DECEMBER 2008 BROUGHT GRAND ISLAND AND HASTINGS NEBRASKA THEIR   
COLDEST AVERAGE MINIMUM TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER  
SINCE 2000.  
 
AT CENTRAL NEBRASKA REGIONAL AIRPORT IN GRAND ISLAND...THE AVERAGE   
LOW FOR THE MONTH WAS 11.3 DEGREES...OR 4.6 DEGREES BELOW THE NORMAL   
DECEMBER AVERAGE LOW OF 15.9 DEGREES. EIGHT DAYS DURING THE MONTH   
SAW LOWS DIP TO ZERO OR COLDER. THE LAST TIME A COLDER DECEMBER   
AVERAGE LOW OCCURRED WAS IN 2000...WHICH REGISTERED 8.5 DEGREES. THE   
ALL-TIME COLDEST DECEMBER AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 0.9 DEGREES IN   
1983. CLIMATE RECORDS FOR GRAND ISLAND DATE TO 1895.   
 
AT HASTINGS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT...THE AVERAGE LOW FOR THE MONTH WAS   
12.5 DEGREES...OR 4.7 DEGREES BELOW THE NORMAL DECEMBER AVERAGE LOW   
OF 17.2 DEGREES. EIGHT DAYS DURING THE MONTH SAW LOWS DIP TO ZERO OR   
COLDER. THE LAST TIME A COLDER DECEMBER AVERAGE LOW OCCURRED WAS IN   
2000...WHICH REGISTERED 8.5 DEGREES. THE ALL-TIME COLDEST DECEMBER   
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 1.7 DEGREES IN 1983.   
 
THE INFORMATION ABOVE IS SUMMARIZED IN THE TABLE BELOW:  
 
   CITY          DEC. 2008 AVERAGE LOW       RECORD COLDEST     
                  AND ALL-TIME RANK         DEC. AVERAGE LOW         
 
GRAND ISLAND      11.3 (13TH COLDEST)         0.9 IN 1983       
 
HASTINGS          12.5 (17TH COLDEST)         1.7 IN 1983


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