Thursday, May 2, 2013

May 1-2, 2013 Snowfall in Lincoln, NE

How rare is snowfall in Lincoln during May?

Last night’s snowfall (May 1-2, 2013) in Lincoln was only the third time since 1900 (114 years of data) that it has snowed in May in Lincoln.

These are the only May snowfalls of record in Lincoln:

May 3, 1907: 2.2 inches
May 3-4, 1967: 3.0 inches
May 1-2, 2013: 2.7 inches

The snow on May 1-2, 2013, was the first measurable May snowfall in 46 years in both Lincoln and Omaha. 

This snowfall was also a "thunder snow" with lightning and thunder at the peak of the snowfall.

What makes this event even more dramatic is that the area had temperatures in the mid 80's F just two days before the snowfall (April 29, 2013).  Note the map below.

The local Garden Centers were especially hit hard by this event with the tender vegetation exposed to the freezing temperatures and snowfall (note the photos below).

Other snowfall totals across the region include:
Omaha/Eppley 3.1 inches

NWS Valley 3.0 inches

Lincoln Airport   2.7 inches

Offutt AFB   1.6 inches

North Platte Airport 0.9 inches

Grand Island Airport 0.7 inches

Hastings Airport  0.3 inches

 Four radar images one static at 11:50 EDT (10:50 CDT),
the other three are animations for the evening of May 1, 2013


 Photos from Lincoln, May 1 and 2, 2013:

All Images © Ken Dewey, Applied Climate Science,
School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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