The first and last days of October 2009 featured mild afternoon temperatures in the mid 60s, however sandwiched in between these two days were prolonged periods of unseasonably cold temperatures, rainy weather and even some accumulating snowfall. Only six days of the month had daily average temperatures at or above normal at Hastings, and Grand Island saw just seven days of normal to above normal temperatures. The average monthly temperature at Grand Island, was 44.6 degrees, or 7.4 degrees below normal. At Hastings the average monthly temperature was 44.9 degrees, or 8.1 degrees below normal. The cold average daily and monthly temperatures were record setting, and October 2009 will go into the record books as the second coldest on record.
October precipitation at Grand Island totaled 3.39 inches, which was 1.88 inches above normal. The first snowfall of the season fell on October 9th and snow continued October 10th. During those two days, 3.9 inches of snow accumulated. An additional 0.6 inch of snowfall occurred on the 22nd, bringing the total snowfall for the month and season to 4.5 inches. At Hastings, 3.53 inches of rain fell during the month, which was 1.86 inches above normal. The first snowfall of the season occurred on the 10th, when one inch of snowfall accumulated. An additional 0.4 inch of snow was recorded on October 22nd, bringing the total snowfall for the month and season to 1.4 inches.
The following is a summary of noteworthy weather events across south central Nebraska and north central Kansas during October:
- October 2: Very windy conditions developed on the back side of a potent low pressure system. Northwest wind gusts of 45 to 55 mph were common. Click here for the wind gusts.
- October 5-6: An upper level disturbance and cold frontal boundary produced widespread rainfall, and the heavier amounts occurred in north central Kansas. Click here for the rainfall reports.
- October 1-6: Cold weather the first six days in October made the record books, ranking in the Top Four for cold average temperatures. Click here for the temperature and record information.
- October 13: Widespread rainfall, and at times a wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet fell during the day and evening. Click here for the precipitation amounts.
- October 1-14: The first two weeks of October have been the coldest on record. Click here for the record and temperature information.
- October 20-22: A mid week storm produced widespread rainfall in excess of one and two inches in some locations. The rain changed over to snow and locally heavy snow amounts of 6 to 8 inches fell in portions of Dawson, Gosper and Polk counties. Click here for the rain and snowfall totals.
- October 28-30: Another fall storm system produced widespread rainfall of one half inch to over an inch the last week of October. The rain changed to snow during the early morning hours on October 30th mainly west of a line from Ord to Kearney to Alma, Nebraska. Heavy snowfall of 6 to 13 inches fell across the western portions of Dawson County. The greatest snowfall amount occurred in Gothenburg where snowfall totaled 13 inches. Click here for the rain and snow totals.
- October 2009: October of 2009 will go down as the second coldest October on record. Click here for the temperature and record information.