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ANNUAL CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR
520 AM PST SUN JAN  1 2017

...ASTORIA 2016 WEATHER IN REVIEW...

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MONTHLY WEATHER RECAPS...

JANUARY...A WET MONTH WITH MEASUREABLE RAIN FALLING ON 24 DAYS.
   A FRONT ON THE 21ST BROUGHT 3.52 INCHES OF RAIN TO ASTORIA
   AIRPORT...BUT AREAS IN NEARBY COASTAL MOUNTAINS PICKED UP 5
   TO 7 INCHES OF RAIN. BUT THE MOST POWERFUL FRONT ARRIVED ON
   THE 28TH...WITH STRONG SOUTHERLY WINDS. WINDS KNOCKED DOWN
   TREES ESPECIALLY IN THE COAST RANGE...AND CAUSED SEVERAL
   POWER OUTAGES. WINDS GUSTED 60 TO 70 MPH ALONG THE COASTAL
   AREAS...WITH 63 MPH AT THE ASTORIA AIRPORT.

FEBRUARY...LIKE JANUARY...IT WAS ANOTHER WET AND BREEZY MONTH.
   STRONGEST FRONT PUSHED ANOTHER ROUND OF STRONG SOUTHERLY
   WINDS ACROSS THE REGION ON THE 4TH AND 5TH...WITH GUSTS OF
   45 TO 60 MPH. IT REMAINS FAIRLY BREEZY THROUGH THE MIDDLE
   OF THE MONTH AS FRONTS CONTINUED TO PUSH ONSHORE. THE LAST
   WEEK OF FEBRUARY BROUGHT SOMEWHAT LIGHTER WINDS BUT RAIN
   CONTINUED...ALBEIT NOT AS HEAVY AS EARLIER IN THE MONTH.

MARCH...WHY STOP AT 2 MONTHS OF WIND AND RAIN? MOTHER NATURE
   ADDED A THIRD...AS MARCH ROARED IN LIKE A LION WITH GUSTY
   SOUTHERLY WINDS AND HEAVY RAIN. A STRONG FRONT ON THE 1ST
   BROUGHT OVER AN INCH OF RAIN AND 50 TO 60 MPH SOUTH WINDS.
   BUT THE STRONGEST FRONT ARRIVED ON THE 9TH INTO THE 10TH
   WITH STRONG DAMAGING SOUTHERLY WINDS. WINDS GUSTED 70 TO 80
   MPH ACROSS THE REGION...BUT ON EXPOSED HEADLANDS AND OVER
   THE HIGH EXPOSED RIDGES...WINDS GUSTY 90 TO 100 MPH. EVEN
   ON THE MEGLER BRIDGE...WINDS HIT 97 MPH. DOWNED TREES AND
   DEBRIS TEMPORARILY CLOSED ROADS...CAUSED DAMAGE AND BROUGH
   DOWN POWER LINES. NEAR NECANICUM ON HWY 26...ONE PERSON
   DIED WHEN A TREE FELL AND CRUSHED THEIR CAR.  YET ANOTHER
   ROUND OF WINDS ARRIVED ON THE 13TH...BUT THESE WERE NOT
   AS STRONG AS THOSE ON THE 9TH AND 10TH.

   MARCH QUIETED DOWN QUITE A BIT LATER IN THE MONTH...WITH
   WEAKER FRONTS AND RAIN AT TIMES. MARCH WENT OUT LIKE A
   LAMB...WITH PARTLY CLOUDY SKIES...RELATIVELY LIGHT WINDS
   AND TEMPERATURES IN THE 60S.

APRIL...AFTER A WILD START TO THE YEAR...APRIL PROVIDED A
   WELCOME BREAK FROM THE PERSISTENT CLOUDY AND RAINY DAYS.
   OVERALL...IT WAS A RATHER PLEASANT MONTH...WITH DAILY
   TEMPERATURES ABOVE NORMAL. WARM OFFSHORE WINDS BROUGHT A
   RARE DAY OF 80+ DEG TEMPERATURES ON THE 17TH. APRIL 2016
   WAS THE 4TH WARMEST FOR THE ASTORIA AREA SINCE 1890...
   AND THE WARMEST SINCE OBSERVATIONS BEGAN AT THE AIRPORT
   IN 1953. ON THE FLIP SIDE...ASTORIA GOT ABOUT 38 PERCENT
   OF ITS NORMAL APRIL RAINFALL.

MAY...ANOTHER GREAT MAY...QUITE PLEASANT MONTH FOR GARDENERS
   AND OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS AS RAINFALL WAS BELOW NORMAL AND
   TEMPERATURES STAYED MILD. MOST DAYS SAW TEMPERATURES IN
   THE 60S...WITH A FEW DAYS IN THE 70S. WHILE NOT A RECORD
   THERE WERE 27 DAYS WITH TEMPERATURES ABOVE 60 DEG...THE
   MOST SINCE 1997.

JUNE...BIT OF RAIN ON THE 1ST AND 2ND...THEN A TASTE OF SUMMER
   AS IT GOT WARM AND SUNNY UNDER HIGH PRESSURE. TEMPERATURES
   CLIMBED WELL INTO THE 70S FROM THE 3RD TO THE 7TH. ON THE
   4TH...TEMPERATURES SPIKED AT 87 DEG. THIS WAS THE WARMEST
   JUNE DAY SINCE 2004. AFTER THE 7TH...MORE JUNE-LIKE WEATHER
   RETURNED...WITH AVERAGE TEMPERATURES AND OCCASIONAL RAIN.
   ON THE MORNING OF THE 18TH...A THUNDERSTORM PRODUCED A
   WATERSPOUT JUST OFF CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT.

JULY...A RATHER BENIGN MONTH OF WEATHER...WITH NEAR NORMAL RAIN.
   FOR THE MOST PART...HIGH TEMPERATURES WERE A BIT COOLER THAN
   NORMAL FOR JULY...BUT WITH NIGHT TIME TEMPERATURES UP A BIT
   THE OVERALL AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS FAIRLY CLOSE TO NORMAL.
   SHOWERS ON THE 10TH DID PRODUCE A FEW SHORT-LIVED FUNNEL
   CLOUDS OVER CLACKAMAS AND WASHINGTON COUNTY.

AUGUST...MOST OF AUGUST WAS ON THE MILD SIDE...THOUGH MOST
   OF THE RAIN OCCURRED IN THE FRIST 10 DAYS OF THE MONTH.
   BUTY AFTER THE 12TH...GREAT SUMMER BEACH WEATHER RETURNED
   WITH PARTLY TO MOSTLY SUNNY DAYS AND MILD TEMPERATURES.
   TEMPERATURES WERE FREQUENTLY IN THE UPPER 70S TO 80S...
   AND INTO THE 90S ON SEVERAL DAYS. THE HOTTEST DAY WAS
   THE 19TH WHEN ASTORIA REACHED 98 DEG. IN FACT...
   TEMPERATURES CLIMBED ABOVE 90 DEG ON THREE DAYS...WHICH
   TIED WITH 1942 AS MOST DAYS WITH AT LEAST 90 DEG. OVERALL
   AUGUST 2016 FINISHED AS THE 3RD WARMEST AUGUST ON RECORD.

SEPTEMBER...A DELIGHTFUL MONTH...WITH MILD TEMPERATURES AND
   NEAR NORMAL RAINFALL. THE HIGH OF 80 DEG ON 13TH CAPPED
   WHAT WAS FOR THE MOST PART A GREAT SUMMER. AFTERWARDS...
   TEMPERATURES COOLED BACK TO NEAR AVERAGE.

OCTOBER...THE FIRST DAY SHOULD HAVE BEEN AN OMEN OF WHAT WAS
   IN STORE FOR THE ASTORIA AREA...AND THE NORTH COAST AS WELL.
   OCTOBER STARTED WITH A WATERSPOUT NEAR CLATSOP SPIT.
   RAIN FELL ON NEARLY EVERY DAY...WITH THE 10TH AND 11TH
   BEING THE ONLY DRY DAYS. THERE WERE 29 DAYS WITH MEASUREABLE
   RAINFALL (0.01 INCH OR MORE)...BREAKING PREVIOUS RECORD FOR
   OCTOBER OF 26 DAYS FROM 1956. OCTOBER 2016 FINISHED AS THE
   2ND WETTEST ON RECORD...WITH 16.32 INCHES OF RAIN (OVER 10
   INCHES ABOVE NORMAL). THE RECORD WETTEST WAS IN 1950 WITH
   17.70 INCHES OF RAIN.

   MAIN EVENT OF THE MONTH WAS THE IDES OF OCTOBER STORM WHICH
   FIRST MADE IT PRESENCE FELT ON THE 13TH WITH STRONG SOUTH
   WINDS AS A STRONG LOW PRESSURE AREA MOVED NORTHEAST JUST
   OFFSHORE. WHILE THE STORM WAS NOT AS INTENSE AS FORECAST...
   WINDS STILL GUSTED 65 TO 85 MPH ACROSS THE AREA. A FEW SPOTS
   ON THE HEADLANDS AND EXPOSED RIDGES RECORDED GUSTS 95 TO 100
   MPH. PLENTY OF TREE BRANCHES WERE BROKEND...WITH MANY REPORTS
   OF DOWNED TREES AND POWER LINES. MANY LIMBS GOT ENTANGLED
   WITH POWER LINES...RESULTING IN POWER OUTAGES TO MANY. THE
   WINDY CONDITIONS CONTINUED THROUGH THE 15TH WITH GUSTS 45 TO
   60 MPH AT TIMES.

   ON THE 14TH...RATHER UNSTABLE AIR MASS ON THE BACK SIDE OF
   THE STORM BROUGHT SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ONSHORE. MANY
   OF THESE THUNDERSTORMS BROUGHT HEAVY RAIN AND GUSTY WINDS.
   SOME OF THE STORMS PRODUCED WATERSPOUTS OVER THE PACIFIC.
   AS THE WATERSPOUTS CAME ONSHORE...THEY ARE CALLED TORNADOES.
   ONE THE STRONGEST HIT MANZANITA IN THE MORNING.

   AFTER THE IDES OF OCTOBER STORM...WEATHER STAYED WET BUT
   NOT AS WINDY...THOUGH DID SEE WINDS HIT 55 TO 70 MPH AGAIN
   WITH A STRONG FRONT ON THE 26TH. A COMMON SIGHT WAS THE
   OCCASIONALLY FLOODED LOW-LYING AREAS DUE TO A COMBINATION
   OF TOO MUCH RAIN FALLING TOO FAST AND LEAF-CLOGGED DRAINS.

NOVEMBER...IT WAS A WET MONTH AND QUITE MILD MONTH FOR ASTORIA.
   SEVERAL FRONTS PUSHED ACROSS AREA...WITH THE STRONGEST AND
   WETTEST PERIOD OCCURRING AROUND THANKSGIVING. ON THE 24TH...
   3 TO 5 INCHES OF RAIN FELL ACROSS THE AREA...CREATING LOTS
   OF LOW LYING FLOODING. EARLY ON THE 25TH...MANY OF THE
   LARGER RIVERS CRESTED LESS THAN A FOOT ABOVE FLOOD STAGE
   WITH MINOR FLOODING REPORTED. GRAYS RIVER CRESTED 2 FEET
   ABOVE FLOOD STAGE.

   WITH SOME MANY CLOUDY AND WET DAYS...TEMPERATURES NEVER
   DROPPED BELOW 40 DEG. WHILE NOT ALL THAT RARE...THIS WAS
   THE FIRST FREEZE-FREE OCT-NOV SINCE 2009. TYPICALLY...
   ASTORIA SEES ITS FIRST FALL 32 DEG OR COLDER AROUND NOV 6.
   BUT THIS YEAR...NOTHING. IT WONT HAPPEN UNTIL EARLY DEC.

   IT WAS THE SECOND WARMEST NOVEMBER ON RECORD...WITH AN
   AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 53.3 DEG (RECORD IS 54.4 IN 1999).

DECEMBER...TYPICAL DECEMBER WITH MIX OF WET AND MILD DAYS...
   WITH SOME CHILLY RAIN DAYS. OVERALL...MOST OF THE MONTH
   WAS NOT THAT OUT OF ORDINARY.

   FIRST FREEZE OF THE 2016-17 WINTER SEASON OCCURRED ON DEC 6.
   THIS IS A MONTH LATER THAN WHAT IS NORMALLY EXPECTED.

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NEW RECORDS SET IN 2016 (PREVIOUS RECORD IN PARENTHESES)
     + INDICATES MOST RECENT OF MULTIPLE OCCURRENCES

JANUARY...
  21ST   NEW.  DAILY PRECIPITATION         3.52" ( 3.33"/1954)

FEBRUARY...
   9TH   NEW.  DAILY HIGH TEMP               67  (   65 /1963)

MARCH...
   9TH   NEW.  DAILY PRECIPITATION         1.91" ( 1.51"/1998)

APRIL...
   7TH   NEW.  DAILY HIGH TEMP               81  (   77 /1938)
  17TH   NEW.  DAILY HIGH TEMP               85  (   81 /1983)
  18TH   NEW.  DAILY HIGH TEMP               74  (   70 /1934)
   APR   4TH WARMEST APRIL ON RECORD

MAY...
   1ST   TIED. DAILY HIGH TEMP               81  (   81 /2014)

JUNE...   NO RECORDS SET OR TIED.

JULY...   NO RECORDS SET OR TIED.

AUGUST...
   AUG    TIED. MOST DAYS 90+ DEG          3 DAYS (    3 /1942)
   AUG    3RD WARMEST AUGUST ON RECORD

SEPTEMBER... NO RECORDS SET OR TIED.

OCTOBER...
   13TH   NEW.  DAILY PRECIPITATION         3.22" ( 1.24"/1913)
   14TH   NEW.  DAILY PRECIPITATION         1.56" ( 1.22"/2012)
   OCT    NEW.  MOST RAINY DAYS (>0.01")   29 DAYS(   26 /1956)
   OCT    2ND WETTEST OCTOBER ON RECORD

NOVEMBER...
   8TH   NEW.  DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE        71  (  70 /1941+)
   NOV   TIED. MOST DAYS WITH >1 INCH      8 DAYS(   8 /2009+)
   NOV   2ND WARMEST NOVEMBER ON RECORD

DECEMBER... NO RECORDS SET OR TIED.

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2016 ASTORIA MONTHLY TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION RANKINGS

RANKINGS ARE 1 TO 125...WHERE 1 IS THE WARMEST OR WETTEST
               AND 125 IS THE DRIEST OR COLDEST ON RECORD.

        JA  FE  MA  AP  MA  JU  JL  AU  SE  OC  NO  DE  2016
MAX T   17  11  21   8  19  26  50  12  30  35   3  91     7
MIN T   12   3  12   5  19  24   1  13  30   8   3 101     1
AVG T   16   7  15   4  16  23  12   3  23  12   2 100     4
PRECIP  32  56  13 116 121  75  46  90  80   2  11  79    20

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2016 ASTORIA AIRPORT TEMPERATURE DATA
     + INDICATES MOST RECENT OF MULTIPLE OCCURRENCES

      |--- AVERAGES ----| MEAN T DEPART| EXTREME TEMPS/DATE  |
MONTH |HIGHS LOWS   MEAN|  FROM NORMAL | HIGHEST      LOWEST |
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JAN     51.3  40.2   45.7   +1.9 DEG     61 /26TH    29 / 3RD
FEB     55.2  42.7   49.0   +4.6 DEG     67 / 9TH    34 / 2ND
MAR     56.2  41.6   48.9   +2.5 DEG     69 /30TH    32 /17TH
APR     61.6  44.9   53.3   +4.6 DEG     85 /17TH    36 /26TH
MAY     63.8  47.6   55.7   +2.7 DEG     81 / 1ST    42 /30TH
JUN     66.6  51.7   59.1   +2.1 DEG     87 / 4TH    44 /16TH+
JUL     68.8  56.8   62.8   +2.5 DEG     74 /28TH    52 /24TH+
AUG     72.8  55.7   64.3   +3.4 DEG     98 /19TH    51 /29TH+
SEP     69.0  51.9   60.5   +2.0 DEG     80 /13TH    44 /29TH
OCT     62.2  50.2   56.2   +3.6 DEG     68 /11TH    40 /11TH+
NOV     59.1  47.6   53.3   +6.5 DEG     71 / 8TH    41 /17TH
DEC     47.2  35.0   41.1   -1.6 DEG     56 /20TH+   27 /16TH

2016    61.2  47.2   54.2   +2.9 DEG    98 /AUG 19  27 /DEC 16
NORMAL  58.6  43.9   51.3

DAYS WITH TEMPERATURES IN 2016 WHERE...
       |------ MAXIMUM TEMP --------||------ MINIMUM TEMP ---|
       <=32  60+  70+  80+  90+ 100+  <=20  <=32   50+   60+
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JAN      0    1    0    0    0    0      0     3    0     0
FEB      0    6    0    0    0    0      0     0    2     0
MAR      0    6    0    0    0    0      0     1    1     0
APR      0   15    3    2    0    0      0     0    4     0
MAY      0   27    6    1    0    0      0     0   11     0
JUN      0   30    7    1    0    0      0     0   23     0
JUL      0   31   12    0    0    0      0     0   31     3
AUG      0   31   13    6    3    0      0     0   31     2
SEP      0   30    8    1    0    0      0     0   19     1
OCT      0   26    0    0    0    0      0     0   18     0
NOV      0   12    1    0    0    0      0     0    9     0
DEC      0    0    0    0    0    0      0    10    0     0

2016     0  215   50   11    3    0      0    13  149     6
NORMAL  <1  160   33    4    0    0      1    28  102     2

FIRST/LAST OCCURRENCES OF...        IN 2016       NORMAL
  LAST 32 DEG OR COLDER IN SPRING    MAR 17       APR  7
  FIRST 70+ DEG OF THE YEAR          APR  7       APR 12
  FIRST 80+ DEG OF THE YEAR          APR  7       JUN 13
  FIRST 90+ DEG OF THE YEAR          AUG 19       JUL  3

  LAST 90+ DEG OF THE YEAR           AUG 26       JUL 14
  LAST 80+ DEG OF THE YEAR           SEP 13       SEP 11
  LAST 70+ DEG OF THE YEAR           NOV  8       OCT 15
  FIRST 32 DEG OR COLDER IN FALL     DEC  6       NOV  6

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2016 ASTORIA AIRPORT RAINFALL DATA...

       TOTAL  DEPARTURE  DAYS WITH AT LEAST...  GREATEST IN
MONTH   RAIN  FM NORMAL   0.01 0.10 0.50 1.00   24HRS & DATE
---------------------------------------------------------------
JAN    13.75    +3.55      24   22   11    3    3.64 JAN 21-22
FEB     8.53    +1.34      23   19    8    0    1.55 FEB 13-14
MAR    12.10    +4.65      24   20    7    4    1.91 MAR  9
APR     1.99    -3.21      14    8    0    0    0.43 APR 21-22
MAY     0.86    -2.46       9    3    0    0    0.38 MAY 14
JUN     2.00    -0.55      12    5    1    0    0.73 JUN  9-10
JUL     1.12    +0.09      10    4    0    0    0.54 JUL  9-10
AUG     0.50    -0.66       6    1    0    0    0.25 AUG  7-8
SEP     2.13    -0.01      12    6    1    0    0.80 SEP 17-18
OCT    16.32   +10.34      29   21   13    4    3.37 OCT 12-13
NOV    17.20    +6.05      26   22   11    8    3.64 NOV 23-24
DEC    10.35    +0.46      23   18    5    2    2.23 DEC 19-20

 2016  86.85   +19.59     212  149   57   21    3.64 NOV 23-24+
NORMAL 67.26              191  128   45   14

ASTORIA WATER YEAR 2015-16 (1 OCT 2015 THROUGH 30 SEP 2016)
      85.51 INCHES    18.25 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL

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2016 ASTORIA AIRPORT WIND AND PRESSURE DATA...

     AVERAGE SPEED (MPH)     STRONGEST WIND GUST (MPH)
         2016    NORMAL     DIRECTION   SPEED    DATE
------------------------------------------------------------
JAN      7.9    8.8         SOUTH       62 MPH   JAN 28
FEB      7.8    8.4         SOUTH       49 MPH   FEB  5
MAR      9.4    8.3         SOUTHWEST   74 MPH   MAR  9
APR      7.0    8.2         SOUTHWEST   34 MPH   APR 13
MAY      7.6    8.1         SOUTHWEST   30 MPH   MAY  2
JUN      7.9    8.3         WEST        34 MPH   JUN 14
JUL      8.2    8.5         SOUTHWEST   32 MPH   JUL 18
AUG      7.5    7.7         SOUTHWEST   29 MPH   AUG 20
SEP      6.7    7.0         SOUTHWEST   40 MPH   SEP 23
OCT      8.5    7.1         SOUTHWEST   65 MPH   OCT 13
NOV      7.4    8.3         SOUTH       51 MPH   NOV 27
DEC      7.5    8.7         SOUTH       50 MPH   DEC 19

2016     7.8    8.0         SOUTHWEST   74 MPH   MAR  9

HIGHEST PRESSURE IN 2016...      30.59 INCHES    APR  5
LOWEST PRESSURE IN 2016...       29.06 INCHES    OCT 15

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ASTORIA AREA CLIMATE PERIOD OF RECORDS...   1892 TO 2016
ASTORIA AIRPORT PERIOD OF RECORD...         1953 TO 2016
ASTORIA CLIMATE NORMALS BASED ON...    1981 TO 2010
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DATA COMPILED BY ROCKEY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OREGON

ONLINE AT:     WEATHER.GOV/PORTLAND


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