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

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August 17: Record Low Temperature at Grand Island and Hastings

* 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.


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

...Cooler than July, But The 4th-Consecutive Month of Well-Below Normal Rainfall Puts Much of The Area In "Exceptional" Drought...

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

- TEMPERATURES....(According to 30-year averages, "normal" August high temperatures in South Central Nebraska gradually decrease from the upper 80s early in the month to the low-mid 80s by the end of the month, while highs in North Central Kansas gradually decrease from the low-90s to the upper-80s. August low temperatures across most of the 30-county area gradually decrease from the mid-60s early in the month to the upper-50s or low-60s by month's end...)

Although parts of the 30-county area notched their ELEVENTH month in a row and 14th out of the last 15 to feature above normal temperatures, a change in the weather pattern actually brought BELOW NORMAL readings to the majority of the area in August. Even those places that finished with above normal daily mean temperatures (an average of the highs and lows) were generally at most 1° above normal, versus the widespread 4-6° above normal observed in July.  While these very slightly above normal readings prevailed north of Interstate 80 in Nebraska, locations south of the Interstate and especially into North Central Kansas mainly averaged 1-3° below normal for the month, which in many places marked the first below normal month since September 2011. As is typical of dry summers, there was some disparity between average daily high temperatures and average daily low temperatures, with daily highs actually averaging at least slightly above normal across much of the area while overnight lows were typically several degrees below normal, thus resulting in the overall below normal monthly mean. Breaking down the month into temperature trends, for most of the area the first eight days and the final 4 days of August contained the hottest readings, while the middle few weeks featured a very welcome stretch of near normal to below normal readings. Based on daily high temperatures, the coolest stretch of the month was generally centered between the 11th-19th. During these 9 days, Grand Island airport only exceeded 86 degrees once and Beloit KS fell short of 85 degrees on six days. Including a few days in September, Central Nebraska Regional Airport in Grand Island finished the summer with 46 days of high temperatures reaching at least 95°, and 13 days reaching at least 100°. This was the most number of 95+ days since 1937 and the most number of 100+ degree days since 1980!

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 occurred on the 8th and included 108° at Beaver City, 105° at Kirwin KS Dam, 104° near Superior and 103° at or near several locations including Grand Island airport, Ravenna, Plainville KS and Alton KS. Several sites also climbed into the 100-102° range on the 30th, including Gothenburg, Lexington airport and Ord airport. For most of the area, the coolest morning lows occurred on the 17th, 19th and 20th, with a few of the lowest readings on the 17th including 39° at Greeley and Ord airport and 41° near Genoa. In the Nebraska Tri-Cities, Grand Island recorded the hottest reading of the month with 103° on the 8th, and both Grand Island and Kearney tied for the coolest temperature of the month with 45° on the 17th (Kearney also dipped to 45° on the 19th and 20th).

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


- PRECIPITATION
...(According to 30-year averages, "normal" August rainfall across the NWS Hastings coverage area is relatively uniform, with nearly all locations expected to receive between 2.75 - 3.50 inches.)

For the fourth consecutive month, the majority of the NWS Hastings coverage area fell well-short of normal rainfall, plunging the area even deeper into what had already become an extreme drought situation. In fact, as detailed in the separate drought section below, roughly half of the 30-county area had deteriorated to Category D4 Exceptional Drought by early September.  Based on reports from around 70 NWS Cooperative Observers and a few automated airport gauges, and also incorporating radar-derived estimation, roughly 90% of the 30-county area measured below normal rainfall in August. However, compared to July, the lack of rain in August wasn't quite as extreme. For example, in July roughly 75% of the area measured LESS THAN HALF of normal rainfall, while in August only about 50% of the area measured less than half. Along these same lines, in July roughly 40% of the area tallied LESS THAN ONE-FOURTH of normal rainfall, while in August this dubious threshold only affected around 10% of the area. 

Breaking down the 30-county area into more detail, clearly the most fortunate area in August was the six counties in North Central Kansas. Thanks to a few decent rainfall events focused mainly during the 14th-15th and 23rd-25th, most of this area measured monthly totals between 2.00" and 3.50", with a few even higher totals including 4.59" at Webster Dam, 4.15" at Hunter and 3.93" near Plainville. Focusing north of the state line across the 24 Nebraska counties covered by NWS Hastings, the news was not as good with only a small fraction of the area totaling more than 2.50" for the month, and most locations near and north of Interstate 80 along with the Furnas County area not even measuring 1". One of the luckiest localized spots of all in South Central Nebraska was the Hildreth area in Franklin County, with a total of 4.66" reported five miles south-southeast of town by a NeRAIN observer. One other very limited area that saw above normal rainfall in August was western Dawson County including Cozad, which reported 3.54" for the month. However, the vast majority of this Cozad rain (3.07") fell right away during the early morning hours of the 1st, with very little rain observed through the rest of the month. On the driest side of things, a sampling of a few of the least fortunate NWS Cooperative Observer sites included two miles west of Orleans (0.27"), Beaver City (0.29"), St. Paul (0.52") and Fullerton (0.63"). For Central Nebraska Regional Airport in Grand Island, the monthly total of 0.94" marked the 10th-driest August on record out of 117 years, but the combined total of only 2.37" for the entire months of June, July and August resulted in THE DRIEST summer on record. In between these wetter and drier extremes, the majority of South Central Nebraska measured between 1.00" and 2.50" during August, including Hastings airport, Kearney airport, York 3N, Hebron, Minden, Gothenburg and Holdrege.  


Accounting for longer-term rainfall deficits since May, total rainfall over the past 4 months now averages only 25-60% of normal across the majority of the 30-county area.

(Please look farther down the page for more information on August 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 31, 2012, the U.S. Drought Monitor as of Sep. 4, 2012 (images at bottom of page) continued to reflect a steady degradation into some of the worst-possible drought conditions, cementing the summer of 2012 into history as one of the worst droughts of the modern era. The most notable change since late July was a considerable expansion of Category D4 Exceptional Drought, the worst-possible category, now encompassing roughly 60% of the 30-county area. Those counties now primarily included in Exceptional Drought include: Valley, Greeley, Sherman, Howard, Nance, Merrick, Dawson, Gosper, Furnas, Harlan, Rooks, Phillips, Smith and Osborne. Most of the remainder of the 30-county area is in Category D3 Extreme Drought, while only parts of Thayer, Nuckolls, Jewell and Mitchell Counties are assigned Category D2 Severe 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...For the third consecutive month, the number of severe thunderstorms within the area was considerably lower than during the same summer months one year ago in 2011, which is not surprising given that the ongoing drought situation is closely tied to a lack of summer thunderstorms. Of the 10 severe thunderstorm warnings issued during August, four of them were associated with a lone, intense storm that pounded parts of western Nance, northern Howard and especially southeastern Greeley County on the late afternoon/early evening of the 7th, with hail up to golf ball size reported near both Wolbach and Elba. On the evening of the 1st, severe wind gusts flattened an old barn and damaged outbuildings a few miles northeast of Hazard in Sherman County. (For a graphical depiction of August 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 August 2012: 10 (33 fewer than last year)
- Number of Tornado Warning polygons issued by NWS Hastings in August 2012: ZERO (4 fewer than last year)
- Number of confirmed tornadoes within the NWS Hastings coverage area in August 2012: ZERO

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

Grand Island     Hastings     Kearney      Ord 


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

...A FEW OF THE HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURES DURING AUGUST 2012
(All are reports from Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified)
108 degrees...Beaver City (8th)
105 degrees...Kirwin Dam (8th)
104 degrees...4 E Superior (8th)
103 degrees...2 SW Alton, KS (8th) - Glen Elder Dam, KS (8th) - 4 WNW Plainville, KS (6 & 8th) - Ravenna (8th)
                     Grand Island Central Nebraska Regional Airport ASOS (8th)
102 degrees...Beloit, KS (8th) - Edison (30th) - Gothenburg (30th) - 6 NNW Oxford (30th) - Smith Center, KS (8th)
                     Webster Dam, KS (1, 6, 8th) - Ord Airport ASOS (29 & 30th) - Lexington Airport AWOS (30th)
101 degrees...Greeley (30th)
100 degrees...Franklin (30th) - Harlan County Lake (6th) - Red Cloud (30th) - Holdrege Airport AWOS (30th)
99 degrees...Canaday Steam Plant (8 &15th) - 4 N Hastings/NWS Office (8th) - Lovewell Dam, KS (8th) - 3 N York (8) - Aurora Airport AWOS (30th)
98 degrees...2 W Genoa (7, 29, 30th) - Hebron (8th) - 4 NE Kearney (30th)

             
...A FEW OF THE COOLEST LOW TEMPERATURES DURING AUGUST 2012
(All reports are from Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified)
39 degrees...Greeley (17th) - Ord Airport ASOS (17th)
41 degrees...2 W Genoa (17th)
42 degrees...Ravenna (17th) - 3 N York (17th)
43 degrees...Beaver City (20th) - Holdrege (19th) - Red Cloud (17th)
44 degrees...1 N Burr Oak, KS (17th) - Kirwin Dam, KS (20th) - Lexington Airport AWOS (19th)
45 degrees...Edison (19th) - Franklin (20th) - Gothenburg (20th) - 4 NE Kearney (17 & 19th) - Minden (19th) - Osceola (20)
                   Grand Island Central Nebraska Regional Airport ASOS (17th) - Hebron Airport AWOS (17th) - Smith Center, KS AWOS (19 & 20th)
46 degrees...2 SW Alton, KS (20th) - Canaday Steam Plant (19th) - Central City (17th) - 4 N Hastings/NWS Office (19th)
                   Hastings Airport ASOS (19th) - 4 E Superior (20th) - Aurora Airport AWOS (17th)
47 degrees...Geneva (19th) - Harlan County Lake (20th) - 6 NNW Oxford (20th) - Webster Dam (20th)
48 degrees...Clay Center (19th)
49 degrees...Beloit, KS (20th) - 4 WNW Plainville, KS (19th)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
...A FEW OF THE HIGHEST RAINFALL TOTALS DURING AUGUST 2012
(May include observations from NeRAIN network)  
4.66 inches...5 SSE of Hildreth in Franklin County (NeRAIN observer)                                   
4.59
inches...Webster Dam in Rooks County, KS (Cooperative Observer)
4.15 inches...Hunter in Mitchell County, KS (Cooperative Observer)
3.93 inches...Plainville in Rooks County, KS (Cooperative Observer)
3.59 inches...Beloit in Mitchell County, KS (Cooperative Observer)
3.54 inches...Cozad in Dawson County (Cooperative Observer)
3.40 inches...Jewell in Jewell County, KS (Cooperative Observer)
3.26 inches...Palco in Rooks County, KS (Cooperative Observer)
3.06 inches...Glen Elder Dam Mitchell County, KS (Cooperative Observer)
3.00 inches...Cawker City in Mitchell County, KS (Cooperative Observer)
2.90 inches...Natoma in Osborne County, KS (Cooperative Observer)


...A FEW OF THE LOWEST RAINFALL TOTALS DURING AUGUST 2012 
(May include observations from NeRAIN network) 
0.27 inch...2 W Orleans in Harlan County (Cooperative Observer)
0.29 inch...Beaver City in Furnas County (Cooperative Observer)
0.40 inch...Edison in Furnas County (Cooperative Observer)
0.40 inch...Wilsonville in Furnas County (Cooperative Observer)
0.44 inch...Cambridge in Furnas County (Cooperative Observer)
0.52 inch...St. Paul in Howard County (Cooperative Observer)
0.56 inch...1 N of Long Island, KS in Phillips County (Cooperative Observer)
0.60 inch...2 W Genoa in Nance County (Cooperative Observer)

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

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

 

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

 

Aug. 2011

Sep.

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

Apr.

May

Jun.

Jul.

Aug.

Average High (F)

86.0

74.8

68.7

52.7

39.6

45.1

40.9

69.2

69.1

80.9

88.7

96.0

88.7

Average Low (F)

63.5

47.3

41.1

26.4

19.5

19.4

19.3

39.0

43.0

52.5

62.6

68.9

61.0

Average Temperature (F)

74.7

61.0

54.9

39.6

29.5

32.2

30.1

54.1

56.2

66.7

75.7

82.4

74.8

Departure from Normal (F)

+0.7

-4.1

+2.7

+1.5

+2.8

+7.1

+1.0

+14.7

+5.6

+5.5

+4.4

+6.2

+0.8

 

Precipitation (inches)

2.30

0.83

2.20

0.21

1.11

0.16

1.05

0.83

1.41

2.29

1.27

0.16

0.94

Departure from Normal

-0.82

-1.40

+0.34

-0.96

+0.48

-0.37

+0.37

-0.97

-1.12

-2.12

-3.03

-3.24

-2.18

 

Snowfall (inches)

0.0

0.0

0.0

Trace

8.3

1.6

10.2

Trace

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Departure from Normal

0.0

-0.1

-1.0

-3.1

+3.1

-5.0

+4.1

-5.6

-1.3

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

 

Hastings (Municipal Airport) - August 2011 - August 2012

 

Aug. 2011

Sep.

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

Apr.

May

June

Jul.

Aug.

Average High (F)

84.3

74.0

68.4

52.7

39.2

44.4

40.7

68.2

67.6

78.9

86.7

94.1

86.0

Average Low (F)

64.6

48.2

41.5

27.2

18.9

19.0

20.0

38.5

43.5

53.4

62.4

68.4

60.3

Average Temperature (F)

74.4

61.1

54.9

40.0

29.0

31.7

30.3

53.3

55.5

66.1

74.6

81.3

73.1

Departure from Normal (F)

+0.1

-4.5

+2.3

+1.3

+1.4

+5.7

+0.4

+13.4

+4.8

+4.8

+2.8

+4.2

-1.2

 

Precipitation (inches)

4.90

0.70

1.36

0.38

1.00

0.14

1.67

0.86

2.95

4.07

2.35

1.64

2.39

Departure from Normal

+1.60

-1.86

-0.63

-0.91

+0.39

-0.27

+1.18

-0.93

+0.39

-0.50

-1.45

-2.10

-0.91

 

Snowfall NWS Office (inches)

0.0

0.0

0.0

Trace

9.4

1.7

11.4

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Departure from Normal

0.0

-0.2

-1.0

-2.6

+3.3

-4.8

+4.9

-5.2

-1.2

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

 

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

 

Aug. 2011

Sep.

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

Apr.

May

Jun.

Jul.

Aug.

Average High (F)*

84.9

74.1

67.7

52.2

39.2

44.7

40.7

68.0

67.3

78.4

87.1

94.8

87.0

Average Low (F)*

63.9

47.3

40.0

24.9

18.0

18.5

19.3

37.8

43.4

51.9

61.5

66.3

59.4

Average Temperature (F)*

74.4

60.7

53.8

38.5

28.6

31.6

30.0

52.9

55.4

65.2

74.3

80.6

73.2

Departure from Normal (F)*

+1.8

-2.8

+2.9

+1.5

+2.7

+7.0

+1.9

+15.2

+6.7

+5.7

+4.5

+5.9

+0.6

 

Precipitation (inches)

3.72

0.65

4.92

0.33

0.39

0.03

1.04

1.02

4.35

2.00

1.62

0.58

1.45

Departure from Normal

+0.64

-1.42

+2.88

-0.69

-0.18

-0.46

+0.49

-0.77

+2.12

-2.18

-2.31

-2.70

-1.63

 

Snowfall (inches)

0.0

0.0

0.0

Trace

6.6

Trace

7.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Departure from Normal

0.0

-0.2

-0.7

-3.1

+3.1

-4.4

+1.9

-4.6

-1.8

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

 

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

 

Aug. 2011

Sep.

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

Apr.

May

Jun.

Jul.

Aug.

Average High (F)

86.1

74.5

66.6

52.8

39.5

45.0

40.2

67.7

65.0

75.8

88.2

96.9

89.0

Average Low (F)

61.4

43.9

36.6

20.2

14.1

15.6

15.7

34.1

38.8

48.3

59.4

64.5

57.4

Average Temperature (F)

73.8

59.2

51.6

36.5

26.8

30.3

27.9

50.9

51.9

62.0

73.8

80.7

73.2

Departure from Normal (F)

+0.8

-4.4

+2.0

+0.2

+1.9

+5.7

+0.1

+13.2

+3.1

+2.7

+4.6

+6.3

+0.2

 

Precipitation (inches)*

2.46

0.77

2.83

0.03

0.54

0.13

1.30

0.67

5.29

2.26

0.33

0.15

0.79

Departure from Normal

-0.70

-1.67

+0.90

-1.04

-0.05

-0.24

+0.86

-0.78

+2.70

-1.55

-3.79

-2.82

-2.37

 

Snowfall (Coop Observer)

0.0

0.0

0.0

Trace

8.5

1.5

8.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Departure from Normal

0.0

0.0

-1.1

-5.3

+1.1

-5.3

+2.0

-5.9

-2.5

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

 

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

 

Aug. 2011

Sep.

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

April

May

Jun.

Jul.

Aug.

Average High (F)*

89.5

78.0

71.0

54.4

43.0

47.1

45.8

70.5

70.6

83.5

94.2

100.4

89.9

Average Low (F)*

65.6

49.8

41.0

27.3

18.7

18.5

20.6

38.3

44.4

53.0

62.6

69.4

60.5

Average Temperature (F)*

77.6

63.9

56.0

40.9

30.9

32.8

33.2

54.4

57.5

68.3

78.4

84.9

75.2

Departure from Normal (F)*

+0.4

-4.3

+1.2

+0.5

+2.1

+5.1

+1.2

+12.8

+5.0

+4.6

+4.4

+5.2

-2.0

 

Precipitation (inches)

5.03

0.39

2.32

0.72

0.95

0.13

1.31

1.28

2.78

0.14

1.61

1.00

2.75

Departure from Normal

+1.73

-1.65

+0.44

-0.50

+0.29

-0.36

+0.73

-0.59

+0.51

-3.78

-2.00

-2.87

-0.55

 

Snowfall (inches)

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.6

3.7

Trace

4.6

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Departure from Normal

0.0

-0.2

-0.4

-1.2

+0.5

-3.7

+0.5

-2.6

-0.6

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0


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


The following drought status images, current as of September 4, 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 September 4, 2012

Kansas - U.S. Drought Monitor as of September 4, 2012

  


Interactive Map of August 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 August 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.  The black dots are reports that have missing magnitudes/measurements and/or ratings (i.e. when a wind report comes in with damage but an unknown (UNK) speed).

**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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