On this date 37 years ago...

September 29, 2022
Do you remember what happened 37 years ago on this date?
Published: Sep. 29, 2022 at 6:36 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - How many of you can remember what happened 37 years ago on this date? Need a hint? Usually we want this to wait until December to give us a white Christmas. That wasn’t the case in 1985 as it came a little bit too early.

Yes, it was September 29, 1985 when a significantly early snow event occurred dumping anywhere from 2 inches in Bradshaw to a whopping 11 inches in Beaver City. The Tri-Cities fell somewhere in the middle receiving between 4 and 6 inches. The premature snow storm occurred as an early season arctic high descended onto the plains coupled with a strong high pressure system over the Eastern United States. With clockwise wind flow around both highs, the high over plains ushered in cold air from the north while the eastern high pumped lots of gulf moisture north into the colder air mass. This combination made for a wintry mess well before winter. Scenes like these were prevalent on that cold September day as some places saw their earliest measurable snowfall. Omaha, being one of those spots, received almost a third of an inch of snow. For those of you who are curious, believe it or not, the September 29th, 1985 snow was actually not the earliest measurable snow on record in the Tri-Cities. That prominence belongs to September 20, 1995 when Grand Island saw 3 inches.