August 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

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

August 1: Severe Storms Hit Dawson and Clay Counties...Considerable Crop Damage
August 16: Record Cool High Temperatures in Grand Island and Hastings
July-August: Grand Island and Hastings Go 28-29 Days Without Hitting 90 Degrees


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

...Below Normal Rainfall In Many Areas For the 3rd or 4th Straight Month...And Another Temperature "Roller Coaster Ride"...

The following narrative focuses on climate and weather highlights for the month of August 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" August high temperatures in South Central Nebraska gradually decrease from the upper 80s early in the month to the low-mid 80s by the end of the month, while highs in North Central Kansas gradually decrease from the low-90s to the upper-80s. August low temperatures across most of the 30-county area gradually decrease from the mid-60s early in the month to the upper-50s or low-60s by month's end...)

Based on the monthly mean August temperature (resulting from averaging together the daily highs and lows), there we no major deviations from normal across the 30-county area. Across most local South Central Nebraska counties, the monthly mean temperature ranged from very near normal up to around 2° above normal. Farther south into North Central Kansas, temperatures leaned slightly the other way, ranging from very near normal up to around only 2° below normal. 

However, much like in July, the month was a temperature roller coaster ride, except this time around the first half of the month was the cool stretch and the second half notably hotter. At Hastings airport, where temperature trends  were generally representative of most of the 30-county area, 16 August days had a below normal mean temperature, 13 finished above normal and two matched the daily normal. Breaking down the extremes in more detail, 16 of the first 18 days of the month were below normal in Hastings, including the overall-coolest week of the month centered from the 12th-18th. In fact, the first 20 days of August failed to reach 90°. When combined with the final nine days of July, this resulted in a remarkable 29-day streak without reaching 90°. When only considering sub-90° streaks confined to the months of July and/or August, this was the longest streak on record in Hastings dating back 107 years! (Please refer to the web story linked at the top of this page for more details). Once the early-to-mid month cool stretch ended, it ended with authority, as each of the final 11 days of the month reached at least 90° in Hastings, and several locations across southern/western portions of the 30-county area topped 100° several times. Near Alton KS, the high reached 101° on four consecutive afternoons between the 24th-27th, before peaking at 107° on the 30th. In terms of average afternoon high temperatures, the seven-day stretch between the 25th-31st was in fact the hottest week of summer 2013 at many places including Hastings and Grand Island. At Hastings, it was the warmest final eight days of August since 1983 (per daily mean temperature). 
 

Per NWS cooperative observers and a few automated airport sites across the 30-county area, most of the hottest readings of the month occurred on the 29th and/or 30th...and featured highs of 107° at Webster Dam KS and two miles southwest of Alton KS, 106° at Kirwin Dam KS and four miles west-northwest of Plainville KS, and 105° at Beaver City. Some of the coolest low temperatures of the month within the area occurred on the mornings of the 9th, 10th, 14th and 18th, as several locations dipped as low as 55° on one of these days, including the York airport,  Franklin, Geneva, Gothenburg, Greeley, Kirwin Dam KS and two miles southwest of Alton, KS. In the Nebraska Tri-Cities, the cooperative observer at the Kearney airport claimed both the hottest and coolest readings of the month with 99° on both the 26th and 27th, and 58° on the 18th.

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


- PRECIPITATION/FLOODING...(According to 30-year averages, "normal" August rainfall across the NWS Hastings coverage area is relatively uniform, with nearly all locations expected to receive between 2.75 - 3.50 inches.)

August was an interesting month in terms of rainfall timing and coverage, but unfortunately ended up as yet another month with below normal totals across most of the 30-county area. In most places, a strong majority of rainfall occurred during the cooler first half of the month, while little if any fell during the much hotter final 1/3 of the month, putting stress on maturing crops. For southwestern counties such as Furnas, Harlan and Phillips, the "dry just kept getting drier", as these areas endured their fourth-consecutive month of widespread below normal rainfall. However, a secondary dry area also became increasingly-obvious during August, as the majority of far eastern counties such as Polk, York and Fillmore experienced their third-consecutive month of below normal precipitation. 

Based on reports from around 65 NWS Cooperative Observers and a few automated airport gauges, and also incorporating radar-derived estimation, roughly 65% (or two-thirds) of the 30-county area tallied below normal rainfall for the month (generally less than 3.15"), while around 35% (or one-third) of the area benefited from much-needed above normal amounts. The driest areas were concentrated within most of North Central Kansas, along with the aforementioned southwestern and eastern portions of South Central Nebraska. Meanwhile, those areas that received above normal rainfall (mainly 3.50"-6.00") were concentrated along a north-south corridor extending from the Valley/Greeley/Sherman/Howard/Nance county area in the north, southward through counties such as Hall, Adams, western Clay, Webster and Nuckolls, along with much of Jewell County Kansas. A bit farther west, most of Buffalo and northern Dawson counties also received above normal rainfall. Per a combination of NWS cooperative observers and NeRAIN/CoCoRaHS observers, a few of the highest August precipitation totals included 6.94" three miles southeast of Ravenna, 6.46" three miles east-northeast of Webber KS, 6.14" one mile northwest of Giltner, 5.83" at Clay Center and 5.73" four miles east-northeast of St. Libory. On the opposite, drier side of the spectrum were sites including Hunter KS (0.40"), two miles southwest of Alton KS (0.80"), Wilsonville (0.84") and Webster Dam KS (0.96"). In between these wettest and driest extremes, the majority of the 30-county area reported August rainfall totals somewhere between 1.75-4.00", including stations in or near Elwood, Shelby, Kearney, Grand Island, Hastings, Minden, Fullerton, Beloit KS and Plainville KS. Among the official Nebraska Tri-Cities sites, Hastings airport was the precipitation "winner" with 3.25", followed by Grand Island airport (3.02") and then the Kearney airport (2.19").

As is often the case with thunderstorm activity, some places received a multiple-inch drenching in a short time. A few instances of the highest 24-hour-or-less rainfall totals included 4.35" three miles south of Ashton (on the evening of the 11th), 4.33" three miles east-northeast of Webber KS (on the evening of the 1st), and 3.75" at Cozad (also on the evening of the 1st). Although there were a few instances of minor flooding from these localized heavy rain events, there was no notable, widespread lowland or river flooding during the month. 

(Please look farther down the page for much more information on August 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...Over the course of August 2013, the U.S. Drought Monitor reflected limited areas of one-category improvement within North Central Kansas and also across a few Nebraska counties within the coverage area mainly south of Interstate 80 and along/east of Highway 281. Meanwhile, there was little, if any change in drought categories for locations either north of Interstate 80 or west of Highway 281 in South Central Nebraska. According to the weekly issuance of the U.S. Drought Monitor as of Sep. 3, 2013, category D4 Exceptional Drought (the worst-possible category) was confined to only about the southwestern half of Furnas County. However, D3 Extreme Drought continued across all/much of Furnas, Gosper, Phelps, Harlan and Franklin counties in Nebraska along with Phillips County in Kansas, and also small portions of several counties bordering the aforementioned ones. Category D2 Severe Drought persisted across several northern and western counties in the local area including Buffalo, Valley, Greeley, Sherman and Howard, and also much of Rooks County KS. Category D1 Moderate Drought prevailed across most counties in Nebraska located along/east of Highway 281 and also along/south of Highway 92, along with much of Smith and western Osborne counties in Kansas. On the somewhat better-off side of things, category D0 Abnormally Dry conditions (considered to be one category better than "true" drought) was depicted across much of Adams, Clay, Nuckolls and Thayer counties in Nebraska, along with Jewell and Osborne counties in Kansas, which for most of these areas reflected a one-category improvement since late July. As has been the case for a while now, Mitchell County Kansas remained in the overall-best shape of any county in the NWS Hastings coverage area, and in fact was depicted to be free of all drought or abnormally dry conditions as of Sep. 3. This marked the first time since June 2012 that any portion of the local 30-county area was depicted to be "drought-free." Looking beyond the borders of the 30-county NWS Hastings coverage area, continued slight improvements were noted over the course of the month across Nebraska and Kansas as a whole: as of Sep. 3, only around 26% of Nebraska and 31% of Kansas was assigned D3 Extreme or D4 Exceptional Drought (versus 34% and 25%, respectively, back on July 30th).


- SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS...For the majority of the 30-county area, it was another rather quiet month in terms of large hail and damaging winds. In fact, during the final 30 days of the month, NWS Hastings received no severe-criteria reports. However, the month got off to a rocky start right off the bat on the evening of the 1st in portions of South Central Nebraska, as two separate corridors of severe storms tracked southeast. The most noteworthy corridor of severe weather reports extended from Valley and Greeley counties in the north, south-southeastward through the Grand Island and Clay Center areas. By far the most intense portion of this storm track targeted Clay County, where the combination of winds estimated to around 80 MPH and hail up to golf ball size decimated a corridor of crops several miles wide. These winds even blew a center irrigation pivot onto Highway 6 a few miles east of the Adams-Clay County line.  Farther west, another severe storm affected mainly western Dawson County, where reports from the Gothenburg area included quarter size hail and four empty train cars blown over. (Please refer to the event story link at top of this page for more details/photos from the Aug. 1, 2013 severe weather). 

- Number of Severe Thunderstorm Warning polygons issued by NWS Hastings in August 2013: 18  (8 more than last year)
- Number of Tornado Warning polygons issued by NWS Hastings in August 2013: 2  (2 more than last year)
- Number of confirmed tornadoes within the NWS Hastings coverage area in August 2013: ZERO  (same as last year)

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

Grand Island - Hastings - Kearney - Ord

...AUGUST 2013 TEMPERATURE/RAINFALL EXTREMES FROM
NWS HASTINGS COOPERATIVE OBSERVERS OR AUTOMATED ASOS/AWOS SITES...

...A FEW OF THE HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURES DURING AUGUST 2013
(All reports are from NWS Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified, with dates in parentheses)
107 degrees...Webster Dam, KS (30th) -  2 SW Alton KS (30th)
106 degrees...4 WNW Plainville, KS (30th) - Kirwin Dam, KS (29th)
105 degrees...Beaver City (29th)
103 degrees...Cambridge (29th) - Edison (29th) - Lexington Airport AWOS (26th) - Beloit, KS (30th) - Smith Center, KS (29-30th)
101 degrees...Franklin (29th) - Harlan County Lake (29-30th) - 4 E Superior (30th) - Holdrege Airport AWOS (26th, 29th)
100 degrees...Gothenburg (26th) - Red Cloud (29th)
99 degrees...4 NE Kearney (26-27th) - Canaday Steam Plant (26th) - Glen Elder Dam, KS (29th)
98 degrees...Hebron (29th) - Minden (27th, 29-30th)
97 degrees...Grand Island Central Nebraska Regional Airport ASOS (27th)
96 degrees...Clay Center (27th, 29th) - Ravenna (26-27th) - 3 N York (29-30th) - Hastings Municipal Airport ASOS (27th, 29th) - Ord Airport ASOS (29th)


...A FEW OF THE COOLEST LOW TEMPERATURES DURING AUGUST 2013

(All reports are from NWS Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified, with dates in parentheses)

55 degrees...York Airport AWOS (14th) - Franklin (10th) - Geneva (14th) - Gothenburg (9th) - Greeley (9th) - 2 SW Alton, KS (10th) - Kirwin Dam, KS (10th)
56 degrees...Beaver City (10th) - Cambridge (10th) - Hebron (14th) - Ord Airport ASOS (9th)
57 degrees...Edison (10th) - Holdrege (11-12th) - Canaday Steam Plant (11th) - Red Cloud (14th) - Lexington Airport AWOS (10th) -

                   Kearney Airport AWOS (10th, 18th) - 1 N Burr Oak, KS (14th) - Webster Dam (10th)
58 degrees...Central City (14th) - Clay Center (14th, 18th) - Harlan County Lake (10th) - 4 N Hastings (NWS Office - 12th, 14th, 17-18th) - Osceola (14th) -
                   Ravenna (12th) - 4 E Superior (14th) - Aurora Airport AWOS (14th) - Beloit, KS (14th, 18th) - 4 WNW Plainville, KS (16th)
59 degrees...Minden (9-10th, 12th)
60 degrees...Grand Island Central Nebraska Regional Airport ASOS (14th, 18th) - Smith Center, KS (10th, 14th, 18th)

...A FEW OF THE HIGHEST MONTHLY PRECIPITATION TOTALS DURING AUGUST 2013
(All reports are from NWS Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified)
6.94 inches...3 SE Ravenna (Buffalo County - NeRAIN observer)
6.46 inches...3 ENE Webber KS (Jewell County - CoCoRaHS observer)
6.14 inches...1 NW Giltner (Hamilton County - NeRAIN observer)
5.83 inches...Clay Center (Clay County)
5.73 inches...4 ENE St. Libory (Merrick County - NeRAIN observer)
5.55 inches...Spalding (Greeley County - NeRAIN observer)
5.43 inches...1 SE Kenesaw (Adams County - NeRAIN observer)
5.41 inches...Lovewell Dam, KS (Jewell County)
5.27 inches...5 SW Elyria (Valley County - NeRAIN observer)
5.18 inches...4 E Superior (Nuckolls County)
5.16 inches...5 WSW Wood River (Hall County - NeRAIN observer)

...A FEW OF THE LOWEST MONTHLY PRECIPITATION TOTALS DURING AUGUST 2013

(All reports are from Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified)
0.40 inch...Hunter KS (Mitchell County)
0.80 inch...2 SW Alton, KS (Osborne County)
0.84 inch...Wilsonville (Furnas County)
0.96 inch...Webster Dam KS (Rooks County)
1.34 inch...Covert, KS (Osborne County)
1.48 inch...Glen Elder, KS (Mitchell County) - Beaver City (Furnas County)
1.49 inch...Phillipsburg, KS (Phillips County)
1.66 inch...3 N York (York County) - 1 N Long Island, KS (Phillips County)
1.67 inch...Holdrege (Phelps County)
1.70 inch...Bruning (Thayer County)

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

 

Grand Island (Regional Airport) - August 2012 - August 2013
  Aug. 2012 Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug.
Average High (F) 88.7 83.1 63.4 55.7 39.6 35.9 40.9 48.0 58.2 72.4 84.8 87.6 85.8
Average Low (F) 61.0 50.0 37.2 28.5 17.4 16.8 20.5 24.2 33.9 50.6 60.4 65.0 66.0
Average Temperature (F) 74.8 66.5 50.3 42.1 28.5 26.4 30.7 36.1 46.1 61.5 72.6 76.3 75.9
Departure from Normal (F) +0.8 +1.4 -1.9 +4.0 +1.8 +1.3 +1.6 -3.3 -4.5 +0.3 +1.3 +0.1 +1.9
 
Precipitation (inches) 0.94 0.47 0.78 0.53 1.66 0.16 0.97 1.64 3.83 6.77 1.63 1.39 3.02
Departure from Normal -2.18 -1.76 -1.08 -0.64 +1.03 -0.37 +0.29 -0.16 +1.30 +2.36 -2.67 -2.01 -0.10
 
Snowfall (inches) 0.0 0.0 Trace 0.3 9.5 0.6 11.0 6.2 6.9 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.0
Departure from Normal 0.0 -0.1 -1.0 -2.8 +4.4 -5.9 +4.7 +0.8 +5.4 +0.7 0.0 0.0 0.0

 

Hastings (Municipal Airport) - August 2012 - August 2013
  Aug. 2012 Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug.
Average High (F) 86.0 80.5 62.1 55.2 38.8 33.8 40.1 48.0 57.3 71.6 83.1 86.1 84.6
Average Low (F) 60.3 49.7 36.9 27.8 16.7 15.5 19.7 24.5 33.2 49.5 60.3 64.4 65.3
Average Temperature (F) 73.1 65.1 49.5 41.5 27.8 24.7 29.9 36.3 45.3 60.5 71.7 75.2 75.0
Departure from Normal (F) -1.2 -0.5 -3.1 +2.8 +0.2 -1.3  0.0 -3.6 -5.4 -0.8 -0.1 -1.9 +0.7
 
Precipitation (inches) 2.39 0.59 1.46 0.66 1.69 0.32 0.90 2.25 2.66  5.67 1.24 1.77 3.25
Departure from Normal -0.91 -1.97 -0.53 -0.63 +1.08 -0.09 +0.41 +0.46 +0.10  +1.10 -2.56 -1.97 -0.05
 
Snowfall NWS Office (inches) 0.0 0.0 Trace 0.3 10.5 2.5 10.5 7.9 3.7 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0
Departure from Normal 0.0 -0.2 -1.0 -2.3 +4.4 -3.5 +4.0 +2.7 +2.5 +0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0

 

Kearney (Regional Airport) - August 2012 - August 2013
(*Temperature data is from unofficial automated AWOS sensor while precipitation data is from official NWS Cooperative Observer)
  Aug. 2012 Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug.
Average High (F)* 87.0 81.6 62.8 55.9 40.2 35.6 41.3 49.5 57.3 72.7 83.8 85.5 85.7
Average Low (F)* 59.4 49.0 35.1 25.9 15.7 15.4 19.0 23.9 32.4 49.4 59.5 62.5 63.9
Average Temperature (F)* 73.2 65.3 49.0 40.9 28.0 25.5 30.1 36.7 44.9 61.0 71.7 74.0 74.8
Departure from Normal (F)* +0.6 +1.8 -1.9 +3.9 +2.1 +0.9 +2.0 -1.0 -3.8 +1.5 +1.9 -0.7 +2.2
 
Precipitation (inches) 1.45 0.54 0.58 Trace 0.61 0.14 0.74 0.62 4.37 6.54 1.44 1.98 2.19
Departure from Normal -1.63 -1.53 -1.46 -1.02 +0.04 -0.35 +0.19 -1.17 +2.14 +2.36 -2.49 -1.30 -0.89
 
Snowfall (inches) 0.0 0.0 Trace Trace 7.2 1.2 8.5 2.3 2.5 Trace 0.0 0.0 0.0
Departure from Normal 0.0 -0.2 -0.7 -3.1 +3.7 -3.2 +3.4 -2.3 +0.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

 

Ord (Evelyn Sharp Field Airport) - August 2012 - August 2013
(*Winter precipitation data may include coop observer reports due to automated airport equipment under-measuring snowfall liquid equivalent)
  Aug. 2012
Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug.
Average High (F) 89.0 82.2 62.5 52.4 39.7 38.3 40.4 46.7 56.5 71.0 81.0 85.9 84.4
Average Low (F) 57.4 43.9 31.6 21.2 12.2 12.0 16.6 20.1 28.9 46.9 56.5 60.9 62.5
Average Temperature (F) 73.2 63.0 47.1 36.8 25.9 25.2 28.5 33.4 42.7 59.0 68.8 73.4 73.5
Departure from Normal (F) +0.2 -0.6 -2.5 +0.5 +1.0 +0.6 +0.7 -4.3 -6.1 -0.3 -0.4 -1.0 +0.5
 
Precipitation (inches)* 0.79 0.13 0.32 0.12 0.35 0.14 1.48 0.61 2.51 5.40 1.93 3.59 3.77
Departure from Normal -2.37 -2.31 -1.61 -0.95 -0.24 -0.23 +1.04 -0.84 -0.08 +1.59 -2.19 +0.62 +0.61
 
Snowfall (Coop Observer) 0.0 0.0 2.5 1.5 5.0 0.5 8.0 4.0 7.0 Trace  0.0 0.0 0.0
Departure from Normal 0.0 0.0 +1.4 -3.8 -2.4 -6.3 +2.0 -1.9 +4.5 0.0  0.0 0.0 0.0

 

Smith Center, KS (Cooperative Observer) - August 2012 - August 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)
  Aug. 2012
Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug.
Average High (F)* 89.9 83.6 65.4 60.2 42.7 37.8 43.0 50.3 60.0 76.0 88.6 89.2 88.9
Average Low (F)* 60.5 51.0 37.2 27.8 18.4 14.8 18.2 23.8 32.8 49.6 59.6 64.6 64.6
Average Temperature (F)* 75.2 67.3 51.3 44.0 30.6 26.3 30.6 37.1 46.4 62.8 74.1 76.9 76.8
Departure from Normal (F)* -2.0 -0.9 -3.5 +3.6 +1.8 -1.4 -1.4 -4.5 -6.1 -0.9 +0.1  -2.8 -0.4
 
Precipitation (inches) 2.75 0.41 1.14 0.36 1.11 0.77 1.25 2.23 1.88 3.11 2.80 4.01 3.16
Departure from Normal -0.55 -1.63 -0.74 -0.86 +0.45 +0.28 +0.67 +0.36 -0.39 -0.81 -0.81 +0.14 -0.14
 
Snowfall (inches) 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 5.2 7.6 16.4 10.0 0.8  Trace 0.0 0.0 0.0
Departure from Normal 0.0 -0.2 -0.4 -1.8 +2.0 +3.9 +12.3 +7.4 +0.2  0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

 

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

 


 

The following drought status images, current as of September 3, 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 September 3, 2013 Kansas - U.S. Drought Monitor as of September 3, 2013

  



Interactive Map of August 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 August 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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