Aug. 2014/Summer 2014 Climate Summaries/Extremes for Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, Ord



Grand Island:
   9th-wettest August and 7th-wettest summer (June-August) on record out of 119 years

Hastings:          5th-wettest August and 7th-wettest summer (June-August ) on record out of 120 years

Kearney:           2nd-wettest August and 9th-wettest summer (June-August ) on record out of 120 years

Grand Island   Hastings   Kearney   Ord

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...AUG. 2014 AND SUMMER (JUNE-AUG) SUMMARY FOR GRAND ISLAND AIRPORT...

...TEMPERATURES

NO DAILY TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE SET DURING AUG. 2014

AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:      84.5 DEGREES (0.9 BELOW NORMAL)
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:       63.8 DEGREES (1.2 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:     74.1 DEGREES (0.1 ABOVE NORMAL)

HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:       90 DEGREES ON THE 3RD, 20TH
COOLEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:      73 DEGREES ON THE 25TH

COOLEST LOW TEMPERATURE:         55 DEGREES ON THE 12TH
WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE:       74 DEGREES ON THE 20TH

WARMEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   89.5 DEGREES FROM THE 20TH-21ST
                                                                                                         3RD-4TH
WARMEST WEEK BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:    88.4 DEGREES FROM THE 17TH-23RD

WARMEST WEEK BASED
ON AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:   77.6 DEGREES FROM THE 17TH-23RD

COOLEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   76.5 DEGREES FROM THE 25TH-26TH

COOLEST WEEK BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   79.9 DEGREES FROM THE 24TH-30TH

COOLEST WEEK BASED
ON AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:    61.0 DEGREES FROM THE 8TH-14TH

COOLEST WEEK BASED
ON AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:   71.4 DEGREES FROM THE 25TH-31ST


...PRECIPITATION

1 DAILY PRECIPITATION RECORD WAS SET IN AUGUST 2014:
- AUG. 9: RECORD RAINFALL OF 2.04 INCHES (PREVIOUS 1.52 IN 1901)

TOTAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION: 5.87 INCHES  (2.75 ABOVE NORMAL)

- AUG. 2014 WAS THE 9TH-WETTEST ON RECORD OUT OF 119 YEARS DATING TO
1896...AND WAS THE WETTEST SINCE 7.15 INCHES IN 1997

NUMBER OF DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION (0.01 OR MORE): 16

HIGHEST CALENDAR DAY PRECIPITATION:  2.04 INCHES ON THE 9TH
HIGHEST 2-DAY PRECIPITATION TOTAL:       2.60 INCHES FROM THE 8TH-9TH


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

MONTH          PRECIP.  DEPARTURE

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
JUN  2014          9.65     +5.35
JUL  2014          2.19     -1.21
AUG  2014         5.87     +2.75

12-MTH TOTAL  29.71    +3.05


...OTHER WEATHER ELEMENTS

HIGHEST WIND GUST: 50 MPH FROM THE NORTH ON THE 17TH
(OCCURRED AT 831 PM CDT DURING A THUNDERSTORM)

HIGHEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE: 30.21 ON THE 12TH
LOWEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE:  29.59 ON THE 31ST


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

FOLLOWING A PATTERN OF ALTERNATING ABOVE AND BELOW NORMAL MONTHLY
PRECIPITATION THAT HAD BEEN IN PLACE SINCE APRIL...AUGUST
DEFINITELY CHECKED IN ON THE WET SIDE OF THINGS. TEMPERATURE-
WISE...THE MONTH AS A WHOLE AVERAGED OUT AS BEING VERY CLOSE TO THE
30-YEAR NORMAL...BUT FEATURED A NOTABLE LACK OF DAYS ABOVE 90
DEGREES. IN FACT...THERE WERE NO DAYS THAT REACHED 91 DEGREES OR
HIGHER...WHICH TIED THE MONTHLY RECORD AND HAD NOT HAPPENED SINCE
1986.

FOCUSING ON AUGUST RAINFALL IN MORE DETAIL...THE MONTHLY TOTAL OF
5.87 INCHES AT CENTRAL NEBRASKA REGIONAL AIRPORT WAS 2.75 INCHES
ABOVE THE 30-YEAR AUGUST NORMAL OF 3.12 INCHES. IN OTHER
WORDS...GRAND ISLAND RECEIVED 188 PERCENT OF NORMAL AUGUST RAINFALL.
THIS WAS THE 9TH-WETTEST AUGUST ON RECORD OUT OF 119 YEARS DATING TO
1896...AND WAS THE WETTEST SINCE 7.15 INCHES IN 1997.
RAIN EVENTS
DURING THE MONTH WERE FAIRLY EVENLY-SPACED...AS MEASURABLE RAIN
FELL ON 16 OF THE 31 DAYS. THE HIGHEST DAILY TOTAL OF 2.04 INCHES
OCCURRED ON THE 9TH AND SET A NEW RECORD FOR THE DATE.

TEMPERATURE-WISE...THE MONTH AS A WHOLE WENT DOWN IN THE BOOKS AS
BEING VERY AVERAGE/TYPICAL...BUT A CLOSER LOOK REVEALS THAT IT
CERTAINLY FEATURED A LACK OF TRUE LATE SUMMER HEAT. THE AVERAGE
MONTHLY TEMPERATURE (RESULTING FROM AVERAGING BOTH THE HIGHS AND
LOWS) WAS 74.1 DEGREES...MERELY 0.1 DEGREES ABOVE THE 30-YEAR
NORMAL. THE MAJORITY OF THIS SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL OVERALL-AVERAGE
WAS ATTRIBUTED TO DAILY LOW TEMPERATURES...WHICH AVERAGED 1.2
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. HOWEVER...PROBABLY THE MOST NOTICEABLE AND
NOTEWORTHY TEMPERATURE FACT OF THE MONTH WAS THAT ONLY TWO DAYS
REACHED 90 DEGREES (THE 3RD AND 20TH)...AND ZERO DAYS REACHED 91
DEGREES OR HIGHER. THIS WAS ONLY THE FOURTH TIME OUT OF 119 YEARS OF
RECORDS THAT AUGUST HIGHS FAILED TO EXCEED 90 DEGREES...AND HAD NOT
OCCURRED SINCE 1986.
BASED ON 30-YEAR DATA FROM 1981-2010...GRAND
ISLAND TYPICALLY AVERAGES EIGHT AUGUST DAYS WITH HIGHS ABOVE 90
DEGREES. GETTING BACK TO AVERAGE DAILY TEMPERATURES...OF THE 31 DAYS
DURING THE MONTH 15 WERE ABOVE NORMAL...12 WERE BELOW NORMAL AND
FOUR DAYS EQUALED THEIR DAILY NORMAL. BREAKING DOWN THE MONTH INTO
WEEK-LONG CHUNKS...THE OVERALL-WARMEST WEEK WAS CENTERED FROM THE
17TH-23RD...DURING WHICH DAILY HIGHS REACHED AT LEAST 87 DEGREES
EACH DAY AND LOWS ONLY DROPPED BELOW 65 ONCE. THE MILDEST LOW
TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS 74 DEGREES ON THE 20TH. THE OVERALL-
COOLEST WEEK FOLLOWED SHORTLY THEREAFTER FROM THE 25TH-31ST...DURING
WHICH SIX OF SEVEN DAYS CLIMBED NO HIGHER THAN 82 DEGREES. THE
COOLEST LOW TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS 55 DEGREES ON THE 12TH AND
THE COOLEST HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 73 DEGREES ON THE 25TH. THE MOST
EXTREME DAY-TO-DAY CHANGE IN HIGH TEMPERATURES DURING THE MONTH WAS
13 DEGREES...CONSISTING OF A MODEST COOL-DOWN FROM 86 DEGREES ON THE
24TH TO 73 DEGREES ON THE 25TH.

AS FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY...DESPITE MULTIPLE ROUNDS OF
THUNDERSTORMS DURING THE MONTH THE CITY OF GRAND ISLAND LARGELY
AVOIDED SEVERE WEATHER. THE ONLY REPORT OF SEVERE-CRITERIA HAIL THAT
NWS HASTINGS RECEIVED FROM THE CITY WAS QUARTER SIZE HAIL ON THE FAR
WEST SIDE OF TOWN ON THE AFTERNOON OF THE 29TH. THE HIGHEST PEAK
WIND GUST OF THE MONTH AT THE AIRPORT WAS ONLY 50 MPH FROM THE
NORTH...WHICH OCCURRED DURING AN EVENING THUNDERSTORM ON THE 17TH.


...METEOROLOGICAL-SUMMER 2014 SEASONAL RECAP COVERING JUNE-AUG...

- AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:  73.4 DEGREES (0.4 BELOW NORMAL)
- SEASONAL PRECIPITATION:         17.71 INCHES  (6.89 ABOVE NORMAL)


FOR THE METEOROLOGICAL SUMMER SEASON OF JUNE...JULY AND AUGUST AS A
WHOLE...GRAND ISLAND RAINFALL TOTALED AN IMPRESSIVE 17.71
INCHES...WHICH WAS 164 PERCENT OF THE 30-YEAR SUMMER NORMAL OF 10.82
INCHES. THIS RESULTED IN THE 7TH-WETTEST SUMMER ON RECORD OUT OF 119
YEARS AND WAS THE WETTEST SINCE 19.26 INCHES IN 1993.
THE WETTEST
CALENDAR DAY DURING SUMMER 2014 WAS JUNE 14TH WITH 2.59 INCHES.

TURNING TO TEMPERATURES DURING METEOROLOGICAL SUMMER...THE AVERAGE
DAILY TEMPERATURE WAS 73.4 DEGREES...ONLY 0.4 DEGREES BELOW THE 30-
YEAR SEASONAL NORMAL OF 73.8 DEGREES
. OF THE THREE SUMMER
MONTHS...JUNE WAS THE WARMEST VERSUS NORMAL AT 1.4 DEGREES ABOVE
AND JULY WAS THE COOLEST VERSUS NORMAL AT 2.8 DEGREES BELOW. THE
HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURE OF SUMMER 2014 WAS 100 DEGREES ON JULY
21ST...AND THE COOLEST HIGH WAS 66 DEGREES ON JUNE 7TH. THE COLDEST
LOW TEMPERATURE OF THE SEASON WAS 49 DEGREES ON JUNE 13TH AND THE
MILDEST LOW WAS 75 DEGREES ON JULY 25TH...JULY 21ST AND JUNE 18TH.
IN TERMS OF AVERAGE DAILY TEMPERATURE...THE OVERALL WARMEST WEEK OF
SUMMER 2014 WAS JULY 20TH-26TH AT 80.1 DEGREES...AND THE OVERALL
COOLEST WEEK WAS JUNE 7TH-13TH WITH 64.7 DEGREES.

POSSIBLY THE MOST NOTEWORTHY ASPECT OF TEMPERATURES DURING SUMMER
2014 WAS A LACK OF PRONOUNCED HEAT. AS EVIDENCE OF THIS...ONLY 17
DAYS BETWEEN JUNE 1-AUG 31 REACHED OR EXCEEDED 90 DEGREES...WELL
BELOW THE 30-YEAR AVERAGE OF 29 DAYS. THIS TIED WITH SEVERAL OTHER
YEARS (MOST RECENTLY 2009) FOR THE 7TH-FEWEST NUMBER OF 90+ DEGREE
DAYS ON RECORD OUT OF 119 SUMMERS.
IN ADDITION...ONLY ONE DAY THIS
SUMMER REACHED 100 DEGREES...THE FEWEST SINCE SUMMER 2009 NEVER
REACHED 100.





 
...AUG. 2014 AND SUMMER (JUNE-AUG) 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

NO DAILY TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE SET DURING AUG. 2014

AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:      84.5 DEGREES (0.7 BELOW NORMAL)
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:       63.7 DEGREES (0.3 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:     74.1 DEGREES (0.2 BELOW NORMAL)

HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:       92 DEGREES ON THE 5TH, 20TH
COOLEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:      74 DEGREES ON THE 25TH

COOLEST LOW TEMPERATURE:        55 DEGREES ON THE 12TH
WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE:       70 DEGREES ON THE 6TH, 20TH

WARMEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   91.5 DEGREES FROM THE 4TH-5TH

WARMEST WEEK BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   88.0 DEGREES FROM THE 17TH-23RD

WARMEST WEEK BASED
ON AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:   76.9 DEGREES FROM THE 17TH-23RD

COOLEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   77.0 DEGREES FROM THE 25TH-26TH

COOLEST WEEK BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   79.4 DEGREES FROM THE 24TH-30TH

COOLEST WEEK BASED
ON AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:    61.1 DEGREES FROM THE 8TH-14TH

COOLEST WEEK BASED
ON AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:   71.1 DEGREES FROM THE 24TH-30TH


...PRECIPITATION

1 DAILY PRECIPITATION RECORD WAS SET IN AUGUST 2014:
- AUG. 9: RECORD RAINFALL OF 1.06 INCHES (PREVIOUS 0.77 IN 1895)

TOTAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION: 7.79 INCHES  (4.49 ABOVE NORMAL)

- AUG. 2014 WAS THE 5TH-WETTEST ON RECORD OUT OF 120 YEARS DATING TO
1895...AND WAS THE WETTEST SINCE 9.84 INCHES IN 1990

NUMBER OF DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION (0.01 OR MORE): 14

HIGHEST CALENDAR DAY PRECIPITATION:  1.89 INCHES ON THE 22ND
HIGHEST 2-DAY PRECIPITATION TOTAL:       2.62 INCHES FROM THE 21ST-22ND


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

MONTH          PRECIP.  DEPARTURE

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
JUN  2014          8.69      +4.89
JUL  2014          1.48      -2.26
AUG  2014         7.79      +4.49

12-MTH TOTAL  32.05     +4.94



...OTHER WEATHER ELEMENTS

HIGHEST WIND GUST: 83 MPH FROM THE NORTH-NORTHWEST ON THE 17TH
(OCCURRED AT 840 PM CDT DURING A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM)

HIGHEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE: 30.21 ON THE 11TH
LOWEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE:  29.59 ON THE 31ST


...AUGUST 2014 NARRATIVE FOR HASTINGS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT...

FOLLOWING A PATTERN OF ALTERNATING ABOVE AND BELOW NORMAL MONTHLY
PRECIPITATION THAT HAD BEEN IN PLACE SINCE APRIL...AUGUST
DEFINITELY CHECKED IN ON THE VERY WET SIDE OF THINGS. TEMPERATURE-
WISE...THE MONTH AS A WHOLE AVERAGED OUT AS BEING VERY CLOSE TO THE
30-YEAR NORMAL...BUT FEATURED A LACK OF NOTABLE LATE SUMMER HEAT.

FOCUSING ON AUGUST RAINFALL IN MORE DETAIL...THE MONTHLY TOTAL OF
7.79 INCHES AT HASTINGS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT WAS A VERY SIGNIFICANT
4.49 INCHES ABOVE THE 30-YEAR AUGUST NORMAL OF 3.30 INCHES. IN OTHER
WORDS...HASTINGS RECEIVED 236 PERCENT OF NORMAL AUGUST RAINFALL.
THIS WAS THE 5TH-WETTEST AUGUST ON RECORD OUT OF 120 YEARS DATING TO
1895...AND WAS THE WETTEST SINCE 9.84 INCHES IN 1990.
RAIN EVENTS
DURING THE MONTH WERE FAIRLY EVENLY-SPACED...AS MEASURABLE RAIN
FELL ON 14 OF THE 31 DAYS. HOWEVER...TWO-THIRDS OF AUGUST RAIN FELL
DURING THE LATTER HALF OF THE MONTH...INCLUDING THE HIGHEST DAILY
TOTAL OF 1.89 INCHES WHICH FELL ON THE 22ND.

TEMPERATURE-WISE...THE MONTH AS A WHOLE WENT DOWN IN THE BOOKS AS
BEING VERY AVERAGE/TYPICAL...BUT A CLOSER LOOK REVEALS THAT IT
LACKED A NOTABLE HOT STRETCH THAT OFTEN OCCURS DURING AUGUST. THE
AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE (RESULTING FROM AVERAGING BOTH THE HIGHS
AND LOWS) WAS 74.1 DEGREES...MERELY 0.2 DEGREES BELOW THE 30-YEAR
NORMAL. THE MAJORITY OF THIS SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL OVERALL-AVERAGE
WAS ATTRIBUTED TO DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURES...WHICH AVERAGED 0.7
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. ONLY SIX DAYS REACHED OR EXCEEDED 90
DEGREES...BELOW THE 30-YEAR AUGUST AVERAGE OF NINE DAYS. OF THE 31
DAYS DURING THE MONTH...14 WERE ABOVE NORMAL...11 WERE BELOW NORMAL
AND SIX DAYS EQUALED THEIR DAILY NORMAL. BREAKING DOWN THE MONTH
INTO WEEK-LONG CHUNKS...THE OVERALL-WARMEST WEEK WAS CENTERED FROM
THE 17TH-23RD...DURING WHICH DAILY HIGHS REACHED AT LEAST 85 DEGREES
EACH DAY AND LOWS ONLY DROPPED BELOW 64 ONCE. THE MILDEST LOW
TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS 70 DEGREES ON BOTH THE 6TH AND 20TH.
THE OVERALL-COOLEST WEEK WAS CENTERED FROM THE 24TH-30TH...DURING
WHICH FIVE OF SEVEN DAYS CLIMBED NO HIGHER THAN 80 DEGREES. THE
COOLEST LOW TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS 55 DEGREES ON THE 12TH AND
THE COOLEST HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 74 DEGREES ON THE 25TH. THE MOST
EXTREME DAY-TO-DAY CHANGE IN HIGH TEMPERATURES DURING THE MONTH WAS
ONLY NINE DEGREES AND OCCURRED TWICE...FIRST CONSISTING OF A COOL-
DOWN FROM 92 DEGREES ON THE 5TH TO 83 DEGREES ON THE 6TH...AND THEN
AGAIN WITH A COOL-DOWN FROM 83 DEGREES ON THE 24TH TO 74 DEGREES ON
THE 25TH.

AS FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY...MOST NOTABLY HASTINGS AIRPORT
MEASURED TWO PEAK WIND GUSTS WELL IN EXCESS OF SEVERE-CRITERIA
DURING THE MONTH. THE HIGHEST OF THESE WAS AN 83 MPH BLAST THAT
ACCOMPANIED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM ON THE EVENING OF THE 17TH.
SEVERAL DAYS EARLIER ON THE 9TH...ANOTHER EVENING THUNDERSTORM
RESULTED IN A PEAK GUST OF 71 MPH.
NWS HASTINGS RECEIVED NO REPORTS
OF SEVERE-CRITERIA HAIL FROM WITHIN THE CITY DURING THE MONTH
ALTHOUGH STONES UP TO NICKEL SIZE WERE REPORTED ON THE EXTREME EAST
SIDE OF TOWN ON THE EVENING OF THE 25TH.


...METEOROLOGICAL-SUMMER 2014 SEASONAL RECAP COVERING JUNE-AUG...

- AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:  73.3 DEGREES (1.1 BELOW NORMAL)
- SEASONAL PRECIPITATION:   17.96 INCHES  (7.12 ABOVE NORMAL)


FOR THE METEOROLOGICAL SUMMER SEASON OF JUNE...JULY AND AUGUST AS A
WHOLE...HASTINGS AIRPORT RAINFALL TOTALED AN IMPRESSIVE 17.96
INCHES...WHICH WAS 166 PERCENT OF THE 30-YEAR SUMMER NORMAL OF 10.84
INCHES. THIS RESULTED IN THE 7TH-WETTEST SUMMER ON RECORD OUT OF 120
YEARS AND WAS THE WETTEST SINCE 22.84 INCHES IN 1993.
THE WETTEST
CALENDAR DAY DURING SUMMER 2014 WAS JUNE 21ST WITH 2.20 INCHES AND
THE HIGHEST TWO-DAY TOTAL WAS 3.31 INCHES FROM JUNE 20TH-21ST.

TURNING TO TEMPERATURES DURING METEOROLOGICAL SUMMER...THE AVERAGE
DAILY TEMPERATURE WAS 73.3 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 1.1 DEGREES BELOW THE
30-YEAR SEASONAL NORMAL OF 74.4 DEGREES. OF THE THREE SUMMER
MONTHS...JUNE WAS THE WARMEST VERSUS NORMAL AT 0.4 DEGREES ABOVE
AND JULY WAS THE COOLEST VERSUS NORMAL AT 3.5 DEGREES BELOW. THE
HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURE OF SUMMER 2014 WAS 100 DEGREES ON JULY
21ST...AND THE COOLEST HIGH WAS 66 DEGREES ON JUNE 7TH. THE COOLEST
LOW TEMPERATURE OF THE SEASON WAS 50 DEGREES ON JULY 15TH AND THE
MILDEST LOW WAS 75 DEGREES ON JULY 21ST. IN TERMS OF AVERAGE DAILY
TEMPERATURE...THE OVERALL WARMEST WEEK OF SUMMER 2014 WAS JULY 20TH-
26TH AT 80.7 DEGREES...AND THE OVERALL COOLEST WEEK WAS JUNE 7TH-
13TH WITH 65.0 DEGREES.

POSSIBLY THE MOST NOTEWORTHY ASPECT OF TEMPERATURES DURING SUMMER
2014 WAS A LACK OF PRONOUNCED HEAT. AS EVIDENCE OF THIS...ONLY 18
DAYS BETWEEN JUNE 1-AUG 31 REACHED OR EXCEEDED 90 DEGREES...WELL
BELOW THE 30-YEAR AVERAGE OF 30 DAYS. THIS RESULTED IN THE 9TH-
FEWEST NUMBER OF 90+ DEGREES DAYS ON RECORD OUT OF 120 SUMMERS...AND
THE FEWEST SINCE 2009 ONLY HAD 17 DAYS.
IN ADDITION...ONLY ONE DAY
THIS SUMMER REACHED 100 DEGREES...ALTHOUGH THE RECENT SUMMERS OF
2013 AND 2009 NEVER REACHED 100 DEGREES.

IN TERMS OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY...SUMMER 2014 WILL BE MOST
REMEMBERED IN HASTINGS FOR A NUMBER OF SEVERE-CRITERIA WIND GUSTS
AND ASSOCIATED DAMAGE. IN FACT...THE MONTHS OF JUNE AND AUGUST
COMBINED TO FEATURE 5 DAYS WITH THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS RANGING FROM
67 TO 83 MPH.




...AUG. 2014 AND SUMMER (JUNE-AUG) 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:      85.1 DEGREES (0.5 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:       61.4 DEGREES (0.8 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:     73.2 DEGREES (0.6 ABOVE NORMAL)

HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURE: 92 DEGREES REPORTED ON THE 5TH
(ACTUALLY OCCURRED ON THE 4TH)

COOLEST HIGH TEMPERATURE: 74 DEGREES REPORTED ON THE 26TH
(ACTUALLY OCCURRED ON THE 25TH)

COOLEST LOW TEMPERATURE: 53 DEGREES REPORTED ON THE 12TH

WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE: 68 DEGREES REPORTED ON THE 7TH, 22ND


...PRECIPITATION

TOTAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION:   7.60 INCHES (4.52 ABOVE NORMAL)

- THIS WAS THE 2ND-WETTEST AUGUST ON RECORD OUT OF 120 YEARS
DATING TO 1895...TRAILING ONLY 8.18 INCHES IN 2006

NUMBER OF 24-HOUR PERIODS
WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION (0.01 OR MORE): 14

HIGHEST 24-HOUR
PRECIPITATION ENDING AROUND 7 AM: 3.19 INCHES REPORTED ON THE 9TH

HIGHEST 48-HOUR
PRECIPITATION ENDING AROUND 7 AM: 4.26 INCHES REPORTED ON THE 10TH


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

MONTH          PRECIP.  DEPARTURE

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
JUN  2014        8.53      +4.60
JUL  2014         0.17      -3.11
AUG  2014        7.60      +4.52

12-MTH TOTAL  29.43     +4.20


...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS/HIGH WINDS

ALTHOUGH NWS HASTINGS RECEIVED LITTLE IN THE WAY OF SEVERE-CRITERIA
HAIL AND DAMAGING WIND REPORTS FROM THE CITY OF KEARNEY DURING
AUGUST...CERTAINLY THE MOST NOTABLE WEATHER EVENT OF THE MONTH WAS
FLASH-FLOODING ON THE LATE EVENING OF THE 8TH INTO THE EARLY MORNING
OF THE 9TH. DURING THIS EVENT...HEAVY RAINFALL OF GENERALLY 3-4
INCHES IN A SHORT TIME INUNDATED THE CITY AND RESULTED IN DOZENS OF
STALLED VEHICLES. IN ADDITION...AT GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL WATER
BROKE THROUGH THE TWO STORY GROUND-TO-CEILING WINDOWS OF THE
CAFETERIA...ALLOWING WATER TO RUSH INTO THE BUILDING.
IN TERMS OF
THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS...ONE OF THE HIGHEST MEASURED PEAK GUSTS OF
THE MONTH AT THE AIRPORT WAS 51 MPH FROM THE NORTH-NORTHWEST ON THE
EVENING OF THE 17TH (PLEASE NOTE THIS WAS NOT NECESSARILY THE TRUE
PEAK GUST OF THE MONTH...AS THIS AUTOMATED SYSTEM ONLY TRANSMITS
ROUTINE WIND OBSERVATIONS EVERY 20 MINUTES). NO TORNADOES WERE
CONFIRMED WITHIN BUFFALO COUNTY DURING AUGUST.


...METEOROLOGICAL-SUMMER 2014 SEASONAL STATISTICS COVERING JUNE-AUG...

- AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:  72.0 DEGREES (0.4 BELOW NORMAL)
- SEASONAL PRECIPITATION:   16.30 INCHES  (6.01 ABOVE NORMAL)

 



...AUG. 2014 AND SUMMER (JUNE-AUG) SUMMARY FOR ORD AIRPORT...

...TEMPERATURES

AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:       83.8 DEGREES (1.8 BELOW NORMAL)
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:        60.9 DEGREES (0.5 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:      72.4 DEGREES (0.6 BELOW NORMAL)

HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:       90 DEGREES ON THE 2ND, 20TH, 21ST
COOLEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:      76 DEGREES ON THE 26TH, 27TH

COOLEST LOW TEMPERATURE:        50 DEGREES ON THE 12TH
WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE:       70 DEGREES ON THE 20TH

WARMEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   90.0 DEGREES FROM THE 20TH-21ST

WARMEST WEEK BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   88.6 DEGREES FROM THE 16TH-22ND

WARMEST WEEK BASED
ON AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:   76.0 DEGREES FROM THE 16TH-22ND

COOLEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   76.0 DEGREES FROM THE 26TH-27TH

COOLEST WEEK BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   79.4 DEGREES FROM THE 24TH-30TH
                                                                                                      25TH-31ST
COOLEST WEEK BASED
ON AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:    58.0 DEGREES FROM THE 8TH-14TH

COOLEST WEEK BASED
ON AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:   69.2 DEGREES FROM THE 25TH-31ST


...PRECIPITATION

TOTAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION:  5.27 INCHES (2.11 ABOVE NORMAL)

NUMBER OF DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION (0.01 OR MORE): 15

HIGHEST CALENDAR DAY PRECIPITATION:  1.56 INCHES ON THE 8TH
HIGHEST 2-DAY PRECIPITATION TOTAL:       1.97 INCHES ON THE 8TH-9TH


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

MONTH          PRECIP.  DEPARTURE

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
JUN  2014          8.08      +3.96
JUL  2014          2.07      -0.90
AUG  2014         5.27      +2.11

12-MTH TOTAL  22.56     -2.38



...OTHER WEATHER ELEMENTS

HIGHEST WIND GUST: 51 MPH FROM THE NORTHWEST ON THE 17TH
(OCCURRED AT 709 PM CDT DURING A THUNDERSTORM)

HIGHEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE: 30.23 ON THE 11TH
LOWEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE:  29.59 ON THE 31ST

...SEVERE-CRITERIA THUNDERSTORM REPORTS IN/NEAR ORD

NWS HASTINGS RECEIVED NO REPORTS OF SEVERE-CRITERIA HAIL OR
THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS DURING AUGUST 2014 FROM THE IMMEDIATE
ORD AREA.

...METEOROLOGICAL-SUMMER 2014 SEASONAL STATISTICS COVERING JUNE-AUG...

- AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:  70.3 DEGREES (1.9 BELOW NORMAL)
- SEASONAL PRECIPITATION:         15.42 INCHES  (5.17 ABOVE NORMAL)

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