December opens warmest in 23 years; Records to fall Thursday

If you are not a fan of winter you must be enjoying the weather greeting us to December.  Temperatures topped out in the upper 60°s throughout southeast Nebraska Wednesday afternoon.  Even warmer weather is expected Thursday.

Skies will clear Wednesday night.  Typically, temperatures would quickly drop, but that will not be the case.  Overnight lows will only be in the upper 30°s to lower 40°s.  What is remarkable about that, lows will be within a few degrees of the normal high temperature for this time of year.

There are a couple numbers to keep in mind for Thursday.  Record high temperatures range from the upper 60°s to 70°.

  • Lincoln: 68° (2012)
  • Fairbury: 72° (1995)
  • Grand Island: 70° (2012)
  • Greeley: 67° (1998)
  • Hastings: 68° (1956, 2012)
  • Kearney: 70° (1998)
  • Seward: 67° (1932)

These numbers are important because we are likely to surpass all of those, establishing new record highs for December 2.  Under sunny skies, temperatures will top out in the lower to middle 70°s.  Admittedly, I am going conservative with forecast high temperatures.  Could it be more in the middle to upper 70°s?  I wouldn’t be surprised.

Enjoy it while you can because a cold front will pass through the region Friday morning bringing cooler air for the afternoon.  Cooler should probably be in quotation marks because while compared to Friday it will be cooler, but temperatures will still be 10° to 15° above normal.  Highs will be in the middle to upper 50°s.

– Chief Meteorologist John Dissauer

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