January 2010 saw another winter month of below normal average monthly temperatures at Grand Island and Hastings. Grand Island's average monthly temperature was 20.0 degrees, which was 2.4 degrees below normal. Hastings had an average monthly temperature of 20.6 degrees, which was 3.0 degrees below normal. Grand Island received 0.54 inch of precipitation, which was right at normal for the month. Snowfall at Grand Island totaled 5.6 inches. Hastings received 0.23 inch of precipitation, which was 0.32 inch below normal. Snowfall at Hastings totaled 3.4 inches.
Several records were set at Grand Island and Hastings during the month of January:
- Grand Island - January 9. New record low temperature of -16 degrees. The previous record was -15 degrees set in 1974.
- Hastings - January 9. New record low temperature of -15 degrees. The previous record was -14 degrees set in 1982.
The following is a summary of noteworthy weather events across south central Nebraska and north central Kansas during January:
- January 2: Snowfall of 1 to 4 inches fell during the day, adding to the snowpack already on the ground. Click here for the snow totals.
- January 6-9: An arctic airmass brought snow, gusty winds and bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills. Click here for snow and wind gust information, and here for climatological data on the cold temperatures.
- January 7: Sundogs appeared in the sky during the morning and evening. Click here to see the photographs.
- January 1-9: For most locations across south central Nebraska and north central Kansas, the first nine days of January 2010 made the Top 5 for the coldest on record. Click here for the temperature information.
- January 25: Strong northwest winds had gusts over 50 mph in several locations. Click here for the wind gusts.