Dec. 2013: Weather/Climate Review and Extremes For The NWS Hastings Area

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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

 December 2013 Weather/Climate Web Stories
(Click HERE for archive to all web stories)

Dec. 7-8: First 2+" Snow Of The Season For Much Of The Area
Dec. 28: Wind Gusts of 40-50 MPH Across The Area
Christmas: Christmas Climatology for Grand Island, NE
2013: 2013 Year In Review Video


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

...A Very Dry (albeit not snow-free) December…With A Notable “Roller Coaster” Ride in Temperatures...

The following narrative focuses on climate and weather highlights for the month of December 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" December high temperatures in South Central Nebraska gradually decrease from the lower-mid 40s early in the month to the mid-30s by the end of the month, while highs in North Central Kansas gradually decrease from the mid-40s to near-40. "Normal" December low temperatures across most of the 30-county area gradually decrease from the 17-23° range early in the month to between 12-16° by month's end...)

Based on the monthly mean temperature (resulting from averaging together the daily highs and lows), the majority of the NWS Hastings coverage area ranged from 1.5 to 3.5° below normal during December 2013. The greatest contribution to this below normal monthly mean came from overnight low temperatures, which generally averaged a few degrees colder versus normal than daily high temperatures did. Although far from being one of the coldest Decembers on record across the area, at Hastings it was the 17th-coldest out of 73 Decembers dating back to 1907 that contain no more than one day of missing data. Despite the at-least-slightly colder than normal month as a whole, the month will likely be most-remembered for featuring a notable “roller coaster” temperature trend, with multiple upward/downward swings. As evidence of this, Grand Island and Hastings airports featured 10 days and eight days, respectively, with a high temperature at least 15° warmer or colder than the previous day! The most dramatic example of this at Grand Island occurred between the 28th-29th, when the high temperature dropped from 62 to 17°, a notable 45-degree decrease.

At Hastings airport, where temperature trends were generally representative of much of the 30-county area, 13 days of the month featured an above normal mean temperature, including six of seven days between the 25th-31st. Meanwhile, the other 18 days had a below normal mean temperature, including 11 consecutive days from the 4th-14th and six days in a row from the 19th-24th. Breaking down the month into week-long chunks, the overall coldest week across the coverage area was centered from the 5th-11th, with a particularly cold five-day stretch from the 5th-9th that featured the area’s chilliest readings of the month. During these five days, daily highs at Hastings airport only climbed between 12-16°, and even southern sites such as Beloit KS only topped out between 15-21°. At Hastings, this five-day streak without reaching 20° was the longest since a six-day streak from Dec. 31, 2009-Jan. 5, 2010…nearly four years ago. On the opposite side of the spectrum, the overall-warmest week of the month followed on the heels of the coldest week, and was centered from the 12th-18th. During this week, five of seven days at Grand Island airport reached at least 46°, including the warmest reading of the month of 67° on the 18th, which tied a daily record. Following a decent cool-down centered from the 19th-24th, December proceeded to end on an another mild note, as five of the final six days featured well-above normal high temperatures, including five days that reached at least 52° in Hastings. The only exception to the mild finish to the month was the 29th, which was a one-day “bump in the road” featuring highs only between 16-23° across most of the area.

Per NWS cooperative observers and a few automated airport sites, the outright-warmest readings of the month across the majority of the 30-county area mainly occurred on the 18th, although some Kansas locations observed their warmest highs on the 2nd. Some of the warmest highs of the month (dates in parentheses) featured 74° at Beaver City (18th), 72° at Cambridge (18th), and 70° at Lexington airport (18th) and four miles west-northwest of Plainville (2nd). On the much colder side of things, nearly all locations notched their coldest, sub-zero readings of the month on either the 7th or 9th, with a few of these extremes as follows (dates in parentheses): -13° at Beaver City (9th), -11° at Ord airport (7th) and -10° at Greeley (7th), Burr Oak KS (9th) and three miles north of York (9th). In the Nebraska Tri-Cities, the cooperative observer at the Kearney airport recorded the warmest December reading of 68° on the 18th, while all three sites tied for the coldest low temperature of the month with -7°, which occurred on the 7th at Kearney and the 9th at Grand Island and Hastings.

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


PRECIPITATION/SNOWFALL...(According to 30-year averages, "normal" December precipitation across the NWS Hastings coverage area (rainfall and snow liquid equivalent) ranges somewhere between 0.50-inch and 1-inch, with the highest amounts favoring eastern areas closest to the Highway 81 corridor such as York, Hebron and Beloit. December snowfall normals range from range from 5-7" across most of South Central Nebraska, and 3-5" in North Central Kansas.)

December 2013 was a rather unusual month in the precipitation department, as evidenced by the following: Even though the majority of the 30-county area totaled between 3-8” of snow during the month, which is fairly close to 30-year normals, essentially the ENTIRE NWS Hastings coverage area ended up with well-below normal December liquid precipitation equivalent. In fact, nearly the entire area totaled LESS THAN ONE-THIRD of normal December precipitation and around 70% of the area was LESS THAN ONE-FOURTH of normal, given that normal December precipitation across the 30-county area as a whole averages out to roughly 0.75”. So what was the main reason for this oddity of near-normal snowfall versus well-below normal precipitation? Well, the answer lies with the fact that the vast majority of snow during the month fell in the presence of very cold temperatures generally near-or-below 15 degrees. Due to this very cold air, snow was very dry and fluffy in nature, in contrast to wetter snow generally associated with temperatures near-or-above 25 degrees. Not only was December 2013 a notably dry month as a whole across the area, but for most locations, the majority of snow/precipitation occurred rather early in the month, in association with a winter storm that moved across the area between the 7th-8th. The highest snow totals with this storm, generally in the 4-7” range, targeted Nebraska portions of the area generally along and south of a line from Cambridge-Minden-Hastings-York, along with primarily Phillips, Smith and Jewell counties in Kansas (please refer to this story for more details on this event). In the wake of this storm, much of the 30-county area received no more than a few hundredths of an inch of liquid equivalent during the final 3+ weeks of the month.

Based on reports from around 65 NWS Cooperative Observers and a few automated airport gauges, and also incorporating radar-derived estimation, it was painfully obvious that liquid equivalent precipitation fell far-short of normal area-wide. Per NWS cooperative observers, the majority of the area totaled somewhere between 0.05-0.23”, with nearly 40% of stations receiving no more than 0.10” of precipitation during the month. Although not exclusively confined to one particular area, the majority of these extremely dry gauges were located north of a line from Elwood-Kearney-Grand Island-Osceola Nebraska, as this area generally received no more than 1” of snow from the storm on the 7th-8th. A few of the lowest Cooperative Observer precipitation totals for December featured a non-measurable Trace at Ord airport, Arcadia and Ravenna, 0.02” at both Covert KS and Ord (in town), 0.03” at several sites including four miles north of Aurora, Canaday Steam Plant (six miles south-southeast of Lexington), Miller and Cawker City KS, and 0.04” at Greeley, Osceola and Wolbach. On the “wetter” side of the spectrum were locations such as Bruning (0.47”), Jewell KS (0.33”), Mankato KS (0.33”), Burr Oak KS (0.31”) and Harlan County Lake and Ionia KS (0.26”). In between these extremes, December precipitation at the official Tri-Cities airport sites featured 0.14” at Hastings, 0.11” at Grand Island and 0.10” at Kearney. At Grand Island, this was the 18th-driest December on record dating back 119 years, and was the driest since 2004.

As earlier mentioned, the majority of the 30-county area totaled near-normal December snowfall between 3-8”, although roughly one-fourth of the area received no more than 2”, with these less-snowy sites primarily clustered north of an Elwood-Kearney-Grand Island-Osceola line in Nebraska, and in Mitchell County KS. Per Cooperative Observers, a few of the highest monthly snowfall totals occurred at Wilsonville (10.0”), Harlan County Lake (9.0”) and two miles northeast of Upland (8.5”), while a few of the lowest totals were found at Arcadia (Trace), Ord and Greeley (0.5”) and Wolbach (0.8”). In between these extremes, official Tri-Cities snowfall featured 5.0” at Hastings, 2.7” at Kearney and 2.2” at Grand Island.

Now that 2013 is in the books, here is a brief recap of annual precipitation within the NWS Hastings coverage area: 

South Central Nebraska (24 counties): Compared to the notable drought that plagued the region during 2012, precipitation trends across most of South Central Nebraska during 2013 were less extreme, with most places ending up somewhere between 75-125% of the 30-year normal. That being said, there was a rather pronounced difference in annual precipitation between roughly the southwestern one-third of the area (drier) and north central/northeast portions of the area (wetter). As evidence of this, the driest cooperative observer site during 2013 was Beaver City in Furnas County with 16.52 inches (7.79" below normal), while the wettest site was Genoa 2W in Nance County with 33.35 inches (4.53" above normal). In between these extremes, central locations such as the Tri-Cities were very close to average/normal during the year, including Grand Island airport with 26.92 inches (0.26" above normal).

North Central Kansas (6 counties): Although drought conditions were not as severe within this portion of North Central Kansas during 2013 as they were in 2012, there was certainly a pronounced difference between western (drier) and eastern (wetter) areas. More specifically, much of Phillips and western Rooks counties again suffered notably below normal precipitation, while counties farther east such as Jewell and Mitchell fared considerably better, with near-normal to slightly above normal annual precipitation. As evidence of this, the driest cooperative observer site within the area during 2013 was Long Island 1N in Phillips County with only 13.57 inches (11.28" below normal), while the wettest site was Jewell in Jewell County with 28.39 inches (1.57" above normal). In general, however, most of the six-county area received somewhere between 75-100% of 30-year normal precipitation.


(Please look farther down the page for more information on December 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 (see images at bottom of page)...Despite December precipitation checking in well-below normal across the entire 30-county area, there was very little change in drought classification over the course of the month according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. In fact, there was literally no change whatsoever within the 24 Nebraska counties. Meanwhile, parts of the six North Central Kansas counties saw a slight degradation, as Category D1 Moderate Drought returned to some areas that had been designated as no-worse-than Category D0 Abnormally Dry for the past 3-4 months. As a result, drought classification at month’s end within North Central Kansas featured a continuation of Category D2 Severe Drought within far western Rooks County, along with the northwest half of Phillips County. Meanwhile, D1 Moderate Drought now not only covered the remainder of Phillips and Rooks counties as before, but also all of Smith and Osborne counties, along with western portions of Jewell and Mitchell counties. Eastern portions of Jewell and Mitchell continued to hold onto Category D0 Abnormally Dry (considered to be one category better than "true" drought). Within the 24 Nebraska counties, drought classification literally maintained the same breakdown since mid-October, highlighting a west (worse) to east (better) disparity. Therefore, Category D2 Severe Drought remained firmly intact within several southwestern counties including all/most of Furnas, Gosper, and Harlan, along with at least small portions of Dawson, Phelps and Franklin. Meanwhile, a fairly narrow corridor of Category D1 Moderate Drought continued to border up against the D2 area, and covered the majority of several counties west of Highway 281 including Valley, Sherman, Kearney, and Webster. Finally, nearly all areas along/east of the Highway 281 corridor finished December in a Category D0 Abnormally Dry classification. Looking beyond the borders of the 30-county NWS Hastings coverage area, there was almost no change whatsoever in the total areal coverage of D1 Moderate to D3 Extreme Drought across Nebraska as a whole during December, while Kansas observed a small increase: As of Dec. 31, 48% of Nebraska and 47% of Kansas were assigned D1-or-worse Drought (compared to 48% and 41%, respectively, back on Dec. 3). However, in both states there remained a notable west-to-east disparity, with the worst conditions clearly focused in western areas.


- SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS/HIGH WINDS...There were no thunderstorms within the NWS Hastings coverage area during December 2013, let alone severe storms. Furthermore, it was not an overly-windy month either. As evidence of this, only one wind advisory was issued by NWS Hastings during the month, valid for much of South Central Nebraska from the afternoon of the 28th into the early morning of the 29th as strong north winds pushed in behind a sharp cold front. Even so, peak gusts across most of the area only topped out between 40-50 MPH, led by 50 MPH at Ord airport (please refer to this story for more details on this event).

- Number of Severe Thunderstorm Warning polygons issued by NWS Hastings in December 2013: ZERO  (Same as December 2012)
- Number of Tornado Warning polygons issued by NWS Hastings in December 2013: ZERO (Same as December 2012)
- Number of confirmed tornadoes within the NWS Hastings coverage area in December 2013: ZERO  (Same as December 2012)

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

Grand Island - Hastings - Kearney - Ord

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

...A FEW OF THE WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURES DURING DECEMBER 2013
(All reports are from NWS Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified, with dates in parentheses)
74 degrees...Beaver City (18th)
72 degrees...Cambridge (18th)
70 degrees...Lexington airport AWOS (18th) - 4WNW Plainville KS (2nd)
69 degrees...Canaday Steam Plant/6SSE Lexington (18th) - Gothenburg (18th) - Minden (18th)
68 degrees...Kearney airport (18th) - Ord airport ASOS (18th) - 2SW Alton KS (2nd) - Phillipsburg KS airport AWOS (2nd)
67 degrees...Grand Island airport ASOS (18th) - Holdrege airport AWOS (18th)


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

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

-13 degrees...Beaver City (9th)
-11 degrees...Ord Airport ASOS (7th)
-10 degrees...Greeley (7th) - York 3N (9th) - Burr Oak KS (9th)
-9 degrees...Cambridge (9th) - 4E Superior  (9th) - Hastings NWS office (9th)
-8 degrees...Lexington airport AWOS (9th)


...A FEW OF THE HIGHEST MONTHLY PRECIPITATION TOTALS DURING DECEMBER 2013
(All reports are from NWS Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified)
0.47 inch...Bruning (Thayer County)
0.33 inch...Jewell (Jewell County KS) - Mankato (Jewell County KS)
0.31 inch...Burr Oak (Jewell County KS)
0.26 inch...Harlan County Lake (Harlan County) - Ionia (Jewell County KS)
0.24 inch...Edison (Furnas County)
0.23 inch...Naponee (Franklin County) - Smith Center (Smith County KS)


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

(All reports are from Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified)
Trace...Ord airport ASOS (Valley County) - Arcadia (Valley County) - Ravenna (Buffalo County)
0.02 inch...Ord, in town (Valley County) - Covert rural (Osborne County KS)
0.03 inch...Cawker City (Mitchell County KS) - Miller (Buffalo County) - Canaday Steam Plant/6SSE Lexington (Gosper County) - Aurora 4N (Hamilton County)
0.04 inch...Wolbach (Greeley County) - Osceola (Polk County) - Greeley (Greeley County)
0.05 inch...Cozad (Dawson County) - Belgrade (Nance County)

...A FEW OF THE HIGHEST MONTHLY SNOWFALL TOTALS DURING DECEMBER 2013
(All reports are from NWS Cooperative Observers unless otherwise specified)
10.0 inches...Wilsonville (Furnas County)
9.0 inches...Harlan County Lake (Harlan County)
8.2 inches...Burr Oak KS (Jewell County)
8.0 inches...Mankato KS (Jewell County) - Clay Center (Clay County) - Naponee (Franklin County)
7.6 inches...York 3N (York County)
7.5 inches...Bradshaw (York County) - Minden (Kearney County) - Red Cloud (Webster County) - Long Island 1N (Phillips County KS)
7.2 inches...Clay Center 6ESE (Clay County) - Franklin (Franklin County) - Lebanon (Smith County KS)

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

 

Grand Island (Regional Airport) - Dec. 2012 - Dec. 2013
  Dec. 2012 Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
Average High (F) 39.6 35.9 40.9 48.0 58.2 72.4 84.8 87.6 85.8 82.5 64.0 50.6 37.1
Average Low (F) 17.4 16.8 20.5 24.2 33.9 50.6 60.4 65.0 66.0 58.0 40.4 25.5 12.6
Average Temperature (F) 28.5 26.4 30.7 36.1 46.1 61.5 72.6 76.3 75.9 70.2 52.2 38.1 24.9
Departure from Normal (F) +1.8 +1.3 +1.6 -3.3 -4.5 +0.3 +1.3 +0.1 +1.9  +5.1 0.0 0.0 -1.8
 
Precipitation (inches) 1.66 0.16 0.97 1.64 3.83 6.77 1.63 1.39 3.02  2.38 4.05 0.97 0.11
Departure from Normal +1.03 -0.37 +0.29 -0.16 +1.30 +2.36 -2.67 -2.01 -0.10 +0.15 +2.19 -0.20 -0.52
 
Snowfall (inches) 9.5 0.6 11.0 6.2 6.9 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 2.2
Departure from Normal +4.4 -5.9 +4.7 +0.8 +5.4 +0.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.1 -1.0 -2.9 -2.9

 

Hastings (Municipal Airport) - Dec. 2012 - Dec. 2013
  Dec. 2012 Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
Average High (F) 38.8 33.8 40.1 48.0 57.3 71.6 83.1 86.1 84.6 82.3 63.4 49.9 36.3
Average Low (F) 16.7 15.5 19.7 24.5 33.2 49.5 60.3 64.4 65.3 57.6 40.4 25.1 12.4
Average Temperature (F) 27.8 24.7 29.9 36.3 45.3 60.5 71.7 75.2 75.0 69.9 51.9 37.5 24.3
Departure from Normal (F) +0.2 -1.3  0.0 -3.6 -5.4 -0.8 -0.1 -1.9 +0.7 +4.3 -0.7 -1.2 -3.3
 
Precipitation (inches) 1.69 0.32 0.90 2.25 2.66  5.67 1.24 1.77 3.25 1.26 4.75 1.00 0.14
Departure from Normal +1.08 -0.09 +0.41 +0.46 +0.10  +1.10 -2.56 -1.97 -0.05 -1.30 +2.76 -0.29 -0.47
 
Snowfall NWS Office (inches) 10.5 2.5 10.5 7.9 3.7 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 5.0
Departure from Normal +4.4 -3.5 +4.0 +2.7 +2.5 +0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.2 -1.0 -2.2 -1.1

 

Kearney (Regional Airport) - Dec. 2012 - Dec. 2013
(*Temperature data is from unofficial automated AWOS sensor while precipitation data is from official NWS Cooperative Observer)
  Dec. 2012 Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
Average High (F)* 40.2 35.6 41.3 49.5 57.3 72.7 83.8 85.5 85.7 82.8 63.0 49.9 36.9
Average Low (F)* 15.7 15.4 19.0 23.9 32.4 49.4 59.5 62.5 63.9 55.9 39.5 25.2 12.6
Average Temperature (F)* 28.0 25.5 30.1 36.7 44.9 61.0 71.7 74.0 74.8 69.3 51.2 37.5 24.7
Departure from Normal (F)* +2.1 +0.9 +2.0 -1.0 -3.8 +1.5 +1.9 -0.7 +2.2 +5.8 +0.3 +0.5 -1.2
 
Precipitation (inches) 0.61 0.14 0.74 0.62 4.37 6.54 1.44 1.98 2.19 3.77 3.73 0.72 0.10
Departure from Normal +0.04 -0.35 +0.19 -1.17 +2.14 +2.36 -2.49 -1.30 -0.89 +1.70 +1.69 -0.30 -0.47
 
Snowfall (inches) 7.2 1.2 8.5 2.3 2.5 Trace 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 Trace 2.7
Departure from Normal +3.7 -3.2 +3.4 -2.3 +0.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.2 -0.7 -3.1 -0.8

 

Ord (Evelyn Sharp Field Airport) - Dec. 2012 - Dec. 2013
(*Winter precipitation data may include coop observer reports due to automated airport equipment under-measuring snowfall liquid equivalent)
  Dec. 2012
Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
Average High (F) 39.7 38.3 40.4 46.7 56.5 71.0 81.0 85.9 84.4 81.9 61.0 48.7 MSG
Average Low (F) 12.2 12.0 16.6 20.1 28.9 46.9 56.5 60.9 62.5 54.3 35.0 20.3 MSG
Average Temperature (F) 25.9 25.2 28.5 33.4 42.7 59.0 68.8 73.4 73.5 68.1 48.0 34.5 MSG
Departure from Normal (F) +1.0 +0.6 +0.7 -4.3 -6.1 -0.3 -0.4 -1.0 +0.5 +4.5 -1.6 -1.8 MSG
 
Precipitation (inches)* 0.35 0.14 1.48 0.61 2.51 5.40 1.93 3.59 3.77 2.80 1.62 0.50 Trace
Departure from Normal -0.24 -0.23 +1.04 -0.84 -0.08 +1.59 -2.19 +0.62 +0.61 +0.36 -0.31 -0.57 -0.59
 
Snowfall (Coop Observer) 5.0 0.5 8.0 4.0 7.0 Trace  0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.5 0.5
Departure from Normal -2.4 -6.3 +2.0 -1.9 +4.5 0.0  0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -1.1 -1.8 -6.9

 

Smith Center, KS (Cooperative Observer) - Dec. 2012 - Dec. 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)
  Dec. 2012
Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
Average High (F)* 42.7 37.8 43.0 50.3 60.0 76.0 88.6 89.2 88.9 86.1 68.4 52.8 38.9
Average Low (F)* 18.4 14.8 18.2 23.8 32.8 49.6 59.6 64.6 64.6 58.1 40.2 25.5 13.8
Average Temperature (F)* 30.6 26.3 30.6 37.1 46.4 62.8 74.1 76.9 76.8 72.1 54.3 39.2 26.4
Departure from Normal (F)* +1.8 -1.4 -1.4 -4.5 -6.1 -0.9 +0.1  -2.8 -0.4 +3.9 -0.5 -1.2 -2.4
 
Precipitation (inches) 1.11 0.77 1.25 2.23 1.88 3.11 2.80 4.01 3.16 1.93 0.87 1.29 0.23
Departure from Normal +0.45 +0.28 +0.67 +0.36 -0.39 -0.81 -0.81 +0.14 -0.14 -0.11 -1.01 +0.07 -0.43
 
Snowfall (inches) 5.2 7.6 16.4 10.0 0.8  Trace 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 Trace 5.3
Departure from Normal +2.0 +3.9 +12.3 +7.4 +0.2  0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.2 -0.4 -1.8 +2.1

 

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

 


 

The following drought category images, current as of December 31, 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 December 31, 2013 Kansas - U.S. Drought Monitor as of December 31, 2013

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

 

 



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