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CLIMATE REPORT...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HASTINGS NE
1215 PM CDT THU APR 10 2014

UPDATED TO INCLUDE NARRATIVE/FURTHER DETAILS AT BOTTOM

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...THE HASTINGS NE CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2014...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1894 TO 2014

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              90   03/23/1910
 LOW              -13   03/11/1948
HIGHEST            78   03/30        78       0       77  03/15
LOWEST             -5   03/03         8     -13        9  03/02
                        03/02
AVG. MAXIMUM     51.5              51.2     0.3     48.0
AVG. MINIMUM     22.5              28.7    -6.2     24.5
MEAN             37.0              39.9    -2.9     36.3
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      4               2.7     1.3        4
DAYS MIN <= 32     28              20.1     7.9       27
DAYS MIN <= 0       3               0.3     2.7        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         7.76   1987
 MINIMUM         0.00   1936
                        1929
                        1918
TOTALS           0.15              1.79   -1.64     2.25
DAILY AVG.       0.00              0.06   -0.06     0.07
DAYS >= .01         3                MM      MM       11
DAYS >= .10         1                MM      MM        5
DAYS >= .50         0                MM      MM        1
DAYS >= 1.00        0                MM      MM        1
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.12   03/18 TO 03/18

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           28.5   1906
TOTALS            1.2               5.2    -4.0      7.9
SINCE 7/1        19.5              27.6    -8.1     31.7
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                MM      MM        1
DAYS >= 1.0         1                MM      MM        3
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         1   03/19                          4  03/11

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     859               777      82      882
 SINCE 7/1       5739              5407     332     5509
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              12.8
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    39/300    DATE  03/31
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    51/020    DATE  03/11

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.30
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           21
NUMBER OF DAYS PC              8
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          2

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     54

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       0
LIGHT RAIN                2     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       0
LIGHT SNOW                7     SLEET                      0
FOG                       8     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      1
HAZE                      7

-  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 HASTINGS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT...

(NOTE: TEMPERATURE RECORDS AT HASTINGS ARE BASED ON NWS COOPERATIVE
OBSERVER REPORTS (HASTINGS 4N) BETWEEN 1907 AND JUNE 1996...WITH
RECORDS SINCE JULY 1996 FROM THE AUTOMATED SENSOR AT HASTINGS
MUNICIPAL AIRPORT. PRECIPITATION RECORDS AT HASTINGS ARE BASED ON
NWS COOPERATIVE OBSERVER REPORTS (HASTINGS 4N) BETWEEN 1895 AND
MARCH 1998...WITH RECORDS SINCE APRIL 1998 FROM THE AUTOMATED
AIRPORT SENSOR.)

...TEMPERATURES

3 DAILY TEMPERATURE RECORDS SET/TIED IN MARCH 2014
MARCH 2: RECORD LOW TEMP OF -5 (TIED PREVIOUS IN 1913)
MARCH 2: RECORD COLD HIGH TEMP OF 7 (PREVIOUS 11 IN 2002)
MARCH 10: RECORD WARM LOW TEMP OF 42 (TIED PREVIOUS IN 1955)

AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:     51.5 DEGREES (0.3 ABOVE NORMAL)
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:      22.5 DEGREES (6.2 BELOW NORMAL)
AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:     37.0 DEGREES (2.9 BELOW NORMAL)

WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:      78 DEGREES ON THE 30TH
COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE:       7 DEGREES ON THE 2ND

COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE:       -5 DEGREES ON THE 2ND,3RD
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:   65.7 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:   12.5 DEGREES FROM THE 1ST-2ND

COLDEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE:   32.4 DEGREES FROM THE 1ST-7TH

COLDEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE:     9.4 DEGREES FROM THE 1ST-7TH

COLDEST 7-DAY STRETCH BASED
ON AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE:   20.9 DEGREES FROM THE 1ST-7TH


...PRECIPITATION/SNOWFALL

NO DAILY PRECIPITATION OR SNOWFALL RECORDS WERE SET IN MARCH 2014

TOTAL MONTHLY PRECIPITATION: 0.15 INCHES  (1.64 BELOW NORMAL)
TOTAL MONTHLY SNOWFALL:       1.2 INCHES   (4.0 BELOW NORMAL)

- MARCH 2014 WAS THE 9TH-DRIEST ON RECORD OUT OF 115 YEARS DATING TO
1896 (FOUR MARCHES HAD NO PRECIPITATION 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): 3

HIGHEST CALENDAR DAY PRECIPITATION: 0.12 INCHES ON THE 18TH

HIGHEST CALENDAR DAY SNOWFALL:       1.1 INCHES ON THE 18TH

DEEPEST 6 AM SNOW DEPTH:             1 INCH ON THE 19TH


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

MONTH          PRECIP.  DEPARTURE

APR  2013       2.66      +0.10
MAY  2013       5.67      +1.10
JUN  2013       1.24      -2.56
JUL  2013       1.77      -1.97
AUG  2013       3.25      -0.05
SEP  2013       1.26      -1.30
OCT  2013       4.75      +2.76
NOV  2013       1.00      -0.29
DEC  2013       0.14      -0.47
JAN  2014       0.37      -0.04
FEB  2014       0.34      -0.15
MAR  2014       0.15      -1.64

12-MONTH TOTAL  22.60     -4.51


...OTHER WEATHER ELEMENTS

HIGHEST WIND GUST: 51 MPH FROM THE NORTH ON THE 11TH
(BEHIND A COLD FRONT)

HIGHEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE: 30.68 ON THE 2ND
LOWEST SURFACE SEA LEVEL PRESSURE:  29.28 ON THE 27TH


...MARCH 2014 NARRATIVE FOR HASTINGS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT...

MOST SIGNIFICANTLY...MARCH 2014 WAS ONE OF THE TOP-10 DRIEST ON
RECORD...AS HASTINGS NOTCHED ITS 5TH-CONSECUTIVE MONTH OF BELOW
NORMAL PRECIPITATION AND THE 9TH MONTH OUT OF THE LAST 10. AS A
RESULT OF THE PROLONGED DRY STRETCH...THE U.S DROUGHT MONITOR
DEGRADED MUCH OF OF ADAMS COUNTY TO CATEGORY D1 MODERATE DROUGHT
DURING THE MONTH. TEMPERATURE-WISE...ALTHOUGH NOT AS COLD VERSUS
NORMAL AS FEBRUARY WAS...IT WAS STILL THE SIXTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH TO
AVERAGE AT LEAST SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL.

STARTING WITH LIQUID PRECIPITATION EQUIVALENT...MARCH 2014 FINISHED
AS THE 9TH-DRIEST ON RECORD OUT OF 115 YEARS DATING TO 1896...AND
WAS THE DRIEST SINCE 2009. THE MONTHLY TOTAL OF MERELY 0.15 INCHES
AT HASTINGS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT FELL A CONSIDERABLE 1.64 INCHES SHORT
OF THE MARCH NORMAL OF 1.79 INCHES. MUCH OF THIS MEAGER
PRECIPITATION...0.12 INCHES...FELL IN THE FORM OF 1.1 INCHES OF SNOW
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 ONLY TOTALED 1.02 INCHES OF
PRECIPITATION AT HASTINGS...WHICH WAS THE 2ND-DRIEST ON RECORD
DURING THAT PARTICULAR TIME FRAME OUT OF 119 YEARS...TRAILING ONLY
0.98 INCHES IN 1903-1904. AS FOR MARCH 2014 SNOWFALL...THE MONTHLY
TOTAL OF 1.2 INCHES WAS 4.0 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. AS A
RESULT...SEASON-TO-DATE SNOWFALL THROUGH MARCH 31ST ONLY STOOD AT
19.5 INCHES...WHICH WAS 8.1 INCHES BELOW THE 30-YEAR NORMAL OF 27.6
INCHES.

TEMPERATURE-WISE...THE MOST NEWSWORTHY PORTION OF THE MONTH WAS THE
BRUTALLY COLD START. IN FACT...THE FIRST TWO DAYS MARKED THE COLDEST
START TO MARCH ON RECORD AT HASTINGS...AS HIGHS ON THE 1ST AND 2ND
WERE 18/7 DEGREES AND LOWS WERE 0/-5 DEGREES. ON THE 2ND...THE HIGH
OF 7 SET A NEW RECORD COLD HIGH FOR THE DATE...WHILE THE LOW OF
-5 TIED THE PREVIOUS RECORD. FURTHERMORE...THE HIGH OF 7 ON THE 2ND
TIED WITH THE SAME VALUE ON MARCH 5, 1920 FOR THE SECOND-COLDEST
HIGH TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED AT HASTINGS IN MARCH...BARELY RISING
ABOVE THE ALL-TIME COLD VALUE OF 3 DEGREES ON MARCH 11, 1948.
FOLLOWING THE INCREDIBLY COLD START...TEMPERATURES ON MOST DAYS THIS
MONTH REBOUNDED TO MORE SEASONABLE VALUES...AS 11 DAYS FEATURED HIGH
TEMPERATURES OF AT LEAST 62 DEGREES. AS A WHOLE THOUGH...THE MONTHLY
MEAN TEMPERATURE RESULTING FROM AVERAGING BOTH THE HIGHS AND LOWS
ENDED UP BEING 37.0 DEGREES...2.9 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. DAILY LOW
TEMPERATURES CARRIED A CONSIDERABLY GREATER WEIGHT TOWARD THE BELOW
NORMAL MONTHLY MEAN THAN HIGH TEMPERATURES...AVERAGING 6.2 DEGREES
BELOW NORMAL. OF THE 31 MARCH DAYS...17 FEATURED A BELOW NORMAL MEAN
TEMPERATURE...INCLUDING SEVEN OF THE FIRST EIGHT DAYS. ON THE FLIP-
SIDE...13 MARCH DAYS HAD AN ABOVE NORMAL MEAN TEMPERATURE INCLUDING
SEVEN IN A ROW FROM THE 9TH-15TH...INCLUDING 5 DAYS THAT REACHED AT
LEAST 62 DEGREES. THE WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS 78
DEGREES ON THE 30TH AND THE MILDEST LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 47
DEGREES...ALSO ON THE 30TH. THE MOST EXTREME DAY-TO-DAY DIFFERENCE
IN HIGH TEMPERATURES WAS 31 DEGREES...CONSISTING OF A NOTABLE WARM-
UP FROM A HIGH OF 45 ON THE 8TH TO 76 ON THE 9TH.

WIND-WISE...ONLY ONE DAY FEATURED A PEAK GUST IN EXCESS OF 50
MPH...CONSISTING OF A 51 MPH GUST OUT OF THE NORTH ON THE 11TH
BEHIND A COLD FRONT. THERE WERE NO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ANYWHERE
NEAR THE ADAMS COUNTY AREA DURING THE MONTH.

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DOXEY/PFANNKUCH



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