Wettest Start To March On Record At Grand Island and Hastings

...WETTEST START TO MARCH ON RECORD AT GRAND ISLAND AND HASTINGS...

THROUGH THE FIRST 12 DAYS OF THIS MONTH...PRECIPITATION TOTALS AT
BOTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA REGIONAL AIRPORT AT GRAND ISLAND...AND
HASTINGS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT...WERE THE HIGHEST OF ANY MARCH 1-MARCH
12 PERIOD ON RECORD. DETAILS REGARDING THIS UNUSUALLY WET START TO
THE MONTH FOLLOW...

...GRAND ISLAND (CENTRAL NEBRASKA REGIONAL AIRPORT)...

TOTAL PRECIPITATION MARCH 1-12, 2010: 2.42 INCHES
ALL-TIME RANK BASED ON RECORDS DATING TO 1896: WETTEST ON RECORD

TOP 5 WETTEST MARCH 1-12 PERIODS ON RECORD AT GRAND ISLAND:

1) 2.42 INCHES IN 2010 (1.77 INCHES ABOVE AVERAGE)
2) 2.17 INCHES IN 1992
3) 1.96 INCHES IN 1990
4) 1.90 INCHES IN 1915 (COOPERATIVE OBSERVER)
5) 1.89 INCHES IN 1927 (COOPERATIVE OBSERVER)

BASED ON 30 YEAR AVERAGES FROM 1971-2000...GRAND ISLAND CAN
TYPICALLY EXPECT TO RECEIVE ONLY 0.65 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION
BETWEEN MARCH 1-MARCH 12...AND 2.04 INCHES FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH.

LOOKING AT THE YEARLY PRECIPITATION TOTAL THROUGH MARCH 12...GRAND
ISLAND STANDS AT 3.62 INCHES...WHICH IS 1.75 INCHES ABOVE AVERAGE.
THIS RANKS AS THE 6TH WETTEST START TO ANY YEAR ON RECORD...AND IS
THE WETTEST START IN 18 YEARS...SINCE 4.41 INCHES BETWEEN JANUARY
1-MARCH 12, 1992.


...HASTINGS (MUNICIPAL AIRPORT)...

TOTAL PRECIPITATION MARCH 1-12, 2010: 2.28 INCHES
ALL-TIME RANK BASED ON RECORDS DATING TO 1896: TIED FOR WETTEST

TOP 5 WETTEST MARCH 1-12 PERIODS ON RECORD AT HASTINGS:

1) 2.28 INCHES IN 2010 (1.63 INCHES ABOVE AVERAGE)
2) 2.28 INCHES IN 1990 (COOPERATIVE OBSERVER)
3) 2.00 INCHES IN 1915 (COOPERATIVE OBSERVER
4) 1.87 INCHES IN 1992 (COOPERATIVE OBSERVER)
5) 1.77 INCHES IN 1977 (COOPERATIVE OBSERVER)

BASED ON 30 YEAR AVERAGES FROM 1971-2000...HASTINGS CAN TYPICALLY
EXPECT TO RECEIVE ONLY 0.65 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION BETWEEN MARCH
1-MARCH 12...AND 2.08 INCHES FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH.

LOOKING AT THE YEARLY PRECIPITATION TOTAL THROUGH MARCH
12...HASTINGS STANDS AT 3.18 INCHES...WHICH IS 1.31 INCHES ABOVE
AVERAGE. THIS RANKS AS THE 15TH WETTEST START TO ANY YEAR ON RECORD.
HOWEVER...IT`S ONLY BEEN 6 YEARS SINCE AN EVEN WETTER START...3.70
INCHES BETWEEN JANUARY 1-MARCH 12, 2004.



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