2010 Nebraska Star Party
Friday, 08 June 2012 06:33
This years Nebraska Star Party will be July 15th through the 20th southwest of Valentine. The star gazers come to the remote area for the great astronomical views from Merritt Reservoir's Snake Campground, and there are plenty of recreational opportunities to keep the entire family entertained all week long at the 19th annual Nebraska Star Party. Merritt Reservoir was selected for its near total lack of light pollution, and for its already developed vacation infrastructure. The dark sky is very important to astronomers because even the small amount of artificial light in rural areas between cities drowns out faint astronomical objects. The Star Party is open to the public with pre-registration. You can find registration online at nebraskastarparty.org or call (402) 491-3502.
Dry Conditions Could Persist
Friday, 08 June 2012 05:42
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - State climatologists say farmers in Nebraska and Iowa should prepare for persistent drought conditions this summer that could devastate their crops.
Nebraska State Climatologist Harry Al Dutcher said Thursday that he expects that ranchers and farmers in the western part of the state will suffer crop damage, unless the weather suddenly becomes cooler and wetter. He says that's unlikely, given the current conditions.
Ranchers in western Nebraska and farmers in north-central Iowa say the weather conditions are the driest they've ever seen.
The situation is less dire in Iowa, but State Climatologist Harry Hillaker predicts that June will be warmer than usual. High winds are also causing water to evaporate faster.