Thursday, January 2, 2014

December 2013 Lincoln, NE, Climate Summary

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

The highest temperature observed in Lincoln, NE, in December  2013 was 65 F on December 2, 2013.  Unusually warm temperatures returned toward the end of the month with highs of 60F and 62F on December 27-28, 2013.  The lowest temperature for the month of December 2013 in Lincoln, NE,  was -10F on December 9, 2013.


The December 2013 precipitation total in Lincoln, NE was only 0.22 inches or 0.73 inches below normal.  The total January 1 through December 31, 2013 precipitation in Lincoln was 26.71 inches or 2.22 inches below the normal annual total of 28.93 inches. See the table below the graph for the Year 2013 precipitation totals.
Lincoln, NE, had five days with measurable snowfall in December 2013 with the largest amount 5.2 inches on December 8, 2013.

The following graph shows the Lincoln, NE, December 2013 daily high and low temperatures compared to normal daily highs and lows.   

NOTE:  The December 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. All data in this graph are from the National Weather Service and HPRCC data archives.

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

TEMPERATURE:
December 2013 Temperature Statistics:
Average High Temperature 34.6 F (2.6 degrees BELOW Normal)
Average Low Temperature 9.8F (6.6 degrees BELOW Normal)
Mean Temperature 22.2 F (4.6 degrees
BELOW  Normal)
Note: Mean temperature = the average of all the highs and lows
Number of days ABOVE Normal = 11
Number of Days BELOW Normal = 19
Number of Days exactly Normal = 1
Highest temperature 65F on December 2

Lowest temperature -10 F on December 9

PRECIPITATION:
December 2013 Precipitation Statistics:
Total precipitation 0.22 inches (0.73 inches
BELOW Normal)
Heaviest precipitation 0.19 inches on December 8

Snowfall total 5.7 inches (0.2 inches  BELOW  Normal)

Normal January 1 - December 31 precipitation =  28.93 inches
Total precipitation January 1 -
December 31 = 26.71 inches
January 1 -
December 31 precipitation deficit =  2.22 inches 

RELATED LINKS:
Lincoln Weather and Climate
Lincoln's Snowfall climatology
December 2013 Lincoln, NE, daily climate data
December 2013 Photo Gallery
Lincoln, NE Year 2013 Climate Statistics


Most of December 2013 was snow-free in eastern Nebraska

December 9, 2013 with a fresh cover of snowfall on East Campus of UNL

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