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Statement as of 11:48 AM CST on March 01, 2015


... February average temperatures were below normal... while
precipitation was slightly below normal for both North Platte and
Valentine...

February 2015 saw a large swing of temperatures with lows below
zero to start the month. Temperatures quickly rebounded for the
second week of the month with highs in the 60s and even some 70s.
The second half of the month continued to see a swing of
temperatures... however not to the extreme we saw at the beginning
of the month. The coldest mornings were below zero while the
warmest days reached the 50s. February was generally an active
month with numerous storm systems moving across the
area... however most produced only light precipitation.

For North Platte... the average daily mean temperature for
February was 27.8 degrees which was 1.2 degrees below the normal
of 29.0 degrees. The average daily high temperature for February
was 42.7 degrees... which was 0.3 degrees below the normal of 43.0
degrees. The average daily low temperature was 12.9
degrees... which was 2.1 degrees below the normal of 15.0 degrees.
One temperature record was set at North Platte during the month.
On February 10 the low was only 31 degrees... which tied the
previous record for highest daily minimum set in 1999 and 1991.

For Valentine... the average daily mean temperature for the month
of February was 25.8 degrees... and was 1.4 degrees below the
normal of 27.2 degrees. The average daily high temperature for
the month was 40.0 degrees... which was equal to the normal. The
average daily low temperature was 11.6 degrees... which was 2.8
degrees below the average of 14.4 degrees. Two daily records was
set during the month of February in Valentine. On the 6th... the
high temperature reach 64 degrees... which tied the record set in
2009. The following day... on the 7th... the high soared to 73
degrees. This broke the daily record high of 70 degrees set in
1987.

At Lee Bird Field in North Platte... precipitation for February
was 0.46 inches... and was 0.04 inches below the normal of 0.50
inches. No daily precipitation records were set during the month
for North Platte. Snowfall for the month totaled 6.3
inches... which was 1.0 inches above the normal of 5.3 inches. No
daily snowfall records were set during the month for North
Platte.

At Miller Field in Valentine... precipitation for February totaled
0.31 inches... which was 0.17 inches below the normal of 0.48
inches. No daily precipitation records were set during the month
of February for Valentine. Snowfall for the month totaled 3.1
inches for Valentine... which was 2.5 inches below the normal of
5.6 inches. No daily snowfall records were set during the month
of February for Valentine.

           North Platte summary Valentine summary
         | Feb 15 | norm | diff | | Feb 15 | norm | diff |
avg temp | 27.8 | 29.0 | -1.2 | | 25.8 | 27.2 | -1.4 |
avg high | 42.7 | 43.0 | -0.3 | | 40.0 | 40.0 | 0.0 |
avg low | 12.9 | 15.0 | -2.1 | | 11.6 | 14.4 | -2.8 |
precip | 0.46 | 0.50 | -0.04 | | 0.31 | 0.48 | -0.17 |
snow | 6.3 | 5.3 | +1.0 | | 3.1 | 5.6 | -2.5 |

..North Platte and Valentine precipitation totals for the past 12
months...

                        precipitation departure
                        lbf vtn lbf vtn
month

March 2014 0.79 0.49 -0.26 -0.58
April 2014 0.64 3.05 -1.63 +0.83
may 2014 1.81 3.01 -1.47 -0.12
June 2014 8.75 8.63 +5.33 +5.07
July 2014 0.14 0.58 -2.93 -2.63
August 2014 5.10 2.62 +2.81 +0.44
September 2014 1.39 0.74 -0.02 -0.90
October 2014 0.73 0.56 -0.82 -0.69
November 2014 0.08 0.55 -0.56 -0.10
December 2014 1.04 0.90 +0.63 +0.53

January 2015 0.28 0.31 -0.06 +0.05
February 2015 0.46 0.31 -0.04 -0.17

Totals 21.21 21.75 +0.98 +1.73


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