July 2013: 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, 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

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

July 4: Independence Day Climatology for Grand Island
July 24: Large Supercell Storm Impacts Portions of Valley, Sherman and Howard Counties
Late July: Abnormally Cool Temperatures Overtake the Area
Jul-Aug: The Coolest July 23 - August 5 Period on Record for Hastings


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

...Below Normal Rainfall In Most Areas For the 2nd or 3rd Straight Month...But Slightly Below Normal Temperatures Help Keep Drought Conditions From Worsening...

The following narrative focuses on climate and weather highlights for the month of July 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" July high temperatures don't exhibit much variability, and are typically 86-89 degrees in South Central Nebraska and 90-93 degrees in North Central Kansas. July low temperatures in South Central Nebraska are normally between 61-66 degrees, and are between 62-69 degrees in North Central Kansas...)

Based on the monthly mean July temperature (resulting from averaging together the daily highs and lows), the majority of the 30-county area checked in slightly below normal, with most areas no more than 2° below normal. However, portions of North Central Kansas especially east of Highway 281 averaged a bit cooler, more so 2-4° below normal. This was a sharp contrast from the notably hot July 2012 one year ago, during which most of the coverage area averaged 4-6° above normal. As is usually the case, there were a few distinct temperature regimes over the course of the month, with most areas starting out a bit on the cool side through the first few days, then prevailing near-to-above normal through the middle few weeks, before entering a notably cool stretch that set in during the final 7-9 days. At Hastings, where temperature trends were generally representative of most of the 30-county area as a whole, 17 days this July featured a below normal mean temperature, 13 days were above normal and one day matched the daily normal. Each of the final 9 days of the month at Hastings from the 23rd-31st ranged anywhere from 4-16 degrees below normal. This resulted in the coolest 9-day stretch of July days in Hastings in nine years, since July 22-30, 2004. The four days from the 27th-30th were particularly cool at Hastings, with highs only ranging from 66-73°. The 29th was a notably cool day area-wide, with most places only topping out between 66-72°. Both Grand Island and Hastings only reached 66° on that day, setting daily records for coolest maximum temperature. Rewinding to the hotter portion of the month, the overall-warmest stretch of days for much of the area centered between the 5th-13th. At Grand Island, 7 of these 9 days reached at least 94°, and four miles west-northwest of Plainville KS, 6 of these 9 days reached at least 103°. For much of the area, the 12th or 13th were the outright-hottest days of the month. The coolest low temperatures of the month at most observing stations occurred on either the 1st, 2nd or 28th, with some spots dipping as low as the mid-upper 40s. 

Per NWS cooperative observers and a few automated airport sites across the 30-county area, the hottest readings of the month occurred on the 13th and featured 110° at Kirwin Dam KS, 108° at Beaver City, 2SW Alton KS, 4WNW Plainville KS and Webster Dam KS, and 107° at Smith Center KS.  Sites that reached 104° on the 13th included Cambridge, Franklin, Red Cloud and Holdrege. Some of the coolest low temperatures of the month included 45° at Cambridge (on the 2nd) and 46° at Beaver City (on the 2nd), Ord airport (1st), 2W Genoa (28th) and 2SW Alton KS (1st).  In the Nebraska Tri-Cities, the cooperative observer at the Kearney airport claimed both the hottest and coolest readings of the month with 100° on the 13th, and 50° on the 1st.

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


- PRECIPITATION/FLOODING...(According to 30-year averages, "normal" July rainfall across the NWS Hastings coverage area varies slightly from northwest-southeast, with the northwest half generally expected to receive between 3.20-3.60 inches, while southeast areas average a bit higher generally 3.60-4.20 inches...)

Unfortunately, the majority of the 30-county area endured its second consecutive month of below normal rainfall, with several southwestern counties such as Furnas and Phillips recording its third-consecutive predominantly dry month. On a positive note, the below normal July rainfall in most areas this year was also accompanied by cooler than normal temperatures, which was in sharp contrast to the notably hot and dry July 2012 one year ago that put considerable stress on crops.

Based on reports from around 65 NWS Cooperative Observers and a few automated airport gauges, and also incorporating radar-derived estimation, roughly 85% of the 30-county area tallied below normal rainfall for the month, and more significantly, roughly one-third of the area received less than half of normal July rainfall (or generally less than 1.80"). The greatest concentration of rainfall totals under 2" were concentrated within a roughly 30-mile wide corridor across central portions of the area, generally extending from the Elwood and Holdrege areas in the west, through the Grand Island/Hastings area, and then northeast toward Aurora and Osceola. Unlike July 2012, however, the vast majority of the 30-county area received at least 1" of rain this month, with no areas "bone dry" as many places near and north of Interstate 80 were in 2012. The roughly 15% of the area that observed above normal rainfall this month (generally more than 3.60") was mainly concentrated in both the northwest and southeast corners, focusing within Mitchell, Osborne and southern Jewell counties in Kansas, along with a decent chunk of Valley and Sherman counties in Nebraska. Much of Nuckolls County also had decent rainfall for the month. Parts of Mitchell County KS were actually downright wet for the month, with places such as Beloit and Cawker City exceeding 7" of rain. However, some of this rain fell in a very short time, as Beloit was drenched with 3.90" in less than two hours on the afternoon of the 20th. Per a combination of NWS cooperative observers and NeRAIN observers, several of the lowest July precipitation totals included 0.63" six miles south-southeast of Lexington (Canaday Steam Plant), 0.91" eight miles south of Elwood, 1.21" four miles north of Aurora, 1.25" six miles north-northwest of Oxford and 1.28" at Minden. Grand Island and Hastings tied for their 25th and 29th-driest months of July on record, respectively, out of 118 years. On the notably wetter side of things were sites such as Cawker City KS (8.54"), Beloit KS (7.22"), Hunter KS (6.01"), Jewell KS (5.29") and Nelson (5.28"). In between these wettest and driest extremes, the majority of the 30-county area reported at least slightly below normal July rainfall totals somewhere between 1.50-3.00", including stations in or near York, Hastings, Grand Island, Gothenburg, Franklin, Kearney, Hebron, Fullerton, Plainville KS and Phillipsburg KS. Among the official Nebraska Tri-Cities sites, the cooperative observer at the Kearney airport was the precipitation "winner" with 1.98", followed by Hastings airport (1.77") and then Grand Island airport (1.39").

There were no notable, widespread flooding events during the month, although there were likely at least a few instances of localized small stream and street flooding, including considerable street flooding in Beloit during the aforementioned downpour on the afternoon of the 20th. In addition to the Beloit event, a few of the highest known 24-hour-or-less rainfall totals included 4" ten miles north-northwest of Bellaire KS on the 20th (public report) and 3.46" in McCool Junction from a very small, nearly stationary thunderstorm during the early morning hours of the 14th (NeRain observer). 

(Please look farther down the page for much more information on July 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...Despite July being the second consecutive month of below normal rainfall for the majority of the 30-county area (third consecutive month for several southwestern counties), there was actually very little, if any, change in official drought classification according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. It is likely that one of the primary factors keeping conditions from degrading in July was prevailing cooler-than-normal temperatures, which helped keep crop stress at a much lower level than one year ago in July 2012. Compared to the issuance on July 2, 2013, the Drought Monitor as of July 30, 2013, looked almost identical over the 24 Nebraska counties of the coverage area. As a result, most counties along and east of the Highway 281 corridor remained in D1 Moderate Drought, although pockets of D2 Severe Drought were prevalent across much of Greeley, Howard, Webster and Nuckolls counties. The situation remained worse to the west of Highway 281, where nearly all areas were assigned either D2 Severe or D3 Extreme Drought, with southwestern Furnas County still in D4 Exceptional Drought (the worst-possible category). To the south across the six north central Kansas counties, a fairly concentrated zone of above normal monthly rainfall over Mitchell, Osborne and southern Jewell counties actually resulted in a one-category improvement for parts of the area, although a noticeable west-east disparity remained. In the west, most of Phillips and a decent chunk of Rooks counties remained in D3 Extreme Drought, with a sliver of D4 still clipping western Phillips County. Farther east, most of Smith, Osborne and Jewell counties were a mix of D1 Moderate and D2 Severe drought, although southeast Osborne County had improved to D0 Abnormally Dry (which is one category better than "true" drought). Mitchell County remained in the overall best-shape of any county in the NWS Hastings coverage area, featuring almost exclusively the D0 category.  Looking beyond the borders of the 30-county NWS Hastings coverage area, very slight improvements were noted over the course of the month across Nebraska and Kansas as a whole: as of July 30th, around 34% of Nebraska and 42% of Kansas was assigned D3 Extreme or D4 Exceptional Drought (versus 35% and 45%, respectively, back on July 2nd).


- SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS...For the majority of the 30-county area, it was a fairly quiet month in terms of severe storms, with only a smattering of hail or high wind reports here or there. However, there were two main severe thunderstorm events that stood out. First, during the late afternoon of July 9th a thunderstorm rapidly became severe over far north-central Dawson County and produced a brief landspout tornado along with hail up to golf ball size. This tornado remained over rural areas and no damage was reported. Later in the month on the late afternoon and early evening of the 24th, a large severe supercell storm dove southward through primarily portions of Valley, Sherman and Howard counties, resulting in a concentrated swath of wind and hail damage likely no more than 5-10 miles wide. This intense storm produced winds of at least 80 MPH along part of its path, along with hail reported up to golf ball size. In addition to considerable crop damage, a few structures also sustained damage, including a portion of a roof peeled off a home 4 miles east-southeast of Ord along Highway 11. (Please refer to the event story link at top of this page for more details on the July 24th event, and for a graphical depiction of July severe weather reports please check out the interactive storm reports map at the far bottom of this page)

- Number of Severe Thunderstorm Warning polygons issued by NWS Hastings in July 2013: 19  (8 more than 2012's total of 11)
- Number of Tornado Warning polygons issued by NWS Hastings in June 2013: 2  (2 more than 2012's total of 0)
- Number of confirmed tornadoes within the NWS Hastings coverage area in June 2013: 1 (1 more than 2012; EF-0 in far north central Dawson County on July 9th)

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July 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 link below for July 2013 climate summaries specifically for Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney and Ord 

Grand Island - Hastings - Kearney - Ord

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

...A FEW OF THE HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURES DURING JULY 2013
(All reports are from NWS Cooperative Observers and occurred on July 13th unless otherwise specified)
110 degrees...Kirwin Dam, KS
108 degrees...Beaver City - 2SW Alton, KS - 4WNW Plainville, KS - Webster Dam KS
107 degrees...Smith Center, KS
106 degrees...Edison - Harlan County Lake (on the 9th)
104 degrees...Cambridge - Franklin - Red Cloud - Holdrege
103 degrees...6NNW Oxford (12th) - Beloit KS (9th) - Lexington airport AWOS
101 degrees...Minden - 4E Superior (9th)
100 degrees...Kearney airport - Ravenna - Hebron (12th) - Burr Oak KS (8th)
99 degrees...Grand Island airport ASOS (22nd) - Hastings airport ASOS (12th and 13th) - Gothenburg (12th

...A FEW OF THE COOLEST LOW TEMPERATURES DURING JULY 2013
(All reports are from NWS Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified)

45 degrees...Cambridge (on the 2nd)
46 degrees...Beaver City (2nd) - Ord airport (1st) - 2W Genoa (28th) - 2SW Alton KS (1st)
47 degrees...Edison (1st) - Greeley (28th) - Holdrege (1st) - 3N York
48 degrees...Franklin (1st) - Aurora airport AWOS (28th)
49 degrees...Minden (1st) - Osceola (28th) - Red Cloud (2nd) - Ravenna (1st) - Burr Oak KS (1st)
50 degrees...Gothenburg (1st, 3rd, 4th) - Hastings NWS (1st) - Hebron (28th) - Kearney airport (1st) - Lexington airport AWOS (1st and 2nd)
51 degrees...Geneva (28th) - Harlan County Lake (1st and 2nd) - 6NNW Oxford (1st) - Grand Island airport ASOS (28th)

...A FEW OF THE HIGHEST PRECIPITATION TOTALS DURING JULY 2013
(All reports are from NWS Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified)
8.54 inches...Cawker City KS in Mitchell County
7.22 inches...Beloit KS in Mitchell County
6.01 inches...Hunter KS in Mitchell County
5.58 inches...Glen Elder Lake KS in Mitchell County
5.29 inches...Jewell KS in Jewell County
5.28 inches...Nelson in Nuckolls County
4.99 inches...McCool Junction in York County (NeRAIN observer)
4.62 inches...3W Ruskin in Nuckolls County (NeRAIN observer)
4.58 inches...Lawrence in Nuckolls County (NeRAIN observer)
4.36 inches...3W Deweese in Nuckolls County (NeRAIN observer)

...A FEW OF THE LOWEST PRECIPITATION TOTALS DURING JULY 2013

(All reports are from Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified)
0.63 inch...6 SSE Lexington (Canaday Steam Plant) in Gosper County
0.91 inches...8S Elwood in Gosper County
1.21 inches...4N Aurora in Hamilton County
1.25 inches...6NNW Oxford in Furnas County
1.28 inches...Minden in Kearney County
1.30 inches...3NE Shelby in Polk County
1.33 inches...Holdrege in Phelps County
1.39 inches...Grand Island airport ASOS in Hall County
1.41 inches...Central City in Merrick County
1.47 inches...Greeley in Greeley County

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Various graphs and tables depicting July 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: Green line indicates cumulative observed precipitation for July 2013. Brown line indicates "normal" July precipitation based on 30-year data from 1981-2010. Hastings Precipitation Summary: Green line indicates cumulative observed precipitation for July 2013. Brown line indicates "normal" July precipitation based on 30-year data from 1981-2010.

 

Grand Island (Regional Airport) - July 2012 - July 2013
  July 2012 Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July
Average High (F) 96.0 88.7 83.1 63.4 55.7 39.6 35.9 40.9 48.0 58.2 72.4 84.8 87.6
Average Low (F) 68.9 61.0 50.0 37.2 28.5 17.4 16.8 20.5 24.2 33.9 50.6 60.4 65.0
Average Temperature (F) 82.4 74.8 66.5 50.3 42.1 28.5 26.4 30.7 36.1 46.1 61.5 72.6 76.3
Departure from Normal (F) +6.2 +0.8 +1.4 -1.9 +4.0 +1.8 +1.3 +1.6 -3.3 -4.5 +0.3 +1.3 +0.1
 
Precipitation (inches) 0.16 0.94 0.47 0.78 0.53 1.66 0.16 0.97 1.64 3.83 6.77 1.63 1.39
Departure from Normal -3.24 -2.18 -1.76 -1.08 -0.64 +1.03 -0.37 +0.29 -0.16 +1.30 +2.36 -2.67 -2.01
 
Snowfall (inches) 0.0 0.0 0.0 Trace 0.3 9.5 0.6 11.0 6.2 6.9 0.7 0.0 0.0
Departure from Normal 0.0 0.0 -0.1 -1.0 -2.8 +4.4 -5.9 +4.7 +0.8 +5.4 +0.7 0.0 0.0

 

Hastings (Municipal Airport) - July 2012 - July 2013
  July 2012 Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July
Average High (F) 94.1 86.0 80.5 62.1 55.2 38.8 33.8 40.1 48.0 57.3 71.6 83.1 86.1
Average Low (F) 68.4 60.3 49.7 36.9 27.8 16.7 15.5 19.7 24.5 33.2 49.5 60.3 64.4
Average Temperature (F) 81.3 73.1 65.1 49.5 41.5 27.8 24.7 29.9 36.3 45.3 60.5 71.7 75.2
Departure from Normal (F) +4.2 -1.2 -0.5 -3.1 +2.8 +0.2 -1.3  0.0 -3.6 -5.4 -0.8 -0.1 -1.9
 
Precipitation (inches) 1.64 2.39 0.59 1.46 0.66 1.69 0.32 0.90 2.25 2.66  5.67 1.24 1.77
Departure from Normal -2.10 -0.91 -1.97 -0.53 -0.63 +1.08 -0.09 +0.41 +0.46 +0.10  +1.10 -2.56 -1.97
 
Snowfall NWS Office (inches) 0.0 0.0 0.0 Trace 0.3 10.5 2.5 10.5 7.9 3.7 0.3 0.0 0.0
Departure from Normal 0.0 0.0 -0.2 -1.0 -2.3 +4.4 -3.5 +4.0 +2.7 +2.5 +0.3 0.0 0.0

 

Kearney (Regional Airport) - July 2012 - July 2013
(*Temperature data is from unofficial automated AWOS sensor while precipitation data is from official NWS Cooperative Observer)
  July 2012 Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July
Average High (F)* 94.8 87.0 81.6 62.8 55.9 40.2 35.6 41.3 49.5 57.3 72.7 83.8 85.5
Average Low (F)* 66.3 59.4 49.0 35.1 25.9 15.7 15.4 19.0 23.9 32.4 49.4 59.5 62.5
Average Temperature (F)* 80.6 73.2 65.3 49.0 40.9 28.0 25.5 30.1 36.7 44.9 61.0 71.7 74.0
Departure from Normal (F)* +5.9 +0.6 +1.8 -1.9 +3.9 +2.1 +0.9 +2.0 -1.0 -3.8 +1.5 +1.9 -0.7
 
Precipitation (inches) 0.58 1.45 0.54 0.58 Trace 0.61 0.14 0.74 0.62 4.37 6.54 1.44 1.98
Departure from Normal -2.70 -1.63 -1.53 -1.46 -1.02 +0.04 -0.35 +0.19 -1.17 +2.14 +2.36 -2.49 -1.30
 
Snowfall (inches) 0.0 0.0 0.0 Trace Trace 7.2 1.2 8.5 2.3 2.5 Trace 0.0 0.0
Departure from Normal 0.0 0.0 -0.2 -0.7 -3.1 +3.7 -3.2 +3.4 -2.3 +0.7 0.0 0.0 0.0

 

Ord (Evelyn Sharp Field Airport) - July 2012 - July 2013
(*Winter precipitation data may include coop observer reports due to automated airport equipment under-measuring snowfall liquid equivalent)
  July 2012 Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July
Average High (F) 96.9 89.0 82.2 62.5 52.4 39.7 38.3 40.4 46.7 56.5 71.0 81.0 85.9
Average Low (F) 64.5 57.4 43.9 31.6 21.2 12.2 12.0 16.6 20.1 28.9 46.9 56.5 60.9
Average Temperature (F) 80.7 73.2 63.0 47.1 36.8 25.9 25.2 28.5 33.4 42.7 59.0 68.8 73.4
Departure from Normal (F) +6.3 +0.2 -0.6 -2.5 +0.5 +1.0 +0.6 +0.7 -4.3 -6.1 -0.3 -0.4 -1.0
 
Precipitation (inches)* 0.15 0.79 0.13 0.32 0.12 0.35 0.14 1.48 0.61 2.51 5.40 1.93 3.59
Departure from Normal -2.82 -2.37 -2.31 -1.61 -0.95 -0.24 -0.23 +1.04 -0.84 -0.08 +1.59 -2.19 +0.62
 
Snowfall (Coop Observer) 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.5 1.5 5.0 0.5 8.0 4.0 7.0 Trace  0.0 0.0
Departure from Normal 0.0 0.0 0.0 +1.4 -3.8 -2.4 -6.3 +2.0 -1.9 +4.5 0.0  0.0 0.0

 

Smith Center, KS (Cooperative Observer) - July 2012 - July 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)
  July 2012
Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July
Average High (F)* 100.4 89.9 83.6 65.4 60.2 42.7 37.8 43.0 50.3 60.0 76.0 88.6 89.2
Average Low (F)* 69.4 60.5 51.0 37.2 27.8 18.4 14.8 18.2 23.8 32.8 49.6 59.6 64.6
Average Temperature (F)* 84.9 75.2 67.3 51.3 44.0 30.6 26.3 30.6 37.1 46.4 62.8 74.1 76.9
Departure from Normal (F)* +5.2 -2.0 -0.9 -3.5 +3.6 +1.8 -1.4 -1.4 -4.5 -6.1  -0.9 +0.1  -2.8
 
Precipitation (inches) 1.00 2.75 0.41 1.14 0.36 1.11 0.77 1.25 2.23 1.88 3.11 2.80 4.01
Departure from Normal -2.87 -0.55 -1.63 -0.74 -0.86 +0.45 +0.28 +0.67 +0.36 -0.39 -0.81 -0.81 +0.14
 
Snowfall (inches) 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 5.2 7.6 16.4 10.0 0.8  Trace 0.0 0.0
Departure from Normal 0.0 0.0 -0.2 -0.4 -1.8 +2.0 +3.9 +12.3 +7.4 +0.2  0.0 0.0 0.0

 

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

 


 

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

 


 

Interactive Map of July 2013 Severe Weather Reports:

The interactive geographic information systems (GIS) map below shows preliminary severe hail (one inch or greater) and wind reports for South Central Nebraska and portions of North Central Kansas for the entire month of July 2013.

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.

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



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