February 2010 Weather Summary

                   February 2010              

As winter headed for the home stretch in February, there was no let up to the cold conditions. Grand Island and Hastings both experienced below normal temperatures for the month. At Grand Island, the average temperature was 23.8 degrees. This was 4.4 degrees below normal. At Hastings, the average temperature was 24.2 degrees, which was 5.4 degrees below normal. For comparison, February of 1936 is the coldest February on record. The average temperature in Grand Island was a frigid 6.5 degrees. At Hastings in 1936, the average temperature wasn't much better at 13.7 degrees. 

Precipitation was pretty much normal for February. Grand Island measured 0.66" of precipitation for the month. That was just 0.02" below the average of 0.68". Hastings recorded 0.67". That is the normal amount for Hastings during February.

Snowfall was slightly above normal. Grand Island measured 7.4 inches, which was 1.5 inches above normal. Hastings measured 8.3 inches of snow, or about 2.9 inches above normal. The total snowfall in Grand Island through February 28 was 44.0 inches. The Hastings total seasonal snowfall stood at 43.2 inches. Those seasonal totals do not reflect the snow which fell on March 1.

No records for temperatures or precipitation were set at Grand Island and Hastings during the month of February.

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

  • February 4-5:  Snowfall of 1 to 5 inches fell during the two day period.  Click here for the snow totals.
  • February 14:  Very strong northwest winds gusted in excess of 40 mph on Valentine's Day.  Click here for information on the peak wind gusts.
  • February 18-19:  Light snow fell across portions of south central Nebraska.  Click here for the snow amounts.
  • February 20-21:  A winter storm system brought 1 to 4 inches of snow over the weekend.  Click here for the snow totals.
  • Winter 2009-2010:  The winter months have been downright cold, and days where temperatures have reached 50 degrees were minimal.  Click here for information on the cold temperatures.   




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