April 2013: FINAL Weather/Climate Review For The 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 and Maps 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

 April 2013 Weather Web Stories
(Click HERE for archive to all web stories)

April 8-9: Damaging Winds, Hail and Heavy Rain Strikes Portions of South Central Nebraska
April 9: Sleet and Hail Streaks Visible On Satellite
April 10: Record-Cold High Temperatures in Grand Island, Hastings
April 18: Record-Cold High Temperatures and Snowfall in Grand Island, Hastings
April 22-23: Record-Cold Temperatures in Grand Island, Hastings
April: Severe Weather Comparison of April 2012 and April 2013


April 2013 Climate And Weather Review For South Central Nebraska
And Portions Of North Central Kansas

...One of The Chilliest Months Of April On Record...But Above Normal Precipitation For The Majority of the Area...

The following narrative focuses on climate and weather highlights for the month of April 2013 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" April high temperatures in South Central Nebraska gradually climb from the upper 50s early in the month to the upper 60s by month's end. In North Central Kansas, highs gradually warm from the low 60s to near 70. Low temperatures across the area generally climb from the low or mid-30s early in the month to the mid-40s by month's end...)

Continuing a cooler-than-normal trend from March, April 2013 will likely be most remembered for a pronounced stretch of well-below normal temperatures that especially dominated the middle two weeks of the month. Based on monthly mean temperatures (resulting from averaging together the daily highs and lows), nearly the entire 30-county area averaged 4-6° below normal. In comparison to one year ago, April 2013 not only averaged around 10° cooler than April 2012, but averaged around 8° cooler than the incredibly warm March 2012! For several long-term NWS cooperative observer stations across the area, this was one of the Top-5 coldest months of April on record, and was in fact THE COLDEST on record at sites such as Cambridge and Osceola. At Grand Island and Hastings, this April ranked as the 13th and 6th-coldest on record, respectively, and was the coldest since 1997. A pronounced spring chill dominated the majority of the month, before a welcomed warm-up occurred during the final six days. At Hastings Municipal Airport, where temperature trends were generally representative of the 30-county area as a whole, 21 of the 30 days featured a below normal mean temperature, including 17 consecutive days between the 9th-25th. At Grand Island Central Nebraska Regional Airport, record cold high temperatures were established on four days as readings only topped out between 31-43° (this occurred on the 10th, 18th, 22nd and 23rd). Also at Grand Island, 18 days featured a low temperature of 32° or colder, the 3rd-most in April out of 118 years, trailing only 1904 and 1950. Along these same lines, 12 days featured high temperatures of 50° or colder, tied for the 3rd-most on record. By far the warmest stretch of the month for the entire area was the final six days, as places such as Grand Island recorded highs between 73-86°. 

For nearly all places, the 28th was the warmest day of the month as many central and northeast locations, including Grand Island and Hastings, finally recorded their first 80+° readings of the year. Some southwest locations notched their first 90+° temperatures of the year on that day, highlighted by highs of 96° at Beaver City, 93° at Webster Dam in Rooks County KS and 92° at Kirwin Dam in Phillips County KS. The 10th was the coldest day of the month for most places, as high temperatures largely topped out between 28-33°. Per NWS cooperative observers and a few automated airport sites, the coldest low temperature of the month was 18° at several locations including Beaver City (on the 4th), near Genoa (on the 2nd), and Cambridge, Franklin, Gothenburg and Red Cloud (all on the 24th). In the Nebraska Tri-Cities, Kearney airport registered both the warmest and coldest readings of the month, with 88° on the afternoon of the 28th and 20° reported on the 10th. Given that a hard-freeze of 28° or colder was observed across the entire area as late as the 24th, the growing season was off to a slow start...in stark contrast to  the incredibly early start that most places experienced one year ago in 2012.

(Please look farther down the page for more information on April 2013 temperatures and extremes, including detailed breakdowns for Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney and Ord...)


- PRECIPITATION/SNOWFALL
...(According to 30-year averages, "normal" April precipitation (rainfall and snow liquid equivalent) totals between 2.00 and 2.50 inches across roughly the western half of the NWS Hastings coverage area (generally west of Highway 281) and between 2.50 and 3.00 inches for locations east of the Highway 281 corridor. Normal April snowfall ranges from 1-2 inches across most of South Central Nebraska, and less than 1 inch in North Central Kansas...)

Although not the entire 30-county coverage area observed above normal precipitation in April, the main area that did receive above normal rainfall was primarily concentrated within the northwest half of South Central Nebraska, which was good news for several counties that had been the overall-driest since the onset of serious drought conditions during summer 2012. Turning to colder precipitation types, the predominant below normal temperature regime during the month set the stage for above normal snowfall, with a few spots totaling as much as 5-7 inches. 

Based on reports from around 65 NWS Cooperative Observers and a few automated airport gauges, and also incorporating radar-derived estimation, at least 60% of the 30-county area observed above normal precipitation during the month. Even though this means that roughly 40% of the area "technically" measured below normal precipitation, most of these places were only slightly below normal, as the vast majority of South Central Nebraska and North Central Kansas tallied at least 1.50" for the month. In other words, no areas were left "bone-dry" through the entire month, as had been the case several times during the past year. Thanks largely to multiple rounds of thunderstorms that tracked across the same corridor on the evening of the 8th into the early morning of the 9th, the highest monthly precipitation totals of 3-5 inches (and locally higher) were concentrated within a southwest-to-northeast axis running roughly 15 miles either side of a line from near Holdrege-Ravenna-Fullerton. Another more localized area of above normal precipitation of 3+ inches was noted across eastern Mitchell County Kansas, including Beloit. Within these above normal areas, some of the highest known monthly totals included 6.01" seven miles north-northeast of Central City, 5.07" two miles west of Genoa, 4.96" at Fullerton and 4.75" at St. Paul. At Fullerton, this was the 11th-wettest April on record dating back to 1901. For these wettest Nebraska locations, the majority of monthly precipitation fell during the storms on the 8th and 9th (for example, 3.10" of the 4.75" monthly total at St. Paul). On the comparably drier side of things, those areas that received less than 2.25" of precipitation during the month were largely concentrated within portions of Rooks, Phillips and Osborne counties in Kansas, along with parts of Adams, Webster, Nuckolls and Furnas counties in Nebraska. A few of the lowest monthly totals were reported at Phillipsburg KS (1.26"), four miles west-northwest of Plainville KS (1.38"), Covert KS in rural Osborne County (1.40") and Long Island KS (1.42"). In between these wettest and driest extremes, monthly totals between 2.00" and 2.75" were reported at places such as Hastings, Geneva, Clay Center, Nelson, Cambridge and Mankato KS. In the Nebraska Tri-Cities, Kearney airport was the April precipitation "winner" with 4.37", followed by Grand Island airport (3.83") and then Hastings airport (2.66").

Snowfall-wise...the vast majority of the area reported at least 1-2" for the month, with some of the highest totals including 7" at both Ord and Belgrade, 6.9" at Grand Island and 6.5" at both Arcadia NE and Natoma KS. In addition to widespread accumulating sleet on the 9th, there were two primary snow events during the month, one from the 17th-18th and the other from the 22nd-23rd. During the first of these events, Grand Island tallied 4" on the 18th, contributing to most of the 6.9" monthly total that resulted in the 9th-snowiest April on record dating back 118 years. The snow event from the 22nd-23rd was unique in that it mainly only affected the extreme northern and southern fringes of the 30-county area, while bypassing the vast majority of counties in between. A few of the highest totals during this time frame included 3.5" at Ord NE and 4.0" at Natoma KS, cities separated by 167 miles. 

(Please look farther down the page for much more information on April 2013 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 65 locations.)


- DROUGHT STATUS...For the first time in several months, the U.S. Drought Monitor reflected a widespread -- albeit slight -- improvement in conditions across the majority of the area. Compared to the issuance on March 26, 2013, the Drought Monitor as of April 30, 2013, reflected a one-category improvement for most Nebraska counties, but with little if any change in North Central Kansas. Over the course of the month, most locations in South Central Nebraska generally west of a line from Franklin-Aurora-Silver Creek improved from D4 Exceptional Drought to D3 Extreme Drought, while locations east of this line improved from D3 to D2 Severe Drought. Officially, the only small part of the Nebraska coverage area remaining in D4 drought at month's end was southern and western portions of Furnas County. Across the six North Central Kansas counties, there was little change as Rooks, Phillips, Smith and Osborne counties remained primarily in D3 Extreme Drought while D2 Severe Drought persisted across most of Jewell and Mitchell counties. However, a small sliver of "less significant" D1 Moderate Drought extended into eastern portions of Mitchell County at month's end, marking the first time since July 2012 that ANY portion of the 30-county area featured something "better" than D2 drought. Looking beyond the borders of the 30-county NWS Hastings coverage area, slight improvements were also noted across Nebraska and Kansas as a whole. As of April 30th, around 77% of Nebraska and 57% of Kansas was assigned Extreme or Exceptional Drought (versus 96% and 64%, respectively, back on March 26th).

Despite this recent positive trend thanks to above normal April rainfall across much of the area, there is still a LONG way to go to bring the entire NWS Hastings coverage area completely out of D2 Severe or worse drought, as subsoil moisture and groundwater deficits remain high from the intense dryness that marked most of summer-fall 2012. In other words, this improving trend may not be permanent, especially if May-June rainfall averages below normal.

(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 the majority of the month was too cool and stable to support severe thunderstorm development, there were a few fairly "low end" strong to severe storm events across parts of the area on days such as the 7th, 22nd and 30th, and one fairly widespread, significant severe weather event that started on the evening of the 8th and lasted well into the pre-dawn hours of the 9th. During this event, numerous severe thunderstorms with large hail, damaging winds and heavy rainfall in excess of 2-3" pounded locations mainly north of a line from Arapahoe-Hastings-Osceola for several hours between 9 PM-4 AM. Wind gusts to over 70 MPH were measured in the Holdrege and Kearney areas, with Kearney experiencing quite a bit of tree and structural damage, including roof damage on the University of Nebraska-Kearney campus. Several hours later, and in the wake of a very strong cold front, the daytime hours on the 9th featured an unusual case of widespread thunderstorm activity with surface temperatures only in the 20s! Many of these storms produced accumulating sleet, and localized cases of large hail as well (see event story links at top of page for much more detail). 

- Number of Severe Thunderstorm Warning polygons issued by NWS Hastings in April 2013: 36  (10 fewer than 2012's total of 46)

- Number of Tornado Warning polygons issued by NWS Hastings in April 2013: 3  (9 fewer than 2012's total of 12)
- Number of confirmed tornadoes within the NWS Hastings coverage area in April 2013: ZERO

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April 2013 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 April 2013 climate summaries specifically for Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney and Ord 

Grand Island     Hastings     Kearney      Ord

...APRIL 2013 TEMPERATURE/PRECIPITATION/SNOWFALL EXTREMES FROM
NWS HASTINGS COOPERATIVE OBSERVERS OR AUTOMATED ASOS/AWOS SITES...

...A FEW OF THE WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURES DURING APRIL 2013
(All reports are from Cooperative Observers and on the 28th unless otherwise specified)
96 degrees...Beaver City

93 degrees...Webster Dam, KS
92 degrees...Kirwin Dam, KS
91 degrees...Edison
90 degrees...Cambridge - 2 SW Alton, KS - 4 WNW Plainville, KS
89 degrees...Franklin - Minden - Holdrege Airport AWOS
88 degrees...7 NW Oxford - Canaday Steam Plant (6 SSE Lexington) - Kearney Airport - 2 W Genoa - Harlan County Lake -
                   Lexington Airport AWOS - Smith Center, KS
87 degrees...Gothenburg - Greeley - Ord Airport ASOS
86 degrees...Grand Island Central Nebraska Regional Airport ASOS - Hebron Airport AWOS (29th)
85 degrees...4 E Superior - 3 N  York - Aurora Airport AWOS - Beloit, KS

...A FEW OF THE COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURES DURING APRIL 2013
(All reports are from Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified)
18 degrees...Beaver City (4th) - Cambridge (24th) - Franklin (24th) - 2 W Genoa (2nd) - Gothenburg (24th) - Red Cloud (24th)
19 degrees...3 N York (2nd) - Canaday Steam Plant (6 SSE Lexington - 10th) - Greeley (1st) - Ord Airport AWOS (9th)
20 degrees...Edison (24th) - Holdrege (19th) - Kearney Airport (10th) - Minden (10th) - Osceola (1st) - Ravenna (2nd) - 2 SW Alton, KS (24th)
21 degrees...7 NW Oxford (24th) - Harlan County Lake (11th) - Lexington Airport AWOS (9th) - Kirwin Dam (24th) - 4 WNW Plainville (11th)
22 degrees...Hebron (24th) - 4 E Superior (24th) - Smith Center, KS (24th) - Webster Dam, KS (24th)
23 degrees...Grand Island Central Nebraska Regional Airport (1st) - Hastings Airport ASOS (9th)
24 degrees...Aurora Airport AWOS (24th) - Geneva (24th) - Beloit, KS (24th)
25 degrees...Clay Center (24th) - Lovewell Dam, KS (2nd)


...A FEW OF THE HIGHEST PRECIPITATION/SNOW LIQUID EQUIVALENT TOTALS DURING APRIL 2013
(All reports are from Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified)
6.01 inches...7 NNE Central City (Merrick County - NeRAIN Observer)
5.07 inches...2 W Genoa (Nance County)
4.98 inches...Dannebrog (Howard County - NeRAIN Observer)

4.96 inches...Fullerton (Nance County)
4.75 inches...St. Paul (Howard County)
4.72 inches...Ravenna (Buffalo County)
4.58 inches...Belgrade (Nance County)
4.57 inches...7 NNE Grand Island (Hall County - NeRAIN Observer)
4.38 inches...Central City (Merrick County)
4.37 inches...Kearney Airport (Buffalo County)

...A FEW OF THE LOWEST PRECIPITATION /SNOW LIQUID EQUIVALENT TOTALS DURING APRIL 2013

(All reports are from Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified)

1.26 inches...Phillipsburg, KS (Phillips County)
1.38 inches...4 WNW Plainville, KS (Rooks County)
1.40 inches...Covert, KS (Osborne County)
1.42 inches...1 N Long Island, KS (Phillips County)
1.50 inches...Logan, KS (Phillips County)
1.54 inches...Webster Dam, KS (Rooks County)
1.57 inches...Red Cloud (Webster County) - 2 NE Upland (Franklin County)
1.59 inches...2 SW Alton, KS (Osborne County)
1.75 inches...1 N Burr Oak, KS (Jewell County)
1.85 inches...Cawker City, KS (Mitchell County)

...A FEW OF THE HIGHEST SNOWFALL TOTALS DURING APRIL 2013

(All reports are from Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified)

7.0 inches...Ord (Valley County) - Belgrade (Nance County)
6.9 inches...Grand Island (Hall County)
6.5 inches...Arcadia (Valley County) - Natoma, KS (Osborne County)
6.3 inches...4 WNW Plainville, KS (Rooks County)
5.1 inches...Greeley (Greeley County)
4.6 inches...Wolbach (Greeley County)
4.5 inches...Wilsonville (Furnas County) - Canaday Steam Plant (6 SSE Lexington - Gosper County)
4.0 inches...Bradshaw (York County) - 8 S Elwood (Gosper County) - Covert, KS (Osborne County)
3.8 inches...2 W Genoa (Nance County)
3.7 inches...Hastings NWS Office (Adams County)

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Various graphs and tables depicting April 2013 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
is shaded 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 April 2013. Red line indicates "normal" December precipitation based on 30-year data from 1981-2010. Hastings Precipitation Summary: Blue line indicates cumulative observed precipitation for April 2013. Red line indicates "normal" December precipitation based on 30-year data from 1981-2010.

 

Grand Island (Regional Airport) - April 2012 - April 2013
  Apr. 2012 May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr.
Average High (F) 69.1 80.9 88.7 96.0 88.7 83.1 63.4 55.7 39.6 35.9 40.9 48.0 58.2
Average Low (F) 43.0 52.5 62.6 68.9 61.0 50.0 37.2 28.5 17.4 16.8 20.5 24.2 33.9
Average Temperature (F) 56.2 66.7 75.7 82.4 74.8 66.5 50.3 42.1 28.5 26.4 30.7 36.1 46.1
Departure from Normal (F) +5.6 +5.5 +4.4 +6.2 +0.8 +1.4 -1.9 +4.0 +1.8 +1.3 +1.6 -3.3 -4.5
 
Precipitation (inches) 1.41 2.29 1.27 0.16 0.94 0.47 0.78 0.53 1.66 0.16 0.97 1.64 3.83
Departure from Normal -1.12 -2.12 -3.03 -3.24 -2.18 -1.76 -1.08 -0.64 +1.03 -0.37 +0.29 -0.16 +1.30
 
Snowfall (inches) 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 Trace 0.3 9.5 0.6 11.0 6.2 6.9
Departure from Normal -1.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.1 -1.0 -2.8 +4.4 -5.9 +4.7 +0.8 +5.4

 

Hastings (Municipal Airport) - April 2012 - April 2013
  Apr. 2012 May June Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr.
Average High (F) 67.6 78.9 86.7 94.1 86.0 80.5 62.1 55.2 38.8 33.8 40.1 48.0 57.3
Average Low (F) 43.5 53.4 62.4 68.4 60.3 49.7 36.9 27.8 16.7 15.5 19.7 24.5 33.2
Average Temperature (F) 55.5 66.1 74.6 81.3 73.1 65.1 49.5 41.5 27.8 24.7 29.9 36.3 45.3
Departure from Normal (F) +4.8 +4.8 +2.8 +4.2 -1.2 -0.5 -3.1 +2.8 +0.2 -1.3  0.0 -3.6 -5.4
 
Precipitation (inches) 2.95 4.07 2.35 1.64 2.39 0.59 1.46 0.66 1.69 0.32 0.90 2.25 2.66
Departure from Normal +0.39 -0.50 -1.45 -2.10 -0.91 -1.97 -0.53 -0.63 +1.08 -0.09 +0.41 +0.46 +0.10
 
Snowfall NWS Office (inches) 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 Trace 0.3 10.5 2.5 10.5 7.9 3.7
Departure from Normal -1.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.2 -1.0 -2.3 +4.4 -3.5 +4.0 +2.7 +2.5

 

Kearney (Regional Airport) - April 2012 - April 2013
(*Temperature data is from unofficial automated AWOS sensor while precipitation data is from official NWS Cooperative Observer)
  Apr. 2012 May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr.
Average High (F)* 67.3 78.4 87.1 94.8 87.0 81.6 62.8 55.9 40.2 35.6 41.3 49.5 57.3
Average Low (F)* 43.4 51.9 61.5 66.3 59.4 49.0 35.1 25.9 15.7 15.4 19.0 23.9 32.4
Average Temperature (F)* 55.4 65.2 74.3 80.6 73.2 65.3 49.0 40.9 28.0 25.5 30.1 36.7 44.9
Departure from Normal (F)* +6.7 +5.7 +4.5 +5.9 +0.6 +1.8 -1.9 +3.9 +2.1 +0.9 +2.0 -1.0 -3.8
 
Precipitation (inches) 4.35 2.00 1.62 0.58 1.45 0.54 0.58 Trace 0.61 0.14 0.74 0.62 4.37
Departure from Normal +2.12 -2.18 -2.31 -2.70 -1.63 -1.53 -1.46 -1.02 +0.04 -0.35 +0.19 -1.17 +2.14
 
Snowfall (inches) 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 Trace Trace 7.2 1.2 8.5 2.3 2.5
Departure from Normal -1.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.2 -0.7 -3.1 +3.7 -3.2 +3.4 -2.3 +0.7

 

Ord (Evelyn Sharp Field Airport) - April 2012 - April 2013
(*Winter precipitation data may include coop observer reports due to automated airport equipment under-measuring snowfall liquid equivalent)
  Apr. 2012
May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr.
Average High (F) 65.0 75.8 88.2 96.9 89.0 82.2 62.5 52.4 39.7 38.3 40.4 46.7 56.5
Average Low (F) 38.8 48.3 59.4 64.5 57.4 43.9 31.6 21.2 12.2 12.0 16.6 20.1 28.9
Average Temperature (F) 51.9 62.0 73.8 80.7 73.2 63.0 47.1 36.8 25.9 25.2 28.5 33.4 42.7
Departure from Normal (F) +3.1 +2.7 +4.6 +6.3 +0.2 -0.6 -2.5 +0.5 +1.0 +0.6 +0.7 -4.3 -6.1
 
Precipitation (inches)* 5.29 2.26 0.33 0.15 0.79 0.13 0.32 0.12 0.35 0.14 1.48 0.61 2.51
Departure from Normal +2.70 -1.55 -3.79 -2.82 -2.37 -2.31 -1.61 -0.95 -0.24 -0.23 +1.04 -0.84 -0.08
 
Snowfall (Coop Observer) 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.5 1.5 5.0 0.5 8.0 4.0 7.0
Departure from Normal -2.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 +1.4 -3.8 -2.4 -6.3 +2.0 -1.9 +4.5

 

Smith Center, KS (Cooperative Observer) - April 2012 - April 2013
(*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)
  Apr. 2012
May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr.
Average High (F)* 70.6 83.5 94.2 100.4 89.9 83.6 65.4 60.2 42.7 37.8 43.0 50.3 60.0
Average Low (F)* 44.4 53.0 62.6 69.4 60.5 51.0 37.2 27.8 18.4 14.8 18.2 23.8 32.8
Average Temperature (F)* 57.5 68.3 78.4 84.9 75.2 67.3 51.3 44.0 30.6 26.3 30.6 37.1 46.4
Departure from Normal (F)* +5.0 +4.6 +4.4 +5.2 -2.0 -0.9 -3.5 +3.6 +1.8 -1.4 -1.4 -4.5 -6.1
 
Precipitation (inches) 2.78 0.14 1.61 1.00 2.75 0.41 1.14 0.36 1.11 0.77 1.25 2.23 1.88
Departure from Normal +0.51 -3.78 -2.00 -2.87 -0.55 -1.63 -0.74 -0.86 +0.45 +0.28 +0.67 +0.36 -0.39
 
Snowfall (inches) 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 5.2 7.6 16.4 10.0 0.8
Departure from Normal -0.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.2 -0.4 -1.8 +2.0 +3.9 +12.3 +7.4 +0.2

 

Most of the following images depicting April 2013 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: April 2013
Measured Precipitation (Inches)
Kansas: April 2013
Measured Precipitation (Inches)
Nebraska: April 2013 Percent
of Normal Measured Precip.
Kansas: April 2013 Percent
of Normal Measured Precip.
 
NWS Hastings Area: April 2013 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: April 2013  Temperature Departure 
from Normal (F)
Kansas: April 2013
Temperature Departure 
from Normal (F)

 


 

The following drought status images, current as of April 30, 2013, 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 April 30, 2013 Kansas - U.S. Drought Monitor as of April 30, 2013

 


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