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Source/Author: Natalie Umphlett - High Plains Regional Climate Center 09/02/12

It was certainly a dry summer across the High Plains Region. Most of Wyoming, Nebraska, eastern Colorado, southern South Dakota, and the eastern and western sides of Kansas received at most 50 percent of normal precipitation. Only a few pockets of central North Dakota and western Colorado had above normal precipitation. One of the dry locations was Grand Island, Nebraska which had its driest summer on record with only 2.37 inches (60 mm) of precipitation. This amount was 8.45 inches (215 mm) below normal and only 22 percent of normal precipitation. The old record of 2.87 inches (73 mm) was set back in the summer of 1940 (period of record 1895-2012).


Check out the table below to see more rankings from across the High Plains Region. (Records refer to either smallest amount or largest amount of precipitation, depending on the ranking.)

 

Location

Summer Precipitation (in) / Rank

Record or Previous Record (in) / Year

Period of Record

Alamosa, CO

1.70 / 15th driest

0.75 / 1980

1906-2012

Colorado Springs, CO

4.27 / 15th driest

2.47 / 1939

1894-2012

Denver, CO

1.81 / 7th driest

0.77 / 1917  

1872-2012

Grand Junction, CO

1.18 / 23rd driest

0.32 / 1900 

1893-2012

Pueblo, CO

1.22 / 2nd driest

0.86 / 1939  

1888-2012

Concordia, KS

9.28 / 51st driest

3.21 / 1913

1885-2012

Dodge City, KS

6.94 / 43rd driest

1.58 / 2011

1874-2012

Goodland, KS

3.74 / 7th driest

3.05 / 1981

1895-2012

Salina, KS

6.96 / 13th driest

2.83 / 1983

1948-2012

Topeka, KS

7.75 / 18th driest

2.60 / 1936

1887-2012

Wichita, KS

6.19 / 15th driest

1.29 / 1936

1888-2012

Grand Island, NE

2.37 / driest

2.87 / 1940 

1895-2012

Lincoln, NE

4.20 / 4th driest

2.84 / 1936

1887-2012

Norfolk, NE

1.88 / driest

3.50 / 1936

1893-2012

North Platte, NE

2.65 / driest

3.81 / 1886

1874-2012

Omaha, NE

5.97 / 10th driest

2.73 / 1911

1871-2012

Scottsbluff, NE

2.67 / 10th driest

1.19 / 1931

1893-2012

Valentine, NE

2.79 / driest

2.92 / 1917 

1889-2012

Bismarck, ND

7.13 / 69th driest

1.19 / 1936 

1874-2012

Fargo, ND

6.30 / 25th driest

1.86 / 1936

1881-2012

Grand Forks, ND

7.74 / 46th driest

2.17 / 1910 

1893-2012

Williston, ND

5.35 / 45th driest

2.37 / 1961

1894-2012

Aberdeen, SD

5.73 / 21st driest

2.33 / 1894

1893-2012

Huron, SD

5.53 / 21st driest

3.07 / 1894

1881-2012

Rapid City, SD

4.19 / 17th driest

0.24 / 1942

1942-2012

Sioux Falls, SD

2.73 / driest

3.55 / 1894

1893-2012

Casper, WY

1.49 / 6th driest

0.39 / 1971

1939-2012

Cheyenne, WY

5.41 / 67th wettest

12.22 / 1985

1871-2012

Lander, WY

0.15 / driest

0.25 / 1924

1891-2012

Sheridan, WY

1.43 / 7th driest

0.88 / 1988

1907-2012


*indicates multiple years, latest year listed

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