Dec. 13, 2014: Grand Island, Hastings Break/Tie Records For Warmest Minimum Temperature Ever Recorded in December

While new daily temperature records are a semi-regular occurrence over the course of a year, monthly records are obviously more rare in nature. However, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, yielded a new record-warm low temperature for the entire month of December at Grand Island and tied the existing mark at Hastings. In fact, lows on this day across the entire  NWS Hastings coverage area dropped no lower than the mid-upper 40s, which is roughly 30° milder than normal for the date! This record-breaking weather was driven by an unusually moist airmass that invaded the Central Plains after several days of prevailing southerly breezes. These seasonably "humid" conditions, along with widespread cloud cover, helped keep night-time low temperatures from dropping very far at all from daytime highs. See below for the specifics regarding the Grand Island/Hastings records...


Grand Island (Central Nebraska Regional Airport):

The Dec. 13, 2014, low temperature at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport in Grand Island only dropped to 47° at 753 AM. The "normal" Dec. 13 low temperature based on 30-year climate normals is 17°.

  • This was the mildest low temperature EVER RECORDED DURING THE MONTH OF DECMEBER at Grand Island, eclipsing the previous mark of 46° that occurred three prior times (see table below).  December temperature records at Grand Island date back 119 years to 1895.
  • Specifically for the date of Dec. 13th, this shattered the previous record of 37° set way back in 1896. 

Location Low Temp 
(Dec. 13)
Previous Monthly Record

Grand Island
(Central Nebraska Regional Airport)

47°

46° on 12-1-1998
46° on 12-4-1913
46° on 12-3-1913



Hastings (Municipal Airport):


The Dec. 13, 2014, low temperature at Hastings Municipal Airport only dropped to 47° at 826 AM. The "normal" Dec. 13 low temperature based on 30-year climate normals is 18°.

  • This tied for the mildest low temperature EVER RECORDED DURING THE MONTH OF DECMEBER at Hastings, matching the existing mark of 47° that occurred twice prior (see table below).  December temperature records at Hastings date back 107 years to 1907. 
  • Specifically for the date of Dec. 13th, this shattered the previous record of 36° set way back in 1921.

Location Low Temp 
(Dec. 13)
Previous Monthly Record

Hastings 
Municipal Airport

47°

47° on 12-2-1962
  47° on 12-10-1939

(*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)


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



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