North Platte and Valentine
Monthly Climate Summary
  December 2012

 

...TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION WERE NEAR NORMAL FOR NORTH
PLATTE...WHILE TEMPERATURES WERE ABOVE NORMAL AND PRECIPITATION
BELOW NORMAL FOR VALENTINE IN DECEMBER...

EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUED ACROSS ALL OF WESTERN AND
NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA DURING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER. THE MONTH
STARTED WITH VERY WARM TEMPERATURES...WITH RECORD HIGHS BEING BROKEN
ON THE FIRST AND SECOND OF DECEMBER IN NORTH PLATTE. WARM TEMPERATURES
CONTINUED FOR THE FIRST THREE WEEKS OF DECEMBER...WITH A SHIFT TO
MUCH COLDER TEMPERATURES FOR THE LAST WEEK AND A HALF OF THE
MONTH.

FOR NORTH PLATTE...THE AVERAGE DAILY MEAN TEMPERATURE FOR DECEMBER
WAS 25.1 DEGREES AND WAS 0.3 DEGREES BELOW THE NORMAL OF 25.4
DEGREES. THE AVERAGE DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 40.7 DEGREES...WHICH
WAS 1.6 DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 39.1 DEGREES. THE AVERAGE DAILY
LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 9.6 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 2.0 DEGREES BELOW THE
NORMAL OF 11.6 DEGREES. TWO DAILY RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES WERE TIED
FOR THE MONTH ON THE FIRST AND SECOND OF DECEMBER. ON THE
FIRST...THE HIGH WAS 71 DEGREES...TYING THE RECORD SET IN 1994. ON
THE SECOND...THE HIGH WAS 69 DEGREES...TYING THE RECORD SET IN 1885.

FOR VALENTINE...THE AVERAGE DAILY MEAN TEMPERATURE FOR DECEMBER WAS
26.9 DEGREES WHICH WAS 3.1 DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 23.8 DEGREES.
THE AVERAGE DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 39.3 DEGREES WHICH WAS 2.7
DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 36.6 DEGREES. THE AVERAGE DAILY LOW
TEMPERATURE WAS 14.4 DEGREES WHICH WAS 3.4 DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL
OF 11.0 DEGREES. NO DAILY RECORD TEMPERATURES WERE SET FOR THE MONTH
OF DECEMBER FOR VALENTINE.

PRECIPITATION AT LEE BIRD FIELD TOTALED 0.37 INCHES FOR THE
MONTH...AND WAS 0.04 INCHES BELOW THE NORMAL OF 0.41 INCHES. TOTAL
SNOWFALL WAS 5.2 INCHES...AND WAS 0.6 INCHES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 4.6
INCHES. NO DAILY PRECIPITATION RECORDS WERE SET DURING THE MONTH OF
DECEMBER IN NORTH PLATTE...HOWEVER...ONE DAILY SNOWFALL RECORD
OCCURRED DURING THE MONTH. ON THE 19TH...2.9 INCHES OF SNOW
FELL AT LEE BIRD FIELD...BREAKING THE RECORD OF 2.8 INCHES SET
PREVIOUSLY IN 1977.

VALENTINE PRECIPITATION IN DECEMBER TOTALED 0.29 INCHES WHICH WAS
0.08 INCHES BELOW THE NORMAL OF 0.37 INCHES. SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH
TOTALED 2.6 INCHES...AND WAS 2.5 INCHES BELOW THE NORMAL OF 5.1
INCHES. NO DAILY PRECIPITATION OR SNOWFALL RECORDS WERE SET DURING
THE MONTH OF DECEMBER FOR VALENTINE.

THE LATEST 30 DAY OUTLOOK FROM THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER FOR
JANUARY...CALLS FOR ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES TO CONTINUE ACROSS ALL
OF WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA. THE PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK IS
FOR EQUAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE...BELOW AND NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

...NORTH PLATTE AND VALENTINE PRECIPITATION TOTALS FOR 2012...

                        PRECIPITATION             DEPARTURE
MONTH                   LBF       VTN           LBF       VTN

JANUARY 2012            0.12      0.19         -0.22     -0.07
FEBRUARY 2012           1.23      2.27          0.73      1.79
MARCH 2012              0.82      0.31         -0.23     -0.76
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

TOTALS                 10.04*    10.68%        -10.19    -9.34

* SECOND DRIEST TOTAL ON RECORD FOR NORTH PLATTE. THE DRIEST IS
10.01 INCHES IN 1931.

% THIRD DRIEST TOTAL ON RECORD FOR VALENTINE. THE DRIEST IS 10.14
INCHES IN 1894.

 

 

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