Oct. 2014: Weather/Climate Review and Extremes For The NWS Hastings Coverage Area

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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

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

End of Month: Recap of the First Frost/Freeze of Fall 2014 Across the Local Area
All Month: Oct. 2014 Weather/Climate Recaps Specifically For the Tri-Cities and Ord NE
Oct. 31: Halloween Weather History/Extremes for Grand Island NE


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

...** Unfortunately, due to lack of time, the Oct. 2014 narrative section was not completed However, ALL OTHER aspects of this page are complete. **...

The following narrative focuses on climate and weather highlights for the month of October 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" October high temperatures in South Central Nebraska gradually decrease from the lower-mid 70s early in the month to the upper 50s-lower 60s by the end of the month, while highs in North Central Kansas gradually decrease from the mid-70s to the lower-60s. "Normal" October low temperatures across most of the 30-county area gradually decrease from the lower-mid 40s early in the month to the lower-mid 30s late....)

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


- PRECIPITATION/FLOODING...(According to 30-year averages, "normal" October precipitation across the NWS Hastings coverage area is fairly uniform, with most places generally expected to receive between 1.80 - 2.10 inches. Normal October snowfall across most of the area is only between 0.5 - 1 inch...)

(Please look farther down the page for more information on October 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)...  


- SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS/HIGH WINDS (for all official/finalized storm reports please refer to NCDC Storm Data)...


- Number of Severe Thunderstorm Warning polygons issued by NWS Hastings in October 2014: 19 (5 more than Oct. 2013)
- Number of Tornado Warning polygons issued by NWS Hastings in October 2014: 0 (1 less than Oct. 2013) 
- Number of confirmed tornadoes within the NWS Hastings coverage area in October 2014: ZERO (same as Oct. 2013)

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October 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 October 2014 climate summaries specifically for Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney and Ord 

Grand Island - Hastings - Kearney - Ord

 ...A FEW OF THE HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURES DURING OCTOBER 2014
(All reports are from NWS Cooperative Observers and occurred on the 24th unless otherwise specified)
90 degrees...Beaver City
89 degrees...4WNW Plainville, KS - Webster Dam
88 degrees...Cambridge (25th) - Edison - 2SW Alton, KS - Kirwin Dam, KS
87 degrees...Minden - 6NNW Oxford - Beloit, KS
86 degrees...Franklin - Gothenburg
85 degrees...Smith Center, KS - Lexington (24th & 26th)
84 degrees...Harlan County Lake - Hebron (26th) - Holdrege - Kearney Airport - 4E Superior (16th)
83 degrees...Red Cloud

...A FEW OF THE COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURES DURING OCTOBER 2014

(All reports are from NWS Cooperative Observers and occurred at some point between the 29th-31st unless otherwise specified)

19 degrees...Ord Airport ASOS
20 degrees...Greeley
21 degrees...Cambridge
22 degrees...Beaver City - 2W Genoa - Ravenna - Grand Island Central Nebraska Regional Airport ASOS
23 degrees...Edison - 2SW Alton, KS
24 degrees...Kearney Airport - 6SSE Lexington (Canaday Steam Plant) - Osceola - Hebron Airport AWOS - Red Cloud - Kirwin Dam, KS -
                   Lexington Airport AWOS - Aurora Airport AWOS
25 degrees...Central City - Franklin - Geneva - Holdrege - 4E Superior - York Airport AWOS - 4WNW Plainville, KS - Webster Dam, KS

...A FEW OF THE HIGHEST MONTHLY PRECIPITATION TOTALS DURING OCTOBER 2014
(All reports are from NWS Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified)
4.46 inches...2WSW Tobias (Fillmore County - NeRAIN observer)
4.04 inches...4WNW Alexandria (Thayer County - NeRAIN observer)
3.75 inches...4S Shickley (Fillmore County)
3.44 inches...Davenport (Thayer County - NeRAIN Observer)
3.33 inches...Beloit, KS (Mitchell County)
3.29 inches...2N Nora (Nuckolls County - NeRAIN Observer)
3.16 inches...3ENE Henderson (York County - NeRAIN Observer)
3.03 inches...Byron (Thayer County - NeRAIN Observer)
3.00 inches...Hubbell (Thayer County)
2.95 inches...Hebron (Thayer County)
2.83 inches...2E Carleton (Thayer County - NeRAIN Observer)
2.72 inches...7ESE Guide Rock (Nuckolls County - NeRAIN Observer)

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

(All reports are from Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified)

0.18 inch...1N Long Island, KS (Phillips County)
0.26 inch...Logan, KS (Phillips County)
0.37 inch...Cambridge (Furnas County)
0.53 inch...Edison (Furnas County) - Kirwin Dam, KS (Phillips County)
0.54 inch...Smith Center, KS (Smith County)
0.62 inch...Beaver City (Furnas County)
0.64 inch...8S Elwood (Gosper County)
0.65 inch...Wilsonville (Furnas County)
0.72 inch...Greeley (Greeley County)
0.75 inch...Holdrege (Phelps County) - Webster Dam, KS (Rooks County)
0.77 inch...6SSE Lexington (Canaday Steam Plant, Gosper County)

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Various graphs and tables depicting October 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 October 2014. Brown line indicates "normal" October precipitation based on 30-year data from 1981-2010. Hastings Precipitation Summary: Green line indicates cumulative observed precipitation for October 2014. Brown line indicates
"normal" October precipitation based on 30-year data from
1981-2010.

 

Grand Island (Regional Airport) - Oct. 2013 - Oct. 2014
  Oct. 2013 Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sep. Oct.
Average High (F) 64.0 50.6 37.1 38.5 33.5 51.3 64.2 76.3 83.6 84.9 84.5 76.3 68.7
Average Low (F) 40.4 25.5 12.6 12.7 13.4 23.3 39.0 49.6 61.8 61.9 63.8 52.9 41.1
Average Temperature (F) 52.2 38.1 24.9 25.6 23.4 37.2 51.6 62.9 72.7 73.4 74.1 64.6 54.9
Departure from Normal (F) 0.0 0.0 -1.8 +0.5 -5.7 -2.2 +1.0 +1.7 +1.4 -2.8 +0.1 -0.5 +2.7
 
Precipitation (inches) 4.05 0.97 0.11 0.32 0.33 0.19 2.91 0.74 9.65 2.19 5.87 3.03 1.28
Departure from Normal +2.19 -0.20 -0.52 -0.21 -0.35 -1.61 +0.38 -3.67 +5.35 -1.21 +2.75 +0.80 -0.58
 
Snowfall (inches) 0.0 0.2 2.2 4.5 6.6 1.2 1.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Departure from Normal -1.0 -2.9 -2.9 -2.0 +0.3 -4.2 +0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.1 -1.0

 

Hastings (Municipal Airport) - Oct. 2013 - Oct. 2014
  Oct. 2013 Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sep. Oct.
Average High (F) 63.4 49.9 36.3 39.0 33.6 51.5 63.9 75.2 82.4 84.8 84.5 75.2 67.9
Average Low (F) 40.4 25.1 12.4 12.8 13.2 22.5 39.2 50.3 61.9 62.4 63.7 53.5 41.6
Average Temperature (F) 51.9 37.5 24.3 25.9 23.4 37.0 51.6 62.7 72.2 73.6 74.1 64.3 54.8
Departure from Normal (F) -0.7 -1.2 -3.3 -0.1 -6.5 -2.9 +0.9 +1.4 +0.4 -3.5 -0.2 -1.3 +2.2
 
Precipitation (inches) 4.75 1.00 0.14 0.37 0.34 0.15 3.93 2.15 8.69 1.48 7.79 1.78 1.76
Departure from Normal +2.76 -0.29 -0.47 -0.04 -0.15 -1.64 +1.37 -2.42 +4.89 -2.26 +4.49 -0.78 -0.23
 
Snowfall NWS Office (inches) 0.0 0.4 5.0 5.4 7.5 1.2 2.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Departure from Normal -1.0 -2.2 -1.1 -0.6 +1.0 -4.0 +1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.2 -1.0

 

Kearney (Regional Airport) - Oct. 2013 - Oct. 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)
  Oct. 2013 Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sep. Oct.
Average High (F)* 63.0 49.9 36.9 39.0 33.2 49.1 62.0 73.5 82.0 84.4 85.1 74.5 68.3
Average Low (F)* 39.5 25.2 12.6 12.6 13.2 19.7 35.7 46.1 59.7 59.2 61.4 51.1 38.5
Average Temperature (F)* 51.2 37.5 24.7 25.8 23.2 34.4 48.8 59.8 70.9 71.8 73.2 62.8 53.4
Departure from Normal (F)* +0.3 +0.5 -1.2 +1.2 -4.9 -3.3 +0.1 +0.3 +1.1 -2.9 +0.6 -0.7 +2.5
 
Precipitation (inches) 3.73 0.72 0.10 0.28 0.36 0.11 3.35 0.71 8.53 0.17 7.60 2.40 0.99
Departure from Normal +1.69 -0.30 -0.47 -0.21 -0.19 -1.68 +1.12 -3.47 +4.60 -3.11 +4.52 +0.33 -1.05
 
Snowfall (inches) 0.0 Trace 2.7 2.8 5.8 1.3 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Departure from Normal -0.7 -3.1 -0.8 -1.6 +0.7 -3.3 -1.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.2 -0.7

 

Ord (Evelyn Sharp Field Airport) - Oct. 2013 - Oct. 2014
(*Winter precipitation data may include coop observer reports due to automated airport equipment under-measuring snowfall liquid equivalent)
  Oct. 2013 Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sep. Oct.
Average High (F) 61.0 48.7 MSG 38.3 33.1 49.8 62.7 73.1 80.3 82.9 83.8 75.2 66.8
Average Low (F) 35.0 20.3 MSG 9.8 7.8 18.6 33.7 44.4 56.7 57.4 60.9 49.0 36.0
Average Temperature (F) 48.0 34.5 MSG 24.0 20.4 34.2 48.2 58.7 68.5 70.1 72.4 62.1 51.4
Departure from Normal (F) -1.6 -1.8 MSG -0.6 -7.4 -3.5 -0.6 -0.6 -0.7 -4.3 -0.6 -1.5 +1.8
 
Precipitation (inches)* 1.62 0.50 Trace 0.06 0.19 0.20 1.26 0.51 8.08 2.07 5.27 1.68 1.14
Departure from Normal -0.31 -0.57 -0.59 -0.31 -0.25 -1.25 -1.33 -3.30 +3.96 -0.90 +2.11 -0.76 -0.79
 
Snowfall (Coop Observer) 0.0 3.5 0.5 2.5 5.5 4.0 2.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Departure from Normal -1.1 -1.8 -6.9 -4.3 -0.5 -1.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -1.1

 

Smith Center, KS (Cooperative Observer) - Oct. 2013 - Oct. 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)
  Oct. 2013
Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sep. Oct.
Average High (F)* 68.4 52.8 38.9 41.4 36.1 52.8 66.9 77.4 85.4 89.9 91.3 80.2 71.8
Average Low (F)* 40.2 25.5 13.8 12.7 13.3 21.9 37.7 48.3 61.7 61.9 63.3 52.1 42.2
Average Temperature (F)* 54.3 39.2 26.4 27.1 24.7 37.4 52.3 62.8 73.6 75.9 77.3 66.1 57.0
Departure from Normal (F)* -0.5 -1.2 -2.4 -0.6 -7.3 -4.2 -0.2 -0.9 -0.4 -3.8 +0.1 -2.1 +2.2
 
Precipitation (inches) 0.87 1.29 0.23 0.35 0.84 0.12 1.93 2.70 8.59 2.72 6.42 1.11 0.54
Departure from Normal -1.01 +0.07 -0.43 -0.14 +0.26 -1.75 -0.34 -1.22 +4.98 -1.15 +3.12 -0.93 -1.34
 
Snowfall (inches) 0.0 Trace 5.3 6.9 14.8 2.4 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Departure from Normal -0.4 -1.8 +2.1 +3.2 +10.7 -0.2 +0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.2 -0.4

 

 Most of the following images depicting October 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: October 2014
Measured Precipitation (Inches)
Kansas: October 2014
Measured Precipitation (Inches)
Nebraska: October 2014
Percent of Normal Measured Precip.
Kansas: October 2014
Percent of Normal Measured Precip.
 
NWS Hastings Area: October 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: October 2014  Temperature Departure 
from Normal (F)
Kansas: October 2014
Temperature Departure 
from Normal (F)

 


 

The following drought category images, current as of November 4, 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 November 4, 2014 Kansas - U.S. Drought Monitor as of November 4, 2014

 

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

 



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