November 2011 Weather and Climate Review Including Narrative

 Monthly Narrative

Tri-Cities and Ord Details, and Monthly Extremes Graphs, Tables, Maps Drought Monitor Graphics

2011 Monthly Precipitation/Snowfall Table and Archive of These Monthly Reviews

(Click on the tabs above to quickly jump to information located farther down the page)

November 2011 Weather Stories 
(Click HERE for archive to all web stories)

Nov. 16:

 Narrow Snow Band Across Southern Portions of Area

Nov. 23:

 Record High Temperature Tied at Grand Island

Nov. 26:

 Strong Northwest Winds With Gusts 45-55 MPH

November:

 Thanksgiving Climatology For Grand Island, NE

(*Please Note: All climate data presented here are preliminary and have not undergone final quality control by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). Therefore, these data are subject to revision. Final and certified climate data can be accessed at: WWW.NCDC.NOAA.GOV).

* Effective Aug. 1, 2011, the new set of 30-year climate averages, or "normals", from the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) for 1981-2010 superseded the previous 30-year set of 1971-2000 normals on all NWS climate-related products.


 NOVEMBER 2011 CLIMATE REVIEW FOR SOUTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA 
AND PORTIONS OF NORTH CENTRAL KANSAS

...Very Dry Across Most of The Area...With Slightly Above Normal Temperatures...

The following narrative focuses on climate and weather highlights for the month of November 2011 across the NWS Hastings coverage area, encompassing 24 counties in south central and central Nebraska, and 6 counties in north central Kansas. Click HERE for a map of this coverage area. The temperature and precipitation data presented here are largely based on the NWS Cooperative Observer network, along with data from a handful of automated airport sites. Climate averages and "normals" for November 2011 presented here are based on the official 1981-2010 normals.

TEMPERATURES
...Although not quite as far above normal as in October, average daily temperatures in November across the majority of the NWS Hastings coverage area checked in 0.5 to 1.5 degrees above normal. The greatest contribution to the above normal trend came from daytime high temperatures, which averaged 2-4 degrees above normal for the month. In contrast, overnight low temperatures were generally near normal to even slightly colder-than-normal. 

Breaking down the month into temperature trends, there were generally two distinct warm stretches, and one brief stretch of colder-than-normal conditions. The primary warm periods were centered from the 11th through the 14th, and from the 23rd-25th, including Thanksgiving Day. On the 23rd, Grand Island tied a record-high for the date with 66 degrees. On Thanksgiving Day, the 24th, Grand Island's high of 66 marked the warmest Thanksgiving in 13 years. For southern portions of the area, highs in the 70s were widespread on both the 12th and the 24th. In between these warm stretches, the only brief stretch of notably cool weather set in between the 19th-21st, when most of the area struggled to reach the mid-to-upper 30s. 

In the Nebraska Tri-Cities, both the warmest and coldest readings of the month occurred at Kearney, with a high of 71 degrees on the 12th, and lows of 12 on the 20th and 21st. Based on NWS Cooperative Observer and automated airport observations, a few temperature extremes across the entire NWS Hastings coverage area during the month included 75 degrees near Alton, KS, on the 24th, and 8 degrees on the morning of the 17th at both Ord and Gothenburg.

(Please look farther down the page for more information on November 2011 temperatures and extremes, including detailed breakdowns for Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney and Ord)

PRECIPITATION/SNOWFALL...(According to 30-year averages, "normal" November precipitation (rainfall and snow liquid equivalent) ranges from around 0.80-inch in far western portions of the area near Gothenburg and Elwood, near 1.2 inches in central locations such as Grand Island and Hastings, and up to around 1.4 inches in far eastern locations such as York and Hebron...)

Based on dozens of NWS Cooperative Observer reports and a handful of automated sites, no more than 15% of the 30-county area measured above-normal precipitation during November 2011, meaning that around 85% of the area checked in below to well-below normal for the month. For those areas that did see modest rainfall, most of it fell during the first 10 days of the month, with the latter two-thirds of the month ending on a very dry note area-wide.

The limited areas that received near to slightly-above-normal rainfall for the month were mainly focused in parts of Thayer, Nuckolls and Fillmore Counties in Nebraska, and Jewell, Mitchell and Osborne Counties in Kansas. The highest reported monthly totals (as listed in the table farther down the page) were from Thayer County, including Gilead (1.63 inches), Hubbell (1.47) and Hebron (1.45). On the Kansas side of the border, one of the highest totals of 1.38 inches belonged to the Covert station in rural Osborne County. 

On the other hand, the majority of the coverage area fell well-short of normal precipitation for the month. This was especially the case in several western or northern counties including Dawson, Gosper, Valley, Nance, Greeley, Sherman and Howard, just to name a few. In these areas, several places such as Ord, Loup City, Gothenburg, and St. Paul didn't even measure 0.20-inch for the month. A few of the driest sites of all included Cozad and Ord, with only 0.03-inch for the month. In Kansas, Damar in Rooks County featured one of the lowest precipitation totals with only 0.27-inch. In the Tri-Cities, Hastings, Grand Island and Kearney all tallied between 0.21 and 0.38 inches for the month, or only about 20-30% of normal.

Turning to snowfall, there were no widespread, major events during November 2011, with most of the area seeing no more than a light dusting on either the 2nd or the 16th. However, as covered in the web story link near the top of this page, one very narrow snow band materialized across southern portions of the area on the 16th, stretching from Furnas and Harlan Counties in Nebraska through portions of Mitchell County Kansas. Within this zone, places such as Beaver City and Orleans measured 3 inches, and there were likely locally higher amounts in communities such as Downs, KS.

(Please look farther down the page for more information on November 2011 precipitation and extremes, including percent-of-normal plots, and a detailed breakdown for Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney and Ord. In addition, the link on the far upper right of this page contains an archive of monthly precipitation amounts for dozens of locations.)

DROUGHT STATUS
...Compared to one month ago, the U.S. Drought Monitor as of November 29th (images at bottom of page) reflected little change in official drought categories within the 30-county area, despite the dry month in most places. In general, the western half of the area, or roughly all locations along and west of the Highway 281 corridor remained free of any drought or abnormally dry designation. However, roughly the eastern half of the area, including most places east of Highway 281, were either in Category D0 (abnormally dry) or D1 (moderate drought). Fortunately, most of the rain that managed to fall during the month targeted some of these drier eastern counties.  Most of the D1 drought area as of Nov. 29th focused through the following counties: Polk, Hamilton, York, Clay, Fillmore, Nuckolls, Thayer and Jewell. Despite the overall second dry month in a row for most areas, category D2 drought (severe) remained off to the south of Interstate 70 in Kansas, and also off to the east, from far northeast Nebraska into parts of Iowa.  Although not reflected here, the first few weeks of December brought some much-needed rainfall or snowfall to much of the area (see upcoming December 2011 narrative for further details).


(Please refer to the Drought Monitor graphics toward the bottom of the page for further details)

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS/HIGH WINDS...No severe thunderstorms occurred within the NWS Hastings coverage area during November 2011. However, there was one widespread strong wind event on the 26th, as northwest winds gusted from 45-55 MPH for several hours in the wake of a strong cold front (see story link above).

- Number of Severe Thunderstorm Warning polygons issued by NWS Hastings in November 2011: ZERO (same as last year)
- Number of Tornado Warning polygons issued by NWS Hastings in November 2011: ZERO (same as last year)

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 November 2011 Climate Details For Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney and Ord...Along With Temperature and Rainfall Extremes For NWS Cooperative Observer and Automated Airport Sites

Click on the links below for the November 2011 climate summaries for Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney and Ord.

Grand Island     Hastings     Kearney           Ord

...NOVEMBER 2011 TEMPERATURE/PRECIPITATION/SNOWFALL EXTREMES FROM NWS HASTINGS COOPERATIVE 
OBSERVERS OR AUTOMATED ASOS/AWOS SITES...

...A FEW OF THE WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURES DURING NOV. 2011                        
75 Degrees...Alton KS (2 miles SW) on the 24th (Cooperative Observer)                            
74 Degrees...Smith Center KS on the 24th (Cooperative Observer)                                    
74 Degrees...Plainville KS (4 miles WNW) on the 24th (Cooperative Observer)                    
73 Degrees...Cambridge on the 12th (Cooperative Observer)                                                                              
73 Degrees...Red Cloud on the 24th (Cooperative Observer)                                                                          
72 Degrees...Superior (4 miles E) on the 24th (Cooperative Observer)                              
72 Degrees...Franklin on the 24th (Cooperative Observer)                                               
71 Degrees...Hebron on the 24th (Cooperative Observer)
71 Degrees...Lexington (6 miles SSE) on the 12th (Cooperative Observer)

...A FEW OF THE COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURES DURING NOV. 2011
 
8 Degrees...Ord airport on the 17th (automated ASOS)
8 Degrees...Gothenburg on the 17th (Cooperative Observer)
9 Degrees...Greeley on the 17th (Cooperative Observer)
9 Degrees...Lexington airport on the 17th (automated AWOS)
9 Degrees...Cambridge on the 17th (Cooperative Observer)
10 Degrees...Beaver City on the 17th (Cooperative Observer)
11 Degrees...Red Cloud on the 17th (Cooperative Observer)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
...A FEW OF THE HIGHEST RAINFALL TOTALS DURING NOV. 2011           
(May also include observations from NeRAIN network)                                                   
1.63 Inches...Gilead in Thayer County (NeRAIN observer)                                               
1.47 Inches...Hubbell in Thayer County (Cooperative Observer)                                      
1.45 Inches...Hebron in Thayer County (Cooperative Observer)                                      
1.45 Inches...Superior (4 miles E) in Nuckolls County (Cooperative Observer)                  
1.38 Inches...Covert KS in Osborne County (Cooperative Observer)                                
1.20 Inches...Shickley (4 miles S) in Fillmore County (Cooperative Observer)                   
1.20 Inches...Natoma KS in Osborne County (Cooperative Observer)                               
1.19 Inches...Beloit KS in Mitchell County (Cooperative Observer)

...A FEW OF THE LOWEST RAINFALL TOTALS DURING NOV. 2011
Trace...Polk in Polk County (Cooperative Observer)
Trace...Lexington (6 miles SSE) in Gosper County (Observer at Canaday Plant)
0.03 Inches...Cozad in Dawson County (Cooperative Observer)
0.03 Inches...Ord airport in Valley County (Automated ASOS)
0.03 Inches...Arcadia in Valley County (Cooperative Observer)
0.05 Inches...Greeley in Greeley County (Cooperative Observer)
0.05 Inches...Belgrade in Nance County (Cooperative Observer)
0.06 Inches...Wolbach in Greeley County (Cooperative Observer)
0.07 Inches...Fullerton in Nance County (Cooperative Observer)

...A FEW OF THE HIGHEST SNOWFALL TOTALS DURING NOV. 2011 
3.0 Inches...Beaver City in Furnas County (Cooperative Observer)
3.0 Inches...Orleans (2 miles W) in Harlan County (Cooperative Observer)
2.0 Inches...Palco KS in Rooks County (Cooperative Observer)
1.5 Inches...Alton KS (2 miles SW) in Osborne County (Cooperative Observer)
1.1 Inches...Oxford (6 miles NNW) in Furnas County (Cooperative Observer)
1.0 Inches...Beloit KS in Mitchell County (Cooperative Observer)

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Various graphs and tables depicting November 2011 climate data for 
South Central Nebraska and North Central Kansas:

(Please Note: THESE DATA ARE PRELIMINARY AND HAVE NOT UNDERGONE FINAL QUALITY CONTROL BY THE NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER /NCDC/. THEREFORE...THESE DATA ARE SUBJECT TO REVISION. FINAL AND CERTIFIED CLIMATE DATA CAN BE ACCESSED AT WWW.NCDC.NOAA.GOV)

Click Each Graph To Go To Monthly Temp/Precip Summary Pages

Grand Island Temperature Summary: Observed daily maximum and minimum temperatures are connected by blue bars. Area between normal maximum and minimum temperatures is shaded green. Red bars connect record high temperatures. Blue bars connect record low temperatures.

Hastings Temperature Summary: Observed daily maximum and minimum temperatures are connected by blue bars. Area between normal maximum and minimum temperatures is shaded green. Red bars connect record high temperatures. Blue bars connect record low temperatures.

 
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Grand Island Precipitation Summary Blue line indicates cumulative observed precipitation for November 2011. Red line indicates "normal" November precipitation based on 30-year data from 1981-2010.

Hastings Precipitation Summary Blue line indicates cumulative observed precipitation for November 2011. Red line indicates "normal" November precipitation based on 30-year data from 1981-2010.

Grand Island (Regional Airport) - Nov. 2010 - Nov. 2011

  Nov. 2010 December January February March April May June July August Sep. October November

Average High (F)

50.1

36.2

28.5

39.0

48.6

61.5

71.5

83.7

89.0

86.0

74.8

68.7

52.7

Average Low (F)

25.8

14.9

8.7

15.8

27.5

38.1

48.1

59.9

69.8

63.5

47.3

41.1

26.4

Average Temperature (F)

37.9

25.6

18.6

27.4

38.1

49.8

59.8

71.8

79.4

74.7

61.0

54.9

39.6

Departure from Normal (F)

+1.5

0.0

-3.8

-0.8

-0.2

-0.1

-0.8

+0.7

+3.6

+0.7

-4.1

+2.7

+1.5

 

Precipitation (inches)

0.44

0.24

1.49

0.28

1.02

2.93

8.70

1.72

4.37

2.30

0.83

2.20

0.21

Departure from Normal

-0.97

-0.42

+0.95

-0.40

-1.02

+0.32

+4.63

-2.00

+1.23

-0.82

-1.40

+0.34

-0.96

 

Snowfall (inches)

T

3.0

18.7

2.2

8.7

0.2

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Trace

Departure from Normal

-3.1

-2.2

+12.1

-3.9

+3.1

-1.1

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

-0.1

-1.0

-3.1

Hastings (Municipal Airport) - Nov. 2010 - Nov. 2011

  Nov. 2010 December January February March April

May

June

July

August

Sep.

October November

Average High (F)

50.5

36.2

28.6

38.2

49.2

61.9

71.1

83.1

89.8

84.3

74.0

68.4

52.7

Average Low (F)

26.9

16.0

10.2

16.0

28.4

38.6

48.3

60.8

69.9

64.6

48.2

41.5

27.2

Average Temperature (F)

38.7

26.1

19.4

27.1

38.8

50.3

59.7

71.9

79.9

74.4

61.1

54.9

40.0

Departure from Normal (F)

+1.5

-0.6

-4.2

-2.5

-0.3

-0.3

-1.8

+0.2

+3.8

+0.1

-4.5

+2.3

+1.3

 

Precipitation (inches)

0.80

0.28

1.00

0.30

0.49

4.34

5.03

2.65

4.96

4.90

0.70

1.36

0.38

Departure from Normal

-0.66

-0.45

+0.45

-0.37

-1.59

+1.47

+0.44

-0.94

+1.15

+1.60

-1.86

 -0.63

-0.91

 

Snowfall NWS Office (inches)

0.1

3.3

20.0

5.2

4.4

1.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Trace

Departure from Normal

-2.5

-2.8

+14.0

-1.3

-0.8

-0.2

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

-0.2

-1.0

-2.6

Kearney (Cooperative Observer at Airport) - Nov. 2010 - Nov. 2011
(*Temperature Data may include "mix"of automated obs and Cooperative Observer obs to better reflect true "calendar day" averages)

 

Nov. 2010

December

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

Sep.

October

November

Average High (F)*

50.6

36.4

29.7

38.2

48.2

60.9

70.5

82.7

88.1

84.9

74.1

67.7

52.2

Average Low (F)*

24.3

13.5

8.5

13.6

25.7

37.0

45.8

59.2

68.4

63.9

47.3

40.0

24.9

Average Temperature (F)*

37.5

25.0

19.1

25.9

37.0

49.0

58.2

71.0

78.2

74.4

60.7

53.8

38.5

Departure from Normal (F)*

+0.5

-0.9

-3.3

-1.7

0.0

+0.8

-1.0

+1.2

+3.5

+1.8

-2.8

+2.9

+1.5

 

Precipitation (inches)

0.93

0.14

0.86

0.12

0.90

3.45

7.53

4.51

4.07

3.72

0.65

4.92

0.33

Departure from Normal

-0.09

-0.47

+0.32

-0.49

-1.15

+1.02

+3.41

+0.58

+0.79

+0.64

-1.42

+2.88

-0.69

 

Snowfall (inches)

T

1.8

15.6

4.7

11.7

T

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Trace

Departure from Normal

-3.1

-4.8

+10.3

-0.4

+6.1

-2.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

-0.2

-0.7

-3.1

Ord (Evelyn Sharp Field Airport) - Nov. 2010 - Nov. 2011
(*Winter precipitiation data may include coop observer reports due to automated airport equipment under-measuring snowfall liquid equivalent)

  Nov. 2011 December January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

Sep.

October November

Average High (F)

-

-

-

-

-

59.1

68.7

80.4

88.9

86.1

74.5

66.6

52.8

Average Low (F)

-

-

-

-

-

35.2

44.9

57.0

67.6

61.4

43.9

36.6

20.2

Average Temperature (F)

-

-

-

-

-

47.2

56.8

68.7

78.2

73.8

59.2

51.6

36.5

Departure from Normal (F)

-

-

-

-

-

-1.6

-2.5

-0.5

+3.8

+0.8

-4.4

+2.0

+0.2

 

Precipitation (inches)*

-

-

-

-

-

2.51

4.90

4.16

2.23

2.46

0.77

2.83

0.03

Departure from Normal

-

-

-

-

-

-0.08

+1.09

+0.04

-0.74

-0.70

-1.67

+0.90

-1.04

 

Snowfall (Coop Observer)

-

-

-

-

-

3.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Trace

Departure from Normal

-

-

-

-

-

+0.5

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

-1.1

-5.3

Smith Center KS (Cooperative Observer) - Nov. 2010 - Nov. 2011
(*All data from coop observer with daily 24-hour obs taken around 7 AM. As a result, data may vary slightly from true "calendar day" averages)

 

Nov. 2010

December

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

Sep.

October

November

Average High (F)*

54.0

39.9

34.6

40.6

52.8

66.2

73.8

86.9

95.8

89.5

78.0

71.0

54.4

Average Low (F)*

27.7

17.6

10.8

13.5

27.6

38.1

47.1

60.4

69.2

65.6

49.8

41.0

27.3

Average Temperature (F)*

40.9

28.8

22.7

27.1

40.2

52.1

60.5

73.7

82.5

77.6

63.9

56.0

40.9

Departure from Normal (F)*

+0.5

0.0

-5.0

-4.9

-1.4

-0.4

-3.3

-0.3

+2.8

+0.4

-4.3

+1.2

+0.5

 

Precipitation (inches)

1.20

0.25

0.75

0.86

0.54

2.30

9.45

4.82

5.25

5.03

0.39

2.32

0.72

Departure from Normal

-0.02

-0.41

+0.26

+0.28

-1.33

+0.03

+5.53

+1.21

+1.38

+1.73

-1.65

+0.44

-0.50

 

Snowfall (inches)

T

2.2

10.2

11.2

3.4

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0 0.6

Departure from Normal

-1.8

-1.0

+6.5

+7.1

+0.8

-0.6

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

-0.2

-0.4

-1.2


The following images depicting November Precipitation and Temperatures are courtesy of the High Plains Regional Climate Center:

Please note: These maps are a "best-approximation" of actual measured values, and data reflected on these maps may not exactly match actual values due to the effects of interpolation and "smoothing" used to create the maps.

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Nebraska: November 2011 Precipitation (Inches) Kansas: November 2011 
Precipitation (Inches)
Nebraska: Nov. 2011 Percent of Normal Precipitation (%) Kansas: Nov. Percent of 
Normal Precipitation (%)
   
Nebraska: Nov. 2011 Temperature Departure from Normal (F) Kansas: Nov. 2011 Temperature Departure from Normal (F)


The following drought status images, current as of Nov. 29, 2011, are courtesy of 
the U.S. Drought Monitor (see narrative above for more details):

Click Images To Enlarge

Nebraska - U.S. Drought Monitor as of Nov. 29, 2011

Kansas - U.S. Drought Monitor as of Nov. 29, 2011

For more climate related information, check out the following websites:

This page was composed by the staff at the National Weather Service in Hastings, Nebraska.
 

 



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