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Halloween Weather History/Extremes 
Grand Island, NE

 

Not surprisingly, weather conditions on Oct. 31 can vary dramatically from one year to the next in south central Nebraska. Just in the past 30 years, high temperatures in Grand Island have ranged from 23° to 77°, and lows have ranged from 13° to 54°! The tables below feature a wealth of Halloween weather and climate information focused specifically on Grand Island, Nebraska, where October weather records date back 127 years to 1895.

Temperatures: According to the entire period of record, the warmest Halloween on record featured 82° in 1915 and the coldest low was 12° in 1923. Only 26-of-127 Halloweens on record (20%) have featured high temperatures of 70+° (most recently 77º in 2016). On the cold end of the thermometer, only 24-of-127 on record (19%) have seen low temperatures of 25º-or-colder (most recently 13º in 2019).  

Precipitation/Snowfall: As for daily liquid precipitation, measurable amounts of 0.01" have been recorded in 21-of-127 years...only 17% of the time.  Measurable snow has been even rarer, with only four instances on record (although one of these was just five years ago in 2017). However, one snow event 31 years ago REALLY stood out about the rest: the significant winter storm of 1991. Specifically in Grand Island, 8.8" of snow piled up on the 31st alone, and a storm-total amount of 12.0" fell between Oct. 30-Nov. 1! The high temperature in Grand Island on Halloween 1991 was only 23°!

 

** Halloween 2021 RECAP (chilly and cloudy...but dry)
Interestingly, Halloween 2021 marked the fifth-straight year that the day's weather differed sharply  from the year before (especially temperature-wise). 
Following a seasonably-warm Halloween in 2020, it was 2021's turn to be chilly, with an afternoon high temperature of 46° in Grand Island following a morning low of 39º. In addition, overcast skies combined with the chill for somewhat of a "Halloween gloom". On the positive side of things though, the entire day and evening were precipitation-free and winds were not a huge issue, averaging around 15 MPH from the north-northwest for most of the day and easing under 10 MPH during the evening. **

 

Grand Island NE Max Temperature Min Temperature Precipitation
30-Year Normals (1991-2020) 58° 34° 0.04
10-Year Averages (2012-2021) 57.0° 32.3° 0.01
 

 

Grand Island NE Halloween Records (Since 1895)
Warmest Halloween On Record (High Temp) 82° in 1915
Coldest Halloween On Record (High Temp) 23° in 1991
Coldest Low Temperature 12° in 1923
Warmest Low Temperature 58° in 1933
Most Liquid Equivalent Precipitation On Record 0.79" in 1991
Snowiest Halloween On Record 8.8" in 1991
 

 

Top 5 Warmest Highs Top 5 Coldest Lows Top 5 Wettest Top 5 Snowiest
82° (1915) 12° (1923) 0.79" (1991) 8.8" (1991)
81° (1990,1933) 13° (2019) 0.60" (1920) 0.9" (2017)
80° (1944) 14° (1925) 0.42" (1902) 0.8" (1993)
79° (1950) 15° (1993) 0.40" (1979) 0.2" (1929)
77° (2016) 17° (1991) 0.30" (1929) Trace (1979/1941)
 

 

The Last Time _____ Happened On Halloween?
Last time high temp at least 80º: 81° in 1990
Last time high temp at least 70º: 77° in 2016
Last time the high temp was 40° or colder:  31° in 2017
Last time the high temp was 30° or colder:  26° in 2002
Last time the low temp was 20° or colder:   13° in 2019
Last time the low temp was 50° or warmer: 54° in 2001
Last time measurable precipitation fell (0.01 inch or more): 0.08" in 2017
Last time measurable snow fell (0.1 inch or more):             0.9" in 2017
Last time it snowed at least 1 inch:                                   8.8" in 1991 !

 
 In the past 30 years...

 - Since 1992, high temperatures on Halloween have ranged from 26° (2002) to 77° (2016)
 - Since 1992, low temperatures on Halloween have ranged from 13° (2019) to 54° (2001)
 - Since 1992, the high temperature on Halloween has exceeded 75° only twice (2016, 2001)
 - Since 1992, the low temperature on Halloween has fallen below 20° four times (2019, 2017, 2002, 1993)
 - Since 1992, measurable precipitation (0.01" or more) has fallen just four times (led by 0.10" in 2000)
 - Since 1992, measurable snow (0.1" or more) has fallen only twice (led by 0.9" in 2017)



Grand Island, Nebraska - Past 10 Years Summary
Halloween (2012-2021)

Date Max Temperature Min Temperature Precipitation Snowfall Weather Conditions
10/31/2012 73 35 0.00 0.0 sunny, light wind
10/31/2013 59 32 0.00 0.0 sunny, breezy
10/31/2014 44 22 0.00 0.0 partly cloudy, light wind
10/31/2015 68 41 0.00 0.0 sunny PM, breezy NW
10/31/2016 77 47 0.00 0.0 5th-warmest on record!
10/31/2017 31 19 0.08 0.9 cold! snow during day!
10/31/2018 61 33 0.00 0.0 partly cloudy, light winds
10/31/2019 42 13 0.00 0.0 2nd-coldest Halloween low
10/31/2020 69 42 0.00 0.0 warm but breezy from NW
10/31/2021 46 39 0.00 0.0 cool and cloudy (but dry)
10-Year Averages 57.0 32.3 0.01 0.1  

 

 

Past 10-Years Halloween Extremes: Grand Island, NE (2012-2021)
 
Warmest high temperature: 77° in 2016
Coldest high temperature:   31° in 2017
 
Coldest low temperature:   19° in 2017
Warmest low temperature: 47° in 2016
 
Highest precipitation:  0.08" in 2017
Highest Snowfall:          0.9" in 2017


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This page was composed by the staff at the National Weather Service in Hastings, Nebraska.


Last finalized for 2022: 11/4/2021