October 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

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

Early Oct. Recap of Platte River Flooding Mainly Between Gothenburg-Grand Island
Oct. 2-3: Widespread 2-5+ Inches of Rain Across Several Nebraska Counties
Oct. 3: Hastings Sets All-Time October Daily Rainfall Record!
Oct. 31: Halloween Climatology For Grand Island


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

...A Big Northeast-Southwest Difference In Rainfall...But Near-Normal Temperatures All Areas...

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

Based on the monthly mean temperature (resulting from averaging together the daily highs and lows), October 2013 was a remarkably "normal" month overall according to official 30-year climate data, as essentially the entire NWS Hastings coverage area ended up within 1
° either side of normal, but mainly on the barely-below normal side. However, as is often the case, the month featured two distinct temperature regimes as a modestly warmer-than-normal first half of October was effectively "cancelled out" by a cooler-than-normal second half, thus yielding the very-near-normal month as a whole. 

At Hastings airport, where temperature trends were generally representative of most of the 30-county area, nine of the first 15 days of the month featured an above normal daily mean temperature, while 14 of the final 16 days finished below normal. Breaking down the month into more detail, the overall warmest week across most of the area was centered from the 7th-13th, while the overall coolest week was centered from the 24-30th. Although the 7th-13th was the overall warmest week, for many locations the warmest individual day of the month occurred between the 2nd-4th, when highs climbed well into the 80s on one or more of these days. For many areas the coolest day of the month was the 24th, when highs generally topped out between 45-50°. Between the 24th-30th, Hastings airport climbed no higher than 55° on five of these seven days. As for overnight lows, for much of the area the coldest October readings occurred on one or more of the following days: the 18th, 21st and 27th. However, one interesting aspect of October 2013 was that there were no significantly cold nights, as the vast majority of the 30-county area dropped no lower than 26-31°. In fact, for places such as Grand Island airport, this was the first time since 2007 that October ended without featuring the first fall "hard freeze" of 28° or colder. 

Per NWS cooperative observers and a few automated airport sites, the outright-hottest readings of the month within the 30-county area occurred on the 3rd, featuring highs of 90° two miles southwest of Alton KS, 89° at Smith Center KS and Kirwin Dam KS and 88° at Glen Elder Dam KS and Webster Dam KS. On the 4th, Hebron airport also climbed to 88°. Some of the coldest low temperatures of the month featured 23° at Ord airport (on the 18th), 24° at Red Cloud (on the 27th), and 25° at both Beaver City and Greeley (on the 27th). In the Nebraska Tri-Cities, Grand Island airport recorded the hottest reading of the month with 86° on the 2nd, while the cooperative observer at the Kearney airport notched the coldest low temperature with 29° on both the 18th and 31st.

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


- PRECIPITATION/FLOODING...(According to 30-year averages, "normal" October precipitation across the NWS Hastings coverage area is fairly uniform, with most places generally expected to receive between 1.80 - 2.10 inches. Normal October snowfall across most of the area is only between 0.5 - 1 inch)

Similar to what happened during September 2013, precipitation during October 2013 was nearly an even-split across the 30-county area between above normal and below normal rainfall. However, the difference between the "haves" and the "have nots" was more pronounced during October, as evidenced by wettest/driest extremes ranging from only 0.45" up to an incredible 10.34"! In general, it was a northeast-versus-southwest split across the area, with nearly all areas roughly northeast of a line from Overton-Blue Hill-Superior Nebraska measuring above normal rainfall, while nearly all locations southwest of this line, including North Central Kansas, tallied below normal rainfall. For eastern counties such as Hamilton, Polk, York and Fillmore, October broke a streak of four-consecutive months of below normal rainfall. Although there were a few decent rain events within the area during the month, by far the most significant event occurred within several northern and eastern counties between the afternoon of the 2nd into the early morning hours of the 3rd. During this event, a complex of thunderstorms with very heavy rainfall initially flared up north of Interstate 80 during the mid-late afternoon hours of the 2nd, before expanding in area and sagging southward through much of South Central Nebraska during the evening and overnight hours, eventually exiting the NWS Hastings coverage area shortly before sunrise on the 3rd. By the time rain ended, several areas generally northeast of a line from Loup City-Blue Hill-Superior had received at least 2-3", but with localized higher amounts of 4-5+" concentrated mainly within Adams/northwestern Nuckolls and southwestern Clay counties. In fact, Hastings set a new record for highest daily rainfall for ANY day in October with 3.49", which is detailed in this story. Put another way, some locations received one to two months' worth of rainfall in only a few hours! In sharp contrast, many western and southern counties within the local area, including North Central Kansas, received little, if any, rain from this event. Of even greater significance, however, was the incredible amount of rain that fell mainly between 4pm-9pm on the 2nd within a small portion of southeastern Greeley County north of Wolbach. Although ground-truth measured rainfall from actual gauges was limited, an NeRAIN observer five miles northwest of Wolbach reported 8.46"!
 
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 long-term October normals that primarily range from 1.80-2.10"). Due mainly to the significant early-month rain event, nearly 30% of the coverage area measured AT LEAST TWICE NORMAL October rainfall in excess of 4.00".
Per a combination of NWS cooperative observers and NeRAIN/CoCoRaHS observers, a few of the highest October precipitation totals featured a remarkable 10.34" five miles northwest of Wolbach (most of which fell on the 2nd), 6.62" four miles east of Scotia, 6.59" five miles northeast of Osceola, 6.57" six miles north of Nelson and 5.85" at Geneva. At Hastings airport, the monthly total of 4.75" resulted in the 3rd-wettest October on record dating back 119 years. Within the much-drier southern and western portions of the NWS Hastings coverage area, some of the lowest monthly precipitation totals included 0.45" at Hunter KS, 0.66" at Glen Elder Dam KS, 0.76" at both Phillipsburg and Logan KS, and 0.78" at Franklin.
In between these wettest and driest extremes, the majority of the 30-county area reported widely-varying precipitation totals primarily between 1.00-4.00", including stations in or near Gothenburg, Minden, Red Cloud, Ord, York, Fullerton, Holdrege, Beloit KS and Burr Oak KS. In terms of the most significant short-term drenchings, a few of the highest-known 24-hour-or-less rainfall totals featured the aforementioned 8.46" five miles northwest of Wolbach, 6.35" one mile south of Juniata and 5.12" four miles south-southeast of Deweese. 

As for October snowfall, the vast majority of the 30-county area didn't even see a flurry. However, on the 18th, far southern portions of the coverage area in North Central Kansas caught the extreme edge of a more organized area of steady snow that primarily targeted northwestern and central Kansas. As a result, cooperative observers at both Natoma and Webster Dam each reported one-tenth of an inch of snowfall (0.1"), officially the first measurable snow of the 2013-2014 cold season within the NWS Hastings coverage area.

Taking a look at longer-term precipitation trends, year-to-date precipitation across most of the 30-county area at the end of October ranged from 80-115% of normal, meaning that few areas had observed an extreme deficit or surplus of annual moisture. However, without question, the driest conditions so far in 2013 have focused within the southwest half of the coverage area, mainly southwest of a line from Lexington-Red Cloud in Nebraska, along with primarily Phillips, Rooks and Smith counties in Kansas. In contrast, the overall-wettest areas so far in 2013 have primarily focused north of Interstate 80, including counties such as Greeley, Sherman, Nance and Howard.

Flooding: Despite the very heavy rainfall in excess of 3" (and locally much higher) that fell in a short time across parts of South Central Nebraska between the 2nd-3rd, there were surprisingly few reports of impactful flooding, likely a result of predominantly dry weather during the preceding few weeks. Other than typical, brief street flooding within "urban" areas and minor flooding of lowland rural areas, one of the only flood reports received by NWS Hastings involved water flowing across Highway 92 east of Ashton in Sherman County on the evening of the 2nd that was deep enough to cause a vehicle to stall. In addition to localized flooding from thunderstorm activity, the first few days of October also featured the tail end of the Platte River flood event that began within the local area in late-September as a result of historic rainfall across the Front Range and adjacent portions of northeast Colorado (please refer to this story for further details).


(Please look farther down the page for more information on October 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...For the second consecutive month, a decent chunk of South Central Nebraska observed a one-category improvement in drought classification according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Meanwhile, drought classification remained essentially unchanged within the six North Central Kansas counties. Overall though, the majority of the NWS Hastings coverage area now finds itself in the best-shape drought-wise since May-June 2012. The primary area of improvement during October generally focused north of a line from Kearney-Geneva, thanks in large part to a significant rain event that occurred from the evening of the 2nd into the early morning of the 3rd, which left behind a widespread 2-5". According to the weekly issuance of the U.S. Drought Monitor as of Oct. 29, 2013, roughly 60% of the NWS Hasting area was now void of official drought categories (defined by having at least Category D1 Moderate Drought). In fact, the majority of the eastern half of the area (generally near/east of Highway 281) now featured only Category D0 Abnormally Dry conditions (considered to be one category better than "true" drought). Limited areas were completely void of even the D0 category, including all of Mitchell County KS, along with large parts of Jewell and Osborne counties, and also small parts of Adams, Clay and Nuckolls counties in Nebraska. Despite the good news in eastern counties, several western counties remained in Category D1 Moderate to Category D2 Severe Drought at month's end. More specifically, D2 Severe Drought remained firmly intact within all/most of Furnas, Gosper, and Harlan counties, along with at least small portions of Dawson, Phelps, Franklin, Phillips and Rooks counties. In between the areas of prevailing D0 and D2 conditions , D1 Moderate Drought was noted within a generally north-south corridor including the majority of the following counties: Valley, Sherman, Phelps, Kearney, Webster, Phillips and Rooks. Looking beyond the borders of the 30-county NWS Hastings coverage area, notable drought improvements took place during October across Nebraska as a whole, while Kansas remained largely unchanged: As of Oct. 29, only around 48% of Nebraska and 41% of Kansas was assigned D1-or-worse Drought (versus 85% and 40%, respectively, back on Oct. 1). However, in both states there remained a notable west-to-east disparity, with the worst conditions clearly focused in western areas.


- SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS...Although there were no major severe weather outbreaks during October 2013 within the local 30-county area, there were a handful of localized events featuring large hail, damaging winds and in some cases torrential rainfall. Early in the month, both the afternoon/evening of the 2nd and the evening of the 3rd featured strong to severe storms in northern and eastern counties, respectively. On the 2nd, storms dumped very heavy rainfall and hail up to golf ball size mainly in southern Greeley County. Then on the evening of the 3rd, isolated severe storms affected primarily Fillmore County, with reports of golf ball size hail in the Geneva area, along with a semi-truck blown over on Highway 81. Fortunately, the worst of these evening storms focused slightly east of the local area, including one that spawned an EF2 tornado near Lincoln. The very next day on the afternoon/evening of the 4th, the NWS Hastings coverage area was again narrowly spared, as a signficant tornado outbreak unfolded in northeast Nebraska and northwest Iowa, including a powerful EF4 that struck Wayne. Beyond the active start to the month in/near the local 30-county area, the rest of October was fairly quiet, with only a few instances of severe storms on the 14th and 30th. On the afternoon of the 14th, quarter size hail was reported north of Damar KS. On the 30th, fast moving, early morning storms produced hail within the northeast quadrant of the area, featuring stones up to golf ball size hail in Shelby. 
(Please refer to the web story link near the top of this page for more information on the strong to severe storms on the evening of Oct. 2) 

- Number of Severe Thunderstorm Warning polygons issued by NWS Hastings in October 2013: 14  (10 more than last year)
- Number of Tornado Warning polygons issued by NWS Hastings in October 2013: 1 (1 more than last year)
- Number of confirmed tornadoes within the NWS Hastings coverage area in October 2013: ZERO  (same as last year)

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

Grand Island - Hastings - Kearney - Ord

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

...A FEW OF THE WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURES DURING OCTOBER 2013
(All reports are from NWS Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified, with dates in parentheses)
90 degrees - 2 SW Alton, KS (3rd)
89 degrees - Smith Center, KS (3rd) - Kirwin Dam, KS (3rd)
88 degrees - Hebron airport (4th) - Glen Elder Dam, KS (3rd) - Webster Dam, KS (3rd)
87 degrees - Beloit, KS (3rd)
86 degrees - Grand Island Central Nebraska Regional Airport ASOS (2nd) - Aurora Airport AWOS (2nd) - Red Cloud (2nd) - 4 E Superior (4th)
                   3 N York (2nd) - 1 N Burr Oak, KS (3rd) - 4 WNW Plainville (3rd)
85 degrees - Central City (2nd) - 2 W Genoa (2)
84 degrees - Beaver City (2nd, 7th, 11th) - Clay Center (2nd) - Edison (8th, 11th) - Franklin (2nd) - Gothenburg (7th, 8th) - Harlan County Lake (2nd, 3rd)
                   Osceola (2nd) - Hastings Municpal Airport ASOS (2nd)
83 degrees - Geneva (4th) - Kearney airport (2nd) - Canaday Steam Plant (3rd) - Ravenna (2nd)
82 degrees - Minden (2nd, 3rd) - 6 NNW Oxford (10th) - Holdrege Airport AWOS (2nd, 10th)
81 degrees - Greeley (2nd) - Ord Airport ASOS (2nd) - Lexington Airport AWOS (8th, 10th)


...A FEW OF THE COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURES DURING OCTOBER 2013

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

23 degrees - Ord Airport ASOS (18th)
24 degrees - Red Cloud (27th)
25 degrees - Beaver City (27th) - Greeley (27th)
26 degrees - 2 W Genoa (25th) - Holdrege (21st, 31st) - Lexington Airport AWOS (31st)
27 degrees - Edison (21st, 27th) - Franklin (21st, 27th) - Canaday Steam Plant/Lexington 6 SSE (31st) - Ravenna (18th, 21st, 27th) - 3 N York (21st,
                   24th, 27th) - 2 SW Alton, KS (21st)
28 degrees - Central City (21st) - Gothenburg (31st) - Osceola (24th) - 4 E Superior (27th) - 1 N Burr Oak, KS (21st, 27th) - Webster Dam, KS (27th)
                   Aurora Airport AWOS (21st)
29 degrees - Harlan County Lake (19th, 21st) - Hebron Airport AWOS (27th) - Kearney Airport (18th, 31st) - Minden (21st) - Beloit, KS (27th)
                   Smith Center, KS (19th, 21st)
30 degrees - Geneva (21st) - Hastings NWS Office (21st) - 6 NNW Oxford (21st) - Grand Island Central Nebraska Regional Airport (18th, 21st)
31 degrees - 4 WNW Plainville, KS (18th, 21st)

...A FEW OF THE HIGHEST MONTHLY PRECIPITATION TOTALS DURING OCTOBER 2013
(All reports are from NWS Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified)
10.34 inches...5 NW Wolbach (Greeley County - NeRAIN observer)
7.25 inches...1 S Juniata (Adams County - NeRAIN observer)
6.62 inches...4 E Scotia (Greeley County - NeRAIN Observer)
6.59 inches...5 NE Osceola (Polk County - NeRAIN Observer)
6.57 inches...6 N Nelson (Nuckolls County - NeRAIN Observer)
5.85 inches...Geneva (Fillmore County)
5.87 inches...3 SSE Grafton (Fillmore County - NeRAIN Observer)
5.75 inches...3 W Deweese (Nuckolls County - NeRAIN Observer)
5.71 inches...2 W Genoa (Nance County) - 7 WSW Juniata (Adams County - NeRAIN Observer)
5.66 inches...3 W Gresham (York County)


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

(All reports are from Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified)
0.45 inch...Hunter, KS (Mitchell County)
0.66 inch...Glen Elder Dam, KS (Mitchell County)
0.76 inch...Phillipsburg, KS and Logan, KS (Phillips County)
0.78 inch...Franklin (Franklin County)
0.79 inch...Cozad (Dawson County)
0.86 inch...1 N Long Island, KS (Phillips County)
0.87 inch...Smith Center, KS (Smith County)
0.88 inch...Jewell, KS (Jewell County)
0.95 inches...9 ENE Natoma, KS (Covert rural station, Osborne County)
1.01 inches...Cawker City, KS (Mitchell County)
1.02 inches...Beloit, KS (Mitchell County)


...A FEW OF THE HIGHEST MONTHLY SNOWFALL TOTALS DURING OCTOBER 2013
(All reports are from NWS Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified and occurred on the 18th)
0.1 inch...Webster Dam, KS (Rooks County) - Natoma, KS (Osborne County)

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Various graphs and tables depicting October 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.

 

Click Images To Enlarge
Grand Island Precipitation Summary: Green line indicates cumulative observed precipitation for October 2013. Brown line indicates "normal" October precipitation based on 30-year data from 1981-2010. Hastings Precipitation Summary: Green line indicates cumulative observed precipitation for October 2013. Brown line indicates "normal" October precipitation based on 30-year data from
1981-2010.

 

Grand Island (Regional Airport) - Oct. 2012 - Oct. 2013
  Oct. 2012 Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sep. Oct.
Average High (F) 63.4 55.7 39.6 35.9 40.9 48.0 58.2 72.4 84.8 87.6 85.8 82.5 64.0
Average Low (F) 37.2 28.5 17.4 16.8 20.5 24.2 33.9 50.6 60.4 65.0 66.0 58.0 40.4
Average Temperature (F) 50.3 42.1 28.5 26.4 30.7 36.1 46.1 61.5 72.6 76.3 75.9 70.2 52.2
Departure from Normal (F) -1.9 +4.0 +1.8 +1.3 +1.6 -3.3 -4.5 +0.3 +1.3 +0.1 +1.9  +5.1 0.0
 
Precipitation (inches) 0.78 0.53 1.66 0.16 0.97 1.64 3.83 6.77 1.63 1.39 3.02  2.38 4.05
Departure from Normal -1.08 -0.64 +1.03 -0.37 +0.29 -0.16 +1.30 +2.36 -2.67 -2.01 -0.10 +0.15 +2.19
 
Snowfall (inches) Trace 0.3 9.5 0.6 11.0 6.2 6.9 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Departure from Normal -1.0 -2.8 +4.4 -5.9 +4.7 +0.8 +5.4 +0.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.1 -1.0

 

Hastings (Municipal Airport) - Oct. 2012 - Oct. 2013
  Oct. 2012 Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sep. Oct.
Average High (F) 62.1 55.2 38.8 33.8 40.1 48.0 57.3 71.6 83.1 86.1 84.6 82.3 63.4
Average Low (F) 36.9 27.8 16.7 15.5 19.7 24.5 33.2 49.5 60.3 64.4 65.3 57.6 40.4
Average Temperature (F) 49.5 41.5 27.8 24.7 29.9 36.3 45.3 60.5 71.7 75.2 75.0 69.9 51.9
Departure from Normal (F) -3.1 +2.8 +0.2 -1.3  0.0 -3.6 -5.4 -0.8 -0.1 -1.9 +0.7 +4.3 -0.7
 
Precipitation (inches) 1.46 0.66 1.69 0.32 0.90 2.25 2.66  5.67 1.24 1.77 3.25 1.26 4.75
Departure from Normal -0.53 -0.63 +1.08 -0.09 +0.41 +0.46 +0.10  +1.10 -2.56 -1.97 -0.05 -1.30 +2.76
 
Snowfall NWS Office (inches) Trace 0.3 10.5 2.5 10.5 7.9 3.7 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Departure from Normal -1.0 -2.3 +4.4 -3.5 +4.0 +2.7 +2.5 +0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.2 -1.0

 

Kearney (Regional Airport) - Oct. 2012 - Oct. 2013
(*Temperature data is from unofficial automated AWOS sensor while precipitation data is from official NWS Cooperative Observer)
  Oct. 2012 Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sep. Oct.
Average High (F)* 62.8 55.9 40.2 35.6 41.3 49.5 57.3 72.7 83.8 85.5 85.7 82.8 63.0
Average Low (F)* 35.1 25.9 15.7 15.4 19.0 23.9 32.4 49.4 59.5 62.5 63.9 55.9 39.5
Average Temperature (F)* 49.0 40.9 28.0 25.5 30.1 36.7 44.9 61.0 71.7 74.0 74.8 69.3 51.2
Departure from Normal (F)* -1.9 +3.9 +2.1 +0.9 +2.0 -1.0 -3.8 +1.5 +1.9 -0.7 +2.2 +5.8 +0.3
 
Precipitation (inches) 0.58 Trace 0.61 0.14 0.74 0.62 4.37 6.54 1.44 1.98 2.19 3.77 3.73
Departure from Normal -1.46 -1.02 +0.04 -0.35 +0.19 -1.17 +2.14 +2.36 -2.49 -1.30 -0.89 +1.70 +1.69
 
Snowfall (inches) Trace Trace 7.2 1.2 8.5 2.3 2.5 Trace 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Departure from Normal -0.7 -3.1 +3.7 -3.2 +3.4 -2.3 +0.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.2 -0.7

 

Ord (Evelyn Sharp Field Airport) - Oct. 2012 - Oct. 2013
(*Winter precipitation data may include coop observer reports due to automated airport equipment under-measuring snowfall liquid equivalent)
  Oct. 2012 Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sep. Oct.
Average High (F) 62.5 52.4 39.7 38.3 40.4 46.7 56.5 71.0 81.0 85.9 84.4 81.9 61.0
Average Low (F) 31.6 21.2 12.2 12.0 16.6 20.1 28.9 46.9 56.5 60.9 62.5 54.3 35.0
Average Temperature (F) 47.1 36.8 25.9 25.2 28.5 33.4 42.7 59.0 68.8 73.4 73.5 68.1 48.0
Departure from Normal (F) -2.5 +0.5 +1.0 +0.6 +0.7 -4.3 -6.1 -0.3 -0.4 -1.0 +0.5 +4.5 -1.6
 
Precipitation (inches)* 0.32 0.12 0.35 0.14 1.48 0.61 2.51 5.40 1.93 3.59 3.77 2.80 1.62
Departure from Normal -1.61 -0.95 -0.24 -0.23 +1.04 -0.84 -0.08 +1.59 -2.19 +0.62 +0.61 +0.36 -0.31
 
Snowfall (Coop Observer) 2.5 1.5 5.0 0.5 8.0 4.0 7.0 Trace  0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Departure from Normal +1.4 -3.8 -2.4 -6.3 +2.0 -1.9 +4.5 0.0  0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -1.1

 

Smith Center, KS (Cooperative Observer) - Oct. 2012 - Oct. 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)
  Oct. 2012 Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sep. Oct.
Average High (F)* 65.4 60.2 42.7 37.8 43.0 50.3 60.0 76.0 88.6 89.2 88.9 86.1 68.4
Average Low (F)* 37.2 27.8 18.4 14.8 18.2 23.8 32.8 49.6 59.6 64.6 64.6 58.1 40.2
Average Temperature (F)* 51.3 44.0 30.6 26.3 30.6 37.1 46.4 62.8 74.1 76.9 76.8 72.1 54.3
Departure from Normal (F)* -3.5 +3.6 +1.8 -1.4 -1.4 -4.5 -6.1 -0.9 +0.1  -2.8 -0.4 +3.9 -0.5
 
Precipitation (inches) 1.14 0.36 1.11 0.77 1.25 2.23 1.88 3.11 2.80 4.01 3.16 1.93 0.87
Departure from Normal -0.74 -0.86 +0.45 +0.28 +0.67 +0.36 -0.39 -0.81 -0.81 +0.14 -0.14 -0.11 -1.01
 
Snowfall (inches) 0.0 0.0 5.2 7.6 16.4 10.0 0.8  Trace 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Departure from Normal -0.4 -1.8 +2.0 +3.9 +12.3 +7.4 +0.2  0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.2 -0.4

 

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

 


 

The following drought status images, current as of October 29, 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 29, 2013 Kansas - U.S. Drought Monitor as of October 29, 2013

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

 



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