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CLIMATE REPORT....CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HASTINGS NE
851 AM CDT WED APR 9 2014

UPDATED TO INCLUDE MONTHLY DETAILS/NARRATIVE AT BOTTOM

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...THE GRAND ISLAND NE CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2014...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1895 TO 2014

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
................................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              90   03/29/1986
                        03/31/1978
                        03/30/1943
 LOW              -21   03/04/1960
HIGHEST            77   03/30        77       0       74  03/15
                        03/10
LOWEST             -5   03/02         7     -12       10  03/02
AVG. MAXIMUM     51.3              51.1     0.2     48.0
AVG. MINIMUM     23.2              27.6    -4.4     24.2
MEAN             37.2              39.4    -2.2     36.1
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.1    -0.1        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      4               2.9     1.1        5
DAYS MIN <= 32     27              21.1     5.9       29
DAYS MIN <= 0       3               0.5     2.5        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         6.63   1987
 MINIMUM         0.00   1907
TOTALS           0.19              1.80   -1.61     1.64
DAILY AVG.       0.01              0.06   -0.05     0.05
DAYS >= .01         5               7.1    -2.1        8
DAYS >= .10         1               3.8    -2.8        6
DAYS >= .50         0               1.2    -1.2        1
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.4    -0.4        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.10   03/18 TO 03/18

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           23.5   1915
TOTALS            1.2               5.4    -4.2      6.2
SINCE 7/1        14.7              27.5   -12.8     27.6
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                MM      MM        1
DAYS >= 1.0         1               1.1    -0.1        2
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         T                                  3  03/03
                                                          03/02
                                                          03/01

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     854               796      58      888
 SINCE 7/1       5689              5557     132     5357
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              14.2
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    40/300    DATE  03/31
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    49/300    DATE  03/31

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           20
NUMBER OF DAYS PC              8
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          3

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     54

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              1     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       0
LIGHT RAIN                3     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       1
LIGHT SNOW                5     SLEET                      0
FOG                       8     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      0
HAZE                      5

-  INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.
R  INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.
T  INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.

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...MARCH 2014 SUMMARY FOR CENTRAL NEBRASKA REGIONAL AIRPORT...

...TEMPERATURES

2 DAILY TEMPERATURE RECORDS SET/TIED IN MARCH 2014
MARCH 2: RECORD LOW TEMP OF -5 (TIED PREVIOUS IN 1960
MARCH 2: RECORD COLD HIGH TEMP OF 6 (PREVIOUS 10 IN 2002)

AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:     51.3 DEGREES (0.2 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:      23.2 DEGREES (4.4 BELOW NORMAL)
AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:     37.2 DEGREES (2.2 BELOW NORMAL)

WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:      77 DEGREES ON THE 30TH, 10TH
COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:       6 DEGREES ON THE 2ND

COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE:       -5 DEGREES ON THE 2ND
WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE:       47 DEGREES ON THE 30TH

WARMEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   76.0 DEGREES FROM THE 9TH-10TH

WARMEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   65.3 DEGREES FROM THE 9TH-15TH

WARMEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:   48.6 DEGREES FROM THE 9TH-15TH

COLDEST 2-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   11.5 DEGREES FROM THE 1ST-2ND

COLDEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   32.1 DEGREES FROM THE 1ST-7TH

COLDEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:    10.0 DEGREES FROM THE 1ST-7TH

COLDEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:   21.1 DEGREES FROM THE 1ST-7TH


...PRECIPITATION/SNOWFALL

NO DAILY PRECIPITATION OR SNOWFALL RECORDS WERE SET IN MARCH 2014

TOTAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION: 0.19 INCHES  (1.61 BELOW NORMAL)
TOTAL MONTHLY SNOWFALL:       1.2 INCHES   (4.2 BELOW NORMAL)

- MARCH 2014 TIED WITH 1969 FOR THE 9TH-DRIEST ON RECORD OUT OF 117 YEARS
DATING TO 1896 (TWO MARCHES HAD MISSING DATA DURING THAT TIME SPAN)...AND THIS
MARCH WAS THE DRIEST SINCE 2009 ONLY HAD 0.14 INCHES.

NUMBER OF DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION (0.01 OR MORE): 5

HIGHEST CALENDAR DAY PRECIPITATION: 0.10 INCHES ON THE 18TH

HIGHEST CALENDAR DAY SNOWFALL:       1.0 INCHES ON THE 18TH

DEEPEST 6 AM SNOW DEPTH:             TRACE INCHES ON THE 8TH, 19TH


PRECIPITATION TOTALS AND DEPARTURES
FROM NORMAL FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS:

MONTH          PRECIP.  DEPARTURE

APR  2013       3.83     +1.30
MAY  2013       6.77     +2.36
JUN  2013       1.63     -2.67
JUL  2013       1.39     -2.01
AUG  2013       3.02     -0.10
SEP  2013       2.38     +0.15
OCT  2013       4.05     +2.19
NOV  2013       0.97     -0.20
DEC  2013       0.11     -0.52
JAN  2014       0.32     -0.21
FEB  2014       0.33     -0.35
MAR  2014       0.19     -1.61

12-MONTH TOTAL  24.99    -1.67


...OTHER WEATHER ELEMENTS

HIGHEST WIND GUST: 49 MPH ON THE 11TH (NORTHEAST), 26TH (SOUTH) AND
31ST (NORTHWEST)...NONE OF WHICH WERE ASSOCIATED WITH THUNDERSTORMS

HIGHEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE: 30.71 ON THE 2ND
LOWEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE:  29.30 ON THE 31ST


...MARCH 2014 NARRATIVE FOR CENTRAL NEBRASKA REGIONAL AIRPORT...

MOST SIGNIFICANTLY...MARCH 2014 WAS ONE OF THE TOP-10 DRIEST ON
RECORD...AS GRAND ISLAND NOTCHED ITS 5TH-CONSECUTIVE MONTH OF BELOW
NORMAL PRECIPITATION. AS A RESULT OF THE PROLONGED DRY STRETCH...THE
U.S DROUGHT MONITOR DEGRADED MUCH OF OF HALL COUNTY TO CATEGORY D1
MODERATE DROUGHT DURING THE MONTH. TEMPERATURE-WISE...ALTHOUGH NOT
AS COLD VERSUS NORMAL AS FEBRUARY WAS...IT WAS STILL THE THIRD MONTH
OUT OF THE LAST FOUR TO TO AVERAGE BELOW NORMAL.

STARTING WITH LIQUID PRECIPITATION EQUIVALENT...MARCH 2014 FINISHED
AS THE 9TH-DRIEST ON RECORD OUT OF 117 YEARS DATING TO 1896...AND
WAS THE DRIEST SINCE 2009. THE MONTHLY TOTAL OF MERELY 0.19 INCHES
AT CENTRAL NEBRASKA REGIONAL AIRPORT FELL A CONSIDERABLE 1.61 INCHES
SHORT OF THE MARCH NORMAL OF 1.80 INCHES. MUCH OF THIS MEAGER
PRECIPITATION...0.10 INCHES...FELL IN THE FORM OF 1.0 INCH OF SNOW
THAT FELL ON THE 18TH. PUTTING THE DRIER-THAN-NORMAL PATTERN OVER
THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS INTO A MORE SIGNIFICANT CONTEXT...THE 146-
DAY STRETCH FROM NOV. 6, 2013-MARCH 31, 2014 WAS IN FACT THE DRIEST
ON RECORD AT GRAND ISLAND OUT OF 119 YEARS...TOTALING ONLY 1.02
INCHES. AS FOR MARCH 2014 SNOWFALL...THE MONTHLY TOTAL OF 1.2 INCHES
WAS 4.2 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. AS A RESULT...SEASON-TO-DATE SNOWFALL
THROUGH MARCH 31ST ONLY STOOD AT 14.7 INCHES...A CONSIDERABLE 12.8
INCHES BELOW THE 30-YEAR NORMAL OF 27.5 INCHES. THIS MARKED THE
LEAST AMOUNT OF SEASON-TO-DATE SNOW THROUGH MARCH 31ST SINCE THE
WINTER OF 2006-2007...WHICH ONLY HAD 11.3 INCHES.

TEMPERATURE-WISE...THE MOST NEWSWORTHY PORTIONS OF THE MONTH WAS THE
BRUTALLY COLD START. IN FACT...THE FIRST TWO DAYS MARKED THE COLDEST
START TO MARCH ON RECORD AT GRAND ISLAND...AS HIGHS ON THE 1ST AND
2ND WERE 17/6 DEGREES AND LOWS WERE 0/-5 DEGREES. ON THE 2ND...THE
HIGH OF 6 SET A NEW RECORD COLD HIGH FOR THE DATE...WHILE THE LOW OF
-5 TIED THE PREVIOUS RECORD. FURTHERMORE...THE HIGH OF 6 ON THE 2ND
WAS THE SECOND-COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED IN MARCH AT
GRAND ISLAND...BARELY RISING ABOVE THE ALL-TIME COLD VALUE OF 4
DEGREES ON MARCH 10, 1948. FOLLOWING THE INCREDIBLY COLD
START...TEMPERATURES ON MANY DAYS REBOUNDED TO MORE SEASONABLE
VALUES...AS 11 DAYS FEATURED HIGH TEMPERATURES OF 60+ DEGREES. AS A
WHOLE THOUGH...THE MONTHLY MEAN TEMPERATURE RESULTING FROM AVERAGING
BOTH THE HIGHS AND LOWS WAS 37.2 DEGREES...2.2 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.
OF THE 31 MARCH DAYS...16 FEATURED A BELOW NORMAL MEAN
TEMPERATURE...INCLUDING SEVEN OF THE FIRST EIGHT DAYS. ON THE FLIP-
SIDE...14 MARCH DAYS HAD AN ABOVE NORMAL MEAN
TEMPERATURE...INCLUDING SEVEN IN A ROW FROM THE 9TH-15TH. BREAKING
DOWN THE MONTH INTO WEEK-LONG CHUNKS...THE OVERALL-COLDEST WEEK WAS
HANDS-DOWN THE OPENING SEVEN DAYS...PRIMARILY THANKS TO THE NOTABLE
COLD OF THE FIRST TWO DAYS. IN CONTRAST...THE OVERALL-WARMEST WEEK
OF THE MONTH WAS CENTERED FROM THE 9TH-15TH...DURING WHICH 5 OF 7
DAYS REACHED AT LEAST 61 DEGREES...HIGHLIGHTED BY 77 DEGREES ON THE
10TH WHICH TIED WITH THE 30TH FOR THE WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE OF
THE MONTH. THE MILDEST LOW TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH...47
DEGREES...OCCURRED ON THE 30TH. THE MOST EXTREME DAY-TO-DAY CHANGE
IN HIGH TEMPERATURES WAS 30 DEGREES...CONSISTING OF A NOTABLE WARM-
UP FROM A HIGH OF 45 ON THE 8TH TO 75 ON THE 9TH.

WIND-WISE...ALTHOUGH THERE WERE NO PEAK GUSTS OF 50+ MPH DURING THE
MONTH AT CENTRAL NEBRASKA REGIONAL AIRPORT...THREE DAYS FEATURED
GUSTS OF 49 MPH (THE 11TH, 26TH AND 31ST)...NONE OF WHICH WERE
ASSOCIATED WITH THUNDERSTORMS.

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PFANNKUCH/DOXEY



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