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New Year's Day Weather History/Extremes
For Grand Island, NE

 

New Year's Day ushers in the climatologically-coldest month of the year - January. However, when examining weather over the past 100+ years, one quickly finds that considerable variability often exists from one year to the next across south central Nebraska and north central Kansas. Just in the past 30 years, New Year's Day high temperatures in Grand Island have ranged from 4° to 61°! The tables below feature a wealth of New Year's Day weather and climate information specifically for Grand Island, Nebraska, where January weather records date back to 1896. 

Temperatures: According to the entire period of record, the warmest New Year's Day on record was 64° in 1939 and the coldest low temperature was a bone-chilling -23° in 1974. Only 15-of-121 New Year's Days on record (13%) have featured high temperatures of 50° or warmer, with the most recent one in 2004 at 60°. Along these same lines, but on the other end of the thermometer, only 17-of-121 New Year's Days on record have featured highs of 15° or colder (most recently 14° just three years ago in 2019). However, nothing in recent years topped New Year's Day 1974 in terms of brutal cold, with a high temperature of only 2° and the aforementioned record-setting low of -23°. Even in the far southern part of the NWS Hastings coverage area in north central Kansas, Beloit tumbled all the way to -13° that bitterly cold morning 47 years ago. 

Precipitation/Snowfall: As for wintry precipitation, there really aren't a lot of "major" events in the record books associated with New Year's Day itself. Although much of the local region was dealing with the aftermath of a major ice storm on New Year's Day 2007, nearly all of the actual precipitation from that storm fell a few days prior (mainly Dec. 29-30, 2006). Snowfall-wise, there are no major winter storms evident in the record books, with a modest daily total of 5.4" in 1948 leading the way. Somewhat surprisingly, measurable snow has fallen on New Year's Day only ONCE in the last 22 years (consisting of a minor 0.7" in 2014). Between New Year's Eve 1994 through New Year's Day 1995, a two-day snow event brought 6.2" of snow to Grand Island, with 3.0" actually falling on New Year's Day. This 1994-1995 event ranks as the second largest two-day combination of New Year's Eve + New Year's Day snow, trailing only 7.0" in 1931-1932.

 

** New Year's Day 2021 Weather Recap: All in all, New Year's Day 2021 was a fairly "normal" and dry early-winter day, featuring an afternoon high temperature of 36º under a mix of clouds and sun, following a pre-dawn low temperature of 11º. Winds were fairly light, generally only 5-10 MPH from the west-northwest. The official morning snow depth was 3", lingering over from a storm a few days prior that mostly occurred on 12-29-20. Any New Year's Eve night owls still awake into the early-AM hours likely encountered some fog in the Grand Island area, but this fog had all-but-dissipated by sunrise on the 1st. **

 

Grand Island NE Max Temperature Min Temperature Precipitation
30-Year Normals (1981-2010) 35 15 0.02
10-Year Averages (2012-2021) 28.2 10.0 0.01
 

 

Grand Island NE New Year's Day Extremes (Since 1896)
Warmest New Year's Day On Record (High Temp) 64° in 1939
Coldest New Year's Day On Record (High Temp) -6° in 1924
Coldest Low Temperature -23° in 1974
Warmest Low Temperature 33° in 1998, 1992
Most Liquid Equivalent Precipitation On Record 0.52" in 1992
Snowiest New Year's Day On Record 5.4" in 1948
 

 

Top 5 Warmest Highs Top 5 Coldest Lows Top 5 Wettest Top 5 Snowfall Top 5 AM
Snow Depth
64° (1939) -23° (1974) 0.52" (1992) 5.4" (1948) 16" (1969)
61° (1997,1964) -16° (2018) 0.50" (1960) 4.2" (1960) 15" (1974)
60° (2004) -14° (1928,1924,1912) 0.35" (1911) 3.5" (1953) 13" (2010)
59° (1998) -12° (1979) 0.31" (1953) 3.0" (1995,1992) 12" (1984)
56° (1896) -10° (1969) 0.30" (1910) 2.0" (1919) 7" (1953,1942)
 

 

The Last Time _____ Happened On New Year's Day?
Last 50+ degrees day: 60° in 2004
Last time the high temp was 20° or colder:  14° in 2019
Last time the high temp was 10° or colder:   4° in 2018
Last time the low temp was 0° or colder:    -16° in 2018
Last time the low temp was 30° or warmer: 32° in 2006
Last time measurable precipitation fell (0.01 inch or more): 0.05" in 2014
Last time measurable snow fell (0.1 inch or more):  0.7" in 2014
Last time it snowed at least 1 inch:  3.0" in 1995
Last time the 6 AM snow depth was at least 1 inch:  3" in 2021

 
 In the past 30 years...

  - Since 1992, high temperatures on New Year's Day have ranged from 4° (2018) to 61° (1997)
  - Since 1992, low temperatures on New Year's Day have ranged from -16° (2018) to 33° (1998,1992)
  - Since 1992, the high temperature on New Year's Day has reached 50° or higher only three times (2004,1998,1997)
  - Since 1992, the low temperature on New Year's Day has dropped below 0° four times (2018, 2010, 2001,1995)
  - Since 1992, measurable precipitation (0.01" or more) has fallen five times (led by 0.52" in 1992, which is also the
                        highest amount on record)
  - Since 1992, measurable snow (0.1" or more) has fallen only four times (led by 3.0" in 1995 and 1992)

  - Since 1992, morning snow depth (at 6 AM) has been 1" or more 12 times (led by 13" in 2010)


Grand Island, Nebraska - Past 10 Years Summary
New Year's Day (2012-2021)

Date Max Temperature Min Temperature Precipitation Snowfall Snow
Depth
(6AM)
Weather Conditions
1/1/2012 40 19 0.00 0.0 0 windy afternoon
1/1/2013 24 6 0.00 0.0 5 freezing fog in AM
1/1/2014 16 6 0.05 0.7 0 snow during morning
1/1/2015 33 7 0.00 0.0 1 sunny, light breezes
1/1/2016 37 15 0.00 0.0 1 sunny, west breezes
1/1/2017 39 23 0.00 0.0 0 cloudy, SE breezes
1/1/2018 4 -16 0.00 0.0 4 coldest avg. 
temp since 1974! 
1/1/2019 14 4 0.00 0.0 1 mostly cloudy
1/1/2020 39 25 Trace 0.0 1 brief evening rain
1/1/2021 36 11 0.00 0.0 3 dry, fairly "normal"
10-Year Averages 28.2 10.0 0.01 0.1     

 

 

Past 10 New Year's Days Summary: Grand Island, Nebraska (2012-2021)
 
Warmest high temperature: 40° in 2012
Coldest high temperature:     4° in 2018   (6th-coldest on record!)
 
Coldest low temperature:   -16° in 2018  (2nd-coldest on record!)
Warmest low temperature:  23° in 2017
 
Highest Precipitation:   0.05" in 2014
Highest Snowfall:          0.7" in 2014


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


Last finalized For 2022: 01/12/21