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Brief Recap of Feb. 2017: More than anything else, February will be remembered for WELL-ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES across the entire area, with most places averaging 6-9° above normal. For most of the area, it was a "Top-10 Warmest" February, including the 6th and 4th-warmest on record at Grand Island and Hastings, respectively. Both Grand Island and Hastings set records for the most February days reaching 70+ degrees (six days) and also for the warmest two-week February stretch (from the 10th-23rd).

Precipitation-wise, there was more variability, but in general, the main story was that it was quite dry in most places, with most locations along-and-south of Interstate 80 measuring only 10-50% of normal February precipitation. Some of the outright-driest places were in North Central Kansas, where the NWS observers at places such as Phillipsburg and Beloit reported only a non-measurable Trace! North of Interstate 80, monthly totals averaged closer to normal, and even a touch above normal at places such as Ord. These northern counties received more moisture due largely to a snow event on the 23rd-24th that dumped 4-7" over that area.

This information in this story focuses on climate and weather highlights across the NWS Hastings coverage area, encompassing 24 counties in south central/central Nebraska, and 6 counties in north central Kansas. Click here for a map of this coverage area. The temperature and precipitation data presented here are largely based on the NWS Cooperative Observer network, along with data from a handful of automated airport sites. All climate averages and "normals" presented here are based on the official NCEI 1981-2010 normals.

2017 Nebraska Cooperative Observer Precipitation Tables (around 45 sites)
2017 Kansas Cooperative Observer Precipitation Tables (around 18 sites)
(for the 2017 tables, data for the previous month usually gets updated by around the 15th of the current month)

2016 Nebraska Cooperative Observer Precipitation Tables (around 45 sites)
2016 Kansas Cooperative Observer Precipitation Tables (around 18 sites)


This graphic features a precipitation map for Feb. 2017, along with a partial listing of totals from official NWS stations. (Click image to enlarge)
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