Sep. 2012 Climate Summaries For Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, Ord

 For much of the NWS Hastings coverage area, daily high temperatures during September 2012 averaged a few degrees above normal, while daily lows averaged a few degrees below normal, resulting in an overall monthly average fairly close to normal.  However, the bigger story continued to be a pronounced lack of rainfall, especially for the 24 South Central Nebraska counties. At the end of the month, nearly all of South Central Nebraska and North Central Kansas remained in extreme to exceptional drought accoding to the U.S. Drought Monitor. See below for a wealth of Sep. 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 September 2012 climate and weather information for the entire 30-county NWS Hastings coverage area...

Grand Island:  7th-driest September on record out of 117 years
Hastings:         8th-driest September on record out of 118 years
Ord:                   2nd-driest September on record, behind only 1940

Grand Island    Hastings    Kearney   Ord

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...SEPTEMBER 2012 SUMMARY FOR GRAND ISLAND AIRPORT...

...TEMPERATURES

2 DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORDS TIED IN SEP. 2012:
SEP. 2: TIED RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 101 LAST SET IN 1929
SEP. 4: TIED RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 103 LAST SET IN 1945

AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:      83.1 DEGREES (5.1 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:      50.0 DEGREES (2.3 BELOW NORMAL)
AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:    66.5 DEGREES (1.4 ABOVE NORMAL)

HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:        103 DEGREES ON THE 4TH
COOLEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:         68 DEGREES ON THE 22ND

COOLEST LOW TEMPERATURE:         34 DEGREES ON THE 23RD
WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE:        69 DEGREES ON THE 11TH

HOTTEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:    98.0 DEGREES FROM THE 1ST-2ND

HOTTEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:    91.7 DEGREES FROM THE 1ST-7TH

COOLEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:    70.5 DEGREES FROM THE 22ND-23RD

COOLEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:    76.6 DEGREES FROM THE 20TH-26TH

COOLEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURES:   42.7 DEGREES FROM THE 22ND-28TH


...PRECIPITATION (7TH-DRIEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD)

NO DAILY PRECIPITATION RECORDS SET IN SEPTEMBER 2012

TOTAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION: 0.47 INCHES (1.76 BELOW NORMAL)

THIS WAS THE 7TH-DRIEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD OUT OF 117 YEARS...AND
THE DRIEST SINCE 1998 WHICH HOLDS THE RECORD WITH ONLY 0.01


NUMBER OF DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION (0.01 OR MORE): 2

HIGHEST CALENDAR DAY PRECIPITATION: 0.46 INCHES ON THE 12TH
HIGHEST 2-DAY PRECIPITATION:                 0.46 INCHES ON THE 12TH

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

MONTH          PRECIP.  DEPARTURE

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
SEP. 2012        0.47      -1.76

12-MTH TOTAL  12.10     -14.56


...OTHER WEATHER ELEMENTS

HIGHEST WIND GUST: 48 MPH FROM THE NORTH-NORTHEAST ON THE 12TH

HIGHEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE: 30.46 ON THE 13TH
LOWEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE:  29.69 ON THE 15TH


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

A CONTINUED LACK OF RAIN...AS TEMPS AVERAGE SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL...

FOR THE 12TH MONTH IN A ROW...AND FOR THE 15TH TIME IN THE PAST
16 MONTHS...GRAND ISLAND YET AGAIN RECORDED ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES. HOWEVER...THE BIGGER STORY CONTINUED TO BE A
PRONOUNCED LACK OF RAIN...AS THE GRAND ISLAND AREA REMAINED MIRED IN
AN EXTREME TO EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT SITUATION ACCORDING TO THE U.S.
DROUGHT MONITOR. SEPTEMBER MARKED THE SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH OF
WELL BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL.

STARTING WITH A CLOSER LOOK AT TEMPERATURES...THE DAILY MEAN
TEMPERATURE WHEN FACTORING IN BOTH THE HIGHS AND THE LOWS WAS 66.5
DEGREES...OR 1.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. HOWEVER...THERE WAS A
NOTICEABLE DISPARITY BETWEEN THE DAILY HIGHS AND DAILY LOWS...WITH
WARM HIGHS CARRYING THE MOST WEIGHT. DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURES
AVERAGED 83.1 DEGREES WHICH WAS 5.1 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL...WHILE IN
CONTRAST DAILY LOWS AVERAGED 50.0 DEGREES WHICH WAS 2.3 DEGREES
BELOW NORMAL. BREAKING DOWN THE MONTH INTO TEMPERATURE
TRENDS...CLEARLY THE FIRST SIX DAYS OF THE MONTH WERE THE
WARMEST...AS FOUR OF THESE DAYS REACHED AT LEAST 94 DEGREES AND
DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE TIED ON BOTH THE 2ND AND THE 4TH
WITH 101 AND 103 DEGREES...RESPECTIVELY. DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURES
DURING THE FINAL THREE WEEKS OF THE MONTH WERE GENERALLY CLOSE TO
SEASONAL NORMALS...WITH THE OVERALL COOLEST WEEK CENTERED BETWEEN
THE 20TH AND 26TH WITH SIX OUT OF THE SEVEN DAYS NO WARMER THAN 79
DEGREES. AS IS OFTEN THE CASE DURING VERY DRY WEATHER
REGIMES...OVERNIGHT LOW TEMPERATURES WERE OFTEN AT LEAST SLIGHTLY
BELOW NORMAL...WITH BY FAR THE COLDEST READING OF THE MONTH AT 34
DEGREES ON THE 23RD.

PRECIPITATION WISE...THE MONTHLY TOTAL OF ONLY 0.47 INCHES AT
CENTRAL NEBRASKA REGIONAL AIRPORT WAS ONLY 21 PERCENT OF THE NORMAL
AMOUNT OF 2.23 INCHES...AND MARKED THE 7TH-DRIEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD
OUT OF 117 YEARS
AND THE DRIEST SINCE 1998...WHICH WAS THE DRIEST
SEPTEMBER ON RECORD WITH ONLY 0.01-INCH. NEARLY ALL PRECIPITATION
DURING THE MONTH FELL ON THE 12TH...AS A WIDESPREAD LIGHT TO
MODERATE RAIN BROUGHT 0.46 INCHES FOR THE DAY. 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 0.12 INCHES MORE THAN GRAND ISLAND DURING SEPTEMBER. FOR
THE YEAR 2012 AS A WHOLE...THE TOTAL PRECIPITATION OF 8.58 INCHES IS
A WHOPPING 14.42 INCHES BELOW NORMAL...AND RANKS AS THE 2ND-DRIEST
FIRST NINE MONTHS OF ANY YEAR ON RECORD...TRAILING ONLY 8.47 INCHES
IN 1934.

THE HIGHEST WIND GUST OF THE MONTH WAS 48 MPH FROM THE
NORTH-NORTHEAST ON THE 12TH. NO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AFFECTED GRAND
ISLAND DURING THE MONTH.

 


 
 
...SEPTEMBER 2012 SUMMARY FOR HASTINGS AIRPORT...

 ...TEMPERATURES

NO DAILY TEMPERATURE RECORDS SET IN SEPTEMBER 2012

AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:     80.5 DEGREES (3.1 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:      49.7 DEGREES (4.2 BELOW NORMAL)
AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:    65.1 DEGREES (0.5 ABOVE NORMAL)

HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:         98 DEGREES ON THE 2ND, 4TH
COOLEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:        66 DEGREES ON THE 22ND

COOLEST LOW TEMPERATURE:        35 DEGREES ON THE 23RD
WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE:       67 DEGREES ON THE 2ND

HOTTEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:     94.5 DEGREES FROM THE 1ST-2ND

HOTTEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:     88.1 DEGREES FROM THE 1ST-7TH

COOLEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:     68.5 DEGREES FROM THE 22ND-23RD

COOLEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:     74.6 DEGREES FROM THE 12TH-18TH

COOLEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURES:   43.7 DEGREES FROM THE 23RD-29TH


...PRECIPITATION (8TH-DRIEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD)

NO DAILY PRECIPITATION RECORDS SET IN SEPTEMBER 2012

TOTAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION: 0.59 INCHES (1.97 BELOW NORMAL)

THIS WAS THE 8TH-DRIEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD OUT OF 118 YEARS...AND
THE DRIEST SINCE 0.53 INCHES IN 1998.

NUMBER OF DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION (0.01 OR MORE): 2

HIGHEST CALENDAR DAY PRECIPITATION: 0.57 INCHES ON THE 12TH
HIGHEST 2-DAY PRECIPITATION:                 0.59 INCHES ON THE 12TH-13TH

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

MONTH          PRECIP.  DEPARTURE

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
SEP. 2012         0.59      -1.97

12-MTH TOTAL  19.40     -7.71


...OTHER WEATHER ELEMENTS

HIGHEST WIND GUST: 44 MPH FROM THE NORTHWEST ON THE 21ST

HIGHEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE: 30.46 ON THE 13TH
LOWEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE:  29.67 ON THE 4TH


...SEPTEMBER 2012 NARRATIVE FOR HASTINGS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT...

A CONTINUED LACK OF RAIN...AS TEMPS AVERAGE JUST BELOW NORMAL...

FOR THE SECOND MONTH IN ROW...THE MONTHLY MEAN TEMPERATURE IN
HASTINGS REGISTERED SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL...FOLLOWING TEN PREVIOUS
MONTHS OF ABOVE NORMAL READINGS. HOWEVER...THE BIGGER STORY
CONTINUED TO BE A PRONOUNCED LACK OF RAIN...AS THE HASTINGS AREA
REMAINED MIRED IN EXTREME DROUGHT ACCORDING TO THE U.S. DROUGHT
MONITOR. SEPTEMBER MARKED THE FIFTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH OF BELOW
NORMAL RAINFALL.

STARTING WITH A CLOSER LOOK AT TEMPERATURES...THE DAILY MEAN
TEMPERATURE WHEN FACTORING IN BOTH THE HIGHS AND THE LOWS WAS 65.1
DEGREES...OR 0.5 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. HOWEVER...THERE WAS A
NOTICEABLE DISPARITY BETWEEN THE DAILY HIGHS AND DAILY LOWS...WITH
COOL LOWS BARELY CARRYING THE MOST WEIGHT. DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURES
AVERAGED 80.5 DEGREES WHICH WAS 3.1 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL...WHILE IN
CONTRAST DAILY LOWS AVERAGED 49.7 DEGREES WHICH WAS 4.2 DEGREES
BELOW NORMAL. BREAKING DOWN THE MONTH INTO TEMPERATURE
TRENDS...CLEARLY THE FIRST SIX DAYS OF THE MONTH WERE THE OVERALL
WARMEST...AS FOUR OF THESE DAYS REACHED AT LEAST 90
DEGREES...HIGHLIGHTED BY 98 ON THE 2ND. DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURES
DURING THE FINAL THREE WEEKS OF THE MONTH WERE GENERALLY CLOSE TO
SEASONAL NORMALS...WITH THE OVERALL COOLEST WEEK CENTERED BETWEEN
THE 12TH AND 18TH WHEN ALL SEVEN DAYS TOPPED OUT NO WARMER THAN 78
DEGREES. AS IS OFTEN THE CASE DURING VERY DRY WEATHER
REGIMES...OVERNIGHT LOW TEMPERATURES WERE OFTEN AT LEAST SLIGHTLY
BELOW NORMAL...WITH BY FAR THE COLDEST READING OF THE MONTH AT 35
DEGREES ON THE 23RD.

PRECIPITATION WISE...THE MONTHLY TOTAL OF ONLY 0.59 INCHES AT
HASTINGS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT WAS ONLY 23 PERCENT OF THE NORMAL AMOUNT
OF 2.56 INCHES...AND MARKED THE
8TH-DRIEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD OUT
OF 118 YEARS AND THE DRIEST SINCE 0.53 INCHES IN 1998.
NEARLY ALL
PRECIPITATION DURING THE MONTH FELL ON THE 12TH...AS A WIDESPREAD
LIGHT TO MODERATE RAIN BROUGHT 0.57 INCHES FOR THE DAY. 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 0.12 INCHES LESS
THAN HASTINGS DURING SEPTEMBER. FOR THE YEAR 2012 AS A WHOLE...THE
TOTAL PRECIPITATION OF 16.66 INCHES STANDS 6.56 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL...AND MARKS THE DRIEST FIRST NINE MONTHS OF THE YEAR SINCE
2002...WHICH ONLY HAD 12.62 INCHES AT THIS POINT.

THE HIGHEST WIND GUST OF THE MONTH WAS 44 MPH FROM THE NORTHWEST ON
THE 21ST. NO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AFFECTED HASTINGS DURING THE
MONTH.





...SEPTEMBER 2012 SUMMARY FOR KEARNEY AIRPORT...


(NOTE: ALL DATA PRESENTED HERE 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 (AWOS) PRESENTED IN ROUTINE DAILY AND MONTHLY 
CLIMATE PRODUCTS. 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:
99 DEGREES REPORTED ON THE 5TH (ACTUALLY OCCURRED ON THE 4TH)

COOLEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:
68 DEGREES REPORTED ON THE 23RD (ACTUALLY OCCURRED ON THE 22ND)

COOLEST LOW TEMPERATURE:
36 DEGREES REPORTED ON THE 23RD

WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE:
68 DEGREES REPORTED ON THE 3RD


...PRECIPITATION

TOTAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION:    0.54 INCHES (1.53 BELOW NORMAL)

NUMBER OF DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION (0.01 OR MORE): 1

HIGHEST 24-HOUR
PRECIPITATION ENDING AT 7 AM:    0.54 REPORTED ON THE 13TH

HIGHEST 48-HOUR PRECIPITATION:  0.54 REPORTED ON THE 13TH

THE MONTHLY TOTAL OF 0.54 INCHES WAS ONLY 26 PERCENT OF THE NORMAL
AMOUNT OF 2.07 INCHES...AND MARKED THE FIFTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH OF
WELL BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL.

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

MONTH          PRECIP.  DEPARTURE

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
SEP. 2012         0.54      -1.53

12-MTH TOTAL  18.27     -6.96


...HIGH WINDS/SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS

NO HAIL OR SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WINDS WERE REPORTED WITHIN THE CITY
OF KEARNEY DURING THE MONTH.



...SEPTEMBER 2012 SUMMARY FOR ORD AIRPORT...

...TEMPERATURES

AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:     82.2 DEGREES (4.1 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:      43.9 DEGREES (5.2 BELOW NORMAL)
AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:    63.0 DEGREES (0.6 BELOW NORMAL)

HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:      100 DEGREES ON THE 4TH
COOLEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:       68 DEGREES ON THE 22ND

COOLEST LOW TEMPERATURE:        30 DEGREES ON THE 23RD
WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE:       64 DEGREES ON THE 2ND

HOTTEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   96.5 DEGREES FROM THE 1ST-2ND

HOTTEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   90.9 DEGREES FROM THE 1ST-7TH

COOLEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   70.5 DEGREES FROM THE 22ND-23RD

COOLEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   75.4 DEGREES FROM THE 18TH-24TH

COOLEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURES:   36.9 DEGREES FROM THE 23RD-29TH


...PRECIPITATION (2ND-DRIEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD)

TOTAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION: 0.13 INCHES (2.31 BELOW NORMAL)

THIS WAS THE 2ND-DRIEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD...BEHIND ONLY 1940 WHICH
HAD 0.07 INCHES


NUMBER OF DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION (0.01 OR MORE): 2

HIGHEST CALENDAR DAY PRECIPITATION: 0.09 INCHES ON THE 12TH
HIGHEST 2-DAY PRECIPITATION:        0.09 INCHES ON THE 12TH

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

MONTH          PRECIP.  DEPARTURE

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
SEP. 2012          0.13      -2.31

12-MTH TOTAL  14.45     -10.49


...OTHER WEATHER ELEMENTS

HIGHEST WIND GUST: 40 MPH FROM THE SOUTH ON THE 10TH

HIGHEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE: 30.45 ON THE 13TH
LOWEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE:  29.67 ON THE 4TH


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

SEVERE LACK OF RAIN PERSISTS...AS TEMPS AVERAGE SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL

AFTER 11 STRAIGHT MONTHS WITH AN ABOVE NORMAL AVERAGE MONTHLY
TEMPERATURE...ORD FINALLY NOTCHED A SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL MONTHLY
TEMPERATURE IN SEPTEMBER. HOWEVER...BY FAR THE BIGGEST STORY
CONTINUED TO BE AN INCREASINGLY SERIOUS LACK OF RAIN...AS THE ORD
AREA REMAINED MIRED IN AN EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT SITUATION ACCORDING TO
THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR. SEPTEMBER MARKED THE FIFTH CONSECUTIVE
MONTH OF WELL BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL.

STARTING WITH A CLOSER LOOK AT TEMPERATURES...THE DAILY MEAN
TEMPERATURE WHEN FACTORING IN BOTH THE HIGHS AND THE LOWS WAS 63.0
DEGREES...OR ONLY 0.6 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. HOWEVER...THERE WAS A
NOTICEABLE DISPARITY BETWEEN THE DAILY HIGHS AND DAILY LOWS...WITH
COOL LOWS BARELY CARRYING THE MOST WEIGHT. DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURES
AVERAGED 82.2 DEGREES WHICH WAS ACTUALLY 4.1 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL...WHILE IN CONTRAST DAILY LOWS AVERAGED 43.9 DEGREES WHICH
WAS 5.2 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. BREAKING DOWN THE MONTH INTO
TEMPERATURE TRENDS...CLEARLY THE FIRST SIX DAYS OF THE MONTH WERE
THE WARMEST OVERALL..AS FOUR OF THESE DAYS REACHED AT LEAST 95
DEGREES...HIGHLIGHTED BY 100 ON THE 4TH.  DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURES
DURING THE FINAL THREE WEEKS OF THE MONTH WERE GENERALLY CLOSE TO
SEASONAL NORMALS...WITH THE OVERALL COOLEST WEEK CENTERED BETWEEN
THE 18TH AND 24TH WITH SIX OUT OF THESE SEVEN DAYS NO WARMER THAN 78
DEGREES. AS IS OFTEN THE CASE DURING VERY DRY WEATHER
REGIMES...OVERNIGHT LOW TEMPERATURES WERE OFTEN SEVERAL DEGREES
BELOW NORMAL...WITH BY FAR THE COLDEST READING OF THE MONTH OF 30
DEGREES ON THE 23RD MARKING THE FIRST FREEZE OF THE FALL.

PRECIPITATION WISE...THE MONTHLY TOTAL OF ONLY 0.13 INCHES AT EVELYN
SHARP FIELD WAS A PALTRY 5 PERCENT OF THE NORMAL AMOUNT OF 2.44
INCHES...AND MARKED THE 2ND-DRIEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD...TRAILING
ONLY 1940 WHICH HAD 0.07 INCHES.
MOST OF THE MEAGER PRECIPITATION
FOR THE MONTH FELL DURING A LIGHT RAIN EVENT ON THE 12TH WITH 0.09
INCHES. SINCE THE PRONOUNCED DRY SPELL STARTED TO BECOME ESTABLISHED
IN MAY...ORD HAS ONLY RECEIVED 3.66 INCHES OF RAIN DURING THE PAST
FIVE MONTHS...WHICH IS MERELY 22 PERCENT OF THE NORMAL AMOUNT OF
16.50 INCHES. FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS...ORD NOW STANDS 10.49 INCHES
BELOW NORMAL IN PRECIPITATION.

THE HIGHEST WIND GUST OF THE MONTH WAS ONLY 40 MPH FROM THE SOUTH ON
THE 10TH. NO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AFFECTED THE IMMEDIATE ORD AREA
DURING THE MONTH.

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