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What We Found

A Midsummer Christmas Eve

This Christmas card from 1880 depicted a warm-weather scene similar to one actually experienced by Omahans on December 24 in 1889. Freakish weather is not unique ...

Wild Weather Wednesday: Blizzard Derails Train Car Near Wausa, 1915

Welcome to Wild Weather Wednesday. Every Wednesday, we post a photo from our collections depicting an extreme weather event from Nebraska’s past. Nebraska has seen ...

A Blizzard Can (Sometimes) Be Fun

Young people have a different perspective on the hardships of winter. During the legendary winter of 1949, Charlie Wright was sixteen years old and staying at his ...

When Conversation Runs Dry…

We are witnessing firsthand the distress a drought causes in an agricultural community. With record temperatures and minimal rainfall, there is little that farmers can ...

The Blizzard of 1948-49

The Nebraska National Guard was called out, and volunteers worked to rescue trapped livestock, homes, and even whole communities. But the job was too big for Nebraska ...

Almanacs and Weather Forecasts

Almanacs were standard literature in most Nebraska homes in the late 1800s and well into the 1900s. These calendar-like handbooks were compendiums of odd bits of ...

Blizzard of January 12, 1888

The early settlers of Nebraska faced many hardships, a great number of these weather and climate-related. Among the most destructive natural disasters were the sudden ...

May Day a Snow Day in 1911

  Many Nebraskans, after enjoying spring weather only a few days earlier, spent May 1 of 1911 wading through snow and shoveling the white stuff off their ...

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