: Halloween (All Hallows' Eve).

November 11: Veterans Day.
4th Thursday in November: Thanksgiving Day.
Day after Thanksgiving.

Winter in Nebraska

Winter in Nebraska is quite harsh. Temperatures drop below 40 °F (+4 °C) in late November. From January to February it is quite cold - 12 °F (-24 °C), at night it can be 0 °F (-17 °C) Especially a lot of snow falls in December. The coldest month is January.

The state's lakes are turning into natural ice rinks due to frost. In cities, you can skate in parks. All winter activities are presented in full - sledges, skis, fishing.

Climate of the Winter Months

December
Max average t°: 36 °F (+2.5 °C)
Min average t°: 21 °F (-6 °C)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Snowy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 1.5" (39 mm)
January
Max average t°: 34 °F (+1 °C)
Min average t°: 17 °F (-8 °C)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Snowy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 1.1" (27 mm)
February
Max average t°: 37 °F ( +3 °C)
Min average t°: 19 °F (-7 °C)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Snowy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 1.4" (35 mm)

(Omaha)

Winter Holidays

December 25: Christmas Day.

January 1: New Year’s Day.
January 20 every fourth year: Inauguration Day.
3rd Monday in January: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

February 14: St. Valentine's Day.
3rd Monday in February: Washington’s Birthday.