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The Season of 1960

Precipitation for January, February, March and April was far below average this year but temperatures were low and other weather conditions were generally favorable, to get small grain crops off to one of the best starts in the past ten years. Rainfall in May and June was average and very adequate for crop growth, and all crops developed well and made excellent progress during this period. Precipitation in July was far below average with only .58 inches being recorded in scattered showers for the entire month. The average July rainfall for the past sixty-eight years is 2.19 inches. The lack of rainfall in July coupled with a period of high temperatures beginning the second week in July, damaged all grain crops and corn and reduced yields and quality of all crops.

Rainfall in August was fair but too late to help small grains and late enough so that the corn crop could not make maximum use of it.

Table 1. Precipitation - 1960
  Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
1 .08 T 0 0 0 .02 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 .01 T .01 0 T 0 .10 0 0 0 .23 0
3 .01 T T 0 .07 .03 .01 0 0 0 0 0
4 T 0 0 0 .06 .10 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 T 0 .02 0 0 0 .13 .30 T 0 0 T
6 .01 T T 0 0 0 0 .11 0 0 0 0
7 0 T .02 0 0 0 0 .36 .01 T 0 0
8 0 0 .03 0 .05 .81 0 T .11 0 T T
9 0 T .05 0 .12 .07 0 .07 0 0 0 0
10 0 0 .14 0 0 .05 0 0 0 T 0 T
11 0 .01 T 0 0 0 .02 0 0 0 0 T
12 0 0 0 0 0 0 T 0 0 0 T T
13 0 T 0 0 0 .07 T 0 0 0 T T
14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 T .01 0
15 0 0 .01 .02 0 0 0 0 .02 0 0 T
16 0 T T 0 0 1.06 0 .21 0 0 T T
17 T .01 T 0 0 .11 .14 T T 0 .09 T
18 .01 T .02 0 .01 0 .04 0 T .02 0 T
19 T 0 T 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .10
20 T T 0 0 .04 T 0 0 0 0 0 .02
21 T T 0 T 0 .62 T 0 0 0 0 T
22 T T 0 T 0 T .02 0 0 0 0 0
23 0 0 0 T 0 .12 0 .18 0 0 0 .01
24 0 0 T 0 .23 0 .12 0 T 0 0 0
25 0 T T .25 .05 0 T .65 0 0 0 T
26 .01 T 0 .05 .25 0 0 .28 0 0 0 .01
27 T .10 0 T 0 0 0 T 0 0 0 0
28 0 T T .03 .83 0 0 0 0 0 .39 0
29 0 T .25 T .52 0 T 0 0 0 T 0
30 0   T 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 0   .03   T   0 0   0   0
Sums .13 .12 .58 .35 2.23 3.06 .58 2.16 .14 .02 .72 .14
Total Annual Precipitation - 10.23 inches

 

Table 2. Climatic Data Summary - 1960
Climatic Data Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Total Mean Seasonal
Precipitation
1960 Monthly .13 .12 .58 .35 2.23 3.06 .58 2.16 .14 .02 .72 .14 10.23 6.22
68 Year Average .45 .45 .75 1.25 2.20 3.50 2.19 1.77 1.21 .87 .55 .41 15.60 9.15
Mean Temperature - Degrees Farenheit
1960 10.6 14.6 16.3 42.1 52.8 60.2 71.5 68.1 58.8 45.3 28.8 17.0    
40-Year Average 10.2 13.2 24.9 41.8 52.2 61.6 68.1 66.2 56.0 43.7 28.1 16.2    
Wind Velocity - Miles per Hour
1960           4.5 4.8 4.2 4.0 3.9 3.6      
34-Year Average           6.7 6.7 5.6 4.7 4.9 5.2      
Last Killing Frost in the Spring First Killing Frost in the Fall Frost Free Season
1960 - May 16 1960 - September 17 1960 - 124 days
45 Year Average - May 18 45 Year Aver. - September 15 45 Year Average - 120 days

 

Table 3. Maximum Air Temperature oF - 1960
  June July August
1. 82 77 100
2. 74 90 96
3. 71 76 89
4. 68 76 94
5. 61 73 90
6. 68 73 86
7. 72 82 75
8. 86 88 76
9 73 92 67
10. 64 98 80
11. 69 96 84
12. 71 86 89
13. 68 87 92
14. 74 79 78
15. 71 81 78
16. 63 96 92
17. 67 90 90
18. 75 82 82
19. 72 91 85
20. 76 101 90
21. 73 107 96
22. 65 95 86
23. 60 92 107
24. 70 104 71
25. 77 81 85
26. 89 86 65
27. 80 92 80
28. 84 97 74
29. 78 91 75
30. 73 80 86
31.   87 92

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