July 2014: Weather/Climate Review and Extremes For The NWS Hastings Coverage Area (narratives not complete yet)

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Monthly Narrative

Tri-Cities & Ord Details
& Monthly Extremes
Graphs, Tables, Maps Drought Monitor Graphics

Monthly Precipitation & Snowfall Tables & Archive of These Monthly Reviews

* Please Note: All climate data presented here are preliminary and have not undergone final quality control by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). Therefore, these data are subject to revision. Final and certified climate data can be accessed at: WWW.NCDC.NOAA.GOV

 July 2014 Weather/Climate Web Stories
(Click HERE for archive to all web stories)

July 9-10: Large Hail & Damaging Winds Strike the Western Half of the Area
July 17: Cold Air Funnel Sighted Near Grand Island
July 14-19: Coolest 6 Day July Stretch in 10 Years at Grand Island & Hastings


July 2014 Climate And Weather Review For South Central Nebraska
And Portions Of North Central Kansas

...** Monthly narrative/highlights for July 2014 will be added to this section at a later time **...

The following narrative focuses on climate and weather highlights for the month of July 2014 across the NWS Hastings coverage area, encompassing 24 counties in south central and central Nebraska, and 6 counties in north central Kansas. Click here for a map of this coverage area. The temperature and precipitation data presented here are largely based on the NWS Cooperative Observer network, along with data from a handful of automated airport sites. All climate averages and "normals" presented here are based on the official NCDC 1981-2010 normals.

- TEMPERATURES...(According to 30-year averages, "normal" July high temperatures don't exhibit much variability, and are typically 86-89° in South Central Nebraska and 90-93° in North Central Kansas. July low temperatures in South Central Nebraska are normally between 61-66°, and are between 62-69° in North Central Kansas...)

** Monthly narrative/highlights will be added to this section at a later time **

(Please look farther down the page for more information on July 2014 temperatures and extremes, including detailed breakdowns for Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney and Ord.)



- PRECIPITATION/FLOODING...(According to 30-year averages, "normal" July rainfall across the NWS Hastings coverage area varies slightly from northwest-southeast, with the northwest half generally expected to receive between 3.20-3.60", while southeast areas average a bit higher generally 3.60-4.20"...)

** Monthly narrative/highlights will be added to this section at a later time **

(Please look farther down the page for more information on July 2014 precipitation/snowfall and extremes, including rankings of wettest and driest locations, percent-of-normal plots, and a detailed breakdown for Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney and Ord. In addition, the link on the far upper right of this page contains an archive of monthly/annual precipitation and snowfall totals for around 70 locations.)


- DROUGHT STATUS (see images at bottom of page)...  ** Monthly narrative/highlights will be added to this section at a later time **



- SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS/HIGH WINDS (for all official/finalized storm reports please refer to NCDC Storm Data)...  ** Monthly narrative/highlights will be added to this section at a later time **

- Number of Severe Thunderstorm Warning polygons issued by NWS Hastings in July 2014: 54 (35 more than July 2013)
- Number of Tornado Warning polygons issued by NWS Hastings in July 2014: 1 (1 less than July 2013) 
- Number of confirmed tornadoes within the NWS Hastings coverage area in July 2014: (1 less than July 2013)

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July 2014 Climate Details For Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney and Ord...Along With Temperature/Rainfall Extremes Mainly From NWS Cooperative Observers and Automated Airport Sites

Click on the link below for July 2014 climate summaries specifically for Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney and Ord 

Grand Island - Hastings - Kearney - Ord

 ...A FEW OF THE HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURES DURING JULY 2014
(All reports are from NWS Cooperative Observers and occurred on the 21st, unless otherwise specified with date in parentheses)
110 degrees...Red Cloud
107 degrees...Kirwin Dam, KS (26th) - Beaver City
106 degrees...Glen Elder Dam, KS
105 degrees...Franklin - 2SW Alton, KS (26th) - 4WNW Plainville, KS - Webster Dam, KS (6th, 25th)
104 degrees...Edison - 4E Superior (26th) - Beloit, KS (22nd, 25th)
103 degrees...Lexington Airport AWOS  - Smith Center, KS 
102 degrees...Minden - 1 N Burr Oak, KS
101 degrees...Holdrege Airport AWOS  - Hebron Airport AWOS  - Clay Center  -
                     Kearney Airport  - Harlan County Lake - 6 SSE Lexington/Canaday Steam Plant
100 degrees...Grand Island Central Nebraska Regional Airport ASOS  - Hastings Airport ASOS - Gothenburg 


...A FEW OF THE COOLEST LOW TEMPERATURES DURING JULY 2014

(All reports are from NWS Cooperative Observers and occurred on the 15th, unless otherwise specified)

45 degrees...6 SSE Lexington  - Gothenburg
46 degrees...Beaver City - 2W Genoa  - Greeley - Kearney Airport  - 4N Hastings (NWS Office) - 
                   Lexington Airport AWOS - Ord Airport AWOS - 2SW Alton, KS  - Webster Dam, KS 
47 degrees...Edison - Ravenna - Holdrege - Minden
48 degrees...Franklin - Osceola - 3N York
49 degrees...Central City - Red Cloud - 4 E Superior (3rd) - Aurora Airport AWOS  - Burr Oak, KS 
                   Kirwin Dam, KS  - Glen Elder Dam, KS
50 degrees...Harlan County Lake  - Grand Island Airport ASOS  - 4WNW Plainville, KS
51 degrees...Clay Center - Geneva - Hebron (3rd, 15th)


...A FEW OF THE HIGHEST MONTHLY PRECIPITATION TOTALS DURING JULY 2014
(All reports are from NWS Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified)
3.78 inches...Edison (Furnas County)
3.73 inches...4SW Blue Hill (Webster County)
3.33 inches...3SSE Grafton (NeRAIN Observer - Fillmore County)
3.30 inches...Fairmont (NeRAIN observer - Fillmore County)
3.25 inches...7NNE Grand Island (NeRAIN Observer - Hall County)
2.94 inches...2NW Rockville (NeRAIN observer - Sherman County)
2.75 inches...Hebron (Thayer County)
2.71 inches...Cairo (NeRAIN observer - Hall County)
2.84 inches...Dannebrog (NeRAIN Observer - Howard County) - 8SSW Bertrand (NeRAIN Observer - Gosper County)
2.74 inches...Mankato, KS (Jewell County)
2.72 inches...Ravenna (Buffalo County) - Smith Center, KS (Smith County)
2.70 inches...Ord (Valley County)
2.49 inches...Lovewell Dam, KS (Jewell County)
2.38 inches...6NNW Oxford (Furnas County)


...A FEW OF THE LOWEST MONTHLY PRECIPITATION TOTALS DURING JULY 2014

(All reports are from Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified)

0.17 inch...Kearney Airport (Buffalo County) - Hunter, KS (Mitchell County)
0.20 inch...Red Cloud (Webster County)
0.29 inches...5WNW Elm Creek (NeRAIN observer - Dawson County)
0.36 inch...Gothenburg (Dawson County)
0.45 inch...1NNW Wilcox (Phelps County)
0.51 inch...Minden (Kearney County)
0.59 inch...Central City (Merrick County)
0.60 inch...6SSE Lexington/Canaday Steam Plant (Gosper County)
0.66 inch...Polk (Polk County) - 3SE Hordville (NeRAIN observer - Hamilton County)
0.71 inch...Osceola (Polk County)
0.80 inch...3NE Shelby (Polk County)
0.84 inch...8S Elwood (Gosper County)

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Various graphs and tables depicting July 2014 climate data for
South Central Nebraska and North Central Kansas:

* Please Note: These data are preliminary and have not undergone final quality control by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). Therefore, these data are subject to revision. Final and certified climate data can be accessed at WWW.NCDC.NOAA.GOV

 

Click Each Graph To Go To Monthly Temp/Precip Summary Pages
Grand Island Temperature Summary: Observed daily
maximum and minimum temperatures are connected by blue
bars. Area between normal maximum and minimum temperatures
is shaded green. Red bars connect record high temperatures. Blue
bars connect record low temperatures.
Hastings Temperature Summary: Observed daily maximum
and minimum temperatures are connected by blue bars. Area
between normal maximum and minimum temperatures is shaded
green. Red bars connect record high temperatures. Blue bars
connect record low temperatures.

 

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Grand Island Precipitation Summary: Green line indicates cumulative observed precipitation for July 2014. Brown line indicates "normal" July precipitation based on 30-year data from 1981-2010. Hastings Precipitation Summary: Green line indicates cumulative observed precipitation for July 2014. Brown line indicates
"normal" July precipitation based on 30-year data from 1981-2010.

 

Grand Island (Regional Airport) - July 2013 - July 2014
  July 2013 Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July
Average High (F) 87.6 85.8 82.5 64.0 50.6 37.1 38.5 33.5 51.3 64.2 76.3 83.6 84.9
Average Low (F) 65.0 66.0 58.0 40.4 25.5 12.6 12.7 13.4 23.3 39.0 49.6 61.8 61.9
Average Temperature (F) 76.3 75.9 70.2 52.2 38.1 24.9 25.6 23.4 37.2 51.6 62.9 72.7 73.4
Departure from Normal (F) +0.1 +1.9  +5.1 0.0 0.0 -1.8 +0.5 -5.7 -2.2 +1.0 +1.7 +1.4 -2.8
 
Precipitation (inches) 1.39 3.02  2.38 4.05 0.97 0.11 0.32 0.33 0.19 2.91 0.74 9.65 2.19
Departure from Normal -2.01 -0.10 +0.15 +2.19 -0.20 -0.52 -0.21 -0.35 -1.61 +0.38 -3.67 +5.35 -1.21
 
Snowfall (inches) 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 2.2 4.5 6.6 1.2 1.7 0.0 0.0 0.0
Departure from Normal 0.0 0.0 -0.1 -1.0 -2.9 -2.9 -2.0 +0.3 -4.2 +0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0

 

Hastings (Municipal Airport) - July 2013 - July 2014
  July 2013 Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July
Average High (F) 86.1 84.6 82.3 63.4 49.9 36.3 39.0 33.6 51.5 63.9 75.2 82.4 84.8
Average Low (F) 64.4 65.3 57.6 40.4 25.1 12.4 12.8 13.2 22.5 39.2 50.3 61.9 62.4
Average Temperature (F) 75.2 75.0 69.9 51.9 37.5 24.3 25.9 23.4 37.0 51.6 62.7 72.2 73.6
Departure from Normal (F) -1.9 +0.7 +4.3 -0.7 -1.2 -3.3 -0.1 -6.5 -2.9 +0.9 +1.4 +0.4 -3.5
 
Precipitation (inches) 1.77 3.25 1.26 4.75 1.00 0.14 0.37 0.34 0.15 3.93 2.15 8.69 1.48
Departure from Normal -1.97 -0.05 -1.30 +2.76 -0.29 -0.47 -0.04 -0.15 -1.64 +1.37 -2.42 +4.89 -2.26
 
Snowfall NWS Office (inches) 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 5.0 5.4 7.5 1.2 2.2 0.0 0.0 0.0
Departure from Normal 0.0 0.0 -0.2 -1.0 -2.2 -1.1 -0.6 +1.0 -4.0 +1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

 

Kearney (Regional Airport) - July 2013 - July 2014
(*All data from NWS coop observer with daily 24-hour obs taken around 7 AM. As a result, data may vary slightly from true "calendar day" averages)
  July 2013 Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July
Average High (F)* 85.5 85.7 82.8 63.0 49.9 36.9 39.0 33.2 49.1 62.0 73.5 82.0 84.4
Average Low (F)* 62.5 63.9 55.9 39.5 25.2 12.6 12.6 13.2 19.7 35.7 46.1 59.7 59.2
Average Temperature (F)* 74.0 74.8 69.3 51.2 37.5 24.7 25.8 23.2 34.4 48.8 59.8 70.9 71.8
Departure from Normal (F)* -0.7 +2.2 +5.8 +0.3 +0.5 -1.2 +1.2 -4.9 -3.3 +0.1 +0.3 +1.1 -2.9
 
Precipitation (inches) 1.98 2.19 3.77 3.73 0.72 0.10 0.28 0.36 0.11 3.35 0.71 8.53 0.17
Departure from Normal -1.30 -0.89 +1.70 +1.69 -0.30 -0.47 -0.21 -0.19 -1.68 +1.12 -3.47 +4.60 -3.11
 
Snowfall (inches) 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 Trace 2.7 2.8 5.8 1.3 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.0
Departure from Normal 0.0 0.0 -0.2 -0.7 -3.1 -0.8 -1.6 +0.7 -3.3 -1.1 0.0 0.0 0.0

 

Ord (Evelyn Sharp Field Airport) - July 2013 - July 2014
(*Winter precipitation data may include coop observer reports due to automated airport equipment under-measuring snowfall liquid equivalent)
  July 2013 Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July
Average High (F) 85.9 84.4 81.9 61.0 48.7 MSG 38.3 33.1 49.8 62.7 73.1 80.3 82.9
Average Low (F) 60.9 62.5 54.3 35.0 20.3 MSG 9.8 7.8 18.6 33.7 44.4 56.7 57.4
Average Temperature (F) 73.4 73.5 68.1 48.0 34.5 MSG 24.0 20.4 34.2 48.2 58.7 68.5 70.1
Departure from Normal (F) -1.0 +0.5 +4.5 -1.6 -1.8 MSG -0.6 -7.4 -3.5 -0.6 -0.6 -0.7 -4.3
 
Precipitation (inches)* 3.59 3.77 2.80 1.62 0.50 Trace 0.06 0.19 0.20 1.26 0.51 8.08 2.07
Departure from Normal +0.62 +0.61 +0.36 -0.31 -0.57 -0.59 -0.31 -0.25 -1.25 -1.33 -3.30 +3.96 -0.90
 
Snowfall (Coop Observer) 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.5 0.5 2.5 5.5 4.0 2.5 0.0 0.0 0.0
Departure from Normal 0.0 0.0 0.0 -1.1 -1.8 -6.9 -4.3 -0.5 -1.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

 

Smith Center, KS (Cooperative Observer) - July 2013 - July 2014
(*All data from NWS coop observer with daily 24-hour obs taken around 7 AM. As a result, data may vary slightly from true "calendar day" averages)
  July 2013 Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July
Average High (F)* 89.2 88.9 86.1 68.4 52.8 38.9 41.4 36.1 52.8 66.9 77.4 85.4 89.9
Average Low (F)* 64.6 64.6 58.1 40.2 25.5 13.8 12.7 13.3 21.9 37.7 48.3 61.7 61.9
Average Temperature (F)* 76.9 76.8 72.1 54.3 39.2 26.4 27.1 24.7 37.4 52.3 62.8 73.6 75.9
Departure from Normal (F)*  -2.8 -0.4 +3.9 -0.5 -1.2 -2.4 -0.6 -7.3 -4.2 -0.2 -0.9 -0.4 -3.8
 
Precipitation (inches) 4.01 3.16 1.93 0.87 1.29 0.23 0.35 0.84 0.12 1.93 2.70 8.59 2.72
Departure from Normal +0.14 -0.14 -0.11 -1.01 +0.07 -0.43 -0.14 +0.26 -1.75 -0.34 -1.22 +4.98 -1.15
 
Snowfall (inches) 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 Trace 5.3 6.9 14.8 2.4 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.0
Departure from Normal 0.0 0.0 -0.2 -0.4 -1.8 +2.1 +3.2 +10.7 -0.2 +0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0

 

 Most of the following images depicting July 2014 Precipitation and Temperatures are courtesy of the High Plains Regional Climate Center:

* Please note: These maps are a "best-approximation" of actual measured values, and data reflected on these maps may not exactly match actual values due to the effects of interpolation and "smoothing" used to create the maps. In addition, some "bullseyes" may be a result of missing data.

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Nebraska: July 2014
Measured Precipitation (Inches)
Kansas: July 2014
Measured Precipitation (Inches)
Nebraska: July 2014
Percent of Normal Measured Precip.
Kansas: July 2014
Percent of Normal Measured Precip.
 
NWS Hastings Area: July 2014 Total "Observed" Precipitation
Based On AHPS Precipitation Analysis Including Radar Data

While the precipitation images above are based strictly on gauge-measured data, this image on the left utilizes an "Observed" multisensor approach created by River Forecast Centers. Hourly precipitation estimates from WSR-88D NEXRAD radar are compared to ground rainfall gauge reports, and a bias (correction factor) is calculated and applied to the radar field. For much more information on these types of images, and to create your own precipitation maps, please visit the following site: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ridge2/
RFC_Precip/index.php?site=gid

   
Nebraska: July 2014  Temperature Departure 
from Normal (F)
Kansas: July 2014
Temperature Departure 
from Normal (F)

 


 

The following drought category images, current as of July 29, 2014, are courtesy of the U.S. Drought Monitor (see narrative above for more details):

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Nebraska - U.S. Drought Monitor as of July 29, 2014 Kansas - U.S. Drought Monitor as of July 29, 2014

 

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

 



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