The "unofficial end" of summer is usually reserved for the Labor Day weekend. This year, Labor Day falls on September 1st. Astronomically speaking, the end of summer comes about 3 weeks from now when the Vernal Equinox occurs. Climatologically speaking, Labor Day is truly a summer holiday with average high temperatures around 85 and low temperatures about 60 degrees. Historically, precipitation on September 1st occurs about 3 out of 10 years, or about 30% of time.  More recently, the past 10 years are right on target climatologically, with highs averaging in the middle 80s, lows around 60 and rain occurring once every three years or so.

The forecast for this Labor Day looks like a warm one again, as high temperatures top out around 90 degrees. South winds of at least 20 to 30 mph will also be noted.

The following table depicts some Labor Day climatological stats for a few cities in north central Kansas and south central Nebraska. Data for these sites date back to at least 1910 with some having data back to 1893.

  

  Grand Island, Nebraska Hastings, Nebraska Kearney, Nebraska Greeley, Nebraska Superior, Nebraska Beloit, Kansas

 

Smith Center, Kansas

 

Average High (30-year) 85 85 85 83 86 88 88
Average Low (30-year) 60 60 60 56 62 63 64
Average High 1998-2007 86 84 84 81 87 88 88
Average High 1998-2007 60 60 60 56 61 63 62
Record High 100 in 1897 and 1992 101 in 1948 and 1990 99 in 1990 100 in 1984 101 in 1990 109 in 1922 104 in 1922
Record Low 43 in 1949 and 1956 42 in 1956 45 in 1981 39 in 1981 48 in 1905 40 in 1956 40 in 1956
Record "Low" High 57 in 1935 and 1974 58 in 1935 66 in 1994 59 in 1994 65 in 1972 and 1974 61 in 1974 66 in 1972 and 1974
Average Daily Rainfall (30 year) 0.11" 0.13" 0.09" 0.12" 0.06" 0.08" 0.16"
Days with Rainfall 1998-2007 4 days 3 days 2 days 2 days 3 days 1 day 1 day
Days with Rainfall (since records began) 32 days or 31% 32 days or 29% 25 days or 24% 32 days or 31% 29 days or 28% 30 days or 29% 28 days or 29%
Daily Record Rainfall 5.62" in 1997 2.38" in 1934 1.20" in 1973 2.60" in 1992 1.45" in 1909 1.36" in 1969 3.80" in 1935



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