2011 Lincoln Climate Summary

CXUS53 KOAX 022139 CLALNK CLIMATE REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA NEBRASKA 332 PM CST MON JAN 2 2012  ...................................  ...THE LINCOLN CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE YEAR OF 2011...  CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010 CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1887 TO 2012  WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART                  VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM                                           NORMAL ................................................ TEMPERATURE (F) HIGHEST           104   08/01 LOWEST            -10   01/13 AVG. MAXIMUM     63.0 AVG. MINIMUM     39.4 MEAN             51.2 DAYS MAX >= 90     41 DAYS MAX <= 32     35 DAYS MIN <= 32    148 DAYS MIN <= 0      10  PRECIPITATION (INCHES) TOTALS          29.17             28.95    0.22 DAYS >= .01        94 DAYS >= .10        54 DAYS >= .50        19 DAYS >= 1.00        5 GREATEST  24 HR. TOTAL    2.88   MM  SNOWFALL (INCHES) TOTALS           32.5 DAYS >= TRACE      37 DAYS >= 1.0        11 GREATEST  SNOW DEPTH         8   01/24                         01/23  24 HR TOTAL      6.0   MM  DEGREE_DAYS HEATING TOTAL    6190 COOLING TOTAL    1296 .................................................  WIND (MPH) HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    48/050    DATE  06/20 HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    62/040    DATE  06/20    -  INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS. R  INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED. MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING. T  INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.  &&  ...2011 YEARLY CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR LINCOLN...  TEMPERATURES WERE NEAR NORMAL IN LINCOLN IN 2011...WITH SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION AND ABOVE NORMAL SNOWFALL. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 51.2 DEGREES WAS 0.3 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL AND THE 47TH COLDEST OF 125 YEARS ON RECORD.  JULY WAS THE 16TH WARMEST ON RECORD...AND SEPTEMBER WAS THE 6TH COLDEST ON RECORD.  THE 29.17 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION WAS SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL...JUST 0.22 INCHES BELOW NORMAL AND RANKING AS THE 45TH WETTEST OF 125 YEARS.  THE YEAR BEGAN ON A COLD AND SNOWY NOTE IN JANUARY.  THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN JANUARY WAS 18.5 DEGREES...WHICH IS 3.9 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.  SEVERAL SNOW EVENTS OCCURRED IN JANUARY AS WELL...WITH 1.07 INCHES OF WATER EQUIVALENT PRECIPITATION...WHICH IS 0.39 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.  THE HIGHEST SNOW TOTAL FELL ON THE 9TH AND 10TH...WITH 6.7 INCHES OF SNOW ON THOSE TWO DATES...ALONG WITH SOME BLOWING SNOW.  THE SNOW ARRIVED ALONG WITH COLD AIR...WHICH PERSISTED FROM THE 8TH TO THE 26RD.  JUST ONE DAY IN THAT PERIOD HAD ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES...WHILE SEVERAL DAYS SAW TEMPERATURES IN THE DOUBLE DIGITS BELOW NORMAL.  THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE OF THE YEAR...AT -10 DEGREES...OCCURRED ON THE 13TH.  ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT SNOW EVENT FELL ON THE 22ND AND 23RD...WITH 3.9 INCHES OF SNOW REPOTED MAINLY ON THE EVENING OF THE 22ND. WINTRY WEATHER ARRIVED AGAIN FOR THE END OF THE MONTH...WITH FREEZING DRIZZLE ON THE MORNING OF THE 31ST...FOLLOWED BY 1.2 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH THE REST OF THE DAY.  OTHER SNOW EVENTS WERE UNDER AN INCH...TOTALING 15.6 INCHES FOR THE MONTH...AND MAKING THIS THE 4TH SNOWIEST JANUARY SINCE 1948.  FEBRUARY WEATHER WAS A TALE OF TWO EXTREMES...WITH THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 26.1 DEGREES LANDING SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL.  COLD AND SNOWY WEATHER PERSISTED INTO EARLY FEBRUARY...AS A LARGE SNOWSTORM BROUGHT 3.3 INCHES OF SNOW TO LINCOLN...ALONG WITH WINDS GUSTING UP TO 41 MPH.  LIGHT SNOW ALSO FELL ON THE 6TH.  ON 8 OF THE FIRST 10 DAYS OF THE MONTH...TEMPERATURES WERE WELL BELOW NORMAL...WITH THE AVERAGE DAILY TEMPERATURE ON THE 8TH FALLING 24 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.  THE COLDEST TEMPERATURES OF THE MONTH OCCURRED ON THE 3RD...AT -8 DEGREES...WITH THE COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE ON THE 8TH...AT 6 DEGREES. FROM THE 11TH THROUGH THE 20TH...TEMPERATURES SHIFTED TO WELL ABOVE NORMAL READINGS. THE PEAK SNOW COVER OF 3 INCHES ON THE 2ND THROUGH THE 4TH WAS REDUCED TO UNMEASURABLE BY THE 10TH.  THE HIGH TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH...AT 71 DEGREES...OCCURRED ON THE 17TH.  FROM THE 21ST THROUGH THE 28TH...THE WEATHER PATTERN BECAME MORE ACTIVE.  TEMPERATURES FLUCTUATED BETWEEN ABOVE AND BELOW NORMAL READINGS...THOUGH BELOW NORMAL TEMPEATURES DOMINATED. SEVERAL INSTANCES OF LIGHT SNOWFALL OCCURRED...AS WELL AS A 4.1 INCH SNOW TOTAL ON THE 24TH. TOTAL SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH REACHED 9.4 INCHES...WITH TOTAL LIQUID PRECIPITATION OF 0.79 INCHES.  THE WINTER OF DECEMBER 2010 THROUGH FEBRUARY 2011 WAS COLDER THAN NORMAL...WITH SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION BUT ABOVE NORMAL SNOWFALL.  THE WINTER INCLUDED SEVERAL FREEZE AND THAW PERIODS...INCLUDING A NOTABLY WARM STRETCH IN MID-FEBRUARY...BUT COLDER WEATHER DOMINATED THE SEASON...WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 23.5 DEGREES THAT WAS BELOW THE NORMAL OF 25.7 DEGREES.  MARCH CAME IN LIKE A LAMB AND DEPARTED LIKE A CHILLY BUT RATHER TAME LION.  AS IS TYPICAL FOR MARCH...TEMPERATURES SWUNG FREQUENTLY BETWEEN READINGS ABOVE AND BELOW NORMAL.  TEMPERATURES ENDED UP BALANCING TO NORMAL...AT 39.4 DEGREES.  EARLY MARCH...FROM THE 1ST THROUGH THE 14TH...WAS CHARACTERIZED BY FREQUENT TEMPERATURE SWINGS.  THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH...12 DEGREES...OCCURRED ON THE 2ND AND 5TH.  PRECIPITATION FELL ON THE 7TH AND 8TH...AND THE 0.33 INCHES OF LIQUID WAS ALL THAT FELL THROUGH THE 23RD OF MARCH.  FROM THE 15TH TO THE 22ND...TEMPERATURES REMAINED ABOVE NORMAL WITH A PERIOD OF WARM AND DRY WEATHER.  THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH...AT 81 DEGREES...OCCURRED ON THE 22ND...WHICH WAS ALMOST 3 WEEKS EARLIER THAN AVERAGE FOR THE TEMPERATURE TO RISE ABOVE 80 DEGREES. THE QUIET WARM SPELL ENDED ABRUPTLY ON THE 22ND AS A COLD FRONT BROUGHT NOT ONLY COOLER TEMPERATURES...BUT ALSO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS NEAR LINCOLN. FOLLOWING THE COLD FRONT...A COLDER AND WETTER PATTERN LINGERED OVER THE PLAINS FOR THE REST OF MARCH. TEMPERATURES REMAINED BELOW NORMAL THROUGH THE REST OF THE MONTH...WITH PARTICULARLY COLD MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES.  MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION FELL ON 6 OF THE LAST 8 DAYS OF THE MONTH...WITH SNOW ON 3 OF THOSE DAYS.  THE LAST MEASURABLE SNOWFALL OF THE YEAR...WITH 0.5 INCHES...FELL ON THE 26TH. THE MONTHLY TOTAL SNOWFALL OF 5.4 INCHES WAS ABOVE NORMAL...THOUGH THE MONTHLY PRECIPITATION TOTAL OF 0.66 INCHES WAS WELL BELOW NORMAL.  THE MONTH OF APRIL WAS DOMINATED BY A WARM AND DRIER FIRST HALF...AND A COOLER AND WETTER SECOND HALF.  TEMPERATURES ENDED UP AVERAGING NEAR NORMAL...AT 51.6 DEGREES...WITH A NEAR-NORMAL 3.27 INCHES OF RAIN. ALL BUT ONE DAY FROM THE 1ST THROUGH THE 14TH WERE WARMER THAN NORMAL.  THE WARMEST READING OF THE MONTH...90 DEGREES...OCCURRED ON THE 9TH...IN ADVANCE OF A STORM SYSTEM THAT BROUGHT SEVERE WEATHER TO NORTHEAST NEBRASKA AND NORTHWEST IOWA. MEASURABLE RAIN FELL ON JUST TWO DAYS IN THAT PERIOD...THE 7TH AND THE 14TH.  THE SWITCH FLIPPED ON THE 15TH...AND ALL BUT ONE OF THE DAYS FROM THE 15TH THROUGH THE 27TH WERE COLDER THAN NORMAL.  THE COLDEST READING OF THE MONTH...29 DEGREES...OCCURRED ON BOTH THE 12TH AND THE 24TH.  RAINFALL BECAME MORE FREQUENT IN THIS PERIOD...WITH RAIN REPORTED ON 6 DAYS AND WITH A TRACE OF SNOW ON THE 15TH.  TEMPERATURES RECOVERED TO READINGS SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE REMAINING FEW DAYS OF THE MONTH...WITH JUST A LIGHT SHOWER ON THE 29TH.  MAY WAS PUNCTUATED BY COOL AND WARM DAYS...WITH THE AVERAGE AT 61.8 DEGREES...JUST 0.2 DEGRES BELOW NORMAL.  TEMPERATURES STARTED COOL...WITH A LOW OF 30 ON THE 3RD BECOMING THE LAST FREEZE OF THE SPRING...WHICH WAS 8 DAYS LATER THAN NORMAL AND THE LATEST FREEZE SINCE 2005.  TEMPERATURES RECOVERED FROM THE 6TH THROUGH THE 12TH TO WELL ABOVE NORMAL READINGS.  THE TEMPERATURE REACHED 96 DEGREES ON THE 9TH...WITH RECORD-BREAKING HEAT ON THE 10TH AS THE HIGH REACHED 95.  THE WARM PERIOD ENDED ON THE 13TH...AND TEMPERATURES REMAINED BELOW NORMAL THROUGH THE 20TH. AFTER THAT...TEMPERATURES ALTERNATED BETWEEN ABOVE AND BELOW NORMAL READINGS THROUGH THE REST OF THE MONTH.  MUCH OF THE MONTHLY RAIN TOTAL FELL ON THE 19TH AND 20TH...WHEN NEARLY 4 INCHES FELL...AND THE 1.99 INCHES ON THE 19TH SET A DAILY RECORD. MAY RAINFALL ENDED UP AT 6.00 INCHES...WHICH WAS 1.77 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND THE 16TH WETTEST MAY ON RECORD.  THE SPRING MONTHS OF MARCH-APRIL-MAY WERE SLIGHTLY COOLER THAN NORMAL...AT 51.3 DEGREES...WHICH IS 0.4 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THE SPRING WAS WETTER THAN NORMAL...AT 9.93 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION...WHICH IS 1.00 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.  ALSO...THE WINTER OF 2010-11 CLOSED WITH 29.3 INCHES OF SNOW...WHICH IS THE 27TH SNOWIEST SINCE 1948 AND 3.4 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.  HOT WEATHER SETTLED IN FOR EARLY JUNE...WITH COOLER TEMPERATURES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH AND HOT WEATHER AGAIN NEAR THE END.  THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 72.9 DEGREES WAS NEAR NORMAL.  EARLY JUNE ALSO WAS FAIRLY DRY...WITH ONLY 0.02 INCHES OF RAIN FROM THE 1ST THROUGH THE 8TH.  THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH...100 DEGREES...WAS RECORDED ON THE 6TH AND THE 30TH.  A WARM MORNING LOW ON THE 7TH OF 76 DEGREES SET A NEW DAILY RECORD WARMEST LOW. A CHANGE TO A COOLER AND MORE ACTIVE WEATHER PATTERN BROUGHT A STRING OF DAYS WITH TEMPERATURES BELOW NORMAL...AS WELL AS PERIODS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.  THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH...47 DEGREES...OCCURRED ON THE 11TH.  MEASURABLE RAINFALL FELL ON 11 DAYS FROM THE 9TH THROUGH THE 27TH.  STORMS ON THE 20TH BROUGHT 0.93 INCHES OF RAIN...AS WELL AS SMALL HAIL AND WINDS GUSTING UP TO 62 MPH...WITH THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE  ACROSS THE LINCOLN AREA.  SIGNIFICANT THUNDERSTORMS ALSO CROSSED LINCOLN ON THE 26TH...WITH WINDS GUSTING UP TO 53 MPH.  OVERALL...3.44 INCHES OF RAIN FELL ON 12 DAYS IN JUNE...WHICH IS 0.07 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. HOT TEMPERATURES RETURNED AT THE END OF THE MONTH...COUPLING WITH HIGH HUMIDITY TO PRODUCE HEAT INDEX READINGS UP TO 108 DEGREES.  JULY WAS THE 16TH WARMEST ON RECORD...WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 81.5 DEGREES. DAYTIME HIGHS REACHED 90 DEGREES OR HIGHER ON 21 DAYS IN THE MONTH...PEAKING AT 100 DEGREES ON THE 1ST AND 20TH. HEAT INDEX READINGS REACHED DANGEROUS LEVELS FROM THE 15TH TO THE 20TH...WITH READINGS EXCEEDING 105 DEGREES EACH DAY. SEVERAL PERIODS OF THUNDERSTORMS BROUGHT 1.55 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH...WHICH WAS 1.99 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.  DAILY RAINFALL TOTALS NEVER REACHED A HALF INCH...AND MOST OF THE RAIN WAS RECORDED IN THE FIRST WEEK OF THE MONTH.  WET WEATHER DEVELOPED IN AUGUST...WHICH WAS MARKED BY A FEW PERIODS OF STEAMY WEATHER INTERSPERSED BETWEEN DRIER AND RELATIVELY COOL WEATHER.  THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 75.5 DEGREES WAS 0.2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL...AND THE MONTHLY TOTAL RAINFALL OF 6.89 INCHES WAS THE 7TH WETTEST ON RECORD IN LINCOLN. HOT WEATHER CONTINUED FROM JULY INTO AUGUST...WITH THE HOTTEST TEMPERATURE OF THE YEAR AT 104 DEGREES ON THE 1ST.  ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES CONTINUED THROUGH THE 7TH...AND SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS WERE REPORTED ON EACH DAY FROM THE 4TH THROUGH THE 8TH.  STORMS ON THE 6TH BROUGHT SEVERE WEATHER TO LINCOLN...WITH NUMEROUS REPORTS OF WIND DAMAGE...EVEN THOUGH THE WIND PEAKED AT A SUB-SEVERE 52 MPH AT LINCOLN AIRPORT. COOLER WEATHER ARRIVED ON THE 9TH THROUGH THE 17TH...WITH BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES. FROM THE 18TH THROUGH THE 30TH...TEMPERATURES FLUCTUATED BETWEEN ABOVE AND BELOW NORMAL READINGS.  THE HIGH TEMPERATURE EXCEEDED 90 TWICE IN THAT PERIOD...REACHING 95 DEGREES ON THE 23RD.  JUST TWO DAYS LATER...ON THE 25TH...THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS RECORDED...AT 55 DEGREES.  SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AGAIN MOVED THROUGH LINCOLN ON THE 18TH...WITH WIND GUSTS REACHING 60 MPH AT LINCOLN AIRPORT AND UP TO QUARTER SIZE HAIL IN THE LINCOLN AREA.  BY FAR...THE HEAVIEST RAIN OF THE MONTH OCCURRED ON THE 30TH...WITH A DAILY RECORD RAINFALL OF 2.62 INCHES AS THUNDERSTORMS MOVED ACROSS LINCOLN IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS. AUGUST ENDED WARM AND MUGGY...WITH THE HIGH TEMPERATURE ON THE 31ST REACHING 929 AND WITH HIGH HUMIDITY.  THE SUMMER MONTHS OF JUNE-JULY-AUGUST WERE SLIGHTLY WARMER THAN NORMAL...WITH NEAR NORMAL RAINFALL. THE 3-MONTH AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 75.5 DEGREES WAS 0.2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.  THE TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE SUMMER WAS 11.8 INCHES...WHICH IS 0.64 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.  SEPTEMBER WAS DOMINATED BY HIGH PRESSURE AND QUIET WEATHER FOR MUCH OF THE MONTH.  THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 61.5 DEGREES WAS THE 6TH COLDEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD...AND THE TOTAL MONTHLY RAINFALL OF 1.33 INCHES WAS THE 29TH DRIEST.  THE MONTH STARTED HOT...WITH THE WARMEST DAY OF THE MONTH ON THE 1ST AT 95 DEGREES AND A 90 DEGREE READING ON THE 2ND.  A COLD FRONT USHERED IN COOLER AIR AS WELL AS THUNDERSTORMS ON THE 2ND AND 3RD...AND THE 0.81 INCHES OF RAIN ON THOSE TWO DAYS CONTRIBUTED OVER HALF THE MONTHLY TOTAL RAINFALL. TEMPERATURES FELL BACK TO SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL...WITH A GRADUAL WARMING TREND TO SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL...FROM THE 4TH THROUGH THE 13TH...WITH A 92 DEGREE READING ON THE 12TH.  MID-MONTH BROUGHT MUCH COOLER THAN NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND LIGHT PRECIPITATION FROM THE 14TH TO THE 18TH...WITH ALL THE REMAINING PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH FALLING ON THOSE 5 DAYS.  HIGH PRESSURE RESUMED ITS CONTROL ON THE CENTRAL US FROM THE 19TH THROUGH THE 30TH.  TEMPERATURES AGAIN WERE INITIALLY SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL AND GRADUALLY WARMED TO SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL BY THE END OF THE MONTH.  THE COLDEST READING OF THE MONTH FELL ON THE 23RD...WITH A LOW OF 35 DEGREES.  QUIET WEATHER PERSISTED INTO OCTOBER.  MUCH OF THE MONTH SAW TEMPERATURES AVERAGING ABOVE NORMAL...WITH JUST A FEW BRIEF COLD SPELLS.  THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 55.6 DEGREES WAS 2.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL...AND THE TOTAL OCTOBER PRECIPITATION OF 0.93 INCHES WAS 1.04 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.  OCTOBER BEGAN WITH 12 CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF ABOVE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FROM THE 2ND THROUGH THE 13TH.  THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH...91 DEGREES...WAS RECORDED ON THE 4TH...ALONG WITH MINIMUM TEMPERATURES IN THE 50S AND 60S FROM THE 4TH THROUGH THE 10TH.  FIVE RAINFALL EVENTS BROUGHT MUCH OF THE MONTHLY TOTAL FROM THE 6TH TO THE 12TH...WITH 0.77 INCHES FROM THE 8TH THROUGH THE 10TH. MORE SEASONABLE WEATHER RETURNED MID-MONTH...WITH A BRIEF COLD SPELL FROM THE 16TH TO THE 21TH.  THE FIRST FREEZE OF THE SEASON FINALLY OCCURRED IN LINCOLN ON THE 18TH...13 DAYS LATER THAN THE NORMAL FIRST FREEZE DATE...WITH A LOW OF 31 DEGREES.  FROM THE 13TH THROUGH THE 31ST...ONLY 0.01 INCHES OF RAIN FELL.  TEMPERATURE SWINGS CONTINUED THROUGH THE END OF THE MONTH...WITH TEMPERATURES INTERMITTENTLY ABOVE AND SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL.  THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH...22 DEGREES...OCCURRED ON THE 20TH...BUT FIVE MORNINGS SAW LOWS IN THE 20S FROM THE 19TH TO THE 29TH.  VARIABLE TEMPERATURES AND WIDELY SCATTERED PRECIPITATION EVENTS MARKED THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER IN LINCOLN.  MUCH OF THE PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH FELL ON THE 2ND...7TH...AND 8TH...WITH QUIET WEATHER PERSISTING FOR THE REST OF THE MONTH.  RAIN ON THE 2ND WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THUNDER...THOUGH LINCOLN MISSED THE BRIEF SNOWFALL THAT OCCURRED TO ITS NORTHEAST.  LOW TEMPERATURES WERE ON THE COOL SIDE FOR THE MONTH...WITH LOWS IN THE TEENS ON 8 MONRINGS.  THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH...AT 12 DEGREES...WAS RECORDED ON THE 28TH.  MEANWHILE...THE TEMPERATURE REACHED OR EXCEEDED 60 DEGREES FOUR TIMES IN NOVEMBER. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH...72 DEGREES...OCCURRED ON THANKSGIVING DAY...THE 24TH.  THIS SET A RECORD MAXIMUM TEMEPERATURE FOR THE DATE AS WELL AS FOR ALL THANKSGIVING DAYS ON RECORD IN LINCOLN.  THE FALL MONTHS OF SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER-NOVEMBER WERE DRY IN LINCOLN...WITH SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES.  THE TOTAL PRECIPITATION OF 3.92 INCHES WAS 2.50 INCHES BELOW NORMAL AND THE 31ST DRIEST ON RECORD...WITH LINCOLN ON THE FRINGE OF MORE SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS TO THE EAST AND NORTH. THE FALL AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 52.4 DEGREES WAS 0.3 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. OVERALL...THE FALL OF 2011 WAS MILD AND BENIGN...WITH FEW SIGNIFICANT STORMS OR PRECIPITATION EVENTS.  DECEMBER WAS A TALE OF TWO TEMPERATURE EXTREMES...WITH MUCH COLDER THAN NORMAL TEMPERATURES EARLY IN THE MONTH AND MUCH WARMER THAN NORMAL TEMPERATURES LATER.  OVERALL...THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 29.2 DEGREES WAS NEAR THE MIDDLE OF THE PACK FOR ALL DECEMBERS.  TEMPERATURES WERE BELOW NORMAL FOR 9 OF THE FIRST 10 DAYS OF THE MONTH...WITH THE COLDEST HIGH AND LOW TEMPERATURES OF THE MONTH OCCURRING ON THE 6TH AT 18 DEGREES AND -3 DEGREES RESPECTIVELY. THE HIGHEST SNOWFALL OF THE MONTH OCCURRED ON THE 3RD...WITH 3.5 INCHES OF SNOW MEASURED AT LINCOLN AIRPORT AND 0.68 INCHES OF WATER EQUIVALENT. AN ADDITIONAL 1.1 INCHES OF SNOW FELL ON THE 8TH. FROM THE 11TH THROUGH THE END OF THE MONTH...ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES DOMINATED THE REGION...AIDED BY A LACK OF SNOW COVER AND A WARM ZONAL WEATHER PATTERN.  THE TEMPERATURE WAS 50 DEGREES OR WARMER ON 9 DAYS...AND THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS A 57 DEGREE READING ON THE 28TH AND 29TH.  A SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL OF 0.68 INCHES FELL ON THE 13TH AND 14TH...BUT OTHERWISE...PRECIPITATION WAS RATHER SCARCE...WITH JUST 0.02 INCHES ON THE 22ND THAT FELL AS A FEW TENTHS OF AN INCH OF SNOW.                          2011 STATISTICS           TEMPERATURE                   PRECIPITATION MONTH  AVG. DEPART.  MAX  MIN     TOTAL  DEPART. SNOW/SLEET TSTORM DAYS JAN    18.5  -3.9     50  -10     1.07    0.40   15.6         0 FEB    26.9  -1.4     71   -8     0.79    0.13    9.4         0 MAR    39.4   0.0     81   12     0.66   -1.55    2.6         1 APR    51.6   0.4     90   29     3.27    0.37      T         2 MAY    61.8  -0.2     96   30     6.00    1.77      0         8 JUN    72.9   0.2    100   47     3.44   -0.07      0        11 JUL    81.5   3.7    100   63     1.55   -1.99      0        11 AUG    75.5   0.2    104   55     6.89    3.40      0        10 SEP    61.5  -4.5     95   35     1.33   -1.69      0         2 OCT    55.6   2.4     91   22     0.93   -1.04      0         0 NOV    39.9   1.0     72   12     1.66    0.23      T         1 DEC    29.2   2.4     57   -3     1.58    0.63    4.9         0 YEAR   51.2  -0.3    104  -10    29.17    0.22   32.5        46             DEGREE DAYS MONTH  HEATING  DEPART.  COOLING  DEPART. JAN      1436     108         0       0 FEB      1061      18         0       0 MAR       784     -15         0      -1 APR       400     -25         7      -6 MAY       178      24        85      29 JUN         7      -9       249       5 JUL         0      -1       522     132 AUG         0      -5       336      12 SEP       157      65        37     -63 OCT       321     -60        10      22 NOV       746     -36         0       0 DEC      1100     -84         0       0 YEAR     6190     134      1296     123         WIND GUST    SEA LEVEL PRESSURE MONTH  MAX          MAX     MIN JAN    49              MM   28.97 FEB    41           30.77   29.39 MAR    44           30.55   29.19 APR    54           30.31   29.26 MAY    54           30.40   29.32 JUN    62           30.27   29.33 JUL    38           30.11   29.64 AUG    60           30.11   29.68 SEP    39           30.46   29.69 OCT    48           30.32   29.65 NOV    47           30.42   29.24 DEC    51              MM   30.05         EXTREMES                    READING   DATE WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE           104       AUGUST 1 COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE             6       FEBRUARY 8 COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE            -10       JANUARY 13 WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE             77       JULY 16 LAST SPRING FREEZE /32 DEGREES/     30       MAY 3 FIRST FALL FREEZE /32 DEGREES/      31       OCTOBER 18 HIGHEST RAINFALL                     2.62    AUGUST 30 HIGHEST SNOWFALL                     4.1     FEBRUARY 24 HIGHEST SNOW DEPTH                   8       JANUARY 23-24 LAST MEASURABLE SNOW /2009-10/       0.5     MARCH 26 FIRST MEASURABLE SNOW /2010-11/      3.5     DECEMBER 3 HIGHEST WIND GUST                   62       JUNE 20 HIGHEST SURFACE PRESSURE            30.77    FEBRUARY 2 LOWEST SURFACE PRESSURE             28.97    JANUARY 31     DAILY RECORDS SET IN 2011 DATE         RECORD                PREVIOUS RECORD JANUARY 22   SNOWFALL        3.8    1.8 /2003/ FEBRUARY 24  SNOWFALL        4.1    3.8 /1997/ APRIL 9      WARM MAX TEMP  90      89 /1930/ MAY 9        WARM MIN TEMP  69      68 /1895/ MAY 10       WARM MAX TEMP  95      93 /1962,1911/ MAY 10       WARM MIN TEMP  72      69 /1922/ MAY 19       RAINFALL        1.99   1.62 /1977/ JUNE 7       WARM MIN TEMP  76      75 /1933,1914/ JUNE 28      COLD MIN TEMP  52      52 /TIES WITH 1985/ AUGUST 30    RAINFALL        2.62   2.23 /1977/ OCTOBER 7    WARM MIN TEMP  67      67 /TIES WITH 1997/ NOVEMBER 7   RAINFALL        0.80   0.63 /1986/ NOVEMBER 24  WARM MAX TEMP  72      70 /1990/ NOVEMBER 25  WARM MIN TEMP  46      43 /1913/ DECEMBER 3   SNOWFALL        3.5    2.8 /2005/  
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