September 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 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

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

Early Sept: It Was a Top-5 Warmest Aug 19-Sep 10 In Grand Island, Hastings
Sep. 6-9: The Hottest 4-Day September Stretch in Hastings In 35 Years!
Late Sep.-Early Oct. Recap of Platte River Flooding Mainly Between Gothenburg-Grand Island


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

...The Warmest Month Versus Normal Since July 2012...And A West-East Disparity In Rainfall Amounts...

The following narrative focuses on climate and weather highlights for the month of September 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" September high temperatures in South Central Nebraska gradually decrease from the low-mid 80s early in the month to the low-mid 70s by the end of the month, while highs in North Central Kansas gradually decrease from the upper-80s to the mid-70s. "Normal" September low temperatures across most of the 30-county area gradually decrease from the upper-50s or low-60s early in the month to the mid-upper 40s by month's end, except for low 40s north of Highway 92 in Nebraska...)

Based on the monthly mean temperature (resulting from averaging together the daily highs and lows), September 2013 stood out as the warmest-versus-normal month in 14 months, since July 2012. More specifically, the majority of the 30-county area finished September 4-6° above normal. At Grand Island, the month tied for the 9th-warmest September on record out of 118 years, and was the warmest since 1998. At Hastings, it was the 15th-warmest September on record out of 107 years, and was the warmest since 2005. For much of the area, the greatest contribution to the above normal month came from overnight low temperatures, which averaged a notable 7-10° warmer than those of one year ago in September 2012. As evidence of this, low temperatures at Grand Island only dropped below 50° five times, well-below the 30-year average of 12 times. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of the area didn’t even come close to having an earlier-than-average first freeze.

Unlike the most recent months of July and August, which were marked by distinct periods of hotter and cooler weather, September averaged rather warm throughout, and in fact was downright hot during much of the opening 10-11 days…a continuation of a hot stretch from late August. At Hastings airport, where temperature trends were generally representative of most of the 30-county area, 21 September days had an above normal mean temperature, six finished below normal and three matched the daily normal. Breaking down the month in more detail, the overall-hottest week of the month at Hastings, and for most of the area, was centered from the 4th-10th. At Hastings, this was in fact the warmest September week in 23 years per both average high temperature and average mean temperature, since Sep. 1-7, 1990. Of even greater significance, the four-day stretch from Sep. 6-9 was particularly hot in Hastings with an average afternoon high of 97.5°, marking the hottest four-consecutive September afternoons in 35 years, since 1978. This hot streak from the 6th-9th was even more impressive when calculating average mean temperature, ending up as the warmest four-day September stretch in a remarkable 58 years, since 1955! Broadening out the scope of this early-September heat wave to include the latter part of August, the 23-day stretch from Aug. 19-Sep. 10 featured an average mean temperature of 79.4° at Grand Island, marking the 4th-warmest stretch on record between those particular dates, and the warmest since 1983 (please refer to the web story links at the top of this page for more details on the unusually hot weather at Grand Island, Hastings). As is usually the case, temperatures in southwestern portions of the coverage area were even hotter than in the Nebraska Tri-Cities, and in fact places such as Cambridge exceeded 100° on three consecutive days between the 6th-8th, while the cooperative observer two miles southwest of Alton KS reached at least 100° four days in a row from the 6th-9th. Looking beyond the notably hot start to the month, after Sep. 11th or 12th readings across the entire 30-county area settled into a more seasonable regime through most of the remainder of the month, with daily highs generally between the 70s and mid-80s. However, a brief stretch of hotter weather reappeared toward the end of the month, with highs on both the 26th and 27th reaching at least 90 degrees across much of the area. By far the coolest day of the month across the area was the 16th, with highs generally only between 59-64°.
 

Per NWS cooperative observers and a few automated airport sites across the 30-county area, the hottest days of the month occurred between the 6th-8th, featuring highs on the 7th of 109° at Beaver City and also at Kirwin Dam KS, 107° at Alton 2SW and Webster Dam KS, and 106° at Edison, Franklin, and Plainville 4WNW. Some of the coolest low temperatures of the month occurred on the mornings of the 21st and 29th, highlighted by readings of 34° at Greeley (on the 21st), 38° at Beaver City (on the 29th), Red Cloud (29th) and Ord airport (21st), and 39° at Cambridge, Edison, and Alton 2SW (all on the 29th). In the Nebraska Tri-Cities, the cooperative observer at the Kearney airport again claimed both the hottest and coolest readings of the month with 100° on the 6th, and 44° on the 20th. 

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


- PRECIPITATION/FLOODING...(According to 30-year averages, "normal" September rainfall across the NWS Hastings coverage area varies a bit from west to east, with most locations west of the Highway 281 corridor generally expected to receive between 1.60 - 2.25 inches, while locations generally east of Highway 281 average a bit higher between 2.25 - 2.70 inches)

Rainfall during the month was generally defined by a west-to-east split…wetter across the western half of the NWS Hastings coverage area (generally west of the Highway 281 corridor) and drier in the east. As a result, Sep. 2013 finally brought some good precipitation news to several southwestern counties (such as Furnas, Gosper, Harlan and Phillips) which had been the overall-driest portion of the area for many months. Although parts of the southern half of the 30-county area received decent rainfall on the 11th and/or 12th, the most significant precipitation event of the month primarily benefited the western half of the area on the evening of the 27th into the early morning hours of the 28th, in the form of lines of strong to severe thunderstorms. During this late-month event, most places roughly west of Highway 281 reported 1-2”, with locally higher amounts up to around 2.50”. Despite the majority of the eastern half of the area experiencing a drier-than-normal month, there were localized exceptions of monthly totals in excess of 3”, including areas near the intersection of Adams/Clay/Webster/Nuckolls counties, along with parts of southeastern Thayer County and southern Jewell County. On a negative note, September marked the fourth-consecutive month of below normal rainfall for decent chunks of Hamilton, Polk, York and Fillmore counties in eastern parts of the area.

Based on reports from around 65 NWS Cooperative Observers and a few automated airport gauges, and also incorporating radar-derived estimation, it was in fact roughly a 50-50 split of above-versus-below normal rainfall across the 30-county area (based on monthly normals that vary noticeably from around 1.60” in the far west to around 2.70” in the far east).
Per a combination of NWS cooperative observers and NeRAIN/CoCoRaHS observers, a few of the highest September precipitation totals featured 4.87” six miles north-northwest of Oxford, 4.85” at Logan KS, 4.81” at Nelson, 4.65” near Prairie View KS, 4.49” at Plainville KS and 4.34” at Wilcox. On the opposite, drier side of the spectrum were sites such as Belgrade (1.04”), Lovewell Dam KS and Polk (1.22”), Hastings airport (1.26”), Genoa 2W (1.27”) and Bradshaw and Alton KS 2SW (1.44”). In between these wettest and driest extremes, the majority of the 30-county area reported September rainfall totals somewhere between 1.50-3.25", including stations in or near Grand Island, Greeley, Gothenburg, Cambridge, Osceola, Aurora, Clay Center, Mankato KS and Smith Center KS. Among the official Nebraska Tri-Cities sites, Kearney airport was the precipitation "winner" with 3.77", followed by Grand Island airport (2.38") and then the Hastings airport (1.26"). As is often the case with thunderstorm activity, some places received a multiple-inch drenching in a short time. A few of the highest-known 24-hour-or-less rainfall totals included 3.31" in Plainville KS and 2.97” in Jewell KS (between the afternoon of the 11th into the early 12th). No snowfall occurred within the 30-county area during September 2013.

Accounting for longer-term precipitation trends, year-to-date precipitation over the 30-county area as of the end of September generally ranged from 75-115% of normal, with the driest areas generally southwest of a line from Lexington-Red Cloud, and including much of Phillips, Rooks and Smith Counties in Kansas. In contrast, the generally wettest areas so far in 2013 with near-to-slightly-above normal precipitation were concentrated in northern counties such as Greeley, Nance, Sherman and Howard, along with locations farther south including much of Nuckolls and Mitchell counties, along with southern Jewell and western Clay counties.

Interestingly, nearly all flooding concerns during the month had nothing to do with rain that actually fell in the local area! However, thanks to historic rainfall and flooding that fell across the Front Range and portions of northeast Colorado between Sep. 9-16, floodwaters eventually worked their way into the Platte River in South Central Nebraska, first reaching the Gothenburg area around Sep. 23 and eventually the Grand Island area by the 29th. Fortunately, most of this Platte River flooding was of the minor and low-impact variety, mainly affecting lowlands immediately adjacent to the river (please refer to this story for further details).

(Please look farther down the page for more information on September 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 70 locations.)


- DROUGHT STATUS...September 2013 was a month of at least short-term drought improvement mainly across western portions of the area. During the month, the U.S. Drought Monitor reflected one-category improvement across many areas near/west of Highway 281, thanks in large part to a widespread 1.00-2.50" rainfall event late in the month on the 27th. The above normal monthly rainfall in much of these western counties was very welcome, and targeted those places that "needed it most" based on longer-term precipitation deficits. Meanwhile, generally the eastern half of the area saw little, if any change in drought classification over the course of the month as a result of prevailing below normal rainfall. According to the weekly issuance of the U.S. Drought Monitor as of Oct. 1, 2013, the entire local 30-county coverage area was void of not only category D4 Exceptional Drought (the worst-possible category) but also D3 Extreme Drought, for the first time since July 2012! Despite this positive news, the lingering effects of longer-term precipitation deficits kept Category D2 Severe Drought firmly intact across southwestern areas, especially within all/most of Furnas, Gosper, Phelps and Harlan counties in Nebraska, along with northwestern Phillips and western Rooks counties in Kansas. A separate, smaller zone of D2 also lingered much farther northeast, mainly affecting eastern Greeley and northwestern Nance counties. Meanwhile, Category D1 Moderate Drought prevailed across the majority of South Central Nebraska as of Oct. 1, along with much of Rooks, southeastern Phillips and northwestern Smith 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) remained intact across most of Adams, Clay, Nuckolls and Thayer counties in Nebraska, along with most of Smith, western Osborne and northern Jewell counties in Kansas. Across eastern portions of North Central Kansas, the coverage of areas depicted to be void of all drought or abnormally dry conditions expanded during the month, not only including all of Mitchell County as before, but now also the majority of Osborne and Jewell counties. Looking beyond the borders of the 30-county NWS Hastings coverage area, notable improvements in the worst drought conditions took place over the course of the month across Nebraska and Kansas as a whole: As of Oct. 1, only around 7% of Nebraska and 4% of Kansas was assigned D3 Extreme or D4 Exceptional Drought (versus 26% and 31%, respectively, back on Sep. 3). However, when factoring in lesser drought categories, around 85% of Nebraska and 40% of Kansas still featured D1-or-worse conditions.


- SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS... For the vast majority of the 30-county area, September was another very quiet month in terms of severe thunderstorm wind gusts and/or large hail, continuing a rather tranquil stretch since the severe storm events on the evening of Aug. 1st. Other than a report of nickel size hail in Kearney on the morning of the 19th, the only reports of severe weather received by NWS Hastings during the month were associated with two waves of thunderstorms that rolled from west-to-east across the area between the late afternoon of the 27th and the pre-dawn hours of the 28th. These reports were confined to western portions of South Central Nebraska, and also eastern portions of North Central Kansas. On the Nebraska side, reports from the evening hours included a window blown out of a house near Sumner and an irrigation pivot blown over near Oxford. In Kansas, severe storms held off until after midnight, and included reports of downed tree limbs and power poles in parts of Mitchell and Jewell counties, including the Cawker City area.

- Number of Severe Thunderstorm Warning polygons issued by NWS Hastings in September 2013: 4  (8 fewer than last year)
- Number of Tornado Warning polygons issued by NWS Hastings in September 2013: ZERO (same as last year)
- Number of confirmed tornadoes within the NWS Hastings coverage area in September 2013: ZERO  (same as last year)

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

Grand Island - Hastings - Kearney - Ord

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

...A FEW OF THE HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURES DURING SEPTEMBER 2013
(All reports are from NWS Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified, with dates in parentheses)
109 degrees...Beaver City (7th) - Kirwin Dam, KS
107 degrees...2 SW Alton, KS (7th) - Webster Dam, KS (7th)
106 degrees...Edison (6,7th) - Franklin (7th) - 4 WNW Plainville, KS (7th)
105 degrees...Harlan County Lake (7th) - Red Cloud (7th) - Smith Center, KS (7th)
104 degrees...Cambridge (7,8th) - 6 NNW Oxford (6th) - Glen Elder Dam, KS - Lexington airport AWOS (6th)
103 degrees...Beloit, KS (7th) - 4 E Superior (7th) - Hebron airport AWOS (7, 8th) - Holdrege airport AWOS (6th)
102 degrees...Gothenburg (6th) - Minden (8th) - 1 N Burr Oak (7th) - Lovewell Dam, KS
101 degrees...Canaday Steam Plant/Lexington 6 SSE (6th)
100 degrees...Kearney airport (6th)


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

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

34 degrees...Greeley (21st)
38 degrees...Beaver City (29th) - Red Cloud (29th) - Ord Airport AWOS (21st)
39 degrees...Cambridge (29th) - Edison (29th) - 2 SW Alton, KS (29th)
40 degrees...Franklin (29th)
41 degrees...2 SW Genoa (21st) - Gothenburg (29th) - Canaday Steam Plant/Lexington 6SSE (20th) - Ravenna (21st) - 1 N Burr Oak, KS (29th)
42 degrees...Holdrege (29th) - Minden (20th) - 6 NNW Oxford (29th)
43 degrees...4 E Superior (29th) - 3 N York (21st, 29th) - Kearney airport AWOS (29th) - Lexington airport AWOS (29th) - Smith Center, KS (29th)
                   Webster Dam, KS (25th)
44 degrees...Harlan County Lake (28th) - Lovewell Dam, KS - Hebron airport AWOS (29th)
45 degrees...Clay Center (29th) - 4 N Hastings/NWS Office (20th) - Beloit, KS (29th) - Kirwin Dam, KS

...A FEW OF THE HIGHEST MONTHLY PRECIPITATION TOTALS DURING SEPTEMBER 2013
(All reports are from NWS Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified)
4.87 inches...6 NNW Oxford (Furnas County)
4.85 inches...Logan, KS (Phillips County)
4.81 inches...Nelson (Nuckolls County)
4.65 inches...1 WNW Prairie View (CoCoRaHS observer - Phillips County)
4.49 inches...Plainville KS (CoCoRaHS observer - Rooks County)
4.37 inches...7 SSE Lawrence (NeRAIN Observer - Nuckolls County)
4.34 inches...Wilcox (NeRAIN Observer - Kearney County)
4.22 inches...Jewell, KS (Jewell County)
4.18 inches...Kirwin Dam, KS (Phillips County)
4.17 inches...3 W Deweese (NeRAIN Observer - Nuckolls County)

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

(All reports are from Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified)
1.04 inches...Belgrade (Nance County)
1.22 inches...Polk (Polk County) - Lovewell Dam, KS (Jewell County)
1.26 inches...Hastings airport ASOS (Adams County)
1.27 inches...2 W Genoa (Nance County)
1.44 inches...Bradshaw (York County) - 2 SW Alton, KS (Osborne County)
1.45 inches...Cawker City, KS (Mitchell County)
1.48 inches...Beloit, KS (Mitchell County)
1.49 inches...Red Cloud (Webster County)
1.54 inches...4 N Hastings/NWS Office (Adams County)
1.56 inches...Fullerton (Nance County)

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

 

Grand Island (Regional Airport) - Sept. 2012 - Sept. 2013
  Sep. 2012 Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sep.
Average High (F) 83.1 63.4 55.7 39.6 35.9 40.9 48.0 58.2 72.4 84.8 87.6 85.8 82.5
Average Low (F) 50.0 37.2 28.5 17.4 16.8 20.5 24.2 33.9 50.6 60.4 65.0 66.0 58.0
Average Temperature (F) 66.5 50.3 42.1 28.5 26.4 30.7 36.1 46.1 61.5 72.6 76.3 75.9 70.2
Departure from Normal (F) +1.4 -1.9 +4.0 +1.8 +1.3 +1.6 -3.3 -4.5 +0.3 +1.3 +0.1 +1.9  +5.1
 
Precipitation (inches) 0.47 0.78 0.53 1.66 0.16 0.97 1.64 3.83 6.77 1.63 1.39 3.02  2.38
Departure from Normal -1.76 -1.08 -0.64 +1.03 -0.37 +0.29 -0.16 +1.30 +2.36 -2.67 -2.01 -0.10 +0.15
 
Snowfall (inches) 0.0 Trace 0.3 9.5 0.6 11.0 6.2 6.9 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Departure from Normal -0.1 -1.0 -2.8 +4.4 -5.9 +4.7 +0.8 +5.4 +0.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.1

 

Hastings (Municipal Airport) - Sept. 2012 - Sept. 2013
  Sep. 2012 Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sep.
Average High (F) 80.5 62.1 55.2 38.8 33.8 40.1 48.0 57.3 71.6 83.1 86.1 84.6 82.3
Average Low (F) 49.7 36.9 27.8 16.7 15.5 19.7 24.5 33.2 49.5 60.3 64.4 65.3 57.6
Average Temperature (F) 65.1 49.5 41.5 27.8 24.7 29.9 36.3 45.3 60.5 71.7 75.2 75.0 69.9
Departure from Normal (F) -0.5 -3.1 +2.8 +0.2 -1.3  0.0 -3.6 -5.4 -0.8 -0.1 -1.9 +0.7 +4.3
 
Precipitation (inches) 0.59 1.46 0.66 1.69 0.32 0.90 2.25 2.66  5.67 1.24 1.77 3.25 1.26
Departure from Normal -1.97 -0.53 -0.63 +1.08 -0.09 +0.41 +0.46 +0.10  +1.10 -2.56 -1.97 -0.05 -1.30
 
Snowfall NWS Office (inches) 0.0 Trace 0.3 10.5 2.5 10.5 7.9 3.7 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Departure from Normal -0.2 -1.0 -2.3 +4.4 -3.5 +4.0 +2.7 +2.5 +0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.2

 

Kearney (Regional Airport) - Sept. 2012 - Sept. 2013
(*Temperature data is from unofficial automated AWOS sensor while precipitation data is from official NWS Cooperative Observer)
  Sep. 2012 Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sep.
Average High (F)* 81.6 62.8 55.9 40.2 35.6 41.3 49.5 57.3 72.7 83.8 85.5 85.7 82.8
Average Low (F)* 49.0 35.1 25.9 15.7 15.4 19.0 23.9 32.4 49.4 59.5 62.5 63.9 55.9
Average Temperature (F)* 65.3 49.0 40.9 28.0 25.5 30.1 36.7 44.9 61.0 71.7 74.0 74.8 69.3
Departure from Normal (F)* +1.8 -1.9 +3.9 +2.1 +0.9 +2.0 -1.0 -3.8 +1.5 +1.9 -0.7 +2.2 +5.8
 
Precipitation (inches) 0.54 0.58 Trace 0.61 0.14 0.74 0.62 4.37 6.54 1.44 1.98 2.19 3.77
Departure from Normal -1.53 -1.46 -1.02 +0.04 -0.35 +0.19 -1.17 +2.14 +2.36 -2.49 -1.30 -0.89 +1.70
 
Snowfall (inches) 0.0 Trace Trace 7.2 1.2 8.5 2.3 2.5 Trace 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Departure from Normal -0.2 -0.7 -3.1 +3.7 -3.2 +3.4 -2.3 +0.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.2

 

Ord (Evelyn Sharp Field Airport) - Sept. 2012 - Sept. 2013
(*Winter precipitation data may include coop observer reports due to automated airport equipment under-measuring snowfall liquid equivalent)
  Sep. 2012
Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sep.
Average High (F) 82.2 62.5 52.4 39.7 38.3 40.4 46.7 56.5 71.0 81.0 85.9 84.4 81.9
Average Low (F) 43.9 31.6 21.2 12.2 12.0 16.6 20.1 28.9 46.9 56.5 60.9 62.5 54.3
Average Temperature (F) 63.0 47.1 36.8 25.9 25.2 28.5 33.4 42.7 59.0 68.8 73.4 73.5 68.1
Departure from Normal (F) -0.6 -2.5 +0.5 +1.0 +0.6 +0.7 -4.3 -6.1 -0.3 -0.4 -1.0 +0.5 +4.5
 
Precipitation (inches)* 0.13 0.32 0.12 0.35 0.14 1.48 0.61 2.51 5.40 1.93 3.59 3.77 2.80
Departure from Normal -2.31 -1.61 -0.95 -0.24 -0.23 +1.04 -0.84 -0.08 +1.59 -2.19 +0.62 +0.61 +0.36
 
Snowfall (Coop Observer) 0.0 2.5 1.5 5.0 0.5 8.0 4.0 7.0 Trace  0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Departure from Normal 0.0 +1.4 -3.8 -2.4 -6.3 +2.0 -1.9 +4.5 0.0  0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

 

Smith Center, KS (Cooperative Observer) - Sept. 2012 - Sept. 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)
  Sep. 2012 Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sep.
Average High (F)* 83.6 65.4 60.2 42.7 37.8 43.0 50.3 60.0 76.0 88.6 89.2 88.9 86.1
Average Low (F)* 51.0 37.2 27.8 18.4 14.8 18.2 23.8 32.8 49.6 59.6 64.6 64.6 58.1
Average Temperature (F)* 67.3 51.3 44.0 30.6 26.3 30.6 37.1 46.4 62.8 74.1 76.9 76.8 72.1
Departure from Normal (F)* -0.9 -3.5 +3.6 +1.8 -1.4 -1.4 -4.5 -6.1 -0.9 +0.1  -2.8 -0.4 +3.9
 
Precipitation (inches) 0.41 1.14 0.36 1.11 0.77 1.25 2.23 1.88 3.11 2.80 4.01 3.16 1.93
Departure from Normal -1.63 -0.74 -0.86 +0.45 +0.28 +0.67 +0.36 -0.39 -0.81 -0.81 +0.14 -0.14 -0.11
 
Snowfall (inches) 0.0 0.0 0.0 5.2 7.6 16.4 10.0 0.8  Trace 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Departure from Normal -0.2 -0.4 -1.8 +2.0 +3.9 +12.3 +7.4 +0.2  0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.2

 

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

 


 

The following drought status images, current as of October 1, 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 October 1, 2013 Kansas - U.S. Drought Monitor as of October 1, 2013

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

 



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