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 2018 Precipitation Summary and Monthly Stats For  5 "Key" Sites

2018 as a whole was a wetter-than-normal year, as roughly 99 PERCENT of the 30-county NWS Hastings coverage area observed at least slightly ABOVE NORMAL precipitation. More specifically, most places finished somewhere between 2-6" above normal. That being said, these annual totals were somewhat skewed by an unusually wet December, which ranked among the Top-3 wettest on record in most places. In some ways, this resulted in the year as a whole looking a bit wetter than it otherwise might have seemed through the typical "rainy season" and agricultural growing season. 

Compared to 30-year normals, a few of the overall-wettest official NWS stations included: 4WNW Plainville KS (an incredible 14.12" above normal!), Belgrade (11.47" above normal) and Ord (10.46" above normal)! In fact, the Plainville station recorded its 3rd-wettest year on record (out of 114). 

Of the very FEW official NWS cooperative observer sites that finished barely drier-than-normal in 2018, they included mainly just a couple of far eastern locations: Geneva (0.47" below normal) and Hebron (0.15" below normal). 

As for the official Tri Cities airport sites at Grand Island, Hastings, and Kearney, all three were 3-6" above normal for the year. While Hastings had the highest actual total (31.06"), Kearney was farthest above its annual normal with 31.01" (5.78" above normal). 

In summary: 2018 was an overall-wet year, with the vast majority of the NWS Hastings area ending up with between 100-130% of normal annual precipitation. 

Please note: You can do your own daily/monthly/annual precipitation analysis (including generating maps) using the NWS AHPS page

2018 Precipitation Map and list of several official totals
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