It seems like we may have skipped spring, and jumped straight from winter to summer. Omaha picked up more than an inch of snow the weekend of April 14th. Less than a month later, we are enjoying a stretch of 80 degree days!
We hit 80 for the first time this year at Omaha's Eppley Airfield on April 27th. Just a week later, we started a streak of 80s that will likely last more than a week.
April 9th was our 6th day in a row of hitting at 80 degrees or higher. It looks like that streak will likely reach 8 days before a cold front knocks us back into the 70s for Mother's Day weekend. The warmest day so far was May 8th, when we hit 87 at Eppley.
Our most recent similar stretch of 80s (and some 90s) started last year on September 19th and lasted 6 days. Since we'll likely go longer than that, let's dig a little deeper into the calendar. Starting on September 7th, we had 9 days in a row of 80 or more.
After a LONG and COLD winter, I'm getting greedy... and I want some 90s! There aren't any in the forecast yet, but here is when we typically see some 90 degree heat for the first time in Omaha.
In National Weather Service records going back to 1871, the earliest we ever hit 90 was on March 25th. That happened a long time ago, in 1907. The longest we had to wait for the 90s was after Independence Day, on July 7th. That happened in 1951.
While those are the extremes, we average our first 90 on May 21st, which is less than two weeks away. So while we won't be hitting 90 this week, we could easily be seeing some in the forecast in the not too distant future.