North Platte and Valentine
Monthly Climate Summary
  August 2013

 
AUGUST 2013
TEMPERATURES ABOVE NORMAL FOR NORTH PLATTE AND VALENTINE
PRECIPITATION WELL ABOVE NORMAL FOR NORTH PLATTE
PRECIPITATION BELOW NORMAL FOR VALENTINE
AUGUST 2013 WAS A TALE OF TWO SEASONS. THE COOL END OF JULY 
CONTINUED INTO AUGUST. A LITTLE OVER THE FIRST HALF OF AUGUST WAS
CHARACTERIZED BY SEASONALLY COOL TEMPERATURES WITH LITTLE IF ANY
HIGH TEMPERATURES REACHING 90 DEGREES. THIS ALL CHANGED AS A
RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE DEVELOPED LATER IN THE MONTH. THE LAST 8
DAYS OF AUGUST RECORDED ALL HIGHS WELL ABOVE 90 AND EVEN INCLUDED
SEVERAL TRIPLE DIGIT HIGHS. THIS 8 DAY STRETCH WAS THE ONE OF THE
LONGEST AND WARMEST OF THE ENTIRE SUMMER OF 2013. THE COOL EARLY
START TO THE MONTH WAS ACCOMPANIED BY A WET PATTERN...ALTHOUGH
NOT ALL AREAS SAW SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL. PORTIONS OF THE SANDHILLS
INTO CENTRAL NEBRASKA RECORDED WELL ABOVE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION...WHICH HELPED DECREASE DROUGHT CONDITIONS. DURING
THE MONTH OF AUGUST WAS THE FIRST TIME IN OVER A YEAR EXCEPTIONAL
DROUGHT CONDITIONS WERE ABSENT ACROSS ALL OF WESTERN AND NORTH
CENTRAL NEBRASKA...ACCORDING TO THE US DROUGHT MONITOR.

FOR NORTH PLATTE...THE AVERAGE DAILY MEAN TEMPERATURE FOR AUGUST
WAS 74.8 DEGREES...AND WAS 2.7 DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 72.1
DEGREES. THE AVERAGE DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 87.6 DEGREES AND
WAS 1.5 DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 86.1 DEGREES. THE AVERAGE
DAILY LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 62.0 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 3.8 DEGREES
ABOVE THE NORMAL VALUE OF 58.2 DEGREES. THERE WERE NO TEMPERATURE
RECORDS SET DURING THE MONTH.

FOR VALENTINE...THE AVERAGE DAILY MEAN TEMPERATURE WAS 74.9
DEGREES...AND WAS 2.1 DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 72.8 DEGREES.
THE AVERAGE DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 86.4 DEGREES...WHICH WAS
0.6 DEGREES BELOW THE NORMAL OF 87.0 DEGREES. THE AVERAGE DAILY
LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 63.3 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 4.6 DEGREES ABOVE
THE NORMAL OF 58.7 DEGREES. ONE DAILY TEMPERATURE RECORD WAS SET
DURING THE MONTH. ON AUGUST 26TH THE LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 74
DEGREES...BREAKING THE 1953 RECORD OF 72 DEGREES FOR HIGHEST
DAILY MINIMUM.

PRECIPITATION AT LEE BIRD FIELD IN NORTH PLATTE TOTALED 3.51
INCHES...WHICH WAS 1.22 INCHES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 2.29 INCHES.
ONE DAILY PRECIPITATION RECORD WAS SET DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST
FOR NORTH PLATTE. ON AUGUST 5TH A TOTAL OF 1.95 INCHES WAS
RECORDED AT LEE BIRD FIELD...BREAKING THE 1945 RECORD OF 1.86
INCHES. A NOTE TO THE RECORD ON AUGUST 5TH...THE LOCATION OF THE
OFFICIAL AUTOMATED GAUGE FOR NORTH PLATTE IS LOCATED AT THE
AIRPORT...ONLY A FEW MILES FROM TOWN...HOWEVER MOST OF THE CITY
OF NORTH PLATTE RECORDED ONLY A TRACE ON THE 5TH...DUE TO THE
TRACK OF THE HEAVY RAIN PRODUCING THUNDERSTORM.

PRECIPITATION AT MILLER FIELD IN VALENTINE TOTALED 2.01 INCHES
FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST...WHICH WAS 0.17 INCHES BELOW THE NORMAL
OF 2.18 INCHES. NO PRECIPITATION RECORDS WERE SET DURING THE
MONTH OF AUGUST AT MILLER FIELD.

WHILE THE END OF AUGUST HEAT WAVE SET LITTLE DAILY RECORDS...ONLY
ONE LOW MAXIMUM AT VALENTINE...THE STRETCH OF HEAT WAS A RECORD.
NORTH PLATTE AVERAGED 98.38 DEGREES FOR THE LAST 8 DAYS AND 98.57
FOR THE LAST 7 DAYS. SECOND PLACE WAS 1990 WITH A 97.00 DEGREE
AVERAGE FOR THE LAST 8 DAYS. 98.14 DEGREES WAS THE AVERAGE FOR
THE LAST 7 DAYS...ALSO SET IN 1990. THIRD PLACE FOR 8 DAYS WAS
95.75 DEGREES IN 1881 AND 96.86 DEGREES IN 2012 FOR 7 DAYS.
VALENTINE AVERAGED 98.00 DEGREES FOR THE LAST 8 DAYS AND 98.14
FOR THE LAST 7 DAYS. SECOND PLACE WAS 1991 WITH A 97.75 DEGREE
AVERAGE AND 97.43 DEGREE AVERAGE FOR THE LAST 8 AND 7 DAYS OF
AUGUST RESPECTIVELY. THIRD PLACE FOR 8 DAYS WAS 95.63 DEGREES IN
1948 AND 95.86 DEGREES IN 2012 FOR 7 DAYS. RECORDS STARTED IN
NORTH PLATTE IN 1875 AND STARTED IN 1889 FOR VALENTINE.

NORTH PLATTE SUMMARY VALENTINE SUMMARY
| AUG 13 | NORM | DIFF | | AUG 13 | NORM | DIFF |
AVG TEMP | 74.8 | 72.1 | +2.7 | | 74.9 | 72.8 | +2.1 |
AVG HIGH | 87.6 | 86.1 | +1.5 | | 86.4 | 87.0 | -0.6 |
AVG LOW | 62.0 | 58.2 | +3.8 | | 63.3 | 58.7 | +4.6 |
PRECIP | 3.51 | 2.29 | +1.22 | | 2.01 | 2.18 | -0.17 |

THE LATEST 30 DAY OUTLOOK FROM THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER FOR
SEPTEMBER...CALLS FOR EQUAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE...BELOW OR NEAR
NORMAL PRECIPITATION AND EQUAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE...BELOW OR NEAR
NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR ALL OF WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL
NEBRASKA.

...NORTH PLATTE AND VALENTINE PRECIPITATION TOTALS FOR THE
PREVIOUS 12 MONTHS...

PRECIPITATION DEPARTURE
MONTH LBF VTN LBF VTN

SEPTEMBER 2012 0.10 0.22 -1.31 -1.42
OCTOBER 2012 0.28 0.46 -1.27 -0.79
NOVEMBER 2012 0.05 0.47 -0.59 -0.18
DECEMBER 2012 0.37 0.29 -0.04 -0.08

JANUARY 2013 0.24 0.25 -0.10 -0.01
FEBRUARY 2013 1.04 0.98 +0.54 +0.50
MARCH 2013 0.49 1.57 -0.56 +0.50
APRIL 2013 1.27 1.86 -1.00 -0.36
MAY 2013 3.12 4.74 -0.16 +1.61
JUNE 2013 1.95 2.45 -1.47 -1.11
JULY 2013 2.74 3.78 -0.33 +0.57
AUGUST 2013 3.51 2.01 +1.22 -0.17

TOTALS 15.16 19.08 -5.07 -0.94
 

August Temperature Summary for North Platte (Click to zoom)
North Platte Observed August 2013 Temperatures Summary
Compared to Normal and Record High and Low Temperatures
August Temperature Summary for Valentine (Click to zoom)
Valentine Observed August 2013 Temperatures Summary
Compared to Normal and Record High and Low Temperatures
August Precipitation Summary for North Platte (Click to zoom)
North Platte Observed August 2013 Precipitation Summary
Compared to Normal, 2012
August Precipitation Summary for Valentine (Click to zoom)
Valentine Observed August 2013 Precipitation Summary
Compared to Normal, 2012

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by Matt Masek
September 1, 2013
 

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