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: