Friday, August 30, 2013

Husker's hottest football games

Headline:  Husker's Hottest Season Openers.

No, I am not talking about the scores, but instead about the hot temperatures.

My colleague Tony DeGrand, meteorologist at KOLN/KGIN TV in Lincoln, NE did some research on recent season openers at Memorial Stadium to find out what were the top ten hottest game day temperatures.  He sent his results to me and I double checked his data, using the data archives here in the High Plains Regional Climate Center.  His results were spot on 100% accurate.

Here is what he found
Top 11 hottest home game temperatures in the last 28 years at Memorial Stadium

September 2, 2000.  San Jose.  Nebraska won, 49-13  106F
September 7, 1985. Florida State.  Nebraska lost 13-17. 96F
September 1, 2012. So. Mississippi.  Nebraska won 49-20.  95F
September 7, 2002. Utah State.  Nebraska won 44-13. 94F*
September 10, 2005. Wake Forest.  Nebraska won31-3. 92F*
September 26, 1998. Washington.  Nebraska won 55-7.  92F
August 30, 2008. Western Michigan.  Nebraska won 47-27. 91F*
September 3, 2005. Maine.  Nebraska won 25-7. 91F*
September 4, 2004 Western Illinois. Nebraska won 56-17. 91F*
August 29, 1998. Louisiana Tech.  Nebraska won 56-17. 91F
August 30, 1997. Akron. Nebraska won 59-14. 90F
* indicates game was played at night
The NWS forecast high for this year's season opener, August 31, 2013 is a daytime high of 96F.  If it hits 96F,this would be the 2nd hottest season opener in the last 20 years.
Thankfully, it will an evening game, but temperatures will still be very hot and uncomfortable as fans arrive at the stadium and probably still be quite warm in the mid 80's by the end of the game.

A view of the new East Stadium addition at Memorial Stadium.  Photo by Ken Dewey


Friday, August 23, 2013

Summer Finally Arrives in Lincoln, NE

Headline: "Summer finally arrives in Lincoln, Nebraska"

Related Link:  Lincoln Weather and Climate

It has been a strange Summer for weather in Lincoln, NE, and much of Nebraska this year.

As of August 22, 2013:

Hottest day so far this year in Lincoln, NE, was May 14 with 100F
(two days after a record low, below freezing, at 31F on May 12).

Through August 22, 2013
Number of days 90F or higher 2013 in Lincoln, NE:
March: 0
April: 0
May:  1
June:  7
July:  13
August 1-22:  2
Year 2013 Total 23 days

Through August 22, 2012
Number of days 90F or higher 2012 in Lincoln, NE:
March: 1
April: 3
May:  7
June:  13
July:  26
August 1-22:  9
Year 2012 Total 59 days

The longest stretch of 90F or higher temperatures this year is 8 days (July 15-22, 2013).

The Outlook for the next 10 days and the next 10-14 days (see table and maps below) indicates that the longest heat wave of 2013 (days with 90F or higher temperatures) might occur from now into early September.

The 10 day Lincoln, NE, Forecast: 
90's every day from Friday August 23 through Saturday, September 1.
Chances of precipitation ZERO from Sunday August 25 through Saturday September 1.

The 8-14 day U.S. Temperature Forecast (Outlook):  Highest probability is Above normal temperatures August 30 through September 5 for Lincoln, NE, all of Nebraska, and all of the western U.S.

The 8-14 day U.S. Precipitation Forecast (Outlook):  Highest probability is below normal precipitation August 30 through September 5 for Lincoln, NE, almost all of Nebraska, and down into the southern Plains.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

July 2013 Global Temperature Anomalies

Headline:  "July 2013 Global combined land and water temperatures averaged the 6th highest on record".  

The global data set has 134 years of data (1880-2013). Scroll down past the map for a summary of the global May 2013 climate data.

Global Highlights (from NOAA/NCDC)

According to NOAA scientists, the globally averaged temperature for July 2013 was the sixth highest July since record keeping began in 1880. It also marked the 37th consecutive July and 341st consecutive month (more than 28 years) with a globally averaged temperature above the 20th century average. The last below-average July temperature was July 1976 and the last below-average temperature for any month was February 1985.
Many areas of the world experienced much warmer-than-average monthly temperatures, including northern South America, the western and northeastern United States, much of Africa, western and central Europe, parts of southern Asia, and most of Australia. Parts of the central and southeastern United States, small regions across northern Canada, eastern Greenland, and parts of Mongolia and eastern Siberia were cooler than average. Far northwestern Canada and part of the eastern United States were much cooler than their long-term averages.

Various National Highlights:

  • The national July temperature for Australia was 1.46°C (2.63°F) above the 1961–1990 average, marking the third warmest July since national records began in 1901. The July maximum temperature was the third highest at 1.52°C (2.74°) above average, while the minimum temperature was eighth highest. With the exception of Western Australia, every state and territory had an average July temperature that ranked among their seven highest on record. Tasmania reported a record high state-wide maximum temperature that was 1.28°C (2.30°F) higher than average, breaking the previous record set in 1950 and tied in 1993. No state or territory had maximum or minimum temperatures below their long-term averages.
  • New Zealand observed its fourth warmest July since national records began in 1909, with a temperature that was 1.2°C (2.2°F) higher than the 1971–2000 average. Many locations around Otago and Canterbury on the South Island had a record warm July.
  • Spain had its fifth warmest July since national records began in 1961, with a temperature that was 1.6°C (2.9°F) above the 1971–2000 average. The northern regions observed the highest anomalies, with some areas up to 3°C (5°F) above average.
  • It was the third warmest July across the United Kingdom since records began in 1910, at 1.9°C (3.4°F) above the 1981–2010 average. The "most notable heat wave since 2006" contributed to the warmth, according to the UK Met Office. Provisionally, it was the warmest July and second warmest month of any month on record (behind August 1995) for Northern Ireland.
  • With records dating back to 1767, Austria reported its second warmest July, tied with July 1983 and behind only 2006, with the nationally-averaged temperature 2.2°C (4.0°F) above the 1981–2010 average. Upper Austria and Salzburg each set new state maximum temperatures on July 28th.
  • The average July temperature across South Korea was the fourth warmest in the country's 41-year period of record, at 1.8°C (3.2°F) above the 1981–2010 average. The July minimum temperature was second highest on record for the month, at 2.1°C (3.8°F) above average.
  • July was warmer than average across nearly all of Japan. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, Western Japan was significantly warmer than average, with a regionally-averaged July temperature that was 1.6°C (2.9°F) above the 1981–2010 average.


Thursday, August 1, 2013

July 2013, Lincoln, NE, Climate Summary

Headline:  July 2013 was cooler and drier than normal for Lincoln, NE.

The following graph shows the Lincoln, NE, July 2013 daily high and low temperatures compared to normal daily highs and lows.  NOTE:  July 2013 statistics are located below the graph.

The Red Line is the normal high and the Blue Line is the normal low.
The top of each vertical bar is the high for the day and the bottom of each vertical bar is the low for the day.

Here are the Lincoln, NE, summary statistics for July 2013.

July 2013 Temperature Statistics:
Average High Temperature 87.7 F (1.3 degrees BELOW Normal)
Average Low Temperature 63.9 F (2.2 degrees BELOW Normal)
Mean Temperature 75.8 F (1.8 degrees BELOW Normal)
Note: Mean temperature = the average of all the highs and lows
Number of days ABOVE Normal = 13
Number of Days BELOW Normal = 17
Number of Days exactly Normal = 1

Number of Days 90F or higher = 13 days (2 days less than normal)
Number of Days 90F or higher January 1-July 31, 2013 =21 days (3 days less than normal)
Highest temperature 98 F on July 8
Lowest temperature 47 F on July 28

July 2013 Precipitation Statistics:
Total precipitation 1.00 inches (2.40 inches BELOW Normal)
Heaviest precipitation 0.72 inches on July 29

January 1 -July 31, 2013 Precipitation compared to normal

Normal January 1 -July 31 precipitation = 18.08 inches. Observed January 1 -July 31 precipitation = 19.34 inches.

As of July 31, 2013 Lincoln has received 19.34 inches of precipitation which is 0.20 inches MORE than all of last year.

July 2013 Lincoln, NE, Climate Data

Lincoln's Heat Wave Data