December 2009 Weather Summary

 

                   December 2009                

December 2009 was both cold and snowy at Grand Island and Hastings.  The average monthly temperature at Grand Island was 18.3 degrees, which was 7.3  degrees below normal and the 5th coldest December on record.  Hastings had an average monthly temperature of  18.6 degrees which was 8.1 degrees below normal and the 3rd coldest December on record.  Grand Island received 1.76 inches of precipitation, which was 1.10 inches above normal.  Precipitation at Hastings totaled 1.98 inches which was 1.25 inches above normal.   Grand Island accumulated 26.5 inches of snowfall during December, which set a new record for the month.  Hastings accumulated 30.1 inches of snowfall during December.  The majority of the snowfall came with two storm systems, the first one from December 7th through the 9th, and the second from the 23rd through the 27th. 

Several records were set at Grand Island and Hastings during the month of December:

  • Grand Island - December 8New record daily snowfall amount of 9.7 inches.  The previous record was 2.2 inches set in 1948.
  • Grand Island - December 8.  New record daily precipitation amount of 0.59 inch.  The previous record was 0.23 inch set in 1987.
  • Grand Island - December 10.  New record low temperature of -7 degrees.  This tied the previous record of -7 last set in 1937.
  • Grand Island - December 23.  New record daily precipitation amount of 0.27 inch.  The previous record was 0.24 inch set in 1939.
  • Grand Island - December 25.  New record daily precipitation amount of 0.51 inch.  The previous record was 0.20 inch set in 1941.
  • Grand Island - December 25.  New record daily snowfall amount of 7.8 inches.  The previous record was 3.0 inches set in 1941.
  • Hastings - December 8New record daily snowfall amount of 10.5 inches.  The previous record was 2.5 inches set in 1948.
  • Hastings - December 8.  New record daily precipitation amount of 0.65 inch.  The previous record was 0.20 inch set in 1948.
  • Hastings - December 25.  New record daily snowfall amount of 9.2 inches.  The previous record was 9.0 inches set in 1945.

 
The following is a summary of noteworthy weather events across south central Nebraska and north central Kansas during December: 

  • December 6:  Snowfall of 2 to 5 inches accumulated as fast moving storm system moved across the Central Plains.  Click here for the snow totals.
  • December 7-9:  A major winter storm system produced widespread snowfall of 6 to 12 inches, breaking snowfall records at Grand Island and Hastings.    Click here for information on the snowfall. 
  • December 13:  Freezing drizzle and light snow left a coating of ice and snow on outdoor surfaces, creating scenic winter views.   Click here to see the photographs.  
  • December 1-15:  The first 15 days of December made the record books for the third coldest start to December at Grand Island, Hasting, and Kearney.  Click here for the record information.
  • December 22-27:   A vigorous winter storm system produced widespread precipitation and blizzard conditions across the Central Plains the week of Christmas.  Click here for the snow and ice totals on the 23rd, and click here for more information on the Christmas blizzard.
  • December 1-31:   December 2009 will go down in the record books as the snowiest on record for Grand Island and several other locations.  Click here for the snowfall information. 




                        

                   

 



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