As North Platte experiences hottest fall on record, coldest is yet to come | Local







The mild, continuous weather of North Platte provides ideal conditions for utility crews to complete the hanging of Christmas decorations on the street lights. This worker prepares for the top of a spinning bucket truck Tuesday morning after setting up one near the North Platte Eagles Club at 620 N. Chestnut St., across from the Telegraph offices. At 2 p.m. on Tuesday, the 61-degree high left North Platte’s September-November average high at 70.99 degrees, the highest since full-year record keeping began in 1875.


Todd von Kampen / The North Platte Telegraph


So far, it looks like the Halloween snowstorm was a winter tease.

Not only that, but North Platte on Tuesday closed its hottest “weather drop” – September, October and November – since record keeping began here 146 years ago.

Tuesday’s 61-degree high at 2 p.m. gave the city an average high temperature of 70.99 degrees during those three months, according to the National Weather Service’s office at Lee Bird Field.

This exceeds the previous record of 2016, when the daily high at North Platte averaged 70.8 degrees between September 1 and November 30.

You have to go back to 1904, when highs for the three-month period averaged 69.9 degrees, to find North Platte’s third hottest fall.

The city’s No.4 average of 69.5 degrees was first recorded in 1914 and matched in 1933 and 1939, according to records stored online by the High Plains Regional Climate Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. .

You might as well wonder what November would bring after North Platte saw a total of 4.7 inches of snow on October 31 and November 1.

Other than 0.04 inches of rain on November 10th and a trace on November 13th, that was it for the precipitation for the month.

Total humidity for 2021 stands at 22.71 inches, giving North Platte one of its wettest years, but nowhere near the total of 28.91 inches at year-end 2019, which ranks seventh in all the time.

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