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Recap of May 2017 Weather for the NWS Hastings Coverage Area: 
- Precipitation: May will clearly be remembered as a fairly wet month across the local area, although the majority of rain concentrated during a six-day stretch between the 15th-20th. For the month as a whole, most of the area received between 3-7", with a few spots closer to 8". Put another way, most places received between 90-150% of normal May precipitation. On the wetter side of the spectrum included official NWS observer sites at Beloit KS (8.17"), Osceola (8.16") and Franklin (7.94"), while on the lower end of totals were sites such as Ord airport (3.10") and Gothenburg and Arcadia (3.83"). Despite plentiful May rain, fortunately much of it was "spaced out" enough in time to avoid more than brief/minor flooding issues. 

- Snowfall: All May snow was associated with the latter stages of notable low pressure system that culminated in a significant April 30-May 1 snow storm, which dumped as much as 4-12" in several northern/western local counties, and was actually the largest late-season snow on record for places such as Cambridge! While the majority of snow associated with this memorable system actually fell April 30th, some light snow made it as far east as the Grand Island/Hastings areas on the early morning of May 1st. In Hastings, the official May 1st total of 0.6" was actually the most May snow recorded there in 50 years! 

- Temperatures: For the month as a whole, the majority of the 30-county area averaged slightly cooler-than-normal (generally 0-2º). While most days were neither notably cool nor warm by May standards, there was a distinct cool/rainy stretch centered from the 18th-20th, during which daily highs in most areas only reached the 50s, and some places only the 40s on the 20th! As for morning lows, the very 1st day of the month was the overall-coldest of all, with the majority of the area dropping into the low-mid 30s. Later in the month, mainly on the 21st, lows dipped into the mid-upper 30s primarily in some northern/western counties, perhaps promoting some limited frost. 

- Severe Thunderstorms/Tornadoes: As is typical of May,there were several dozen reports of hail/high winds within the local area (primarily within counties south of Interstate 80). HOWEVER, there was an overall below-average number of severe storms, and there were no significant/widespread outbreaks. As for confirmed tornadoes, there were only two weak EF0's: one near Exeter on the afternoon of the 16th, and another near Edgar several hours later during the early morning of the 17th. Both produced relatively minor damage mainly to outbuildings and/or trees. Neither one of these tornadoes took "classic form", with the former being a landspout and the latter embedded within a nocturnal squall line. The majority of May severe weather occurred on the 9th, 15th-17th and 27th. The largest reported hail stone during the month was 1.5" in diameter (on the 18th in Palco KS) and the highest-reported straight-line wind gust was 74 MPH (on the 15th at Grand Island airport). 

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 May 2017, along with a partial listing of totals from official NWS stations. (Click image to enlarge)
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