PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HASTINGS NE
225 PM CST TUE DEC 6 2005

...OUR STRING OF SUB FREEZING TEMPERATURES WILL BE COMING TO A CLOSE
   BY THE END OF THE WEEK...

THE RECENT COLD SPELL ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA AND NORTH CENTRAL
KANSAS, PROVIDED A RUDE INTRODUCTION TO WINTER AFTER ENJOYING AN
EXTENDED PERIOD OF FINE FALL WEATHER. GIVEN CURRENT FORECAST
TRENDS, IT APPEARS THAT MUCH OF OUR REGION, ESPECIALLY SOUTH
CENTRAL NEBRASKA, WILL FAIL TO REACH 32 DEGREES UNTIL FRIDAY OR
SATURDAY. THIS WOULD BE A STRETCH OF ABOUT 12 DAYS AT OR BELOW 32
DEGREES, DATING BACK TO NOVEMBER 28TH 2005.

ACCORDING TO CLIMATE RECORDS, SUCH A LENGTHY COLD SNAP BEGINNING
LATE IN NOVEMBER IS FAIRLY RARE. THE MOST RECENT OCCURRENCE OF A
PERIOD OF 10 OR MORE DAYS AT OR BELOW 32 DEGREES THIS EARLY IN THE
SEASON, WAS 1985. HERE IS A LOOK AT THE DATA FOR LOCATIONS ACROSS
SOUTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA.

               CONSECUTIVE DAYS
               LESS THAN OR EQUAL
LOCATION         TO 32 DEGREES      ENDING DATE         RANK

LOUP CITY          15 DAYS          12/3/1985        17TH LONGEST
YORK               15 DAYS          12/3/1985        19TH LONGEST
HASTINGS           14 DAYS          12/3/1985        17TH LONGEST
GRAND ISLAND       15 DAYS          12/3/1985        22ND LONGEST
HOLDREGE           14 DAYS          12/3/1985        18TH LONG
EST

OF INTEREST IN 1985, IS THAT MOST OF THE REGION DID NOT HAVE
SIGNIFICANT SNOW COVER. SNOW DEPTH DURING THE 1985 COLD PERIOD RANGED
FROM 1 TO 3 INCHES, MUCH LESS THAN THIS YEAR.

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HOWEVER, IT WAS NOT ALL THAT LONG AGO THAT A LENGTHY PERIOD OF SUB
FREEZING TEMPERATURES SETTLED OVER THE AREA.

LOOKING BACK AT CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF TEMPERATURES AT OR BELOW 32
DEGREES IN THE AREA, IT SEEMS THE OCCURRENCE OF SUCH TEMPERATURES
IS NOT REALLY UNCOMMON, AND RECENTLY OCCURRED LAST JANUARY.

HERE IS A LOOK BACK AT THE JANUARY 2005 DATA AND THE LENGTH OF TIME
THAT TEMPERATURES WERE AT OR BELOW 32 DEGREES:

                CONSECUTIVE DAYS
               LESS THAN OR EQUAL
LOCATION         TO 32 DEGREES      ENDING DATE         RANK

LOUP CITY          17 DAYS          1/18/2005        14TH LONGEST
YORK               16 DAYS          1/18/2005        19TH LONGEST
HASTINGS           16 DAYS          1/17/2005         8TH LONGEST
GRAND ISLAND       17 DAYS          1/17/2005        21ST LONGEST


HOLDREGE WOULD HAVE HAD A SIMILAR PERIOD OF COLD TEMPERATURES, BUT
ONE DAY WAS ABOVE FREEZING LAST JANUARY.

A PERIOD OF SIMILAR DAYS AT OR BELOW 32 DEGREES OCCURRED IN FEBRUARY
2004 AS WELL.

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NOW, LETS LOOK AT THE ALL TIME RECORDS FOR CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH
TEMPERATURES 32 DEGREES OR LESS.

               CONSECUTIVE DAYS
              LESS THAN OR EQUAL
LOCATION         TO 32 DEGREES      ENDING DATE

LOUP CITY         30 DAYS           2/21/1936
YORK              30 DAYS           2/21/1936
HASTINGS          30 DAYS           2/21/1936
GRAND ISLAND      31 DAYS           2/21/1936
HOLDREGE          30 DAYS           2/21/1936


OBVIOUSLY, LATE JANUARY AND MOST OF FEBRUARY 1936 WAS A HARSH
WINTER PERIOD.  IN 1936, HASTINGS HAD 18 CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH LOW
TEMPERATURES BELOW ZERO.  WHEREAS THIS MONTH, HASTINGS HAS HAD 3
CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH SUB-ZERO LOWS.  IN 1936, GRAND ISLAND RECORDED
32 STRAIGHT DAYS WITH LOW TEMPERATURES BELOW ZERO.  THAT STRING OF
TEMPERATURES IN 1936 IS THE ALL TIME RECORD FOR CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH
BELOW ZERO LOW TEMPERATURES.  THIS IS DOUBLE THE SECOND PLACE OF 16
DAYS IN 1930.

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