Climatological Report (Monthly)
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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA/GRAND FORKS
344 AM CST SUN JAN 1 2017

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...THE GRAND FORKS CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 2016...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1941 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              56   12/09/1990
 LOW              -32   12/31/1967
HIGHEST            36   12/20        19      17       45  12/05
LOWEST            -24   12/18         2     -26      -12  12/28
                                                          12/27
AVG. MAXIMUM     21.1              20.3     0.8     27.5
AVG. MINIMUM      5.0               2.6     2.4     12.4
MEAN             13.1              11.5     1.6     19.9
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32     22              24.0    -2.0       20
DAYS MIN <= 32     31              30.9     0.1       31
DAYS MIN <= 0      12              13.6    -1.6        7

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         1.96   1988
 MINIMUM         0.07   1979
TOTALS           1.61              0.61    1.00     1.06
DAILY AVG.       0.05              0.02    0.03     0.03
DAYS >= .01        12               8.5     3.5        6
DAYS >= .10         6               1.9     4.1        5
DAYS >= .50         0               0.1    -0.1        0
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.0     0.0        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.52   12/25 TO 12/26

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           30.2   1996
TOTALS           25.1              10.7    14.4     15.3
SINCE 7/1        26.2              19.9     6.3     18.0
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      6                 4       2        3
DAYS >= 1.0         5               3.4     1.6        4
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        10   12/07                          6  12/16
 24 HR TOTAL      8.8R  12/06 TO 12/06

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1604              1660     -56     1388
 SINCE 7/1       3072              3859    -787     3053
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1        434               379      55      476
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              13.8
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    38/330    DATE  12/26
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    47/320    DATE  12/06

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.70
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR            8
NUMBER OF DAYS PC              8
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         15

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     75

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       0
LIGHT RAIN                2     FREEZING RAIN              1
LT FREEZING RAIN          1     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                3     SNOW                       6
LIGHT SNOW               18     SLEET                      1
FOG                      15     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      1
HAZE                     12

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

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REMARKS...

DECEMBER 2016 WAS WET AND SNOWY AT THE GRAND FORKS INTERNATIONAL
AIRPORT. TOTAL SNOWFALL ADDED UP TO 25.1 INCHES, NEARLY 15 INCHES
ABOVE THE MONTHLY NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS NUMBER 3 ON THE LIST OF
HIGHEST TOTAL SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER. THE PRECIPITATION
TOTAL OF 1.61 INCHES RANKED SECOND HIGHEST FOR DECEMBER. ON THE
OTHER HAND, TEMPERATURES WERE QUITE CLOSE TO AVERAGES FOR THE MONTH.

SEVERAL DAILY RECORDS WERE SET DURING THE MONTH. RECORDS FOR DAILY
SNOWFALL OCCURRED ON THE 5TH AND 6TH WITH 4.5 AND 8.8 INCHES,
RESPECTIVELY. THE 0.31 INCH OF LIQUID EQUIVALENT RECEIVED ON THE
25TH WAS A RECORD FOR THE DATE.

REMEMBER...THIS DATA IS PROVISIONAL AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE. THE FINAL
AND OFFICIAL RECORDS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM THE FROM THE NATIONAL
CENTERS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION (FORMERLY THE NATIONAL CLIMATE
DATA CENTER).

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