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I will fully admit, I had all but written off the 2019 severe weather season. My mind was more on Husker football than it was on severe weather on Thursday, Aug. 29. Yet weather never ceases to surprise me…or humble me.

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After receiving a battering on Sunday night from 80 mph winds which caused damage throughout Cozad, the community was treated to a serene sunset on Tuesday evening as storm clouds lingered in the area.

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Cloud iridescence is a unique optical phenomenon which occurs due to diffraction caused by small water droplets or small ice crystals individually scattering light. They are commonly seen on the edges of clouds, in this case cirrus clouds.

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I have noticed a pattern during my 2019 storm chases, I pick a target, second guess that target, go to my backup and tornadoes form at the target I first considered.

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The afternoon of June 6 was hot, muggy and atmospherically unstable, with CAPE values reaching around 1,500 j/kg. A low pressure system far in the south help to initiate scattered thunderstorms around 3 p.m.

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Scattered thunderstorms fired all over Nebraska in the afternoon of Thursday, June 6. This particular thunderstorm had a brief severe thunderstorm warning issued for southeast Dawson County from 3:20-3:45 p.m.

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This time last year, I was on a trip down in Kansas and took a detour which took me far off into sparsely populated western half of Kansas. After a several hour drive west out of Wichita I was nearing the town I meant to see.

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Over a 72 hour period, Dawson County the eastern portion of Dawson County received between four to six inches of rain. In an area which had already seen its fair share of precipitation, this latest round of water seemed to be the straw which broke the camels back.

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Friday, May 17 was a make or break day for me as a storm chaser. The forecast had indicated since Monday, May 13 that severe weather was possible at the end of the week.

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May 11, 2019 was a pleasant day, after several days of below normal temperatures, almost constant cloud cover and light rain, a seasonable day was much needed. 

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This was filmed east of Lexington, NE on Sunday, May 5 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Severe Weather was impacting Harlan and Franklin counties at that time.

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On Sunday, May 5, 2019 severe weather was forecast to occur from southern Nebraska, down through Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. A cold front descended through Nebraska and triggered storms east of Grand Island and over Lincoln. A supercell over Lincoln produced a probable EF-2 multi vortex torn…

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As the light set on Easter Sunday, isolated thunderstorms were already hours old off to the west of Dawson County and to the south in Kansas. The atmosphere wasn't done yet however.

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On April 21, Easter Sunday, the Storm Prediction Center had issued a marginal risk for severe weather across Central Nebraska. A low pressure system was moving through Nebraska and a cold front which accompanied the system was expected to cause isolated thunderstorms. 

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LEXINGTON — I have been interested in severe weather ever since I was a young. I remember always sitting down with my Dad when he had the Weather Channel on and being engrossed in what I saw on the screen.

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After the dangerously cold conditions which kicked off the work week, Lexington saw some of the coldest wind chills Monday morning, in the -35 degree range, things will begin to “warm-up” slightly.

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According to the National Weather Service in Hastings the last days of February and the start of March will be bitter cold, with temperatures well below normal. The thick deck of stratus clouds which moved in Monday morning will likely persist throughout the work week and cut off most sunshine.

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According to the National Weather Service in Hastings, the area will get a brief relief from the cold temperatures which seem to have been in place for weeks. This will only be temporary however.

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The cold is here to stay for the rest of the work week. According to the National Weather Service in Hastings a strong disturbance will force a surface low pressure area to move across Kansas and Oklahoma, this will be followed by another cold front, helped along by strong winds from the nor…

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Wednesday is shaping up to the coolest day of the week with temperatures forecast to be in the upper 30s to mid-40s. The cold front which moved through on Tuesday is the culprit for the lower temperatures. The lingering snow pack over the western National Weather Service Hastings area is als…

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According to the National Weather Service in Hastings the Central Plains are being affected by the Madden-Julian Oscillation, MJO. Tropical rainfall exhibits strong variability on time scales shorter than seasonal El Nino. These locations in tropical rain fall often go through an entire cycl…

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To start off today, let me thank all of you who supported the Grand Generation Center holiday cookie and goodies sale last week. In the four days it was held, we nearly sold out of 36 dozen cookies, made up of six different kinds, and did sell out of fudge, cinnamon and caramel rolls and cin…

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Nebraska’s frustrations with property taxes go back over 150 years, when Nebraska was still only a territory. Throughout the decades, many proposals have been made to reduce the burden of the property tax system, but none have really worked. In 2016, the State of Nebraska collected almost $4…

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Happy 4th of July! For immigrants celebrating, the 4th of July has an added meaning.  We celebrate what the United States has given us.  The freedom for education, work and pursuing our dreams.  

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Greetings District 36!  While the Legislature has adjourned for the year, I continue to be busy with meetings and events in the District.  In the last few weeks I helped dedicate a bridge replacement program in CusterCounty, celebrated Annevar Days in Ravenna and welcomed over 100 ag educato…

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Following the early morning shooting at the June 14 congressional baseball practice, many on Capitol Hill and around the country spent the day in shock over what had transpired.

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After three calls to the City Manager (He just stepped out or he is away from his desk.), I am still waiting to find out if he has a solution for the situation at the Greenwood Cemetery.

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As healthcare and how it will impact your life in the near future is a topic of mixed emotions right now, it is a time to reflect on a very positive side of healthcare that often goes unnoticed. While we all schedule appointments to see a physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner,…

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It’s official. The Senate has confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch as the next Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court. He will be an excellent justice for the American people.  

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Greetings District 36. It was a very exciting week in Lincoln. FFA members from across the state descended on Lincoln for the annual state FFA convention. The blue jackets of FFA members are a great sight to behold! I'm so proud of the agricultural programs offered in our schools. It would b…

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To help more people climb out of poverty, our federal social programs must have the end goals of independence and productivity. 

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One of my top priorities as Governor is to reduce the tax burden on all Nebraskans to grow our state.  The Tax Foundation ranks Nebraska 14th highest for income tax collections per capita and USA Today rates us 5th highest for property taxes. We can, and must, do better.

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Sometimes in life it’s good to bend rules. I’m not talking about breaking the law or God’s commandments. My moral compass, calibrated by the best parents, doesn’t allow me to stray. Instead, I’m talking about altering arbitrary rules, particularly ones that are self-imposed. The trouble is u…

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I’ve been to my first official Pancake Day Race, but not the one on U.S. soil. Instead my sisters and I met in England to attend the one there.

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Greetings District 36.  Christmas is my favorite season of the year. During this time of year our thoughts focus on family, friends, and the birth of the Christ Child. We have a great deal to be thankful for in Nebraska. We have low unemployment, a growing economy, strong schools, and cash r…

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First, thank you to school board candidates Al Copper and Larry Steinberger for their participation in the forum sponsored by Get Out the Vote Lexington, held Thursday at the Majestic Theatre.

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Dr. Joe Miller has tirelessly contributed to the healthcare of his patients and in the health community at large during his tenure in Lexington.  That success was also due in large part to the support of his wonderful wife Linda.  I can only imagine the number of phone calls from patients sh…

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I’d like to offer sincere thanks to former publisher Katy Bergstrom and former sports editor Paul Pack for all they accomplished at the Lexington Clipper-Herald.