Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Jan. 1-May 7, 2012 Warmest on Record for Lincoln, NE

January 1 - May 7, 2012 Temperature Departures from Normal in Lincoln, NE
The above graph shows the daily temperature departures from normal for Lincoln, NE, from January 1 through May 7.  Blue columns show the magnitude of below normal temperatures and red columns the magnitude of above normal temperatures for each day.  The actual daily normals vary during the year. 

For example, the observed temperatures for January for January 19, 2012 were a high of 16F, a low of 5F and an average for that day of 11F.  The normal daily average for January 19 is 24F, which means this day had a departure of 13 degrees below normal (BLUE column). 

For example, the observed temperatures for March 26, 2012 were a high of 84F, a low of 58F and an average for that day of 71F. The normal daily average for March 26 is 45 F which means this day had a departure of 26 degrees above normal (RED column).

As of May 7, 2012, the year to date average temperature is the warmest on record.  Here is a listing of the top ten warmest January 1-May 7 time periods, with 126 years of data, 1887-2012.

Lincoln Highest Average Temperature degrees F
Days: January 1 through May 7; Years: 1887-2012

Rank  Value  Ending Date
  1    44.6    5/ 7/2012 
  2    43.2    5/ 7/1946
  3    42.9    5/ 7/1992
  4    42.8    5/ 7/1921
  5    42.2    5/ 7/1987
  6    41.3    5/ 7/2006,  5/ 7/2000,  5/ 7/1981
  9    41.1    5/ 7/1931
10    40.9    5/ 7/1986






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