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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HASTINGS NE
1115 AM CDT MON APR 11 2016

...IT`S BEEN A TOP-5 DRIEST LAST 10 WEEKS AT GRAND ISLAND/HASTINGS...

IT`S LITTLE SECRET THAT IT HAS BEEN UNUSUALLY DRY ACROSS THE NWS
HASTINGS AREA SINCE THE MAJOR WINTER STORM/BLIZZARD BACK
ON FEB. 1-2. GENERALLY SPEAKING...MOST OF OUR 30-COUNTY COVERAGE
AREA HAS RECEIVED ONLY 10 TO 30 PERCENT OF AVERAGE/NORMAL
PRECIPITATION SINCE THAT TIME.

SEE BELOW FOR MORE SPECIFIC DETAILS REGARDING HOW DRY IT HAS BEEN
AT GRAND ISLAND AND HASTINGS AIRPORTS...OUR TWO PRIMARY SITES FOR
WHICH WE ISSUE CLIMATE RECORDS AND STATISTICS:

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..GRAND ISLAND CENTRAL NEBRASKA REGIONAL AIRPORT..
(RECORDS COVER 121 YEARS DATING BACK TO 1896)

- FOR THE 69-DAY PERIOD FROM FEB. 3 TO APRIL 11...THIS HAS BEEN
THE 5TH-DRIEST STRETCH ON RECORD...AND THE DRIEST IN 20 YEARS (SINCE
1996). HERE ARE THE TOP-5 DRIEST YEARS BETWEEN THESE SPECIFIC
DATES:

1) 0.09 INCHES IN 1910
2) 0.17 INCHES IN 1967
3) 0.42 INCHES IN 1972
4) 0.52 INCHES IN 1996
5) 0.66 INCHES IN 2016 *THIS YEAR*

BY COMPARISON...THE WETTEST STRETCH ON RECORD BETWEEN FEB 3-APRIL
11 FEATURED AN IMPRESSIVE 8.32 INCHES IN 1984.

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..HASTINGS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT..
(PRECIPITATION RECORDS COVER 121 YEARS DATING TO 1896*)

- FOR THE 69-DAY PERIOD FROM FEB. 3 TO APRIL 11...THIS TIED
FOR THE 4TH-DRIEST STRETCH ON RECORD...AND THE DRIEST IN 20 YEARS
(SINCE 1996). HERE ARE THE TOP-5 DRIEST YEARS BETWEEN THESE
SPECIFIC DATES:

1) 0.26 INCHES IN 1967
2) 0.34 INCHES IN 1996
3) 0.35 INCHES IN 1930
4) 0.56 INCHES IN 1910
   0.56 INCHES IN 2016 *THIS YEAR*

BY COMPARISON...THE WETTEST STRETCH ON RECORD BETWEEN FEB 3-APRIL
11 FEATURED AN IMPRESSIVE 8.48 INCHES IN 1987.

* NOTE: PRECIPITATION RECORDS AT HASTINGS ARE BASED ON
  COOPERATIVE OBSERVER REPORTS BETWEEN JULY 1895 AND MARCH
  1998...WITH RECORDS SINCE APRIL 1998 PRIMARILY FROM THE
  AUTOMATED AIRPORT GAUGE.

$$

PFANNKUCH



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