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Looking back on the weather in 2012
As we look back on the year 2012, the National Weather Service reports it was full of weather extremes.
SkyWatch 5's Katie Gauthier takes us through the year in weather.
It was an exceptionally warm and dry start to 2012. But, we begin with the heaviest snowfall for the 2011 - 2012 winter season, when 6 to 13 inches fell on the Central Plains on February 3rd and 4th.
Sitting in Tornado Alley, the state of Nebraska made history February 28th when the first ever documented tornado touched down in the month of February.
Hail left it's mark on the windshields of Nebraska residents as we were pummeled by large hail and severe thunderstorms in the month of May.
On May 2nd, softball size hail pounded the north side of Hastings.
Summer was scorching with sweltering temperatures. In fact, Grand Island recorded the most 95 plus degree days on record in 75 years.
We propelled into autumn with strong gusty winds thrashing the Central Plains October 17th and 18th.
Wind speeds of around 35 to 45 mph with gusts near 65 mph caused damage across the area, sparking numerous wildfires. But Ord recorded the highest peak wind gust of 70 mph.
And of course winter arrived a couple days early this year with Blizzard conditions on December 19th. Hastings piled up over 8 inches of snow.
Regardless of the recent snow, 2012 will go down as the all-time driest year on record in Grand Island, falling over 15 inches short of precipitation.
The Nation and the entire state of Nebraska dealt with a crippling drought in 2012.
Sizzling summer temperatures and bone-dry conditions left over 77 percent of the Cornhusker state in exceptional drought, with the entire state in drought.
We'll be feeling the effects of the drought as we move on to 2013.
You can read more about the weather in 2012 here: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/gid/?n=yearend2012.
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