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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
528 AM EST SUN MAR 1 2015

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...THE FORT WAYNE CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2015...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1912 TO 2015

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              73   02/25/2000
 LOW              -19   02/09/1899
HIGHEST            45   02/08        MM      MM       49  02/20
LOWEST             -6   02/24        MM      MM      -16  02/11
                        02/23
AVG. MAXIMUM     24.4              36.3   -11.9     26.3
AVG. MINIMUM      7.0              20.3   -13.3      9.0
MEAN             15.7              28.3   -12.6
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32     23               9.2    13.8       21
DAYS MIN <= 32     28              24.4     3.6       28
DAYS MIN <= 0       9               1.6     7.4        8

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         6.84   1990
 MINIMUM         0.20   1920
TOTALS           1.54              2.04   -0.50     3.49
DAILY AVG.       0.05              0.07   -0.02     0.12
DAYS >= .01        11              10.1     0.9       10
DAYS >= .10         3               5.1    -2.1        7
DAYS >= .50         1               1.2    -0.2        2
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.2    -0.2        2
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.85   01/31 TO 02/01

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           19.2   2014
TOTALS           19.0               7.7    11.3     19.2
SINCE 7/1        36.5              28.4     8.1     60.4
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      3                 3       0        5
DAYS >= 1.0         5               2.4     2.6        7
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         9   02/02                         11
 24 HR TOTAL      9.0   02/01 TO 02/01

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1374              1027     347     1319
 SINCE 7/1       5149              4598     551     5253
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              10.3
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    37/340    DATE  02/14
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    47/320    DATE  02/14

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.70
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR            5
NUMBER OF DAYS PC              9
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         14

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     74

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               1
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       0
LIGHT RAIN                3     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          5     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                2     SNOW                       4
LIGHT SNOW               18     SLEET                      0
FOG                      18     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      2
HAZE                      8

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

&&

...AN EXTREMELY COLD AND SNOWY FEBRUARY IN FORT WAYNE AREA...

FEBRUARY BEGAN WITH A POWERFUL WINTER STORM THAT DROPPED RECORD
SNOWFALL ACROSS THE REGION. THIS SET THE STAGE FOR A VERY COLD AND
SNOWY MONTH WITH SEVERAL RECORDS BEING BROKEN FOR BOTH SNOW AND
COLD. AS A MATTER OF FACT...THE SECOND HALF OF FEBRUARY WAS THE
COLDEST ON RECORD. FITTINGLY...THE MONTH ENDED AS IT STARTED WITH
SNOW DURING THE FINAL HOURS.

A RECORD SNOWFALL OF 9.0 INCHES OCCURRED ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE
MONTH...BREAKING THE OLD RECORD FOR THIS DATE BY MORE THAN 4 INCHES.
THIS WAS ALSO THE SECOND HIGHEST SINGLE DAY SNOWFALL FOR ANY DAY IN
FEBRUARY AND TIED AS THE 7TH HIGHEST SINGLE DAY SNOWFALL FOR ANY
MONTH AT FORT WAYNE.

MEASURABLE SNOW CONTINUED TO FALL AT FORT WAYNE THROUGH THE 4TH.
SEASONABLE TEMPERATURES AND GENERALLY DRY CONDITIONS THEN FOLLOWED
UNTIL THE 12TH. THIS WAS WHEN THE FIRST WAVE OF BRUTALLY COLD ARCTIC
AIR ARRIVED THAT REMAINED ENTRENCHED ACROSS THE REGION THROUGH THE END
OF THE MONTH. EVERY DAY FROM THE 12TH TO THE 28TH OF FEBRUARY HAD AN
AVERAGE DAILY TEMPERATURE BELOW NORMAL. ALL BUT JUST TWO DAYS IN
THIS STRETCH HAD AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF AT LEAST 10 DEGREES BELOW
NORMAL AND 9 DAYS SAW THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 20 DEGREES OR MORE
BELOW NORMAL. THIS STRETCH OF FEBRUARY WAS ALSO...BY FAR...THE
COLDEST EVER RECORDED. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FROM THE 12TH TO THE
28TH WAS JUST 11.3 DEGREES. THE PREVIOUS COLDEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
FROM THE 12TH TO 28TH WAS 14.5 DEGREES SET IN 1978.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH OF FEBRUARY WAS 15.7
DEGREES...12.6 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 3RD COLDEST
FEBRUARY ON RECORD. THE COLDEST WAS 1978 WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
OF 11.8 DEGREES. IN COMPARISON...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN FEBRUARY
2014 WAS 17.6 DEGREES AND THAT RANKED AS THE 6TH COLDEST FEBRUARY.
THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE THIS MONTH WAS 45 DEGREES ON THE 8TH AND THE
COLDEST TEMPERATURE WAS 6 BELOW ZERO ON THE 23RD AND 24TH. THE 45
DEGREE HIGH WAS THE 10TH COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR A FEBRUARY
WHILE THE 6 BELOW WAS TIED AS THE 26TH COLDEST TEMPERATURE EVER
RECORDED IN FEBRUARY.

PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS 1.54 INCHES...0.50 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 49TH DRIEST FEBRUARY. DESPITE HAVING
BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION...THE VERY COLD AIR ALLOWED NEARLY ALL OF
THE PRECIPITATION TO FALL AS SNOW WITH A HIGH RATIO OF SNOW TO
LIQUID. TOTAL SNOWFALL WAS 19.0 INCHES...11.3 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.
THIS RANKED AS THE 2ND SNOWIEST FEBRUARY...JUST 0.2 INCHES SHORT OF
THE RECORD SET JUST LAST YEAR WITH 19.2 INCHES.

EVERY DAY THIS MONTH HAD A LOW TEMPERATURE BELOW FREEZING AND 23
DAYS HAD A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 32 DEGREES OR COLDER. MEASURABLE
PRECIPITATION FELL ON 11 DAYS AND ONE DAY...THE FIRST...HAD 0.82
INCHES OF PRECIPITATION. THIS WAS MORE THAN HALF OF THE MONTHLY
TOTAL.

$$
LASHLEY




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