Climatological Report (Monthly)
Issued by NWS Medford, OR

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CLMMFR

CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEDFORD, OR
510 AM PDT THU SEP 1 2016

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...THE MEDFORD OR CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST 2016...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1911 TO 2016

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH             114   08/08/1981
 LOW               39   08/27/1962
HIGHEST           109   08/19                        104  08/01
LOWEST             51   08/23                         51  08/31
AVG. MAXIMUM     95.6              90.7     4.9     92.0
AVG. MINIMUM     59.1              56.8     2.3     59.8
MEAN             77.3              73.7     3.6     75.9
DAYS MAX >= 90     24              17.5     6.5       24
DAYS MAX <= 32      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MIN <= 32      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.0     0.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         2.83   1976
TOTALS           0.00R             0.40   -0.40     0.04
DAILY AVG.       0.00              0.01   -0.01     0.00
DAYS >= .01         0               1.9    -1.9        2
DAYS >= .10         0               1.0    -1.0        0
DAYS >= .50         0               0.2    -0.2        0
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.0     0.0        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL       0

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL            0.0   2010
TOTALS            0.0               0.0     0.0      0.0
SINCE 7/1         0.0               0.0     0.0      0.0

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL       0                 4      -4        0
 SINCE 7/1          2                10      -8        0
COOLING TOTAL     390               275     115      349
 SINCE 1/1        945               707     238     1130

FREEZE DATES
RECORD
 EARLIEST     09/13/1921
 LATEST       06/12/1952
EARLIEST                        10/18
LATEST                          04/29
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              4.0
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    21/360    DATE  08/08
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    27/350    DATE  08/08

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.00
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           31
NUMBER OF DAYS PC              0
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          0

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     38

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       0
LIGHT RAIN                1     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       0
LIGHT SNOW                0     SLEET                      0
FOG                       0     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      0
HAZE                      4

-  INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.
R  INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.
T  INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.

&&

AFTER THE COOLEST JULY SINCE 2012, AND THE WETTEST JULY SINCE
2011, AUGUST 2016 WAS A RETURN TO THE ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES THAT
HAVE CHARACTERIZED THE PAST FEW SUMMERS. A STRONG UPPER LEVEL RIDGE
OF HIGH PRESSURE BROUGHT TRIPLE DIGIT TEMPERATURES TO MEDFORD AND
OTHER VALLEYS ON THE 11TH, 12TH, AND 13TH...WITH ONLY A SLIGHT
RELIEF DOWN TO THE UPPER 90S AS A TROUGH MOVED THROUGH. MUCH OF THE
CWA EXPERIENCED THE WARMEST DAYS OF THE YEAR ON THE 18TH, 19TH, AND
20TH, WITH MANY AREAS BREAKING MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORDS.
TEMPERATURES IN MEDFORD HIT 108, 109, AND 105 ON THOSE DAYS, SETTING
RECORDS. CONDITIONS WERE ALSO EXTREMELY DRY, WITH GUSTY WINDS IN
AREAS WHICH, COMBINED WITH RECEPTIVE FUELS WAS CONDUCIVE TO FIRE
DEVELOPMENT. THE WITHERS FIRE NEAR PAISLEY WAS IGNITED ON THE 17TH
AND SPREAD RAPIDLY DURING THIS PERIOD. ON THE 21ST, THE UPPER RIDGE
FLATTENED, AND TEMPERATURES LOWERED SOMEWHAT BUT REMAINED ABOVE
NORMAL FOR THE NEXT WEEK. THE CLEVELAND RIDGE FIRE, NEAR SHADY COVE
WAS IGNITED ON THE 22ND, AND BRINGING SOME AREA SMOKE. THE GAP FIRE,
NEAR SEIAD VALLEY, CA STARTED ON THE 27TH. THE GOLD CANYON FIRE,
NEAR SELMA, STARTED ON THE 30TH, BRINGING AREA SMOKE. TEMPERATURES
DROPPED BELOW NORMAL THE LAST FEW DAYS OF THE MONTH, AS THE SYNOPTIC
PATTERN TRANSITIONED TO ONSHORE FLOW.

TO PUT AUGUST 2016 INTO PERSPECTIVE, THE FOLLOWING RANKINGS ARE FOR
THE ENTIRE MONTH OF MEDFORD, AVERAGED. THESE RANKINGS ARE OUT OF 105
YEARS OF RECORDS.

-HIGH TEMPERATURES WERE THE 3RD WARMEST ON RECORD.
-LOW TEMPERATURES WERE THE 4TH WARMEST ON RECORD.
-AVERAGE TEMPERATURES WERE THE 2ND WARMEST ON RECORD.

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