Dec. 2012 Climate Summaries/ 2012 Extremes For Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, Ord

 For the majority (but not all) of the NWS Hastings coverage area, the main weather/climate story during Dec. 2012 was the first month of above normal precipitation since either April or February. Much of the monthly precipitation was associated with two significant winter storms, one on the 19th-20th that brought blizzard conditions to much of South Central Nebraska, and the other on the 31st which brought widespread snowfall of 4-8 inches mainly to North Central Kansas. Temperature-wise, most of the 30-county area recorded a monthly average temperature between 1-3° above normal. Although this overall monthly average was not very noteworthy, it did not paint the true picture of a month that actually started very warm and ended quite cold. See below for a wealth of Dec. 2012 climate details specifically for Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney and Ord. Also included are some annual 2012 temperature/precipitation extremes...

Grand Island:        2012 finished as the driest year on record out of 117 years, and also the 4th-warmest 
 


Grand Island    Hastings    Kearney   Ord

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...DEC. 2012  SUMMARY and 2012 EXTREMES FOR GRAND ISLAND AIRPORT...

...TEMPERATURES

1 DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORDS SET IN DEC. 2012:
DEC. 2: HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 70 (PREVIOUS 67 IN 1956)

AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:     39.6 DEGREES (2.7 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:     17.4 DEGREES (1.0 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:    28.5 DEGREES (1.8 ABOVE NORMAL)

WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:      70 DEGREES ON THE 2ND
COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:       14 DEGREES ON THE 25TH

COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE:          -2 DEGREES ON THE 26TH
WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE:       37 DEGREES ON THE 6TH

WARMEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   66.0 DEGREES FROM THE 1ST-2ND

WARMEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   58.7 DEGREES FROM THE 1ST-7TH

COLDEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   15.0 DEGREES FROM THE 24TH-25TH

COLDEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   19.7 DEGREES FROM THE 23RD-29TH

COLDEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURES:    3.6 DEGREES FROM THE 23RD-29TH


...PRECIPITATION/SNOWFALL

1 DAILY PRECIPITATION OR SNOWFALL RECORDS SET IN DEC. 2012
DEC. 19: RECORD PRECIP OF 1.04 INCHES (PREVIOUS 0.71 IN 1952)

TOTAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION: 1.66 INCHES (1.03 ABOVE NORMAL)
TOTAL MONTHLY SNOWFALL:         9.5 INCHES  (4.4 ABOVE NORMAL)

NUMBER OF DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION (0.01 OR MORE): 5

HIGHEST CALENDAR DAY PRECIPITATION: 1.04 INCHES ON THE 19TH

HIGHEST CALENDAR DAY SNOWFALL:       6.7 INCHES ON THE 19TH
HIGHEST 2-DAY SNOWFALL:                       7.0 INCHES ON THE 19TH-20TH

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

MONTH          PRECIP.  DEPARTURE

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
OCT. 2012          0.78     -1.08
NOV. 2012         0.53     -0.64
DEC. 2012         1.66     +1.03

12-MTH TOTAL  11.55   -15.11 (DRIEST CALENDAR YEAR ON RECORD!)


...OTHER WEATHER ELEMENTS

HIGHEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE: 30.55 ON THE 25TH
LOWEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE:  29.43 ON THE 15TH


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

ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 10 MONTHS...

FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE FEBRUARY 2012...GRAND ISLAND RECORDED ABOVE
NORMAL PRECIPITATION DURING DECEMBER...PUTTING A VERY SMALL DENT
INTO AN ONGOING EXTREME TO EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT ACCORDING TO THE U.S.
DROUGHT MONITOR. TEMPERATURE-WISE...THE MONTH EXHIBITED
EXTREMES...STARTING OUT VERY WARM AND ENDING QUITE COLD.

FOCUSING FIRST ON TEMPERATURES...THE MONTHLY MEAN TEMPERATURE
RESULTING FROM AVERAGING BOTH THE HIGHS AND LOWS WAS 28.5
DEGREES...OR 1.8 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. ALTHOUGH THIS MONTHLY
AVERAGE WAS NOT VERY NOTEWORTHY IN ITSELF...IT DID NOT REVEAL THE
TRUE PICTURE OF A MONTH THAT STARTED VERY WARM AND ENDED QUITE COLD.
THE FIRST FIVE DAYS OF THE MONTH WERE PARTICULARLY WARM...WITH HIGH
TEMPERATURES REACHING AT LEAST 60 DEGREES EACH DAY...INCLUDING A
DAILY RECORD OF 70 DEGREES ON THE 2ND. BASED ON THE DAILY MEAN
TEMPERATURE...THESE FIRST FIVE DAYS RESULTED IN THE 3RD-WARMEST START
TO DECEMBER ON RECORD. A MAJOR SHIFT TOWARD COLDER WEATHER TOOK HOLD
DURING THE LATTER HALF OF THE MONTH...WITH 11 OF THE FINAL 12 DAYS
FEATURING A BELOW NORMAL MEAN TEMPERATURE. WHEN THE HIGH TEMPERATURE
ON THE 20TH ONLY REACHED 30 DEGREES...THIS ENDED A RECORD STREAK OF
310 CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF HIGH TEMPERATURES AT OR ABOVE THE FREEZING
MARK...A STREAK THAT BEGAN ON FEB. 14TH. THE OVERALL COLDEST DAYS OF
THE MONTH WERE THE 25TH AND 26TH...WITH THE CHRISTMAS HIGH
TEMPERATURE OF 14 DEGREES RESULTING IN THE 9TH-COLDEST CHRISTMAS
HIGH TEMPERATURE ON RECORD. THE COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH
WAS -2 DEGREES ON THE 26TH. THE SIX-DAY MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 11.1
DEGREES BETWEEN THE 23RD-28TH RESULTED IN THE OVERALL COLDEST SIX DAYS
IN GRAND ISLAND IN NEARLY TWO YEARS...SINCE JAN. 2011. THE ANNUAL
2012 DAILY MEAN TEMPERATURE WAS 55.0 DEGREES...MARKING 2012 AS THE
4TH-WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD AND THE WARMEST SINCE 56.0 DEGREES IN
1934.

PRECIPITATION-WISE...THE MONTHLY TOTAL OF 1.66 INCHES AT CENTRAL
NEBRASKA REGIONAL AIRPORT WAS A NOTABLE 1.03 INCHES ABOVE THE NORMAL
AMOUNT OF 0.63 INCHES. ALTHOUGH THE MAJORITY OF THIS
PRECIPITATION...1.04 INCHES...FELL ON THE 19TH IN ASSOCIATION WITH
BLIZZARD CONDITIONS...A WELCOME RAINFALL EVENT EARLIER IN THE MONTH
BETWEEN THE 14TH-16TH TOTALED 0.52 INCHES. DESPITE THE
WETTER-THAN-NORMAL DECEMBER...THE YEAR OF 2012 STILL WENT INTO THE
RECORD BOOKS AS THE DRIEST CALENDAR YEAR ON RECORD IN GRAND ISLAND
WITH ONLY 11.55 INCHES...ECLIPSING THE PREVIOUS LOW POINT OF 12.01
INCHES IN 1940.
SNOWFALL-WISE...THE MONTHLY TOTAL OF 9.5 INCHES WAS
4.4 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THE MAJORITY OF THIS SNOW...7.0
INCHES...FELL IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE FIRST SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM
OF THE SEASON ON THE 19TH-20TH.


...ANNUAL GRAND ISLAND EXTREMES FOR 2012...

ANNUAL MEAN TEMPERATURE     55.0 DEGREES (4TH-WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD)
ANNUAL PRECIPITATION                11.55 INCHES   (DRIEST YEAR ON RECORD)

HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURE    107 DEGREES ON JUNE 27TH
COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE     13 DEGREES ON FEB 11TH
COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE      -7 DEGREES ON FEB 11TH
WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE      77 DEGREES ON JULY 24TH
HIGHEST DAILY PRECIPITATION  1.04 INCHES ON DEC 19TH
HIGHEST DAILY SNOWFALL        7.2 INCHES ON FEB 4TH
DEEPEST 6AM SNOW DEPTH          9 INCHES ON FEB 4TH
HIGHEST WIND GUST                     66 MPH ON JUNE 23RD



 

 
 
...DEC. 2012 SUMMARY and 2012 EXTREMES FOR HASTINGS AIRPORT...

 ...TEMPERATURES

1 DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORD TIED IN DEC. 2012:
DEC. 2: HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 68 (PREVIOUS 68 IN 1956)

AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:     38.8 DEGREES (1.8 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:     16.7 DEGREES (1.5 BELOW NORMAL)
AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:    27.8 DEGREES (0.2 ABOVE NORMAL)

WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:      68 DEGREES ON THE 2ND
COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:        14 DEGREES ON THE 25TH

COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE:       -4 DEGREES ON THE 26TH
WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE:      35 DEGREES ON THE 1ST

WARMEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   64.0 DEGREES FROM THE 1ST-2ND

WARMEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   57.3 DEGREES FROM THE 1ST-7TH

COLDEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   14.5 DEGREES FROM THE 24TH-25TH

COLDEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   18.7 DEGREES FROM THE 23RD-29TH

COLDEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURES:    3.0 DEGREES FROM THE 23RD-29TH


...PRECIPITATION/SNOWFALL

NO DAILY PRECIPITATION OR SNOWFALL RECORDS SET IN DEC. 2012

TOTAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION: 1.69 INCHES (1.08 ABOVE NORMAL)
TOTAL MONTHLY SNOWFALL:        10.5 INCHES  (4.4 ABOVE NORMAL)

NUMBER OF DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION (0.01 OR MORE): 5

HIGHEST CALENDAR DAY PRECIPITATION: 1.03 INCHES ON THE 19TH

HIGHEST CALENDAR DAY SNOWFALL:       8.0 INCHES ON THE 19TH
HIGHEST 2-DAY SNOWFALL:                       8.1 INCHES ON THE 19TH-20TH

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

MONTH          PRECIP.  DEPARTURE

JAN. 2012          0.14      -0.27
FEB. 2012         1.67      +1.18
MAR  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
OCT. 2012         1.46      -0.53
NOV. 2012         0.66      -0.63
DEC. 2012         1.69      +1.08

12-MTH TOTAL  20.47     -6.64


...OTHER WEATHER ELEMENTS

HIGHEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE: 30.52 ON THE 25TH
LOWEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE:  29.43 ON THE 15TH


...DECEMBER 2012 NARRATIVE FOR HASTINGS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT...

ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 8 MONTHS...

FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE APRIL 2012...HASTINGS RECORDED ABOVE
NORMAL PRECIPITATION DURING DECEMBER...PUTTING A VERY SMALL DENT
INTO AN ONGOING EXTREME DROUGHT ACCORDING TO THE U.S.
DROUGHT MONITOR. TEMPERATURE-WISE...THE MONTH EXHIBITED
EXTREMES...STARTING OUT VERY WARM AND ENDING QUITE COLD.

FOCUSING FIRST ON TEMPERATURES...THE MONTHLY MEAN TEMPERATURE
RESULTING FROM AVERAGING BOTH THE HIGHS AND LOWS WAS 27.8
DEGREES...OR 0.2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. ALTHOUGH THIS MONTHLY AVERAGE
WAS NOT VERY NOTEWORTHY IN ITSELF...IT DID NOT REVEAL THE TRUE
PICTURE OF A MONTH THAT STARTED VERY WARM AND ENDED QUITE COLD. THE
FIRST FIVE DAYS OF THE MONTH WERE PARTICULARLY WARM...WITH HIGH
TEMPERATURES REACHING AT LEAST 59 DEGREES EACH DAY...INCLUDING A
RECORD-TYING 68 DEGREES ON THE 2ND. BASED ON THE DAILY MEAN
TEMPERATURE...THESE FIRST FIVE DAYS RESULTED IN THE 3RD-WARMEST
START TO DECEMBER ON RECORD. A MAJOR SHIFT TOWARD COLDER WEATHER
TOOK HOLD DURING THE LATTER HALF OF THE MONTH...WITH THE FINAL 12
DAYS FEATURING A BELOW NORMAL MEAN TEMPERATURE. WHEN THE HIGH
TEMPERATURE ON THE 20TH ONLY REACHED 27 DEGREES...THIS TIED A
RECORD STREAK OF 310 CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF HIGH TEMPERATURES AT OR
ABOVE THE FREEZING MARK...A STREAK THAT BEGAN ON FEB. 14TH. THE
OVERALL COLDEST DAYS OF THE MONTH WERE THE 25TH AND 26TH...WITH THE
CHRISTMAS HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 14 DEGREES RESULTING IN THE
6TH-COLDEST CHRISTMAS HIGH TEMPERATURE ON RECORD. THE COLDEST LOW
TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS -4 DEGREES ON THE 26TH. THE SIX-DAY
MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 10.4 DEGREES BETWEEN THE 23RD-28TH RESULTED IN
THE OVERALL COLDEST SIX DAYS IN HASTINGS IN NEARLY TWO YEARS...SINCE
JAN. 2011. THE ANNUAL 2012 DAILY MEAN TEMPERATURE WAS 54.1
DEGREES...RESULTING IN THE 2ND-WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD...ALTHOUGH
THIS IS BASED ON AN INCOMPLETE RECORD DATASET OF ONLY 42 YEARS.

PRECIPITATION-WISE...THE MONTHLY TOTAL OF 1.69 INCHES AT HASTINGS
WAS A NOTABLE 1.08 INCHES ABOVE THE NORMAL AMOUNT OF 0.61 INCHES.
ALTHOUGH THE MAJORITY OF THIS PRECIPITATION...1.03 INCHES...FELL ON
THE 19TH IN ASSOCIATION WITH BLIZZARD CONDITIONS...A WELCOME
RAINFALL EVENT EARLIER IN THE MONTH BETWEEN THE 14TH-15TH TOTALED
0.53 INCHES.
DESPITE THE WETTER-THAN-NORMAL DECEMBER...THE YEAR OF
2012 STILL FINISHED AS ROUGHLY THE 25TH-DRIEST YEAR ON RECORD IN
HASTINGS WITH 20.47 INCHES. HOWEVER...ITS WORTH NOTING THAT HASTINGS
FARED CONSIDERABLY BETTER DURING 2012 THAN NEARBY LOCATIONS SUCH AS
CENTRAL NEBRASKA REGIONAL AIRPORT IN GRAND ISLAND...WHICH MEASURED A
NOTABLE 8.92 INCHES LESS PRECIPITATION THAN HASTINGS.

SNOWFALL-WISE...THE MONTHLY TOTAL OF 10.5 INCHES WAS 4.4 INCHES
ABOVE NORMAL...ALTHOUGH THIS PALED IN COMPARISON TO THE 30.1 INCHES
OF DECEMBER SNOW RECORDED JUST THREE YEARS AGO IN 2009. THE MAJORITY
OF SNOW THIS MONTH...8.1 INCHES...FELL IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE FIRST
SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM OF THE SEASON ON THE 19TH-20TH. NEW YEAR`S
EVE THEN BROUGHT ANOTHER COATING OF 1.5 INCHES.


...ANNUAL HASTINGS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT EXTREMES FOR 2012...

HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURE    103 DEGREES ON JUNE 27TH
COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE     12 DEGREES ON FEB 11TH
COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE      -8 DEGREES ON FEB 11TH
WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE      77 DEGREES ON JULY 5TH
HIGHEST DAILY PRECIPITATION  1.71 INCHES ON MAY 27TH
HIGHEST DAILY SNOWFALL        8.0 INCHES ON DEC 19TH
HIGHEST 2-DAY SNOWFALL       11.0 INCHES ON FEB 3RD-4TH
DEEPEST 6AM SNOW DEPTH         11 INCHES ON FEB 4TH
HIGHEST WIND GUST                  59 MPH ON OCTOBER 18TH




...DEC. 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 WARMEST AND COLDEST TEMPERATURES BELOW ARE FROM THE
OFFICIAL NWS COOPERATIVE OBSERVER...BASED ON A 24-HOUR PERIOD ENDING
AT 7 AM:

WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:
70 DEGREES REPORTED ON THE 3RD (ACTUALLY OCCURRED ON THE 2ND)

COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:
15 DEGREES REPORTED ON THE 25TH, 26TH, 27TH
(ACTUALLY OCCURRED ON THE 24TH, 25TH, 26TH)

COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE:
-5 DEGREES REPORTED ON THE 26TH

WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE:
32 DEGREES REPORTED ON THE 6TH


...PRECIPITATION/SNOWFALL

TOTAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION:    0.61 INCHES (0.04 ABOVE NORMAL)
TOTAL MONTHLY SNOWFALL:            7.2 INCHES (3.7 ABOVE NORMAL)

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

HIGHEST 24-HOUR
PRECIPITATION ENDING AROUND 7 AM:  0.39 INCHES REPORTED ON THE 15TH

HIGHEST 24-HOUR
SNOWFALL ENDING AROUND 7 AM:        7.0 INCHES REPORTED ON THE 20TH

THE DECEMBER PRECIPITATION TOTAL OF 0.61 FINISHED JUST ABOVE
NORMAL...BREAKING A STREAK OF SEVEN CONSECUTIVE MONTHS OF BELOW
NORMAL PRECIPITATION AT KEARNEY.

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

MONTH          PRECIP.  DEPARTURE

JAN. 2012          0.03      -0.46
FEB. 2012         1.04      +0.49
MAR 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
OCT. 2012         0.58      -1.46
NOV. 2012         TRACE     -1.02
DEC. 2012         0.61      +0.04

12-MTH TOTAL  13.82     -11.41


...HIGH WINDS

NO SIGNIFICANT HIGH WIND EVENTS AFFECTED THE KEARNEY AREA DURING THE
MONTH...ALTHOUGH GUSTS TO AT LEAST 40 MPH RESULTED IN BLIZZARD
CONDITIONS DURING A MAJOR WINTER STORM ON THE 19TH-20TH.


 

...DEC. 2012 SUMMARY and 2012 EXTREMES FOR ORD AIRPORT...

...TEMPERATURES

AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:     39.7 DEGREES (3.1 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:     12.2 DEGREES (1.0 BELOW NORMAL)
AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:    25.9 DEGREES (1.0 ABOVE NORMAL)

WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:      69 DEGREES ON THE 1ST, 2ND
COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:        15 DEGREES ON THE 25TH

COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE:        -8 DEGREES ON THE 29TH
WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE:       34 DEGREES ON THE 6TH

WARMEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   69.0 DEGREES FROM THE 1ST-2ND

WARMEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   59.1 DEGREES FROM THE 1ST-7TH

COLDEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   16.0 DEGREES FROM THE 24TH-25TH

COLDEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   20.9 DEGREES FROM THE 23RD-29TH

COLDEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURES:    0.9 DEGREES FROM THE 23RD-29TH


...PRECIPITATION/SNOWFALL

(SNOWFALL AND MELTED LIQUID EQUIVALENT ARE FROM THE NWS COOPERATIVE
OBSERVER IN ORD)

TOTAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION: 0.35 INCHES (0.24 BELOW NORMAL)
TOTAL MONTHLY SNOWFALL:         6.0 INCHES  (1.4 BELOW NORMAL)

NUMBER OF DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION (0.01 OR MORE): 4

HIGHEST CALENDAR DAY PRECIPITATION: 0.16 INCHES ON THE 19TH

HIGHEST 24-HOUR
SNOWFALL ENDING AROUND 7 AM:  4.0 INCHES REPORTED ON THE 20TH

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

MONTH          PRECIP.  DEPARTURE

DEC. 2011          0.54      -0.05
JAN. 2012           0.13      -0.24
FEB. 2012          1.30      +0.86
MAR 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
OCT. 2012          0.32      -1.61
NOV. 2012          0.12      -0.95
DEC. 2012          0.35      -0.24

12-MTH TOTAL   11.84     -13.10


...OTHER WEATHER ELEMENTS

HIGHEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE: 30.58 ON THE 25TH
LOWEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE:  29.43 ON THE 15TH


...DECEMBER 2012 NARRATIVE FOR ORD EVELYN SHARP FIELD...

BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE 8TH CONSECUTIVE MONTH...

DECEMBER CONTINUED A DUBIOUS STRETCH OF BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION
THAT HAS LASTED EIGHT MONTHS NOW...KEEPING THE AREA MIRED IN
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT ACCORDING TO THE WEEKLY U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR.
TEMPERATURE-WISE...THE MONTH EXHIBITED EXTREMES...STARTING OUT VERY
WARM AND ENDING QUITE COLD.

FOCUSING FIRST ON TEMPERATURES...THE MONTHLY MEAN TEMPERATURE
RESULTING FROM AVERAGING BOTH THE HIGHS AND LOWS WAS 25.9
DEGREES...OR 1.0 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. ALTHOUGH THIS MONTHLY AVERAGE
WAS NOT VERY NOTEWORTHY IN ITSELF...IT DID NOT PAINT THE TRUE
PICTURE OF A MONTH THAT STARTED VERY WARM AND ENDED QUITE COLD. THE
FIRST FIVE DAYS OF THE MONTH WERE PARTICULARLY WARM...WITH HIGHS
REACHING AT LEAST 59 DEGREES ON EACH DAY...AND LED BY 69 DEGREES ON
BOTH THE 1ST AND 2ND. A MAJOR SHIFT TOWARD COLDER WEATHER TOOK HOLD
DURING THE LATTER HALF OF THE MONTH...WITH 11 OF THE FINAL 12 DAYS
FEATURING A BELOW NORMAL MEAN TEMPERATURE. THE OVERALL COLDEST DAYS
WERE THE 25TH...26TH AND 28TH...FEATURING HIGHS OF 15...19 AND 17
DEGREES...RESPECTIVELY. THE COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS
-8 DEGREES ON THE 29TH...WHICH ALSO ENDED UP BEING THE COLDEST
TEMPERATURE OF THE YEAR. THE SIX-DAY MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 9.8 DEGREES
BETWEEN THE 24TH-29TH RESULTED IN THE OVERALL COLDEST SIX DAYS IN
ORD IN NEARLY TWO YEARS...SINCE JAN. 2011. THE ANNUAL 2012 DAILY
MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 52.0 DEGREES WAS EASILY THE WARMEST OF THE PAST
12 YEARS FOR WHICH COMPLETE TEMPERATURE RECORDS ARE AVAILABLE.

PRECIPITATION-WISE...THE MONTHLY TOTAL OF 0.35 INCHES AT EVELYN
SHARP FIELD WAS 59 PERCENT OF THE NORMAL AMOUNT OF 0.59 INCHES...AS
THE ORD AREA MISSED OUT ON MUCH HIGHER MONTHLY PRECIPITATION TOTALS
IN EXCESS OF ONE INCH THAT FELL FARTHER SOUTH AT PLACES SUCH AS
GRAND ISLAND. SINCE THE ONGOING DRY SPELL REALLY TOOK HOLD IN
JUNE...ORD HAS TOTALED AN ASTOUNDINGLY MEAGER 2.19 INCHES OF
PRECIPITATION OVER THE PAST SEVEN MONTHS...WHICH IS ONLY 13 PERCENT
OF THE NORMAL AMOUNT OF 16.28 INCHES!
THE 2012 ANNUAL TOTAL
PRECIPITATION OF 11.84 INCHES RESULTED IN THE DRIEST YEAR OUT OF AT
LEAST THE PAST 36 YEARS.

AS FOR SNOWFALL...THE MONTHLY TOTAL OF 6.0 INCHES WAS 1.4 INCHES
BELOW NORMAL...WITH 4.0 INCHES FALLING IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE FIRST
SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM OF THE SEASON ON THE 19TH-20TH WHICH ALSO
BROUGHT BLIZZARD-LIKE CONDITIONS.


...ANNUAL ORD EXTREMES FOR 2012...

HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURE    107 DEGREES ON JULY 22ND
COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE     15 DEGREES ON JAN 19TH AND DEC 25TH
COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE      -8 DEGREES ON DEC 29TH
WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE      74 DEGREES ON JUNE 19TH
HIGHEST DAILY PRECIPITATION  2.15 INCHES ON APRIL 27TH
HIGHEST 24-HOUR SNOWFALL      6.0 INCHES ON FEB 4TH
DEEPEST 6AM SNOW DEPTH          5 INCHES ON FEB 5TH
HIGHEST WIND GUST                    70 MPH ON OCT 18TH

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