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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service North Platte NE
940 AM CST Sun Jan 1 2017

...December temperatures were near normal for North Platte and much
below normal for Valentine, while precipitation was above normal
for both North Platte and Valentine...

For North Platte, the average daily mean temperature for the month
of December was 25.2 degrees and was 0.2 degrees below the normal of
25.4 degrees. The average daily high temperature for the month was
40.5 degrees which was 1.4 degrees above the normal of 39.1 degrees.
The average daily low temperature was 9.9 degrees which was 1.7
degrees below the normal of 11.6 degrees. One daily temperature
record was set for the month of December in North Platte. On the
17th, the daily low temperature was -17 degrees, breaking the record
low of -16 degrees set previously in 1878.

For Valentine, the average daily mean temperature for the month of
December was 19.1 degrees which was 4.7 degrees below the normal of
23.8 degrees. The average daily high temperature for December was
32.7 degrees which was 3.9 degrees below the normal of 36.6 degrees.
The average daily low temperature for the month was 5.5 degrees
which was 5.5 degrees below the normal of 11.0 degrees. Two daily
record low temperatures were set during the month of December for
Valentine. On the 17th, the low in Valentine was -27 degrees,
breaking the record of -23 degrees set previously in 1983. On the
18th, the low temperature was -31, breaking the record low of -28
set previously in 1983.

At Lee Bird Field in North Platte, precipitation for December
totaled 0.62 inches which was 0.21 inches above the normal of 0.41
inches. One daily precipitation record was set during the month of
December for North Platte. On the 25th, 0.57 inches of rain fell at
Lee Bird Field, breaking the record of 0.19 inches set previously in
1941. For the month, 0.8 inches of snowfall occurred which was 3.8
inches below the normal of 4.6 inches. No daily snowfall records
occurred during the month of December in North Platte.

At Miller field in Valentine, precipitation for December totaled
0.94 inches which was 0.57 inches above the normal of 0.37 inches.
One daily precipitation record was set during the month of December.
On the 25th, 0.50 inches of precipitation fell at Miller field,
breaking the record of 0.25 inches set previously in 1941.
Snowfall for the month totaled 5.4 inches and was 0.3
inches Above the normal of 5.1 inches. No daily snowfall records
were set during the month of December for Valentine.

...North Platte and Valentine precipitation totals for 2016...

                        Precipitation             Departure
                        LBF       VTN           LBF       VTN
Month

January 2016            0.48      0.52         +0.14     +0.26
February 2016           0.78      0.16         +0.28     -0.32
March 2016              0.66      0.93         -0.39     -0.14
April 2016              5.36      4.62         +3.09     +2.40
May 2016                3.90      7.09         +0.62     +3.96
June 2016               3.26      4.16         -0.16     +0.60
July 2016               3.84      3.11         +0.77     -0.10
August 2016             0.88      1.34         -1.41     -0.84
September 2016          0.94      1.52         -0.47     -0.12
October 2016            1.54      1.90         -0.01     +0.65
November 2016           0.79      0.29         +0.15     -0.36
December 2016           0.62      0.94         +0.21     +0.57

TOTALS                 23.05&    26.58*        +2.82     +6.56

* Denotes 9th wettest year on record for Valentine.
& Denotes 28th wettest year on record for North Platte.

$$

Buttler



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