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Statewide weather monitoring system running out of funds, legislature tables plan

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Nebraska lawmakers have tabled a bill that would’ve helped fund the statewide weather monitoring system, which provides data to researchers and farmers.

State Senator Tom Brandt says the system, known as the Nebraska Mesonet, needs additional funding and a strategic plan due to decline in weather stations. “A lot of entities use this information. Think of your agronomy department, the co-op, seed dealer or anyone that works outdoors. It gives you critical information on what has happened and what is happening.”

Brandt, Senator Myron Dorn and representatives from the University of Nebraska would like to add more stations, ensure it’s providing relevant data and has a long-term path for growth.

Statewide weather monitoring system running out of funds, legislature tables plan