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December Monthly Climate Summaries

LINCOLN

CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA NEBRASKA
1212 PM CST FRI JAN 1 2010

...................................

...THE LINCOLN CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 2009...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1971 TO 2000
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1887 TO 2009

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM
                                          NORMAL
................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
HIGHEST            59   12/01
LOWEST            -13   12/10
AVG. MAXIMUM     28.6              36.8    -8.2
AVG. MINIMUM     10.7              16.2    -5.5
MEAN             19.7              26.5    -6.8
DAYS MAX >= 90      0
DAYS MAX <= 32     23
DAYS MIN <= 32     30
DAYS MIN <= 0       6

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
MAXIMUM         4.03   1913
MINIMUM         0.00   1889
TOTALS           2.42              0.86    1.56
DAILY AVG.       0.08
DAYS >= .01        10
DAYS >= .10         6
DAYS >= .50         2
DAYS >= 1.00        0
GREATEST
24 HR. TOTAL    0.72   12/08 TO 12/08

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
TOTAL           22.3   1945
TOTALS           24.3R              5.7
SINCE 7/1        25.5
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      7
DAYS >= 1.0         6               1.8     4.2
GREATEST
SNOW DEPTH        14   12/28
                        12/27
24 HR TOTAL      9.5   12/25 TO 12/25

DEGREE DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1397              1188     209
SINCE 7/1       2691              2477     214
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0
SINCE 1/1        896              1154    -258
.................................................

WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              10.4
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    38/330    DATE  12/25
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    47/320    DATE  12/25

SKY COVER



WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       0
LIGHT RAIN                1     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          4     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                2     SNOW                       4
LIGHT SNOW               13     SLEET                      0
FOG                      21     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      3
HAZE                     16

-  INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.
R  INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.
T  INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.
>= INDICATES GREATER THAN OR EQUAL TO.
<= INDICATES LESS THAN OR EQUAL TO.


&&

...DECEMBER SUMMARY FOR LINCOLN...

DECEMBER TEMPERATURES WERE WELL BELOW NORMAL...WITH WELL ABOVE
NORMAL PRECIPITATION AND RECORD SETTING SNOWFALL.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURES IN DECEMBER WERE 6.8 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL...AND
2009 WAS THE 8TH COLDEST DECEMBER ON RECORD IN LINCOLN. AFTER A VERY
WARM 1ST...TEMPERATURES PLUMMETED BELOW NORMAL FROM THE 2ND THROUGH
THE 17TH.  THE COLDEST TEMPERATURES OF THE MONTH ARRIVED JUST BEHIND
THE SNOWS OF THE 8TH AND 9TH...WITH -13 ON THE 10TH AND BITTER WIND
CHILLS.  READINGS RETURNED TO NEAR AND ABOVE NORMAL THROUGH THE 23RD
AHEAD OF THE CHRISTMAS BLIZZARD...THEN FELL SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL
AGAIN DURING THE STORM.  COLD READINGS RETURNED AT THE END OF THE
MONTH...WITH TEMPERATURES AGAIN FALLING BELOW NORMAL THROUGH NEW
YEARS EVE.

DECEMBER 2009 WAS MARKED BY TWO SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORMS...ON THE
8TH TO 9TH AND ON THE 24TH TO 26TH.  THOSE STORMS...IN ADDITION TO
LIGHTER SNOW ON THE 6TH TO 7TH PLUS THE 14TH AND 30TH...PRODUCED
24.3 INCHES OF SNOW IN LINCOLN IN DECEMBER.  THIS TOTAL SNOWFALL WAS
THE SNOWIEST DECEMBER ON RECORD FROM 1900 TO 2009...SURPASSING THE
PREVIOUS RECORD OF 22.3 INCHES IN 1945.  THE 14 INCHES OF SNOW ON
THE GROUND ON THE 27TH AND 28TH WAS THE 3RD HIGHEST SNOW DEPTH IN
DECEMBER ON RECORD BETWEEN 1948 TO 2009...BEHIND THE 15 TO 16 INCHES
OF SNOW ON THE GROUND REPORTED ON SEVERAL DAYS IN DECEMBER 1983.
7.1 INCHES OF SNOW FELL ON THE 8TH TO 9TH...COMBINED WITH WINDS THAT
GUSTED AS HIGH AS 45 MPH AND ABOVE 35 MPH FOR SEVERAL HOURS....AND
INTERMITTENT WHITEOUT CONDITIONS OCCURRED OVERNIGHT.  MOST OF THE
SNOW FELL ON THE 8TH...PRIOR TO THE ARRIVAL OF THE STRONGEST
WINDS...WITH 6.9 INCHES RECORDED ON THE 8TH.  THE CHRISTMAS BLIZZARD
WAS PRECEDED ON THE 23RD BY RAIN AND FREEZING RAIN.  SNOW BEGAN ON
CHRISTMAS EVE AND FELL FOR TWO MORE DAYS...WITH WINDS GUSTING AS
HIGH AS 47 MPH DURING THE STORM AND GUSTS OVER 35 MPH FOR AT LEAST 4
HOURS.  THE SNOW TOTAL FOR THE 24TH TO 26TH WAS 12.8 INCHES...WHICH
WAS THE 7TH HIGHEST 3-DAY SNOW TOTAL ON RECORD FOR ANY TIME OF THE
YEAR.  THE SNOWFALL ON CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY COMBINED WAS
ALSO A RECORD FOR THOSE TWO DAYS...AND THE CHRISTMAS DAY SNOW OF 9.5
INCHES SET A RECORD AS WELL.  TOTAL WATER EQUIVALENT OF
PRECIPITATION IN DECEMBER WAS 2.42 INCHES...WHICH IS 1.56 INCHES
ABOVE NORMAL AND THE 5TH WETTEST DECEMBER ON RECORD.

TOTAL SNOWFALL FROM OCTOBER THROUGH DECEMBER IN LINCOLN WAS 25.5
INCHES...WHICH IS JUST BELOW THE NORMAL WINTER TOTAL SNOW OF 26.3
INCHES AND IS JUST SHY OF THE RECORD 25.8 INCHES FROM OCTOBER TO
DECEMBER 1909.

OMAHA

CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA NEBRASKA
1208 PM CST FRI JAN 1 2010

...................................

...THE OMAHA EPPLEY, NEBRASKA CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR
   THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 2009...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1971 TO 2000
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1871 TO 2009

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM
                                          NORMAL
................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
HIGHEST            57   12/01
LOWEST             -6   12/15
                        12/10
AVG. MAXIMUM     28.2              34.8    -6.6
AVG. MINIMUM     12.5              16.4    -3.9
MEAN             20.4              25.6    -5.2
DAYS MAX >= 90      0
DAYS MAX <= 32     22
DAYS MIN <= 32     31
DAYS MIN <= 0       5

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
MAXIMUM         5.42   1984
MINIMUM            T   2002
                       1943
TOTALS           2.28              0.92    1.36
DAILY AVG.       0.07
DAYS >= .01        10
DAYS >= .10         6
DAYS >= .50         0
DAYS >= 1.00        0
GREATEST
24 HR. TOTAL    0.68   12/24 TO 12/25

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
TOTAL           19.9   1969
TOTALS           24.6R              5.5
SINCE 7/1        28.3
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      7
DAYS >= 1.0         7
GREATEST
SNOW DEPTH        14   12/31
                        12/30
                        12/29
24 HR TOTAL      8.1   12/24 TO 12/25

DEGREE DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1377              1211     166
SINCE 7/1        2573              2513      60
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0
SINCE 1/1         842              1095    -253
.................................................

WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              10.7
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    40/340    DATE  12/08
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    52/350    DATE  12/08

SKY COVER



WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       0
LIGHT RAIN                2     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          3     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                2     SNOW                       5
LIGHT SNOW               16     SLEET                      2
FOG                      20     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      4
HAZE                     14

-  INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.
R  INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.
T  INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.
>= INDICATES GREATER THAN OR EQUAL TO.
<= INDICATES LESS THAN OR EQUAL TO.


&&

...DECEMBER SUMMARY FOR OMAHA...

DECEMBER TEMPERATURES WERE BELOW NORMAL...WITH WELL ABOVE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION AND RECORD SETTING SNOWFALL.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURES IN DECEMBER WERE 5.2 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL...AND
2009 WAS THE 22ND COLDEST DECEMBER ON RECORD IN OMAHA. AFTER A VERY WARM
1ST...TEMPERATURES PLUMMETED BELOW NORMAL FROM THE 3RD THROUGH THE
17TH.  THE COLDEST TEMPERATURES OF THE MONTH ARRIVED JUST BEHIND THE
SNOWS OF THE 8TH AND 9TH...WITH -6 ON THE 10TH AND THE 15TH AND
BITTER WIND CHILLS.  READINGS RETURNED TO NEAR AND ABOVE NORMAL
THROUGH THE 23RD AHEAD OF THE CHRISTMAS BLIZZARD...THEN FELL
SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL AGAIN DURING THE STORM.  COLD READINGS
RETURNED AT THE END OF THE MONTH...WITH TEMPERATURES AGAIN FALLING
BELOW NORMAL THROUGH NEW YEARS EVE.

DECEMBER 2009 WAS MARKED BY TWO SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORMS...ON THE
8TH TO 9TH AND ON THE 24TH TO 26TH.  THOSE STORMS...IN ADDITION TO
LIGHTER SNOW ON THE 6TH TO 7TH PLUS THE 14TH AND 30TH...PRODUCED
24.6 INCHES OF SNOW IN OMAHA IN DECEMBER.  THIS TOTAL SNOWFALL WAS
THE SNOWIEST DECEMBER ON RECORD FROM 1948 TO 2009...EASILY
SURPASSING THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 19.9 INCHES IN 1969.  THE 14
INCHES OF SNOW ON THE GROUND ON THE 27TH THROUGH 31ST WAS THE
GREATEST SNOW DEPTH IN DECEMBER ON RECORD BETWEEN 1948 TO
2009...TIED WITH THE 21ST OF DECEMBER IN 1983.  9.6 INCHES OF SNOW
FELL ON THE 8TH TO 9TH...COMBINED WITH WINDS THAT GUSTED BRIEFLY TO
52 MPH AND ABOVE 35 MPH FOR SEVERAL HOURS...AND A SHORT PERIOD OF
WHITEOUT CONDITIONS OCCURRED OVERNIGHT.  MOST OF THE SNOW FELL ON
THE 8TH...PRIOR TO THE ARRIVAL OF THE STRONGEST WINDS...WITH 7.2
INCHES RECORDED ON THE 8TH.  THE CHRISTMAS BLIZZARD WAS PRECEDED ON
THE 23RD BY RAIN AND FREEZING RAIN.  SNOW BEGAN ON CHRISTMAS EVE AND
FELL FOR TWO MORE DAYS...WITH WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS 47 MPH DURING
THE STORM AND GUSTS OVER 35 MPH FOR AT LEAST 4 HOURS.  AS A
RESULT...PROLONGED BLIZZARD CONDITIONS AND SIGNIFICANT SNOW DRIFTING
OCCURRED IN THE AREA.  THE SNOW TOTAL FOR THE 24TH TO 26TH WAS 11.5
INCHES...WHICH WAS THE 11TH HIGHEST 3-DAY SNOW TOTAL ON RECORD FOR
ANY TIME OF THE YEAR.  THE SNOWFALL ON CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS
DAY COMBINED WAS ALSO A RECORD FOR THOSE TWO DAYS.  CHRISTMAS DAY
SNOW OF 5.8 INCHES FELL JUST SHY OF THE 6.0 INCHES RECORDED IN
1941.  TOTAL WATER EQUIVALENT OF PRECIPITATION IN DECEMBER WAS 2.28
INCHES...WHICH IS 1.36 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND THE 7TH WETTEST
DECEMBER ON RECORD.

TOTAL SNOWFALL FROM OCTOBER THROUGH DECEMBER IN OMAHA WAS 28.3
INCHES...WHICH IS ALREADY AHEAD OF THE NORMAL WINTER TOTAL SNOW OF
27.1 INCHES.  THE 28.3 INCHES FOR OCTOBER THROUGH DECEMBER...1948 TO
2009...TAKES OVER THE NUMBER TWO SPOT...ONLY SURPASSED BY THE 29.5
INCHES IN 1983.

NORFOLK

CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA NEBRASKA
1213 PM CST FRI JAN 1 2010

...................................

...THE NORFOLK CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 2009...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1971 TO 2000
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1888 TO 2009

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM
                                          NORMAL
................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
HIGHEST            56   12/01
LOWEST            -11   12/10
AVG. MAXIMUM     25.2              33.6    -8.4
AVG. MINIMUM      9.5              13.7    -4.2
MEAN             17.4              23.7    -6.3
DAYS MAX >= 90      0
DAYS MAX <= 32     25
DAYS MIN <= 32     31
DAYS MIN <= 0       7

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
MAXIMUM         2.62   2006
MINIMUM            T   1905
TOTALS           2.00              0.65    1.35
DAILY AVG.       0.06
DAYS >= .01         9
DAYS >= .10         5
DAYS >= .50         1
DAYS >= 1.00        0
GREATEST
24 HR. TOTAL    0.78   12/24 TO 12/25

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
TOTAL            19.1   1968
TOTALS           30.8R              6.0
SINCE 7/1        35.0
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      8
DAYS >= 1.0         7
GREATEST
SNOW DEPTH        19R  12/31
                        12/30
                        12/28
24 HR TOTAL     13.3R  12/24 TO 12/25

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1472              1266     206
SINCE 7/1        2886              2724     162
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0
SINCE 1/1         632               939    -307
.................................................

WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              11.9
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    41/330    DATE  12/09
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    48/320    DATE  12/09

SKY COVER



WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       0
LIGHT RAIN                0     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          2     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                2     SNOW                       3
LIGHT SNOW               19     SLEET                      0
FOG                      21     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      3
HAZE                      8

-  INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.
R  INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.
T  INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.
>= INDICATES GREATER THAN OR EQUAL TO.
<= INDICATES LESS THAN OR EQUAL TO.


&&

...DECEMBER SUMMARY FOR NORFOLK...

DECEMBER TEMPERATURES WERE BELOW NORMAL...WITH WELL ABOVE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION AND RECORD SETTING SNOWFALL.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURES IN DECEMBER WERE 6.3 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL...AND
2009 WAS THE 12TH COLDEST DECEMBER ON RECORD IN NORFOLK. AFTER A
VERY WARM 1ST...TEMPERATURES PLUMMETED BELOW NORMAL FROM THE 2ND
THROUGH THE 17TH.  THE COLDEST TEMPERATURES OF THE MONTH ARRIVED
JUST BEHIND THE SNOWS OF THE 8TH AND 9TH...WITH -11 ON THE 10TH AND
BITTER WIND CHILLS.  READINGS RETURNED TO NEAR AND ABOVE NORMAL
THROUGH THE 23RD AHEAD OF THE CHRISTMAS BLIZZARD...THEN FELL
SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL AGAIN DURING THE STORM.  COLD READINGS
RETURNED AT THE END OF THE MONTH...WITH TEMPERATURES AGAIN FALLING
BELOW NORMAL THROUGH NEW YEARS EVE.

DECEMBER 2009 WAS MARKED BY TWO SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORMS...ON THE
8TH TO 9TH AND ON THE 24TH TO 26TH.  THOSE STORMS...IN ADDITION TO
LIGHTER SNOW ON THE 6TH TO 7TH PLUS 23RD AND 30TH...PRODUCED 30.8
INCHES OF SNOW IN NORFOLK IN DECEMBER.  THIS TOTAL SNOWFALL WAS THE
SNOWIEST DECEMBER ON RECORD FROM 1893 TO 2009...EASILY SURPASSING
THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 19.1 INCHES IN 1968.  THE 19 INCHES OF SNOW
ON THE GROUND ON THE 27TH AND 28TH AND 30TH AND 31ST WERE THE
GREATEST SNOW DEPTH IN DECEMBER ON RECORD.  8.8 INCHES OF SNOW FELL
ON THE 8TH TO 9TH...COMBINED WITH WINDS THAT GUSTED BRIEFLY TO 48
MPH AND ABOVE 35 MPH FOR SEVERAL HOURS...AND INTERMITTENT WHITEOUT
CONDITIONS OCCURRED OVERNIGHT.  MOST OF THE SNOW FELL ON THE
8TH...PRIOR TO THE ARRIVAL OF THE STRONGEST WINDS...WITH 7.8 INCHES
RECORDED ON THE 8TH.  THE CHRISTMAS BLIZZARD WAS PRECEDED BY
LIGHTER SNOW ON THE 23RD AND EARLY ON THE 24TH.  HEAVIER SNOW
BEGAN ON CHRISTMAS EVE AND FELL FOR TWO MORE DAYS...WITH WINDS
GUSTING AS HIGH AS 47 MPH DURING THE STORM AND GUSTS OVER 35 MPH FOR
MOST OF CHRISTMAS DAY.  AS A RESULT...PROLONGED BLIZZARD CONDITIONS
AND SIGNIFICANT SNOW DRIFTING OCCURRED IN THE AREA.  THE SNOW TOTAL
FOR THE 23RD TO 26TH WAS 19.1 INCHES...WHICH WAS THE 2ND HIGHEST
4-DAY SNOW TOTAL ON RECORD FOR ANY TIME OF THE YEAR AND ALSO THE 2ND
HIGHEST 3-DAY SNOW TOTAL FROM THE 23RD TO 25TH.  THE SNOWFALL ON
CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY COMBINED WAS ALSO A RECORD FOR THOSE
TWO DAYS...AND THE CHRISTMAS DAY SNOW OF 11.8 INCHES SET A RECORD AS
WELL.  IN FACT...THE 11.8 INCHES OF SNOW WAS THE 2ND HIGHEST SINGLE
DAY SNOW IN DECEMBER ON RECORD...BEHIND 14.0 INCHES ON THE 14TH IN
1925.  TOTAL WATER EQUIVALENT OF PRECIPITATION IN DECEMBER WAS 2.00
INCHES...WHICH IS 1.35 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND THE 6TH WETTEST
DECEMBER ON RECORD.

TOTAL SNOWFALL FROM OCTOBER THROUGH DECEMBER IN NORFOLK WAS 35.0
INCHES...WHICH IS ALREADY AHEAD OF THE NORMAL WINTER TOTAL SNOW OF
31.3 INCHES AND IS A RECORD FOR OCTOBER THROUGH DECEMBER.




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