North Platte and Valentine
Monthly Climate Summary
  March 2013

 
MARCH 2013
BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES
WELL ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR VALENTINE
WELL BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR NORTH PLATTE
ABUNDANT PRECIPITATION FELL ACROSS NORTHERN NEBRASKA AS SEVERAL
STORM SYSTEMS MOVED ACROSS THE NORTHERN PLAINS. LESS
PRECIPITATION FELL ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHWESTERN NEBRASKA
DURING THE MONTH. GIVEN THE LONG TERM PRECIPITATION DEFICITS
WHICH CARRIED OVER FROM LAST YEAR...EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
CONDITIONS CONTINUE TO PLAGUE WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA.
HOWEVER THE ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS NORTHERN NEBRASKA
WAS A WELCOME SITE. TEMPERATURES THIS YEAR WERE IN CONTRAST TO
LAST YEAR...2012...WHEN NUMEROUS WARM RECORDS WERE SET. THIS YEAR
TEMPERATURES WERE BELOW NORMAL...AND MUCH MORE SEASONAL.

FOR NORTH PLATTE...THE AVERAGE DAILY MEAN TEMPERATURE FOR MARCH
WAS 36.6 DEGREES AND WAS 1.4 DEGREES BELOW THE NORMAL OF 38.0
DEGREES. THE AVERAGE DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 52.0
DEGREES...WHICH WAS 0.5 DEGREES BELOW THE NORMAL OF 52.5 DEGREES.
THE AVERAGE DAILY LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 21.2 DEGREES...WHICH WAS
2.3 DEGREES BELOW THE NORMAL 23.5 DEGREES. ONE DAILY TEMPERATURE
RECORD WAS TIED DURING THE MONTH OF MARCH FOR NORTH PLATTE. ON
MARCH 15 THE TEMPERATURE SOARED TO 79 DEGREES...WHICH TIED THE
RECORD HIGH SET IN 1935 AND 2012.

FOR VALENTINE...THE AVERAGE DAILY MEAN TEMPERATURE FOR MARCH WAS
34.0 DEGREES WHICH WAS 2.2 DEGREES BELOW THE NORMAL OF 36.2
DEGREES. THE AVERAGE DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 47.3 DEGREES
WHICH WAS 2.0 DEGREES BELOW THE NORMAL OF 49.3 DEGREES. THE
AVERAGE DAILY LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 20.7 DEGREES WHICH WAS 2.4
DEGREES BELOW THE NORMAL OF 23.1 DEGREES. NO DAILY TEMPERATURE
RECORDS WERE SET AT VALENTINE DURING THE MONTH.

PRECIPITATION AT LEE BIRD FIELD TOTALED ONLY 0.49 INCHES FOR THE
MONTH...WHICH WAS 0.56 INCHES BELOW THE NORMAL 1.05 INCHES.
SNOWFALL DURING MARCH TOTALED 2.7 INCHES...AND WAS 1.7 INCHES
BELOW THE NORMAL 4.4 INCHES. NO PRECIPITATION RECORDS WERE SET
THIS MONTH.

VALENTINE PRECIPITATION IN MARCH TOTALED 1.57 INCHES WHICH WAS
0.50 INCHES ABOVE THE NORMAL 1.07 INCHES. THIS IS THE SECOND
MONTH IN A ROW WITH ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION AT MILLER FIELD.
THERE WAS ONE PRECIPITATION RECORD SET...WHICH OCCURRED ON MARCH
9. A RAIN/SNOW STORM BROUGHT AN IMPRESSIVE 1.10 INCHES
PRECIPITATION...WHICH BROKE THE 1910 DAILY RECORD OF 0.50 INCHES.
SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH TOTALED 10.2 INCHES AT VALENTINE...AND WAS
3.7 INCHES ABOVE THE NORMAL 6.5 INCHES. NO DAILY SNOWFALL RECORDS
WERE SET DURING THE MONTH AT VALENTINE.

NORTH PLATTE SUMMARY VALENTINE SUMMARY
| MAR 13 | NORM | DIFF | | MAR 13 | NORM | DIFF |
AVG TEMP | 36.6 | 38.0 | -1.4 | | 34.0 | 36.2 | -2.2 |
AVG HIGH | 52.0 | 52.5 | -0.5 | | 47.3 | 49.3 | -2.0 |
AVG LOW | 21.2 | 23.5 | -2.3 | | 20.7 | 23.1 | -2.4 |
PRECIP | 0.49 | 1.05 | -0.56 | | 1.57 | 1.07 | +0.50 |
SNOW | 2.7 | 4.4 | -1.7 | | 10.2 | 6.5 | +3.7 |

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

PRECIPITATION DEPARTURE
MONTH LBF VTN LBF VTN

APRIL 2012 3.68 2.99 1.41 0.77
MAY 2012 0.74 0.69 -2.54 -2.44
JUNE 2012 0.87 1.72 -2.55 -1.84
JULY 2012 0.69 0.08 -2.38 -3.13
AUGUST 2012 1.09 0.99 -1.20 -1.19
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

TOTALS 9.64 10.71 -10.59 -9.31

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

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by Matt Masek
March 1, 2013
 

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