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2017 Precipitation Summary for the Entire 30-county NWS Hastings coverage area (including 24 counties in central and south central NE):  
Generally speaking, at least 75% of the 30-county NWS Hastings coverage area observed at least slightly ABOVE NORMAL precipitation during 2017, despite what ended up being a markedly-dry final two-and-half months from mid-October onward. Compared to 30-year normals, two of the overall-wettest official NWS stations included Osceola (7.30" above normal) and Ord airport (4.13" above). Of the roughly one-fourth/25% of the area that saw below normal 2017 precipitation, the majority of it was concentrated within or near the following counties: In KS: Osborne, Rooks, Smith, Jewell...In NE: Thayer, Fillmore. Within these areas, a few of the most glaring deficits included Hebron (6.85" below normal) and Natoma KS (4.23 below). All in all though, there really weren't any "bone dry" or "sopping wet" areas for the year as a whole, with most places ending up somewhere between 75-125% of normal/average totals.

As for outright-extremes (amount-wise) in the 24 local Nebraska counties, the driest of roughly 45 primary NWS Cooperative Observer stations within the area was Canaday Plant (6 miles SSE of Lexington) with 21.29" and the wettest station was Osceola with 36.19". 

As for the official Tri Cities airport sites at Grand Island, Hastings, and Kearney, all three reported above normal annual precipitation. However, Grand Island and Hastings were wetter (between 3.50-3.75" above normal) while Kearney received nearly 5" less total precipitation, but still managed to squeak by at 0.31" above normal for the year. ‚Äč



2017 ANNUAL PRECIPITATION MAP
(ENTIRE NWS HASTINGS COVERAGE AREA)

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2017 SOUTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA
NWS COOPERATIVE OBSERVER PRECIPITATION

(for 24 counties in the NWS Hastings coverage area)

(see bottom tables for winter 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 seasonal snowfall)


The highest reported amount under each month indicated in BLUE, the lowest amount in RED.

According to 30-year data from NCDC 1981-2010, normal annual precipitation across this 24-county area generally ranges from 23-30 inches, with the lowest part of this range including far western locations such as Gothenburg and Cambridge, and the highest part of this range including far eastern locations near Highway 81 such as York and Hebron.

Station Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 2017 Total
Arcadia 0.95 0.38 1.23 2.01 3.83 2.29 2.21 7.88 2.89 3.91 0.21 0.39 28.18
Aurora 4N 1.09 0.24 0.90 2.98 5.45 2.04 4.67 9.09 2.53 2.87 0.37 0.40 32.63
Beaver City 1.00 0.10 1.52 3.44 6.52 0.90 2.48 4.76 3.07 1.85 0.17 0.16 25.97
Belgrade 1.32 0.52 1.24 3.66 4.97 1.45 1.47 4.49 3.55 2.91 0.08 0.46 26.12
Blue Hill 4SW 1.11 0.22 1.30 3.12 7.55 1.74 4.65 2.21 2.63 4.69 0.12 0.33 29.67
Bradshaw 1.08 0.27 1.08 3.08 6.68 2.24 4.61 5.58 2.19 4.11 0.19 0.39 31.50
Bruning 1.33 MSG MSG MSG 7.20 MSG 1.10 2.06 MSG MSG 0.17 0.38 MSG
Cambridge 0.98 0.13 1.70 2.19 5.38 0.18 2.23 7.16 2.47 0.80 0.26 0.15 23.63
Lexington 6SSE (Canaday) 0.75 0.26 0.95 1.31 6.24 1.01 2.55 2.81 2.81 1.98 0.30 0.32 21.29
Central City 1.04 0.03 0.95 MSG MSG MSG MSG MSG MSG MSG MSG MSG MSG
Clay Center 6 ESE 1.04 0.33 1.06 3.19 6.29 2.43 2.37 3.69 2.34 4.49 0.10 0.29 27.62
Clay Center 1.50 0.30 1.21 3.03 7.91 1.61 2.02 3.61 2.42 4.44 0.16 0.28 28.49
Cozad 0.78 0.26 2.12 1.88 3.96 1.59 3.32 4.80 3.13 3.01 0.12 0.38 25.35
Edison 1.17 0.09 0.93 4.19 7.00 0.65 7.41 4.14 3.42 1.59 0.13 0.19 30.91
Elwood 8S 0.78 0.13 0.93 2.83 7.64 0.62 4.41 4.15 1.91 1.18 0.26 0.24 25.08
Franklin 1.35 0.07 1.38 3.13 7.94 2.42 3.73 2.42 2.70 3.99 0.09 0.17 29.39
Geneva 1.38 0.35 0.97 3.10 5.02 2.21 3.07 4.44 2.57 3.85 0.14 0.23 27.33
Genoa 2W 1.23 0.49 1.54 4.58 4.48 1.61 1.60 8.67 2.17 5.64 0.06 0.36 32.43
Gothenburg 0.69 0.43 2.48 2.65 3.83 3.23 1.43 4.74 3.67 3.34 0.18 0.35 27.02
Grand Island Airport 1.07 0.25 0.81 2.64 5.28 2.10 3.05 6.19 2.68 5.36 0.51 0.45 30.39
Greeley 0.92 0.65 1.73 4.92 5.86 0.79 2.69 3.43 2.03 3.18 0.10 0.27 26.57
Gresham 3W 1.14 0.31 1.19 1.75 3.98 2.75 2.13 6.92 2.36 4.31 0.43 0.36 27.63
Harlan County Lake 1.11 0.03 1.79 4.16 7.01 1.95 4.09 2.15 1.92 2.53 0.07 0.10 26.91
Hastings Airport 0.83 0.27 1.08 3.24 6.42 1.79 4.71 5.10 2.18 4.69 0.08 0.28 30.67
Hastings NWS Office 0.96 0.27 1.09 3.45 6.31 1.38 3.42 7.63 2.10 4.58 0.09 0.28 31.56
Hebron 1.25 0.40 1.39 1.95 6.90 1.23 2.54 3.38 2.04 3.00 0.08 0.38 24.54
Holdrege 1.04 0.22 1.82 MSG MSG 0.51 5.93 3.57 2.87 2.60 0.09 0.24 MSG
Hubbell 1.27 0.26 2.39 2.58 7.50 1.90 3.36 1.55 3.15 1.56 0.08 0.27 25.87
Kearney Airport 0.90 0.30 1.63 1.87 6.03 1.93 3.66 3.65 2.19 2.83 0.34 0.21 25.54
Loup City 1.10 0.42 1.84 3.86 5.48 3.94 1.74 7.41 2.69 2.34 0.15 0.46 31.43
Miller 0.85 0.36 1.94 1.96 4.63 2.38 2.57 4.67 3.07 2.63 0.30 0.36 25.72
Minden 0.75 0.15 1.53 3.44 6.41 1.28 3.96 3.01 2.34 2.11 0.11 0.28 25.37
Naponee 1.29 0.06 1.26 3.71 6.38 1.81 3.33 2.24 1.89 3.80 0.08 0.11 25.96
Ord Airport 1.15 0.79 1.83 4.25 3.10 0.59 2.53 5.93 2.89 5.37 0.21 0.43 29.07
Ord 1.35 0.78 1.64 2.40 5.34 0.94 2.51 5.76 3.13 5.30 0.25 0.44 29.84
Osceola 1.17 0.49 1.11 2.06 8.16 3.06 2.15 11.44 2.12 3.59 0.42 0.42 36.19
Oxford 6NNW 0.86 0.11 1.11 3.32 5.41 0.67 4.26 4.62 2.24 1.07 0.17 0.11 23.95
Polk MSG 0.07 1.30 1.76 5.61 3.53 3.88 8.05 2.35 3.63 0.34 0.28 MSG
Ravenna 0.91 0.25 1.98 1.62 4.98 1.83 2.33 6.96 3.48 2.78 0.22 0.35 27.69
Red Cloud 1.10 0.24 1.34 2.51 5.30 5.77 3.47 3.17 2.24 2.77 0.08 0.21 28.20
St. Paul 1.22 0.52 1.86 1.58 6.85 2.45 1.46 4.98 3.75 2.27 0.15 0.49 27.58
Shelby 3NE 1.28 0.48 1.29 2.72 7.04 3.31 1.84 6.72 1.88 4.80 0.31 0.36 32.03
Shickley 4S 1.57 0.53 1.15 2.36 5.73 1.34 1.94 2.31 2.68 3.72 0.13 0.44 23.90
Superior 0.70 0.25 1.16 2.67 6.55 4.78 3.30 MSG 1.22 1.92 0.09 MSG MSG
Wilsonville 0.98 0.16 1.56 3.61 7.44 0.61 3.72 5.71 2.33 1.48 0.07 0.20 27.87
York 3N 1.25 0.56 1.26 2.10 6.24 2.67 4.26 4.98 1.94 4.36 0.18 0.43 30.23

 



WINTER 2016-2017 SOUTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA
COOPERATIVE OBSERVER SNOWFALL

The highest reported amount under each month indicated in BLUE, the lowest amount in RED.

Station Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Season
Arcadia 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.5 8.5 8.5 0.1 1.5 4.0 25.1
Aurora 4N 0.0 0.0 0.2 1.4 1.8 2.7 1.0 0.0 0.0 7.1
Beaver City 0.0 0.0 T 2.5 1.0 1.0 T 1.1 T 5.6
Belgrade 0.0 0.0 1.5 0.8 6.1 4.6 1.2 1.0 1.0 16.2
Blue Hill 4SW 0.0 0.0 MSG 0.7 1.7 3.1 T 0.0 0.7  MSG
Bradshaw 0.0 0.0 0.2 1.7 1.9 2.8 1.2 T T 7.8
Bruning 0.0 0.0 0.0  3.2  1.0 MSG MSG MSG 0.0 MSG
Cambridge 0.0 0.0 0.4 2.2 1.3 1.8 0.4 1.5 5.8 13.4
Lexington 6SSE (Canaday) 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 6.0 6.0 0.0 0.0 3.0 16.0
Central City 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.2 2.0 0.6 MSG MSG MSG
Clay Center 6ESE 0.0 0.0 T 1.0 4.0 1.9 0.4 0.0 T 7.3
Clay Center 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 3.5 4.0 0.8 0.0 0.0 8.8
Cozad 0.0 0.0 0.8 T 6.6 3.9 0.5 T 6.0 17.8
Edison 0.0 0.0 T  2.0 1.3 2.0 T T T 5.3
Elwood 8S 0.0 0.0 1.5 0.9 2.3 2.0 T 3.0 2.0 11.7
Franklin 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.5 0.5 1.0 T T T 4.0
Geneva 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.5 3.5 2.5 0.7 0.0 0.0 11.2
Genoa 2W 0.0 0.0 0.0 T 4.9 5.8 0.8 T 0.5 12.0
Grand Island Airport 0.0 0.0 0.4 1.4 2.4 3.5 1.2 1.2 0.3 9.2
Greeley 0.0 0.0 2.3 0.4 9.2 10.3 1.1 3.0 2.5 28.8
Gresham 3W 0.0 0.0 T T 2.5 4.0 T 0.0 0.0 6.5
Harlan County Lake 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.5 0.6 0.0 MSG 0.0 MSG
Hastings NWS 0.0 0.0 0.1 1.0 3.7 4.3 1.2 0.2 0.6 11.1
Hebron 0.0 0.0 0.0 5.9 2.4 2.3 1.1 0.0 T 11.7
Holdrege 0.0 0.0 T 0.2 4.3 5.0 T 0.0 5.0 14.5
Hubbell 0.0 0.0 0.0 5.0 2.0 2.2 T 0.0 T 9.2
Kearney Airport 0.0 0.0 0.2 1.0 4.5 5.2 0.7 T 1.6 13.2
Loup City 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2 7.5 5.6 0.3 MSG 1.0 MSG
Miller 0.0 0.0 0.7 0.2 6.7 6.3 1.8 0.7 5.7 22.1
Minden 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.6 3.6 4.4 1.0 1.0 1.0 11.6
Naponee 0.0 0.0 T 3.0 0.9 0.1 T T 0.7 4.7
Ord 0.0 0.0 3.0 2.7 11.9 10.4 1.9 1.0 6.0 36.9
Osceola 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.9 1.7 4.8 0.5 T 0.4 10.3
Oxford 6NNW 0.0 0.0 0.3 3.3 2.6 2.2 0.5 2.3 1.5 12.7
Polk 0.0 0.00 0.5 1.0 MSG 3.0 2.0 T T MSG
Ravenna 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.8 6.6 4.5 1.0 1.0 2.0 16.9
Red Cloud 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.5 1.5 2.0 T 0.0 T 6.0
St. Paul 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.5 5.9 5.7 1.7 T T 14.4
Shelby 3NE 0.0 0.0 MSG 2.5 4.1 6.0 0.8 0.0 T MSG
Shickley 4S 0.0 0.0 T 3.5 1.5 3.0 2.0 T T 10.0
Superior 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.1 0.5 1.3 0.2 0.0 0.0 4.1
Wilsonville 0.0 0.0 T 3.0 1.0 2.0 0.5 2.0 3.0 11.5
York 3N 0.0 0.0 T 1.0 2.5 4.3 0.9 0.0 T 8.7

 



WINTER 2017-2018 SOUTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA
COOPERATIVE OBSERVER SNOWFALL

The highest reported amount under each month indicated in BLUE, the lowest amount in RED.
T* indicates hail was reported during the month.

Station Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Season
Arcadia 0.0 T 4.4 4.5 9.0 10.4 1.5 10.0 0.0 39.8
Aurora 4N 0.0 0.0 1.8 5.2 4.9 8.0 0.4 2.7 0.0 23.0
Beaver City 0.0 T T 3.0 6.0 4.5 0.5 1.5 0.0 15.5
Belgrade 0.0 0.0 1.5 3.5 16.3 6.3 0.8 4.3 0.0 32.7
Blue Hill 4SW 0.0 T 0.4 4.5 3.5 8.8 T 7.0 0.0 24.2
Bradshaw 0.0 0.0 1.1 5.0 5.1 6.8 0.3 2.9 0.0 21.2
Bruning 0.0 MSG 0.0 5.0 2.5 MSG T 6.0 0.0 MSG
Cambridge 0.0 0.0 1.0 3.4 5.7 6.1 1.4 2.6 0.0 20.2
Lexington 6SSE (Canaday) 0.0 0.0 T 5.0 5.0 6.7 4.0 MSG 0.0 MSG
Central City MSG 0.0 MSG MSG MSG MSG MSG MSG 0.0 MSG
Clay Center 6ESE T* 0.0 T 3.7 3.6 7.1 0.4 6.0 0.0 20.8
Clay Center 0.0 0.0 T 7.0 5.0 8.8 0.1 6.5 0.0 27.4
Cozad 0.0 0.0 2.7 5.9 7.8 9.3 T 4.6 0.0 30.3
Edison 0.0 0.0 0.7 3.0 2.5 5.0 0.6 3.0 0.0 14.8
Elwood 8S 0.0 T 0.5 4.0 5.7 9.4 3.2 6.4 0.0 29.2
Franklin 0.0 0.0 T 2.9 2.3 6.2 0.0 1.5 0.0 12.9
Geneva 0.0 T 0.0 4.5 3.5 9.5 0.8 6.0 0.0 24.3
Genoa 2W 0.0 0.5 T 3.9 11.3 10.3 2.0 4.3 0.0 32.3
Grand Island Airport 0.0 0.9 0.2 7.2 10.2 10.6 0.4 4.1 0.0 33.6
Greeley 0.0 0.0 1.1 3.5 13.1 7.1 0.8 6.2 0.0 31.8
Gresham 3W 0.0 0.0 MSG 5.0 6.0 4.0 1.0 T 0.0 MSG
Harlan County Lake 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.5 4.5 6.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 13.0
Hastings NWS 0.0 0.2 T 5.8 5.9 8.0 0.3 6.9 0.0 27.1
Hebron 0.0 0.0 T 4.7 4.4 12.1 T 4.2 0.0 25.4
Holdrege 0.0 0.0 T 5.0 5.0 7.0 6.0 8.5 0.0 31.5
Hubbell 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.5 5.0 9.0 T 4.0 0.0 22.5
Kearney Airport 0.0 0.0 0.4 4.3 6.8 9.2 0.7 9.7 0.0 31.1
Loup City 0.0 0.0 3.0 3.7 10.5 6.0 0.3 6.3 0.0 29.8
Miller 0.0 T 1.8 6.1 5.5 9.0 1.5 10.0 0.0 33.9
Minden 0.0 0.0 T 6.0 5.0 7.5 4.0 9.7 0.0 32.2
Naponee 0.0 T T 1.7 3.2 4.4 T 1.0 0.0 10.3
Ord T* T 2.0 5.3 12.4 8.6 1.1 10.1 0.0 39.5
Osceola 0.0 T 1.2 3.0 12.0 9.8 2.7 2.9 0.0 31.6
Oxford 6NNW 0.0 0.0 0.5 2.6 5.1 6.1 0.7 4.8 0.0 19.8
Polk 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.5 6.0 4.0 2.0 2.5 0.0 19.0
Ravenna 0.0 0.0 2.5 5.0 9.2 9.5 T 5.2 0.0 31.4
Red Cloud 0.0 0.0 T 3.5 3.5 7.8 0.0 T 0.0 14.8
St. Paul 0.0 T 2.0 4.0 15.9 7.6 0.2 5.2 0.0 34.9
Shelby 3NE 0.0 0.0 0.3 4.5 12.9 13.1 2.7 3.1 0.0 36.6
Shickley 4S 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.5 2.0 7.0 T 9.5 0.0 23.0
Superior 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0 3.6 6.5 0.0 MSG 0.0 MSG
Wilsonville 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.0 8.0 9.5 0.3 3.0 0.0 24.8
York 3N 0.0 0.0 1.6 6.0 5.7 7.7 0.4 4.2 0.0 25.6

 
( )... Partial month total due to some missing data

MSG...Missing due to no data available for month, or data appears unrepresentative

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