Record Longest Streak of Snow-Free Days Continues in Lincoln, Done in Omaha and Norfolk - Updated 12/16

Lincoln last recorded measurable snowfall on February 13, 2012, with 1.1 inches. The streak of 306 days since that date is the longest snow-free streak on record at Lincoln as of December 14, and the streak will be extended at least for the next couple of days. The previous record of 295 days ended on November 27, 2004. There is a chance of streak-breaking snow on Wednesday afternoon into Thursday morning, December 19-20.  The latest first snow on record in Lincoln was on December 31, 2006.  Snowfall records in Lincoln go back to the winter of 1948-49, with one missing year (1996-97).

Omaha last recorded measurable snowfall in the winter of 2011-12 was on February 24, 2012, with 0.2 inches. Omaha received 0.6 inches of snow on December 16, ending the snow-free streak on December 15 at 295 days.  The streak of 295 snow-free days is the longest snow-free streak on record at Omaha.  The previous record of 284 days ended on December 30, 2006. The latest first snow on record in Omaha was on December 31, 2006. Snowfall records in Omaha go back to the winter of 1884-85, with two missing years (1996-97 and 1997-98).

Norfolk's last recorded measurable snowfall in the winter of 2011-12 was on February 24, 2012, with 1.0 inches. Norfolk received 0.5 inches of snow on December 7, ending the snow-free streak on December 6 at 286 days. This is the second longest snow-free streak on record in Norfolk. The record of 298 days ended on January 13, 2007, which was the latest date of the first measurable snow on record in Norfolk. The snow on December 7 was the 5th latest first snowfall on record. Partial snowfall records in Norfolk go back to the winter of 1893-94, with complete records beginning in 1946-47.

The long streak without measurable snowfall is due to a combination of ongoing drought conditions and record warmth. 2012 remains the warmest year to date on record at Omaha and Norfolk and the 3rd warmest on record in Lincoln. Also, 2012 is the 2nd driest year to date in Norfolk, the 7th driest year to date in Lincoln, and the 20th driest year to date in Omaha.

Total snowfall for the calendar year 2012 to date in Omaha is 13.4 inches, which is the 5th lowest on record for a calendar year (of all the complete years). For Lincoln, the total snowfall for the calendar year 2012 to date is 13.9 inches, which is also the 5th lowest on record for a calendar year. At Norfolk, the total snowfall for the calendar year 2012 to date is 7.7 inches, which is the lowest on record for a calendar year, in years with complete records.

"Measurable" snowfall is determined to be when observers record 0.1" of snow or more. Anything less (such as flurries) is recorded as a "Trace" and is not considered measurable.



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