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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA NEBRASKA
1055 AM CST WED MAR 1 2017

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...THE LINCOLN, NEBRASKA CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2017...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1887 TO 2017

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM
                                          NORMAL
................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
HIGHEST            76   02/22
                        02/21
LOWEST             11   02/25
                        02/09
AVG. MAXIMUM     52.2              40.1    12.1
AVG. MINIMUM     24.4              18.0     6.4
MEAN             38.3              29.0     9.3
DAYS MAX >= 90      0
DAYS MAX <= 32      2
DAYS MIN <= 32     21
DAYS MIN <= 0       0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         3.47   1951
 MINIMUM         0.00   1897
TOTALS           0.55              0.77   -0.22
DAILY AVG.       0.02
DAYS >= .01         4
DAYS >= .10         1
DAYS >= .50         0
DAYS >= 1.00        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.50   02/23 TO 02/24

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           26.1   1965
TOTALS            2.0               5.6
SINCE 7/1         6.9
DAYS >= 1.0         1               1.9    -0.9
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         2   02/25
 24 HR TOTAL      1.8   02/23 TO 02/24

DEGREE DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     741              1006    -265
 SINCE 7/1       3883              4703    -820
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              9.8
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    35/010    DATE  02/24
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    42/010    DATE  02/24

SKY COVER
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.20


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          1     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       1
LIGHT SNOW                4     SLEET                      0
FOG                       9     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      1
HAZE                      3

-  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.

&&

...FEBRUARY WAS MUCH WARMER AND SLIGHLY DRIER THAN NORMAL IN
LINCOLN...

WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 38.3 DEGREES, WHICH IS 9.3 DEGREES
ABOVE NORMAL, THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY WAS THE 3RD WARMEST ON RECORD. A
NUMBER OF DAILY RECORD WARM TEMPERATURES WERE SET.  THE MONTH TIED
THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF DAYS WITH TEMPERATURES OF 60 DEGREES OR WARMER
(9 DAYS) AND HAD THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF DAYS 70 DEGREES OR WARMER (6
DAYS), ALONG WITH THE 4TH HIGHEST NUMBER OF DAYS READING 50 DEGREES
OR HIGHER (15 DAYS; RECORD IS 18, SET IN 1954 AND 1976). THE TOTAL
PRECIPITATION OF 0.55 INCHES WAS THE 39TH DRIEST, WHILE THE TOTAL
SNOWFALL OF 2.0 INCHES WAS 3.6 INCHES BELOW NORMAL THE 15TH LOWEST
TOTAL ON RECORD (SINCE 1948).

THE MONTH BEGAIN RATHER INAUSPICIOUSLY, WITH TEMPERATURES A FEW
DEGREES EITHER SIDE OF NORMAL THROUGH THE 3RD BEFORE TIPPING TO
ABOVE-NORMAL READINGS ON THE 4TH TO 7TH. A STORM SYSTEM ON THE 8TH
BROUGHT THE COLDEST TEMPERATURES OF THE MONTH, WITH A HIGH OF 22 ON
THE 8TH AND A LOW OF 11 ON THE 9TH, AS WELL AS 0.2 INCHES OF SNOW. A
RECORD-BREAKING STREAK OF ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES BEGAN ON THE
10TH AND LASTED THROUGH THE 23RD. TEMPERATURES REACHED 50 DEGREES OR
GREATER FOR 13 CONSECUTIVE DAYS FROM THE 10TH THROUGH THE 22ND,
SETTING A FEBRUARY RECORD. THE 16TH TO 22ND WERE PARTICULARLY WARM,
WITH HIGHS IN THE 60S AND 70S AND WITH 5 DAILY RECORD HIGH
TEMPERATURES IN THOSE 7 DAYS. THE CONSECUTIVE 70+ DEGREE READINGS ON
THE 16TH AND 17TH, THEN AGAIN ON THE 21ST AND 22ND, HAD ONLY BEEN
SEEN THREE OTHER TIMES ON RECORD.

THE WARM STREAK TEMPERED BACK TO COOLER READINGS BEGINNING ON THE
23RD, AS A STORM SYSTEM BROUGHT THUNDER AND LIGHTNING, RAIN, AND
SLEET TO LINCOLN BEFORE PRECIPITATION CHANGED TO SNOW. AFTER A BRIEF
BREAK WHILE LIGHT FREEZING DRIZZLE FELL, SNOW CONTINUED INTO THE
24TH, WITH A 2-DAY SNOW TOTAL OF 1.8 INCHES. THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE
OF THE MONTH WAS MET AGAIN AT 11 DEGREES ON THE 25TH, AND THAT
READING IS THE 4TH WARMEST LOWEST TEMPERATURE OF FEBRUARY ON RECORD.
THE PAUSE IN ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES WAS BRIEF, WITH TEMPERATURES
RETURNING TO ABOVE-NORMAL READINGS ON THE 26TH.

FOR THE WINTER MONTHS OF DECEMBER THROUGH FEBRUARY, THE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE OF 30.8 DEGREES WAS 4.0 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AND THE
13TH WARMEST WINTER ON RECORD. THE TOTAL PRECIPITATION WAS 3.27
INCHES, WHICH IS 0.91 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND THE 31ST WETTEST ON
RECORD. THE TOTAL WINTER SNOWFALL (JUST DECEMBER THROUGH FEBRUARY)
OF 6.9 INCHES IS 10.0 INCHES BELOW NORMAL, AND THE SEASON-TO-DATE
SNOW TOTAL, ALSO 6.9 INCHES, IS 12.8 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

DAILY RECORDS SET IN FEBRUARY 2017:
DATE          RECORD           READING  PREVIOUS RECORD
FEBRUARY 16   WARM MAX TEMP     72      69 (1981)
FEBRUARY 17   WARM MAX TEMP     74      72 (1913)
FEBRUARY 19   WARM MAX TEMP     73      71 (1996)
FEBRUARY 21   WARM MAX TEMP     76      74 (1991)
FEBRUARY 22   WARM MAX TEMP     76      74 (1982)


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MAYES/JEK/JRB



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