May 2012: Detailed Weather and Climate Review For NWS Hastings Coverage Area

(Click on the links in gray boxes below to quickly jump to information located farther down the page)

Monthly Narrative

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

Monthly Precipitation & Snowfall Tables & Archive of These Monthly Reviews

May 2012 Weather Stories 
(Click HERE for archive to all web stories)
 

May 1: 

Large Hail Affects Eastern Portions of the Area

May 2:

EF-1 Tornado Near Davenport NE, Widespread Very Large Hail & Heavy Rain

May 4:

Large Hail Affects Portions of Central Nebraska

May 16:

2012 - How Warm Has it Been? Try the Warmest Start on Record!

May 19:

Damaging Winds and Large Hail Affects Portions of the Area

May 26:

Record Heat...Including Earliest-Ever 100 Degree Day in Hastings

May 27:

Large Hail and Damaging Winds Affect Portions of the Area

May 30:

Severe Thunderstorms Mainly Near and South of Interstate 80

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The new set of 30-year climate averages, or "normals", from the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) for 1981-2010 superseded the previous 30-year set of 1971-2000 normals on all NWS climate-related products.


May 2012 Climate/Weather Review For South Central Nebraska And Portions Of North Central Kansas

...Yet Another Month of Above Normal Temperatures...But Most Areas Below Normal In Rainfall (Some WAY Below)...

The following narrative focuses on climate and weather highlights for the month of May 2012 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 May 2012 presented here are based on the official 1981-2010 normals.

TEMPERATURES......(According to 30-year averages, "normal" May high temperatures in South Central Nebraska gradually climb from the upper 60s early in the month to the upper 70s by month's end. In North Central Kansas, highs gradually warm from the low 70s to near 80. Low temperatures across the area generally climb from the low or mid-40s early in the month to the mid-50s by month's end...)

For most of the area, May 2012 marked the eighth month in a row, and the 11th month out of the last 12 to feature above normal temperatures. During May, the mean daily temperature registered 3-6 degrees above normal, which was very similar to that in April. For places such as Grand Island and Hastings, this was the 5th and 8th-warmest May on record, respectively. The largest contributing factor to above normal temperatures was afternoon high temperatures, with overnight low temperatures averaging a bit closer to normal. In general, the month was marked by stretches of very warm days, mixed with days averaging close to seasonal normals. Aiding what was a remarkably early start to the growing season in most areas, no observation sites dropped below the hard-freeze threshold of 28 degrees, with only a few sites such as Cambridge and Greeley dropping as low as 31 degrees (on the 9th). 

For nearly the entire 30-county area, the hottest day of the month was the 26th, with a number of spots tagging 100-103 degrees. The 100-degree reading in Hastings on that day was the earliest-ever occurrence of 100 degrees during a calendar year, eclipsing the previous earliest of May 29, 1934. On the cooler side of things, the month ended on a seasonably cool note during its final two days, with highs across most of the area on the 31st only reaching the low-mid 60s. As for overnight low temperatures, the morning of the 9th was the coldest of the month, with several locations mainly across the western half of South Central Nebraska dropping between 31-35 degrees.  Based on reports from NWS Cooperative Observers and automated airport sites, one of the hottest readings of the month was 103 degrees at Phillipsburg KS on the 26th, while one of the coldest low temperatures was 31 degrees at both Cambridge and Beaver City on the 9th. In the Nebraska Tri-Cities, Grand Island and Hastings tied for the hottest reading of the month with 100 on the 26th, while Kearney reported the coldest reading with 35 degrees on the morning of the 9th.  

Not surprisingly given the incredibly warm readings during March, the meteorological spring season of March-April-May registered as the warmest spring on record across nearly the entire 30-county area. For example, at Grand Island, the daily mean spring temperature of 59.0 degrees shattered the previous mark of 56.1 degrees established in 1934.

(Please look farther down the page for more information on May 2012 temperatures and extremes, including detailed breakdowns for Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney and Ord)


PRECIPITATION/SNOWFALL/FLOODING......(According to 30-year averages, "normal" May rainfall is between 3.75 and 4.25 inches across roughly the western half of the NWS Hastings coverage area (generally west of Highway 281) and between 4.25 and 4.75 inches for locations east of the Highway 281 corridor.)

Needless to say, May 2012 featured a sharp contrast of the "haves" and the "have nots" in terms of precipitation across the 30-county area. Looking at rainfall totals in the most general sense, and based on reports from around 70 NWS Cooperative Observers along with a handful of automated airport sites, at least 80% of the area registered below normal totals for the month. However, the bigger story was just how far below normal a lot of places were. Using somewhat rough estimates, around 60% of the area recorded less than half of normal May rainfall and between 30-40% of the area measured no more than one-fourth of normal May rainfall!  Focusing first on the truly dry side of things, a number of counties in southern portions of the NWS Hastings coverage area measured less than 1 inch of rainfall for the month. This was especially evident across the majority of the six counties in North Central Kansas, along with much of Furnas and southern Webster, Nuckolls and Thayer Counties in far South Central Nebraska. Within these counties, some places hardly saw a drop of rain during the month, including places such as Natoma KS (0.01-inch), Hubbell NE (0.03), Cawker City KS (0.09) and Palco KS (0.10). For much of this North Central Kansas area, this May was the 2nd or 3rd-driest on record, and the driest since 1966.

On the opposite and wetter side of the spectrum, roughly between 15-20% of the 30-county area measured near-normal to above normal rainfall totals of 4.25 to over 7.00 inches during the month. In general, this above normal rainfall targeted portions of several counties located both along and north of Highway 6 and along and east of Highway 281 in South Central Nebraska. More specifically, counties such as Clay, Fillmore, Nance, Polk, York, Howard and Greeley picked up the most rain during the month. For Clay and Fillmore Counties, the majority of this rain fell during the span of several hours between the evening hours of the 2nd and the early morning hours of the 3rd, as multiple severe thunderstorms tracked across the area from west-to-east. Within this zone, a few places several miles south and east of Clay Center tallied between 6.30 and 7.70 inches for the month, with at least half of this falling during this one thunderstorm event from the 2nd-3rd. A few other notable monthly rainfall totals included 5.69 inches in Osceola and 5.80 inches several miles northwest of Elba in Howard County. Despite locally heavy rainfall during the month, widespread flooding was kept to a minimum due to the fact that most episodes of heavy rain were spaced several days apart.

In between these very dry and rather wet extremes described above, much of the 30-county area tallied below normal May rainfall between 1-3 inches, including places such as Grand Island, Kearney, Holdrege, Ord and Hebron.
As is always the case with thunderstorm activity, precipitation totals varied considerably over short distances, as evidenced by the Hastings NWS Office measuring 3.30 inches for the month, while the nearby Hastings airport totaled 4.07 inches. 

With both March and May featuring below normal precipitation in most areas, but with April featuring above normal precipitation in most areas, the meteorological spring months of March-May as a whole averaged out to below normal precipitation across the NWS Hastings coverage area, with most areas measuring no
more than 60-80% of normal spring amounts.  With no snow whatsoever recorded within the entire area during April and May, and only a handful of non-measurable trace amounts reported in March, spring snowfall across the area averaged a notable 3-8 inches below normal. For the 2011-2012 snowfall season as a whole, most of the NWS Hastings coverage area fell between 5-13 inches short of normal snowfall.

(Please look farther down the page for more information on May 2012 precipitation and extremes, including rankings of wettest and driest locations, 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 around 70 locations.)


DROUGHT STATUS...Compared to the issuance on May 1, 2012, the U.S. Drought Monitor as of June 5, 2012 (images at bottom of page) reflected a notable degradation toward the initial stages of drought conditions across mainly the southern 1/3 of the NWS Hastings coverage area, meaning primarily North Central Kansas. Within this span of five weeks, this six-county portion of North Central Kansas went from having no drought category designation, to most of the area being assigned Category D1 (moderate drought). This, of course, was a direct result of the majority of this area measuring well-under 1/4th of normal May rainfall, and some places hardly a drop at all. 

On the Nebraska side of the border, a similar although not quite as drastic degradation occurred across several of the southern and western-most counties, with Category D1 (moderate drought) now in place across much of Furnas County and Category D0 (abnormally dry) expanding across portions of several counties including Dawson, Gosper, Phelps, Harlan, Franklin, Webster, Nuckolls and Thayer. As of early June, the majority of South Central Nebraska including the Tri-Cities and points north and east were still free from any drought category assignment. Taking all of the above into account, at least 40% of the NWS Hastings coverage area was in Category D0 or D1 drought conditions as of early June.  If notably dry conditions continue past mid-June, it is quite possible that much of South Central Nebraska could find itself in a moderate drought situation, with much of North Central Kansas possibly heading toward Category D2 (severe drought). Should this occur, it would be the first time in several years that a portion of the NWS Hastings coverage area would be assigned Category D2 or worse by the U.S. Drought Monitor.

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


SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS/HIGH WINDS...As is typically the case, May featured several days of fairly widespread severe thunderstorm activity within the NWS Hastings coverage area, resulting in primarily dozens of reports of large hail and damaging winds. Based on preliminary data, only a few tornadoes were confirmed during the month, with no "true" Central Plains tornado outbreaks affecting the area. The most notable tornado of the month was a short-track EF1 that destroyed a building near Davenport along the Thayer-Fillmore County line on the 2nd. This tornado was associated with a long-lasting episode of severe thunderstorms that started on the evening of the 2nd, with warnings continuing well into the early morning hours of the 3rd. Several areas saw large hail during this event as well, including parts of Hastings, which experienced hail from golf ball up to baseball and even softball size. 

Other notable days with widespread severe thunderstorm activity during the month included the 4th, 19th, 27th and 30th. Storms on the 27th resulted in large hail up to baseball size near Kirwin KS, and multiple reports of wind damage including overturned irrigation pivots in parts of South Central Nebraska. (see individual story links at top of page for much more detail.)
 
- Number of Severe Thunderstorm Warning polygons issued by NWS Hastings in May 2012: 169 (92 more than last year)
- Number of Tornado Warning polygons issued by NWS Hastings in May 2012: 12 (20 fewer than last year)
- Number of confirmed tornadoes within the NWS Hastings coverage area in May 2012: 2 (one rated EF-1, one EF-0)

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May 2012 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 May 2012 climate summaries for Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney and Ord

Grand Island     Hastings     Kearney      Ord


...MAY 2012 TEMPERATURE/PRECIPITATION/SNOWFALL EXTREMES FROM 
NWS HASTINGS COOPERATIVE OBSERVERS OR AUTOMATED ASOS/AWOS SITES...

...A FEW OF THE HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURES DURING MAY 2012                        
103 degrees...Phillipsburg KS airport on the 26th (automated AWOS)
102 degrees...Webster Dam KS on the 26th (cooperative observer)
101 degrees...Beaver City on the 26th (cooperative observer)
101 degrees...Red Cloud on the 26th (cooperative observer)
100 degrees...Grand Island airport on the 26th (automated ASOS)
100 degrees...Hastings airport on the 26th (automated ASOS)...earliest-ever occurrence of 100 degrees during a calendar year!
100 degrees...Lexington airport on the 26th (automated AWOS)
100 degrees...Aurora airport on the 26th (automated AWOS)
100 degrees...Holdrege airport on the 26th (automated AWOS)
100 degrees...Superior (4 miles east) on the 26th (cooperative observer)
             
...A FEW OF THE COOLEST LOW TEMPERATURES DURING MAY 2012 
31 degrees...Beaver City on the 9th (cooperative observer)
31 degrees...Cambridge on the 9th (cooperative observer)
32 degrees...Greeley on the 9th (cooperative observer)
33 degrees...Ord airport on the 9th (automated ASOS)
33 degrees...Red Cloud on the 9th (cooperative observer)
34 degrees...Lexington airport on the 9th (automated AWOS)
34 degrees...Franklin on the 9th (cooperative observer)
35 degrees...Kearney airport on the 9th (cooperative observer)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
...A FEW OF THE HIGHEST RAINFALL TOTALS DURING MAY 2012
(Includes some observations from NeRAIN network)                                             
7.69 Inches...Clay Center (5 miles south-southeast) (NeRAIN observer)
6.31 Inches...Clay Center (6 miles east-southeast) (Cooperative Observer)
6.16 Inches...Hastings (6 miles east-northeast) (NeRAIN observer)
5.69 Inches...Osceola (Cooperative Observer)
5.99 Inches...Geneva (4 miles west) (NeRAIN observer)
5.98 Inches...Spalding (7 miles south-southwest) (NeRAIN observer)
5.80 Inches...Elba (8 miles west-northwest) (NeRAIN observer)
5.43 Inches...Palmer (5 miles south-southeast) (NeRAIN observer)
4.77 Inches...York (7 miles northeast) (NeRAIN observer)
4.71 Inches...Genoa (8 miles northwest) (NeRAIN observer)
4.67 Inches...Upland (2 miles northeast) (cooperative observer)

...A FEW OF THE LOWEST RAINFALL TOTALS DURING MAY 2012 
(Includes some observations from NeRAIN network) 
0.01 Inches...Natoma KS in Osborne County (cooperative observer)
0.03 Inches...Hubbell in Thayer County (cooperative observer)
0.09 Inches...Cawker City KS in Mitchell County (cooperative observer)
0.10 Inches...Palco KS in Rooks County (cooperative observer)
0.12 Inches...Alton KS (2 miles southwest) in Osborne County (cooperative observer)
0.14 Inches...Smith Center KS (cooperative observer)
0.18 Inches...Kirwin Dam KS in Phillips County (cooperative observer)
0.25 Inches...Byron in Thayer County (NeRAIN observer)
0.30 Inches...Ionia KS in Jewell County (cooperative observer)
0.31 Inches...Plainville KS (4 miles west-northwest) (cooperative observer)


...A FEW OF THE HIGHEST SNOWFALL TOTALS DURING MAY 2012 
No locations within the area recorded snowfall during the month. 

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Various graphs and tables depicting May 2012 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 
isshaded 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 May 2012. Red line indicates "normal" May precipitation based on 30-year data from 1981-2010.

Hastings Precipitation Summary: Blue line indicates cumulative observed precipitation for May 2012. Red line indicates "normal" May precipitation based on 30-year data from 1981-2010.

 

Grand Island (Regional Airport) - May 2011 - May 2012

  May 2011 June July Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May

Average High (F)

71.5

83.7

89.0

86.0

74.8

68.7

52.7

39.6

45.1

40.9

69.2

69.1

80.9

Average Low (F)

48.1

59.9

69.8

63.5

47.3

41.1

26.4

19.5

19.4

19.3

39.0

43.0

52.5

Average Temperature (F)

59.8

71.8

79.4

74.7

61.0

54.9

39.6

29.5

32.2

30.1

54.1

56.2

66.7

Departure from Normal (F)

-0.8

+0.7

+3.6

+0.7

-4.1

+2.7

+1.5

+2.8

+7.1

+1.0

+14.7

+5.6

+5.5

 

Precipitation (inches)

8.70

1.72

4.37

2.30

0.83

2.20

0.21

 1.11

0.16

1.05

0.83

1.41

2.29

Departure from Normal

+4.63

-2.00

+1.23

-0.82

-1.40

+0.34

-0.96

+0.48

-0.37

+0.37

-0.97

-1.12

-2.12

 

Snowfall (inches)

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Trace

8.3

1.6

10.2

Trace

0.0

0.0

Departure from Normal

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

-0.1

-1.0

-3.1

+3.1

-5.0

+4.1

-5.6

-1.3

0.0

 

Hastings (Municipal Airport) - May 2011 - May 2012

 

May 2011

June

July

Aug.

Sep.

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

Apr.

May

Average High (F)

71.1

83.1

89.8

84.3

74.0

68.4

52.7

39.2

44.4

40.7

68.2

67.6

78.9

Average Low (F)

48.3

60.8

69.9

64.6

48.2

41.5

27.2

18.9

19.0

20.0

38.5

43.5

53.4

Average Temperature (F)

59.7

71.9

79.9

74.4

61.1

54.9

40.0

29.0

31.7

30.3

53.3

55.5

66.1

Departure from Normal (F)

-1.8

+0.2

+3.8

+0.1

-4.5

+2.3

+1.3

+1.4

+5.7

+0.4

+13.4

+4.8

+4.8

 

Precipitation (inches)

5.03

2.65

4.96

4.90

0.70

1.36

0.38

1.00

0.14

1.67

0.86

2.95

4.07

Departure from Normal

+0.44

-0.94

+1.15

+1.60

-1.86

 -0.63

-0.91

+0.39

-0.27

+1.18

-0.93

+0.39

-0.50

 

Snowfall NWS Office (inches)

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Trace

9.4

1.7

11.4

0.0

0.0

0.0

Departure from Normal

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

-0.2

-1.0

-2.6

+3.3

-4.8

+4.9

-5.2

-1.2

0.0

 

Kearney (Cooperative Observer at Airport) - May 2011 - May 2012
(*Temperature data is from unofficial automated AWOS sensor while precipitation data is from official NWS Cooperative Observer)

 

May 2011

June

July

Aug.

Sep.

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

Apr.

May

Average High (F)*

70.5

82.7

88.1

84.9

74.1

67.7

52.2

39.2

44.7

40.7

68.0

67.3

78.4

Average Low (F)*

45.8

59.2

68.4

63.9

47.3

40.0

24.9

18.0

18.5

19.3

37.8

43.4

51.9

Average Temperature (F)*

58.2

71.0

78.2

74.4

60.7

53.8

38.5

28.6

31.6

30.0

52.9

55.4

65.2

Departure from Normal (F)*

-1.0

+1.2

+3.5

+1.8

-2.8

+2.9

+1.5

+2.7

+7.0

+1.9

+15.2

+6.7

+5.7

 

Precipitation (inches)

7.53

4.51

4.07

3.72

0.65

4.92

0.33

0.39

0.03

1.04

1.02

4.35

2.00

Departure from Normal

+3.41

+0.58

+0.79

+0.64

-1.42

+2.88

-0.69

-0.18

-0.46

+0.49

-0.77

+2.12

-2.18

 

Snowfall (inches)

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Trace

6.6

Trace

7.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Departure from Normal

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

-0.2

-0.7

-3.1

+3.1

-4.4

+1.9

-4.6

-1.8

0.0

 

Ord (Evelyn Sharp Field Airport) - May 2011 - May 2012
(*Winter precipitation data may include coop observer reports due to automated airport equipment under-measuring snowfall liquid equivalent)

 

May 2011

June

July

Aug.

Sep.

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

April

May

Average High (F)

68.7

80.4

88.9

86.1

74.5

66.6

52.8

39.5

45.0

40.2

67.7

65.0

75.8

Average Low (F)

44.9

57.0

67.6

61.4

43.9

36.6

20.2

14.1

15.6

15.7

34.1

38.8

48.3

Average Temperature (F)

56.8

68.7

78.2

73.8

59.2

51.6

36.5

26.8

30.3

27.9

50.9

51.9

62.0

Departure from Normal (F)

-2.5

-0.5

+3.8

+0.8

-4.4

+2.0

+0.2

+1.9

+5.7

+0.1

+13.2

+3.1

+2.7

 

Precipitation (inches)*

4.90

4.16

2.23

2.46

0.77

2.83

0.03

0.54

0.13

1.30

0.67

5.29

2.26

Departure from Normal

+1.09

+0.04

-0.74

-0.70

-1.67

+0.90

-1.04

-0.05

-0.24

+0.86

-0.78

+2.70

-1.55

 

Snowfall (Coop Observer)

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Trace

8.5

1.5

8.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Departure from Normal

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

-1.1

-5.3

+1.1

-5.3

+2.0

-5.9

-2.5

0.0

 

Smith Center, KS (Cooperative Observer) - May 2011 - May 2012
(*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)

 

May 2011

June

July

Aug.

Sep.

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

April

May

Average High (F)*

73.8

86.9

95.8

89.5

78.0

71.0

54.4

43.0

47.1

45.8

70.5

70.6

83.5

Average Low (F)*

47.1

60.4

69.2

65.6

49.8

41.0

27.3

18.7

18.5

20.6

38.3

44.4

53.0

Average Temperature (F)*

60.5

73.7

82.5

77.6

63.9

56.0

40.9

30.9

32.8

33.2

54.4

57.5

68.3

Departure from Normal (F)*

-3.3

-0.3

+2.8

+0.4

-4.3

+1.2

+0.5

+2.1

+5.1

+1.2

+12.8

+5.0

+4.6

 

Precipitation (inches)

9.45

4.82

5.25

5.03

0.39

2.32

0.72

0.95

0.13

1.31

1.28

2.78

0.14

Departure from Normal

+5.53

+1.21

+1.38

+1.73

-1.65

+0.44

-0.50

+0.29

-0.36

+0.73

-0.59

+0.51

-3.78

 

Snowfall (inches)

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.6

 3.7

Trace

4.6

0.0

0.0

0.0

Departure from Normal

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

-0.2

-0.4

-1.2

+0.5 

-3.7

+0.5

-2.6

-0.6

0.0


Most of the following images depicting May 2012 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. In addition, some "bullseyes" may be a result of missing data.

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Nebraska: May 2012
Measured Precipitation (Inches)
Kansas: May 2012
Measured Precipitation (Inches)
Nebraska: May 2012 Percent of Normal Measured Precip. Kansas: May 2012 Percent 
of Normal Measured Precip.
 
NWS Hastings Area: May 2012 Total "Observed" Precipitation
Based On AHPS Precipitation Analysis Including Radar Data

<--- While the precipitation images above are based strictly on gauge-measured data, this image on the left utilizes an "Observed" multisensor approach created by River Forecast Centers. Hourly precipitation estimates from WSR-88D NEXRAD radar are compared to ground rainfall gauge reports, and a bias (correction factor) is calculated and applied to the radar field. For much more information on these types of images, and to create your own precipitation maps, please visit the following site: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ridge2/
RFC_Precip/index.php?site=gid

   
Nebraska: May 2012  Temperature Departure 
from Normal (F)
Kansas: May 2012 
Temperature Departure 
from Normal (F)


The following drought status images, current as of June 5, 2012, are courtesy of the U.S. Drought Monitor (see narrative above for more details):

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Nebraska - U.S. Drought Monitor as of June 5, 2012

Kansas - U.S. Drought Monitor as of June 5, 2012

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



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