New Year's Day Climatology/Extremes
Grand Island, NE

New Year's Day ushers in the climatologically coldest month of the year - January. However, when examining New Year's Day weather over the past 100+ years, one quickly finds that considerable variability often exists from one year to the next across south central Nebraska and north central Kansas. Just in the past 30 years, New Year's Day high temperatures in Grand Island have ranged from 11° to 61°! The tables below feature a wealth of New Year's Day weather and climate information focused specifically on Grand Island, Nebraska, where January weather records date back 119 years to 1896.

According to the entire period of record, the warmest New Year's Day on record was 64° in 1939 and the coldest low temperature was a bone-chilling -23° in 1974. Only 15 of 119 New Year's Days on record (13%) have featured high temperatures of 50° or warmer, with the most recent one in 2004 at 60°. On the opposite side of the temperature spectrum, New Year's Day 1974 really stands out on the bitterly cold side of things, with a high temperature of only 2° and the aforementioned record-setting low of -23°. Even in the far southern part of the NWS Hastings coverage area in north central Kansas, Beloit tumbled all the way down to -13° that morning. 

As for snowfall, there are no major winter storms evident in the record books on New Year's Day, with a modest daily total of 5.4" in 1948 leading the way. Just last year, Grand Island measured 0.7" of fluffy snow during the morning hours, which marked the first measurable New Year's Day snow in 15 years, since 0.8" fell in 1999. Two years ago on New Year's Eve 2012, Grand Island narrowly missed out on measurable snow, recording only a trace while just to the south Hastings tallied 1.5". Between New Year's Eve 1994 through New Year's Day 1995, a two-day snow event brought 6.2" of snow to Grand Island, with 3.0" actually falling on New Year's Day. This 1994-1995 event ranks as the second-snowiest two-day combination of New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, trailing only 7.0" in 1931-1932.

** New Year's Day 2014 Weather Recap:  Last year, 0.7" of fluffy snow fell in Grand Island mainly between sunrise and noon, marking the first measurable New Year's Day snow in 15 years, since 1999. Even after snow moved out, clouds held firm as afternoon breezes averaged around 15 MPH from the north. These breezes only enhanced the chill of an already cold day. Although the official daily high temperature was 16°, this high was actually recorded well before sunrise, as the highest temperature during the daylight hours only reached 11° **

Grand Island NE Max Temperature Min Temperature Precipitation
30-Year Normals (1981-2010) 35 15 0.02
10-Year Averages (2005-2014) 28.0 12.3 0.01


Grand Island All-Time Records (Since 1896)
Warmest New Year's Day On Record (High Temp) 64° in 1939
Coldest New Year's Day On Record (High Temp) -6° in 1924
Coldest Low Temperature -23° in 1974
Warmest Low Temperature 33° in 1998, 1992
Most Liquid Equivalent Precipitation On Record 0.52" in 1992
Snowiest New Year's Day On Record 5.4" in 1948


Top 5 Warmest Highs Top 5 Coldest Lows Top 5 Wettest Top 5 Snowfall Top 5
Snow Depth
64° (1939) -23° (1974) 0.52" (1992) 5.4" (1948) 16" (1969)
61° (1997,1964) -14° (1928,1924,1912) 0.50" (1960) 4.2" (1960) 15" (1974)
60° (2004) -12° (1979) 0.35" (1911) 3.5" (1953) 13" (2010)
59° (1998) -10° (1969) 0.31" (1953) 3.0" (1995,1992) 12" (1984)
56° (1896) -8° (2010) 0.30" (1910) 2.0" (1919) 7" (1953,1942)


The Last Time _____ Happened On New Year's Day?
Last 60+ degree day: 60° in 2004
Last 50+ degree day: 60° in 2004
Last time the high temp was 20° or colder:  17° in 2011
Last time the high temp was 10° or colder:   1° in 1979
Last time the low temp was 0° or colder:    -8° in 2010
Last time the low temp was 30° or warmer: 32° in 2006
Last time measurable precipitation fell (0.01 inch or more): 0.01" in 2006
Last time measurable snow fell (0.1 inch or more): 0.7" in 2014
Last time it snowed at least 1 inch:  8.8" in 1991
Last time the 6 AM snow depth was at least 1 inch:  5" in 2013

  In the past 30 years...

  - Since 1985, high temperatures on New Year's Day have ranged from 11° (2010) to 61° (1997)
  - Since 1985, low temperatures on New Year's Day have ranged from -8° (2010) to 33° (1992,1998)
  - Since 1985, the high temperature on New Year's Day has reached 50° or higher only four times (2004,1998,1997,1986)
  - Since 1985, the low temperature on New Year's Day has dipped to 0° or colder five times (2010,2001,1995,1993,1988)
  - Since 1985, measurable precipitation (0.01" or more) has fallen five times (led by 0.52" in 1992, which is also the highest amount on record)
  - Since 1985, measurable snow (0.1" or more) has fallen only four times (led by 3.0" in 1995 and 1992)


Grand Island, Nebraska - Past 10 Years Summary
New Year's Day (2005-2014)

Date Max Temperature Min Temperature Precipitation Snowfall Snow
Depth
(6AM)
Weather Conditions
1/1/2005 31 19 0.01 0.0 0  
1/1/2006 42 32 0.01 Trace 0  
1/1/2007 34 19 0.00 0.0 Trace  
1/1/2008 20 1 Trace Trace 0  
1/1/2009 45 25 0.00 0.0 0  
1/1/2010 11 -8 Trace Trace 13  
1/1/2011 17 4 0.00 0.0 3  
1/1/2012 40 19 0.00 0.0 0 windy afternoon
1/1/2013 24 6 0.00 0.0 5 freezing fog in AM
1/1/2014 16 6 0.05 0.7 0 snow during morning
1/1/2015 ? ? ? ? ? ?
10-Year Averages 28.0 12.3 0.01 0.1     

 

Past 10 New Year's Days Summary: Grand Island, Nebraska (2004-2013)
 
Warmest high temperature: 60° in 2004
Coldest high temperature:   11° in 2010
 
Coldest low temperature:   -8° in 2010
Warmest low temperature: 32° in 2006
 
Highest Precipitation:   0.05" in 2014
Highest Snowfall:          0.7" in 2014

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This page was composed by the staff at the National Weather Service in Hastings, Nebraska.

Last Updated/Finalized For 2015: 1/21/14


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