July 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

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

July 4: Independence Day Climatology For Grand Island, NE
July 5: Grand Island Sets Record Warm Minimum Temperature
July 24: Grand Island and Hastings Reach 100 Degrees Several Days In a Row
July 28: Recent Temperature/Precip Trends For Grand Island, Ord and Alton KS
July 31: 2012 Drought Pictures From Portions of the NWS Hastings Coverage Area

* 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.


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

...Yet Another Month of Well-Below Normal Precipitation and Well-Above Normal Temperatures Plunges The Region Deeper Into Drought...

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

- TEMPERATURES......(According to 30-year averages, "normal" July high temperatures in South Central Nebraska don't exhibit much variability, and are typically 86-89 degrees. In North Central Kansas, normal July highs are between 90-93 degrees. July low temperatures in South Central Nebraska are normally between 61-66 degrees, and are between 62-69 degrees in North Central Kansas...)

Continuing a remarkable stretch of prolonged warmth, for most of the area July 2012 marked the TENTH month in a row and the 12th month out of the last 13 to feature above normal temperatures, with Sep. 2011 being the only month within the past year to exhibit below normal readings.  During July, mean daily temperatures (an average of the highs and lows) registered 4-6 degrees above normal across nearly the entire area, which for most places was slightly farther above normal than in June. In the Nebraska Tri-Cities of Grand Island, Hastings and Kearney, the month ranked between the 6th-8th warmest July on record, while in North Central Kansas it was the 4th-warmest July on record in Alton and the 3rd-warmest in Beloit. Also continuing a trend from recent months, the primary contributing factor to above normal monthly temperatures was afternoon highs, with overnight low temperatures not spiking quite as far above normal. Breaking the month down into temperature trends, the overall hottest 7-8 days of the month were centered between the 18th-25th, while the overall coolest week-long stretch was between the 7th-13th. The first six days of the month marked the end of very hot stretch of around 11 days that extended back to June 26th. A seasonably strong cold front then brought a few days of near-normal to even slightly below normal readings, before a pronounced hot stretch again set in by the middle of the month. There are countless ways to quantify how hot the month was at various locations, but here are just a few: Grand Island reached at least 95 degrees on 24 days and reached at least 100 degrees on seven days (over the previous 30 years, Grand Island has only averaged 3-4 days of 100+ degrees for the entire summer). At one point, Grand Island reached at least 100 degrees four days in a row, which hadn't happened since 2006, and Hastings reached at least 100 degrees three days in row, which hadn't happened since 2005. Farther south in North Central Kansas, where 100+ degree readings are more common largely due to drier air, it was still a notably hot month. For example, Alton in Osborne County reached at least 100 degrees on 14 days in a row between July 13-26, which marked the 5th-longest streak on record, and the longest streak since 17 days in July 1980. Not surprisingly, through the end of July much of the area had established its 2nd-warmest start to any calendar year on record.

Based on dozens of NWS Cooperative Observer sites and a handful of automated stations, a few of the hottest readings of the month within the 30-county area included 109° near Alton, Plainville and Kirwin Dam KS on one or more days between the 22nd-25th, and 107° at Red Cloud on several days. For most of the area, the coolest morning lows of the month occurred on the 11th, including 52° near Alton KS and 53° at Kirwin Dam KS and also Greeley NE. In the Nebraska Tri-Cities, Grand Island recorded the hottest reading of the month with 104° on the 22nd, while both Grand Island and Kearney reported the coolest low temperature of 58° on the 11th.

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


- PRECIPITATION/FLOODING
......(According to 30-year averages, "normal" July rainfall across the NWS Hastings coverage area is relatively uniform, with nearly all locations expected to receive between 3.30-4.30 inches.)

For the third consecutive month, rainfall totals across the vast majority of the 30-county area fell well short of normal, but July brought this dryness to a more critical level. The significant lack of late-spring to mid-summer rainfall, in concert with well-above normal temperatures, has now resulted in one of the worst and most widespread droughts experienced in several decades not only in South Central Nebraska and North Central Kansas, but for much of the central and western United States. Based on reports from around 70 NWS Cooperative Observers and a few automated airport gauges, and also incorporating radar-derived estimation, at least 95% of the NWS Hastings coverage area measured below normal rainfall in July, with roughly 75% of the area measuring less than half of normal July rainfall, and roughly 40% of the area measuring LESS THAN ONE-FOURTH of normal July rainfall. Adding insult to injury, for the second month in a row the very "driest of the dry" focused across several counties near and north of the Interstate 80 corridor. In fact, large portions of Valley, Greeley, Sherman, Howard, Merrick, Nance, Merrick and Polk Counties failed to even measure ONE-TENTH OF AN INCH during the month. Officially, Belgrade and Shelby (3 miles NE) reported NO rainfall, while Osceola and Dannebrog 4NW reported only a non-measurable trace. Among a number of other notable dry spots was the Ord airport, which measured only 0.15, establishing the driest July on record. Furthermore, the combined months of June and July were also by far the driest on record in Ord, totaling just 0.48. At Grand Island, Central Nebraska Regional Airport also continued an incredibly dry pace for the year, recording its 2nd-driest July on record with only 0.16. A few other measly rainfall totals per Cooperative Observers included St. Paul (0.03), Central City (0.04) and Genoa 2W (0.05).

Although monthly rainfall totals were not quite as dire for most counties south of Interstate 80, including the six North Central Kansas counties, the majority of these areas tallied no more than 1-2 inches for the month, which put little dent in longer term deficits. Places registering in the 1-2 inch range included Hastings airport, Minden, Cozad, Red Cloud, Franklin and Smith Center. The very localized areas that received near-normal to above normal rainfall were primarily focused in portions of Furnas, Clay and Nuckolls Counties in South Central Nebraska, and Jewell County in North Central Kansas. A few of the highest known monthly totals from these counties included 5.16 inches in Jewell, 4.28 in Cambridge and 3.60 in Lawrence. In the town of Jewell, KS, most of the monthly rainfall occurred during heavy thunderstorms on the evening of July 25th with 3.78 inches. (Interestingly, July rainfall totals across parts of western Dawson County also would have been much higher had the month ended just a few hours later, because places such as Cozad received around 3 inches of rain during the very early morning hours of August 1st). Some very sharp variations in rainfall over small distances have become quite apparent in recent months, including differences between the Grand Island and Hastings airports. Although these sites are only located 26 miles apart, year-to-date rainfall through the end of July was a notable 6.51 inches higher in Hastings than in Grand Island, with Grand Island running 10.48 inches below normal for the year.

When taking into account longer-term rainfall deficits since May, total rainfall over the past 90 days is now only between 25-60% of normal across the majority of the 30-county area.

(Please look farther down the page for more information on July 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 July 3, 2012, the U.S. Drought Monitor as of July 31, 2012 (images at bottom of page) reflected a remarkable and rapid degradation. Just in the past few months, the NWS Hastings coverage area has gone from having very little if any drought concern, to finding itself mired in one of the worst drought situations experienced in several decades. In other words, this rapid onset of drought might be described as a "flash drought". As of July 31st, roughly 23% of the 30-county area was designated as being in Category D2 severe drought, 63% of the area was in Category D3 extreme drought, and a limited area north of Interstate 80 including much of Valley, Greeley, Sherman and Howard Counties was assigned Category D4 exceptional drought. The NWS Hastings coverage area is certainly not alone in this dire situation, as the entire states of Nebraska and Kansas are also designated as having severe to exceptional drought. 

(For MUCH MORE detail about the drought situation, please refer to the latest Drought Information Statement from NWS Hastings, and also the U.S. Drought Monitor graphics toward the bottom of this page)

- SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS/HIGH WINDS...As was the case in June, the number of severe thunderstorms in July 2012 was considerably lower than during the same month one year ago, which should come as no surprise given the intense onset of drought conditions. That being said, at least a handful of severe thunderstorms roamed the NWS Hastings coverage area during the month. On both the 12th and 18th, severe storms targeted primarily Dawson County, with storms on the 18th producing strong winds and quarter to golf ball size hail near and especially east of Cozad. The 25th featured the majority of severe weather reports for the month. On that Wednesday afternoon and evening, severe storms dumped golf ball size hail near St. Libory in Howard County, and also farther south at Jewell in North Central Kansas. Locally heavy rainfall to around 3 inches also occurred in parts of Jewell County that evening. (For a graphical depiction of July severe weather reports, please check out the interactive storm reports map at the far bottom of this page)

- Number of Severe Thunderstorm Warning polygons issued by NWS Hastings in July 2012: 11 (47 fewer than last year)
- Number of Tornado Warning polygons issued by NWS Hastings in July 2012: ZERO (4 fewer than last year)
- Number of confirmed tornadoes within the NWS Hastings coverage area in July 2012: ZERO

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

Grand Island     Hastings     Kearney      Ord 


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

...A FEW OF THE HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURES DURING JULY 2012
(All are reports from Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified)
109 degrees...2 SW Alton, KS on 22nd, 24th, 25th - 4 WNW Plainville, KS on the 25th - Kirwin Dam, KS on the 24th
107 degrees...Red Cloud on the 6th, 22nd, 24th, 25th, 28th - Smith Center, KS on the 22nd, 24th - Webster Dam, KS on the 24th
106 degrees...Beloit, KS on the 18th, 19th, 25th, 28th - Glen Elder Lake, KS on the 25th
105 degrees...Beaver City on the 21st, 22nd, 28th - Franklin on the 24th, 25th - Harlan County Lake on the 21st - 6 NNW Oxford on the 4-6th
104 degrees...Grand Island Central Nebraska Regional Airport ASOS & Lexington Airport AWOS on the 22nd - Cambridge on the 4th, 28th

                     Edison on the 24th - Hebron on the 24th, 25th - Greeley on the 22nd
103 degrees...Ord Airport ASOS on the 6th - Holdrege Airport AWOS on the 21st - 1 N Burr Oak, KS on the 24th, 25th - Minden on the 29th
                     4 N Hastings (NWS Office) on the 22nd, 24th
102 degrees...Kearney Airport on the 22nd, 24th - Gothenburg on the 4th, 21st, 22nd
101 degrees...Aurora Airport AWOS on the 22nd, 24th - 2 W Genoa on the 22nd, 23rd - Ravenna on the 18th, 24th, 29th
100 degrees...Clay Center on the 6th - Geneva on the 24th, 25th

             
...A FEW OF THE COOLEST LOW TEMPERATURES DURING JULY 2012
(All reports are from Cooperative Observers and were recorded on the morning of the 11th unless otherwise specified)
52 degrees...2 SW Alton, KS
53 degrees...Kirwin Dam, KS - Greeley
54 degrees...2 W Genoa
55 degrees...Ord Airport ASOS on the 27th - Beaver City - Franklin - Edison - Ravenna - Red Cloud - 3 N York - Webster Dam, KS
56 degrees...Lexington Airport AWOS
57 degrees...Cambridge - Gothenburg - Harlan County Lake - 6 NNW Oxford on the 11th, 12th
58 degrees...Grand Island Central Nebraska Regional Airport ASOS - Aurora Airport AWOS - Canaday Steam Plant - Hebron - Minden - 4 NE Kearney
59 degrees...4 N Hastings (NWS Office) - Holdrege Airport AWOS - Central City - Geneva - Osceola - 4 WNW Plainville, KS on the 10th, 11th

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
...A FEW OF THE HIGHEST RAINFALL TOTALS DURING JULY 2012
(Includes some observations from NeRAIN network)                                             
5.16 inches...Jewell in Jewell County, KS (Cooperative Observer)
4.28 inches...Cambridge in Furnas County (Cooperative Observer)
3.80 inches...Ionia in Jewell County, KS (Cooperative Observer)
3.61 inches...6.9 NW Arapahoe in Gosper County (NeRAIN Observer)
3.60 inches...Lawrence in Nuckolls County (NeRAIN Observer)
3.40 inches...Lovewell Dam in Jewell County, KS (Cooperative Observer)
3.26 inches...4.5 SSE Hildreth in Franklin County (NeRAIN Observer)
2.98 inches...Oak in Nuckolls County (NeRAIN Observer)
2.97 inches...Beaver City in Furnas County (Cooperative Observer)
2.83 inches...Oak in Nuckolls County (NeRAIN Observer)
2.68 inches...6 ESE Clay Center in Clay County (Cooperative Observer)
2.62 inches...Nelson in Nuckolls County (Cooperative Observer)


...A FEW OF THE LOWEST RAINFALL TOTALS DURING JULY 2012 
(Includes some observations from NeRAIN network) 
0.00 inch...3.5 W Benedict in York County (NeRAIN Observer)
0.00 inch...Belgrade in Nance County (Cooperative Observer)
0.00 inch...3 NE Shelby in Polk County (Cooperative Observer)
Trace........4 NW Dannebrog in Howard County (Cooperative Observer)
Trace........Osceola in Polk County (Cooperative Observer)
0.01 inch...Polk in Polk County (Cooperative Observer)
0.02 inch...3 W Gresham in York County (Cooperative Observer)
0.03 inch...St. Paul in Howard County (Cooperative Observer)
0.04 inch...Central City in Merrick County (Cooperative Observer)
0.05 inch...2 W Genoa in Nance County (Cooperative Observer)
0.06 inch...Wolbach in Greeley County (Cooperative Observer)

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Various graphs and tables depicting July 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.

 

Click Images To Enlarge

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

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

 

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

 

July 2011

Aug.

Sep.

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

Apr.

May

Jun.

Jul.

Average High (F)

89.0

86.0

74.8

68.7

52.7

39.6

45.1

40.9

69.2

69.1

80.9

88.7

96.0

Average Low (F)

69.8

63.5

47.3

41.1

26.4

19.5

19.4

19.3

39.0

43.0

52.5

62.6

68.9

Average Temperature (F)

79.4

74.7

61.0

54.9

39.6

29.5

32.2

30.1

54.1

56.2

66.7

75.7

82.4

Departure from Normal (F)

+3.6

+0.7

-4.1

+2.7

+1.5

+2.8

+7.1

+1.0

+14.7

+5.6

+5.5

+4.4

+6.2

 

Precipitation (inches)

4.37

2.30

0.83

2.20

0.21

1.11

0.16

1.05

0.83

1.41

2.29

1.27

0.16

Departure from Normal

+1.23

-0.82

-1.40

+0.34

-0.96

+0.48

-0.37

+0.37

-0.97

-1.12

-2.12

-3.03

-3.24

 

Snowfall (inches)

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Trace

8.3

1.6

10.2

Trace

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Departure from Normal

0.0

0.0

-0.1

-1.0

-3.1

+3.1

-5.0

+4.1

-5.6

-1.3

0.0

0.0

0.0

 

Hastings (Municipal Airport) - July 2011 - July 2012

 

July 2011

Aug.

Sep.

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

Apr.

May

June

Jul.

Average High (F)

89.8

84.3

74.0

68.4

52.7

39.2

44.4

40.7

68.2

67.6

78.9

86.7

94.1

Average Low (F)

69.9

64.6

48.2

41.5

27.2

18.9

19.0

20.0

38.5

43.5

53.4

62.4

68.4

Average Temperature (F)

79.9

74.4

61.1

54.9

40.0

29.0

31.7

30.3

53.3

55.5

66.1

74.6

81.3

Departure from Normal (F)

+3.8

+0.1

-4.5

+2.3

+1.3

+1.4

+5.7

+0.4

+13.4

+4.8

+4.8

+2.8

+4.2

 

Precipitation (inches)

4.96

4.90

0.70

1.36

0.38

1.00

0.14

1.67

0.86

2.95

4.07

2.35

1.64

Departure from Normal

+1.15

+1.60

-1.86

-0.63

-0.91

+0.39

-0.27

+1.18

-0.93

+0.39

-0.50

-1.45

-2.10

 

Snowfall NWS Office (inches)

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Trace

9.4

1.7

11.4

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Departure from Normal

0.0

0.0

-0.2

-1.0

-2.6

+3.3

-4.8

+4.9

-5.2

-1.2

0.0

0.0

0.0

 

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

 

July 2011

Aug.

Sep.

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

Apr.

May

Jun.

Jul.

Average High (F)*

88.1

84.9

74.1

67.7

52.2

39.2

44.7

40.7

68.0

67.3

78.4

87.1

94.8

Average Low (F)*

68.4

63.9

47.3

40.0

24.9

18.0

18.5

19.3

37.8

43.4

51.9

61.5

66.3

Average Temperature (F)*

78.2

74.4

60.7

53.8

38.5

28.6

31.6

30.0

52.9

55.4

65.2

74.3

80.6

Departure from Normal (F)*

+3.5

+1.8

-2.8

+2.9

+1.5

+2.7

+7.0

+1.9

+15.2

+6.7

+5.7

+4.5

+5.9

 

Precipitation (inches)

4.07

3.72

0.65

4.92

0.33

0.39

0.03

1.04

1.02

4.35

2.00

1.62

0.58

Departure from Normal

+0.79

+0.64

-1.42

+2.88

-0.69

-0.18

-0.46

+0.49

-0.77

+2.12

-2.18

-2.31

-2.70

 

Snowfall (inches)

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Trace

6.6

Trace

7.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Departure from Normal

0.0

0.0

-0.2

-0.7

-3.1

+3.1

-4.4

+1.9

-4.6

-1.8

0.0

0.0

0.0

 

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

 

July 2011

Aug.

Sep.

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

Apr.

May

Jun.

Jul.

Average High (F)

88.9

86.1

74.5

66.6

52.8

39.5

45.0

40.2

67.7

65.0

75.8

88.2

96.9

Average Low (F)

67.6

61.4

43.9

36.6

20.2

14.1

15.6

15.7

34.1

38.8

48.3

59.4

64.5

Average Temperature (F)

78.2

73.8

59.2

51.6

36.5

26.8

30.3

27.9

50.9

51.9

62.0

73.8

80.7

Departure from Normal (F)

+3.8

+0.8

-4.4

+2.0

+0.2

+1.9

+5.7

+0.1

+13.2

+3.1

+2.7

+4.6

+6.3

 

Precipitation (inches)*

2.23

2.46

0.77

2.83

0.03

0.54

0.13

1.30

0.67

5.29

2.26

0.33

0.15

Departure from Normal

-0.74

-0.70

-1.67

+0.90

-1.04

-0.05

-0.24

+0.86

-0.78

+2.70

-1.55

-3.79

-2.82

 

Snowfall (Coop Observer)

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Trace

8.5

1.5

8.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Departure from Normal

0.0

0.0

0.0

-1.1

-5.3

+1.1

-5.3

+2.0

-5.9

-2.5

0.0

0.0

0.0

 

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

 

July 2011

Aug.

Sep.

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

April

May

Jun.

Jul.

Average High (F)*

95.8

89.5

78.0

71.0

54.4

43.0

47.1

45.8

70.5

70.6

83.5

94.2

100.4

Average Low (F)*

69.2

65.6

49.8

41.0

27.3

18.7

18.5

20.6

38.3

44.4

53.0

62.6

69.4

Average Temperature (F)*

82.5

77.6

63.9

56.0

40.9

30.9

32.8

33.2

54.4

57.5

68.3

78.4

84.9

Departure from Normal (F)*

+2.8

+0.4

-4.3

+1.2

+0.5

+2.1

+5.1

+1.2

+12.8

+5.0

+4.6

+4.4

+5.2

 

Precipitation (inches)

5.25

5.03

0.39

2.32

0.72

0.95

0.13

1.31

1.28

2.78

0.14

1.61

1.00

Departure from Normal

+1.38

+1.73

-1.65

+0.44

-0.50

+0.29

-0.36

+0.73

-0.59

+0.51

-3.78

-2.00

-2.87

 

Snowfall (inches)

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.6

3.7

Trace

4.6

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Departure from Normal

0.0

0.0

-0.2

-0.4

-1.2

+0.5

-3.7

+0.5

-2.6

-0.6

0.0

0.0

0.0


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


The following drought status images, current as of July 31, 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 July 31, 2012

Kansas - U.S. Drought Monitor as of July 31, 2012

  


Interactive Map of July 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 July 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. Certain features may have overlapping data, so once you click on a feature in the map, be sure to click the "play" button in the upper right hand corner of the pop-up window to sort through the different severe weather reports.


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

 


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