Halloween Climatology/Extremes 
Grand Island, NE

Not surprisingly, weather conditions on Oct. 31st can vary dramatically from one year to the next. Just in the past 30 years, high temperatures in Grand Island have ranged from 23° to 81°, and lows have ranged from 15° to 54°! The tables below feature a wealth of Halloween weather and climate information focused specifically on Grand Island, Nebraska, where October weather records date back 120 years to 1895.

According to the entire period of record, the warmest Halloween on record featured 82° in 1915 and the coldest low was 12° in 1923. Only 21 of 120 Halloween Days on record (18%) have featured high temperatures in excess of 70°. Interestingly though, three of these occurrences have materialized within the past seven years (2008, 2011, 2012).

As for daily liquid precipitation, measurable amounts of 0.01" have been recorded in 20 of 119 years, or only 17% of the time. In fact, it has been fifteen years now since measurable precipitation was recorded on Halloween. Measurable snow has been even rarer, with only three instances on record. By far the most significant Halloween weather event on record in Grand Island was the snow storm of 1991, when 8.8"piled up on the 31st alone, and a storm-total amount of 12.0" fell between Oct. 30-Nov. 1! The high temperature in Grand Island on Halloween 1991 was only 23°.

** Halloween 2014 RECAP:  Last year, Halloween in Grand Island was the coolest in 8 years, as the afternoon high was only 44° following a morning low of 22°. Despite the chilly temperatures, it really wasn't a bad day as skies averaged mostly sunny to partly cloudy and breezes were rather light at generally 5-10 MPH.  **

Grand Island NE Max Temperature Min Temperature Precipitation
30-Year Normals (1981-2010) 58 34 0.04
10-Year Averages (2005-2014) 59.1 30.7 0.00


Grand Island NE All-Time Records (Since 1895)
Warmest Halloween On Record (High Temp) 82° in 1915
Coldest Halloween On Record (High Temp) 23° in 1991
Coldest Low Temperature 12° in 1923
Warmest Low Temperature 58° in 1933
Most Liquid Equivalent Precipitation On Record 0.79" in 1991
Snowiest Halloween On Record 8.8" in 1991


Top 5 Warmest Highs Top 5 Coldest Lows Top 5 Wettest Top 5 Snowiest
82° (1915) 12° (1923) 0.79" (1991) 8.8" (1991)
81° (1990,1933) 14° (1925) 0.60" (1920) 0.8" (1993)
80° (1944) 15° (1993) 0.42" (1902) 0.2" (1929)
79° (1950) 17° (1991) 0.40" (1979) Trace (1979)
76° (2001,1938) 18° (2002) 0.30" (1929) Trace (1941)


The Last Time _____ Happened On Halloween?
Last 80+ degree day: 81° in 1990
Last 70+ degree day: 73° in 2012
Last time the high temp was 40° or colder:  38° in 2006
Last time the high temp was 30° or colder:  26° in 2002
Last time the low temp was 20° or colder:   18° in 2002
Last time the low temp was 50° or warmer: 54° in 2001
Last time measurable precipitation fell (0.01 inch or more): 0.10" in 2000
Last time measurable snow fell (0.1 inch or more): 0.8" in 1993
Last time it snowed at least 1 inch: 8.8" in 1991 !

 In the past 30 years...

 - Since 1985, high temperatures on Halloween have ranged from 23° (1991) to 81° (1990)
 - Since 1985, low temperatures on Halloween have ranged from 15° (1993) to 54° (2001)
 - Since 1985, the high temperature on Halloween has exceeded 70° six times (1990, 1999, 2001, 2008, 2011, 2012)
 - Since 1985, the low temperature on Halloween has dipped below 20° only three times (1991, 1993, 2002)
 - Since 1985, measurable precipitation (0.01" or more) has fallen five times (led by 0.79" in 1991)
 - Since 1985, measurable snow (0.1" or more) has fallen only twice (led by the daily-record 8.8" in 1991)


Grand Island, Nebraska - Past 10 Years Summary
Halloween (2005-2014)

Date Max Temperature Min Temperature Precipitation Snowfall Weather Conditions
10/31/2005 59 36 0.00 0.0  
10/31/2006 38 22 0.00 0.0  
10/31/2007 56 33 0.00 0.0  
10/31/2008 73 37 0.00 0.0  
10/31/2009 65 31 0.00 0.0  
10/31/2010 52 33 0.00 0.0  
10/31/2011 72 26 0.00 0.0 sunny, a bit breezy
10/31/2012 73 35 0.00 0.0 sunny, light wind
10/31/2013 59 32 0.00 0.0 sunny, breezy
10/31/2014 44 22 0.00 0.0 partly cloudy, light wind
10-Year Averages 59.1 30.7 0.00 0.0  

 

Past 10-Years Halloween Summary: Grand Island, NE (2005-2014)
 
Warmest high temperature: 73° in 2008, 2012
Coldest high temperature:   38° in 2006
 
Coldest low temperature:   22° in 2006
Warmest low temperature: 37° in 2008
 
Highest Rainfall: Measurable rain has not fallen on Halloween since 2000
Highest Snowfall: Measurable snow has not fallen on Halloween since 1993

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This page was composed by the staff at the National Weather Service in Hastings, Nebraska.

Last Updated/Finalized For 2015: 11/21/14


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