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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
1035 AM EST TUE JAN 1 2013

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...THE FORT WAYNE CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE YEAR OF 2012...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1912 TO 2012

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE
                                          NORMAL
.............................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH             106   06/28/2012
                        06/25/1988
                        07/14/1936
 LOW              -24   01/12/1918
HIGHEST           106R  06/28        MM      MM      100
LOWEST              3   01/20        MM      MM      -13
                        01/15
AVG. MAXIMUM     64.5              60.3     4.2     61.1
AVG. MINIMUM     43.0              40.6     2.4     42.1
MEAN             53.8              50.5     3.3
DAYS MAX >= 90     42              13.4    28.6       36
DAYS MAX <= 32     19              39.4   -20.4       39
DAYS MIN <= 32    119             123.2    -4.2      116
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               6.5    -6.5        6

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        54.58   1990
 MINIMUM        24.40   1962
TOTALS          28.58             38.34   -9.76    49.54
DAILY AVG.       0.08              0.11   -0.03     0.14
DAYS >= .01       123             133.9   -10.9      151
DAYS >= .10        72              76.7    -4.7       93
DAYS >= .50        15              24.6    -9.6       33
DAYS >= 1.00        6               8.2    -2.2       11

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           61.6   1982
TOTALS           30.8              33.5    -2.7     46.6
SINCE 7/1         9.6              10.6    -1.0     11.0
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                MM      MM        1
DAYS >= TRACE      47              32.5    14.5       61
DAYS >= 1.0        12              10.0     2.0       13
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         5   01/21                         13

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    5100              6102   -1002     5878
 SINCE 7/1         MM              2328      MM       MM
COOLING TOTAL    1108               809     299     1124
 SINCE 1/1       1108               809     299     1124
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              8.5
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    67/290    DATE  06/29
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    91/270    DATE  06/29

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.60
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           75
NUMBER OF DAYS PC            175
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY        116

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     70

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               1
HEAVY RAIN               31     RAIN                      43
LIGHT RAIN              130     FREEZING RAIN              1
LT FREEZING RAIN          7     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                2     SNOW                      15
LIGHT SNOW               44     SLEET                      4
FOG                     200     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE     29
HAZE                     80

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

&&

OVERALL 2012 WAS A VERY WARM AND DRY YEAR. THE 2012 AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE AT FORT WAYNE WAS 53.8 DEGREES WHICH IS 3.3 DEGREES
ABOVE NORMAL. THIS TIES FOR THE 2ND WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD.
PRECIPITATION FOR THE YEAR WAS 28.58 INCHES...9.76 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 13TH DRIEST YEAR ON RECORD. SNOWFALL FOR
THE CALENDAR YEAR WAS 30.8 INCHES...2.7 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

BELOW ARE THE MONTHLY SUMMARIES FOR 2012 AT FORT WAYNE. ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION AND SUMMARIES FOR INDIVIDUAL WEATHER EVENTS FROM 2012
CAN BE FOUND ONLINE AT WEATHER.GOV/IWX.


JANUARY

...A WARM AND WET JANUARY WITH ABOVE NORMAL SNOWFALL...

IT WAS A ROLLER COASTER JANUARY AS TEMPERATURES FLUCTUATED UP AND
DOWN DURING THE MONTH. PRECIPITATION WAS ABOVE NORMAL AND IT VARIED
BETWEEN RAIN...SNOW AND EVEN THUNDERSTORMS. DESPITE BEING A WARM
MONTH...SNOWFALL WAS ABOVE NORMAL.

TEMPERATURES SWUNG WILDLY THROUGH THE MONTH AS NUMEROUS WEATHER
SYSTEMS WITH LA NINA INFLUENCE MOVED THROUGH THE AREA.
TELECONNECTION PATTERNS SUCH AS THE ARCTIC OSCILLATION...AO...AND
NORTH ATLANTIC OSCILLATION...NAO...GENERALLY REMAINED IN THE
POSITIVE PHASES WHICH HELPED KEEP COLDER ARCTIC AIR LOCKED UP CLOSER
TO THE ARCTIC CIRCLE. THE AO DID BRIEFLY TREND NEGATIVE AT TIMES AND
THIS HELPED BRING SOME COLDER AIR SOUTH INTO THE MIDWEST.
HOWEVER...THE NAO REMAINED NEAR NEUTRAL OR IN THE POSITIVE PHASE
THROUGH THE MONTH AND THIS HELPED TO KEEP THE ATMOSPHERE IN A
PROGRESSIVE PATTERN AND THUS THE COLDER AIR COULD NOT STAY IN PLACE
FOR VERY LONG.

JANUARY BEGAN WARM WITH HIGHS REACHING THE UPPER 40S EARLY ON NEW
YEARS DAY. A STRONG COLD FRONT PUSHED THROUGH THE REGION AND
TEMPERATURES PLUMMETED DURING THE DAY WHILE VERY STRONG WINDS
DEVELOPED BEHIND THE COLD FRONT. THIS COLD AIR WOULD NOT LAST LONG
AS TEMPERATURES REACHED THE MIDDLE 50S ON THE 6TH. THE PERIOD FROM
JANUARY 5TH THROUGH JANUARY 12TH HAD HIGH TEMPERATURES OF AT LEAST
40 DEGREES EACH DAY. ANOTHER STRONG COLD FRONT BROUGHT TEMPERATURES
BACK DOWN TO BELOW NORMAL WITH LAKE EFFECT SNOW BETWEEN THE 13TH AND
15TH. AGAIN...THIS COLD AIR COULD NOT HOLD ON FOR LONG AND
TEMPERATURES QUICKLY WARMED INTO THE 50S BY THE 16TH. THIS PATTERN
CONTINUED THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE MONTH. EACH COLD PERIOD
HELPED SPAWN GENERALLY LIGHT SNOW WHICH ADDED UP TO ABOVE NORMAL
SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH AND HELPED KEEP SNOWFALL TOTALS ABOVE NORMAL
FOR THE SEASON.

THE MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR JANUARY 2012 WAS 29.6 DEGREES
WHICH WAS 4.7 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS TIES JANUARY 1947 AS THE
29TH WARMEST JANUARY ON RECORD. THE WARMEST JANUARY EVER RECORDED
WAS IN 2006 WHEN THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 36.9 DEGREES.

THE WARMEST DAY OCCURRED ON THE 31ST WITH A HIGH OF 57 AND A LOW OF
41. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 49 WAS 24 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE
COLDEST DAY OF THE MONTH WAS THE 20TH WITH A HIGH OF 17 AND A LOW OF
3. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 10 WHICH WAS 15 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS 3.09 INCHES...0.83 INCHES ABOVE
NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 24TH WETTEST JANUARY ON RECORD.
MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION FELL ON 16 DAYS. THE GREATEST 24 HOUR
PRECIPITATION WAS ON THE 17TH WHEN 1.00 INCHES WAS RECORDED.

SNOWFALL FOR JANUARY WAS 14.6 INCHES...4.5 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.
THIS RANKS AS THE 17TH SNOWIEST JANUARY ON RECORD. THE TOTAL
SNOWFALL FOR THE SEASON THROUGH THE END OF JANUARY WAS 25.6 INCHES
WHICH WAS 4.9 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.


FEBRUARY


...A VERY WARM END TO WINTER WITH NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION...

METEOROLOGICAL WINTER...DECEMBER 1ST TO FEBRUARY 29TH...CAME TO A
VERY WARM END WITH TEMPERATURES REACHING RECORD LEVELS IN THE MIDDLE
TO UPPER 60S ON LEAP DAY. NEARLY THE ENTIRE MONTH OF FEBRUARY WAS
WARM WITH BELOW NORMAL SNOWFALL AND NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION. THE
ATMOSPHERE REMAINED ACTIVE WITH HELP FROM A WANING LA NINA AS
NUMEROUS STORM SYSTEMS MOVED THROUGH THE OHIO VALLEY. WHILE THE LA
NINA DRIVEN SYSTEMS PROVIDED MOISTURE...A POSITIVE ARCTIC
OSCILLATION AND POSITIVE NORTH ATLANTIC OSCILLATION KEPT COLD ARCTIC
AIR BOTTLED UP WELL NORTH OF THE UNITED STATES AND HELPED KEEP MILD
TEMPERATURES IN PLACE ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES AND OHIO VALLEY
REGIONS.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE AT FORT WAYNE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
WAS 33.2...4.9 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 17TH WARMEST
FEBRUARY ON RECORD. THE HIGH TEMPERATURE ON FEBRUARY 29TH WAS
66...WHICH TIED FOR THE WARMEST LEAP DAY ON RECORD AT FORT WAYNE.
THIS WAS ALSO THE WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH AND THE
FIRST 60 DEGREE DAY OF THE YEAR. THERE WERE ONLY 5 DAYS DURING THE
MONTH WITH AN AVERAGE DAILY TEMPERATURE BELOW NORMAL.
MEANWHILE...THERE WERE SEVEN DAYS WITH DAILY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES AT
LEAST 10 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL...AND 2 OF THESE DAYS HAD AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES AT LEAST 15 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. IRONICALLY IT WAS THE
FIRST AND LAST DAYS OF THE MONTH THAT WERE THE WARMEST. THE FIRST
HAD AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 19 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL WHILE THE 29TH
HAD AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 20 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE COLDEST DAY
OF THE MONTH WAS THE 11TH. THE HIGH WAS 22...THE LOW WAS 10 AND THE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 16...11 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

THE PRECIPITATION TOTAL FOR FEBRUARY WAS 2.01 INCHES...JUST 0.03
INCHES BELOW NORMAL. MONTHLY PRECIPITATION TOTALS THROUGH THE 28TH
WERE WELL BELOW NORMAL...A LITTLE MORE THAN A HALF INCH...BUT JUST
OVER A HALF INCH OF RAIN FELL ON THE 29TH WHICH BROUGHT THE MONTHLY
TOTAL TO JUST ABOUT NORMAL. MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION OCCURRED ON 13
DAYS AND THE 29TH WAS THE ONLY DAY WITH MORE THAN A HALF INCH OF
PRECIPITATION.

SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH WAS 6.3 INCHES...1.4 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THE
GREATEST SINGLE DAY SNOWFALL OCCURRED ON FEBRUARY 10TH WITH 2.1
INCHES OF SNOW. THERE WAS ALSO 2.0 INCHES WHICH FELL ON THE 14TH.


MARCH


...A RECORD SHATTERING MARCH...

IT WAS AN INCREDIBLY WARM MARCH WITH NUMEROUS TEMPERATURE RECORDS
BROKEN...INCLUDING THE WARMEST MARCH AVERAGE TEMPERATURE.
THERE WERE 10 CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES OF AT LEAST
70 DEGREES. THIS TIED WITH 1910 FOR THE LONGEST STREAK IN THE MONTH
OF MARCH. FORT WAYNE ALSO REACHED 80 DEGREES FIVE TIMES THIS MONTH
WHICH IS THE MOST NUMBER OF 80+ DEGREE DAYS IN MARCH.  THE PREVIOUS
RECORD WAS 4 DAYS IN 1910.

RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES WERE SET ON NINE CONSECUTIVE DAYS. THIS WAS
THE LONGEST STREAK OF CONSECUTIVE RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES ON
RECORD. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS SEVEN CONSECUTIVE DAYS FROM JULY 8TH
THROUGH JULY 14TH IN 1936.

A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 87 DEGREES WAS SET AT FORT WAYNE ON
MARCH 21ST. THIS HIGH TEMPERATURE ALSO BROKE THE PREVIOUS RECORD
FOR THE WARMEST DAY IN THE MONTH OF MARCH WHICH WAS 86 DEGREES ON
MARCH 24TH 1910. THIS WAS ALSO THE EARLIEST DATE THAT FORT WAYNE HAS
SEEN A TEMPERATURES OF 87 DEGREES.


THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE AT FORT WAYNE WAS 52.9 DEGREES...AN
INCREDIBLE 14.8 DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 38.4 DEGREES. THIS
SHATTERS THE PREVIOUS MARCH RECORD OF 48.1 DEGREES SET IN 1946. TO
PUT THIS NEW RECORD INTO PERSPECTIVE...THE NORMAL AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL IS 50.0 DEGREES...2.9 DEGREES
COOLER THAN THE ACTUAL AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF THIS MARCH. AS A
RESULT OF THIS WARMTH...TREES AND VEGETATION CAME TO LIFE QUICKLY
THIS MONTH AND WERE IN A STATE NORMALLY NOT SEEN UNTIL THE END OF
APRIL OR EARLY MAY. MANY FRUIT TREES WERE BLOOMING A GOOD THREE TO
FIVE WEEKS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE.

THE AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 64.7 DEGREES...16.7 DEGREES ABOVE
THE NORMAL OF 48.0 DEGREES. THIS ALSO BREAKS THE RECORD FOR THE
WARMEST AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE IN MARCH. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS
59.3 DEGREES SET IN 1945. THE AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH
WAS 41.2 DEGREES...12.5 DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 28.7 DEGREES.
THIS ALSO BREAKS THE RECORD FOR WARMEST AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE IN
MARCH. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 37.3 DEGREES SET IN 1946. AGAIN...TO
PUT THIS INTO PERSPECTIVE...THE NORMAL HIGH TEMPERATURE IN APRIL IS
61.1 DEGREES WHILE THE NORMAL LOW TEMPERATURE IN APRIL IS 38.9
DEGREES. MARCH OF 2012 WAS OVERALL WARMER THAN A NORMAL MONTH OF
APRIL.

THERE WERE ONLY THREE DAYS IN WHICH THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE
WAS BELOW NORMAL. THERE WERE THREE DAYS IN WHICH THE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE WAS AT LEAST 30 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AND JUST ONE DAY IN
WHICH THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS AN INCREDIBLE 33 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL.

PRECIPITATION AT FORT WAYNE WAS ABOVE NORMAL FOR MARCH. A TOTAL OF
2.90 INCHES WAS RECORDED WHICH IS 0.30 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. DESPITE
THE VERY WARM TEMPERATURES...SNOWFALL DID OCCUR DURING THE FIRST
WEEK OF THE MONTH. A TOTAL OF 0.3 INCHES WAS RECORDED...ALL FALLING
ON THE 3RD AND 4TH.


APRIL

...A RARE OCCURRENCE...APRIL COOLER THAN MARCH...

DESPITE A MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WHICH WAS MORE THAN A DEGREE
ABOVE NORMAL...APRIL WAS STILL COOLER THAN MARCH IN THE FORT WAYNE
AREA. SINCE RECORD KEEPING BEGAN IN 1897...THIS HAS ONLY HAPPENED
ONE OTHER TIME IN 1907. THE INCREDIBLE MARCH WARMTH...MORE TYPICAL
OF LATE APRIL AND EARLY MAY...HELPED PLANTS SPRING TO LIFE AND BLOOM
WELL AHEAD OF NORMAL. THIS PROVED TO BE DEVASTATING IN MANY AREAS AS
TEMPERATURES RETURNED TO NORMAL IN APRIL WHICH MEANT MANY EARLY
MORNINGS WITH TEMPERATURES BELOW FREEZING. FRUIT CROPS ACROSS
NORTHERN INDIANA...SOUTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN AND EVEN NORTHWEST OHIO
WERE SEVERELY DAMAGED BY THE MORE SEASONABLE WEATHER. TO MAKE
MATTERS WORSE...PRECIPITATION WAS WELL BELOW NORMAL ACROSS THE
ENTIRE REGION...WITH SOME LOCATIONS SEEING ONLY 25 PERCENT OF THEIR
NORMAL PRECIPITATION UNTIL THE LAST 3 DAYS IN THE MONTH.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 51.1...1.1 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE IN APRIL WAS 81 ON THE 15TH...6
DEGREES COOLER THAN THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE SEEN IN MARCH. THE
COLDEST TEMPERATURE AT FORT WAYNE WAS 28 ON THE 12TH AND 27TH. MANY
OUTLYING AREAS EXPERIENCED EVEN COLDER TEMPERATURES IN THE LOWER TO
MIDDLE 20S ON THE 12TH WHICH LED TO THE KILLING FREEZE ACROSS THE
REGION. THERE WERE A TOTAL OF 7 DAYS WITH A LOW TEMPERATURE OF 32 OR
COLDER WHICH IS JUST ABOUT NORMAL FOR APRIL.

PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS JUST 1.29 INCHES...2.23 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL. THIS PRECIPITATION DEFICIT WAS EVEN GREATER UNTIL THE LAST 5
DAYS OF THE MONTH WHEN JUST UNDER THREE QUARTERS OF AN INCH OF RAIN
FELL. DESPITE SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION IN MARCH...THE
COMBINED PERIOD OF MARCH AND APRIL WERE WELL BELOW NORMAL FOR
PRECIPITATION WITH A COMBINED DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL OF 2.04 INCHES.
THIS RANKS AS THE 21ST DRIEST MARCH AND APRIL PERIOD ON RECORD. THE
LACK OF APRIL RAINFALL HAD LEFT MANY AREA STREAMS AND RIVERS AT NEAR
RECORD LOW STAGES FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR AND HAD ALSO PROMPTED EARLY
IRRIGATION PRACTICES WHICH TYPICALLY DO NOT BEGIN UNTIL LATE MAY OR
EARLY JUNE. THE RAIN AT THE END OF THE MONTH CERTAINLY HELPED THESE
SITUATIONS. A LOOK BACK AT THE DRIEST MARCH AND APRIL COMBINED
PERIODS REVEALED THAT A MAJORITY OF THE FOLLOWING MAY THROUGH JULY
AND JUNE THROUGH AUGUST PERIODS ALSO EXPERIENCED BELOW NORMAL
PRECIPITATION.

SNOWFALL FOR APRIL WAS JUST A TRACE. NORMAL APRIL SNOWFALL IS 1.0
INCHES.

IF YOU EXPERIENCED A LOSS OF CROPS OR VEGETATION FROM THE FREEZING
TEMPERATURES IN APRIL...OR YOU WERE IMPACTED IN ANY WAY BY THE DRY
WEATHER...WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU. PLEASE SEND US AN EMAIL
DESCRIBING THE IMPACTS TO THE NORTHERN INDIANA CLIMATE PROGRAM
MANAGER AT W-IWX.WEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV.

MORE INFORMATION ON THE TEMPERATURE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN APRIL AND
MARCH AS WELL AS THE RECENT DRY PATTERN CAN BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE
AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/IWX.


MAY

...A VERY DRY AND WARM MAY IN THE FORT WAYNE AREA...

THE MONTH OF MAY WAS CHARACTERIZED BY A CONTINUATION OF RELATIVELY
DRY CONDITIONS AND WARM TEMPERATURES WHICH WERE BOTH COMMON THROUGH
MUCH OF THE SPRING. A QUARTER INCH OF RAIN FELL FELL ON THE LAST DAY
OF MAY AT FORT WAYNE...HELPING REDUCE THE MONTHLY DEFICIT SLIGHTLY.
HOWEVER...A STRETCH OF DAYS FROM MAY 8TH THROUGH MAY 30TH PRODUCED
JUST 0.02 INCHES OF RAIN...WELL BELOW NORMAL FOR THIS PERIOD. IT WAS
ALSO VERY WARM THROUGH THIS PERIOD WITH LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES.
THIS ALLOWED FOR HIGH DAILY EVAPORATION RATES WHICH STRESSED
VEGETATION AND FORCED MANY PEOPLE TO IRRIGATE LAWNS AND CROPS. THE
AREA ALSO FELL INTO THE D0 DROUGHT CATEGORY...MEANING ABNORMALLY DRY
CONDITIONS WERE PRESENT.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 67.0...6.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.
THIS WAS THE 3RD WARMEST MAY ON RECORD IN THE FORT WAYNE AREA. THE
WARMEST MAY ON RECORD WAS 1977 WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 67.9
DEGREES. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS 96 ON THE 27TH.
THIS ALSO BROKE A RECORD FOR THE ALL TIME WARMEST MAY TEMPERATURE ON
RECORD...EXCEEDING THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 95 SET IN 1911. THE SECOND
WARMEST MAY TEMPERATURE ON RECORD ALSO OCCURRED THIS MONTH ON THE
28TH WHEN IT REACHED 95. THIS WOULD HAVE TIED THE PREVIOUS ALL TIME
WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR MAY HAD THE RECORD NOT BEEN BROKEN JUST
A DAY EARLIER.

THERE WERE A TOTAL OF 5 DAYS WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES OF 90 DEGREES OR
HIGHER. MAY TYPICALLY AVERAGES LESS THAN ONE DAY OF 90 DEGREE
WEATHER. THE LAST TIME MAY HAD 5 DAYS WITH 90 DEGREES OR HIGHER WAS
IN 2007. THE GREATEST NUMBER OF 90 DEGREE DAYS AT FORT WAYNE IN MAY
IS EIGHT...WHICH OCCURRED IN 1911.

PRECIPITATION FOR MAY WAS JUST 1.06 INCHES...3.21 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL. PRIOR TO THE 31ST...THIS MAY WAS THE SECOND DRIEST ON
RECORD. HOWEVER...WITH 0.25 INCHES OF RAIN ON THE LAST DAY...MAY
2012 ENDED AS THE 3RD DRIEST ON RECORD. MAY 1925 REMAINS THE DRIEST
MAY IN FORT WAYNE WITH JUST 0.48 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION. THERE WERE
ONLY 5 DAYS WITH MEASURABLE RAIN OF AT LEAST 0.01 INCHES
AND JUST 3 DAYS WITH 0.10 OR MORE. THERE WERE NO DAYS WITH AT LEAST
A HALF INCH OF RAIN. THE GREATEST 24 HOUR RAINFALL WAS 0.41 ON THE
FIRST ON MAY.

THERE WAS NO SNOWFALL IN MAY. THE SEASONAL TOTAL FOR 2011-2012 IS
32.2 INCHES...JUST 1.3 INCHES BELOW THE NORMAL. THIS SEASONS
SNOWFALL WAS LESS THAN WHAT FELL LAST SEASON...WHICH WAS 46.5
INCHES.

JUNE

...RECORD SHATTERING WARMTH CAPS WILD JUNE AT FORT WAYNE...

EXTREMELY DRY AND WARM CONDITIONS CONTINUED ACROSS THE FORT WAYNE
AREA DURING JUNE. LITTLE TO NO PRECIPITATION FELL ACROSS THE AREA
FOR MUCH OF THE MONTH...AS INCOMING WEATHER SYSTEMS FELL APART DUE
TO A SIGNIFICANT DROUGHT ACROSS MUCH OF NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST
INDIANA. THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR INDICATED D2 (SEVERE) TO D3
(EXTREME) DROUGHT CONDITIONS IN THE FORT WAYNE AREA. WITH THE LACK
OF RAINFALL CAME A LACK OF SEVERE WEATHER AS WELL...UNTIL THE LAST
FEW DAYS OF THE MONTH...WHEN A LONG LIVED DERECHO PUSHED THROUGH THE
AREA...CAUSING WIDESPREAD STRUCTURAL DAMAGE...COUNTLESS DOWNED TREES
AND POWERLINES...AND LONG LASTING POWER OUTAGES THAT CONTINUED INTO
THE NEW MONTH ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE REGION. THIS DERECHO...WHICH
PRODUCED A 91 MPH WIND GUST AT FORT WAYNE...TORE UP A PATH OF
DESTRUCTION ALL THE WAY TO THE EAST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES.

EXTREME HEAT PLAGUED THE REGION DURING THE LATTER HALF OF THE MONTH.
THIS CULMINATED IN THE WARMEST DAY ACROSS THE REGION SINCE 1988. THE
HIGH TEMPERATURE REACHED 106 DEGREES AT FORT WAYNE ON THE 28TH. THIS
NOT ONLY BROKE THE DAILY RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE...IT ALSO TIED THE
MONTHLY AND ALL TIME RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE...LAST SET ON JUNE 25TH
1988...WHEN THE HIGH TEMPERATURE REACHED 106.

DESPITE THIS RECORD HEAT...THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE AT FORT
WAYNE WAS ONLY 72.1 DEGREES...WHICH IS 2.0 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.
THIS WAS DUE TO A COOL START TO THE MONTH...AND DRY CONDITIONS
LEADING TO LARGE DIURNAL TEMPERATURE RANGES THROUGHOUT THE MIDDLE OF
THE MONTH. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 106...WHICH
OCCURRED ON THE 28TH. THIS WAS THE FIRST 100 DEGREE DAY AT FORT
WAYNE SINCE JULY 21TH 2011...AND ONLY THE 40TH 100 DEGREE DAY AT
FORT WAYNE ON RECORD. THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS
44...WHICH OCCURRED ON THE 2ND. THERE WERE 11 DAYS WHERE THE
TEMPERATURE REACHED AT LEAST 90 DEGREES. THERE HAVE ONLY BEEN 6
YEARS ON RECORD AT FORT WAYNE WITH MORE 90 DEGREE DAYS IN THE MONTH
OF JUNE.

PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS A SCANT 0.65 INCHES...WITH 0.40
INCHES FALLING ON THE LAST TWO DAYS OF THE MONTH. THIS IS 3.51
INCHES BELOW THE NORMAL JUNE VALUE OF 4.16 INCHES. THERE WAS
MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION ON ONLY 7 DAYS THIS MONTH...WITH ONLY 3 OF
THESE DAYS WITH GREATER THAN 0.10 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION...AND ZERO
DAYS WITH GREATER THAN 0.50 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION. THE GREATEST 24
HOUR PRECIPITATION WAS 0.40 INCHES ON THE 29TH AND 30TH. JUNE 2012
IS THE 2ND DRIEST JUNE ON RECORD AT FORT WAYNE...BEHIND ONLY
1933...WHEN 0.30 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL DURING THE ENTIRE
MONTH OF JUNE.

JULY

...JULY ENDS COOLER AND WETTER AFTER RECORD HEAT AND DROUGHT EARLY
IN THE MONTH AT FORT WAYNE...

DROUGHT CONDITIONS THAT PLAGUED THE FORT WAYNE AREA FROM LATE SPRING
THROUGH EARLY SUMMER CONTINUED TO INTENSIFY AND PERSIST THROUGH
EARLY JULY. THE DROUGHT MONITOR INDICATED D2 (SEVERE) DROUGHT
CONDITIONS ACROSS AREAS EAST AND SOUTH OF THE CITY THROUGH MOST OF
THE MONTH...WITH D3 (EXTREME) DROUGHT CONDITIONS NORTH AND WEST OF
THE METRO AREA.

THE DROUGHT CONDITIONS WORSENED AS EXTREME HEAT PLAGUED THE REGION
FOR THE FIRST COUPLE WEEKS OF THE MONTH. TRIPLE DIGIT HEAT WAS
RECORDED FOR FOUR CONSECUTIVE DAYS FROM THE 4TH THROUGH THE
7TH...AND AGAIN ON THE 17TH. THIS STREAK OF FOUR CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF
100+ DEGREE TEMPERATURES IS LONGEST STREAK ON RECORD AT FORT WAYNE.

THE HIGH TEMPERATURE REACHED 90 DEGREES 20 TIMES IN JULY...THE MOST
90+ DEGREE DAYS IN A MONTH SINCE JULY 2011...WHEN AN ALL TIME RECORD
22 90+ DEGREE DAYS WERE RECORDED. A STREAK OF 22 CONSECUTIVE 90+
DEGREE DAYS ENDED ON THE 19TH...WHEN THE HIGH ONLY HIT 84 DEGREES.
THIS STREAK SET A NEW RECORD FOR CONSECUTIVE 90+ DEGREE
DAYS...SHATTERING THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 14 ENDING ON JULY 24TH
1983. RECORD HEAT...COUPLED WITH ONLY 0.05 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION
THROUGH THE 17TH OF THE MONTH...PUT MAJOR STRESS ON AREA CROPS AND
LAWNS.

THE HIGH TEMPERATURE HIT 80 DEGREES EVERY DAY IN JULY. THIS IS ONLY
THE 3RD JULY ON RECORD WHEN THIS HAS OCCURRED...WITH 1955 AND 1910
BEING THE OTHER YEARS. JULY ENDS WITH A CURRENT 48 DAY STREAK OF 80+
DEGREE DAYS. THIS IS TIED FOR THE THIRD LONGEST SUCH STREAK...WITH
THE LONGEST SUCH STREAK AT 55 ENDING SEPTEMBER 9TH 1899.

HOWEVER...A PATTERN CHANGE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH BROUGHT SOME
RELIEF TO THE AREA IN THE FORM OF PRECIPITATION AND COOLER
CONDITIONS. THE HIGH TEMPERATURE ONLY REACHED 90 DEGREES TWICE AFTER
THE 18TH OF THE MONTH...WHILE HITTING 90 DEGREES EVERY DAY BEFORE
HAND.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 79.4 DEGREES...WHICH IS
5.8 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS IS THE FOURTH WARMEST MONTH EVER AT
FORT WAYNE. THE WARMEST MONTH ON RECORD WAS JULY 2011...WHEN THE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 79.8 DEGREES. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE OF THE
MONTH WAS 103 ON THE 7TH...AND THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH
WAS 58 ON THE 21ST. RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES WERE BROKEN ON THE
4TH..6TH...7TH AND 17TH...AND TIED ON THE 6TH.

THE AFOREMENTIONED PATTERN CHANGE BROUGHT A SERIES OF THUNDERSTORM
COMPLEXES THROUGH THE REGION OVER THE LAST COUPLE WEEKS OF THE
MONTH. EVEN THOUGH ONLY 0.05 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL IN THE
FIRST 17 DAYS OF THE MONTH...4.30 INCHES FELL FROM THE 18TH THROUGH
THE END OF THE MONTH...PROVIDING SOME RELIEF TO CROPS AND LAWNS THAT
WERE SPARED FROM EARLIER IN THE MONTH. THE 4.35 INCHES OF
PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH IS SURPRISINGLY 0.11 INCHES ABOVE
NORMAL. MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION FELL ON ONLY 10 DAYS THIS
MONTH...HOWEVER 3 OF THESE DAYS HAD OVER 0.50 INCHES OF
PRECIPITATION...AND 2 OFF THESE DAYS HAD OVER 1.00 INCHES OF
PRECIPITATION. DAILY RAINFALL OF 1.22 INCHES AND 1.42 INCHES FELL ON
THE 18TH AND 19TH OF THE MONTH RESPECTIVELY.


AUGUST

...COOLER WITH NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION AND SOME DROUGHT RELIEF...

THE PATTERN CHANGE THAT BEGAN IN LATE JULY CONTINUED THROUGH AUGUST
WITH COOLER THAN NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION CLOSER TO
NORMAL ACROSS NORTHEAST INDIANA AND NORTHWEST OHIO. THE RAINFALL
THIS MONTH COMBINED WITH WHAT FELL AT THE END OF JULY LED TO SOME
IMPROVEMENTS IN THE DROUGHT SITUATION. MUCH OF THE REGION IMPROVED
FROM THE D3 AND D4 CATEGORIES TO D1...WHICH IS STILL CONSIDERED
MODERATE. THE MAIN REASON FOR THE AREA REMAINING IN A D1 DROUGHT
DESPITE NEAR NORMAL RAINFALL WAS DUE TO THE OVERALL PRECIPITATION
DEFICIT AND HYDROLOGIC ISSUES. LAKE...RIVER AND STREAM LEVELS
REMAINED WELL BELOW NORMAL BUT THEY DID INCREASE SOMEWHAT DURING THE
MONTH. THE BIGGEST IMPROVEMENT WAS SEEN IN VEGETATION AND CROPS AS
LAWNS TURNED GREEN AND LUSH WHILE FORECASTS OF SOYBEAN YIELDS
IMPROVED WITH THE PERFECTLY TIMED RAINFALL.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR AUGUST AT FORT WAYNE WAS 70.3
DEGREES...1.2 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 28TH COOLEST
AUGUST ON RECORD. THE AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 82.4 AND THE
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 58.1. THE THERMOMETER REACHED 90 DEGREES
OR HIGHER ON 5 DAYS...THE 2ND...3RD...4TH...25TH AND 31ST. THE
WARMEST TEMPERATURE WAS 93 ON THE 3RD AND THE COOLEST TEMPERATURE
WAS 48 ON THE 18TH.

THE MONTHLY PRECIPITATION TOTAL WAS 3.51 INCHES...0.13 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL. EVEN THOUGH THE PRECIPITATION WAS SLIGHTLY BELOW
NORMAL...WHAT DID FALL WAS WELCOME AS IT HELPED IMPROVE THE DROUGHT
CONDITIONS. THIS RANKS AS THE 40TH WETTEST AUGUST FOR THE PERIOD
1912 TO 2012. MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION FELL ON 9 DAYS WITH 3 DAYS
HAVING A HALF INCH OR MORE AND ONE DAY HAVING MORE THAN AN
INCH...WHICH OCCURRED ON THE 4TH WHEN 1.18 INCHES WAS MEASURED.


SEPTEMBER

...BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES CONTINUE INTO SEPTEMBER...

THE COOL PATTERN CONTINUED THROUGH SEPTEMBER WITH COOLER THAN NORMAL
TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS NORTHEAST INDIANA
AND NORTHWEST OHIO. EVEN THOUGH PRECIPITATION WAS CLOSE TO AN INCH
ABOVE NORMAL...ONGOING MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUED. COOL
TEMPS AND SHORTER DAYS HAVE ALLOWED AREA VEGETATION TO REMAIN GREEN
BUT HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS ARE STILL POOR AS LAKE...RIVER...AND
STREAM LEVELS REMAIN WELL BELOW NORMAL. MANY AREAS SAW THEIR FIRST
FROST BETWEEN THE 19TH AND 24TH AS A FEW NIGHTS DROPPED TO NEAR
FREEZING.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR SEPTEMBER AT FORT WAYNE WAS 62.9
DEGREES...1.4 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THIS TIES FOR THE 28TH COOLEST
SEPTEMBER ON RECORD AT FORT WAYNE SINCE 1912. THE AVERAGE HIGH
TEMPERATURE WAS 74.0 AND THE AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 51.7. THE
TEMPERATURE REACHED 80 DEGREES OR HIGHER ON 8 DAYS...THE 1ST THROUGH
6TH...AND THE 12TH AND 13TH. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE WAS 87 ON THE
4TH AND 6TH AND THE COOLEST TEMPERATURE WAS 34 ON THE 24TH.

THE MONTHLY PRECIPITATION TOTAL WAS 3.61 INCHES...0.81 INCHES ABOVE
NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 28TH WETTEST SEPTEMBER FOR THE PERIOD 1912
TO 2012. MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION FELL ON 12 DAYS WITH 2 DAYS HAVING
A HALF INCH OR MORE AND ONE DAY HAVING MORE THAN AN INCH...WHICH
OCCURRED ON THE 7TH WHEN 1.19 INCHES WAS MEASURED.
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OCTOBER

...ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION AND BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES IN
OCTOBER...

OCTOBER WAS A RELATIVELY WET MONTH WITH MANY DAYS OF MEASURABLE
RAINFALL AND TEMPERATURES WERE BELOW NORMAL. A STRONG BLAST OF COLD
CANADIAN AIR MOVED INTO THE REGION AT THE END OF THE
MONTH...COMBINING WITH THE REMNANTS OF HURRICANE SANDY TO PRODUCE
COLD...WINDY AND WET CONDITIONS ACROSS THE AREA.

MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION FELL ON 16 OF THE 31 DAYS OF OCTOBER AT
FORT WAYNE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THERE WAS JUST 1 DAY WITH A HALF
INCH OR MORE. TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS 3.31
INCHES...0.47 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 51.0 WAS 1.6 DEGREES BELOW
NORMAL. THE MONTH SEEMED COOLER TO MANY DUE TO THE MANY DAYS WITH
PRECIPITATION. HOWEVER...A VERY WARM PERIOD FROM OCTOBER 22ND
THROUGH THE 25TH HELPED INCREASE THE MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE.
FORT WAYNE OFFICIALLY HIT 77 AND 76 DEGREES RESPECTIVELY ON THE 24TH
AND 25TH. A FEW LOCATIONS REACHED 80 DEGREES. THE WARMEST
TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS ACTUALLY ON THE 4TH WHEN THE HIGH WAS
79. THIS DAY WAS SANDWICHED BETWEEN A HIGH OF 65 ON THE 3RD AND 60
ON THE 5TH. THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS ON THE 8TH WITH
A LOW OF 28.


NOVEMBER

...A VERY DRY NOVEMBER WITH BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES...

NOVEMBER WAS CHARACTERIZED BY WELL BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION WITH
FORT WAYNE RECORDING ITS SECOND DRIEST NOVEMBER ON RECORD.
TEMPERATURES WERE BELOW NORMAL FOR THE FOURTH MONTH IN A ROW DESPITE
SEVERAL SHORT WARM SPELLS DURING THE MONTH. COOL CANADIAN HIGH
PRESSURE REMAINED LARGELY IN CONTROL OUTSIDE OF A FEW FAST MOVING
SYSTEMS THAT BROUGHT WARMER TEMPERATURES AND LITTLE TO NO RAINFALL
TO THE AREA. THIS ALLOWED FOR DROUGHT CONDITIONS ACROSS THE AREA TO
DETERIORATE BACK TO D1 OR MODERATE DROUGHT WITH BELOW NORMAL
RAINFALL...STREAMFLOWS AND WATER LEVELS.

TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH AT FORT WAYNE WAS 0.60
INCHES...2.49 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS IS THE SECOND DRIEST
NOVEMBER ON RECORD...RANKING ONLY BEHIND 1917 WHICH SAW 0.23 INCHES.
MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION FELL ON JUST 3 OUT OF THE 30 DAYS OF
NOVEMBER AT FORT WAYNE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WITH 0.53 INCHES
FALLING ON ONE DAY...NOVEMBER 12TH. WITH ONLY 3 DAYS OF MEASURABLE
PRECIPITATION...NOVEMBER TIES THE RECORD FOR FEWEST NUMBER OF DAYS
IN ANY MONTH WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION. MEASURABLE SNOW FELL ON
TWO DAYS IN NOVEMBER BRINGING THE MONTHLY TOTAL TO 0.5 INCHES. THIS
IS 1.3 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 39.6 DEGREES WAS 1.8 DEGREES
BELOW NORMAL. A WARM SPELL WITH TEMPERATURES IN THE 60S FROM
NOVEMBER 9-12 HELPED INCREASE THE MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE. THE
WARMEST TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS ON THE 10TH WHEN THE HIGH
TEMPERATURE REACHED 69 DEGREES. THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH
WAS 21 DEGREES ON THE 5TH AND 14TH.

DECEMBER

...A WARM DECEMBER WITH NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION BUT BELOW NORMAL
SNOWFALL...

DECEMBER WAS CHARACTERIZED BY A MORE ACTIVE WEATHER PATTERN THAN THE
PREVIOUS MONTH WITH SEVERAL STRONG WEATHER SYSTEMS MOVING THROUGH
THE REGION. TEMPERATURES WERE MUCH ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE FIRST 20
DAYS OF THE MONTH WITH AVERAGE TEMPERATURES NEARLY 10 TO 12 DEGREES
ABOVE NORMAL! THIS CAUSED MOST PRECIPITATION TO FALL IN THE FORM OF
RAIN INSTEAD OF SNOW MORE TYPICAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. DECEMBER
ALSO ENDED THE STREAK OF BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES FROM AUGUST TO
NOVEMBER. A PATTERN CHANGE FOR THE LAST PART OF THE MONTH ALLOWED
FOR COLDER AIR TO INFILTRATE THE REGION...BRINGING TEMPERATURES
CLOSER TO NORMAL WITH SEVERAL ROUNDS OF LIGHT SNOWFALL. TWO STRONG
WINTER STORMS MOVED THROUGH THE REGION...ONE TO THE NORTHWEST ON THE
20TH AND ONE TO THE SOUTHEAST ON THE 26TH...LEAVING THE LOCAL AREA
JUST OUTSIDE THE FRINGES OF HEAVIEST SNOWFALL AND BLIZZARD
CONDITIONS. DESPITE SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE
MONTH...D0 TO D1 DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUED ACROSS THE AREA AS
LONG TERM DEFICITS REMAINED SIGNIFICANT WITH BELOW NORMAL WATER
LEVELS ON AREA LAKES AND RIVERS.

TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH AT FORT WAYNE WAS XXXX
INCHES...XXX INCHES BELOW NORMAL. MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION FELL ON
XX DAYS OUT OF THE MONTH WITH 0.80 INCHES FALLING ON THE 20TH AND
21ST.  XX INCHES OF SNOW FELL FOR THE MONTH WHICH IS XXX INCHES
BELOW NORMAL. THE GREATEST 24 HOUR TOTAL OF SNOWFALL WAS 3.1 INCHES
WHICH FELL ON DECEMBER 26TH.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF XX.X DEGREES WAS XX.X DEGREES
ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 5TH WARMEST DECEMBER ON RECORD. A
WARM FIRST HALF OF THE MONTH WITH TEMPERATURES NEARLY 10 TO 15
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL ALLOWED FOR MONTHLY AVERAGES MUCH ABOVE NORMAL.
THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS ON THE 3RD WHEN THE HIGH
TEMPERATURE REACHED 64 DEGREES. THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH
WAS 18 DEGREES ON THE 30TH.


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LASHLEY/OBERGFELL/GREENAWALT/BENTLEY






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