Watch out Lincoln, I'm about to drop a whole lot of numbers on you as we look back at the weather of 2020...

First up...high temperatures for the year! We only had 13 days with a high temp below 30! And this year we had 47 days at 90° or better, but no 100° days! #LNKwx

Generally speaking, our weekends were pretty warm this year...on average, Saturday was the warmest day of the week and Thursday was the coolest (more on that later!) #LNKwx

97° was as hot as it got in 2020, and that came on September 5th. We had 2 days come in at 96° and a handful of 95° days. No triple digit heat this year! You have to go back to 2018 for our last 100°+ day. #LNKwx

Very fitting that we finish 2020 with our coldest temperature of the year. -5° is the coldest reading we've recorded at the airport since early March of 2019 when it dropped to -9°!

Only dropped below zero 4 times this year - twice in the last week! #LNKwx

How about precip? We ended up with 23.63" of precip in 2020 - 5.32" SHORT of the 30 year average. Only had 5 months this year with above average precip, and the only really "meaningful" above average month was July when we were over 2" above average. #LNKwx

Wettest day of the year came back on July 1st when we got 2.02" of rain. May 22nd was close behind and right at 2". Not good when a December day cracks this list. Our most recent snowfall yielded 0.69" of liquid precip, good for the 5th wettest day of the year. #LNKwx

How does that precip break down? Well, Thursday had the most number of times with measurable precip with 16. It was also our wettest day of the week with over 5" of moisture coming on Thursday. Saturday was our dry dry, with just barely over 1" of precip! #LNKwx

Overall, we had 87 days in Lincoln that got measurable moisture in 2020. A very large majority of those fell in the 0.01" to 0.24" range. Just 4 days had 1" of precip or more. The last 3 years we had seen 9+ days at 1.00" of precip or better! #LNKwx

Looking at some statewide numbers...

How about this?! 2020 only had 29 tornado warnings issued by the local NWS offices. That is tied for the LOWEST EVER since 1988. Wow. #NEwx

We did a little better when it came to Severe Thunderstorm Warnings with 811 combined warnings. This was the lowest total since 2012. #NEwx

How about SVR and TOR warnings by day? The first 5 months of the year we're VERY quiet in terms of severe weather, then we flipped a switch in June. The "biggest" severe day across Nebraska came on August 16th when we had 52 severe thunderstorm warnings in one day. #NEwx

This one might be my favorite because it's just absolutely wild. About the entire state of Nebraska, Kansas, and about half of Oklahoma were never put under a Tornado Watch in 2020. In fact, the SPC only issued 3 Tornado Watches for the state all year! #NEwx

I think that’s all I got. For now.

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