Thanksgiving Climatology in the Tri-Cities -

Grand Island, Hastings and Kearney, NE

National Weather Service - Hastings, Nebraska

A climatological overview of conditions in South Central Nebraska for the Thanksgiving holiday (1995-2004)

 

3 Coldest at Kearney
 
3 Coldest at Grand Island
 
3 Coldest at Hastings
Rank
High Temp. (F°)
Year
 
Rank
High Temp.
 (F°)
Year
 
Rank
High Temp. (F°)
Year

1

29
11/28/1996
 
1
33
11/23/2000
 
1
34
11/23/2000

2

37
11/23/2000
 
2
34
11/23/1995
 
2
36
11/23/1995
3
 
45
11/27/2003
 
3
45
11/27/2003
 
3
45
11/27/2003

As you can see, we’ve had some cold Thanksgiving Day temperatures over the past 10 years! However, this is not to say that late November in Nebraska is always cold. Consider the warmer temperatures of the past 10 years....

 

3 Warmest at Kearney
 
3 Warmest at Grand Island
 
3 Warmest at Hastings
Rank
High Temp. (F°)
Year
 
Rank
High Temp.
 (F°)
Year
 
Rank
High Temp. (F°)
Year
1
61
11/22/2001
 
1
71
11/26/1998
 
1
      72 11/26/1998
2-Tie
59
11/25/2004
 
2
64
11/22/2001
 
2
64
11/22/2001
2- Tie
59
11/26/1998
 
3
63
11/27/1997
 
3
63
11/27/1997

To balance out the cold turkey, of course, are some warm Thanksgiving days!

 

Precipitation

Surprisingly enough, a trace of rain, recorded at Grand Island’s Central Nebraska Regional Airport on Thanksgiving Day, 1995 was the only measurable precipitation found over the Tri-Cities over the past 10 years!

 

 

Climatological Conclusion

  Kearney (KEAR)   Grand Island (KGRI)   Hastings (KHSI)
 

High 

Low   High  Low   High  Low
11/25/2004 59 27   59 30   58 27
11/27/2003 45 19   45 20   45 19
11/28/2002 55 21   56 22   56 21
11/22/2001 61 28   64 32   64 28
11/23/2000 37 14   33 16   34 14
11/25/1999 46 18   49 23   47 18
11/26/1998 59 34   71 33   72 34
11/27/1997 50 28   63 39   63 28
11/28/1996 29 18   46 21   45 18
11/23/1995 55 22   34 19   36 22
                 
                 
Avg for period 49.6° 22.9°   52.0° 25.5°   52.0° 22.9°
Normal 42.2° 20.4°   41.8° 21.9°   42.4° 22.8°
Vs. Normal 7.4° 2.5°   10.2° 3.6°   9.6° 0.1°
                 

After a simple analysis of high and low temperatures across the Tri-Cities since 1995, it is very clear to see that Central Nebraska has trended quite a bit warmer than climatological normal values over the past few years. In Kearney, daytime highs averaged 7 degrees above normal, with around 10 degrees above normal in both Hastings and Grand Island. Overnight lows have trended above normal in Kearney and Grand Island, but are just about where they "should be" at Hastings. So, according to these numbers, one can reasonably expect a high in the upper 40s to near 50, with lows in the 20s, with very little if any precipitation in the area.

 

Data Compiled by Mike Montefusco

Posted by National Weather Service - Hastings, NE

November 22 2005, By Mike Montefusco

Send any questions or comments to michael.montefusco@noaa.gov


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