Author: Heleena

  • April 2022 Climate Summary

    April 2022 Climate Summary

    Kansas Winter Wheat Field, Photo Courtesy of Gannon Rush Drought in the Southern Plains and Blizzards in the North April was the ‘tale of two cities’ in the High Plains. Grand Forks, North Dakota was among the wettest and coldest on record, while Colorado Springs, Colorado was among the warmest and driest on record. The…

  • April Top 10 Monthly Rankings

    April Top 10 Monthly Rankings

    Warmest Temperature / Ranking Record / Year Period of Record Colorado Springs, CO  51.6 / 8th warmest  53.8 / 1981 1894 – 2022 Coldest  Temperature / Ranking Record / Year Period of Record Grand Forks, ND  31.8 / 2nd coldest  29.7 / 1950  1893 – 2022 Sisseton, SD  38.6 / 3rd coldest 36.1 / 2018…

  • March 2022 Climate Summary

    March 2022 Climate Summary

    Foothills of Colorado, Photo Courtesy of Gannon Rush Dryness Continued into March The dryness that has gripped parts of the region over the winter continued into March. This led to the intensification and growth of drought across South Dakota, Nebraska, and western Kansas. All three states ended the month with 45 percent of the state…

  • March Top 10 Monthly Rankings

    March Top 10 Monthly Rankings

    Precipitation  Precipitation / Ranking Record / Year Period of Record Williston, ND 0.06 / 5th Driest (tied with 2009+) 0.01 / (2019+) 1894 – 2022 Rapid City, SD 0.25 / 8th Driest (tied with 1949) 0.05 / 2012 1942 – 2022 Snowfall Snowfall / Ranking Record / Year Period of Record Norfolk, NE  0.2 /…

  • Missouri River Basin Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlooks

    Missouri River Basin Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlooks

    Regional- Significant Events for December 2021- February 2022 Highlights for the Basin It was a very dry winter throughout most of the Missouri River Basin, especially in the southern portions. The 8th driest February and 10th driest winter on record for the Basin. Nebraska and Kansas observed their 4th and 5th driest winter, respectively. February…

  • February 2022 Climate Summary

    February 2022 Climate Summary

    Western Kansas Pastures, Photo Courtesy of Gannon Rush Drought Continued to Expand Across the Region February was a very dry month for most of the High Plains, which led to the expansion of drought across the region. Currently, 78 percent of the region is now engulfed in drought conditions. Kansas and Nebraska have been significantly…

  • February 2022 Top 10 Monthly Ranking

    February 2022 Top 10 Monthly Ranking

    Precipitation  Precipitation / Ranking Record / Year Period of Record Grand Island, NE 0.01 / DRIEST (tied with 1904) 1895-2022 McCook, NE Trace / 2nd driest (tied with 2017+) 0.00 / 1910 1894-2022 Lincoln, NE 0.03 / 3rd driest  0.00 / 1897 1887-2022 Hastings, NE 0.01 / 3rd driest Trace / 1921+ 1894-2022 North Platte,…

  • 2021-2022 Winter Season Rankings

    2021-2022 Winter Season Rankings

    Warmest Temperature / Ranking Record / Year Period of Record Lander, WY 27.2 / 8th warmest 30.9 / 1933-1934 1891-2022 Colorado Springs, CO 34.4 / 9th warmest (tied with 1975-1976) 37.6 / 1933-1934 1894-2022 Precipitation  Precipitation / Ranking Record / Year Period of Record Lincoln, NE 0.56 / 2nd driest  0.29 / 1922-1923 1887-2022 Hastings,…

  • January 2022 Climate Summary

    January 2022 Climate Summary

    Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Photo Courtesy of Gavin Rush Cold Start to the New Year 2022 began on a very cold note for the High Plains. A brutal cold front pushed through the region on the first few days of the month, with many stations recording their coldest day during the period. Temperatures plummeted below zero…

  • January 2022 Top 10 Monthly Ranking

    January 2022 Top 10 Monthly Ranking

    Precipitation  Precipitation/ Ranking Record/Year Period of Record  Norfolk, NE 0.04 / DRIEST  0.05 / 1928+ 1893-2021 Grand Junction, CO 0.14 / 10th Driest (tied with 1900) Trace / 1961 1893-2021         Casper, WY 0.90 / 9th Wettest 1.42 / 1987 1939-2021         Snowfall Snowfall / Ranking  Record / Year…