Sep. 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

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

September 4: Damaging Winds Affect Southern Portions of the Area
September 20: Grand Island Reached 95+ Degrees The Most Times Since 1937!

* 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.


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

...Temps Near Normal...But The 5th-Consecutive Month of Well-Below Normal Rainfall Continues Extreme to Exceptional Drought...

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

- TEMPERATURES....(According to 30-year averages, "normal" September high temperatures in South Central Nebraska gradually decrease from the low-mid 80s early in the month to the low-mid 70s by the end of the month, while highs in North Central Kansas gradually decrease from the upper-80s to the mid-70s. "Normal" September low temperatures across most of the 30-county area gradually decrease from the upper-50s or low-60s early in the month to the mid-upper 40s by month's end, except for low 40s north of Highway 92 in Nebraska...)

Although some places, including Grand Island and Kearney, notched their TWELFTH month in a row of at least slightly above normal average daily temperatures, the majority of the 30-county area actually finished September roughly 1° below normal for the month, especially south of Interstate 80 and down into North Central Kansas. However, as was the case in August, there was an opposite tendency between the daily highs versus the overnight lows, with the daily highs across nearly the entire area averaging several degrees above normal, while the overnight lows averaged several degrees below normal. For example, even though in Hastings the average daily temperature for the month officially finished 0.5° below normal, this was a somewhat misleading result of the daily highs averaging 3.1° above normal and the overnight lows 4.2° below normal. This tendency for above normal highs and below normal lows is actually quite typical of very dry weather patterns.

Breaking down the month into temperature trends, for most of the area the first six days were the overall warmest, with places such as Grand Island tying daily high temperature records on both the 2nd and the 4th, with 101 and 103°, respectively. Daily high temperatures during the majority of the month were generally near normal, with the overall coolest stretch generally centered between the 14th-26th. During this 13-day stretch, places such as Grand Island and Smith Center only reached the 70s on seven days. Based on dozens of NWS Cooperative Observer sites and a handful of automated stations, the hottest days of the month were clearly the 2nd and the 4th, with a few readings on the 4th highlighted by 105° at Kirwin Dam and near Alton KS, and 104° at Red Cloud and near Superior.  For the majority of the area, the coolest morning lows occurred on the 23rd, highlighted by readings of 30° at Greeley, Ord airport, and near York and Genoa. Although a few of these Nebraska sites mainly north of Interstate 80 nudged below freezing during the month, the entire 30-county area made it through September without experiencing widespread frost or a hard, killing freeze.

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


- PRECIPITATION
...(According to 30-year averages, "normal" September rainfall across the NWS Hastings coverage area varies a bit from west to east, with most locations west of the Highway 281 corridor generally expected to receive between 1.60 - 2.25 inches, while locations generally east of Highway 281 average a bit higher between 2.25 - 2.70 inches)

For the fifth 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 to exceptional drought situation...one of the worst widespread droughts in many decades. Based on reports from around 70 NWS Cooperative Observers and a few automated airport gauges, and also incorporating radar-derived estimation, roughly 95% of the 30-county area measured below normal rainfall in September. Of greater consequence, roughly 80% of the area measured less than half of normal September rainfall, and roughly 45% of the area measured LESS THAN ONE-FOURTH of normal September rainfall. The only "lucky" spot within the coverage area to receive near-normal to slightly above normal monthly rainfall included portions of primarily Rooks, Osborne, Mitchell and southern Jewell Counties in North Central Kansas, largely thanks to a few rounds of thunderstorms during the first week of the month. This continued a trend from the past few months, with North Central Kansas generally receiving more rainfall than South Central Nebraska. For the majority of the coverage area that missed out on the early-month thunderstorms, most of the rainfall during the month fell during a fairly widespread light-to-moderate rain event on the 12th.

Focusing on monthly rainfall extremes across the area, some of the paltriest totals included 0.13" at Ord airport, 0.21" at Cozad and Loup City and 0.25" at Arcadia and Gothenburg. At Ord, this marked the 2nd-driest September on record, and continued a very notable stretch of dry weather. In fact, for the five-month period from May-September, Ord only totaled 3.66" of rain, which is merely 22% of the normal amount of 16.50". Another dry spot during the month included Central Nebraska Regional Airport in Grand Island, where the total of 0.47" marked the 7th-driest September on record and the driest since 1998. One of the only small portions of South Central Nebraska to measure rainfall in excess of 1-inch was southern Thayer County, including 1.75" at Hubbell. Turning to the limited areas that saw near-normal to above normal rainfall in North Central Kansas, some of the highest totals of the month included 3.60" at Cawker City, 2.51" at Jewell and 2.44" at Covert in rural central Osborne County. Most of the rain at Cawker City fell during heavy thunderstorms on the 4th (2.76"). In between these drier and wetter extremes just described, the majority of the NWS Hastings coverage area measured between 0.35" and 1.00" during September, including places such as Hastings, Kearney, Nelson, St. Paul and Franklin.

Accounting for longer-term rainfall deficits since May, total rainfall over the past 5 months continues to average only 25-60% of normal across the majority of the 30-county area.

(Please look farther down the page for more information on September 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 Sep. 4th, the U.S. Drought Monitor as of Oct. 2, 2012 (images at bottom of page) reflected little change in the ongoing, significant drought situation, as the summer and fall of 2012 continues to mark its place in history as one of the worst droughts in many decades. A little over half of the 30-county area is now indicated to be in Category D4 Exceptional Drought, the worst-possible category, while several counties mainly within the southeast quadrant of the NWS Hastings coverage area are in Category D3 Extreme Drought, with only small portions of Nuckolls and Thayer Counties assigned the somewhat less significant Category D2 Severe Drought. Looking beyond the borders of the 30-county NWS Hastings coverage area, nearly 98% of Nebraska and 93% of Kansas was in Extreme to Exceptional Drought as of early October.


(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...Although only 12 severe thunderstorm warnings were issued by NWS Hastings during the month, this actually ended up being a comparably busier month in terms of severe weather than both July and August were. However, the majority of severe thunderstorms affected only the six counties in North Central Kansas during events on the late afternoon and evening hours of both the 4th and the 6th. On the 4th, a line of severe winds of 60-70 MPH marched across much of North Central Kansas, resulting in several reports of generally minor to moderate damage, including about 40 power poles blown down in the Woodston area. A few nights later on the 6th, another line of damaging winds affected primarily Rooks and Smith Counties in North Central Kansas, while a lone supercell storm dropped large hail up to golf ball size as it tracked east-southeast across Harlan and Franklin Counties in Nebraska into Smith County Kansas. On the last day of the month, a very localized severe thunderstorm in western Dawson County dropped quarter size hail in the Cozad area. (For more detail, please see the Sep. 4th event web story linked at the top of this page, and also the interactive storm reports map at the far bottom of this page)

- Number of Severe Thunderstorm Warning polygons issued by NWS Hastings in September 2012: 12 (12 more than last year)
- Number of Tornado Warning polygons issued by NWS Hastings in September 2012: ZERO (Equal to last year)
- Number of confirmed tornadoes within the NWS Hastings coverage area in September 2012: ZERO

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September 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 September 2012 climate summaries specifically for Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney and Ord

Grand Island     Hastings     Kearney      Ord


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

...A FEW OF THE HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURES DURING SEPTEMBER 2012
(All are reports from Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified)
105 degrees...2 SW Alton (4th) - Kirwin Dam (4th)
104 degrees...Beaver City (2nd) - Red Cloud (4th) - 4 E Superior (8th) - Smith Center, KS (2nd)
103 degrees...4 WNW Plainville, KS (2nd) - 2W Genoa (4th) - Grand Island Central Nebraska Regional Airport ASOS (4th)

102 degrees...Franklin (2nd & 4th) - Beloit, KS (4th) - Cambridge (4th) - Lexington Airport AWOS (4th) - York Airport AWOS (4th)
101 degrees...Edison (2nd & 4th) - Hebron Airport AWOS (4th) - Glen Elder Dam, KS (4th) - Aurora Airport AWOS (4th)
100 degrees...Clay Center (4th & 5th) - Geneva (4th) - Greeley (4th) - Harlan Lake (4th) - 6 NNW Oxford (2nd) - Ravenna (4th)

                     Lovewell Dam, KS (4th) - Holdrege Airport AWOS (4th) - Kearney Airport AWOS (4th) - Ord Airport ASOS (4th)
99 degrees...Canaday Steam Plant (4th) - Minden (4th) - Gothenburg (4th)
98 degrees...Osceola (4th) - Hastings Airport ASOS (2nd & 4th)

             
...A FEW OF THE COOLEST LOW TEMPERATURES DURING SEPTEMBER 2012
(All reports are from Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified)
30 degrees...Greeley (23rd) - Ord Airport ASOS (23rd) - 3N York (23rd) - 2W Genoa (23rd)
31 degrees...Ravenna (23rd)
32 degrees...Beaver City (18th) - Edison (18th & 23rd) - Red Cloud (23rd)
33 degrees...Cambridge (23rd)
34 degrees...Franklin (23rd) - 4N Superior (23rd) - Grand Island Central Nebraska Regional Airport ASOS (23rd) - Hebron Airport AWOS (23rd)
35 degrees...Osceola (23rd) - Kirwin Dam, KS (23rd) - Gothenburg (23rd) - Hastings Airport ASOS (23rd)
36 degrees...Holdrege (18th, 23rd, 24th) - Kearney Airport AWOS (23rd) - Canaday Steam Plant (6SSE Lexington) (18th & 23rd)
                   Minden (23rd) - Aurora Airport AWOS (23rd) - Lexington Airport AWOS (18th & 23rd)
37 degrees...2SW Alton, KS (18th & 23rd)
38 degrees...Geneva (23rd) - Harlan Lake (18th) - 6NNW Oxford (18th)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
...A FEW OF THE HIGHEST RAINFALL TOTALS DURING SEPTEMBER 2012
(May include observations from NeRAIN network)  
3.60 inches...Cawker City, KS in Mitchell County (Cooperative Observer)
2.51 inches...Jewell, KS in Jewell County (Cooperative Observer)
2.44 inches...Covert, KS in Osborne County (Cooperative Observer)
2.23 inches...Mankato, KS in Jewell County (Cooperative Observer)
2.21 inches...Hunter, KS in Mitchell County (Cooperative Observer)
2.01 inches...4WNW Plainville, KS in Rooks County (Cooperative Observer)
1.83 inches...Beloit, KS in Mitchell County (Cooperative Observer)
1.75 inches...Hubbell in Thayer County (Cooperative Observer)
1.55 inches...Natoma, KS in Osborne County (Cooperative Observer)
1.50 inches...Byron in Thayer County (NeRAIN Observer)

...A FEW OF THE LOWEST RAINFALL TOTALS DURING SEPTEMBER 2012 
(May include observations from NeRAIN network) 
0.12 inch...Ord in Valley County (Cooperative Observer)
0.14 inch...Lawrence in Nuckolls County (NeRAIN Observer)
0.21 inch...Cozad in Dawson County (Cooperative Observer) and Loup City (NeRAIN Observer)
0.25 inch...Arcadia in Valley County and Gothenburg in Dawson County (Cooperative Observers)
0.28 inch...8WNW Elba in Howard County (NeRAIN Observer)
0.29 inch...Edison in Furnas County (Cooperative Observer) and 14SE Litchfield in Sherman County (NeRAIN Observer)
0.30 inch...Canaday Steam Plant (6SSE Lexington) in Gosper County - Cambridge in Furnas County - Miller in Buffalo County (Cooperative Observers)
0.32 inch...3NE Shelby in Polk County (Cooperative Observer) and Benedict in York County (NeRAIN Observer)
0.33 inch...Lexington Airport AWOS in Dawson County
0.34 inch...8S Oxford in Furnas County (Cooperative Observer)

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

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

 

Grand Island (Regional Airport) - Sep. 2011 - Sep. 2012

 

Sep. 2011

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

Apr.

May

Jun.

Jul.

Aug. Sep.

Average High (F)

74.8

68.7

52.7

39.6

45.1

40.9

69.2

69.1

80.9

88.7

96.0

88.7

83.1

Average Low (F)

47.3

41.1

26.4

19.5

19.4

19.3

39.0

43.0

52.5

62.6

68.9

61.0

50.0

Average Temperature (F)

61.0

54.9

39.6

29.5

32.2

30.1

54.1

56.2

66.7

75.7

82.4

74.8

66.5

Departure from Normal (F)

-4.1

+2.7

+1.5

+2.8

+7.1

+1.0

+14.7

+5.6

+5.5

+4.4

+6.2

+0.8

+1.4

 

Precipitation (inches)

0.83

2.20

0.21

1.11

0.16

1.05

0.83

1.41

2.29

1.27

0.16

0.94

0.47

Departure from Normal

-1.40

+0.34

-0.96

+0.48

-0.37

+0.37

-0.97

-1.12

-2.12

-3.03

-3.24

-2.18

-1.76

 

Snowfall (inches)

0.0

0.0

Trace

8.3

1.6

10.2

Trace

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Departure from Normal

-0.1

-1.0

-3.1

+3.1

-5.0

+4.1

-5.6

-1.3

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

-0.1

 

Hastings (Municipal Airport) - Sep. 2011 - Sep. 2012

 

Sep. 2011

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

Apr.

May

June

Jul.

Aug.

Sep.

Average High (F)

74.0

68.4

52.7

39.2

44.4

40.7

68.2

67.6

78.9

86.7

94.1

86.0 80.5

Average Low (F)

48.2

41.5

27.2

18.9

19.0

20.0

38.5

43.5

53.4

62.4

68.4

60.3 49.7

Average Temperature (F)

61.1

54.9

40.0

29.0

31.7

30.3

53.3

55.5

66.1

74.6

81.3

73.1 65.1

Departure from Normal (F)

-4.5

+2.3

+1.3

+1.4

+5.7

+0.4

+13.4

+4.8

+4.8

+2.8

+4.2

-1.2 -0.5

 

Precipitation (inches)

0.70

1.36

0.38

1.00

0.14

1.67

0.86

2.95

4.07

2.35

1.64

2.39 0.59

Departure from Normal

-1.86

-0.63

-0.91

+0.39

-0.27

+1.18

-0.93

+0.39

-0.50

-1.45

-2.10

-0.91 -1.97

 

Snowfall NWS Office (inches)

0.0

0.0

Trace

9.4

1.7

11.4

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0 0.0

Departure from Normal

-0.2

-1.0

-2.6

+3.3

-4.8

+4.9

-5.2

-1.2

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0 -0.2

 

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

 

Sep. 2011

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

Apr.

May

Jun.

Jul.

Aug.

Sep.

Average High (F)*

74.1

67.7

52.2

39.2

44.7

40.7

68.0

67.3

78.4

87.1

94.8

87.0 81.6

Average Low (F)*

47.3

40.0

24.9

18.0

18.5

19.3

37.8

43.4

51.9

61.5

66.3

59.4 49.0

Average Temperature (F)*

60.7

53.8

38.5

28.6

31.6

30.0

52.9

55.4

65.2

74.3

80.6

73.2 65.3

Departure from Normal (F)*

-2.8

+2.9

+1.5

+2.7

+7.0

+1.9

+15.2

+6.7

+5.7

+4.5

+5.9

+0.6 +1.8

 

Precipitation (inches)

0.65

4.92

0.33

0.39

0.03

1.04

1.02

4.35

2.00

1.62

0.58

1.45 0.54

Departure from Normal

-1.42

+2.88

-0.69

-0.18

-0.46

+0.49

-0.77

+2.12

-2.18

-2.31

-2.70

-1.63 -1.53

 

Snowfall (inches)

0.0

0.0

Trace

6.6

Trace

7.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0 0.0

Departure from Normal

-0.2

-0.7

-3.1

+3.1

-4.4

+1.9

-4.6

-1.8

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0  -0.2

 

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

 

Sep. 2011

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

Apr.

May

Jun.

Jul.

Aug. Sep.

Average High (F)

74.5

66.6

52.8

39.5

45.0

40.2

67.7

65.0

75.8

88.2

96.9

89.0 82.2

Average Low (F)

43.9

36.6

20.2

14.1

15.6

15.7

34.1

38.8

48.3

59.4

64.5

57.4 43.9

Average Temperature (F)

59.2

51.6

36.5

26.8

30.3

27.9

50.9

51.9

62.0

73.8

80.7

73.2 63.0

Departure from Normal (F)

-4.4

+2.0

+0.2

+1.9

+5.7

+0.1

+13.2

+3.1

+2.7

+4.6

+6.3

+0.2 -0.6

 

Precipitation (inches)*

0.77

2.83

0.03

0.54

0.13

1.30

0.67

5.29

2.26

0.33

0.15

0.79 0.13

Departure from Normal

-1.67

+0.90

-1.04

-0.05

-0.24

+0.86

-0.78

+2.70

-1.55

-3.79

-2.82

-2.37 -2.31

 

Snowfall (Coop Observer)

0.0

0.0

Trace

8.5

1.5

8.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0 0.0

Departure from Normal

0.0

-1.1

-5.3

+1.1

-5.3

+2.0

-5.9

-2.5

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0 0.0

 

Smith Center, KS (Cooperative Observer) - Sep. 2011 - Sep. 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)

 

Sep. 2011

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

April

May

Jun.

Jul.

Aug. Sept.

Average High (F)*

78.0

71.0

54.4

43.0

47.1

45.8

70.5

70.6

83.5

94.2

100.4

89.9 83.6

Average Low (F)*

49.8

41.0

27.3

18.7

18.5

20.6

38.3

44.4

53.0

62.6

69.4

60.5 51.0

Average Temperature (F)*

63.9

56.0

40.9

30.9

32.8

33.2

54.4

57.5

68.3

78.4

84.9

75.2 67.3

Departure from Normal (F)*

-4.3

+1.2

+0.5

+2.1

+5.1

+1.2

+12.8

+5.0

+4.6

+4.4

+5.2

-2.0 -0.9

 

Precipitation (inches)

0.39

2.32

0.72

0.95

0.13

1.31

1.28

2.78

0.14

1.61

1.00

2.75 0.41

Departure from Normal

-1.65

+0.44

-0.50

+0.29

-0.36

+0.73

-0.59

+0.51

-3.78

-2.00

-2.87

-0.55 -1.63

 

Snowfall (inches)

0.0

0.0

0.6

3.7

Trace

4.6

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0 0.0

Departure from Normal

-0.2

-0.4

-1.2

+0.5

-3.7

+0.5

-2.6

-0.6

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0 -0.2


Most of the following images depicting September 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.

Click Images To Enlarge

Nebraska: September 2012
Measured Precipitation (Inches)
Kansas: September 2012
Measured Precipitation (Inches)
Nebraska: September 2012 Percent of Normal Measured Precip. Kansas: September 2012
Percent of Normal Measured Precip.
 
NWS Hastings Area: September 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: September 2012  Temperature Departure 
from Normal (F)
Kansas: September 2012 
Temperature Departure 
from Normal (F)


The following drought status images, current as of October 2, 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 October 2, 2012

Kansas - U.S. Drought Monitor as of October 2, 2012

  


Interactive Map of September 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 September 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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