Thursday, April 11, 2013

How Rare is Snow in April in Lincoln, NE?

April Snowfall Climatology for Lincoln, NE

 A snow covered Lincoln, NE, April 11, 2013 (Photo by Ken Dewey)
A garden nursery in Lincoln, NE with snowfall covering the tender plants (Photo by Ken Dewey)


Number of years with and without measurable snowfall, January 1900 - through April, 2013
Month With Snowfall Without Snowfall Number of Years
January
111
3
114
February
109
5
114
March
99
15
114
April
53
61
114
May
3
110
113
     
September
1
112
113
October
18
95
113
November
82
31
113
December
110
3
113

The above table is from our website:  Lincoln, NE, Snowfall Statistics: 

There are 114 years of monthly data for Lincoln, NE and 53 times out of 114 years, Lincoln received measurable snowfall in the month of April.  That is, Lincoln has had measurable snowfall in April 46% of the time and there was no measurable snowfall in April 54% of the time.

Daily Snowfall Climatology for for Lincoln, NE
Although Monthly snowfall totals exits back to 1900, daily snowfall data exist back only to 1948 for Lincoln, NE.

Looking at the period 1948-2013 (66 years);

Latest snowfall in Spring:  May 4, 1967, 3.0 inches

It has snowed in April on 52 days since 1948.
That is 52 days out of 1,980 days or it has snowed only 3% of all April days in Lincoln.

The last April snowfall before this year was 4.6 inches on April 6-7, 2003

Normal April snowfall = 1.4 inches

2012-2013 Snowfall total = 24.7 inches 

The following table shows the frequency of snowfalls 
for each day in April for the period 1948 through 2013


April  Frequency
1 5
2 5
3 6
4 1
5 3
6 2
7 2
8 4
9 4
10 1
11 3
12 5
13 1
14 3
15 0
16 1
17 0
18 0
19 0
20 1
21 1
22 0
23 1
24 0
25 0
26 0
27 0
28 1
29 1
30 1


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