North Platte and Valentine
Monthly Climate Summary
  October 2010

 
OCTOBER 2010
WARMER THAN NORMAL AND DRIER THAN NORMAL
FOR NORTH PLATTE AND VALENTINE

MOST OF THE MONTH WAS DOMINATED BY A RIDGE IN THE WESTERN UNITED
STATES...WITH A TROUGH IN THE EAST. THIS RESULTED IN NORTHWEST
FLOW ALOFT WHICH BROUGHT SEVERAL WEAK DISTURBANCES ACROSS THE
AREA...HOWEVER THE ATMOSPHERE WAS FAIRLY DRY RESULTING IN THE
SHORT WAVES ONLY PRODUCING CLOUDS AND LIGHT...IN
ANY...PRECIPITATION. THERE WERE A COUPLE OF STRONGER SYSTEMS THAT
MOVED NORTHEAST ACROSS THE AREA BRINGING A COUPLE OF DAYS OF
MEASURABLE RAINFALL. ONE SLOW MOVING SYSTEM LATER IN THE
MONTH...THE TWENTY FIFTH TO THE TWENTY SEVENTH...ALSO BROUGHT
VERY STRONG WINDS...WITH PEAK WIND GUSTS AROUND 60 MPH ACROSS
MUCH OF WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA.
 
DURING THE MONTH OF OCTOBER FOR NORTH PLATTE...THE AVERAGE DAILY
HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 68.5 DEGREES WHICH WAS 2.9 DEGREES ABOVE THE
NORMAL OF 65.6 DEGREES. THE AVERAGE DAILY LOW TEMPERATURE WAS
35.7 DEGREES WHICH WAS 2.0 DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 33.7
DEGREES. THE MEAN DAILY TEMPERATURE WAS 52.1 DEGREES WHICH WAS
2.4 DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 49.7 DEGREES. ONE TEMPERATURE
RECORD WAS SET DURING THE MONTH IN NORTH PLATTE. ON OCTOBER 8 A
HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 89 DEGREES WAS REACHED...TYING 1893 AND 1897
FOR THE RECORD HIGH.
 
FOR VALENTINE...THE AVERAGE DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 68.6
DEGREES WHICH WAS 5.1 DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 63.5 DEGREES.
THE AVERAGE DAILY LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 37.6 DEGREES WHICH WAS 4.5
DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 33.1 DEGREES. THE AVERAGE DAILY MEAN
TEMPERATURE WAS 53.1 DEGREES WHICH WAS 4.8 DEGREES ABOVE THE
NORMAL OF 48.3 DEGREES. ONE RECORD WAS SET DURING THE MONTH IN
VALENTINE. ON OCTOBER 23 A LOW OF ONLY 48 DEGREES WAS
RECORDED...THIS BROKEN THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 47 DEGREES IN 1954
AS THE HIGHEST DAILY MINIMUM TEMPERATURE.
 
PRECIPITATION FOR OCTOBER TOTALED 1.05 INCHES AT LEE BIRD FIELD.
THIS TOTAL WAS 0.19 INCHES BELOW THE NORMAL OF 1.24 INCHES. NO
PRECIPITATION RECORDS WERE SET DURING THE MONTH. NO SNOWFALL WAS
RECORDED DURING THE MONTH AT LEE BIRD FIELD. OVER HALF THE
TIME...ON AVERAGE...NORTH PLATTE WILL HAVE SEEN ITS FIRST
SNOWFALL FOR THE SEASON BY THE END OF OCTOBER.
 
OCTOBER PRECIPITATION FOR VALENTINE MILLER FIELD TOTALED 0.70
INCHES AND WAS 0.52 INCHES BELOW THE NORMAL OF 1.22 INCHES. THIS
IS THE FOURTH STRAIGHT MONTH AND THE FIFTH IN THE LAST SIX MONTHS
WHEN THE PRECIPITATION HAS BEEN BELOW NORMAL IN VALENTINE. NO
PRECIPITATION RECORDS WERE SET DURING THE MONTH. UNLIKE NORTH
PLATTE...VALENTINE DID SEE LIGHT SNOW DURING THE MONTH...ON
OCTOBER 27...HOWEVER ONLY A TRACE WAS RECORDED. THIS IS WELL PAST
THE 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF THE FIRST SNOW...WHICH IS OCTOBER 18.
 
2010 WAS A BIG DIFFERENCE COMPARED TO LAST YEAR...2009...WHICH
WAS THE SECOND COLDEST ON RECORD AND FOR NORTH PLATTE THE
SNOWIEST MONTH ON RECORD. THE AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR 2009
FOR NORTH PLATTE AND VALENTINE WERE ONLY 51.8 AND 49.8 DEGREES
RESPECTFULLY...WHICH WAS LOWER THAN THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE THIS
YEAR. ALSO THERE WERE THREE STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEMS THAT
EFFECT THE AREA...WITH NORTH PLATTE RECORDING AN ALL TIME MONTHLY
RECORD OF 30.3 INCHES OF SNOW.

 
             NORTH PLATTE SUMMARY VALENTINE SUMMARY
| OCT 10 | NORM | DIFF | | OCT 10 | NORM | DIFF |
AVG TEMP | 52.1 | 49.7 | 2.4 | | 53.1 | 48.3 | 4.8 |
AVG HIGH | 68.5 | 65.6 | 2.9 | | 68.6 | 63.5 | 5.1 |
AVG LOW | 35.7 | 33.7 | 2.0 | | 37.6 | 33.1 | 4.5 |
PRECIP | 1.05 | 1.24 | -0.19 | | 0.70 | 1.22 | -0.52 |
 
THE 30 DAY OUTLOOK PRODUCED BY THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER FOR
NOVEMBER CALLS FOR A HIGHER PROBABILITY OF ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA...WITH
EQUAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE...BELOW...OR NORMAL PRECIPITATION. FOR
NORTH PLATTE...THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER TYPICALLY EXPERIENCES 0.76
INCHES OF PRECIPITATION...WHILE THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IS 34.6
DEGREES. FOR VALENTINE...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IS 33.0 DEGREES
AND TYPICAL PRECIPITATION IS 0.72 INCHES.

...NORTH PLATTE AND VALENTINE PRECIPITATION FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS...

                        PRECIPITATION DEPARTURE
LBF VTN LBF VTN
MONTH
NOVEMBER 2009 0.08 0.05 -0.68 -0.67
DECEMBER 2009 0.67 0.37 0.27 0.04

JANUARY 2010 0.15 0.27 -0.24 -0.03
FEBRUARY 2010 0.84 0.35 0.33 -0.13
MARCH 2010 2.26 1.20 1.02 0.09
APRIL 2010 2.97 3.11 1.00 1.14
MAY 2010 2.28 1.98 -1.06 -1.22
JUNE 2010 4.99 3.91 1.82 0.90
JULY 2010 3.98 2.25 0.81 -1.12
AUGUST 2010 2.35 2.01 0.20 -0.19
SEPTEMBER 2010 1.29 0.89 -0.03 -0.72
OCTOBER 2010 1.05 0.70 -0.19 -0.52

TOTALS 22.91 17.09 3.25 -2.43

October Temperature Summary for North Platte (Click to zoom)
North Platte Observed October 2010 Temperatures Summary
Compared to Normal and Record High and Low Temperatures
October Temperature Summary for Valentine (Click to zoom)
Valentine Observed October 2010 Temperatures Summary
Compared to Normal and Record High and Low Temperatures
October Precipitation Summary for North Platte (Click to zoom)
North Platte Observed October 2010 Precipitation Summary Compared to Normal and 2009
October Precipitation Summary for Valentine (Click to zoom)
Valentine Observed October 2010 Precipitation Summary Compared to Normal and 2009

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by Matthew Masek
November 1, 2010
 

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