Grand Island May 2012 and Spring 2012 Climate Summary

May 2012 and Spring 2012 Grand Island Climate Summary (includes narrative):


Grand Island: 
- Tied for the 5th-warmest May on record out of 117 years, but also was the 31st-driest May on record out of 117 years
- The spring season (March-May) was the warmest on record    
- The first 5 months of 2012 (January-May) resulted in the warmest start to any year on record

 
...MAY 2012 and SPRING 2012 (MARCH-MAY) SUMMARY FOR GRAND ISLAND AIRPORT...

...TEMPERATURES (TIED FOR 5TH-WARMEST MAY ON RECORD)

3 DAILY TEMPERATURE RECORDS SET OR TIED IN MAY 2012...
MAY 4: RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 92 (PREVIOUS 92 IN 1962)
MAY 5: RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 95 (PREVIOUS 95 IN 1909)
MAY 26: RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 100 (PREVIOUS 94 IN 1916)


AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:       80.9 DEGREES (8.2 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:       52.5 DEGREES (2.9 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE OVERALL TEMPERATURE: 66.7 DEGREES (5.5 ABOVE NORMAL)

AVERAGE OVERALL TEMPERATURE TIED FOR THE 5TH-WARMEST MAY ON
RECORD OUT OF 117 YEARS...AND WAS THE WARMEST SINCE 1977

WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:     100 DEGREES ON THE 26TH
COOLEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:       62 DEGREES ON THE 31ST

COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE:         38 DEGREES ON THE 9TH
WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE:       67 DEGREES ON THE 18TH

WARMEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   96.5 DEGREES FROM THE 26TH-27TH

WARMEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   85.6 DEGREES FROM THE 13TH-19TH

COOLEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   62.5 DEGREES FROM THE 30TH-31ST

COOLEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   73.7 DEGREES FROM THE 6TH-12TH

COLDEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURES:  44.7 DEGREES FROM THE 8TH-14TH


...PRECIPITATION

NO DAILY PRECIPITATION RECORDS SET IN MAY 2012

TOTAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION: 2.29 INCHES (2.12 BELOW NORMAL)

NUMBER OF DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION (0.01 OR MORE): 9

HIGHEST CALENDAR DAY PRECIPITATION: 0.71 INCHES ON THE 24TH
HIGHEST 2-DAY PRECIPITATION:              0.94 INCHES ON THE 24TH-25TH

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

MONTH          PRECIP.  DEPARTURE

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
APRIL 2012        1.41      -1.12
MAY 2012          2.29      -2.12

12-MTH TOTAL  18.48     -8.18


...OTHER WEATHER ELEMENTS

HIGHEST WIND GUST: 49 MPH FROM THE SOUTHEAST ON THE 30TH
(THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AREA)

HIGHEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE:  30.41 ON THE 12TH
LOWEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE:  29.31 ON THE 24TH


...MAY 2012 NARRATIVE FOR GRAND ISLAND AIRPORT...

FOR THE EIGHTH MONTH IN A ROW...AND FOR THE 11TH TIME IN THE PAST 12
MONTHS...GRAND ISLAND RECORDED A MONTH WITH ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES. IN FACT...MAY 2012 TIED FOR THE 5TH-WARMEST MAY ON
RECORD OUT OF 117 YEARS...AND WAS THE WARMEST MAY SINCE 1977.
PRECIPITATION WISE...BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL WAS THE STORY...WITH THE
MONTH RANKING AS THE 31ST-DRIEST MAY ON RECORD OUT OF 117 YEARS.

FOCUSING ON TEMPERATURES...THE OVERALL AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE
MONTH WHEN FACTORING IN BOTH THE HIGHS AND LOWS WAS 66.7
DEGREES...OR 5.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTING
FACTOR TO THE WARM MONTH WAS THE DAILY MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES...WHICH
AVERAGED 80.9 DEGREES...OR 8.2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. IN
GENERAL...THE MONTH WAS MARKED BY STRETCHES OF VERY WARM
DAYS...MIXED WITH DAYS AVERAGING CLOSE TO SEASONAL NORMALS. THE
HOTTEST MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS 100 DEGREES ON THE
26TH...AND THE COOLEST MAXIMUM WAS 62 DEGREES ON THE 31ST. THE
COLDEST OVERNIGHT LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 38 DEGREES ON THE 9TH.
OVERALL...THE WARMEST WEEK OF THE MONTH WAS CENTERED FROM THE
13TH-19TH...DURING WHICH FIVE DAYS REACHED AT LEAST 85 DEGREES. THE
OVERALL COOLEST WEEK OF THE MONTH WAS CENTERED FROM THE
6TH-12TH...DURING WHICH ONLY ONE DAY EXCEEDED 75 DEGREES. THE MONTH
ENDED ON A COOL NOTE...WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES ONLY IN THE LOW 60S ON
THE 30TH AND 31ST. DAILY RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES WERE SET OR TIED
ON THE 4TH...5TH AND 26TH.

PRECIPITATION WISE...THE MONTHLY TOTAL OF 2.29 INCHES AT CENTRAL
NEBRASKA REGIONAL AIRPORT WAS ONLY 51 PERCENT OF THE NORMAL AMOUNT
OF 4.41 INCHES. MUCH OF THIS RAIN...0.91 INCHES...FELL BETWEEN THE
24TH-25TH. OVER THE PAST 12 MONTHS...CENTRAL NEBRASKA REGIONAL
AIRPORT NOW STANDS A NOTABLE 8.18 INCHES BELOW NORMAL IN
PRECIPITATION AND HAS TALLIED BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR THREE
CONSECUTIVE MONTHS.

THE HIGHEST WIND GUST OF THE MONTH...49 MPH FROM THE SOUTHEAST...WAS
MEASURED ON THE 30TH IN ASSOCIATION WITH THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AREA.
PENNY TO QUARTER SIZE HAIL AFFECTED PARTS OF THE CITY ON BOTH THE
19TH AND THE 24TH...BUT GRAND ISLAND LARGELY MISSED OUT ON
SIGNIFICANT SEVERE THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY.


...SPRING 2012 SEASONAL RECAP FOR GRAND ISLAND COVERING MARCH-MAY...

FOCUSING ON THE METEOROLOGICAL SPRING SEASON OF MARCH...APRIL AND
MAY AS A WHOLE...THE DAILY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 59.0
DEGREES...WHICH WAS A NOTABLE 8.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKED
SPRING 2012 AS THE WARMEST ON RECORD OUT OF 117 YEARS...TOPPING THE
PREVIOUS RECORD OF 56.1 DEGREES SET IN 1934.
THIS SPRING WAS THE
WARMEST SINCE A DAILY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 54.8 DEGREES IN 1977.
DURING SPRING 2012...GRAND ISLAND REACHED AT LEAST 80 DEGREES 29
TIMES...COMPARED TO THE 30-YEAR AVERAGE OF 13 TIMES. ALONG THESE
SAME LINES...THE LOW TEMPERATURE DROPPED TO AT LEAST 32 DEGREES ONLY
11 TIMES DURING THIS THREE-MONTH PERIOD...COMPARED TO THE 30-YEAR
AVERAGE OF 30 TIMES. THE WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE OF SPRING 2012 WAS
100 DEGREES ON MAY 26TH...AND THE COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 21
DEGREES ON MARCH 3RD.

LOOKING AT THE YEAR 2012 AS A WHOLE THROUGH THE END OF MAY...THE
DAILY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 48.2 DEGREES RANKS AS THE WARMEST START
TO ANY YEAR ON RECORD...AHEAD OF THE 46.9 DEGREE CLIP SET THROUGH
THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF 1934.

TURNING TO PRECIPITATION...THE SPRING SEASONAL TOTAL OF 4.53 INCHES
WAS A NOTABLE 4.21 INCHES BELOW NORMAL...AND RANKED AS THE
18TH-DRIEST SPRING ON RECORD OUT OF 117 YEARS...AND THE DRIEST SINCE
4.38 INCHES IN 1997. SNOWFALL DURING THE METEOROLOGICAL SPRING
SEASON OF MARCH-MAY AMOUNTED TO ONLY A NON-MEASURABLE TRACE WHICH
FELL ON MARCH 3RD. THIS SPRING SNOWFALL FELL 6.9 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL. THE TOTAL SNOWFALL FOR THE 2011-2012 SEASON WAS 20.1
INCHES...WHICH WAS 8.9 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

 

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