North Platte and Valentine
Monthly Climate Summary
March 2011

 
MARCH 2011
COLDER AND DRIER THAN NORMAL FOR NORTH PLATTE
COLDER AND WETTER THAN NORMAL FOR VALENTINE
MARCH TYPICALLY WILL SEE A WIDE RANGE OF WEATHER AS WE TRANSITION 
FROM WINTER TO SPRING...AND MARCH 2011 WILL GO DOWN SEEING THE
TYPICAL VARIABLE WEATHER. OVERALL DURING THE ENTIRE MONTH OF
MARCH...AVERAGE TEMPERATURES WERE COLDER THAN NORMAL FOR BOTH NORTH
PLATTE AND VALENTINE. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE AT NORTH PLATTE AND
VALENTINE OCCURRED ON MARCH 16TH...WITH HIGHS OF 73 DEGREES AND 77
DEGREES RESPECTIVELY. A WEEK EARLIER...ON MARCH 9TH...THE LOWEST
TEMPERATURES WERE RECORDED FOR THE MONTH...NORTH PLATTE DROPPED TO 3
DEGREES...WHILE VALENTINE FELL TO -1 DEGREES. THIS SWING IN
TEMPERATURES RESULTED IN A RANGE OF TEMPERATURES OF 70 DEGREES AT
NORTH PLATTE AND 78 DEGREES AT VALENTINE. AN ACTIVE STORM PATTERN
STARTED THE MONTH...WITH A SHIFT OVER THE NORTH PLAINS OCCURRED
DURING THE MIDDLE PART OF THE MONTH. THE STORM TRACK DIPPED BACK
SOUTH FOR THE LAST WEEK. VALENTINE ENDED THE MONTH ON THE WET
SIDE...HOWEVER NORTH PLATTE WAS DRY...COMPARED TO NORMAL.
 
FOR NORTH PLATTE...THE AVERAGE DAILY MEAN TEMPERATURE FOR MARCH
WAS 37.3 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 0.7 DEGREES BELOW THE NORMAL OF 38.0
DEGREES. THE AVERAGE DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 49.9 DEGREES WHICH
WAS 2.2 DEGREES BELOW THE NORMAL OF 52.1 DEGREES. THE AVERAGE DAILY
LOW TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 24.6 DEGREES WHICH WAS 0.8 DEGREES
ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 23.8 DEGREES. NO RECORD TEMPERATURES WERE SET AT
NORTH PLATTE IN MARCH.

FOR VALENTINE...THE AVERAGE DAILY MEAN TEMPERATURE FOR MARCH WAS
33.7 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 1.6 DEGREES BELOW THE NORMAL OF 35.3
DEGREES. THE AVERAGE DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 44.3 DEGREES...WHICH
WAS 4.1 DEGREES BELOW THE NORMAL OF 48.4 DEGREES. THE AVERAGE DAILY
MINIMUM TEMPERATURE WAS 23.1 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 1.0 DEGREES ABOVE
THE NORMAL OF 22.1 DEGREES. ONE TEMPERATURE RECORD WAS SET DURING
THE MONTH AT VALENTINE. ON THE SIXTEENTH...THE LOW TEMPERATURE WAS
42 DEGREES. THIS TIED THE RECORD FOR HIGHEST DAILY MINIMUM FIRST SET
IN 1894.
 
FOR NORTH PLATTE...PRECIPITATION FOR MARCH TOTALED 0.90
INCHES...WHICH WAS 0.34 INCHES BELOW THE NORMAL OF 1.24 INCHES. NO
DAILY PRECIPITATION RECORDS WERE SET DURING THE MONTH AT NORTH
PLATTE. SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH TOTALED 7.6 INCHES...WHICH WAS 2.8
INCHES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 4.8 INCHES. NO DAILY SNOWFALL RECORDS
WERE SET FOR THE MONTH AT NORTH PLATTE. SNOWFALL FOR THE SEASON IS
37.6 INCHES...WHICH IS ALREADY 9.8 INCHES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 27.8
INCHES OF SNOWFALL FOR THE YEAR.
 
AT VALENTINE...PRECIPITATION FOR MARCH TOTALED 1.42 INCHES WHICH WAS
0.31 INCHES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 1.11 INCHES. NO DAILY PRECIPITATION
RECORDS WERE SET DURING THE MONTH AT MILLER FIELD. SNOWFALL TOTALED
AN IMPRESSIVE 17.3 INCHES...WHICH WAS 9.2 INCHES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF
8.1 INCHES. ON THE THIRTEEN A TOTAL OF 5.0 INCHES OF SNOW WAS
RECORDED. THIS SET A NEW RECORD...BREAKING THE OLD RECORD OF 4.0
INCHES SET IN 1913. THE TOTAL OF 17.3 INCHES OF SNOW RANKS 11TH AS
SNOWIEST MARCH ON RECORD FOR VALENTINE.
 
NORTH PLATTE SUMMARY VALENTINE SUMMARY
| MAR 11 | NORM | DIFF | | MAR 11 | NORM | DIFF |
AVG TEMP | 37.3 | 38.0 | -0.7 | | 33.7 | 35.3 | -1.6 |
AVG HIGH | 49.9 | 52.1 | -2.2 | | 44.3 | 48.4 | -4.1 |
AVG LOW | 24.6 | 23.8 | 0.8 | | 23.1 | 22.1 | 1.0 |
PRECIP | 0.90 | 1.24 | -0.34 | | 1.42 | 1.11 | 0.31 |
SNOW | 7.6 | 4.8 | 2.8 | | 17.3 | 8.1 | 9.2 |
 
THE 30 DAY OUTLOOK FROM THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER FOR APRIL
CALLS FOR A HIGHER CHANCE FOR BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURE AND AN EQUAL
CHANCES FOR ABOVE...BELOW OR NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS FAR
NORTHERN NEBRASKA. THE REST OF THE SANDHILLS AND SOUTHWEST AND
CENTRAL NEBRASKA HAS AN EQUAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE...BELOW OR NEAR
NORMAL TEMPERATURES...HOWEVER THERE IS A HIGHER CHANCE FOR BELOW
NORMAL PRECIPITATION. IN A TYPICAL APRIL...1.97 INCHES OF
PRECIPITATION WITH 2.8 INCHES OF SNOW FALLS AT NORTH PLATTE AND 1.97
INCHES WITH 4.4 INCHES OF SNOW OCCURS AT VALENTINE.
 
...NORTH PLATTE AND VALENTINE PRECIPITATION TOTALS FOR THE 12
PREVIOUS MONTHS...
 
PRECIPITATION DEPARTURE
LBF VTN LBF VTN
MONTH
 
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
NOVEMBER 2010 0.62 0.15 -0.14 -0.57
DECEMBER 2010 0.44 0.86 0.04 0.53
 
JANUARY 2011 1.05 0.74 0.66 0.44
FEBRUARY 2011 0.68 0.87 0.17 0.39
MARCH 2011 0.90 1.42 -0.34 0.31
 
TOTALS 22.60 18.89 2.94 -0.63


March Temperature Summary for North Platte (Click to zoom)
North Platte Observed March 2011 Temperatures Summary
Compared to Normal and Record High and Low Temperatures
March Temperature Summary for Valentine (Click to zoom)
Valentine Observed March 2011 Temperatures Summary
Compared to Normal and Record High and Low Temperatures
March Precipitation Summary for North Platte (Click to zoom)
North Platte Observed March 2011 Precipitation Summary Compared to Normal and 2010
March Precipitation Summary for Valentine (Click to zoom)
Valentine Observed March 2011 Precipitation Summary Compared to Normal and 2010

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by Matthew Masek
April 2011
 

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