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Wet snow falls in Greeley County

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Jerri Young was shoveling snow off of the driveway on Saturday morning.

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Jerri Young was shoveling snow off of the driveway on Saturday morning.

A wet snow fell in Greeley County on Friday afternoon and night, Jan 11 and 12. The Tribune weather station reported .66 inches of precipitation at their Saturday morning, Jan.12 reading. Generally there was 4 to 6 inches of reported snow. The National Weather Service Precipitation maps showed the northern half of Greeley County with heavier amounts resulting in .50 to 1.0 inches of precipitation and the southern half receiving from .25 to .50 inches. The snow brought the total precipitation at the station for the first 14 days of January to 0.66 inches, which compares with a normal for the total month of 0.49 inches. For the year-to-date the station is now 0.47 inches above the normal of 0.22 inches. There was not much wind and very little drifting during the storm. The snow will provide good moisture for the winter wheat crop. The average wind speed for the week in Greeley County was 5.2 mph. The high for the wind speed during the snowstorm on Friday and Saturday was 21 mph. The high temperatures for the week dropped from a high of 61º on Jan. 7 to a high of 46º the next day. The highs dropped into the 30s for Friday through Sunday with a high of 32º on Sunday, Jan. 13. The low for the week was 20º on Wednesday morning Jan. 9. The average soil temperatures for the past week were 32º on Jan. 8 through 11, 33º on Jan. 12, and 13, and 34º on Jan. 14. A summary of the weather information for the past year is printed on Page 7 of this issue. The yearly precipitation for 2018 at the station was 19.81, which is 1.91 inches above the normal of 17.90 inches. In general the first five months of 2018 had below normal precipitation and the last five months were above normal. October was the wettest month with 3.42 inches and March was the driest month with only 0.25 inches. Snowfall for the 2018 year totaled 17.6 inches. Mean air temperatures were above normal of 6 months and below normal for 6 months. The latest spring freeze was April 27, which is 9 days earlier than normal; the earliest fall freeze was October 10, which is 3 days later than normal. There was a frost-free period of 166 days, which is 12 days more than the normal.
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