August 2012 Climate Summaries For Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, Ord

 For much of the NWS Hastings coverage area, temperatures averaged very close to the monthly normal during August 2012, breaking a streak of several months of well-above normal readings. However, the majority of the area continued to fall well short on rainfall, plunging the region even deeper into historic drought. There were only a few localized parts of the area that measured normal to slightly above normal rainfall in August, primarily in North Central Kansas. See below for a wealth of August 2012 climate details specifically for Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney and Ord...and stay tuned to the top of our website during the coming days for a comprehensive look at August 2012 climate and weather information for the entire 30-county NWS Hastings coverage area...

Grand Island: 10th-driest August on record out of 117 years
Hastings:         Two daily record low temperatures during the month


Grand Island    Hastings    Kearney   Ord

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...AUGUST SUMMARY FOR GRAND ISLAND AIRPORT...

...TEMPERATURES

1 DAILY TEMPERATURE RECORD SET OR TIED IN AUGUST 2012:
AUG. 17: TIED RECORD MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 45 LAST SET IN 1943

AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:      88.7 DEGREES (3.3 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:      61.0 DEGREES (1.6 BELOW NORMAL)
AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:    74.8 DEGREES (0.8 ABOVE NORMAL)

HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:       103 DEGREES ON THE 8TH
COOLEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:        76 DEGREES ON THE 16TH, 25TH

COOLEST LOW TEMPERATURE:         45 DEGREES ON THE 17TH
WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE:        70 DEGREES ON THE 1ST, 3RD, 28TH

HOTTEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:  100.0 DEGREES FROM THE 29TH-30TH

HOTTEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   93.6 DEGREES FROM THE 2ND-8TH

COOLEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   77.5 DEGREES FROM THE 24TH-25TH

COOLEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   82.6 DEGREES FROM THE 13TH-19TH

COOLEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURES:   52.0 DEGREES FROM THE 15TH-21ST


...PRECIPITATION (10TH-DRIEST AUGUST ON RECORD)

NO DAILY PRECIPITATION RECORDS SET IN AUGUST 2012

TOTAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION: 0.94 INCHES (2.18 BELOW NORMAL)

THIS WAS THE 10TH-DRIEST AUGUST ON RECORD OUT OF 117 YEARS...AND THE
DRIEST SINCE 0.81 INCHES IN 2004


NUMBER OF DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION (0.01 OR MORE): 6

HIGHEST CALENDAR DAY PRECIPITATION: 0.39 INCHES ON THE 1ST
HIGHEST 2-DAY PRECIPITATION:                 0.46 INCHES ON THE 1ST-2ND

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

MONTH          PRECIP.  DEPARTURE

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
JUNE 2012          1.27      -3.03
JULY 2012           0.16      -3.24
AUG. 2012           0.94      -2.18

12-MTH TOTAL   12.46     -14.20


...OTHER WEATHER ELEMENTS

HIGHEST WIND GUST: 40 MPH FROM THE NORTH-NORTHWEST ON THE 15TH

HIGHEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE:  30.27 ON THE 5TH
LOWEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE:  29.69 ON THE 15TH


...AUGUST 2012 NARRATIVE FOR CENTRAL NEBRASKA REGIONAL AIRPORT...

NOT AS HOT BUT STILL VERY DRY...

FOR THE ELEVENTH MONTH IN A ROW...AND FOR THE 14TH TIME IN THE PAST
15 MONTHS...GRAND ISLAND YET AGAIN RECORDED ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES. HOWEVER...UNLIKE THE PAST FIVE MONTHS THAT AVERAGED
SEVERAL DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL....READINGS IN AUGUST AVERAGED ONLY
VERY SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL. PRECIPITATION-WISE...THE NEWS WAS LESS
FORTUNATE. ALTHOUGH NOT AS BONE DRY AS IN JULY...AUGUST RAINFALL
STILL MEASURED MORE THAN TWO INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

LOOKING AT TEMPERATURES IN MORE DETAIL...THE DAILY MEAN TEMPERATURE
WHEN FACTORING IN BOTH THE HIGHS AND LOWS WAS 74.8 DEGREES...OR ONLY
0.8 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE GREATEST CONTRIBUTING FACTOR TO THE
SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL MONTH WAS DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURES...WHICH
AVERAGED 88.7 DEGREES...OR 3.3 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. IN
CONTRAST...DAILY LOW TEMPERATURES ACTUALLY AVERAGED 1.6 DEGREES
BELOW NORMAL FOR THE MONTH. IN GENERAL...THE FIRST EIGHT DAYS AND
THE FINAL 4 DAYS OF THE MONTH CONTAINED THE HOTTEST DAYS...WHILE THE
MIDDLE FEW WEEKS WERE PRIMARILY ON THE COOLER SIDE. IN
FACT...BETWEEN THE 9TH AND 20TH...THE DAILY MEAN TEMPERATURE WAS
BELOW NORMAL ON 10 OUT OF 12 DAYS. THE HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURE OF
THE MONTH WAS 103 DEGREES ON THE 8TH...WHILE THE COOLEST HIGH WAS 76
DEGREES ON BOTH THE 16TH AND 25TH. THE COOLEST MORNING LOW WAS A
DAILY RECORD-TYING 45 DEGREES ON THE 17TH...WHICH WAS ACTUALLY THE
COOLEST AUGUST READING IN GRAND ISLAND SINCE 2009. LOOKING
SPECIFICALLY AT WEEK-LONG STRETCHES...THE HOTTEST WEEK OF THE MONTH
WAS CENTERED BETWEEN THE 2ND-8TH...DURING WHICH FIVE DAYS REACHED AT
LEAST 91 DEGREES. THE OVERALL COOLEST WEEK OF THE MONTH PER DAILY
HIGH TEMPERATURES OCCURRED BETWEEN THE 13TH-19TH...DURING WHICH ONLY
ONE DAY EXCEEDED 86 DEGREES.

PRECIPITATION WISE...THE MONTHLY TOTAL OF 0.94 INCHES AT CENTRAL
NEBRASKA REGIONAL AIRPORT WAS ONLY 30 PERCENT OF THE NORMAL AMOUNT
OF 3.12 INCHES...AND MARKED THE 10TH-DRIEST AUGUST ON RECORD OUT OF
117 YEARS AND THE DRIEST SINCE 2004. THIS WAS ALSO THE SIXTH
CONSECUTIVE MONTH OF BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION AT THE AIRPORT.
NEARLY HALF OF THE RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH FELL RIGHT AWAY DURING THE
FIRST TWO DAYS...WITH THE ONLY HALFWAY DECENT RAIN THEREAFTER
CONSISTING OF 0.36-INCH ON THE 25TH. AS HAS BEEN THE CASE FOR
SEVERAL MONTHS NOW...GRAND ISLAND CONTINUED TO RECEIVE LESS
RAINFALL THAN NEARBY LOCATIONS SUCH AS HASTINGS AIRPORT...WHICH
MEASURED 1.45 INCHES MORE THAN GRAND ISLAND DURING AUGUST.

THE HIGHEST WIND GUST OF THE MONTH WAS ONLY 40 MPH FROM THE
NORTH-NORTHWEST ON THE 15TH. NO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AFFECTED GRAND
ISLAND DURING THE MONTH.


...SUMMER 2012 SEASONAL RECAP COVERING JUNE-AUGUST...

FOCUSING ON THE METEOROLOGICAL SUMMER SEASON OF JUNE...JULY...AND
AUGUST AS A WHOLE...THE DAILY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 77.7
DEGREES...WHICH WAS 3.9 DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 73.8 DEGREES.
THIS RANKED SUMMER 2012 AS THE 8TH-WARMEST SUMMER ON RECORD OUT OF
117 YEARS...AND THE WARMEST SINCE A DAILY AVERAGE OF 77.8 DEGREES
WAY BACK IN 1937. DURING THE 92 DAYS OF SUMMER 2012...GRAND ISLAND
REACHED AT LEAST 90 DEGREES ON 55 DAYS...AT LEAST 95 DEGREES ON 39
DAYS AND AT LEAST 100 DEGREES ON 10 DAYS. ACCORDING TO 30-YEAR
AVERAGES...GRAND ISLAND WOULD TYPICALLY REACH AT LEAST 95 DEGREES
ONLY 13 DAYS...AND REACH AT LEAST 100 DEGREES ONLY 3 OR 4 DAYS.
THE HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURE OF SUMMER 2012 WAS 107 DEGREES ON JUNE
27TH...AND THE COOLEST LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 43 DEGREES ON JUNE 1ST.

LOOKING AT TEMPERATURES OVER THE YEAR 2012 AS A WHOLE THROUGH THE
END OF AUGUST...THE DAILY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 59.0 DEGREES RANKS
AS THE 2ND-WARMEST OPENING EIGHT MONTHS OF ANY YEAR ON
RECORD...TRAILING ONLY THE DAILY AVERAGE OF 60.4 DEGREES IN 1934.

TURNING TO PRECIPITATION...THE SUMMER SEASONAL TOTAL OF 2.37 INCHES
WAS A SIGNIFICANT 8.45 INCHES BELOW NORMAL...AND RESULTED IN THE
DRIEST SUMMER ON RECORD OUT OF 117 YEARS...SURPASSING THE PREVIOUS
LOW POINT OF 2.87 INCHES IN 1940. FOR THE YEAR 2012 AS A WHOLE...THE
TOTAL PRECIPITATION OF 8.11 INCHES IS A WHOPPING 12.66 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL...AND RANKS AS THE 2ND-DRIEST OPENING EIGHT MONTHS OF ANY
YEAR ON RECORD...TRAILING ONLY 6.69 INCHES IN 1934.

 



 
...AUGUST 2012 SUMMARY FOR HASTINGS AIRPORT...

...TEMPERATURES

2 DAILY TEMPERATURE RECORDS SET IN AUGUST 2012:
AUG. 17: RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE OF 48 (PREVIOUS 49 IN 1943)
AUG. 19: RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE OF 46 (PREVIOUS 48 IN 1956/1967)

AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:      86.0 DEGREES (0.8 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:      60.3 DEGREES (3.1 BELOW NORMAL)
AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:    73.1 DEGREES (1.2 BELOW NORMAL)

HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:         97 DEGREES ON THE 30TH
COOLEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:        73 DEGREES ON THE 16TH

COOLEST LOW TEMPERATURE:         46 DEGREES ON THE 19TH
WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE:        69 DEGREES ON THE 1ST, 3RD, 7TH

HOTTEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:    95.5 DEGREES FROM THE 30TH-31ST

HOTTEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:    89.9 DEGREES FROM THE 25TH-31ST

COOLEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:    76.0 DEGREES FROM THE 16TH-17TH

COOLEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:     80.6 DEGREES FROM THE 13TH-19TH

COOLEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURES:   52.4 DEGREES FROM THE 15TH-21ST


...PRECIPITATION

1 DAILY PRECIPITATION RECORD SET IN AUGUST 2012:
AUG. 25: RECORD RAINFALL OF 1.24 INCHES (PREVIOUS 0.99 IN 1977)

TOTAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION: 2.39 INCHES (0.91 BELOW NORMAL)

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

HIGHEST CALENDAR DAY PRECIPITATION: 1.24 INCHES ON THE 25TH
HIGHEST 2-DAY PRECIPITATION:                 1.26 INCHES ON THE 24TH-25TH

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

MONTH          PRECIP.  DEPARTURE

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
JUNE 2012            2.35      -1.45
JULY 2012            1.64      -2.10
AUG. 2012            2.39      -0.91

12-MTH TOTAL    19.51     -7.60


...OTHER WEATHER ELEMENTS

HIGHEST WIND GUST: 49 MPH FROM THE EAST-SOUTHEAST ON THE 21ST

HIGHEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE: 30.27 ON THE 5TH
LOWEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE:  29.68 ON THE 15TH


...AUGUST 2012 NARRATIVE FOR HASTINGS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT...

NOT AS HOT BUT STILL ON THE DRY SIDE...

BREAKING A STREAK OF TEN CONSECUTIVE MONTHS OF ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES...HASTINGS ACTUALLY AVERAGED SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL IN
AUGUST. PRECIPITATION-WISE...THE NEWS WAS NOT AS FAVORABLE. ALTHOUGH
NOT AS DRY AS JULY WAS...AUGUST RAINFALL WAS NEARLY AN INCH BELOW
NORMAL...MARKING THE FOURTH MONTH IN A ROW OF BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL.
AS OF THE END OF THE MONTH...THE HASTINGS AREA REMAINED IN EXTREME
DROUGHT ACCORDING TO THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR.

LOOKING AT TEMPERATURES IN MORE DETAIL...THE DAILY MEAN TEMPERATURE
WHEN FACTORING IN BOTH THE HIGHS AND LOWS WAS 73.1 DEGREES...OR 1.2
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THE GREATEST CONTRIBUTING FACTOR TO THE BELOW
NORMAL MONTH WAS DAILY LOW TEMPERATURES...WHICH AVERAGED 60.3
DEGREES...OR 3.1 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. IN CONTRAST...DAILY HIGH
TEMPERATURES ACTUALLY AVERAGED SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL BY 0.8 DEGREES.

IN GENERAL...THE FIRST EIGHT DAYS AND THE FINAL FOUR DAYS OF THE
MONTH INCLUDED THE HOTTEST TEMPERATURES...WHILE THE MIDDLE FEW WEEKS
WERE PRIMARILY ON THE COOLER SIDE. IN FACT...BETWEEN THE 9TH AND
21ST...THE DAILY MEAN TEMPERATURE WAS BELOW NORMAL ON 12 OF 13 DAYS.
THE HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS 97 DEGREES ON THE
30TH...WHILE THE COOLEST HIGH WAS 73 DEGREES ON THE 16TH. THE
COOLEST MORNING LOW WAS 46 DEGREES ON THE 19TH...WHICH SET A NEW
RECORD FOR THE DATE. A RECORD LOW WAS ALSO SET ON THE 17TH WITH A
READING OF 48. LOOKING SPECIFICALLY AT WEEK-LONG STRETCHES...THE
HOTTEST WEEK OF THE MONTH CAME RIGHT AT THE END BETWEEN THE
25TH-31ST...DURING WHICH FIVE DAYS REACHED AT LEAST 88 DEGREES. THE
OVERALL COOLEST WEEK OF THE MONTH IN TERMS OF HIGH TEMPERATURES
OCCURRED BETWEEN THE 13TH-19TH...DURING WHICH ONLY ONE DAY EXCEEDED
82 DEGREES.

PRECIPITATION WISE...THE MONTHLY TOTAL OF 2.39 INCHES AT HASTINGS
MUNICIPAL AIRPORT WAS 72 PERCENT OF THE NORMAL AMOUNT OF 3.30
INCHES. HOWEVER...ONE ONLY HAS TO LOOK BACK FOUR YEARS TO FIND A
DRIER AUGUST...AS AUGUST 2008 ONLY HAD 1.49 INCHES. JUST OVER HALF
OF THE RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH FELL IN A SINGLE DAY WITH 1.24 INCHES
ON THE 25TH...WHICH SET A NEW RECORD FOR THE DATE. DESPITE THE
GROWING RAINFALL DEFICIT OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS...HASTINGS
CONTINUES TO FAIR BETTER THAN NEARBY LOCATIONS SUCH AS GRAND ISLAND
CENTRAL NEBRASKA REGIONAL AIRPORT...WHICH MEASURED 1.45 INCHES LESS
THAN HASTINGS DURING AUGUST.

THE HIGHEST WIND GUST OF THE MONTH WAS 49 MPH FROM THE
EAST-SOUTHEAST ON THE 21ST. NO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AFFECTED THE
IMMEDIATE HASTINGS AREA DURING THE MONTH.


...SUMMER 2012 SEASONAL RECAP FOR HASTINGS COVERING JUNE-AUGUST...

FOCUSING ON THE METEOROLOGICAL SPRING SEASON OF JUNE...JULY...AND
AUGUST AS A WHOLE...THE DAILY MEAN TEMPERATURE WAS 76.3
DEGREES...WHICH WAS 1.9 DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 74.4 DEGREES.
THIS RANKED SUMMER 2012 AS THE 20TH-WARMEST SUMMER ON RECORD OUT OF
106 YEARS. HOWEVER...ONE ONLY HAS TO GO BACK SIX YEARS TO 2006 TO
FIND A SLIGHTLY HOTTER SUMMER...WHICH HAD A DAILY MEAN TEMPERATURE
OF 76.6 DEGREES. DURING THE 92 DAYS OF SUMMER 2012...HASTINGS
AIRPORT REACHED AT LEAST 90 DEGREES ON 48 DAYS...AT LEAST 95 DEGREES
ON 23 DAYS...AND AT LEAST 100 DEGREES ON SIX DAYS. ACCORDING TO
30-YEAR AVERAGES FROM 1981-2010...HASTINGS WOULD TYPICALLY BE
EXPECTED TO REACH 95 DEGREES ONLY 12 TIMES...AND REACH 100 DEGREES
ONLY THREE OR FOUR TIMES. THE HOTTEST TEMPERATURE OF THE SUMMER WAS
103 DEGREES ON JUNE 27TH...AND THE COOLEST LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 44
DEGREES ON JUNE 1ST.

TURNING TO PRECIPITATION...THE SUMMER SEASONAL TOTAL OF 6.38 INCHES
WAS 4.46 INCHES BELOW NORMAL...AND RESULTED IN THE 16TH-DRIEST
SUMMER ON RECORD OUT OF 117 YEARS. HOWEVER...ONE ONLY HAS TO LOOK
BACK NINE YEARS TO 2003 TO FIND AN EVEN DRIER SUMMER WHICH TOTALED
ONLY 5.57 INCHES. FOR THE YEAR 2012 AS A WHOLE...THE TOTAL
PRECIPITATION OF 16.07 INCHES STANDS 4.59 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.
HOWEVER...HASTINGS HAS FARED CONSIDERABLY BETTER THAN NEARBY CENTRAL
NEBRASKA REGIONAL AIRPORT IN GRAND ISLAND...WHICH HAS MEASURED 7.96
INCHES LESS PRECIPITATION FOR THE YEAR.



...AUGUST 2012 SUMMARY FOR KEARNEY AIRPORT...


(NOTE: ALL DATA PRESENTED BELOW THIS POINT 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 THE TABLE AT THE TOP OF THIS
PRODUCT. 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 A MIDNIGHT-TO-MIDNIGHT
CALENDAR DAY PERIOD.)


...TEMPERATURES

THE LISTING OF HOTTEST AND COOLEST TEMPERATURES BELOW ARE FROM THE
OFFICIAL NWS COOPERATIVE OBSERVER...BASED ON A 24-HOUR PERIOD ENDING
AT 7 AM:

HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:
98 DEGREES REPORTED ON THE 31ST (ACTUALLY OCCURRED ON THE 30TH)

COOLEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:
73 DEGREES REPORTED ON THE 17TH (ACTUALLY OCCURRED ON THE 16TH)

COOLEST LOW TEMPERATURE:
45 DEGREES REPORTED ON THE 17TH...19TH AND 20TH

WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE:
67 DEGREES REPORTED ON THE 2ND


...PRECIPITATION

TOTAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION:    1.45 INCHES (1.63 BELOW NORMAL)

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

HIGHEST 24-HOUR
PRECIPITATION ENDING AT 7 AM:     0.67 REPORTED ON THE 26TH

HIGHEST 48-HOUR PRECIPITATION:  0.67 REPORTED ON THE 26TH

THE MONTHLY TOTAL OF 1.45 INCHES WAS ONLY 47 PERCENT OF THE NORMAL
AMOUNT OF 3.08 INCHES...AND MARKED THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH OF
WELL BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL.

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

MONTH          PRECIP.  DEPARTURE

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
JUNE 2012        1.62      -2.31
JULY 2012         0.58      -2.70
AUG. 2012         1.45      -1.63

12-MTH TOTAL  18.38     -6.85


...HIGH WINDS/SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS

FOR THE THIRD MONTH IN A ROW...NO HAIL OR SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WINDS
WERE REPORTED WITHIN THE CITY OF KEARNEY.


 

...AUGUST 2012 SUMMARY FOR ORD AIRPORT...

...TEMPERATURES

AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:      89.0 DEGREES (3.4 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:      57.4 DEGREES (3.0 BELOW NORMAL)
AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:    73.2 DEGREES (0.2 ABOVE NORMAL)

HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:       102 DEGREES ON THE 29TH, 30TH
COOLEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:        75 DEGREES ON THE 16TH

COOLEST LOW TEMPERATURE:        39 DEGREES ON THE 17TH
WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE:       69 DEGREES ON THE 1ST, 28TH

HOTTEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:  102.0 DEGREES FROM THE 29TH-30TH

HOTTEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:    95.0 DEGREES FROM THE 25TH-31ST

COOLEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:    77.5 DEGREES FROM THE 16TH-17TH

COOLEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:    82.7 DEGREES FROM THE 11TH-17TH

COOLEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURES:   48.1 DEGREES FROM THE 15TH-21ST


...PRECIPITATION

TOTAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION: 0.79 INCHES (2.37 BELOW NORMAL)

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

HIGHEST CALENDAR DAY PRECIPITATION: 0.25 INCHES ON THE 1ST
HIGHEST 2-DAY PRECIPITATION:                 0.35 INCHES ON THE 3RD-4TH

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

MONTH          PRECIP.  DEPARTURE

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
JUNE 2012          0.33      -3.79
JULY 2012           0.15      -2.82
AUG. 2012           0.79      -2.37

12-MTH TOTAL   15.09     -11.25


...OTHER WEATHER ELEMENTS

HIGHEST WIND GUST: 43 MPH FROM THE NORTH ON THE 15TH

HIGHEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE: 30.28 ON THE 5TH
LOWEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE:  29.66 ON THE 15TH


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

NOT AS HOT BUT STILL VERY DRY...

FOR THE ELEVENTH MONTH IN A ROW...AND FOR THE 13TH TIME IN THE PAST
14 MONTHS...ORD YET AGAIN RECORDED A MONTH WITH ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES. HOWEVER...UNLIKE THE PAST FIVE MONTHS THAT AVERAGED
SEVERAL DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL....READINGS IN AUGUST BARELY AVERAGED
ABOVE NORMAL. PRECIPITATION-WISE...THE NEWS WAS LESS FORTUNATE.
ALTHOUGH NOT AS BONE DRY AS IN JULY...AUGUST RAINFALL STILL MEASURED
MORE THAN TWO INCHES BELOW NORMAL. AS OF THE END OF THE MONTH...THE
ORD AREA REMAINED IN EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT ACCORDING TO THE U.S.
DROUGHT MONITOR.

LOOKING AT TEMPERATURES IN MORE DETAIL...THE DAILY MEAN TEMPERATURE
WHEN FACTORING IN BOTH THE HIGHS AND LOWS WAS 73.2 DEGREES...WHICH
WAS BARELY ABOVE NORMAL BY ONLY 0.2 DEGREES. HOWEVER...THIS WAS A
CASE WHERE THE DAILY HIGH AND LOW TEMPERATURES ESSENTIALLY
CANCELED EACH OTHER OUT...AS THE DAILY HIGHS AVERAGED 3.4 DEGREES
ABOVE NORMAL...WHILE THE LOWS AVERAGED 3.0 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. IN
GENERAL...THE FIRST EIGHT DAYS AND THE FINAL 4 DAYS OF THE MONTH
CONTAINED THE HOTTEST DAYS...WHILE THE MIDDLE FEW WEEKS WERE
PRIMARILY ON THE COOLER SIDE. IN FACT...BETWEEN THE 9TH AND
20TH...THE DAILY MEAN TEMPERATURE WAS BELOW NORMAL ON 11 OUT OF 12
DAYS. THE HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS 102 DEGREES ON
BOTH THE 29TH AND 30TH...WHILE THE COOLEST HIGH WAS 75 DEGREES ON
THE 16TH. THE COOLEST MORNING LOW WAS A SEASONABLY CHILLY 39 DEGREES
ON THE 17TH...WHICH WAS THE COOLEST READING ON ANY DAY IN AUGUST
SINCE AT LEAST 2004. LOOKING SPECIFICALLY AT WEEK-LONG
STRETCHES...THE HOTTEST WEEK OF THE MONTH HELD OFF UNTIL RIGHT
AT THE END BETWEEN THE 25TH-31ST...DURING WHICH FOUR DAYS EXCEEDED
95 DEGREES. THE OVERALL COOLEST WEEK OF THE MONTH PER DAILY HIGH
TEMPERATURES OCCURRED BETWEEN THE 11TH-17TH...DURING WHICH ONLY ONE
DAY EXCEEDED 86 DEGREES. A NOTABLY COOL STRETCH OF MORNING LOWS WAS
CENTERED BETWEEN THE 16TH-20TH...FEATURING READINGS BETWEEN 39-49
DEGREES.

PRECIPITATION WISE...THE MONTHLY TOTAL OF 0.79 INCHES AT EVELYN
SHARP FIELD AIRPORT WAS ONLY 25 PERCENT OF THE NORMAL AMOUNT OF 3.16
INCHES. THIS WAS THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH OF WELL BELOW NORMAL
PRECIPITATION AT ORD...FOLLOWING A RATHER WET APRIL. THE MAJORITY OF
THE FAIRLY MEAGER MONTHLY RAINFALL FELL RIGHT AWAY BETWEEN THE
1ST-4TH...WITH ONLY 0.17-INCH DURING THE FINAL 27 DAYS OF THE MONTH.
OVER THE PAST YEAR...ORD NOW STANDS A NOTABLE 11.25 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL IN PRECIPITATION.

THE HIGHEST WIND GUST OF THE MONTH WAS ONLY 43 MPH FROM THE NORTH ON
THE 15TH. NO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AFFECTED THE IMMEDIATE ORD AREA
DURING THE MONTH.

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