History of Buffalo County
and Its People
by Samuel Clay Bassett
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE RECORDS IN BUFFALO COUNTY -- RECORDS DATING FROM THE YEAR 1849 -- RECORDS KEPT AT FORT KEARNEY, KEARNEY, RAVENNA, ELM CREEK AND WATERTOWN -- A CONTINUOUS RECORD KEPT BY ERASTUS SMITH AND MEMBERS OF HIS FAMILY FROM 1878 TO DATE, 1915 -- HIGHEST TEMPERATURE; LOWEST TEMPERATURE; AVERAGE TEMPERATURE -- AVERAGE DATE OF KILLING FROSTS IN SPRING AND AUTUMN.
MONTHLY AND ANNUAL PRECIPITATION IN BUFFALO COUNTY
Through the courtesy and kindness of Director G. A. Loveland of the Nebraska section of the climatological service of the weather bureau, United States Department of Agriculture, herewith is presented the monthly and annual precipitation, also mean temperatures as relate to Buffalo County. The keeping of a record of precipitation was begun at Fort Kearney in the year 1849 and in later years a like record has been kept at the City of Kearney. The keeping of such a record was begun by the late Erastus Smith at Ravenna in the year 1878 and continued until his death in 1909, and the record is still being kept by members of his family.
Monthly and Annual Precipitation at Fort Kearney and Kearney, 1849-1868
Monthly and Annual Precipitation at Fort Kearney and Kearney 1869-1915 and Monthly and Annual Precipitation at Ravenna, 1878-1879
Monthly and Annual Precipitation at Ravenna, 1880-1915 and Monthly and Annual Precipitation at Watertown, 1906-1915
Monthly and Annual Precipitation at Elm Creek, 1908-1915 and Monthly and Annual Mean Temperature at Ravenna, 1889-1915
In a record kept at Ravenna of twenty-four years of "highest temperature," twenty-four years of "lowest temperature," nineteen years of "mean temperature," and for thirty-one years of "average number of days with one-tenth inch or more of precipitation," there is herewith given the result by months: