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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA NEBRASKA
1156 AM CST THU FEB 1 2018

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...THE OMAHA EPPLEY, NEBRASKA CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF
JANUARY 2018...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1871 TO 2018

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM
                                          NORMAL
................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
HIGHEST            54   01/26
LOWEST            -20   01/01
AVG. MAXIMUM     32.9              33.4    -0.5
AVG. MINIMUM     13.7              13.6     0.1
MEAN             23.3              23.5    -0.2
DAYS MAX >= 90      0
DAYS MAX <= 32     15
DAYS MIN <= 32     28
DAYS MIN <= 0       7

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         3.70   1949
 MINIMUM            T   1986
TOTALS           0.77              0.72    0.05
DAILY AVG.       0.02
DAYS >= .01         5
DAYS >= .10         2
DAYS >= .50         0
DAYS >= 1.00        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.54   01/21 TO 01/22

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           25.7   1936
TOTALS            3.3               6.1
SINCE 7/1         6.9
DAYS >= 1.0         3
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         4   01/01
 24 HR TOTAL      1.1   01/11 TO 01/11

DEGREE DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1287              1286       1
 SINCE 7/1       3506              3765    -259
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              11.1
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    39/340    DATE  01/22
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    52/350    DATE  01/22

SKY COVER
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.60


WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              1     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                1     RAIN                       1
LIGHT RAIN                3     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          1     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                1     SNOW                       2
LIGHT SNOW               11     SLEET                      2
FOG                      12     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      4
HAZE                      4

-  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.


&&

...JANUARY WAS NEAR NORMAL IN OMAHA...

JANUARY STARTED OFF WITH RECORD COLD AND THE FIRST HALF OF THE MONTH
AVERAGED BELOW NORMAL IN TEMPERATURE. IT WAS A COMPLETE REVERSAL FOR
THE SECOND HALF OF THE MONTH HOWEVER WITH THAT PERIOD AVERAGING
ABOVE NORMAL. THESE TWO OPPOSITE PERIODS WHEN COMBINED CAME TO
NEARLY NORMAL AS A WHOLE FOR THE MONTH, WITH THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
OF 23.3 DEGREES JUST 0.2 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. PRECIPITATION
MEASURED 0.77 INCHES, JUST SLIGHTLY ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 0.72 INCHES.
SNOWFALL WAS 3.3 INCHES, 2.8 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

THE BITTER COLD THAT ENDED DECEMBER 2017 SPILLED OVER INTO THE FIRST
WEEK OF JANUARY. THE FIRST DAY OF THE NEW YEAR AVERAGED 10 DEGREES
BELOW ZERO OR 33 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL WITH A HIGH OF ZERO AND A
RECORD LOW OF 20 DEGREES BELOW ZERO. THE FIRST SEVEN DAYS OF THE
MONTH AVERAGED 12.7 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. ALTERNATING PERIODS OF
ABOVE NORMAL AND BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES THEN PREVAILED THROUGH
THE 18TH FOLLOWED BY AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF ABOVE NORMAL VALUES FOR
MOST OF THE REMAINDER OF THE MONTH.

AN INTENSE WINTER STORM MOVED ACROSS THE REGION ON THE 22ND WITH
BLIZZARD CONDITIONS REPORTED IN MANY AREAS. THIS STORM CUT ACROSS
THE OMAHA METRO AREA RESULTING IN A LARGE CONTRAST IN SNOWFALL.
WHILE EPPLEY PICKED UP ONLY 1 INCH OF SNOW, THE WESTERN PART OF THE
COUNTY RECEIVED 4 TO 7 INCHES. THE HIGHEST WINDS OF THE MONTH ALSO
OCCURRED ON THE 22ND WITH GUSTS REACHING 52 MPH.

COLD AIR WAS RATHER LIMITED AFTER THE WINTER STORM AND WITHIN A FEW
DAYS TEMPERATURES HAD CLIMBED WELL ABOVE NORMAL. THE WARMEST DAY OF
THE MONTH WAS ON THE 26TH WHEN THE HIGH TEMPERATURE REACHED 54
DEGREES.


DAILY RECORDS SET IN JANUARY 2018:
DATE          RECORD           READING  PREVIOUS RECORD
JANUARY 1  COLD MIN TEMP        -20      -19 (1887)


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