Thursday, September 29, 2011

On this date in weather history

Late September is normally when we start thinking about the first freeze, not the first snowfall. But on this date in 1985, it was not only unseasonably cold, it also snowed. Granted, it was only 0.8 in. of snowfall at the Lincoln airport and it didn't hang around for more than a few hours, but I imagine it still caught most people off guard. Much of western and north central Nebraska did have significant accumulations between September 28-29, 1985 though. Here are some of the totals across the state, some of which would be impressive at any time of year:

Lincoln: 0.8 in.
North Platte: 3.0 in.
Grand Island: 3.8 in.
Sidney: 4.0 in.
Halsey: 4.0 in.
Scottsbluff: 4.8 in.
Alliance: 6.0 in.
Valentine: 18.4 in.

The early season snow was a precursor into what would be a chilly fall and early winter in Nebraska, as most of the state was in the deep freeze from mid-November to Christmas.

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