Nancy's Almanac for Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014: February started a lot colder than normal -
Published Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:00 am / Updated at 7:07 am
Nancy's Almanac for Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014: February started a lot colder than normal

The first week of February was among the top 10 coldest on record for parts of south-central Nebraska.

In Hastings, temperatures averaged the eighth coldest on record for the first seven days of the month, according to the National Weather Service. Records date to 1908. The week's average temperature was 7.5 degrees.

Grand Island had its 11th coldest start, based on records dating to 1896.

The daily high and low in Grand Island for the first seven days of the month averaged 8.9 degrees.

The last time February started out so cold was 25 years ago in 1989, according to the weather service.

In Omaha, the first week of the month was cold, averaging nearly 11 degrees, but not as remarkably cold as in Hastings and Grand Island.

Barbara Mayes, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said the first week of February ranked 20th coldest on record in Omaha. Records date to 1872.

This winter, Omaha has had an above average number of days with temperatures at or below zero, she said.

Monday morning was the 20th time the temperature dropped to zero or below this winter, Mayes said. On average, during the years 1981-2010, the temperature dropped that low 11 times per winter.

A welcome change arrives this week.

Temperatures have begun warming and by the weekend will in the 40s and 50s.

This weekend, Omaha is forecast to see highs in the 40s. Even warmer weather is forecast for western Nebraska.

Grand Island and Hastings could see highs in the 50s. Toward Scottsbluff, highs are forecast to reach 60 degrees.

Source: National Weather Service

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.

Crews working to subdue brush fire that may spread to Fontenelle Forest
Financial picture improving for city-owned Mid-America Center
No injuries after fire at midtown's old Mercer Mansion
29-year-old Omahan arrested for 22nd time in Lincoln
Police: Slaying of woman in Ralston apartment likely over drugs
Explosion near 29th, Woolworth damages vehicles
Omaha police arrest man, 19, accused in March shooting
Earth gets its day in the sun at Elmwood Park
Beau McCoy strikes Obama doll in TV ad; Democrats are not happy
17 senators in Nebraska Legislature hit their (term) limits
It's a pursuit of pastel at Spring Lake Park's Easter egg hunt
Keystone XL pipeline backers blast 'political expediency' as foes hail ruling to delay decision
Nebraska senators to study tax issues over break
Portion of Saddle Creek Road closed after water main break
Teenager arrested after woman's purse is snatched outside Omaha store
Police identify 21-year-old shot in ankle near 30th, W Streets
Cult murderer's death row appeal denied, but execution in limbo
Interstate construction to cause lane shifts, closings in Omaha area
Kelly: A California university president returns to her Nebraska roots on Ivy Day
Omahan charged in fatal shooting in Benson neighborhood
Friday's attendance dips at Millard West after bathroom threat
High school slam poets don't just recite verses, 'they leave their hearts beating on the stage'
Crack ring's leaders join others in prison as a result of Operation Purple Haze
Haze in area comes from Kansas, Oklahoma
Man taken into custody in domestic dispute
< >
Dickson’s Week in Review, April 13-19
On Twitter some guy tweeted that the spring game isn’t taken as seriously as a regular-season contest. What was your first clue? When the head coach entered waving a cat aloft?
Kelly: A California university president returns to her Nebraska roots on Ivy Day
The main speaker at today's Ivy Day celebration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a college president who grew up roping calves and earned her Ph.D. at the prestigious Oxford University in England.
Breaking Brad: Stuck in a claw machine? You get no Easter candy
I know of one kid in Lincoln who will be receiving a lump of coal from the Easter Bunny, just as soon as he's extricated from that bowling alley claw machine.
Breaking Brad: Mountain lion season's over, but the bunny's fair game!
Thursday was the last day of a Nebraska Legislature session. Before leaving town, legislators passed a bill to hold a lottery to hunt the Easter Bunny.
Breaking Brad: At least my kid never got stuck inside a claw machine
We need a new rule in Lincoln. If your kid is discovered inside the claw machine at a bowling alley, you are forever barred from being nominated for "Mother of the Year."
Deadline Deal thumbnail
The Jaipur in Rockbrook Village
Half Off Fine Indian Cuisine & Drinks! $15 for Dinner, or $7 for Lunch
Buy Now
< >
Omaha World-Herald Contests
Enter for a chance to win great prizes.
OWH Store: Buy photos, books and articles
Buy photos, books and articles
Travel Snaps Photo
Going on Vacation? Take the Omaha World-Herald with you and you could the next Travel Snaps winner.
Click here to donate to Goodfellows
The 2011 Goodfellows fund drive provided holiday meals to nearly 5,000 families and their children, and raised more than $500,000 to help families in crisis year round.
Want to get World-Herald stories sent directly to your home or work computer? Sign up for's News Alerts and you will receive e-mails with the day's top stories.
Can't find what you need? Click here for site map »