The winter of 2009-2010 has been relentless when it comes to breaks from the record cold.  When looking at the averages we can usually look forward to a day or two when temperatures warm just enough to give us that false hope of spring.  That false hope has not been realized across most of central and south central Nebraska and north central Kansas this winter.  Usually during the winter we see an average of 16 to 33 days with maximum temperatures that reach or exceed the 50 degree mark.  This winter...December 1st through February 21st anyway...has provided only 4 days or less of 50 degree or warmer temperatures on the Nebraska side of the border...and anywhere from 3 to 11 days on the Kansas side.  The following table shows the 30 year average number of days with temperatures at or above 50 degrees...and the number of days this winter from December 1st to present.   As February comes to a close...it doesn't appear that we will add any more 50 degree or warmer days to the tally below.    To end on a postive note...average daily maximum temperatures by the end of March usually run in the middle 50's to lower 60's.

 

Location # Days at or above 50 degrees - Dec 1st - Feb 21st Average # of days at or above 50 degrees Dec 1st - Feb 28th  - 30-year Average 1981-2010
Grand Island 1 19.8
Hastings 4N 1 19.0
York 3N 2 18.2
Osceola 2 16.5
Hebron 2 20.9
Minden 2 23.2
Clay Center 2 17.7
Fairmont 2 18.4
Kearney 4NE 3 20.4
Greeley 3 17.3
Ord 3 17.7
Holdrege 3 20.1
Superior 3 25.5
Smith Center 3 27.2
Lexington 4 22.6
Franklin 4 26.5
Beloit 6 27.0
Phillipsburg 7 25.9
Plainville 9 31.3
Alton 11 32.9

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