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Climate in Nebraska

Nebraska is home to diverse climates, ranging from humid continental in the east to semi-arid steppe in the west. Summers are hot and humid with temperatures often reaching into the high 80s and 90s. Winters tend to be cold and dry, but snowfall can still occur throughout the season. Many areas of Nebraska see an average of 30 inches or more of precipitation each year. The eastern part of the state experiences some of Nebraska's most extreme weather with thunderstorms, tornados, hail, and occasional flooding being common occurrences. Overall, the climate in Nebraska is generally mild with seasonal changes that make living in this great state pleasant year-round.

Nebraska, Nebraska gets 27 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Nebraska averages 28 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 223 sunny days per year in Nebraska. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Nebraska gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 80 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. In order for precipitation to be counted you have to get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure.

Weather Highlights

Summer High: the July high is around 87 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 13
Rain: averages 27 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 28 inches of snow a year


Nebraska's annual BestPlaces Comfort Index of 7.2 (10=best) indicates it is more comfortable than most states in the United States.

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June, September and August are the most pleasant months in the state of Nebraska, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Nebraska, NebraskaUnited States
  27.4 in.38.1 in.
  28.3 in.27.8 in.
  79.7 days106.2 days
  223 days205 days
  2280 ft.2443 ft.


Many people confuse weather and climate but they are different. Weather is the conditions of the atmosphere over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere is over long periods of time.

Weather is how the atmosphere is behaving and its effects upon life and human activities. Weather can change from minute-to-minute. Most people think of weather in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind, and atmospheric pressure.

Climate is the description of the long-term pattern of weather in a place. Climate can mean the average weather for a particular region and time period taken over 30 years. Climate is the average of weather over time.

July is the hottest month for Nebraska with an average high temperature of 87.4°, which ranks it as warmer than most states. In Nebraska, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Nebraska are September, June and May.

Nebraska has 29.1 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is hotter than most states in the U.S.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Nebraska with an average of 12.9°. This is colder than most of the U.S. states.

Nebraska has 151.3 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is colder than most states in the U.S.

Nebraska averages 12.1 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is colder than most states in the U.S.

The humidity is usually comfortable in the state of Nebraska but some summer months can be sticky or muggy. July is the most humid month, though humidity is low for most of the year. The most humid months are July, August and June.

May is the wettest month in Nebraska with 4.2 inches of rain, and the driest month is January with 0.6 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 39% of yearly precipitation and 8% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. Nebraska's average annual rainfall of 27.4 inches indicates that it is drier than most states in the United States.

May is the rainiest month in Nebraska with 10.5 days of rain, and January is the driest month with only 3.9 rainy days. Nebraska's annual average of 79.7 days with measurable rain is less rainy than most states in the United States. The rainiest season is Summer when it rains 31% of the time and the driest is Spring with only a 16% chance of a rainy day.

Nebraska's average annual snowfall of 28.3 inches indicates that it is less snowy than most states in the United States. February is the snowiest month in Nebraska with 5.8 inches of snow, and 7 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Reviews for Nebraska    14 Reviews
    Omaha doesn’t belong in Nebraska - 11/28/2020
    First off, I’ve lived in Omaha my whole life. If there’s one thing I could say, it’s that Omaha doesn’t belong in Nebraska. If your looking for an urban place that feels... Read More

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    Not the Good Life for everyone - 8/4/2020
    Have lived in the suburbs of Omaha for 14 years, coming here strictly for family reasons. The weather goes from too hot & humid to cold that goes to your bones. The... Read More

    Omaha isn't the good life! - 7/11/2015
    Whoever said living Nebraska is the good life, they obviously have never lived anywhere else. This place is pathetic. The unemployment rate is false. Most of the poor... Read More

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