Feb. 5-7, 2014: Coldest Temps In Grand Island/Hastings In 3-4 Years

From Feb. 5-7, 2014, (and especially from the 5th-6th), the NWS Hastings coverage area experienced the coldest 2-3 day stretch observed in 3-4 years. High temperatures on the 5th-6th failed to reach 10° in most areas, and lows on both the 5th-6th plunged well-below 0° in most locations. Although it was not quite as frigid on the 7th, high temperatures still fell short of 15° across the majority of the area. Below are several "climate tidbits" regarding these very cold temperatures for our two primary climate data sites, Hastings Municipal Airport and Grand Island Central Nebraska Regional Airport:




...HASTINGS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT...
(HASTINGS TEMPERATURE RECORDS DATE BACK TO 1907...BUT INCLUDE A
FEW MORE INSTANCES OF MISSING DATA COMPARED TO THE GRAND ISLAND
DATABASE)

Feb. 5, 2014: High Temp: 9°     Low Temp: -11°
Feb. 6, 2014: High Temp: 7°     Low Temp: -14° (broke a 100-year old daily record for Feb. 6!)

Feb. 7, 2014: High Temp: 12°   Low Temp: 1°

- First time since Feb. 8, 2011...that a daily high temperature failed to reach 10°
- First time since Jan. 11-12, 2011...that consecutive days failed to reach 10°
- First time since Jan. 7-9, 2010...that 3 consecutive days failed to reach 15°

- First time since Jan. 12, 2011...that a daily low temperature dropped to at least -10°
- First time since Jan. 8-9, 2010...that consecutive daily lows dropped to at least -10°

Based on daily average temperature (an average of the highs and lows), the first 10 days of February 2014 averaged 9.5°. This was the coldest opening 10 days of February in 25 years, since 1989, and also the 5th-coldest start to February on record dating back 107 years to 1908.

Location

Low Temp
(Feb. 6)

Previous
Record

Hastings
(Municipal Airport)

-14°

-12° in 1914



..GRAND ISLAND CENTRAL NEBRASKA REGIONAL AIRPORT..
(GRAND ISLAND TEMPERATURE RECORDS INCLUDE 119 YEARS DATING BACK TO 1896)

Feb. 5, 2014: High Temp: 8°     Low Temp: -10°
Feb. 6, 2014: High Temp: 7°     Low Temp: -14°

Feb. 7, 2014: High Temp: 14°   Low Temp: 4°

- First time since Feb. 8, 2011...that a daily high temperature failed to reach 10°
- First time since Jan. 11-12, 2011...that consecutive days failed to reach 10°
- First time since Jan. 7-9, 2010...that 3 consecutive days failed to reach 15°

- First time since Jan. 23, 2011...that a daily low temperature dropped to at least -10°
- First time since Jan. 8-9, 2010...that consecutive daily lows dropped to at least -10°

Based on daily average temperature (an average of the highs and lows), the first 10 days of February 2014 averaged 10.3°. This was the coldest opening 10 days of February since 1994, and also the 12th-coldest start to February on record dating back 119 years to 1896. 

This page was composed by the staff at the National Weather Service in Hastings, Nebraska.



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