Martha Shulski serves as the state climatologist for Nebraska. She grew up with a passion for weather and continues to show it in her work. Her goal is to help others understand how weather and climate affects them. We all talk about the weather. That’s something that is not controversial. Everybody can strike up a […]

As an elementary-school-age Nebraskan, Michelle Kwan’s 2002 Olympic run remained my exclusive exposure to ice skating. Hearing of a small pond close to my grandparents’ Colorado home induced wonder beyond previous possibilities in my young life. I waited impatiently for our Christmas trip to their home on Wisp Creek Drive. My dad, as tall as […]

I lived in the same house in rural Nebraska, situated north of Wood River and south of Cairo, until moving to Lincoln for college in 2011. A year later, I worried my parents by traveling to India as a journalism student for a three-week documentary class. It wasn’t until I returned that I really gave […]

How does one define a place? Is it a location someone has visited? Does one have to stand on the shores of a lake to feel like they know the lake? Can someone who has never visited a place still have a connection to it?   I grapple with these questions as my time as […]

It is Spring 1975. It is just coming on dawn at Crow Dog’s place on the White River. I am trying to get some sleep after being up for the last two nights. I am laying on the frosty grass half tucked in under my Chevrolet Vega wrapped in a sleeping bag – but the […]

On August 21, 2017, the total solar eclipse swept its way across the Continental US sending the path of totality right through the heart of Nebraska. Thanks to our camera technician, David Weber, several of our permanent time-lapse cameras were able to capture this once in a lifetime event. Below is a compilation of those time-lapses […]

The Platte Basin is located in the heart of the United States of America, encompassing a broad diversity of landscapes and habitats. From the mountains of Wyoming and Colorado to the Great Plains of Nebraska, this watershed, waters cities, small farming communities, and provides habitat for wildlife. The Platte Basin is made up of five […]

In North Fork of the Platte River, you can see Albert Bierstadt’s inventive and evocative use of light. (WikiArt.org)

As tame as the state of Nebraska may seem in these days of interstate highways and carefully plotted section lines, it was not always so. There was a time in America’s history when the land that would become Nebraska was a dangerous unknown, an unforgiving, unending plain, cut through by a long, broad river which […]

Explore the Platte River in Nebraska by sorting and searching flow rates recorded throughout the state.