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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OHIO
818 AM EST MON NOV 17 2014

...OHIO WINTER SAFETY WEEK 2014: NOVEMBER 16TH THROUGH
NOVEMBER 22ND...

THE WINTER OF 2013-2014 WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR BEING THE
COLDEST IN 30 YEARS.IT WAS ALSO SNOWY WITH ALL OF THE
MAJOR CLIMATE SITES FINISHING THE SEASON WITH TOP TEN SNOWFALL
TOTALS.  THE WINTER WAS CHARACTERIZED BY PERIODS OF BITTERLY COLD
WEATHER AND FREQUENT ROUNDS OF SNOW.  TOLEDOS SEASONAL SNOWFALL
TOTAL OF 86.3 INCHES ESTABLISHED A NEW RECORD.  TOLEDO, MANSFIELD
AND YOUNGSTOWN ENDED THE SEASON WITH AVERAGE TEMPERATURES PLACING
THEM IN THE TOP TEN COLDEST EVER!  MANY DAILY RECORD LOWS WERE ALSO
SET OVER THE COURSE OF THE WINTER.  BOTH TOLEDO AND MANSFIELD SET
SEVEN NEW RECORDS LOWS WITH SIX NEW RECORDS AT CLEVELAND.   TOLEDO
SAW AN ASTONISHING 25 DAYS WITH TEMPERATURES OF ZERO OR COLDER.
SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT NORTHERN OHIO WERE CLOSED MANY DAYS BECAUSE OF
THE COLD.

THE SEASON GOT OFF TO AN EARLY START WITH LAKE EFFECT SNOW IN
NORTHEAST OHIO ON OCTOBER 24TH AND 25TH.  UP TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW
FELL TO THE EAST OF CLEVELAND.  THE WET HEAVY SNOW TOOK DOWN TREES
AND POWER LINES RESULTING IN WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES.  SEVERAL
PLANES ON FINAL APPROACH TO CLEVELAND HOPKINS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
WERE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING FROM THE SNOW BANDS.  FORTUNATELY, NO
INJURIES OCCURRED.   AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE MOVED UP THE
APPALACHIANS AND SPREAD HEAVY SNOW INTO THE CANTON AND YOUNGSTOWN
AREAS ON NOVEMBER 26TH AND 27TH.  UP TO A FOOT OF SNOW WAS REPORTED
IN THE SOUTHEASTERN CORNER OF MAHONING COUNTY.

DECEMBER WAS THE ONLY MONTH OF THE ENTIRE WINTER THAT SAW NEAR
NORMAL TEMPERATURES.  THERE WERE SEVERAL EPISODES OF LIGHT SNOW
DURING THE MONTH.  THE ONLY NOTABLE WINTER STORM DUMPED OVER 7
INCHES OF SNOW ON THE TOLEDO AREA ON DECEMBER 14TH.

WINTER REALLY GOT GOING IN JANUARY.  HEAVY SNOW FELL ON MUCH OF
NORTHEAST OHIO ON THE 1ST AND 2ND.  OVER A FOOT OF SNOW FELL TO THE
EAST OF CLEVELAND.  AN ARCTIC AIR MASS THEN SETTLED OVER THE REGION
ON THE 6TH AND 7TH.  THE COLD AIR WAS ACCOMPANIED BY STRONG WESTERLY
WINDS AND LED TO WIND CHILLS AS LOW AS MINUS 40.   LOW TEMPERATURES
WERE THE COLDEST SINCE JANUARY 1994 AND NEW RECORD LOWS WERE
ESTABLISHED AT ALL OF THE MAJOR CLIMATE SITES ON BOTH THE 6TH AND
7TH.  THERE WERE AT LEAST TWO COLD RELATED DEATHS IN NORTHERN
OHIO.   THE COLD AND SNOWY WEATHER CONTINUED THE REMAINDER OF THE
MONTH.  TOLEDO HAD ITS SNOWIEST MONTH EVER WITH 40.2 INCHES OF SNOW
AND ITS 6TH COLDEST JANUARY WITH SUBZERO LOWS ELEVEN TIMES.

THE BITTERLY COLD WEATHER CONTINUED IN FEBRUARY WITH ALL OF THE
CLIMATE SITES HAVING ONE OF THEIR TEN COLDEST FEBRUARYS EVER.  LOW
TEMPERATURES AGAIN PLUMMETED BELOW ZERO SEVERAL TIMES.  A
SIGNIFICANT STORM SYSTEM AFFECTED THE REGION ON THE 4TH AND 5TH.  A
MIXTURE OF SNOW, FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET FELL ACROSS NORTHERN OHIO.
OVER 10 INCHES OF SNOW FELL ACROSS THE NORTHERN TIER OF COUNTRIES
WITH SIGNIFICANT ICE ACCUMULATION FURTHER SOUTH.  SCHOOLS WERE AGAIN
CLOSED FOR SEVERAL DAYS.   ANOTHER EPISODE OF HEAVY SNOW OCCURRED ON
THE 17TH AND 18TH.  THIS TIME NORTHEAST OHIO SAW THE GREATEST
ACCUMULATIONS.  MORE RECORD COLD OCCURRED AT THE END OF THE MONTH.

THE FRIGID WEATHER CONTINUED IN MARCH WITH AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FOR
THE MONTH AT LEAST SIX DEGREES BELOW NORMAL AT ALL OF THE CLIMATE
SITES.   ANOTHER MAJOR WINTER STORMS HIT THE REGION ON THE 12TH WITH
A MIXTURE OF HEAVY SNOW AND FREEZING RAIN REPORTED.  SCHOOLS WERE
AGAIN CLOSED ACROSS MOST OF THE AREA.

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