May 2014/Spring 2014 Climate Summaries/Extremes For Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, Ord



Grand Island:
   5th-driest May and 9th-driest spring (March-May) on record out of 119 years

Hastings:          22nd-driest May and 38th-driest spring (March-May ) on record out of 118/119 years

Grand Island   Hastings   Kearney   Ord

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...MAY 2014 AND SPRING (MARCH-MAY) SUMMARY FOR GRAND ISLAND AIRPORT...

...TEMPERATURES

1 DAILY TEMPERATURE RECORD WAS SET IN MAY 2014:
- MAY 17: RECORD LOW TEMP OF 32 (PREVIOUS 33 IN 1930)
- THIS WAS THE LATEST SPRING OCCURRENCE OF A FREEZING-OR-COLDER
TEMPERATURE IN 51 YEARS...SINCE 29 DEGREES ON MAY 22, 1963

AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:      76.3 DEGREES (3.6 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:      49.6 DEGREES (EQUALED NORMAL)
AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:     62.9 DEGREES (1.7 ABOVE NORMAL)

WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:      92 DEGREES ON THE 28TH
COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:        49 DEGREES ON THE 12TH

COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE:         32 DEGREES ON THE 15TH, 17TH
WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE:       67 DEGREES ON THE 31ST

WARMEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   91.0 DEGREES FROM THE 27TH-28TH

WARMEST WEEK BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   88.9 DEGREES FROM THE 25TH-31ST

WARMEST WEEK BASED
ON AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:   75.6 DEGREES FROM THE 25TH-31ST

COOLEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   56.0 DEGREES FROM THE 15TH-16TH

COOLEST WEEK BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   60.3 DEGREES FROM THE 11TH-17TH

COOLEST WEEK BASED
ON AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:    36.9 DEGREES FROM THE 12TH-18TH

COOLEST WEEK BASED
ON AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:   49.0 DEGREES FROM THE 11TH-17TH


...PRECIPITATION/SNOWFALL

NO DAILY PRECIPITATION OR SNOWFALL RECORDS WERE SET IN MAY 2014

TOTAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION: 0.74 INCHES  (3.67 ABOVE NORMAL)
TOTAL MONTHLY SNOWFALL:       0.0 INCHES   (EQUALED NORMAL)

- MAY 2014 WAS THE 5TH-DRIEST ON RECORD OUT OF 119 YEARS DATING TO
1896...AND WAS THE DRIEST SINCE 1994 ONLY HAD 0.46 INCHES

NUMBER OF DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION (0.01 OR MORE): 7

HIGHEST CALENDAR DAY PRECIPITATION:  0.34 INCHES ON THE 11TH
HIGHEST TWO-DAY PRECIPITATION TOTAL: 0.40 INCHES FROM THE 11TH-12TH


PRECIPITATION TOTALS AND DEPARTURES
FROM NORMAL FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS:

MONTH          PRECIP.  DEPARTURE

JUN  2013          1.63     -2.67
JUL  2013          1.39     -2.01
AUG  2013         3.02     -0.10
SEP  2013         2.38     +0.15
OCT  2013         4.05     +2.19
NOV  2013         0.97     -0.20
DEC  2013          0.11     -0.52
JAN  2014          0.32     -0.21
FEB  2014          0.33     -0.35
MAR  2014         0.19     -1.61
APR  2014         2.91     +0.38
MAY  2014         0.74     -3.67

12-MTH TOTAL  18.04    -8.62


...OTHER WEATHER ELEMENTS

HIGHEST WIND GUST: 44 MPH FROM THE NORTH-NORTHWEST ON THE 12TH
(BEHIND A STRONG COLD FRONT)

HIGHEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE: 30.35 ON THE 13TH
LOWEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE:  29.42 ON THE 7TH


...MAY 2014 NARRATIVE FOR CENTRAL NEBRASKA REGIONAL AIRPORT...

CLIMATOLOGICAL HIGHLIGHTS DURING THE MONTH INCLUDED THE LATEST SPRING
FREEZE IN 51 YEARS...ONE OF THE WARMEST FINISHES TO MAY ON
RECORD...AND UNFORTUNATELY ONE OF THE DRIEST MONTHS OF MAY ON
RECORD. WITH THE SOLE EXCEPTION OF APRIL 2014...GRAND ISLAND HAS NOW
RECORDED BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION IN SIX OF THE PAST SEVEN MONTHS.
ACCORDING THE WEEKLY U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR AT THE END OF
MAY...ROUGHLY THE NORTHWESTERN HALF OF HALL COUNTY HAD DEGRADED BACK
INTO CATEGORY D1 MODERATE DROUGHT...WHILE THE SOUTHEAST HALF OF THE
COUNTY (WHICH RECEIVED MORE MAY RAINFALL) WAS A MIX OF D0 ABNORMALLY
DRY CONDITIONS AND NO DROUGHT WHATSOEVER.

TURNING TO MAY PRECIPITATION IN MORE DETAIL...THE BOTTOM LINE WAS
THAT THE MONTHLY TOTAL OF ONLY 0.74 INCHES AT CENTRAL NEBRASKA
REGIONAL AIRPORT WAS A NOTABLE 3.67 INCHES BELOW THE 30 YEAR MAY
NORMAL OF 4.41 INCHES (17 PERCENT OF NORMAL MAY PRECIPITATION). THIS
RESULTED IN THE 5TH-DRIEST MAY ON RECORD OUT OF 119 YEARS DATING TO
1896...AND WAS THE DRIEST SINCE 1994 WHICH ONLY HAD 0.46 INCHES.
A
LITTLE OVER HALF OF THIS MEAGER MONTHLY RAINFALL...0.40
INCHES...FELL FROM THE 11TH-12TH AS THE GRAND ISLAND AIRPORT
NARROWLY MISSED MUCH HEAVIER RAIN THAT FELL OVER MUCH OF SOUTHERN
HALL AND ESPECIALLY HAMILTON COUNTIES. NO SNOW FELL DURING MAY 2014.
PLEASE REFER TO THE SPRING SEASONAL RECAP BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS ON
THE 2013-14 SNOWFALL SEASON AS A WHOLE.

TEMPERATURE-WISE...MAY WAS AN INTERESTING MONTH WITH DISTINCT BELOW
NORMAL (MID-MONTH) AND ABOVE NORMAL (LATE-MONTH) STRETCHES. OVERALL
THOUGH...IT WAS A SLIGHTLY WARMER THAN NORMAL MONTH AS THE MONTHLY
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE (RESULTING FROM AVERAGING BOTH THE HIGHS AND
LOWS) WAS 62.9 DEGREES...1.7 DEGREES ABOVE THE 30-YEAR NORMAL. THIS
ABOVE NORMAL OVERALL MONTHLY AVERAGE WAS ALMOST ENTIRELY ATTRIBUTED
TO DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURES...WHICH AVERAGED A SOMEWHAT SIGNIFICANT
3.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. IN CONTRAST...DAILY LOWS FOR THE MONTH
EXACTLY MATCHED THE NORMAL. OF THE 31 DAYS DURING THE MONTH...20
FEATURED AN ABOVE NORMAL AVERAGE TEMPERATURE...10 WERE BELOW NORMAL
AND ONE DAY MATCHED ITS DAILY NORMAL. MOST NOTABLY DURING THE
MONTH...EACH OF THE FINAL 13 DAYS WERE ABOVE NORMAL...HIGHLIGHTED BY
SIX CONSECUTIVE DAYS FROM THE 26TH-31ST THAT WERE 10-12 DEGREES
ABOVE NORMAL AND FEATURED DAILY HIGHS RANGING FROM 88-92 DEGREES. IN
FACT...THESE LAST SIX DAYS OF THE MONTH RESULTED IN THE 2ND-WARMEST
FINISH TO MAY ON RECORD OUT OF 119 YEARS WITH A DAILY AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE OF 76.1 DEGREES...TRAILING ONLY A 77.9 DEGREE AVERAGE
FROM MAY 26-31, 1934.
THIS WARM FINISH CONTAINED THE WARMEST HIGH OF
THE MONTH (92 ON THE 28TH) AND ALSO THE WARMEST LOW (67 ON THE
31ST). IN SHARP CONTRAST...BY FAR THE COOLEST PERIOD OF THE MONTH
WAS AN EIGHT DAY STRETCH FROM THE 11TH-18TH...DURING WHICH HIGH
TEMPERATURES ONLY EXCEEDED 68 DEGREES ONCE AND INCLUDED THE COOLEST
MONTHLY HIGH OF 49 DEGREES ON THE 12TH. MORE NOTABLY...FIVE
CONSECUTIVE DAYS FROM THE 12TH-17TH FEATURED LOW TEMPERATURES IN THE
30S...HIGHLIGHTED BY LOWS OF 32 ON BOTH THE 15TH AND 17TH. THIS WAS
THE FIRST TIME IN 119 YEARS OF RECORDS THAT GRAND ISLAND OBSERVED 5
CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF LOW TEMPERATURES BELOW 40 DEGREES STARTING
ON/AFTER THE DATE OF MAY 13TH. IN ADDITION...THE 32 DEGREE LOW ON
THE 17TH MARKED THE LATEST SPRING FREEZE IN 51 YEARS (29 DEGREES ON
MAY 22, 1963). THE MOST EXTREME DAY-TO-DAY FLUCTUATION IN HIGH
TEMPERATURES DURING THE MONTH WAS 18 DEGREES...FEATURING A DECENT
WARM UP FROM 59 DEGREES ON THE 1ST TO 77 DEGREES ON THE 2ND.

AS FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY...NWS HASTINGS RECEIVED NO
REPORTS OF LARGE HAIL OR DAMAGING WINDS FROM ANYWHERE WITHIN HALL
COUNTY DURING MAY 2014...LET ALONE FROM THE CITY OF GRAND ISLAND
ITSELF. HOWEVER...THIS WAS A FORTUNATE CLOSE CALL AS A SIGNIFICANT
TORNADIC SUPERCELL TRACKED JUST SOUTHEAST OF THE HALL COUNTY AREA ON
THE AFTERNOON OF THE 11TH...DROPPING SEVERAL TORNADOES THROUGH CLAY-
FILLMORE-YORK COUNTIES AND POINTS EAST. AS FOR NON-THUNDERSTORM
WINDS...ONLY THREE DAYS DURING MAY FEATURED PEAK GUSTS OF 40+
MPH...HIGHLIGHTED BY A 44 MPH GUST FROM THE NORTH-NORTHWEST ON THE
12TH.


...METEOROLOGICAL SPRING 2014 SEASONAL RECAP COVERING MARCH-MAY...

- AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:  50.6 DEGREES (0.2 ABOVE NORMAL)
- SEASONAL PRECIPITATION:           3.84 INCHES  (4.90 BELOW NORMAL)
- SPRING SNOWFALL:                         2.9 INCHES  (4.0 BELOW NORMAL)
- TOTAL 2013-2014 SEASONAL SNOWFALL:  16.4 INCHES (12.6 BELOW NORMAL)

FOR THE METEOROLOGICAL SPRING SEASON OF MARCH...APRIL AND MAY AS A
WHOLE...THE AVERAGE DAILY TEMPERATURE WAS 50.6 DEGREES...MERELY 0.2
DEGREES ABOVE THE SEASONAL NORMAL OF 50.4 DEGREES.
OF THE THREE
SPRING MONTHS...BOTH APRIL AND MAY AVERAGED SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL TO
CARRY THE MAJORITY OF THE WEIGHT TOWARDS THE OVERALL SLIGHTLY WARMER
THAN NORMAL SPRING...WHILE MARCH ACTUALLY AVERAGED 2.2 DEGREES BELOW
NORMAL. THE WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE OF SPRING 2014 WAS 92 DEGREES
ON MAY 28TH...AND THE COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS A BONE-CHILLING 6
DEGREES ON MARCH 2ND. THE COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE OF THE SEASON WAS
-5 ON MARCH 2ND...AND THE MILDEST LOW WAS 67 DEGREES ON MAY 31ST. IN
TERMS OF AVERAGE DAILY TEMPERATURE...THE OVERALL WARMEST WEEK OF
SPRING 2014 WAS MAY 25TH-31ST AT 75.6 DEGREES...AND THE OVERALL
COLDEST WEEK WAS MARCH 1ST-7TH WITH 21.1 DEGREES.

TURNING TO PRECIPITATION...THE SPRING TOTAL OF 3.84 INCHES AT
CENTRAL NEBRASKA REGIONAL AIRPORT WAS ONLY 44 PERCENT OF THE SPRING
NORMAL OF 8.74 INCHES. AS A RESULT...FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE
METEOROLOGICAL SEASON GRAND ISLAND NOTCHED ITS 9TH DRIEST ON RECORD
OUT OF 119 YEARS
...AS THIS SPRING WAS THE DRIEST SINCE 1994 WHICH
ONLY FEATURED 3.79 INCHES. THE WETTEST CALENDER DAY DURING SPRING
2014 WAS APRIL 23RD WITH 1.04 INCHES. PUTTING THE RECENT DRIER THAN
NORMAL STRETCH IN A MORE SIGNIFICANT PERSPECTIVE...THE SEVEN MONTH
PERIOD FROM NOVEMBER 2013 THROUGH MAY 2014 WAS THE 7TH DRIEST ON
RECORD OUT OF 119 YEARS...TOTALING ONLY 5.57 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION
(6.18 INCHES BELOW NORMAL).

SNOWFALL-WISE...THE SPRING TOTAL OF 2.9 INCHES WAS 4.0 INCHES BELOW
THE 30 YEAR NORMAL...CONTINUING A BELOW NORMAL TREND FROM THE WINTER
MONTHS. THE 2013-14 TOTAL SEASONAL SNOWFALL ENDED UP AS ONLY 16.4
INCHES...A SOLID 12.6 INCHES BELOW THE 30 YEAR NORMAL OF 29.0 INCHES.
PUT ANOTHER WAY...GRAND ISLAND OBSERVED ONLY 57 PERCENT OF ITS
NORMAL SEASONAL SNOWFALL.
PUTTING THE 2013-14 SNOW SEASON INTO A
HISTORICAL CONTEXT...AND OMITTING UNRELIABLE/ERRANT SNOW DATA FROM
1906-1912...THIS SEASON WAS THE 17TH LEAST SNOWY ON RECORD OUT OF
113 YEARS. HOWEVER...ONE ONLY HAS TO GO BACK A FEW YEARS TO THE
2007-08 SEASON TO FIND LESS SNOW (16.0 INCHES).




 
...MAY 2014 AND SPRING (MARCH-MAY) SUMMARY FOR HASTINGS AIRPORT...

(NOTE: TEMPERATURE RECORDS AT HASTINGS ARE BASED ON NWS COOPERATIVE
OBSERVER REPORTS (HASTINGS 4N) BETWEEN 1907 AND JUNE 1996...WITH
RECORDS SINCE JULY 1996 FROM THE AUTOMATED SENSOR AT HASTINGS
MUNICIPAL AIRPORT. PRECIPITATION RECORDS AT HASTINGS ARE BASED ON
NWS COOPERATIVE OBSERVER REPORTS (HASTINGS 4N) BETWEEN 1895 AND
MARCH 1998...WITH RECORDS SINCE APRIL 1998 FROM THE AUTOMATED
AIRPORT SENSOR.)


...TEMPERATURES

1 DAILY TEMPERATURE RECORD SET IN APRIL 2014:
- MAY 17: RECORD LOW TEMP OF 32 (PREVIOUS 35 IN 1945)
- THIS WAS THE LATEST SPRING OCCURRENCE OF A FREEZING-OR-COLDER
TEMPERATURE IN 67 YEARS...SINCE 29 DEGREES ON MAY 29, 1947

AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:      75.2 DEGREES (3.2 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:       50.3 DEGREES (0.3 BELOW NORMAL)
AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:     62.7 DEGREES (1.4 ABOVE NORMAL)

WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:      91 DEGREES ON THE 19TH, 28TH
COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:        49 DEGREES ON THE 12TH

COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE:         32 DEGREES ON THE 17TH
WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE:       66 DEGREES ON THE 29TH, 31ST

WARMEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   89.5 DEGREES FROM THE 27TH-28TH

WARMEST WEEK BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   86.1 DEGREES FROM THE 25TH-31ST

WARMEST WEEK BASED
ON AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:   74.6 DEGREES FROM THE 25TH-31ST

COOLEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:    56.0 DEGREES FROM THE 12TH-13TH

COOLEST WEEK BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:    59.6 DEGREES FROM THE 11TH-17TH

CO0LEST WEEK BASED
ON AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:    38.0 DEGREES FROM THE 12TH-18TH

COOLEST WEEK BASED
ON AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:   49.1 DEGREES FROM THE 11TH-17TH


...PRECIPITATION/SNOWFALL

NO PRECIPITATION OR SNOWFALL RECORDS WERE SET IN MAY 2014

TOTAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION: 2.15 INCHES  (2.42 BELOW NORMAL)
TOTAL MONTHLY SNOWFALL:       0.0 INCHES   (EQUALED NORMAL)

- MAY 2014 TIED WITH 1998 FOR THE 22ND-DRIEST ON RECORD OUT OF 118
YEARS DATING TO 1895 (TWO MAYS HAD MISSING DATA)...AND THIS MAY WAS
THE DRIEST SINCE 2009 HAD 1.88 INCHES

NUMBER OF DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION (0.01 OR MORE): 7

HIGHEST CALENDAR DAY PRECIPITATION:  1.36 INCHES ON THE 11TH
HIGHEST TWO-DAY PRECIPITATION TOTAL: 1.53 INCHES FROM THE 11TH-12TH


PRECIPITATION TOTALS AND DEPARTURES
FROM NORMAL FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS:

MONTH          PRECIP.  DEPARTURE

JUN  2013         1.24      -2.56
JUL  2013         1.77      -1.97
AUG  2013         3.25      -0.05
SEP  2013         1.26      -1.30
OCT  2013         4.75      +2.76
NOV  2013         1.00      -0.29
DEC  2013          0.14      -0.47
JAN  2014          0.37      -0.04
FEB  2014          0.34      -0.15
MAR  2014         0.15      -1.64
APR  2014         3.93      +1.37
MAY  2014         2.15      -2.42

12-MTH TOTAL  20.35     -6.76



...OTHER WEATHER ELEMENTS

HIGHEST WIND GUST: 46 MPH FROM THE NORTH-NORTHWEST ON THE 12TH
(BEHIND A STRONG COLD FRONT)

HIGHEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE: 30.34 ON THE 14TH
LOWEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE:  29.41 ON THE 7TH


...MAY 2014 NARRATIVE FOR HASTINGS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT...

CLIMATOLOGICAL HIGHLIGHTS DURING THE MONTH INCLUDED THE LATEST
SPRING FREEZE IN 67 YEARS...ONE OF THE WARMEST FINISHES TO MAY ON
RECORD...AND UNFORTUNATELY ONE OF THE TOP-25 DRIEST MONTHS OF MAY ON
RECORD. WITH THE SOLE EXCEPTION OF APRIL 2014..HASTINGS HAS NOW
RECORDED AT LEAST SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION IN SIX OF THE
PAST SEVEN MONTHS.
ACCORDING THE WEEKLY U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR AT THE
END OF MAY...THERE WAS VERY LITTLE CHANGE IN DROUGHT CLASSIFICATION
WITHIN ADAMS COUNTY DURING THE MONTH...AS ROUGHLY THE SOUTHEAST HALF
REMAINED IN CATEGORY D1 MODERATE DROUGHT WHILE MOST OF THE NORTHWEST
HALF REMAINED AS D0 ABNORMALLY DRY (CONSIDERED ONE CATEGORY BETTER
THAN TRUE DROUGHT).

TURNING TO MAY PRECIPITATION IN MORE DETAIL...THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT
THE MONTHLY TOTAL OF 2.15 INCHES AT HASTINGS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT WAS
2.42 INCHES BELOW THE 30 YEAR MAY NORMAL OF 4.57 INCHES (47 PERCENT
OF NORMAL MAY PRECIPITATION).
THIS RESULTED IN A TIE WITH 1988 FOR
THE 22ND DRIEST MAY ON RECORD OUT OF 118 YEARS DATING TO 1895 (NOT
COUNTING TWO YEARS OF MISSING DATA)...AND WAS THE DRIEST SINCE 2009
WHICH ONLY HAD 1.88 INCHES. THE MAJORITY OF MONTHLY RAINFALL (1.36
INCHES) FELL DURING A FEW DIFFERENT ROUNDS OF THUNDERSTORMS ON THE
11TH...AS HASTINGS NARROWLY MISSED HEAVIER RAIN THAT FELL OVER PARTS
OF CLAY...HAMILTON AND YORK COUNTIES. NO SNOW FALL DURING MAY 2014.

TEMPERATURE-WISE...MAY WAS AN INTERESTING MONTH WITH DISTINCT BELOW
NORMAL (MID-MONTH) AND ABOVE NORMAL (LATE-MONTH) STRETCHES. OVERALL
THOUGH...IT WAS A SLIGHTLY WARMER THAN NORMAL MONTH AS THE MONTHLY
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE (RESULTING FROM AVERAGING BOTH THE HIGHS AND
LOWS) WAS 62.7 DEGREES...1.4 DEGREES ABOVE THE 30 YEAR NORMAL. THIS
ABOVE NORMAL OVERALL MONTHLY AVERAGE WAS ENTIRELY ATTRIBUTED TO
DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURES...WHICH AVERAGED A SOMEWHAT SIGNIFICANT 3.2
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. IN CONTRAST...DAILY LOWS FOR THE MONTH
ACTUALLY AVERAGED 0.3 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. OF THE 31 DAYS DURING
THE MONTH...19 FEATURED AN ABOVE NORMAL AVERAGE TEMPERATURE...10
WERE BELOW NORMAL AND 2 DAYS MATCHED THEIR DAILY NORMAL. MOST
NOTABLY DURING THE MONTH...EACH OF THE FINAL 13 DAYS WERE ABOVE
NORMAL..HIGHLIGHTED BY SIX CONSECUTIVE DAYS FROM THE 26TH-31ST THAT
FEATURED DAILY HIGHS RANGING FROM 85-91 DEGREES. IN FACT...THE FINAL
EIGHT DAYS OF THE MONTH AVERAGED OUT TO MARK THE 2ND-WARMEST FINISH
TO MAY ON RECORD OUT OF 106 YEARS WITH A DAILY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
OF 74.0 DEGREES...TRAILING ONLY A 75.9 DEGREE AVERAGE FROM MAY 24-31,
1934.
THIS WARM FINISH CONTAINED THE WARMEST HIGH OF THE MONTH (91
ON THE 28TH) AND ALSO THE WARMEST LOWS (66 ON THE 29TH AND 31ST). IN
SHARP CONTRAST...BY FAR THE COOLEST PERIOD OF THE MONTH WAS AN EIGHT
DAY STRETCH FROM THE 11TH-18TH...DURING WHICH HIGH TEMPERATURES ONLY
EXCEEDED 66 DEGREES ONCE AND INCLUDED THE COOLEST MONTHLY HIGH OF 49
DEGREES ON THE 12TH. MORE NOTABLY...FIVE CONSECUTIVE DAYS FROM THE
13TH-17TH FEATURED LOW TEMPERATURES IN THE 30S...HIGHLIGHTED BY A
LOW OF 32 DEGREES ON THE 17TH. THIS WAS ONLY THE SECOND TIME IN 106
YEARS OF RECORDS THAT HASTINGS OBSERVED 5-CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF LOW
TEMPERATURES BELOW 40 DEGREES STARTING ON/AFTER THE DATE OF MAY
13TH..AND IT HAD BEEN 99 YEARS SINCE THE FIRST TIME IT HAPPENED ON
MAY 17-21, 1915. IN ADDITION...THE 32-DEGREE LOW ON THE 17TH MARKED
THE LATEST SPRING FREEZE IN 67 YEARS (SINCE 29 DEGREES ON MAY 29,
1947). THE MOST EXTREME DAY-TO-DAY FLUCTUATION IN HIGH TEMPERATURES
DURING THE MONTH WAS 17 DEGREES...FEATURING A DECENT WARM UP FROM 59
DEGREES ON THE 1ST TO 76 DEGREES ON THE 2ND.

AS FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY...THERE WERE SEVERAL REPORTS OF
LARGE HAIL RANGING FROM 1 INCH TO AS MUCH AS 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER FALLING
WITHIN THE CITY OF HASTINGS ON THE AFTERNOON OF THE 11TH (MOTHER`S
DAY) AS THE WESTERN FRINGES OF THE A SIGNIFICANT TORNADIC SUPERCELL
STORM BRUSHED EASTERN ADAMS COUNTY.
DESPITE THIS HAIL...THE HASTINGS
AREA WAS FORTUNATE AS THIS SUPERCELL DROPPED SEVERAL TORNADOES (SOME
DAMAGING) THROUGH CLAY-FILLMORE-YORK COUNTIES AND POINTS EAST. AS
FOR NON-THUNDERSTORM WINDS...ONLY ONE DAY DURING MAY FEATURED A PEAK
GUST OVER 40 MPH...CONSISTING OF A 46 MPH GUST FROM THE NORTH-
NORTHWEST ON THE 12TH BEHIND A STRONG COLD FRONT.


...METEOROLOGICAL SPRING 2014 SEASONAL RECAP COVERING MARCH-MAY...

- AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:  50.4 DEGREES (0.2 BELOW NORMAL)
- SEASONAL PRECIPITATION:            6.23 INCHES  (2.69 BELOW NORMAL)
- SPRING SNOWFALL:                          3.4 INCHES  (3.0 BELOW NORMAL)
- TOTAL 2013-2014 SEASONAL SNOWFALL:  21.7 INCHES (7.1 BELOW NORMAL)

FOR THE METEOROLOGICAL SPRING SEASON OF MARCH...APRIL AND MAY AS A
WHOLE...THE AVERAGE DAILY TEMPERATURE WAS 50.4 DEGREES...MERELY 0.2
DEGREES BELOW THE SEASONAL NORMAL OF 50.6 DEGREES.
OF THE THREE
SPRING MONTHS...BOTH APRIL AND MAY AVERAGED SLIGHTLY ABOVE
NORMAL...BUT MARCH CARRIED SLIGHTLY MORE WEIGHT TOWARD THE OVERALL
SLIGHTLY COLDER THAN NORMAL SPRING AS IT AVERAGED 2.9 DEGREES BELOW
NORMAL. THE WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE OF SPRING 2014 WAS 91 DEGREES
ON MAY 28TH...AND THE COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS A BONE-CHILLING 7
DEGREES ON MARCH 2ND. THE COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE OF THE SEASON WAS -
5 ON MARCH 2ND AND 3RD...AND THE MILDEST LOW WAS 66 DEGREES ON MAY
29TH AND 31ST. IN TERMS OF AVERAGE DAILY TEMPERATURE...THE OVERALL
WARMEST WEEK OF SPRING 2014 WAS MAY 25TH-31ST AT 74.6 DEGREES...AND
THE OVERALL COLDEST WEEK WAS MARCH 1ST-7TH WITH 20.9 DEGREES.

TURNING TO PRECIPITATION...THE SPRING TOTAL OF 6.23 INCHES AT
HASTINGS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT WAS 70 PERCENT OF THE SPRING NORMAL OF
8.92 INCHES. THIS RESULTED IN THE 38TH-DRIEST SPRING ON RECORD OUT
OF 119 YEARS...AND WAS THE DRIEST SINCE SPRING 2009 WHICH ONLY
MEASURED 3.69 INCHES.
THE WETTEST CALENDER DAY DURING SPRING 2014
WAS APRIL 23RD WITH 1.77 INCHES.

SNOWFALL-WISE...THE SPRING TOTAL OF 3.4 INCHES WAS 3.0 INCHES BELOW
THE 30 YEAR NORMAL...CONTINUING A BELOW NORMAL TREND FROM THE WINTER
MONTHS. THE 2013-14 TOTAL SEASONAL SNOWFALL ENDED UP AS ONLY 21.7
INCHES...WHICH WAS 7.1 INCHES BELOW THE 30 YEAR NORMAL OF 28.8
INCHES. PUT ANOTHER WAY...HASTINGS ONLY OBSERVED 75 PERCENT OF
NORMAL SEASONAL SNOWFALL.
UNFORTUNATELY...MANY YEARS OF HASTINGS
SNOWFALL RECORDS PRIOR TO 1994 ARE FROUGHT WITH MISSING AND/OR
RELIABLE DATA...MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO PUT RECORDS INTO A LONG-TERM
HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE. HOWEVER...THIS SEASONS TOTAL OF 21.7 INCHES
RANKED AS THE 5TH-LEAST SNOWY ON RECORD OUT OF THE 21 YEARS OF
COMPLETE RECORDS DATING TO 1994. ONE ONLY HAS TO GO BACK A FEW YEARS
TO THE 2008-09 SEASON TO FIND A LESS SNOWY SEASON (19.6 INCHES) THAN
THIS ONE.



...MAY 2014 AND SPRING (MARCH-MAY) SUMMARY FOR KEARNEY AIRPORT...


(NOTE: ALL DATA PRESENTED HERE IS FROM THE OFFICIAL NWS
COOPERATIVE OBSERVER LOCATED AT KEARNEY REGIONAL AIRPORT. AS A
RESULT...IT MAY DIFFER SLIGHTLY FROM THE UNOFFICIAL AUTOMATED
AIRPORT OBSERVATIONS (AWOS) PRESENTED IN ROUTINE DAILY AND MONTHLY
CLIMATE PRODUCTS. ALL TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION DATA REPORTED BY
THE OFFICIAL COOPERATIVE OBSERVER IS BASED ON A 24-HOUR PERIOD ENDING AT
7 AM...AND THUS DOES NOT CORRESPOND TO A MIDNIGHT-TO-MIDNIGHT
CALENDAR DAY PERIOD.)


....TEMPERATURES

AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:      73.5 DEGREES (2.0 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:       46.1 DEGREES (1.5 BELOW NORMAL)
AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:     59.8 DEGREES (0.3 ABOVE NORMAL)

WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE: 93 DEGREES REPORTED ON THE 29TH
(ACTUALLY OCCURRED ON THE 28TH)

COOLEST HIGH TEMPERATURE: 46 DEGREES REPORTED ON THE 13TH
(ACTUALLY OCCURRED ON THE 12TH)

COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE: 30 DEGREES REPORTED ON THE 15TH, 17TH, 18TH

WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE: 62 DEGREES REPORTED ON THE 30TH


...PRECIPITATION

TOTAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION:   0.71 INCHES (3.47 BELOW NORMAL)
TOTAL MONTHLY SNOWFALL:           0.0 INCHES (EQUALED NORMAL)

NUMBER OF 24-HOUR PERIODS
WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION (0.01 OR MORE): 5

HIGHEST 24-HOUR
PRECIPITATION ENDING AROUND 7 AM: 0.23 INCHES REPORTED ON THE
                                                                                         24TH AND 25TH

HIGHEST 48-HOUR PRECIPITATION ENDING AROUND 7 AM: 0.46 INCHES
REPORTED ON THE 25TH


PRECIPITATION TOTALS AND DEPARTURES
FROM NORMAL FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS:

MONTH          PRECIP.  DEPARTURE

JUN  2013         1.44      -2.49
JUL  2013          1.98      -1.30
AUG  2013         2.19      -0.89
SEP  2013         3.77      +1.70
OCT  2013         3.73      +1.69
NOV  2013         0.72      -0.30
DEC  2013          0.10      -0.47
JAN  2014          0.28      -0.21
FEB  2014          0.36      -0.19
MAR  2014         0.11      -1.68
APR  2014         3.35      +1.12
MAY  2014         0.71      -3.47

12-MTH TOTAL  18.74     -6.49


...HIGH WINDS/THUNDERSTORMS

NWS HASTINGS RECEIVED NO REPORTS OF SEVERE WEATHER IN THE FORM OF
LARGE HAIL...DAMAGING WINDS OR TORNADOES FROM THE IMMEDIATE KEARNEY
AREA DURING MAY 2014. ONE OF THE HIGHEST MEASURED WIND GUSTS AT THE
AIRPORT DURING APRIL (BUT NOT NECESSARILY THE TRUE PEAK GUST) WAS 41
MPH FROM THE NORTH-NORTHWEST ON THE 12TH BEHIND A STRONG COLD FRONT.


...METEOROLOGICAL SPRING 2014 SEASONAL STATISTICS COVERING MARCH-MAY...

- AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:  47.7 DEGREES (0.9 BELOW NORMAL)
- SEASONAL PRECIPITATION:          4.17 INCHES  (4.03 BELOW NORMAL)
- SPRING SNOWFALL:                        2.0 INCHES  (4.4 BELOW NORMAL)
- TOTAL 2013-2014 SEASONAL SNOWFALL:  13.3 INCHES (10.1 BELOW NORMAL)


 



...MAY 2014 AND SPRING (MARCH-MAY) SUMMARY FOR ORD AIRPORT...

...TEMPERATURES

AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:       73.1 DEGREES (1.4 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:        44.4 DEGREES (2.4 BELOW NORMAL)
AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:      58.7 DEGREES (0.6 BELOW NORMAL)

WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:      91 DEGREES ON THE 28TH
COOLEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:        47 DEGREES ON THE 12TH

COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE:         25 DEGREES ON THE 15TH
WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE:       64 DEGREES ON THE 31ST

WARMEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   90.0 DEGREES FROM THE 27TH-28TH
                                                                                                      28TH-29TH
WARMEST WEEK BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   87.4 DEGREES FROM THE 25TH-31ST

WARMEST WEEK BASED
ON AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:   72.3 DEGREES FROM THE 25TH-31ST

COOLEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   53.5 DEGREES FROM THE 15TH-16TH

COOLEST WEEK BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   58.3 DEGREES FROM THE 11TH-17TH

COOLEST WEEK BASED
ON AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:    30.3 DEGREES FROM THE 12TH-18TH

COOLEST WEEK BASED
ON AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:   44.9 DEGREES FROM THE 11TH-17TH


...PRECIPITATION/SNOWFALL

(NOTE: ALL SNOWFALL/SNOW DEPTH DATA IS FROM THE NWS COOPERATIVE
OBSERVER IN ORD. IN ADDITION...MOST MELTED SNOW-LIQUID EQUIVALENT
PRECIPITATION IS ALSO DERIVED FROM THE COOPERATIVE OBSERVER...GIVEN
THAT THE AUTOMATED PRECIPITATION GAUGE AT THE AIRPORT IS NOT
DESIGNED TO ACCURATELY MELT SNOW IN SUB-FREEZING CONDITIONS...)

TOTAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION:  0.51 INCHES (3.30 BELOW NORMAL)
TOTAL MONTHLY SNOWFALL:        0.0 INCHES  (MATCHES NORMAL)

NUMBER OF DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION (0.01 OR MORE): 5

HIGHEST CALENDAR DAY PRECIPITATION:  0.23 INCHES ON THE 12TH
HIGHEST TWO-DAY PRECIPITATION TOTAL: 0.29 INCHES FROM THE 11TH-12TH


PRECIPITATION TOTALS AND DEPARTURES
FROM NORMAL FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS:

MONTH          PRECIP.  DEPARTURE

JUN  2013          1.93      -2.19
JUL  2013          3.59      +0.62
AUG  2013          3.77      +0.61
SEP  2013          2.80      +0.36
OCT  2013          1.62      -0.31
NOV  2013          0.50      -0.57
DEC  2013          TRACE   -0.59
JAN  2014          0.06      -0.31
FEB  2014          0.19      -0.25
MAR  2014          0.20      -1.25
APR  2014          1.26      -1.33
MAY  2014          0.51      -3.30

12-MTH TOTAL  16.43     -8.51


...OTHER WEATHER ELEMENTS

HIGHEST WIND GUST: 49 MPH FROM THE NORTH ON THE 12TH
(BEHIND A STRONG COLD FRONT)

HIGHEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE: 30.36 ON THE 13TH
LOWEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE:  29.46 ON THE 7TH


...METEOROLOGICAL SPRING 2014 SEASONAL STATISTICS COVERING MARCH-MAY...

- AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:  47.0 DEGREES (1.6 BELOW NORMAL)
- SEASONAL PRECIPITATION:    1.97 INCHES  (5.88 BELOW NORMAL)
- SPRING SNOWFALL:            6.5 INCHES  (1.9 BELOW NORMAL)
- TOTAL 2013-2014 SEASONAL SNOWFALL:  18.5 INCHES (16.5 BELOW NORMAL)

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