For the first time in over two years, a monthly average temperature was below normal in Kearney. The average temperature in Kearney for September 2006 was 60.7° or 2.8° below normal. The last month cooler than normal in Kearney was August 2004, when average monthly temperature was 2.5° below normal. In fact, September 2006 was the coolest September since 1993 and the 9th coolest on record.  The chart below depicts the monthly departure from normal for average temperature at seven locations in south central Nebraska and north central Kansas.  The numbers represent the difference in temperatures from normal. Blue cells are cooler than normal and yellow cells warmer than normal.
 
Average temperatures for the month were below normal across the board over south central Nebraska and north central Kansas.  Beaver City was 6.1° below normal and Beloit 5.0° below normal. Relative to monthly normal temperatures, September 2006 was the coolest since August 2004. The summer of 2004 was one of the coolest on record for parts of south central Nebraska and north Kansas.
 
Looking back at the last couple of years in south central Nebraska and north central Kansas, the trend has clearly been warmer than normal. For example, the monthly average temperature at Hastings was at or above normal 23 of the last 26 months. Only September 2006 and January 2005 were cooler than normal. For Grand Island, 22 or the last 26 months were warmer than normal. Plainville has also been at or above normal for 22 of the last 26 months.
 
January 2006 was the "most above" normal, so to speak, as the entire region recorded the warmest January on record. In Kearney’s case, the average temperature last January was 16.8° above normal. For perspective, compare the warmest January on record (2006) and the warmest July on record (1934). The average temperature in July 1934 was 84.8°, which was 9.7° above normal. If July 1934 was as much above normal as January 2006, the average temperature would have been 91.9°, or over 7° warmer than what actually occurred. July 1934 was already unbearable, but that gives some perspective to just how warm it was last January. Thankfully, that record warm month occurred in January.
 
The National Weather Service in Hastings will be releasing the September Climate Connection soon. The Climate Connection will provide a more in-depth look at temperatures and precipitation in September for the region. 
 
The Climate Connection and loads of other local, regional and national climate information can be found on the Hastings National Weather Service Climate Services webpage.

Monthly Temperature Departure (in degrees) from Normal for Selected Sites in south central Nebraska and north central Kansas
  • (for example: -2.4 means 2.4 degrees below normal)
 
Grand Island
Hastings
Kearney
   Beloit
 Greeley
Beaver City
Plainville
September 2006
- 2.4
- 2.8
- 2.8
- 5.0
- 4.4
- 6.1
- 4.0
August 2006
1.0
1.3
0.2
0.3
- 0.7
- 0.5
0.4
July 2006
3.7
3.4
2.5
2.0
1.8
2.4
2.8
June 2006
3.7
3.2
3.5
1.9
0.5
2.2
3.4
May 2006
4.0
3.1
4.6
3.0
2.2
3.9
4.4
April 2006
6.1
6.2
7.1
4.2
4.8
2.8
7.1
March 2006
- 0.4
0.2
0.9
-0.3
- 0.5
- 2.3
3.3
February 2006
2.4
2.1
3.3
-1.1
0.5
- 0.8
0.7
January 2006
16.0
15.9
16.8
11.7
15.4
11.4
13.7
December 2005
1.4
0.3
0.0
- 3.9
- 0.7
- 3.6
- 1.8
November 2005
5.5
6.1
5.8
3.5
4.9
6.0
5.8
October 2005
3.0
3.4
3.3
0.6
1.2
- 0.8
3.7
September 2005
5.3
5.9
6.0
3.6
5.0
1.1
5.2
August 2005
0.2
0.7
0.5
N/A
0.3
- 0.8
2.9
July 2005
1.5
2.4
2.2
- 0.4
0.9
1.5
2.7
June 2005
1.6
1.7
2.0
0.6
1.9
0.8
0.9
May 2005
0.5
0.7
1.5
0.4
- 0.4
- 1.0
2.5
April 2005
1.9
2.0
2.4
0.4
2.3
- 0.4
2.2
March 2005
2.6
2.7
4.1
- 0.8
- 1.2
0.4
1.0
February 2005
6.3
4.9
6.7
4.3
6.8
3.3
5.7
January 2005
- 0.9
- 1.0
0.7
- 2.4
- 1.1
- 1.2
- 1.0
December 2004
5.5
4.9
5.4
2.2
4.9
5.5
4.1
November 2004
3.5
3.5
3.5
2.9
4.5
2.5
3.3
October 2004
1.3
0.6
1.5
0.4
0.9
1.6
1.7
September 2004
5.0
4.6
4.8
2.9
3.5
3.7
3.3
August 2004
- 3.1
- 3.0
- 2.5
- 2.6
- 3.8
- 3.7
- 3.8

 

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