Lack Of Snow Through December 28th

Winter storms tracking across the United States have left the western...northern and eastern United States with record snowfall so far this year.  For central and south central Nebraska and north central Kansas it has been a different story.  In the Tri-Cities of Grand Island...Kearney and Hastings...measurable snow has been almost impossible to find.  Only Kearney and Hastings have received measurable snow (a tenth of an inch or more)...Kearney...0.1 inch on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning...and at the NWS Office 4 miles north of Hastings...0.1 inch from a localized freak snow shower that was enhanced with heat and moisture from the local ethanol plant to make it generate snow on November 23rd.  There was also 0.8 inches of snow that fell in Hastings on Dec 18th, while Kearney and Grand Island missed out on this localized event. The Grand Island Regional Airport has only received a trace of snow so far this winter.

A review of climatological records dating back to the mid 1890's reveals that to receive measurable snow so late in the winter season is not that uncommon.  The tables below provides statistics for late season measurable snow (the colored values are the current  records.)  

  Record Latest Date for 0.1 Inch in a Season Record Latest Date for 0.5 Inch in a Season Record Latest Date for 1.0 Inch in a Season Record Latest Date for 6.0 Inches in a Season
Grand Island Regional Airport January 7, 1936 (1.2 inches) February 9, 1944 (6.0 inches) February 9, 1944 (6.0 inches) April 11, 1920 (7.0 inches)
Average Date November 15th November 22nd November 30th January 19th
Through December 28, 2010 T --- --- ---
         
Hastings NWS Office January 25, 1950 (4.0 inches) January 25, 1950 (4.0 inches) January 25, 1950 (4.0 inches)  April 6, 2003 (6.3 inches)
Average Date November 21st November 24th November 26th January 10th
Through December 28, 2010 0.1 inch (November 23rd) 0.8 inches (Dec 18th) --- ---
         
Kearney 4NE January 19, 2002 (0.4 inches) January 31, 2002 (2.6 inches) January 31, 2002 (2.6 inches) March 24, 1987  (9.0 inches)
Average Date November 19th November 21st November 23rd January 12th
Through December 28, 2010 0.1 inch (December 24th-25th) --- --- ---


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