Nov. 2012: Detailed Weather and Climate Review For The NWS Hastings Coverage Area

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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

 * 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.

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

November 8: Winter Weather Awareness Day
November 10: Average First Snowfall of the Season
November 10: Record High Temps in Grand Island and Hastings
November 21: Record High Temps in Grand Island and Hastings
November 22: Thanksgiving Climatology


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

...Temps Above Normal All Areas...As the 7th-Consecutive Month of Below Normal Precipitation In Most Areas Keeps Serious Drought In Place...

The following narrative focuses on climate and weather highlights for the month of November 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" November high temperatures in South Central Nebraska gradually decrease from the mid-upper 50s early in the month to the lower-mid 40s by the end of the month, while highs in North Central Kansas gradually decrease from the lower-60s to the mid-40s. "Normal" November low temperatures across most of the 30-county area gradually decrease from the lower-mid 30s early in the month to between 17-23° by month's end...)

Following on the heels of a cooler-than-normal October, monthly mean temperatures (resulting from averaging both the highs and lows) returned to above normal territory in November, with nearly the entire area ending up 2-4° above normal for the month. By far the greatest contributing factor to the above normal monthly average was daily high temperatures, which averaged 5-7° above normal. In contrast, daily low temperatures actually averaged rather close to normal in many areas, if not slightly below normal. At Grand Island, this was the 20th-warmest November on record out of 118 years, and it was the 23rd-warmest November out of 106 years at Hastings. However, one only has to look back 3 years to 2009 to find a warmer November than this one. In the Nebraska Tri-Cities, Grand Island and Kearney airports tied for the warmest reading of the month with 79° on the 10th, while Kearney recorded the coldest reading with 12° on the 28th. 

Breaking down the month into general temperature trends, there were only two fairly brief cold snaps embedded within the overall warmth, one centered from the 11th-12th and the other from the 23rd-26th. These cold snaps featured high temperatures of just 32° on both the 11th and 26th at Ord in the far northern part of the area, while on these same days even Beloit in the far southern part of the area only managed to reach 39°. In terms of daily low temperatures, the coldest mornings of the month occurred between the 26th-28th, highlighted by readings of 7° at several locations including Ord airport, Greeley, Red Cloud and even Kirwin Dam KS. The two warmest days of the month were clearly the 10th and 21st, with both Grand Island and Hastings either breaking or tying record highs on both days. Per NWS cooperative observers, the warmest readings of the month within the 30-county area occurred on the 10th, highlighted by 82° at Webster Dam KS, 81° at Smith Center and Kirwin Dam KS, and 80° at Nebraska locations including Holdrege and Franklin. The overall warmest week of the month for much of the area (per average high temperatures) was centered between the 16th-22nd, during which Grand Island reached at least 60° on five of the seven days, including 74° on the 21st. The 22nd marked the second year in a row that Grand Island reached at least 60° on Thanksgiving Day, which hadn't happened since 1914-1915. 

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


- PRECIPITATION/SNOWFALL
...(According to 30-year averages, "normal" November precipitation across the NWS Hastings coverage area (rainfall and snow liquid equivalent) ranges between 0.85 - 1.10" across roughly the western half of the area including places such as Kearney, Cambridge and Plainville KS, up to between 1.30 - 1.50" in eastern locations such as York and Hebron. November snowfall normals range from 2.5 - 4" across most of South Central Nebraska, and 1-2" in North Central Kansas.)

With each passing dry month, it's getting more and more difficult to fully grasp how dry the summer-fall of 2012 really was. In terms of percent-of-normal monthly precipitation, November took "top prize" versus all previous months since May, which is roughly when this historic drought situation began to unfold. Based on reports from around 70 NWS Cooperative Observers and a few automated airport gauges, and also incorporating radar-derived estimation, virtually the ENTIRE 30-county area measured below normal precipitation in November, with at most only 1-2% of the area possibly registering above normal. More significantly, at least half of the area measured LESS THAN ONE-TENTH of normal November precipitation, including a number of counties primarily west of the Highway 281 corridor that hardly saw a single drop of precipitation. In fact, 26 of roughly 70 official NWS cooperative observer stations either measured ZERO precipitation or just a non-measurable trace, including Nebraska sites such as Kearney airport, Beaver City, Holdrege and Minden, and Kansas sites such as Plainville (4 miles WNW), Logan, Jewell and Cawker City. The fortunate (but limited) portions of the area that measured at least 0.25-0.75" of precipitation during the month were confined to a corridor roughly 15-20 miles either side of a line running from near Smith Center KS northeastward through Aurora and Silver Creek NE, with this corridor including places such as Hastings, Grand Island, Fullerton, Osceola and York. By far the highest known measured monthly totals within the 30-county area were from York County, including 1.44" at Gresham (3 miles west) and 1.25" at York (3 miles north). For the majority of places that measured any rain during the month, it was associated with a round of strong to severe thunderstorms that swept across primarily eastern portions of the coverage area on the afternoon and evening of the 10th. 

As for snowfall, the majority of the 30-county area saw nothing more than a light dusting, if even that, although 0.3" at Grand Island and Hastings on the 26th served as the first measurable snow of the season. Only a few places reported more than 1" of snow during the month (all of it on the 26th), including 2.0" at Central City and Ravenna, and 1.5" at Ord and Arcadia in Valley County. 

Accounting for longer-term precipitation deficits since this very dry pattern first took hold during May and June, totals over the past 6-7 months continue to average only 15-60% of normal across the majority of the 30-county area, with the largest longer-term deficits clearly focused across northwestern counties such as Valley, Sherman and Greeley. A few of the most dramatic examples of rainfall deficits during this time include Ord and Grand Island. At Ord, the six-month total precipitation from June-November was merely 1.84", or only 12% of the normal amount of 15.69". At Grand Island Central Nebraska Regional Airport, this was the driest combined meteorological summer and fall seasons on record (June-November) with only 4.15", topping the previous-driest summer-fall of 5.22" in 1940. In fact, assuming that December is not unusually wet, it is likely that 2012 will mark the driest calendar year on record in Grand Island (previous record 12.01" in 1940)

(Please look farther down the page for more information on November 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 Oct. 30th, the U.S. Drought Monitor as of Dec. 4, 2012 (images at bottom of page) reflected very little (if any) change in the ongoing, significant drought situation, as the summer and fall of 2012 cemented its place in history as one of the worst droughts in many decades. A little over half of the 30-county area remained in Category D4 Exceptional Drought through the month, the worst-possible category, while several counties mainly within the southeast quadrant of the coverage area remained in Category D3 Extreme Drought. Only parts of three counties in far southeast sections of the area (Thayer, Jewell and Mitchell) were assigned the somewhat "less significant" Category D2 Severe Drought. Looking beyond the borders of the 30-county NWS Hastings coverage area, around 96% of Nebraska and 78% of Kansas resided in Extreme or Exceptional Drought as of early December.

(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...Nine Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued by NWS Hastings during the month, marking the first November warnings since 2005. All of these warning were issued on the 10th between the mid-afternoon and early evening hours, as a line of strong to severe storms initially formed roughly along a line from Fullerton-Hastings-Smith Center and moved east. Reports of severe weather were rather limited with this activity, but included golf ball size hail near St. Libory and a measured 64 MPH wind gust 4 miles north-northeast of Red Cloud (for a graphical depiction of severe weather reports please see the interactive storm reports map at the far bottom of this page).

- Number of Severe Thunderstorm Warning polygons issued by NWS Hastings in November 2012: 9 (9 more than last year, and these were the first November severe thunderstorm warnings since 2005)
- Number of Tornado Warning polygons issued by NWS Hastings in November 2012: ZERO (Same as last year)
- Number of confirmed tornadoes within the NWS Hastings coverage area in November 2012: ZERO

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

Grand Island     Hastings     Kearney      Ord

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

...A FEW OF THE HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURES DURING NOVEMBER 2012
(All reports are from Cooperative Observers and occurred on the 10th unless otherwise specified)
82 degrees...Webster Dam, KS
81 degrees...Smith Center, KS - Kirwin Dam, KS
80 degrees...Holdrege Airport AWOS - Edison - Franklin
79 degrees...Grand Island Central Nebraska Regional Airport ASOS - Kearney Regional Airport AWOS - Minden - 6 NNW Oxford -
                   Red Cloud - 4 E Superior
78 degrees...Aurora Airport AWOS - Hebron Airport AWOS - Cambridge - Glen Elder Dam, KS
77 degrees...Hastings Municipal Airport ASOS - York Airport AWOS - Clay Center - Beloit, KS
76 degrees...Geneva - Harlan County Lake
75 degrees...2 W Genoa - Osceola - Gothenburg (1st) - 2 SW Alton (21st)

...A FEW OF THE COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURES DURING NOVEMBER 2012
(All reports are from Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified)
7 degrees...Greeley (27th) - Ord Airport ASOS (26th & 28th) - Red Cloud (27th) - Kirwin Dam, KS (27th)
8 degrees...2 W Genoa (27th) - Ravenna (28th) - 2SW Alton, KS (27th)
9 degrees...Beaver City (27th) - 4 E Superior (27th) - Minden (28th) - Holdrege (28th) - Cambridge (28th) - Hebron Airport AWOS (27th)
10 degrees...Lexington Airport AWOS (12th & 28th) - York Airport AWOS (26th & 27th) - Webster Dam, KS (27th) - 
                   Franklin (27th) - Edison (28th)
11 degrees...Kearney Municipal Airport (28th) - Aurora Airport AWOS (26th) - Osceola (27th) - 6 NNW Oxford (27th)

12 degrees...Gothenburg (28th) - Harlan County Lake (12th) - Glen Elder Dam, KS (27-29th) - Canaday Steam Plant (6 SSE Lexington) (28th)
13 degrees...Hastings Municipal Airport (27th & 28th) - Beloit, KS (27th) - Smith Center, KS (27th)
14 degrees...Grand Island Central Nebraska Regional Airport ASOS (26th) - Clay Center (27th) - Geneva (27th) -
                   Lovewell Dam, KS (27th) - 4 WNW Plainville, KS (27th)

...A FEW OF THE HIGHEST PRECIPITATION TOTALS DURING NOVEMBER 2012
(All reports are from Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified)
1.44 inches...3 W Gresham in York County
1.26 inches...6.8 SE Stromsburg in York County (NeRAIN Observer)
1.25 inches...3 N York in York County
1.20 inches...3 NE Shelby in Polk County
0.93 inch...2.8 W Clay Center in Clay County
0.85 inch...Bradshaw in York County
0.82 inch...4 SW Blue Hill in Webster County
0.80 inch...9.2 NE Palmer in Nance County
0.73 inch...Osceola in Polk County - Aurora Airport AWOS in Hamilton County - 2.1 W Hastings in Adams County (NeRAIN Observer)
0.72 inch...5 SW Grand Island in Hall County (NeRAIN Observer)

...A FEW OF THE LOWEST PRECIPITATION TOTALS DURING NOVEMBER 2012
(All reports are from Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified)
0.00 inch...Numerous Locations including Minden in Kearney County - Beaver City in Furnas County - 4 WNW Plainville in Rooks County, KS
Trace...Numerous Locations including Canaday Steam Plant (6 SSE Lexington) in Gosper County - Kearney Regional Airport in Buffalo County -
           Hunter in Mitchell County, KS - Kirwin Dam in Phillips County, KS
0.01 inch...Cambridge in Furnas County - Natoma in Rooks County, KS - Phillipsburg in Phillips County, KS
0.02 inch...Arcadia in Valley County - Hebron in Thayer County - Wilcox in Kearney County (NeRAIN Observer) -
                1.5 SW Naponee in Franklin County (NeRAIN Observer)
0.03 inch...Ionia in Jewell County, KS
0.04 inch...2 SW Alton in Osborne County, KS
0.05 inch...Mankato in Jewell County, KS - Bruning in Thayer County - 14 SE Litchfield in Sherman County (NeRAIN Observer)

...A FEW OF THE HIGHEST SNOWFALL TOTALS DURING NOVEMBER 2012
(All reports are from Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified)
2.0 inches...Ravenna in Buffalo County - Central City in Merrick County
1.5 inches...Arcadia and Ord in Valley County

1.1 inch...Wolbach in Greeley County
1.0 inch...St. Paul in Howard County - Bradshaw in York County - Fullerton in Nance County - 2 W Genoa in Nance County
0.7 inch...Osceola in Polk County

0.6 inch...4 N Aurora in Hamilton County

0.5 inch...Belgrade in Nance County - Greeley in Greeley County
0.3 inch...Grand Island in Hall County - 4 N Hastings (NWS Office) in Adams County - 3 NE Shelby in Polk County
Trace...Numerous Locations

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Various graphs and tables depicting November 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.

 

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

 

Grand Island (Regional Airport) - Nov. 2011 - Nov. 2012
  Nov. 2011 Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov.
Average High (F) 52.7 39.6 45.1 40.9 69.2 69.1 80.9 88.7 96.0 88.7 83.1 63.4 55.7
Average Low (F) 26.4 19.5 19.4 19.3 39.0 43.0 52.5 62.6 68.9 61.0 50.0 37.2 28.5
Average Temperature (F) 39.6 29.5 32.2 30.1 54.1 56.2 66.7 75.7 82.4 74.8 66.5 50.3 42.1
Departure from Normal (F) +1.5 +2.8 +7.1 +1.0 +14.7 +5.6 +5.5 +4.4 +6.2 +0.8 +1.4 -1.9 +4.0
 
Precipitation (inches) 0.21 1.11 0.16 1.05 0.83 1.41 2.29 1.27 0.16 0.94 0.47 0.78 0.53
Departure from Normal -0.96 +0.48 -0.37 +0.37 -0.97 -1.12 -2.12 -3.03 -3.24 -2.18 -1.76 -1.08 -0.64
 
Snowfall (inches) Trace 8.3 1.6 10.2 Trace 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 Trace 0.3
Departure from Normal -3.1 +3.1 -5.0 +4.1 -5.6 -1.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.1 -1.0 -2.8

 

Hastings (Municipal Airport) - Nov. 2011 - Nov. 2012
  Nov. 2011 Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov.
Average High (F) 52.7 39.2 44.4 40.7 68.2 67.6 78.9 86.7 94.1 86.0 80.5 62.1 55.2
Average Low (F) 27.2 18.9 19.0 20.0 38.5 43.5 53.4 62.4 68.4 60.3 49.7 36.9 27.8
Average Temperature (F) 40.0 29.0 31.7 30.3 53.3 55.5 66.1 74.6 81.3 73.1 65.1 49.5 41.5
Departure from Normal (F) +1.3 +1.4 +5.7 +0.4 +13.4 +4.8 +4.8 +2.8 +4.2 -1.2 -0.5 -3.1 +2.8
 
Precipitation (inches) 0.38 1.00 0.14 1.67 0.86 2.95 4.07 2.35 1.64 2.39 0.59 1.46 0.66
Departure from Normal -0.91 +0.39 -0.27 +1.18 -0.93 +0.39 -0.50 -1.45 -2.10 -0.91 -1.97 -0.53 -0.63
 
Snowfall NWS Office (inches) Trace 9.4 1.7 11.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 Trace 0.3
Departure from Normal -2.6 +3.3 -4.8 +4.9 -5.2 -1.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.2 -1.0 -2.3

 

Kearney (Cooperative Observer at Airport) - Nov. 2011 - Nov. 2012
(*Temperature data is from unofficial automated AWOS sensor while precipitation data is from official NWS Cooperative Observer)
  Nov. 2011 Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov.
Average High (F)* 52.2 39.2 44.7 40.7 68.0 67.3 78.4 87.1 94.8 87.0 81.6 62.8 55.9
Average Low (F)* 24.9 18.0 18.5 19.3 37.8 43.4 51.9 61.5 66.3 59.4 49.0 35.1 25.9
Average Temperature (F)* 38.5 28.6 31.6 30.0 52.9 55.4 65.2 74.3 80.6 73.2 65.3 49.0 40.9
Departure from Normal (F)* +1.5 +2.7 +7.0 +1.9 +15.2 +6.7 +5.7 +4.5 +5.9 +0.6 +1.8 -1.9 +3.9
 
Precipitation (inches) 0.33 0.39 0.03 1.04 1.02 4.35 2.00 1.62 0.58 1.45 0.54 0.58 Trace
Departure from Normal -0.69 -0.18 -0.46 +0.49 -0.77 +2.12 -2.18 -2.31 -2.70 -1.63 -1.53 -1.46 -1.02
 
Snowfall (inches) Trace 6.6 Trace 7.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 Trace Trace
Departure from Normal -3.1 +3.1 -4.4 +1.9 -4.6 -1.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.2 -0.7 -3.1

 

Ord (Evelyn Sharp Field Airport) - Nov. 2011 - Nov. 2012
(*Winter precipitation data may include coop observer reports due to automated airport equipment under-measuring snowfall liquid equivalent)
  Nov. 2011 Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Oct.
Average High (F) 52.8 39.5 45.0 40.2 67.7 65.0 75.8 88.2 96.9 89.0 82.2 62.5 52.4
Average Low (F) 20.2 14.1 15.6 15.7 34.1 38.8 48.3 59.4 64.5 57.4 43.9 31.6 21.2
Average Temperature (F) 36.5 26.8 30.3 27.9 50.9 51.9 62.0 73.8 80.7 73.2 63.0 47.1 36.8
Departure from Normal (F) +0.2 +1.9 +5.7 +0.1 +13.2 +3.1 +2.7 +4.6 +6.3 +0.2 -0.6 -2.5 +0.5
 
Precipitation (inches)* 0.03 0.54 0.13 1.30 0.67 5.29 2.26 0.33 0.15 0.79 0.13 0.32 0.12
Departure from Normal -1.04 -0.05 -0.24 +0.86 -0.78 +2.70 -1.55 -3.79 -2.82 -2.37 -2.31 -1.61 -0.95
 
Snowfall (Coop Observer) Trace 8.5 1.5 8.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.5 1.5
Departure from Normal -5.3 +1.1 -5.3 +2.0 -5.9 -2.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 +1.4 -3.8

 

Smith Center, KS (Cooperative Observer) - Nov. 2011 - Nov. 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)
  Nov. 2011 Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. April May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov.
Average High (F)* 54.4 43.0 47.1 45.8 70.5 70.6 83.5 94.2 100.4 89.9 83.6 65.4 60.2
Average Low (F)* 27.3 18.7 18.5 20.6 38.3 44.4 53.0 62.6 69.4 60.5 51.0 37.2 27.8
Average Temperature (F)* 40.9 30.9 32.8 33.2 54.4 57.5 68.3 78.4 84.9 75.2 67.3 51.3 44.0
Departure from Normal (F)* +0.5 +2.1 +5.1 +1.2 +12.8 +5.0 +4.6 +4.4 +5.2 -2.0 -0.9 -3.5 +3.6
 
Precipitation (inches) 0.72 0.95 0.13 1.31 1.28 2.78 0.14 1.61 1.00 2.75 0.41 1.14 0.36
Departure from Normal -0.50 +0.29 -0.36 +0.73 -0.59 +0.51 -3.78 -2.00 -2.87 -0.55 -1.63 -0.74 -0.86
 
Snowfall (inches) 0.6 3.7 Trace 4.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Departure from Normal -1.2 +0.5 -3.7 +0.5 -2.6 -0.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.2 -0.4 -1.8

 

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

 


 

The following drought status images, current as of December 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 December 4, 2012 Kansas - U.S. Drought Monitor as of December 4, 2012

 


 

Interactive Map of November 2012 Severe Weather Reports:

The interactive geographic information systems (GIS) map below shows preliminary severe hail (one inch or greater) and thunderstorm wind reports for South Central Nebraska and portions of North Central Kansas for the entire month of November 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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