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“Devil Clouds” Marks Centennial of Omaha Tornado

Tune in to NET on Friday, March 22, at 7:00 p.m. (Central) for Devil Clouds: Tornadoes Strike Nebraska, a look at the infamous 1913 Omaha tornado. From NET’s website: “Easter Sunday 1913 dawned as a spring-like day of celebration. It … Continue reading

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…Talk About the Drought! President Roosevelt Visits Nebraska Panhandle

In an earlier post we we recalled the effects of the 1890s drought in Nebraska. Unfortunately, it would not be the last. In 1936, Nebraska farmers were facing similar hardship. The ongoing drought (or “drouth” as it was often spelled) … Continue reading

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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 do but watch their crops burn to a crisp. Combine that with the current national … Continue reading

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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 of natural disasters were the sudden prairie blizzards. The blizzard of January 12, 1888 had an immense impact on … Continue reading

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Poor Niobrara!

Poor Niobrara, Nebraska! The Missouri River is threatening to turn this Nebraska town, its newest town, into an island (at least for highway traffic). Niobrara is also one of Nebraska’s oldest towns. It was established in 1857, a scant three … Continue reading

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Christmas at Fort Robinson

Fort Robinson provides the following holiday story of devotion and courage from A Frontier Army Christmas, compiled and annotated by Lori A. Cox-Paul and Dr. James Wengert, and published by the Nebraska State Historical Society. In December 1882 Corp. Martin … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Fatal Flood, July 6, 1908

This year’s rainy season has been made more tolerable, and safer, thanks to flood control initiatives over the last 60 years. But on July 6, 1908, nearly seven inches of rain fell on the capital city, with 2.5 inches coming … Continue reading

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Republican River Flood, Part 2: Rescue in McCook

As promised in the May 25 post, “Republican River Flood – 75th Anniversary,” here is the story of how forty men were trapped on the roof of the power plant in McCook. A narrative by plant worker Louis B. Wolf … Continue reading

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Republican River Flood – 75th Anniversary

On May 30, 1935, torrential rains fell in eastern Colorado and southwestern Nebraska; by early morning of the 31st, the usually peaceful Republican River was running bluff-to-bluff along its upper reaches. When the waters subsided two days later, over 100 … Continue reading

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Will Winter Never End?

Maybe it will warm up by the time you read this. Or maybe there will be a foot of new snow. But if you think this winter has been rough, ask someone who remembers the winter of 1948-49. A series … Continue reading

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