Snowfall Recap/Map For 2012-2013 Season


Now that we are well into the heat of summer, it's time to "chill out" and take a look back at the 2012-2013 snowfall season across South Central Nebraska and North Central Kansas, which officially comes to an end on June 30th (for climatological purposes, the annual snowfall season runs from July 1st through June 30th of the following year). Among other things, the 2012-2013 snowfall season will be remembered for:

  • A mid-December blizzard that affected much of the area, and a March blizzard that affected eastern counties

  • A major February storm that dumped anywhere from 6-20" across the area

  • The first measurable May snow in Grand Island in 46 years. 

The maps and tables below reflect the 2012-2013 seasonal snowfall for dozens of locations across the NWS Hastings coverage area, based on reports from official NWS cooperative observers. According to official 30-year "normals" from 1981-2010, typical seasonal snowfall within the 30-county area is:

  • 26-30 inches for most Nebraska counties along and north of Interstate 80

  • 20-28 inches for most Nebraska counties south of Interstate 80 to the Kansas border

  • 17-23 Inches for the North Central Kansas area

During the 2012-2013 snowfall season, there was quite a bit of variability within South Central Nebraska, with many southern and eastern counties ending up  5-10" inches above normal, while several far northern/western counties finished 5-10" below normal. In North Central Kansas, most places measured well-above normal totals of 10-20+" above normal, thanks in large part to the major Feb. 20-21 storm. 

Per NWS Cooperative Observers:

- The highest seasonal snowfall reported in the Nebraska portion of the coverage area was 37.8" in Red Cloud (Webster County), and the lowest total was 17.6" in Cozad (Dawson County)...ironically, Red Cloud had the lowest seasonal total in 2011-2012 with only 6.8"

- The highest seasonal snowfall reported in the Kansas portion of the coverage area was notable 48.0" at Covert rural station (Osborne County), and the lowest total was 25.5" at Glen Elder Dam (Mitchell County). For a sizeable chunk of North Central Kansas, at least one-third to one-half of the seasonal snowfall fell during a single, significant winter storm on Feb. 20-21. During this storm, most of the six-county area accumulated 12-20". 
In fact, the 15.6" at Smith Center was the largest two-day, storm total snowfall on record dating back to 1910!


Please refer to the event story links below for a wealth of details on the most significant snow events of the 2012-2013 season within the NWS Hastings coverage area:

2012-2013 Snowfall Season Event Stories
(Click HERE for archive to all web stories)

Dec. 19: Blizzard Conditions Strike the Area
Dec. 31: New Year's Eve Snowstorm Strikes Southern Areas
Jan. 29-30: Widespread 2-5 Inches of Snow in Southern/Eastern Areas
Feb. 20-21: Winter Storm Strikes the Area: 6-20 Inches of Snow
March 9-10: Wind, Snow and Blizzard Conditions March 9-10
April 9: Sleet and Hail Streaks Visible On Satellite
May 1: May 1, 2013: The First Measurable May Snow In Grand Island in 46 Years!


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2012-13 Seasonal Snowfall


WINTER 2012-2013 SOUTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA
COOPERATIVE OBSERVER SNOWFALL

* The highest reported amount under each month/season indicated in BLUE, the lowest amount in RED.

Station Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Season
Arcadia 0.0 1.0 1.5 3.5 Trace 9.0 2.0 6.5 Trace 23.5
Aurora 4N 0.0 Trace 0.6 9.0 MSG 7.5 7.6 1.7 1.5 MSG
Beaver City 0.0 0.0 0.0 6.0 3.0 15.0 4.0 3.0 0.0 31.0
Belgrade 0.0 Trace 0.5 5.5 0.2 8.3 4.2 7.0 1.5 27.2
Blue Hill 4SW 0.0 0.0 Trace 9.3 3.7 12.5 5.0 0.7 Trace 31.2
Bradshaw 0.0 0.0 1.0 11.0 4.5 8.1 5.7 4.0 1.0 35.3
Bruning 0.0 0.0 0.0 5.0 8.0 7.0 8.0 Trace Trace 28.0
Cambridge 0.0 Trace Trace 7.4 1.9 13.0 4.4 3.4 1.1 31.2
Lexington 6SSE (Canaday) 0.0 Trace 0.0 6.0 1.0 11.0 2.2 4.5 0.0 24.7
Central City
0.0 1.0 2.0 11.0 0.8 10.1 MSG 2.3 1.5 MSG
Clay Center 6ESE
0.0 Trace Trace 8.9 4.3 8.0 6.2 1.2 0.0 28.6
Clay Center
0.0
0.0 0.0 8.5 6.0 12.0 8.0 2.9 0.0 37.4
Cozad
0.0 Trace
0.0 3.6 Trace 10.3 0.3 3.4 Trace 17.6
Dannebrog 4NW
0.0 Trace Trace 8.0 Trace 12.0 7.1 2.0  MSG
 MSG
Edison
0.0 0.0 0.0 4.0 2.0 11.0 2.0 1.0 0.0 20.0
Elwood 8S
0.0 Trace Trace 5.7 2.5 14.5 3.7 4.0 Trace 30.4
Franklin 0.0 0.0 0.0 6.0 6.0 10.9 6.5 Trace Trace 29.4
Fullerton
0.0 Trace 1.0 9.0 Trace MSG 4.5 1.0 0.0 MSG
Geneva
0.0 0.0 0.0 9.5 3.0 7.0 9.7 1.0 Trace 30.2
Genoa 2W
0.0 0.0 1.0 12.2 3.0 10.3 3.9 3.8 2.0 36.2
Gothenburg
0.0 0.0 MSG MSG MSG MSG MSG MSG MSG MSG
Grand Island
0.0 Trace 0.3 9.5 0.6 11.0 6.2 6.9 0.7 35.2
Greeley
0.0 0.5 0.5 6.5 Trace 8.5 2.0 5.1 2.0 25.1
Gresham 3W
0.0 0.0
Trace
9.0 2.5 7.0 4.0 2.0 Trace 24.5
Harlan Lake
0.0 0.0 0.0 5.0 5.0 14.5 4.0 0.5 0.0
29.0
Hastings NWS
0.0 Trace 0.3 10.5 2.5 10.5 7.9 3.7 0.3 35.7
Hebron
0.0 0.0 Trace 3.0 7.4 8.6 5.4 0.8 Trace 25.2
Holdrege
0.0 0.0 0.0 6.0 2.0 11.5 1.5 1.6 Trace 22.6
Hubbell
0.0 0.0 0.0 4.0 10.0 8.5 10.0 Trace Trace 32.5
Kearney Airport
0.0 Trace Trace 7.2 1.2 8.5 2.3 2.5 Trace 21.7
Miller
0.0 Trace Trace 8.3 0.5 12.7 1.9 3.0 1.0 27.4
Minden
0.0 0.0 0.0 5.2 1.6 11.8 2.0 3.0 0.0 23.6
Naponee
0.0 Trace 0.0 6.5 3.8 13.0 3.5 Trace Trace 26.8
Nelson
0.0 0.0 Trace 2.8 9.0 12.9 8.0 0.5 0.0 33.2
Ord
0.0 2.5 1.5 5.0 0.5 8.5 4.0 7.0 Trace 29.0
Osceola
0.0 Trace 0.7 9.9 0.4 7.7 MSG 3.5 1.0 MSG
Oxford 6NNW
0.0 Trace 0.0 5.6 2.4 9.6 1.4 2.0 Trace 21.0
Polk
0.0 0.0 1.0 8.0 MSG 8.0 5.0 1.0 MSG MSG
Ravenna
0.0 0.5 2.0 5.5 Trace 11.0 3.0 2.5 1.0 25.5
Red Cloud
0.0 0.0 0.0 4.1 8.0 14.0 10.7 1.0 0.0 37.8
St. Paul
0.0 Trace 1.0 7.0 Trace 11.0 2.0 3.0 Trace 24.0
Shelby 3NE
0.0 0.0 0.3 7.6 0.6 6.8 7.9 2.1 1.4 26.7
Shickley 4S
0.0 0.0 Trace 5.0 5.0 5.0 10.0 Trace Trace 25.0
Superior 4E
0.0 0.0 0.0 3.0 10.0 11.0 11.0 0.5 Trace 35.5
Upland 2NE
0.0 0.0 0.0 8.0 2.0 12.0 4.0 1.0 Trace 27.0
Wilsonville
0.0 Trace 0.0 9.5 3.0 13.0 4.0 4.5 1.0 35.0
Wolbach
0.0 0.5 1.1 5.6 0.4 8.9 2.2 4.6 0.0 23.3
York 3N
0.0 0.0 0.0 11.6 2.1 6.3 5.8 1.2 0.0 27.0

 

WINTER 2012-2013 NORTH CENTRAL KANSAS
COOPERATIVE OBSERVER SNOWFALL

* The highest reported amount under each month/season indicated in BLUE, the lowest amount in RED.

Station
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Season
Alton 2SW
0.0 0.0 0.0 3.0 8.0 13.0 5.8 1.5 0.0 31.3
Beloit
0.0 0.0 0.0 4.0 7.0 9.0 7.0 2.0 0.0 29.0
Burr Oak 1N
0.0 0.0 0.0 4.2 9.5 10.6 11.6 1.0 Trace 36.9
Cawker City
0.0 0.0 0.0 3.0 9.5 11.5 8.5 0.5 0.0 33.0
Covert Rural
0.0 0.0 0.0 3.0 13.5 18.0 9.5 4.0 Trace 48.0
Damar
0.0 Trace 0.0 5.0 MSG MSG MSG MSG MSG MSG
Glen Elder Dam
0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0 7.5 9.0 5.0 2.0 0.0 25.5
Hunter
0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0 11.0 8.0 8.0 1.0 0.0 30.0
Ionia
0.0 0.0 0.0 3.0 6.5 8.6 10.1 Trace Trace 28.2
Jewell
0.0 0.0 0.0 3.5 11.3 9.8 10.1 1.5 0.0 36.2
Kirwin Dam
0.0 0.0 0.0 4.0 7.0 18.6 1.5 2.0 0.0 33.1
Lebanon
0.0 0.0 0.0 3.0 8.6 13.0 7.1 1.5 0.0 33.2
Logan
0.0 0.0 0.0 3.0 7.0 13.0 5.5 2.0 Trace 30.5
Long Island 1 N
0.0 0.0 0.0 4.0 7.0 19.0 6.0 2.0 1.0 39.0
Mankato
0.0 0.0 0.0 3.0 9.0 15.0 10.0 2.0 0.0 39.0
Natoma
0.0 0.0 0.0 3.0 10.0 18.5 7.0 6.5 Trace 45.0
Palco
0.0 0.0 0.0 3.0 MSG MSG MSG MSG MSG MSG
Phillipsburg 0.0 0.0 0.0 5.0 9.0 18.0 8.8 1.8 0.0 42.6
Plainville 4 WNW
0.0 0.5 0.0 3.7 8.7 12.5 5.5 6.3 0.5 37.7
Smith Center
0.0 0.0 0.0 5.2 7.6 16.4 10.0 0.8 Trace 40.0
Webster Dam
0.0 0.0 0.0 2.1 8.7 14.0 1.2 3.4 0.0 29.4

 

MSG...All or part of data for the month/season is MISSING

(*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)

This page was composed by the staff at the
National Weather Service in Hastings, Nebraska.

 



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