Monday, September 3, 2012

Lincoln, NE, Summer 2012 Climate Summary

Lincoln, NE, Meteorological Summer 2012: Climate Summary

Although Astronomical Summer (June 21-September 20) is more familiar to the public, meteorologists  and climatologists use the time period June 1 through August 31 to define "Summer".


Temperatures:

The average Summer 2012 Temperature in Lincoln, NE was 77.6 F which was the 16th warmest out of 126 years of data.  The table lists the warmest average Summer temperatures.  A cooler than normal month of August kept Summer 2012 from ranking higher on the table of warmest summers (see the table belwo the first map).

As seen on the attached map, much of the High Plains Region experienced well above normal temperatures during Summer 2012.  The Western portion of Nebraska was more above normal than southeastern Nebraska (Lincoln).



Warmest Average Summer Temperatures (Value = deg. F)
Lincoln, NE, June 1-August 31, 1887 2012 (126 years)
Rank Value Year
1 82.0 1936
2 81.8 1934
3 79.3 1937, 1913
5 79.0 1901
6 78.8 1983
7 78.6 1918
8 78.5 1980
9 78.4 1953
10 78.2 2002
11 78.1 1938
12 78.0 1988

13 77.8 1956
14 77.7 1963, 1955
16 77.6 2012, 1954, 1931



Precipitation:

The total Summer 2012 precipitation in Lincoln, NE was 4.20 inches, which was the 4th driest on record out of 126 years of data.  The table lists the top ten driest Summers on record for Lincoln, NE.

Least Summer Precipitation (Value = inches)
Lincoln, NE, June 1-August 31, 1887 2012 (126 years)

Rank Value  Year
1    2.84    1936
2    3.69    1976
3    4.08    1988
4    4.20    2012
5    4.53    1913
6    4.82    1995

7    4.91    1953
8    5.11    1941
9    5.38    1901
10   5.46    1934

 

Although the Summer 2012 three month total precipitation was ranked 4th driest, the two month time period of July 1 through August 31 was the driest on record for Lincoln.   

Three was measurable precipitation on only 12 days during Summer 2012 in Lincoln, NE.  This is the least number of days with precipitation in the 126 years of data.  The following table shows the 10 Summers in Lincoln with the least number of days with measurable precipitation. 

Number of days with measureable preciptiation:
Lincoln, NE, Top ten least number of days


Year   June   July   Aug.   Total
2012      5         3       4         12
1976      4         8       2         14
1974      4         4       9         17
1894    12         4       2         18
1890      5         4      10        19
1988      6         5        8        19
1892      5         8        7        20
1893      6         7        7        20
1953      7         7        6        20
1970      8         6        6        20

As seen on the attached map, much of the High Plains Region experienced well below normal precipitation during Summer 2012.  Nebraska experienced some of the greatest negative departures form normal during the Summer of 2012.

 
The following two maps show the temperature departures and precipitation departures from normal for Summer 2012 for the lower 48 states.
 
 

 
 
 

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.