Climatological Report (Monthly)
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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA NEBRASKA
245 PM CST FRI JAN 6 2017

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...THE OMAHA EPPLEY, NEBRASKA CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF
DECEMBER 2016...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1871 TO 2016

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM
                                          NORMAL
................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
HIGHEST            54   12/25
LOWEST            -11   12/18
AVG. MAXIMUM     36.0              35.3     0.7
AVG. MINIMUM     17.8              16.7     1.1
MEAN             26.9              26.0     0.9
DAYS MAX >= 90      0
DAYS MAX <= 32     11
DAYS MIN <= 32     29
DAYS MIN <= 0       2

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         5.42   1984
 MINIMUM            T   2002
                        1943
TOTALS           1.47              1.04    0.43
DAILY AVG.       0.05
DAYS >= .01         8
DAYS >= .10         3
DAYS >= .50         1
DAYS >= 1.00        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.77   12/25 TO 12/25

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           24.6   2009
TOTALS            3.2               6.2
SINCE 7/1         3.2
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                 3      -3
DAYS >= 1.0         2
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         1   12/18
                        12/17
                        12/04
 24 HR TOTAL      1.3   12/16 TO 12/17

DEGREE DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1173              1209     -36
 SINCE 7/1       1924              2479    -555
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0
 SINCE 1/1       1476              1113     363
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              11.0
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    36/240    DATE  12/25
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    48/240    DATE  12/25

SKY COVER
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.60


WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              1     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                1     RAIN                       2
LIGHT RAIN                6     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          1     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       4
LIGHT SNOW                7     SLEET                      1
FOG                       7     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      2
HAZE                      0

-  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 WAS WETTER THAN NORMAL WITH NEAR-NORMAL TEMPERATURES
AND BELOW-NORMAL SNOWFALL...

WITH BOTH WARM AND COLD SPELLS...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR
DECEMBER LANDED AT 0.9 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL...WHICH RANKS IN THE
MIDDLE OF THE RECORDS. THE TOTAL PRECIPITATION OF 1.47 INCHES WAS
THE 29TH WETTEST DECEMBER ON RECORD...BUT ONLY 3.2 INCHES OF SNOW
FELL...WHICH IS 3.0 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

DECEMBER BEGAN ON THE WARM AND WET SIDE IN OMAHA.  A QUICK 1.2
INCHES OF SLUSHY SNOW FELL ON THE 3RD...THOUGH HIGH TEMPERATURE
RETURNED TO THE 40S AND 50S THE NEXT DAY AS ADDITIONAL LIGHT RAIN
FELL.  THE 7TH MARKED THE BEGINNING OF A MORE PROLONGED COLD
SPELL...WITH TEMPERATURES ONLY RISING ABOVE FREEZING ON TWO DAYS
BETWEEN THE 7TH AND THE 19TH.  LOW TEMPERATURES FELL BELOW ZERO ON
THE 17TH AND 18TH.  BOTH THE COLDEST LOW AND HIGH TEMPERATURES
OCCURRED ON THE 18TH...WITH A LOW OF -11 AND A HIGH OF 12 DEGREES. A
LIGHT DUSTING OF SNOW FELL ON THE 10TH...AND A MORE SUBSTANTIAL 1.3
INCHES OF SNOW FELL ON THE 17TH...BEHIND A GLAZE OF FREEZING DRIZZLE
ON THE 16TH.

TEMPERATURES REBOUNDED ABOVE NORMAL ON THE 20TH AND REMAINED THERE
FOR THE REST OF THE MONTH.  AN ADDITIONAL 0.5 INCHES OF SNOW WAS
MEASURED ON THE 23RD...BUT WITH TEMPERATURES RISING ABOVE
FREEZING...IT DID NOT LINGER ON THE GROUND...AND IT WAS A BROWN
CHRISTMAS FOR OMAHA.  INSTEAD...CHRISTMAS DAY WAS THE WARMEST OF THE
MONTH FOR BOTH HIGH AND LOW TEMPERATURES...WITH A HIGH OF 54 AND A
LOW OF 34.  THE 0.77 INCHES OF RAIN THAT DAY WAS THE SECOND HIGHEST
FOR THE DATE AND THE HIGHEST ON THE DATE FOR WHICH SNOW WAS NOT
RECORDED.  EVEN MORE NOTABLY...THE RAINFALL WAS ACCOMPANIED BY A
THUNDERSTORM ACROSS THE OMAHA METRO ON CHRISTMAS MORNING. TO ADD TO
THE INTERESTING CHRISTMAS WEATHER...WINDS GUSTED TO 48 MPH IN THE
AFTERNOON. MILD AND DRY CONDITIONS WERE OBSERVED FOR THE REST OF
DECEMBER.

THROUGH THE END OF DECEMBER...THE ACCUMULATED WINTER SEASON SEVERITY
INDEX (AWSSI) FOR OMAHA RANKS IN THE MILDEST CATEGORY.  THE WINTER
TOTAL HAS REACHED 116 AS OF DECEMBER 31.


DAILY RECORDS SET IN DECEMBER 2016:
DATE          RECORD           READING  PREVIOUS RECORD
NO RECORDS SET IN DECEMBER

$$

MAYES/KLISH



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