May 2012 Climate Summaries For Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney and Ord

 For much of the NWS Hastings coverage area, May 2012 marked the eighth month in a row, and the 11th month out of the last 12 to feature above normal temperatures. In fact, it was a Top-10 warmest May on record for both Grand Island and Hastings. Unfortunately, precipitation totals across most of the area during May fell well short of normal values. See below for a wealth of May 2012 climate details for the Tri Cities and Ord...and also for a Spring 2012 recap covering the months of March-May for Grand Island and Hastings...

Grand Island: Tied for the 5th-warmest May on record out of 117 years, but was also the 31st-driest

Hastings: 8th-warmest May on record out of 106 years

Grand Island     Hastings     Kearney       Ord

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...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
AUG. 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...

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 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.

 


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

...TEMPERATURES (8TH-WARMEST MAY ON RECORD)

1 DAILY TEMPERATURE RECORD SET IN MAY 2012...
MAY 26: RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 100 (PREVIOUS 97 IN 1912)

AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:     78.9 DEGREES (6.9 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:     53.4 DEGREES (2.8 ABOVE NORMAL)
DAILY MEAN TEMPERATURE:          66.1 DEGREES (4.8 ABOVE NORMAL)

THE DAILY MEAN TEMPERATURE RESULTED IN THE 8TH-WARMEST MAY ON
RECORD OUT OF 106 YEARS...AND WAS THE WARMEST SINCE 1988

WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:     100 DEGREES ON THE 26TH
COOLEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:       61 DEGREES ON THE 30TH, 31ST

COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE:         39 DEGREES ON THE 9TH
WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE:       66 DEGREES ON THE 18TH

WARMEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:  96.0 DEGREES FROM THE 26TH-27TH

WARMEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:  85.4 DEGREES FROM THE 22ND-28TH

COOLEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:  61.0 DEGREES FROM THE 30TH-31ST

COOLEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:  71.3 DEGREES FROM THE 6TH-12TH

COOLEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURES:  46.4 DEGREES FROM THE 8TH-14TH


...PRECIPITATION

1 DAILY PRECIPITATION RECORDS SET IN MAY 2012...
MAY 27: 1.71 INCHES (PREVIOUS 1.56 IN 1953)

TOTAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION: 4.07 INCHES (0.50 BELOW NORMAL)

NUMBER OF DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION (0.01 OR MORE): 10

HIGHEST CALENDAR DAY PRECIPITATION: 1.71 INCHES ON THE 27TH
HIGHEST 2-DAY PRECIPITATION:                 1.75 INCHES ON THE 27TH-28TH

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

MONTH          PRECIP.  DEPARTURE

JUNE 2011          2.65      -1.15
JULY 2011          4.96      +1.22
AUG. 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
APRIL 2012        2.95      +0.39
MAY 2012          4.07      -0.50

12-MTH TOTAL  25.64     -1.47


...OTHER WEATHER ELEMENTS

HIGHEST WIND GUST: 47 MPH FROM THE NORTH ON THE 24TH
(THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AREA)

HIGHEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE: 30.39 ON THE 12TH
LOWEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE:  29.33 ON THE 24TH


...MAY 2012 NARRATIVE FOR HASTINGS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT...

FOR THE EIGHTH MONTH IN A ROW...AND FOR THE 11TH TIME IN THE PAST 12
MONTHS...HASTINGS RECORDED A MONTH WITH ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES.
IN FACT...MAY 2012 WAS THE 8TH-WARMEST MAY ON RECORD OUT OF 106
YEARS...AND WAS THE WARMEST MAY SINCE 1988. PRECIPITATION
WISE...RAINFALL WAS ONLY SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL.

FOCUSING ON TEMPERATURES...THE DAILY MEAN TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH
WHEN FACTORING IN BOTH THE HIGHS AND LOWS WAS 66.1 DEGREES...OR 4.8
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTING FACTOR TO THE WARM
MONTH WAS THE DAILY MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES...WHICH AVERAGED 78.9
DEGREES...OR 6.9 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 61
DEGREES ON BOTH THE 30TH AND 31ST. NOT ONLY DID THE 100-DEGREE
READING ON THE 26TH SET A RECORD FOR THE DATE...BUT IT WAS THE
EARLIEST-EVER OCCURRENCE OF 100 DEGREES DURING A CALENDAR YEAR IN
HASTINGS...ECLIPSING THE PREVIOUS EARLIEST OF MAY 29, 1934, WHEN
IT REACHED 105 DEGREES. THE COLDEST OVERNIGHT LOW TEMPERATURE OF THE
MONTH WAS 39 DEGREES ON THE 9TH. OVERALL...THE WARMEST WEEK OF THE
MONTH WAS CENTERED FROM THE 22ND-28TH...DURING WHICH FOUR DAYS
REACHED AT LEAST 88 DEGREES. THE OVERALL COOLEST WEEK OF THE MONTH
WAS CENTERED FROM THE 6TH-12TH...DURING WHICH ONLY ONE DAY EXCEEDED
73 DEGREES. THE MONTH ALSO ENDED ON A COOL NOTE...WITH HIGH
TEMPERATURES ONLY IN THE LOW 60S ON THE 30TH AND 31ST.

PRECIPITATION WISE...THE MONTHLY TOTAL OF 4.07 INCHES AT HASTINGS
MUNICIPAL AIRPORT WAS ONLY SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL...AT 89 PERCENT OF
THE NORMAL AMOUNT OF 4.57 INCHES. MUCH OF THIS RAIN...1.71
INCHES...FELL DURING THUNDERSTORMS ON THE 27TH AND ESTABLISHED A NEW
RECORD RAINFALL FOR THE DATE. AS IS OFTEN THE CASE DURING THE WARM
SEASON...PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS CAN VARY CONSIDERABLY OVER SHORT
DISTANCES...AS EVIDENCED BY THE FACT THAT THE HASTINGS NWS
OFFICE ONLY TALLIED 3.30 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH...OR 0.77 LESS
THAN THE AIRPORT.

THE HIGHEST WIND GUST OF THE MONTH...47 MPH FROM THE NORTH...WAS
MEASURED ON THE LATE EVENING OF THE 24TH IN ASSOCIATION WITH
THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AREA. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS POUNDED PARTS OF THE
CITY WITH GOLF BALL TO EVEN SOFTBALL SIZE HAIL ON THE EVENING OF THE
2ND...WITH SOME AREAS SEEING MORE THAN ONE ROUND OF LARGE HAIL.


...SPRING 2012 SEASONAL RECAP FOR HASTINGS COVERING MARCH-MAY...

FOCUSING ON THE METEOROLOGICAL SPRING SEASON OF MARCH...APRIL AND
MAY AS A WHOLE...THE DAILY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 58.3
DEGREES...WHICH WAS A NOTABLE 7.7 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKED
SPRING 2012 AS THE WARMEST ON RECORD OUT OF 105 YEARS...TOPPING THE
PREVIOUS RECORD OF 55.6 DEGREES SET IN 1977. DURING SPRING
2012...HASTINGS REACHED AT LEAST 80 DEGREES 24 TIMES...COMPARED TO
THE 30-YEAR AVERAGE OF 13 TIMES. ALONG THESE SAME LINES...THE LOW
TEMPERATURE DROPPED TO 32 DEGREES OR LOWER ONLY 8 TIMES DURING
THIS THREE-MONTH PERIOD...COMPARED TO THE 30-YEAR AVERAGE OF 31
TIMES. THE WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE OF SPRING 2012 WAS 100 DEGREES
ON MAY 26TH...AND THE COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 19 DEGREES ON
MARCH 3RD.

LOOKING AT THE YEAR 2012 AS A WHOLE THROUGH THE END OF MAY...THE
DAILY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 47.7 DEGREES RANKS AS THE WARMEST START
TO ANY YEAR ON RECORD...AHEAD OF THE 45.4 DEGREE CLIP SET THROUGH THE
FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF 1981.

TURNING TO PRECIPITATION...THE SPRING SEASONAL TOTAL OF 7.88 INCHES
WAS 1.04 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. HOWEVER...HASTINGS MUNICIPAL
AIRPORT TALLIED 3.35 INCHES MORE PRECIPITATION DURING THE SPRING
THAN GRAND ISLAND CENTRAL NEBRASKA REGIONAL AIRPORT.  THERE WAS NO
SNOWFALL WHATSOEVER IN HASTINGS DURING THE METEOROLOGICAL SPRING
SEASON OF MARCH-MAY. AS A RESULT...SPRING SNOWFALL FELL 6.4
INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THE TOTAL SNOWFALL FOR THE 2011-2012 SEASON WAS
22.5 INCHES...WHICH WAS 6.3 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. NEARLY HALF OF THE
TOTAL SEASONAL SNOW FELL DURING A SINGLE EVENT ON FEBRUARY 3-4.

 


 ...MAY 2012 SUMMARY FOR KEARNEY AIRPORT...

(NOTE: ALL DATA PRESENTED BELOW IS FROM THE OFFICIAL NWS
COOPERATIVE OBSERVER LOCATED AT KEARNEY REGIONAL AIRPORT. AS A
RESULT...IT MAY DIFFER SLIGHTLY FROM THE UNOFFICIAL AUTOMATED
AIRPORT OBSERVATIONS PRESENTED IN ROUTINE DAILY/MONTHLY CLIMATE 
PRODUCTS. ALL TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION DATA REPORTED BY THE
OFFICIAL COOPERATIVE OBSERVER IS BASED ON A 24-HOUR PERIOD ENDING AT
7 AM...AND THUS DOES NOT CORRESPOND TO AN ACTUAL MIDNIGHT-TO-MIDNIGHT
CALENDAR DAY PERIOD.)


...TEMPERATURES (BASED ON A 24-HOUR PERIOD ENDING AT 7 AM)

WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:
97 DEGREES REPORTED ON THE 27TH (ACTUALLY OCCURRED ON THE 26TH)

COOLEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:
61 DEGREES ON THE 30TH AND 31ST

COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE:
35 DEGREES REPORTED ON THE 9TH

WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE:
64 DEGREES REPORTED ON THE 27TH


...PRECIPITATION (BASED ON A 24-HOUR PERIOD AT 7 AM)

TOTAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION:    2.00 INCHES (2.18 BELOW NORMAL)

NUMBER OF DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION (0.01 OR MORE): 7

HIGHEST 24-HOUR
PRECIPITATION ENDING AT 7 AM:   1.05 REPORTED ON THE 24TH

HIGHEST 48-HOUR PRECIPITATION:  1.11 REPORTED ON THE 24TH-25TH

PRECIPITATION WISE...THE MONTHLY TOTAL OF 2.00 INCHES WAS ONLY 47
PERCENT OF THE NORMAL AMOUNT OF 4.18 INCHES. MOST OF THIS RAIN FELL
LATE IN THE MONTH ON THE 23RD...24TH AND 30TH. GIVEN THAT MAY 2012
FEATURED CONSIDERABLY LESS RAINFALL THAN MAY 2011 DID...KEARNEY NOW
ONLY STANDS 1.80 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL IN PRECIPITATION FOR THE PAST
12 MONTHS.

NO SNOW FELL DURING THE MONTH...AND IN FACT NO SNOW FELL DURING THE
ENTIRE METEOROLOGICAL SPRING SEASON OF MARCH...APRIL AND MAY. THE
TOTAL SNOWFALL FOR THE 2011-2012 SEASON WAS ONLY 13.6 INCHES...WHICH
WAS A NOTABLE 9.8 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.


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

MONTH          PRECIP.  DEPARTURE

JUNE 2011          4.51      +0.58
JULY 2011          4.07      +0.79
AUG. 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
APRIL 2012        4.35      +2.12
MAY 2012          2.00      -2.18

12-MTH TOTAL  27.03     +1.80


...HIGH WINDS/SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS

KEARNEY WAS LARGELY SPARED SIGNIFICANT SEVERE THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY
DURING THE MONTH. HOWEVER...PING PONG BALL SIZE HAIL WAS REPORTED
WITHIN THE CITY ON THE LATE EVENING OF THE 23RD...ALONG WITH
ESTIMATED WIND GUSTS OF 65-70 MPH A FEW MILES WEST OF TOWN.



...MAY 2012 SUMMARY FOR ORD AIRPORT...

...TEMPERATURES

AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:     75.8 DEGREES (4.1 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:     48.3 DEGREES (1.5 ABOVE NORMAL)
DAILY MEAN TEMPERATURE:          62.0 DEGREES (2.7 ABOVE NORMAL)

THIS WAS THE 3RD-WARMEST MAY OUT OF THE LAST 10 YEARS...FALLING
SHORT OF THE WARMEST OF 63.1 IN 2007

WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:      94 DEGREES ON THE 26TH
COOLEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:       60 DEGREES ON THE 31ST

COOLEST LOW TEMPERATURE:        33 DEGREES ON THE 9TH
WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE:       62 DEGREES ON THE 5TH

WARMEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:  91.5 DEGREES FROM THE 17TH-18TH

WARMEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:  81.9 DEGREES FROM THE 16TH-22ND

COOLEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:  60.5 DEGREES FROM THE 30TH-31ST

COOLEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:  68.9 DEGREES FROM THE 6TH-12TH

COOLEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURES:  40.9 DEGREES FROM THE 8TH-14TH


...PRECIPITATION

TOTAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION: 2.26 INCHES (1.55 BELOW NORMAL)

THIS WAS THE 3RD-DRIEST MAY OUT OF THE LAST 12 YEARS

NUMBER OF DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION (0.01 OR MORE): 11

HIGHEST CALENDAR DAY PRECIPITATION: 0.71 INCHES ON THE 24TH
HIGHEST 2-DAY PRECIPITATION:                 0.83 INCHES ON THE 24TH-25TH


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

MONTH          PRECIP.  DEPARTURE

JUNE 2011        4.16      +0.04
JULY 2011        2.23      -0.74
AUG. 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
APRIL 2012       5.29      +2.70
MAY 2012         2.26      -1.55

12-MTH TOTAL  22.67     -2.27


...OTHER WEATHER ELEMENTS

HIGHEST WIND GUST: 49 MPH FROM THE SOUTH ON THE 17TH
(ASSOCIATED WITH STRONG LOW PRESSURE...NOT THUNDERSTORMS)

HIGHEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE: 30.44 ON THE 12TH
LOWEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE:  29.42 ON THE 23RD


...MAY 2012 NARRATIVE FOR ORD EVELYN SHARP FIELD AIRPORT...

FOR THE EIGHTH MONTH IN A ROW...AND FOR THE 10TH TIME IN THE PAST 11
MONTHS...ORD RECORDED ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES. PRECIPITATION
WISE...RAINFALL WAS BACK ON THE BELOW NORMAL SIDE OF THINGS IN THE
WAKE OF AN ABOVE NORMAL APRIL.

FOCUSING ON TEMPERATURES...THE DAILY MEAN TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH
WHEN FACTORING IN BOTH THE HIGHS AND LOWS WAS 62.0 DEGREES...OR 2.7
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS WARMTH WAS NOT QUITE AS PRONOUNCED AS IT
WAS FARTHER SOUTH AT PLACES SUCH AS GRAND ISLAND...AND IN FACT IT
WAS NOT EVEN THE WARMEST MAY OUT OF THE PAST 10 YEARS...WITH THAT
DISTINCTION STILL BELONGING TO 2007. THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTING FACTOR
TO THE WARM MONTH WAS THE DAILY MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES...WHICH
AVERAGED 75.8 DEGREES...OR 4.1 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. IN
GENERAL...THE MONTH WAS HIGHLIGHTED BY SEVERAL VERY WARM
DAYS...MIXED WITH DAYS AVERAGING CLOSE TO SEASONAL NORMALS. THE
HOTTEST MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS 94 DEGREES ON THE
26TH...AND THE COOLEST MAXIMUM WAS 60 DEGREES ON THE 31ST. THE
COLDEST OVERNIGHT LOW TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS 33 DEGREES ON THE
9TH. THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2007 THAT LOW TEMPERATURES FAILED
TO DROP TO AT LEAST THE FREEZING MARK DURING MAY. OVERALL...THE
WARMEST WEEK OF THE MONTH WAS CENTERED FROM THE 16TH-22ND...DURING
WHICH THREE DAYS REACHED AT LEAST 89 DEGREES. THE OVERALL COOLEST
WEEK OF THE MONTH WAS CENTERED FROM THE 6TH-12TH...DURING WHICH ONLY
ONE DAY EXCEEDED 72 DEGREES. THE MONTH ALSO ENDED ON A COOL
NOTE...WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES BARELY REACHING 60 ON THE 30TH AND
31ST.

PRECIPITATION WISE...THE MONTHLY TOTAL OF 2.26 INCHES AT EVELYN
SHARP FIELD WAS ONLY 59 PERCENT OF THE NORMAL AMOUNT OF 3.81 INCHES.
MOST OF THIS RAIN FELL ON THE 6TH...19TH AND 24TH. NO SNOW FELL
DURING THE MONTH...AND IN FACT NO SNOW FELL DURING THE ENTIRE
METEOROLOGICAL SPRING SEASON OF MARCH-MAY. THE TOTAL SNOWFALL FOR
THE 2011-2012 SEASON WAS ONLY 18.0 INCHES...A WHOPPING 17.0
INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

THE HIGHEST WIND GUST OF THE MONTH...49 MPH FROM THE SOUTH...WAS
MEASURED ON THE 17TH IN ASSOCIATION WITH STRONG WINDS AHEAD OF A LOW
PRESSURE SYSTEM TO THE WEST. HAIL TO AT LEAST QUARTER SIZE WAS
REPORTED IN THE CITY ON THE EVENING OF THE 4TH...WHILE LARGER HAIL
TO GOLF BALL SIZE AFFECTED AREAS A FEW MILES EAST OF TOWN AS A LARGE
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM MOVED NEARLY DUE SOUTH.

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