April 2010 Climate Summary

...APRIL 2010 WAS WARMER AND WETTER THAN NORMAL FOR BOTH NORTH PLATTE  
AND VALENTINE...  
 
APRIL 2010 WAS AN ACTIVE WEATHER MONTH...WITH THE MAIN INGREDIENT  
LOW PRESSURE ALOFT OVER THE WESTERN UNITED STATES. BY THE MIDDLE OF  
THE MONTH...LOW PRESSURE ALOFT BECAME A NEARLY PERMANENT FEATURE  
OVER THE FOUR CORNERS REGION...AS SHORT WAVE ENERGY TRANSITIONED  
FREQUENTLY ACROSS THE CENTRAL PLAINS. THIS WEATHER PATTERN WAS  
CONDUCIVE FOR THE PRODUCTION OF PRECIPITATION...ACROSS WESTERN AND  
NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA.  
 
FOR NORTH PLATTE...THE AVERAGE DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 63.3  
DEGREES...WHICH WAS SIX TENTHS OF A DEGREE OF A DEGREE ABOVE THE  
NORMAL OF 62.7 DEGREES. THE AVERAGE DAILY LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 36.5  
DEGREES...WHICH WAS 3.1 DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 33.4 DEGREES. THE  
MEAN DAILY TEMPERATURE WAS 49.9 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 1.8 DEGREES  
ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 48.1 DEGREES. NO DAILY TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE  
SET DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL FOR NORTH PLATTE. THE MEAN TEMPERATURE  
FOR THE MONTH OF 49.9 DEGREES...IS TIED FOR 16TH PLACE ON THE ALL  
TIME LIST FOR APRIL.  
 
FOR VALENTINE...THE AVERAGE DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 61.7 DEGREES  
WHICH WAS 1.9 DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 59.8 DEGREES. THE AVERAGE  
DAILY LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 37.7 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 5.3 DEGREES ABOVE  
THE NORMAL OF 32.4 DEGREES. THE AVERAGE DAILY MEAN TEMPERATURE WAS  
49.7 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 3.6 DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 46.1  
DEGREES. NO DAILY TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE SET FOR THE MONTH OF  
APRIL IN VALENTINE.  
 
APRIL 2010 PRECIPITATION TOTALED 2.97 INCHES AT LEE BIRD FIELD  
IN NORTH PLATTE. THIS WAS EXACTLY ONE INCH ABOVE THE NORMAL  
APRIL PRECIPITATION AMOUNT OF 1.97 INCHES. SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH  
TOTALED SEVEN TENTHS OF AN INCH...WITH ONE HALF INCH OCCURRING ON  
THE 6TH. NORMAL SNOWFALL FOR APRIL IS 2.7 INCHES...MEANING LEE BIRD  
FIELD IN NORTH PLATTE WAS 2.0 INCHES BELOW NORMAL SNOWFALL DURING  
THE MONTH. NO DAILY PRECIPITATION RECORDS WERE SET DURING APRIL 2010  
IN NORTH PLATTE. THE GREATEST PRECIPITATION DURING A 24 HOUR PERIOD  
WAS 1.45 INCHES...ON THE 6TH AND 7TH OF APRIL. THE GREATEST TOTAL  
MONTHLY PRECIPITATION FOR APRIL IN NORTH PLATTE...WAS 7.10 INCHES IN  
1915. THE 2.97 INCHES RECORDED DURING APRIL 2010 IS 33RD ON THE ALL  
TIME LIST FOR APRIL.  
 
APRIL PRECIPITATION FOR VALENTINE TOTALED 3.11 INCHES...AND WAS  
1.14 INCHES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 1.97 INCHES. SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH  
WAS ONLY A TRACE...WHICH WAS 4.3 INCHES BELOW THE NORMAL AMOUNT OF  
4.3 INCHES DURING APRIL. A RECORD DAILY MAXIMUM PRECIPITATION RECORD  
WAS SET ON APRIL 23RD...WHEN 1.02 INCHES WAS RECORDED...ECLIPSING  
THE OLD RECORD OF 1.01 INCHES SET ON APRIL 23RD IN 1932. THE WETTEST  
APRIL ON RECORD WAS 7.03 INCHES IN 1982. APRIL 2010 TIED FOR 28TH  
PLACE ON THE ALL TIME LIST WITH 3.11 INCHES.  
 
HIGH WINDS AND THUNDERSTORMS AFFECTED THE REGION ON TUESDAY APRIL  
13TH. AT LEE BIRD FIELD IN NORTH PLATTE THE PEAK WIND GUST WAS 60  
MPH...WHILE MILLER FIELD IN VALENTINE CLOCKED A 68 MPH PEAK WIND  
GUST. THE HIGHEST WIND GUST ON RECORD FOR NORTH PLATTE DURING  
APRIL...WAS A 76 MPH GUST ON APRIL 16TH 1985.  
 
BELOW IS A 12 MONTH RUNNING TOTAL PRECIPITATION TABLE FOR NORTH  
PLATTE AND VALENTINE...INDICATING MONTHLY PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS AND  
THE DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL...  
   
NORTH PLATTE AND VALENTINE PRECIPITATION FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS
 
 
PRECIPITATION DEPARTURE  
LBF VTN LBF VTN  
MONTH  
 
MAY 2009 2.80 1.50 -0.54 -1.70  
JUNE 2009 3.06 3.93 -0.11 0.92  
JULY 2009 5.01 5.13 1.84 1.76  
AUGUST 2009 2.34 3.47 0.19 1.27  
SEPTEMBER 2009 1.17 0.57 -0.15 -1.04  
OCTOBER 2009 4.29 1.72 3.05 0.50  
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  
 
TOTALS 25.64 21.67 5.98 2.15  
 
THE LATEST 30 DAY OUTLOOK FROM THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER FOR  
MAY 2010 IS CALLING FOR NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION  
ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA.
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Steve Carmel

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