Nancy's Almanac, Jan. 8, 2014: Nebraska temps dropped to -20; still too warm for record -
Published Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 1:00 am / Updated at 10:37 am
Nancy's Almanac, Jan. 8, 2014: Nebraska temps dropped to -20; still too warm for record

Despite the double-digit subzero temperatures unleashed across Nebraska in the recent Arctic outbreak, the state didn't set any cold weather records, according to the National Climatic Data Center. Neither did western Iowa.

It was simply too warm.

Omaha, Valentine and Broken Bow all dropped to 11 degrees below zero, and Norfolk reached 13 degrees below zero.

The lowest temperature recorded, 20 degrees below zero, was in the Nebraska Panhandle, said Natalie Umphlett, regional climatologist for the High Plains Regional Climate Center.

The readings were recorded Jan. 6 at two National Weather Service cooperative monitoring stations. One of the stations is 12 miles west-northwest of Harrisburg and the other is 15 miles south of Bushnell.

The state's 10 coldest temperature readings on record, as provided by Umphlett:

- 47 degrees: Oshkosh, Dec. 22, 1989; Bridgeport, Feb. 12, 1899

-46 degrees: Crescent Lake, Dec. 22, 1989; Scottsbluff Airport, Feb. 6, 1899

-45 degrees: Walthill, Jan. 12, 1912; Winnebago, Feb. 2, 1905

-44 degrees: Harrisburg area, (12 miles west/northwest of town), Dec. 22, 1989; Agate area (3 miles east of town), Dec. 22, 1989; Chadron, Feb. 7, 1895

-43 degrees: Nenzel area (20 miles south of town), Feb. 6, 1936

Source: National Weather Service, High Plains Regional Climate Center

Current conditions and forecast

Contact the writer: Nancy Gaarder    |   402-444-1102    |  

Nancy writes about weather, including a blog, Nancy's Almanac. She enjoys explaining the science behind weather and making weather stories relevant in daily life.

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