June 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, Severe
Weather Reports
Drought Monitor Graphics

Monthly Precipitation & Snowfall Tables & Archive of These Monthly Reviews

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

June 14:

Large Hail and Damaging Winds Affect Areas South of Interstate 80

June 23:

Severe Winds From "Wake Low" Event

* 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.


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

...Yet Another Month of Well Below Normal Rainfall In Many Areas...And Above Normal Temperatures Everywhere...

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

TEMPERATURES......(According to 30-year averages, "normal" June high temperatures in South Central Nebraska gradually climb from the upper 70s early in the month to the mid-upper 80s by month's end. In North Central Kansas, highs gradually warm from near 80 to the low 90s.  Low temperatures across the area generally climb from the low or mid-50s early in the month to the low or mid-60s by month's end...)

For most of the area, June 2012 marked the ninth month in a row, and the 11th month out of the last 12 to feature above normal temperatures. During June, the mean daily temperature registered 3-5 degrees above normal across nearly the entire area, which was similar to the departures from normal in May. Although June temperatures did not threaten monthly records, places such as Beloit and Smith Center, KS, registered their 5th and 7th-warmest June on record. Farther north into Nebraska, Grand Island recorded its 11th-warmest June on record, and Hastings its 22nd-warmest.  As has also been the case in recent months, the largest contributing factor to above normal temperatures was afternoon high temperatures, with overnight low temperatures averaging a bit closer to normal. Breaking down the month into temperature trends, the first three weeks of the month featured several days of at least slightly above normal readings, but no truly prolonged stretches of hot weather. However, the final 5-8 days of the month featured the beginning stages of what ended up being a rather memorable hot stretch of 11-14 days that lasted into early July, during which daily temperatures routinely registered at least 5-12 degrees above normal. For example, in Smith Center KS, six of the last eight days of the month reached at least 107 degrees. Farther north in Grand Island, where higher dewpoints/humidity kept temperatures slightly cooler, six of the final seven days of the month reached at least 90 degrees. In southwest portions of the area, Beaver City soared to 116 degrees on the 27th, coming within TWO DEGREES of tying the all-time hottest temperature ever recorded in the state of Nebraska (118° recorded in July 1934 and 1936). 

For most of the area, the period between the 24th and 27th contained the hottest day of the month. In addition to the 116° reading at Beaver City on the 27th, a few of the other hottest readings included 116° at Kirwin KS on the 24th, and 115° at Alton KS on the 27th. The high of 107° in Grand Island on the 27th only fell one degree short of the hottest June temperature ever recorded in Grand Island. By far the coolest day of the month was right off the bat on the 1st, with highs only into the 60s in most areas and morning lows between the mid-30s and mid-40s. A few of the coolest sites on the morning of the 1st included Alton KS at 36° and Red Cloud at 37°. In the Nebraska Tri-Cities, Grand Island recorded the hottest reading of the month with 107 on the 27th and Kearney reported the coolest reading of 42 on the morning of the 1st.

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


PRECIPITATION/FLOODING......(According to 30-year averages, "normal" June rainfall across the NWS Hastings coverage area is fairly uniform, with nearly all locations expected to receive between 3.50-4.50 inches.)

For the second month in a row, the majority of the 30-county area registered below normal to well-below normal rainfall, which combined with above normal temperatures to fuel a worsening drought situation. However, as was the case in May, there was a localized area that did receive normal to above normal rainfall, helping to further sharpen the divide between the "haves" and "have-nots." Based on reports from around 70 NWS Cooperative Observers and a handful of automated airport sites, and also incorporating radar-derived estimation, roughly 85-90% of the area registered below normal rainfall for the month. Of greater impact, however, at least 60% of the area received less than half of normal June rainfall and at least 20% of the area measured no more than one-fourth of normal June rainfall!  The driest portion of the area in June really focused near and north of Interstate 80 in Nebraska, where rainfall totals across counties such as Valley, Greeley, Sherman and Howard were largely under 0.75-inch. A few of the lowest measured totals occurred near Dannebrog (0.15-inch), Ord (0.27), St. Paul (0.35) and Cozad (0.42). At the Grand Island airport, the total of 1.27 inches resulted in the 12th-driest June on record. 

The limited area that tallied near-to-above normal rainfall was solidly centered across a handful of southeastern counties, including Clay, Fillmore, Nuckolls, Thayer and northern Jewell. Within this zone, a few of the highest monthly totals included 8.44 inches a few miles northwest of Lawrence, 6.79 inches in Bruning and 6.27 inches in Clay Center. For most of these areas, however, some of this rain fell too quickly, with at least half of the monthly rainfall occurring over a span of several hours on the afternoon and evening of the 14th. During this event alone, 4.66 inches was reported a few miles northwest of Lawrence, and several roads were flooded in areas including southern Clay County. In between the very dry and wet extremes described above, the majority of the 30-county area totaled below normal amounts between 1-3 inches for the month, including places such as Hastings, Grand Island, Kearney, York, Franklin, Minden, Smith Center and Beloit. 

Because both May and June resulted in well below normal rainfall totals across much of the area, rainfall totals for the past 60 days are now only between 25-60% of normal across several counties, with some of the driest counties over this time span including Valley, Sherman, Buffalo and Dawson in Nebraska, and Smith and Osborne in Kansas.  

(Please look farther down the page for more information on June 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 June 5, 2012, the U.S. Drought Monitor as of July 3, 2012 (images at bottom of page) reflected a continued, notable degradation into a more serious drought situation across the area. For the first time in YEARS, parts of the NWS Hastings coverage area were assigned a severe drought category. In less than a month, drought worsened to Category D2 (severe) across all of North Central Kansas, along with primarily Dawson, Gosper and Furnas Counties in South Central Nebraska. In fact, a small portion of western Furnas County was clipped by a larger area of Category D3 (extreme) drought extending northward out of western Kansas. Farther east, the remainder of South Central Nebraska was in either Category D1 (moderate) drought or Category D0 (abnormally dry). As a result of this worsening drought situation, roughly 75% of the NWS Hastings coverage area is now in moderate to severe drought as of the July 3rd U.S. Drought Monitor issuance. Based on rainfall totals over the past few months, there are primarily four counties in South Central Nebraska that have largely avoided notable drought impacts: Clay, Fillmore, Nuckolls and Thayer. 

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


SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS/HIGH WINDS...In stark contrast to June 2011, June 2012 was relatively quiet severe weather-wise across the NWS Hastings coverage area, with ZERO confirmed tornadoes and only a few widespread hail and/or damaging wind events. In terms of number of warnings issued and number of storm reports, the afternoon and evening of the 14th was the busiest event of the month, as numerous severe thunderstorms affected North Central Kansas and locations mainly south of Interstate 80 in Nebraska. A few reports from this event included tennis ball size hail in Glenvil, NE, and a 63 MPH wind gust near Stockton, KS. The only other rather widespread severe weather event occurred during the pre-dawn hours of the 23rd, as much of South Central Nebraska experienced southerly wind gusts of 50 to at least 65 MPH due to a "wake low" event. As is commonplace with wake low events, the strongest winds developed BEHIND a line of thunderstorms due to intensifying surface pressure differences.  (For much more detail, please see the individual web story links at the top of this page, and also the NEW interactive storm reports map at the far bottom of this page)
 
- Number of Severe Thunderstorm Warning polygons issued by NWS Hastings in June 2012: 34 (81 fewer than last year)
- Number of Tornado Warning polygons issued by NWS Hastings in June 2012: ZERO (33 fewer than last year)
- Number of confirmed tornadoes within the NWS Hastings coverage area in June 2012: ZERO

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

Grand Island     Hastings     Kearney      Ord


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

...A FEW OF THE HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURES DURING JUNE 2012                        
116 degrees...Beaver City on the 27th (Cooperative Observer)
116 degrees...Kirwin Dam, KS on the 24th (Cooperative Observer)
115 degrees...2 SW Alton, KS on the 27th (Cooperative Observer)
114 degrees...4 WNW Plainville, KS on the 27th (Cooperative Observer)
113 degrees...Red Cloud on the 27th (Cooperative Observer)
113 degrees...Smith Center, KS on the 27th (Cooperative Observer)
112 degrees...Edison on the 26th (Cooperative Observer)
112 degrees...Franklin on the 27th (Cooperative Observer)
111 degrees...Beloit, KS on the 27th (Cooperative Observer)
111 degrees...6 NNW Oxford on the 26th (Cooperative Observer)

             
...A FEW OF THE COOLEST LOW TEMPERATURES DURING JUNE 2012 
36 degrees...2 SW Alton, KS on the 1st (Cooperative Observer)
37 degrees...Red Cloud on the 1st (Cooperative Observer)
38 degrees...Ravenna on the 1st (Cooperative Observer)
38 degrees...Smith Center, KS on the 1st (Cooperative Observer)
38 degrees...Clay Center on the 1st (Cooperative Observer)
39 degrees...Burr Oak, KS on the 1st (Cooperative Observer)
39 degrees...Greeley on the 1st (Cooperative Observer)
39 degrees...Ord airport on the 1st (automated ASOS)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
...A FEW OF THE HIGHEST RAINFALL TOTALS DURING JUNE 2012
(Includes some observations from NeRAIN network)                                             
8.44 inches...1.7 NNW Lawrence in Webster County (NeRAIN Observer)
6.79 inches...Bruning in Thayer County (Cooperative Observer)
6.27 inches...Clay Center in Clay County (Cooperative Observer)
5.93 inches...Hebron in Thayer County (Cooperative Observer)
5.42 Inches...3.4 W Ruskin in Nuckolls County (NeRAIN Observer)
5.26 inches...Hubbell in Thayer County (Cooperative Observer)
5.22 inches...Nelson in Nuckolls County (Cooperative Observer)
4.79 inches...6 ESE Clay Center in Clay County (Cooperative Observer)
4.21 inches...Burr Oak KS in Jewell County (Cooperative Observer)
4.11 inches...4 S Shickley in Fillmore County (Cooperative Observer)
4.05 inches...Geneva in Fillmore County (Cooperative Observer)


...A FEW OF THE LOWEST RAINFALL TOTALS DURING JUNE 2012 
(Includes some observations from NeRAIN network) 
0.15 inch...4 NW Dannebrog in Howard County (Cooperative Observer)
0.16 inch...8 WNW Elba in Howard County (NeRAIN Observer)
0.27 inch...Ord in Valley County (Cooperative Observer)
0.35 inch...St. Paul in Howard County (Cooperative Observer)
0.42 inch...Cozad in Dawson County (Cooperative Observer)
0.45 inch...Greeley in Greeley County (Cooperative Observer)
0.48 inch...Wolbach in Greeley County (Cooperative Observer)
0.57 inch...Gothenburg in Dawson County (Cooperative Observer)
0.74 inch...Long Island KS in Phillips County (Cooperative Observer)
0.79 inch...Ravenna in Buffalo County(Cooperative Observer)


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

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

 

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

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

Average High (F)

83.7

89.0

86.0

74.8

68.7

52.7

39.6

45.1

40.9

69.2

69.1

80.9

88.7

Average Low (F)

59.9

69.8

63.5

47.3

41.1

26.4

19.5

19.4

19.3

39.0

43.0

52.5

62.6

Average Temperature (F)

71.8

79.4

74.7

61.0

54.9

39.6

29.5

32.2

30.1

54.1

56.2

66.7

75.7

Departure from Normal (F)

+0.5

+3.6

+0.7

-4.1

+2.7

+1.5

+2.8

+7.1

+1.0

+14.7

+5.6

+5.5

+4.4

 

Precipitation (inches)

1.72

4.37

2.30

0.83

2.20

0.21

 1.11

0.16

1.05

0.83

1.41

2.29

1.27

Departure from Normal

-2.58

+1.23

-0.82

-1.40

+0.34

-0.96

+0.48

-0.37

+0.37

-0.97

-1.12

-2.12

-3.03

 

Snowfall (inches)

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Trace

8.3

1.6

10.2

Trace

0.0

0.0

0.0

Departure from Normal

0.0

0.0

0.0

-0.1

-1.0

-3.1

+3.1

-5.0

+4.1

-5.6

-1.3

0.0

0.0

 

Hastings (Municipal Airport) - June 2011 - June 2012

 

June 2011

July

Aug.

Sep.

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

Apr.

May

June

Average High (F)

83.1

89.8

84.3

74.0

68.4

52.7

39.2

44.4

40.7

68.2

67.6

78.9

86.7

Average Low (F)

60.8

69.9

64.6

48.2

41.5

27.2

18.9

19.0

20.0

38.5

43.5

53.4

62.4

Average Temperature (F)

71.9

79.9

74.4

61.1

54.9

40.0

29.0

31.7

30.3

53.3

55.5

66.1

74.6

Departure from Normal (F)

+0.1

+3.8

+0.1

-4.5

+2.3

+1.3

+1.4

+5.7

+0.4

+13.4

+4.8

+4.8

+2.8

 

Precipitation (inches)

2.65

4.96

4.90

0.70

1.36

0.38

1.00

0.14

1.67

0.86

2.95

4.07

2.35

Departure from Normal

-1.15

+1.15

+1.60

-1.86

 -0.63

-0.91

+0.39

-0.27

+1.18

-0.93

+0.39

-0.50

-1.45

 

Snowfall NWS Office (inches)

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Trace

9.4

1.7

11.4

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Departure from Normal

0.0

0.0

0.0

-0.2

-1.0

-2.6

+3.3

-4.8

+4.9

-5.2

-1.2

0.0

0.0

 

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

 

June 2011

July

Aug.

Sep.

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

Apr.

May

June

Average High (F)*

82.7

88.1

84.9

74.1

67.7

52.2

39.2

44.7

40.7

68.0

67.3

78.4

87.1

Average Low (F)*

59.2

68.4

63.9

47.3

40.0

24.9

18.0

18.5

19.3

37.8

43.4

51.9

61.5

Average Temperature (F)*

71.0

78.2

74.4

60.7

53.8

38.5

28.6

31.6

30.0

52.9

55.4

65.2

74.3

Departure from Normal (F)*

+1.2

+3.5

+1.8

-2.8

+2.9

+1.5

+2.7

+7.0

+1.9

+15.2

+6.7

+5.7

+4.5

 

Precipitation (inches)

4.51

4.07

3.72

0.65

4.92

0.33

0.39

0.03

1.04

1.02

4.35

2.00

1.62

Departure from Normal

+0.58

+0.79

+0.64

-1.42

+2.88

-0.69

-0.18

-0.46

+0.49

-0.77

+2.12

-2.18

-2.31

 

Snowfall (inches)

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Trace

6.6

Trace

7.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Departure from Normal

0.0

0.0

0.0

-0.2

-0.7

-3.1

+3.1

-4.4

+1.9

-4.6

-1.8

0.0

0.0

 

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

 

June

July

Aug.

Sep.

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

April

May

June

Average High (F)

80.4

88.9

86.1

74.5

66.6

52.8

39.5

45.0

40.2

67.7

65.0

75.8

88.2

Average Low (F)

57.0

67.6

61.4

43.9

36.6

20.2

14.1

15.6

15.7

34.1

38.8

48.3

59.4

Average Temperature (F)

68.7

78.2

73.8

59.2

51.6

36.5

26.8

30.3

27.9

50.9

51.9

62.0

73.8

Departure from Normal (F)

-0.5

+3.8

+0.8

-4.4

+2.0

+0.2

+1.9

+5.7

+0.1

+13.2

+3.1

+2.7

+4.6

 

Precipitation (inches)*

4.16

2.23

2.46

0.77

2.83

0.03

0.54

0.13

1.30

0.67

5.29

2.26

0.33

Departure from Normal

+0.04

-0.74

-0.70

-1.67

+0.90

-1.04

-0.05

-0.24

+0.86

-0.78

+2.70

-1.55

-3.79

 

Snowfall (Coop Observer)

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Trace

8.5

1.5

8.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Departure from Normal

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

-1.1

-5.3

+1.1

-5.3

+2.0

-5.9

-2.5

0.0

0.0

 

Smith Center, KS (Cooperative Observer) - June 2011 - June 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)

 

June

July

Aug.

Sep.

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

April

May

June

Average High (F)*

86.9

95.8

89.5

78.0

71.0

54.4

43.0

47.1

45.8

70.5

70.6

83.5

94.2

Average Low (F)*

60.4

69.2

65.6

49.8

41.0

27.3

18.7

18.5

20.6

38.3

44.4

53.0

62.6

Average Temperature (F)*

73.7

82.5

77.6

63.9

56.0

40.9

30.9

32.8

33.2

54.4

57.5

68.3

78.4

Departure from Normal (F)*

-0.3

+2.8

+0.4

-4.3

+1.2

+0.5

+2.1

+5.1

+1.2

+12.8

+5.0

+4.6

+4.4

 

Precipitation (inches)

4.82

5.25

5.03

0.39

2.32

0.72

0.95

0.13

1.31

1.28

2.78

0.14

1.61

Departure from Normal

+1.21

+1.38

+1.73

-1.65

+0.44

-0.50

+0.29

-0.36

+0.73

-0.59

+0.51

-3.78

-2.00

 

Snowfall (inches)

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.6

 3.7

Trace

4.6

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Departure from Normal

0.0

0.0

0.0

-0.2

-0.4

-1.2

+0.5 

-3.7

+0.5

-2.6

-0.6

0.0

0.0


Most of the following images depicting June 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: June 2012
Measured Precipitation (Inches)
Kansas: June 2012
Measured Precipitation (Inches)
Nebraska: June 2012 Percent of Normal Measured Precip. Kansas: June 2012 Percent 
of Normal Measured Precip.
 
NWS Hastings Area: June 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: June 2012  Temperature Departure 
from Normal (F)
Kansas: June 2012 
Temperature Departure 
from Normal (F)


The following drought status images, current as of July 3, 2012, 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 July 3, 2012

Kansas - U.S. Drought Monitor as of July 3, 2012

 



Interactive Map of June 2012 Severe Weather Reports:

The interactive geographic information systems (GIS) map below shows preliminary severe hail (one inch or greater) and wind reports for South Central Nebraska and portions of North Central Kansas for the entire month of June 2012.

Pan, zoom, or click on the map. Clicking on the points will give you a description of size, magnitude, location, and/or any other possible information.

Notes: The time is in UTC. Click here (opens in a separate window) for a UTC time converter. Hail size is the diameter of the hailstone. Some wind speeds (in MPH) are unknown but a description of damage will be in the comment. Click on "Legend" to expand the legend.

**Disclaimer**: This map contains data that may have changed pending the results of further event research or damage surveys. Refer to the
National Climatic Data Center for finalized data.



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