Lincoln suffered a brutal summer, as homeowners can attest — in some cases, foundations separated from the ground, and mandatory water restrictions were put in place. Omahans may not realize it, but far less rain fell in Lincoln than Omaha.
In July and August, Lincoln received .63 inches of rain, while Omaha received 2.4 inches.
The National Weather Service office in Valley has compiled Lincoln's records and near-records in 2012. They include:
— Sixth-warmest year.
— 11th-driest year.
— Warmest winter-spring.
— Warmest spring-summer, 10th-driest spring-summer.
— Driest July-August on record (.63 inches).
— Daily record snowfall and moisture for Feb. 4: 11.1 inches of snow, with a water equivalent of 1.05 inches. This was the highest one-day snowfall total since 1948.
— Warmest March, with six daily temperature records set, including several that were also the earliest that temperatures had gotten that high.
— Tie for warmest March day, when temperatures hit 91 degrees on March 31, matching March 25, 1907.
— Most number of days in July, 11, at or above 100 degrees since 1980.
— September brought its first 100-degree or greater day since 2005 and the seventh- earliest freeze on record. Highs reached 102 on Sept. 4, and the low dropped to 32 on Sept. 23, the earliest since 1999.
— Third-longest streak of days with daytime highs above freezing — 300 (the record is 308).
— Longest streak of snow-free days: 309.
Source: National Weather Service, Valley