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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA NEBRASKA
1020 AM CST WED MAR 1 2017

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...THE OMAHA EPPLEY, NEBRASKA CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2017...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1871 TO 2017

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM
                                          NORMAL
................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
HIGHEST            75   02/22
                        02/17
LOWEST              6   02/08
AVG. MAXIMUM     49.9              38.1    11.8
AVG. MINIMUM     25.5              18.1     7.4
MEAN             37.7              28.1     9.6
DAYS MAX >= 90      0
DAYS MAX <= 32      4
DAYS MIN <= 32     22
DAYS MIN <= 0       0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         3.09   1881
 MINIMUM         0.03   1931
TOTALS           1.04              0.85    0.19
DAILY AVG.       0.04
DAYS >= .01         5
DAYS >= .10         4
DAYS >= .50         1
DAYS >= 1.00        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.63   02/23 TO 02/24

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           25.4   1965
TOTALS            5.2               6.1
SINCE 7/1        11.1
DAYS >= 1.0         2
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         3   02/25
 24 HR TOTAL      2.8   02/08

DEGREE DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     756              1033    -277
 SINCE 7/1       3827              4798    -971
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              10.6
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    31/350    DATE  02/24
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    40/340    DATE  02/24

SKY COVER
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.50


WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              1     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       2
LIGHT RAIN                4     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          1     HAIL                       1
HEAVY SNOW                1     SNOW                       2
LIGHT SNOW                5     SLEET                      1
FOG                       8     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      1
HAZE                      5

-  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 WETTER THAN NORMAL IN
OMAHA...

WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 37.7 DEGREES, WHICH IS 9.6 DEGREES
ABOVE NORMAL, THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY WAS THE 4TH WARMEST ON RECORD. A
NUMBER OF DAILY RECORD WARM TEMPERATURES WERE SET.  THE MONTH SAW
THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF DAYS WITH TEMPERATURES OF 60 DEGREES OR WARMER
(8 DAYS) AND 70 DEGREES OR WARMER (4 DAYS), ALONG WITH THE 2ND
HIGHEST NUMBER OF DAYS READING 50 DEGREES OR HIGHER (15 DAYS; RECORD
IS 17, SET IN 1976). THE TOTAL PRECIPITATION OF 1.04 INCHES WAS THE
45TH WETTEST, WHILE THE TOTAL SNOWFALL OF 5.2 INCHES WAS 0.9 INCHES
BELOW NORMAL AND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RANKINGS.

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 21 AND
A LOW OF 6, AS WELL AS 2.8 INCHES OF SNOW. AFTER JUST ONE MORE COOL
DAY, 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 21ST AND 22ND WERE ONLY THE 3RD TIME THAT HAD OCCURED IN
FEBRUARY ON RECORD.

THE WARM STREAK TEMPERED BACK TO COOLER READINGS BEGINNING ON THE
23RD, AS A STORM SYSTEM BROUGHT THUNDER AND LIGHTNING, HAIL, RAIN,
AND SLEET TO THE OMAHA METRO 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 2.4 INCHES. THE
PAUSE IN ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES WAS BRIEF, WITH TEMPERATURES
RETURNING TO ABOVE-NORMAL READINGS ON THE 26TH. A LIGHT RAIN OF 0.03
INCHES ON THE 28TH ENDED THE MONTH.

FOR THE WINTER MONTHS OF DECEMBER THROUGH FEBRUARY, THE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE OF 30.8 DEGREES WAS 4.9 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AND THE
14TH WARMEST WINTER ON RECORD. THE TOTAL PRECIPITATION WAS 3.37
INCHES, WHICH IS 0.76 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND THE 29TH WETTEST ON
RECORD. THE TOTAL WINTER SNOWFALL (JUST DECEMBER THROUGH FEBRUARY)
OF 11.1 INCHES IS 7.3 INCHES BELOW NORMAL, AND THE SEASON-TO-DATE
SNOW TOTAL, ALSO 11.1 INCHES, IS 10.1 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.  THROUGH
THE END OF FEBRUARY...THE ACCUMULATED WINTER SEASON SEVERITY INDEX
(AWSSI) FOR OMAHA REMAINS THE MILDEST ON RECORD (FOR WINTERS OF 1950-
51 TO PRESENT), WITH A POINT TOTAL THAT IS 25 POINTS BELOW THE
PREVIOUS RECORD. FROM MARCH 1 ONWARD, THE AWSSI WILL ACCUMULATE ONLY
IF OMAHA RECEIVES ADDITIONAL MEASURABLE SNOWFALL OR SEES MAXIMUM
TEMPERATURES REMAIN BELOW FREEZING.

DAILY RECORDS SET IN FEBRUARY 2017:
DATE          RECORD           READING  PREVIOUS RECORD
FEBRUARY 16   WARM MAX TEMP     67      66 (1981)
FEBRUARY 17   WARM MAX TEMP     75      69 (1981)
FEBRUARY 19   WARM MAX TEMP     71      70 (1930)
FEBRUARY 21   WARM MAX TEMP     72      72 (TIES WITH 1977)
FEBRUARY 22   WARM MAX TEMP     75      71 (1982)

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MAYES/JEK/JRB



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