March 2012 Climate Summaries For The Tri-Cities and Ord

 March 2012 Climate Summaries (includes narratives):

March 2012 has gone down in the record books as either the warmest or 2nd-warmest March on record across south central Nebraska and north central Kansas!  For the Tri-Cities, it was in fact the warmest  on record, eclipsing the previous mark set 102 years ago in 1910. Temperatures definitely stole the spotlight during the month, as precipitation totals finished below normal across the vast majority of the NWS Hastings coverage area. See below for a wealth of March 2012 details for the Tri Cities and Ord...

Grand Island: Warmest March On Record, eclipsing 1910

Hastings:        Warmest March On Record, eclipsing 1910

Kearney:         Warmest March On Record, eclipsing 1910

 Grand Island       Hastings        Kearney            Ord

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...MARCH 2012 SUMMARY FOR GRAND ISLAND AIRPORT...

...TEMPERATURES (WARMEST MARCH ON RECORD)

3 DAILY TEMPERATURE RECORDS SET IN MARCH 2012...
MARCH 16: RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 83 (PREVIOUS 80 IN 2009)
MARCH 17: RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 84 (PREVIOUS 81 IN 2004)
MARCH 17: RECORD WARM MINIMUM TEMP OF 57 (PREVIOUS 54 IN 1968)

AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:         69.2 DEGREES (18.1 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:          39.0 DEGREES (11.4 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE OVERALL TEMPERATURE: 54.1 DEGREES (14.7 ABOVE NORMAL)

WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:      88 DEGREES ON THE 31ST
COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:       46 DEGREES ON THE 3RD

COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE:        21 DEGREES ON THE 3RD
WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE:       61 DEGREES ON THE 18TH

WARMEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:  85.0 DEGREES FROM THE 30TH-31ST

WARMEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:  80.1 DEGREES FROM THE 12TH-18TH

COLDEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:  46.5 DEGREES FROM THE 2ND-3RD

COLDEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:  56.9 DEGREES FROM THE 1ST-7TH

COLDEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURES:  25.6 DEGREES FROM THE 3RD-9TH


...PRECIPITATION/SNOWFALL

NO DAILY PRECIP OR SNOWFALL RECORDS SET IN MARCH 2012

TOTAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION: 0.83 INCHES (0.97 BELOW NORMAL)
TOTAL MONTHLY SNOWFALL: TRACE (5.6 BELOW NORMAL)

NUMBER OF DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION (0.01 OR MORE): 6

HIGHEST CALENDAR DAY PRECIPITATION: 0.29 INCHES ON THE 11TH
HIGHEST 2-DAY PRECIPITATION:                    0.33 INCHES ON THE 21ST-22ND

HIGHEST CALENDAR DAY SNOWFALL:       TRACE ON THE 3RD
HIGHEST 2-DAY SNOWFALL:                          TRACE ON THE 3RD

PRECIPITATION TOTALS AND
DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS:

MONTH          PRECIP.  DEPARTURE

APRIL 2011          2.93      +0.40
MAY 2011              8.70      +4.29
JUNE 2011          1.72      -2.58
JULY 2011            4.37      +0.97
AUGUST 2011     2.30      -0.82
SEP. 2011            0.83      -1.40
OCT. 2011            2.20      +0.34
NOV. 2011            0.21      -0.96
DEC. 2011           1.11      +0.48
JAN. 2012            0.16      -0.37
FEB. 2012            1.05      +0.37
MARCH 2012       0.83      -0.97

12-MTH TOTAL   26.41     -0.25


...OTHER WEATHER ELEMENTS

HIGHEST WIND GUST: 51 MPH FROM THE NORTHWEST ON THE 4TH
(IN THE WAKE OF A COLD FRONT)

HIGHEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE: 30.56 ON THE 9TH
LOWEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE:  29.37 ON THE 7TH


...MARCH 2012 NARRATIVE FOR GRAND ISLAND...

MARCH 2012 FEATURED UNPRECEDENTED WARMTH...AS GRAND ISLAND
SMASHED ITS PREVIOUS RECORD FOR WARMEST MARCH ON RECORD...SET WAY
BACK IN 1910. WITH AN AVERAGE DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 69.2 DEGREES
AND AN AVERAGE DAILY LOW TEMPERATURE OF 39.0 DEGREES...THE OVERALL
DAILY MEAN TEMPERATURE DURING MARCH 2012 AT CENTRAL NEBRASKA
REGIONAL AIRPORT WAS 54.1 DEGREES...OR AN ASTOUNDING 14.7 DEGREES
ABOVE NORMAL. NOT A SINGLE DAY DURING THE MONTH FEATURED A BELOW
NORMAL MEAN TEMPERATURE. THIS WAS THE FIRST MONTHLY TEMPERATURE
RECORD SET IN GRAND ISLAND SINCE JANUARY 2006...WHICH WAS ALSO FOR
RECORD WARMTH.

TOP-5 WARMEST MARCHES ON RECORD AT GRAND ISLAND PER DAILY MEAN
TEMPERATURE:

1) 54.1 DEGREES - 2012
2) 52.7 DEGREES - 1910
3) 49.9 DEGREES - 1921
4) 48.5 DEGREES - 1946
5) 47.2 DEGREES - 2007

THE MONTH DID NOT START OUT ON A RECORD-BREAKING PACE...WITH HIGH
TEMPERATURES ON THE FIRST THREE DAYS OF THE MONTH ONLY REACHING THE
40S. BEYOND THAT HOWEVER...THINGS TOOK AN UPWARD SWING...AND BY THE
19TH...GRAND ISLAND HAD ALREADY ESTABLISHED ITS WARMEST START TO
MARCH ON RECORD. THE MOST REMARKABLE WEEK WAS THE 12TH-18TH.
DURING THIS SEVEN-DAY STRETCH...DAILY HIGHS RANGED FROM 77-84
DEGREES...OR FROM 28 TO 32 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE WARMEST HIGH
TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH...88 DEGREES...HELD OFF UNTIL THE 31ST. THE
COOLEST HIGH TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH...46 DEGREES...OCCURRED ON THE
3RD. DESPITE THE INCREDIBLE WARMTH OVER THE MONTH AS A WHOLE...DAILY
HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE ONLY SET ON TWO DAYS...THE 16TH AND
THE 17TH. OVER THE COURSE OF THE MONTH...GRAND ISLAND REACHED OR
EXCEEDED 70 DEGREES ON 16 DAYS (NORMAL IS 3 DAYS) AND REACHED OR
EXCEEDED 80 DEGREES ON EIGHT DAYS (NORMAL IS ONE DAY). THE EIGHT
80-DEGREE DAYS ALSO SET A MARCH RECORD...SURPASSING THE SEVEN DAYS
RECORDED IN 1910.

FOCUSING ON LOW TEMPERATURES...ALTHOUGH THESE WERE NOT QUITE AS FAR
ABOVE NORMAL AS THE HIGHS...GRAND ISLAND MADE IT THROUGH THE FINAL
21 DAYS OF THE MONTH WITHOUT EVER DROPPING BELOW FREEZING. IN
FACT...THE MONTH AS A WHOLE ONLY FEATURED EIGHT DAYS OF SUB-FREEZING
TEMPERATURES...VERSUS THE 30-YEAR NORMAL OF 22 DAYS. THE COLDEST LOW
TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS 21 DEGREES ON THE 3RD...AND THE WARMEST
WAS 61 DEGREES ON THE 18TH. THE LOW OF 57 DEGREES ON THE 17TH
ESTABLISHED A DAILY RECORD FOR WARMEST MINIMUM TEMPERATURE.

PRECIPITATION WISE...IT WAS CERTAINLY NOT A RECORD-BREAKING
MONTH...AS THE 0.83 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION AT CENTRAL NEBRASKA
REGIONAL AIRPORT WAS ONLY 46 PERCENT OF NORMAL. MOST OF THIS RAIN
FELL ON THE 11TH OR ON THE 21ST-22ND. SNOWFALL WISE...ONLY A
FEW...NON-MEASURABLE FLAKES WERE OBSERVED ON THE 3RD...MARKING THE
FIRST TIME SINCE 1997 THAT GRAND ISLAND DID NOT RECEIVE MEASURABLE
SNOW IN MARCH.

THE HIGHEST WIND GUSTS OF THE MONTH...51 MPH FROM THE
NORTHWEST...OCCURRED ON THE 4TH IN THE WAKE OF A COLD FRONT. NO
STRONG OR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AFFECTED GRAND ISLAND DURING THE
MONTH.

 


...MARCH 2012 SUMMARY FOR HASTINGS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT...

...TEMPERATURES (WARMEST MARCH ON RECORD)

2 DAILY TEMPERATURE RECORDS SET OR TIED IN MARCH 2012...
MARCH 16: RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 80 (PREVIOUS 79 IN 2009)
MARCH 17: RECORD-TYING HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 83 (TIED 83 IN 1994)

AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:         68.2 DEGREES (17.0 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:          38.5 DEGREES ( 9.8 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE OVERALL TEMPERATURE: 53.3 DEGREES (13.4 ABOVE NORMAL)

WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:       87 DEGREES ON THE 31ST
COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:       46 DEGREES ON THE 3RD

COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE:       19 DEGREES ON THE 3RD
WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE:       60 DEGREES ON THE 18TH

WARMEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:  83.5 DEGREES FROM THE 30TH-31ST

WARMEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:  78.7 DEGREES FROM THE 12TH-18TH

COLDEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:  47.0 DEGREES FROM THE 2ND-3RD

COLDEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:  57.4 DEGREES FROM THE 1ST-7TH

COLDEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURES:  25.0 DEGREES FROM THE 3RD-9TH


...PRECIPITATION/SNOWFALL (SNOWFALL OBSERVED AT NWS OFFICE)

NO DAILY PRECIP OR SNOWFALL RECORDS SET IN MARCH 2012

TOTAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION: 0.86 INCHES (0.93 BELOW NORMAL)
TOTAL MONTHLY SNOWFALL:         ZERO (5.2 INCHES BELOW NORMAL)

NUMBER OF DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION (0.01 OR MORE): 6

HIGHEST CALENDAR DAY PRECIPITATION: 0.31 INCHES ON THE 21ST
HIGHEST 2-DAY PRECIPITATION:                    0.32 ON THE 11TH-12TH AND 21ST-22ND

HIGHEST CALENDAR DAY SNOWFALL:      NO SNOW FELL
HIGHEST 2-DAY SNOWFALL:                         NO SNOW FELL

PRECIPITATION TOTALS AND
DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS:

MONTH          PRECIP.  DEPARTURE

APRIL 2011          4.34      +1.78
MAY 2011              5.03      +0.46
JUNE 2011           2.65      -1.15
JULY 2011            4.96      +1.22
AUGUST 2011     4.90      +1.60
SEP. 2011             0.70      -1.86
OCT. 2011            1.36      -0.63
NOV. 2011            0.38      -0.91
DEC. 2011           1.00      +0.39
JAN. 2012             0.14      -0.27
FEB. 2012             1.67      +1.18
MARCH 2012       0.86      -0.93

12-MTH TOTAL   27.99     +0.88


...OTHER WEATHER ELEMENTS

HIGHEST WIND GUST: 52 MPH FROM THE NORTHWEST ON THE 4TH
(IN THE WAKE OF A COLD FRONT)

HIGHEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE: 30.55 ON THE 9TH
LOWEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE:  29.37 ON THE 7TH


...MARCH 2012 NARRATIVE FOR HASTINGS...

MARCH 2012 FEATURED UNPRECEDENTED WARMTH...AS HASTINGS
SMASHED ITS PREVIOUS RECORD FOR WARMEST MARCH ON RECORD...SET WAY
BACK IN 1910. WITH AN AVERAGE DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 68.2 DEGREES
AND AN AVERAGE DAILY LOW TEMPERATURE OF 38.5 DEGREES...THE OVERALL
DAILY MEAN TEMPERATURE DURING MARCH 2012 AT HASTINGS MUNICIPAL
AIRPORT WAS 53.3 DEGREES...OR AN ASTOUNDING 13.4 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL. ONLY ONE DAY DURING THE MONTH FEATURED A BELOW NORMAL MEAN
TEMPERATURE. THIS WAS THE FIRST MONTHLY TEMPERATURE RECORD SET IN
HASTINGS SINCE JANUARY 2006...WHICH WAS ALSO FOR RECORD WARMTH.

TOP-5 WARMEST MARCHES ON RECORD AT HASTINGS PER DAILY MEAN
TEMPERATURE:

1) 53.3 DEGREES - 2012
2) 52.0 DEGREES - 1910
3) 51.2 DEGREES - 1946
4) 48.3 DEGREES - 2007
5) 46.8 DEGREES - 1945

THE MONTH DID NOT START OUT ON A RECORD-BREAKING PACE...WITH HIGH
TEMPERATURES ON THE FIRST THREE DAYS OF THE MONTH NOT EXCEEDING 50.
BEYOND THAT HOWEVER...THINGS TOOK AN UPWARD SWING...AND BY THE
19TH...HASTINGS HAD ALREADY ESTABLISHED ITS WARMEST START TO MARCH ON
RECORD. THE MOST REMARKABLE WEEK WAS THE 12TH-18TH. DURING THIS
SEVEN-DAY STRETCH...DAILY HIGHS RANGED FROM 75-83 DEGREES. THE
WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH...87 DEGREES...HELD OFF UNTIL
THE 31ST. THE COOLEST HIGH TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH...46
DEGREES...OCCURRED ON THE 3RD. DESPITE THE INCREDIBLE WARMTH OVER
THE MONTH AS A WHOLE...DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE ONLY SET
OR TIED ON TWO DAYS...THE 16TH AND THE 17TH. OVER THE COURSE OF THE
MONTH...HASTINGS REACHED OR EXCEEDED 70 DEGREES ON 15 DAYS
(NORMAL IS 3 DAYS) AND REACHED OR EXCEEDED 80 DEGREES ON SIX DAYS
(NORMAL IS ONE DAY). THE SIX 80-DEGREE DAYS ALSO SET A MARCH
RECORD...SURPASSING THE MARK OF FIVE DAYS SET IN BOTH 1910 AND 1967.

FOCUSING ON LOW TEMPERATURES...ALTHOUGH THESE WERE NOT AS FAR ABOVE
NORMAL AS THE HIGHS...HASTINGS STILL MADE IT THROUGH THE FINAL 21
DAYS OF THE MONTH WITHOUT EVER DROPPING BELOW FREEZING. IN
FACT...THE MONTH AS A WHOLE ONLY FEATURED EIGHT DAYS OF SUB-FREEZING
TEMPERATURES...VERSUS THE 30-YEAR NORMAL OF 22 DAYS. THE COLDEST LOW
TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS 19 DEGREES ON THE 3RD...AND THE WARMEST
WAS 60 DEGREES ON THE 18TH.

PRECIPITATION WISE...IT WAS CERTAINLY NOT A RECORD-BREAKING
MONTH...AS THE 0.86 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION AT HASTINGS MUNICIPAL
AIRPORT WAS ONLY 48 PERCENT OF NORMAL. MOST OF THIS RAIN FELL ON THE
11TH AND THE 21ST. SNOWFALL WISE...NOT A SINGLE FLAKE WAS OFFICIALLY
OBSERVED DURING THE MONTH...MARKING THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1992 THAT
HASTINGS DID NOT RECEIVE MEASURABLE SNOW IN MARCH.

THE HIGHEST WIND GUST OF THE MONTH...52 MPH FROM THE
NORTHWEST...OCCURRED ON THE 4TH IN THE WAKE OF A COLD FRONT. NO
STRONG OR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AFFECTED HASTINGS DURING THE MONTH.



...MARCH 2012 SUMMARY FOR KEARNEY REGIONAL AIRPORT...

(NOTE: MOST OF THE DATA BELOW IS FROM THE OFFICIAL NWS COOPERATIVE
OBSERVER...AND MAY DIFFER SLIGHTLY FROM THE UNOFFICIAL AUTOMATED AWOS
OBSERVATIONS PRESENTED IN ROUTINE CLIMATE PRODUCTS)

 ...TEMPERATURES (WARMEST MARCH ON RECORD)

2 DAILY TEMPERATURE RECORDS SET IN MARCH 2012...
MARCH 16: RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 82 (PREVIOUS 80 IN 1934)
MARCH 17: RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 85 (PREVIOUS 83 IN 1994)

AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:        68.0 DEGREES (17.7 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:        37.8 DEGREES (12.7 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE OVERALL TEMPERATURE:  52.9 DEGREES (15.2 ABOVE NORMAL)

WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:     86 DEGREES ON THE 31ST
COOLEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:      45 DEGREES ON THE 11TH

COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE:        19 DEGREES ON THE 3RD
WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE:      59 DEGREES ON THE 18TH

WARMEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:  84.0 DEGREES FROM THE 30TH-31ST

WARMEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:  78.7 DEGREES FROM THE 12TH-18TH

COLDEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:  47.0 DEGREES FROM THE 1ST-2ND

COLDEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:  56.7 DEGREES FROM THE 1ST-7TH

COLDEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURES:  25.6 DEGREES FROM THE 3RD-9TH


...PRECIPITATION/SNOWFALL

NO DAILY PRECIPITATION OR SNOWFALL RECORDS SET IN MARCH 2012

TOTAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION: 1.02 INCHES (0.77 BELOW NORMAL)
TOTAL MONTHLY SNOWFALL:       ZERO INCHES  (4.6 BELOW NORMAL)

NUMBER OF DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION (0.01 OR MORE): 5

HIGHEST 24-HOUR
PRECIPITATION ENDING AROUND 7 AM: 0.46 REPORTED ON THE 12TH

HIGHEST 48-HOUR PRECIPITATION:      0.46 REPORTED ON THE 12TH

HIGHEST 24-HOUR
SNOWFALL ENDING AROUND 7AM:  NO SNOW FELL

HIGHEST 48-HOUR SNOWFALL:      NO SNOW FELL


PRECIPITATION TOTALS AND
DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS:

MONTH          PRECIP.  DEPARTURE

APRIL 2011           3.45      +1.22
MAY 2011             7.53      +3.35
JUNE 2011            4.51      +0.58
JULY 2011             4.07      +0.79
AUGUST 2011       3.72      +0.64
SEP. 2011            0.65      -1.42
OCT. 2011           4.92      +2.88
NOV. 2011           0.33      -0.69
DEC. 2011            0.39      -0.18
JAN. 2012            0.03      -0.46
FEB. 2012            1.04      +0.49
MARCH 2012        1.02      -0.77

12-MTH TOTAL    31.66     +6.43


...MARCH 2012 NARRATIVE FOR KEARNEY REGIONAL AIRPORT...

MARCH 2012 FEATURED UNPRECEDENTED WARMTH...AS KEARNEY SMASHED ITS
PREVIOUS RECORD FOR WARMEST MARCH ON RECORD...SET WAY BACK IN 1910.
WITH AN AVERAGE DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 68.0 DEGREES AND AN
AVERAGE DAILY LOW TEMPERATURE OF 37.8 DEGREES...THE OVERALL DAILY
MEAN TEMPERATURE DURING MARCH 2012 AT KEARNEY REGIONAL AIRPORT
WAS 52.9 DEGREES...OR AN ASTOUNDING 15.2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. NOT A
SINGLE DAY DURING THE MONTH FEATURED A BELOW NORMAL MEAN
TEMPERATURE. THIS WAS THE FIRST MONTHLY TEMPERATURE RECORD SET IN
KEARNEY SINCE JANUARY 2006...WHICH WAS ALSO FOR RECORD WARMTH.

TOP-5 WARMEST MARCHES ON RECORD AT HASTINGS PER DAILY MEAN
TEMPERATURE:

1) 52.9 DEGREES - 2012
2) 52.0 DEGREES - 1910
3) 47.1 DEGREES - 1946
4) 46.7 DEGREES - 2007 AND 1986
5) 46.0 DEGREES - 1918

THE MONTH DID NOT START OUT ON A RECORD-BREAKING PACE...WITH HIGH
TEMPERATURES ON THE FIRST THREE DAYS OF THE MONTH NOT EXCEEDING 50.
BEYOND THAT HOWEVER...THINGS TOOK AN UPWARD SWING...AND BY THE
19TH...KEARNEY HAD ALREADY ESTABLISHED ITS WARMEST START TO MARCH ON
RECORD. THE MOST REMARKABLE WEEK WAS THE 12TH-18TH. DURING THIS
SEVEN-DAY STRETCH...DAILY HIGHS RANGED FROM 75-85 DEGREES. THE
WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH...86 DEGREES...HELD OFF UNTIL
THE 31ST. THE COOLEST HIGH TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH...45
DEGREES...OCCURRED ON THE 11TH. DESPITE THE INCREDIBLE WARMTH OVER
THE MONTH AS A WHOLE...DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE ONLY SET
ON TWO DAYS...THE 16TH AND THE 17TH. OVER THE COURSE OF THE
MONTH...KEARNEY REACHED OR EXCEEDED 70 DEGREES ON 15 DAYS (NORMAL IS
4 DAYS) AND REACHED OR EXCEEDED 80 DEGREES ON FIVE DAYS (NORMAL IS
ONE DAY).

FOCUSING ON LOW TEMPERATURES...ALTHOUGH THESE WERE NOT AS FAR ABOVE
NORMAL AS THE HIGHS...KEARNEY STILL MADE IT THROUGH THE FINAL 21
DAYS OF THE MONTH WITHOUT EVER DROPPING BELOW FREEZING. IN
FACT...THE MONTH AS A WHOLE ONLY FEATURED EIGHT DAYS OF SUB-FREEZING
TEMPERATURES...VERSUS THE 30-YEAR NORMAL OF 24 DAYS. THE COLDEST LOW
TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS 19 DEGREES ON THE 3RD...AND THE WARMEST
WAS 59 DEGREES ON THE 18TH.

PRECIPITATION WISE...IT WAS NOT A RECORD-BREAKING MONTH...AS THE
1.02 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION AT KEARNEY REGIONAL AIRPORT WAS ONLY
57 PERCENT OF NORMAL. MOST OF THIS RAIN FELL ON THE 11TH AND THE
21ST. DESPITE THE BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION IN MARCH...THE TOTAL
PRECIPITATION FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS WAS STILL A NOTABLE 6.43 INCHES
ABOVE NORMAL. SNOWFALL WISE...NOT A SINGLE FLAKE WAS OFFICIALLY
OBSERVED DURING THE MONTH. ALTHOUGH THIS IS SOMEWHAT UNUSUAL FOR
MARCH...JUST FOUR YEARS AGO IN 2008 ONLY A NON-MEASURABLE TRACE WAS
REPORTED.

NO STRONG OR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AFFECTED KEARNEY DURING THE
MONTH.


 

...MARCH 2012 SUMMARY FOR ORD EVELYN SHARP FIELD AIRPORT...

(NOTE: SNOWFALL TOTALS ARE FROM THE NWS COOPERATIVE OBSERVER)

...TEMPERATURES

AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:        67.7 DEGREES (16.9 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:        34.1 DEGREES (9.5 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE OVERALL TEMPERATURE:  50.9 DEGREES (13.2 ABOVE NORMAL)

WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:      85 DEGREES ON THE 31ST
COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:        42 DEGREES ON THE 2ND, 3RD

COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE:        19 DEGREES ON THE 3RD, 9TH
WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE:       61 DEGREES ON THE 18TH

WARMEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:  83.0 DEGREES FROM THE 17TH-18TH

WARMEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:  78.9 DEGREES FROM THE 12TH-18TH

COLDEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:  42.0 DEGREES FROM THE 2ND-3RD

COLDEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:  54.4 DEGREES FROM THE 1ST-7TH

COLDEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURES:  22.1 DEGREES FROM THE 3RD-9TH


...PRECIPITATION/SNOWFALL

TOTAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION: 0.67 INCHES (0.78 BELOW NORMAL)
TOTAL MONTHLY SNOWFALL:       ZERO INCHES (5.9 BELOW NORMAL)

NUMBER OF DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION (0.01 OR MORE): 6

HIGHEST CALENDAR DAY PRECIPITATION: 0.22 INCHES ON THE 11TH
HIGHEST 2-DAY PRECIPITATION:              0.32 INCHES ON THE 11TH-12TH

HIGHEST 24-HOUR
SNOWFALL ENDING AROUND 7 AM:  NO SNOW FELL

HIGHEST 48-HOUR
SNOWFALL ENDING AROUND 7 AM:  NO SNOW FELL

PRECIPITATION TOTALS AND
DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS:

MONTH          PRECIP.  DEPARTURE

APRIL 2011           2.51      -0.08
MAY 2011             4.90      +1.09
JUNE 2011            4.16      +0.04
JULY 2011            2.23      -0.74
AUGUST 2011       2.46      -0.70
SEP. 2011            0.77      -1.67
OCT. 2011           2.83      +0.90
NOV. 2011           0.03      -1.04
DEC. 2011            0.54      -0.05
JAN. 2012            0.13      -0.24
FEB. 2012            1.30      +0.86
MARCH 2012        0.67      -0.78

12-MTH TOTAL     22.53     -2.41


...OTHER WEATHER ELEMENTS

HIGHEST WIND GUST: 49 MPH FROM THE SOUTH ON THE 18TH
(OUT AHEAD OF A STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM)

HIGHEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE: 30.55 ON THE 9TH
LOWEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE:  29.39 ON THE 7TH


...MARCH 2012 NARRATIVE FOR ORD NEBRASKA...

MARCH 2012 FEATURED INCREDIBLE WARMTH...AND ALTHOUGH ORD DOES NOT
HAVE A DECADES-LONG TEMPERATURE RECORD TO COMPARE AGAINST...MOST OF
CENTRAL NEBRASKA FINISHED WITH ITS WARMEST OR SECOND-WARMEST MARCH
ON RECORD. WITH AN AVERAGE DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 67.7 DEGREES
AND AN AVERAGE DAILY LOW TEMPERATURE OF 34.1 DEGREES...THE OVERALL
DAILY MEAN TEMPERATURE AT EVELYN SHARP FIELD WAS 50.9 DEGREES...OR
AN ASTOUNDING 13.2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. ONLY ONE DAY DURING THE
MONTH FEATURED A BELOW NORMAL MEAN TEMPERATURE.

THE MONTH DID NOT START OUT ON A RECORD-BREAKING PACE...WITH HIGH
TEMPERATURES ON THE FIRST THREE DAYS OF THE MONTH ONLY REACHING THE
40S. BEYOND THAT HOWEVER...THINGS TOOK A SHARP UPWARD SWING. THE
MOST REMARKABLE WEEK WAS THE 12TH-18TH. DURING THIS SEVEN-DAY
STRETCH...DAILY HIGHS RANGED FROM 71-84 DEGREES. THE WARMEST HIGH
TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH...85 DEGREES...HELD OFF UNTIL THE 31ST. THE
COOLEST HIGH TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH...42 DEGREES...OCCURRED ON
BOTH THE 2ND AND 3RD. OVER THE COURSE OF THE MONTH...ORD REACHED OR
EXCEEDED 70 DEGREES ON 17 DAYS (NORMAL IS 4 DAYS) AND REACHED OR
EXCEEDED 80 DEGREES ON SIX DAYS (NORMAL IS ONE DAY).

FOCUSING ON LOW TEMPERATURES...ALTHOUGH THESE WERE NOT QUITE AS FAR
ABOVE NORMAL AS THE HIGHS...ONLY 12 DAYS DURING THE MONTH FEATURED
READINGS AT OR BELOW FREEZING (NORMAL IS 23 DAYS). THE COLDEST LOW
TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS 19 DEGREES ON BOTH THE 3RD AND
9TH...AND THE WARMEST WAS 61 DEGREES ON THE 18TH.

PRECIPITATION WISE...IT WAS CERTAINLY NOT A RECORD-BREAKING
MONTH...AS THE 0.67 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION AT EVELYN SHARP FIELD
WAS ONLY 46 PERCENT OF NORMAL. MOST OF THIS RAIN FELL ON THE
11TH-12TH AND THE 21ST-22ND. SNOWFALL WISE...NOT A SINGLE FLAKE WAS
OFFICIALLY OBSERVED DURING THE MONTH. ALTHOUGH THIS IS RATHER
UNUSUAL FOR MARCH...JUST NINE YEARS AGO IN 2003 ONLY A
NON-MEASURABLE TRACE WAS REPORTED.

THE HIGHEST WIND GUSTS OF THE MONTH...49 MPH FROM THE
SOUTH...OCCURRED ON THE 18TH AS A STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM
APPROACHED THE AREA. NO STRONG OR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AFFECTED
ORD DURING THE MONTH.

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