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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
420 AM EST SUN JAN 1 2012

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...THE FORT WAYNE CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE YEAR OF 2011...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1897 TO 2011

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE
                                          NORMAL
.............................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH             106   06/25/1988
                        07/14/1936
                        07/22/1934
 LOW              -24   01/12/1918
HIGHEST           100   07/21        MM      MM       95
LOWEST            -13   02/10        MM      MM        0
AVG. MAXIMUM     61.1              60.3     0.8     61.9
AVG. MINIMUM     42.1              40.6     1.5     42.1
MEAN             51.6              50.5     1.1
DAYS MAX >= 90     36              13.4    22.6       26
DAYS MAX <= 32     39              39.4    -0.4       59
DAYS MIN <= 32    116             123.2    -7.2      127
DAYS MIN <= 0       6               6.5    -0.5        2

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        54.58   1990
 MINIMUM        24.40   1962
TOTALS          49.54             38.34   11.20    33.15
DAILY AVG.       0.14              0.11    0.03     0.09
DAYS >= .01       151             133.9    17.1      120
DAYS >= .10        93              76.7    16.3       65
DAYS >= .50        33              24.6     8.4       20
DAYS >= 1.00       11               8.2     2.8       10

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           61.6   1982
TOTALS           46.6              33.5    13.1     30.7
SINCE 7/1        11.0              10.6     0.4     10.9
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      1                MM      MM        0
DAYS >= TRACE      61              32.5    28.5       61
DAYS >= 1.0        13              10.0     3.0       12
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        13   02/06                          6

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    5878              6102    -224     5823
 SINCE 7/1         MM              2328      MM     2371
COOLING TOTAL    1124               809     315     1215
 SINCE 1/1       1124               809     315     1215
..............................................................

WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              8.6
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    44/290    DATE  08/09
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    64/290    DATE  08/09

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.70
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           48
NUMBER OF DAYS PC            156
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY        161

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     72

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               1
HEAVY RAIN               45     RAIN                      55
LIGHT RAIN              159     FREEZING RAIN              1
LT FREEZING RAIN         14     HAIL                       4
HEAVY SNOW                3     SNOW                      14
LIGHT SNOW               54     SLEET                      9
FOG                     230     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE     22
HAZE                    120

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

&&

...WEATHER REVIEW FOR 2011...

OVERALL 2011 WAS A WET YEAR WITH ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES. THE
AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE AT FORT WAYNE WAS 51.6 DEGREES WHICH IS
1.1 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS TIES FOR THE 18TH WARMEST YEAR ON
RECORD. PRECIPITATION FOR THE YEAR WAS 49.54 INCHES...11.20 INCHES
ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 3RD WETTEST YEAR ON RECORD. SNOWFALL
FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR WAS 46.6 INCHES...13.1 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.
THIS RANKS AS THE 7TH SNOWIEST YEAR ON RECORD.

BELOW ARE THE MONTHLY SUMMARIES FOR 2011 AT FORT WAYNE. ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION AND SUMMARIES FOR INDIVIDUAL WEATHER EVENTS FROM 2011
CAN BE FOUND ONLINE AT WEATHER.GOV/IWX.


JANUARY

...SEASONABLY COLD WITH ABOVE NORMAL SNOWFALL...

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR JANUARY WAS ABOUT 3 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL
AND PRECIPITATION WAS BELOW NORMAL. HOWEVER...SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH
WAS ABOVE NORMAL AS LIQUID TO SNOW RATIOS WERE 15 TO 1 OR GREATER
FOR MOST SNOW EVENTS.

THE MONTH BEGAN VERY WARM AS THE NEW YEAR STARTED WITH NEAR RECORD
TEMPERATURES IN THE 50S. A STRONG COLD FRONT SWEPT THROUGH ON NEW
YEARS DAY AND TEMPERATURES PLUMMETED INTO THE 20S BY MID TO LATE
AFTERNOON. THIS WOULD TURN OUT TO BE BY FAR THE WARMEST DAY OF THE
MONTH AS THE NEXT WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE IN JANUARY WAS ONLY 36
DEGREES. DESPITE THIS...TEMPERATURES OVERALL WERE JUST SLIGHTLY
BELOW NORMAL WITH NO PROLONGED PERIOD OF EXTREME COLD WEATHER. LOW
TEMPERATURES DID DROP TO ZERO OR BELOW ZERO ON THREE DAYS...THE
21ST...22ND AND 23RD.

PRECIPITATION WAS RECORDED AT FORT WAYNE ON 25 OUT OF 31
DAYS...INCLUDING A STRETCH OF 21 DAYS FROM JANUARY 11TH THROUGH THE
31ST WITH AT LEAST A TRACE OF PRECIPITATION ON EACH DAY. MEASURABLE
PRECIPITATION FELL ON 12 OUT OF 31 DAYS WHILE MEASURABLE SNOWFALL
OCCURRED ON 12 OUT OF 31 DAYS.

THE GREATEST SNOWFALL DURING THE MONTH CAME ON THE 11TH WHEN A DAILY
RECORD SNOWFALL OF 5.5 INCHES FELL. THIS BROKE THE PREVIOUS RECORD
FOR THIS DATE OF 4.2 INCHES WHICH OCCURRED IN 1918.

THE MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 20.5 DEGREES...3.1 DEGREES BELOW
NORMAL. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE WAS 54 ON THE 1ST AND THE LOWEST
TEMPERATURE WAS NEGATIVE 5 ON THE 22ND. TOTAL PRECIPITATION WAS 1.80
INCHES...0.25 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THE GREATEST 24 HOUR
PRECIPITATION WAS 0.79 INCHES ON THE 1ST. THE SNOWFALL TOTAL FOR
JANUARY WAS 16.1 INCHES...6.2 INCHES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 9.9. THE
HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 32 DEGREES OR COLDER ON 25 DAYS WHILE THE LOW
TEMPERATURE DROPPED BELOW 32 ON 31 DAYS.


FEBRUARY

...COLD AND WET WITH NEAR RECORD SNOWFALL AT FORT WAYNE...

THE COLD AND SNOWY WINTER CONTINUED THROUGH FEBRUARY AS TEMPERATURES
AVERAGED BELOW NORMAL WHILE PRECIPITATION AND SNOWFALL WERE ABOVE
NORMAL. THERE WERE TWO DAILY RECORDS SET DURING THE MONTH FOR
SNOWFALL AND EVEN WARM TEMPERATURES.

THE MONTH BEGAN WITH A STRONG WINTER STORM SYSTEM THAT BROUGHT
BLIZZARD CONDITIONS...HEAVY SNOW...FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET TO MUCH
OF THE AREA. WHILE THE BRUNT OF HEAVIEST SNOW FELL ACROSS PORTIONS
OF NORTHEAST ILLINOIS...FAR NORTHWEST INDIANA AND EXTREME SOUTHWEST
LOWER MICHIGAN...THE ENTIRE AREA EXPERIENCED SEVERE WINTER WEATHER
IN SOME FORM. FORT WAYNE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT RECORDED 6.1 INCHES
OF SNOW...PLUS FREEZING RAIN...SLEET AND ICING AS A RESULT.
SUSTAINED WINDS REACHED 25 TO 35 MPH AND WIND GUSTS WERE AS HIGH AS
54 MPH. THE HIGHEST WIND GUST FOR THE MONTH AT FORT WAYNE OCCURRED
DURING THIS STORM. THE COMBINATION OF HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS
CREATED WHITE OUT AND BLIZZARD CONDITIONS...LED TO SNOW DRIFTS IN
EXCESS OF 5 FEET IN SOME AREAS...AND CLOSED MANY ROADS.

YET ANOTHER POTENT WINTER STORM SYSTEM AFFECTED THE AREA ON THE
25TH. THIS STORM BROUGHT 5 TO 7 INCHES OF SNOW TO MANY AREAS NEAR
AND SOUTH OF FORT WAYNE. OFFICIALLY AT THE AIRPORT...ONLY 3.5 INCHES
OF SNOW WAS RECORDED.

TEMPERATURES WERE GENERALLY WELL BELOW NORMAL THROUGH THE FIRST 11
DAYS OF THE MONTH. THREE DAYS EXPERIENCED LOW TEMPERATURES BELOW
ZERO WITH THE COLDEST READING OF 13 BELOW ZERO OCCURRING ON THE
MORNING OF THE 10TH. THIS COLD STRETCH WAS FOLLOWED BY A PLEASANT
WARM UP THAT STRETCHED THROUGH THE 19TH. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE OF
FEBRUARY OCCURRED ON THE 17TH WHEN THE HIGH WAS 58 DEGREES. THERE
WERE 2 DAYS IN THE 50S THIS MONTH...THE 17TH AND 18TH. THIS STRETCH
OF WARM TEMPERATURES HELPED RAISE THE MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE.
HOWEVER...MORE SEASONABLE AIR ARRIVED ON THE 20TH AND TEMPERATURES
GENERALLY REMAINED NEAR OR BELOW NORMAL FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE
MONTH.

WHILE HEAVY SNOW OCCURRED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE
MONTH...A COMBINATION OF RAIN AND SNOW FELL OVER THE REMAINDER OF
THE MONTH. THIS PRECIPITATION ALONG WITH MELTING SNOW COMBINED TO
CREATE FLOODING TOWARD THE END OF THE MONTH. MEASURABLE
PRECIPITATION OCCURRED ON 8 OUT OF THE LAST 9 DAYS IN FEBRUARY. WELL
OVER HALF OF THE TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH FELL IN THESE
LAST 9 DAYS WITH 1.23 INCHES OF RAIN FALLING DURING THE EARLY
MORNING HOURS ON FEBRUARY 28TH. THIS WAS THE SECOND HIGHEST AMOUNT
OF PRECIPITATION RECORDED ON THIS DATE. WITH THE GROUND ALREADY
SATURATED FROM THE SNOW MELT DURING THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH...THE
ADDITIONAL RAIN AND NEW SNOW MELT LED TO RAPID RISES ON MANY AREA
RIVERS...WITH LOWLAND FLOODING AND SOME URBAN FLOODING AS WELL WHERE
STORM DRAINS WERE CLOGGED.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 25.5 DEGREES...1.8 DEGREES BELOW
NORMAL. PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS 3.21 INCHES...1.27 INCHES
ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 18TH WETTEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD IN
THE FORT WAYNE AREA. SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH WAS 18.3 INCHES...10.7
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE SNOWIEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD
IN THE FORT WAYNE AREA DURING NON LEAP YEARS. HOWEVER...2008 REMAINS
THE OFFICIAL SNOWIEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD AS 19 INCHES FELL DURING
THE 29 DAYS OF THAT MONTH.

THERE WERE TWO DIFFERENT DAILY RECORDS SET AT FORT WAYNE IN
FEBRUARY. A RECORD SNOWFALL OF 4.9 INCHES WAS SET ON FEBRUARY
1ST...BREAKING THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 3.9 INCHES SET IN 2008. A
RECORD WARM LOW TEMPERATURE OCCURRED ON FEBRUARY 17TH WHEN THE LOW
WAS ONLY 43 DEGREES. THIS TIED THE PREVIOUS WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE
ON THIS DATE FROM 1897.


MARCH

...ROLLER COASTER MONTH RESULTS IN SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION AT FORT WAYNE...

IT WAS GENERALLY A QUIET MONTH WEATHERWISE WITH AN UP AND DOWN TREND
FOR TEMPERATURES ACROSS NORTHEAST INDIANA AND NORTHWEST OHIO. THE
FIRST HALF OF THE MONTH SAW GENERALLY SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES WITH A FEW DAYS OF SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES
MIXED IN. BEGINNING ON THE 16TH...AVERAGE DAILY TEMPERATURES WERE AT
OR ABOVE NORMAL THROUGH THE 22ND. BEGINNING ON THE 23...AVERAGE
DAILY TEMPERATURES WERE BELOW NORMAL THROUGH THE END OF THE MONTH.
THIS COLD SNAP TO END THE MONTH HELPED BRING THE AVERAGE MONTHLY
TEMPERATURE DOWN TO 0.2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL...WITH THE AVERAGE
DAILY TEMPERATURE AT LEAST 7 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL FROM THE 24TH
THROUGH THE 31ST.

PRECIPITATION WAS SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL AND SNOWFALL WAS BELOW
NORMAL. THERE WAS MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION ON ONLY 8 DAYS...WITH
MEASURABLE SNOWFALL ON ONLY 4 DAYS. THROUGH THE END OF MARCH...THE
SEASONAL SNOWFALL TOTAL AT FORT WAYNE STANDS AT 46.5 INCHES...WHICH
IS 12.5 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE SEASON. THIS ALSO STANDS AS THE
9TH SNOWIEST SEASON AT FORT WAYNE ON RECORD SO FAR THROUGH THE END
OF MARCH.

THE LA NINA PHASE OF THE EL NINO SOUTHERN OSCILLATION BEGAN TO
WEAKEN THROUGH THE FIRST MONTH OF METEOROLOGICAL SPRING. SEA SURFACE
TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE EQUATORIAL PACIFIC OCEAN CONTINUED A WARMING
TREND THROUGH THE MONTH OF MARCH...WITH A CONTINUED WARMING TREND
EXPECTED THROUGH THE SPRING INTO THE SUMMER...AND A RETURN TO ENSO
NEUTRAL CONDITIONS BY JUNE.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 38.3 DEGREES...0.2 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 70 ON THE 17TH AND
THE COLDEST WAS 20 ON THE 26TH...27TH AND 28TH. PRECIPITATION FOR THE
MONTH WAS 3.03 INCHES...0.16 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THE GREATEST 24
HOUR PRECIPITATION WAS 0.65 INCHES WHICH FELL ON THE 22ND. SNOWFALL
FOR MARCH WAS ONLY 1.2 INCHES...3.5 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THE
GREATEST DAILY SNOWFALL TOTAL WAS 0.7 INCHES ON THE 5TH.


APRIL

...A WET APRIL WITH ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES...

IF THE OLD SAYING OF APRIL SHOWERS BRINGS MAY FLOWERS HOLDS
TRUE...THEN MAY SHOULD PRODUCE AN ABUNDANCE OF FLOWERS ACROSS THE
AREA. DESPITE A WEAKENING LA NINA IN THE EQUATORIAL PACIFIC
OCEAN...THE JET STREAM ACROSS THE CENTRAL UNITED STATES REMAINED
STRONG AND LA NINA LIKE IN APRIL...BRINGING NUMEROUS WEATHER SYSTEMS
WITH ABUNDANT MOISTURE INTO THE OHIO VALLEY AND GREAT LAKES REGION.
THIS HELPED GENERATE HEAVY RAINFALL IN MANY AREAS AND CONTRIBUTED TO
MAJOR FLOODING ACROSS PARTS OF ILLINOIS...INDIANA...OHIO AND
KENTUCKY. MONTHLY RAINFALL TOTALS EXCEEDED FIVE INCHES AT FORT
WAYNE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

RAIN DOMINATED THE MONTH AS 5.30 INCHES WAS RECORDED AT
FORT WAYNE...1.76 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 12TH
WETTEST APRIL ON RECORD FOR THE FORT WAYNE AREA...DATING BACK
TO 1897. THERE WERE 21 DAYS THAT EXPERIENCED AT LEAST A TRACE OF
PRECIPITATION AND 18 DAYS RECEIVED MEASURABLE RAINFALL. DURING THE
LAST 16 DAYS OF APRIL...ONLY 2 HAD NO PRECIPITATION. THE GREATEST 24
HOUR RAINFALL DURING THE MONTH FELL ON THE 19TH AND 20TH WITH 1.31
INCHES. A TRACE OF SNOW OR SLEET WAS ALSO RECORDED ON THE 5TH AND
18TH.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 50.3 DEGREES...1.3 INCHES ABOVE
NORMAL. THE ABUNDANCE OF RAIN AND CLOUDS COUPLED WITH SEVERAL WINDY
DAYS MADE IT FEEL RATHER COOL FOR MANY PEOPLE. HOWEVER...15 DAYS OF
APRIL HAD TEMPERATURES AT OR ABOVE NORMAL AND 4 OF THOSE DAYS WERE
AT LEAST 10 DEGREES OR MORE ABOVE NORMAL. THE WARMEST DAY OF THE
MONTH WAS THE 10TH WITH A HIGH OF 84 AND A LOW OF 54 FOR AN AVERAGE
OF 69...22 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE ONLY COOLING DEGREE DAYS FOR
APRIL OCCURRED ON THIS DAY WITH 4. THERE WERE ALSO 15 DAYS WITH AN
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE BELOW NORMAL...BUT NONE OF THESE DAYS WERE MORE
THAN 9 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. TEN OF THESE BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURE
DAYS FELL IN THE LAST HALF OF THE MONTH WHEN IT WAS ALSO WET AND
WINDY.

THE COMBINATION OF RAIN AND SEVERAL WINDY DAYS ALSO LIKELY
CONTRIBUTED TO THE PERCEPTION THAT IT WAS A COLD MONTH. THE AVERAGE
DAILY WIND SPEED EXCEEDED 10 MPH ON 24 DAYS AND REACHED OR EXCEEDED
15 MPH ON 9 DAYS. THE HIGHEST WIND GUST WAS 45 MPH FROM THE
NORTHWEST ON APRIL 28TH.


MAY

...A RECORD WET MONTH ACROSS THE REGION...

IT WAS A VERY WET MONTH AT FORT WAYNE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WITH
OVER 10 INCHES OF RAIN RECORDED...A NEW MONTHLY RECORD FOR MAY.
THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE ENDED UP BEING ABOVE NORMAL AS WELL
EVEN THOUGH IT FELT LIKE A COOL MONTH DUE TO ALL THE RAIN. THE WARM
LAST 2 DAYS OF THE MONTH HELPED SKEW THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE ABOVE
NORMAL.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 62.5...2.1 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.
THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE WAS 91 ON THE 31ST. THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE
WAS 35 ON THE 5TH. THERE WERE 12 DAYS WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
BELOW NORMAL. THE COLDEST DAY RELATIVE TO NORMAL WAS THE 15TH WITH
AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 49...11 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THE WARMEST
DAY RELATIVE TO NORMAL WAS THE 13TH...WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF
74...15 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE 31ST OF MAY HAD THE HIGHEST
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 80...WHICH WAS 14 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS AN ASTOUNDING 10.17 INCHES...6.42
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE WETTEST MAY ON
RECORD...SURPASSING 8.80 INCHES THAT FELL IN MAY 1991. IN
ADDITION...MAY 2011 IS NOW THE SECOND OVERALL WETTEST MONTH AT FORT
WAYNE SINCE WEATHER RECORDS BEGAN IN 1861. THE RECORD MONTHLY
RAINFALL AT FORT WAYNE IS 11.00 INCHES SET IN JULY 1986.

MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION FELL ON 21 DAYS WITH 5 DAYS RECEIVING A
HALF INCH OR MORE AND 4 DAYS HAVING 1 INCH OR MORE. THE GREATEST 24
HOUR PRECIPITATION TOTAL WAS 3.55 INCHES ON THE 25TH AND 26TH. THE
3.46 INCHES OF RAIN THAT FELL ON MAY 25TH WAS A RECORD FOR THAT
DATE...SURPASSING 2.31 INCHES THAT FELL IN 1997. A DAILY RAINFALL
RECORD WAS ALSO BROKE ON MAY 23RD WHEN 1.91 INCHES OF RAIN
FELL...BREAKING THE OLD RECORD OF 1.56 INCHES FROM 1988.

THERE WAS ONLY A TRACE OF SNOWFALL RECORDED IN MAY AND THAT WAS DUE
TO HAIL. THE TOTAL SNOWFALL FOR THE SEASON IS 46.5 INCHES...11.4
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 10TH SNOWIEST SEASON ON
RECORD.


JUNE

...A SEASONABLE START TO SUMMER...

AFTER FOUR STRAIGHT MONTHS WITH ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION...JUNE
PRECIPITATION WAS BELOW NORMAL AT FORT WAYNE. TEMPERATURES WERE
ABOVE NORMAL...WITH THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE IN OVER A DECADE
OCCURRING AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MONTH.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 72.1 DEGREES...2.4 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL. THERE WAS A STRETCH OF VERY WARM TEMPERATURES EARLY IN THE
MONTH...WITH HIGHS REACHING 97 ON THE 4TH...7TH AND 8TH. THE HIGH
TEMPERATURE OF 97 REPRESENTED THE WARMEST TEMPERTURE AT FORT WAYNE
SINCE JULY 31ST 1999 WHEN THE HIGH WAS 98. THE LAST TIME THE
TEMPERATURE REACHED 97 DEGREES IN THE MONTH OF JUNE AT FORT WAYNE
WAS JUNE 19 1994...WHEN THE HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 99. ONLY TWICE HAS
THE TEMPERATURE REACHED 97 DEGREES ON AN EARLIER DATE THAN JUNE 4TH.
BOTH OCCURRENCES HAPPENED IN 1934...WHEN THE HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS
101 ON JUNE 1ST..AND 99 ON JUNE 2ND. IRONICALLY...TEMPERATURES
COOLED CONSIDERABLY AFTER THIS BRIEF WARM STRETCH. THE HIGH
TEMPERATURE ON THE 12TH ONLY REACHED 71 DEGREES. THESE THREE DAYS OF
97 WERE ALSO THE ONLY 3 DAYS IN THE MONTH OF JUNE IN WHICH THE HIGH
WAS AT LEAST 90 DEGREES.

PRECIPITATION FOR JUNE WAS 3.25 INCHES...0.79 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.
THIS IS FIRST MONTH SINCE JANUARY WITH BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION.
MEASURABLE RAINFALL OCCURRED ON 10 DAYS AND THE GREATEST 24 HOUR
RAINFALL OCCURRED ON THE 9TH AND 10TH WHEN 1.66 INCHES WAS RECORDED.


JULY

...WARMEST MONTH ON RECORD AT FORT WAYNE...

A RECORD HEAT WAVE ACROSS THE REGION WAS THE STORY OF THE MONTH. A
LARGE RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE DEVELOPED ACROSS THE CENTRAL UNITED
STATES DURING THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH...AND PUSHED EASTWARD OVER THE
AREA DURING THE THIRD WEEK OF THE MONTH. THIS ALLOWED FOR A HOT AND
VERY HUMID AIRMASS TO TAKE HOLD ACROSS THE REGION. THIS HELPED
CONTRIBUTE TO THE EXTREMELY DRY MONTH AT FORT WAYNE...WITH MANY
STORM SYSTEMS PASSING TO THE NORTH THROUGHOUT THE MONTH.

PRECIPITATION FOR JULY AT FORT WAYNE WAS ONLY 0.98 INCHES...WHICH IS
2.60 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS IS THE SECOND STRAIGHT MONTH OF BELOW
NORMAL PRECIPITATION...AND RANKS AS THE 5TH DRIEST JULY ON
RECORD...THE DRIEST JULY SINCE ONLY 0.79 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION
FELL IN JULY 1979. THE DRIEST JULY ON RECORD IS 1974...WHEN ONLY
0.41 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL. MEASUREABLE RAINFALL ONLY OCCURED
ON ONLY 7 DAYS THIS MONTH...WITH THE GREATEST 24 HOUR RAINFALL
OCCURING ON THE 8TH...WHEN 0.39 INCHES WAS RECORDED.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS AN ASTONISHING 79.8 DEGREES...
WHICH IS 6.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS MAKES JULY 2011 NOT ONLY THE
WARMEST JULY ON RECORD...BUT THE WARMEST MONTH ON RECORD AT FORT
WAYNE...BREAKING THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 79.5 DEGREES IN JULY 1955
AND JULY 1921. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 100 DEGREES
WHICH OCCURRED ON THE 21ST. THE LAST TIME FORT WAYNE REACHED 100
DEGREES WAS JULY 30TH 1999...WHEN THE HIGH TEMEPERATURE WAS 100. THE
LOWEST TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 59 DEGREES WHICH OCCURED ON THE
14TH.

THE EXCESSIVE HEAT THROUGHOUT THE MONTH ALSO SET OR CAME CLOSE TO
SETTING OTHER VARIOUS TEMPERATURE RECORDS. WHILE NO DAILY RECORD
HIGH TEMPERATURES WERE SET THIS MONTH...TWO DAILY RECORD HIGH
MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WERE SET. ON THE 21ST...THE LOW TEMPERATURE WAS
76 DEGREES...TYING THE RECORD HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE FOR THAT DATE
SET IN 1934. ON THE 28TH...A NEW RECORD HIGH MINUMUM TEMPERATURE WAS
SET WITH 78 DEGREES...BREAKING THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 75 SET IN
1921.

THE AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR JULY WAS 91.0...WHICH IS THE
SECOND WARMEST AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR ANY MONTH ON
RECORD...ONLY RANKING BEHIND JULY 1955...WHEN THE AVERAGE HIGH
TEMPERATURE WAS 91.2 DEGREES. THE AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE FOR JULY
WAS 68.6 DEGREES...WHICH IS THE SECOND WARMEST AVERAGE LOW
TEMPERATURE FOR ANY MONTH ON RECORD...ONLY RANKING BEHIND JULY
1921...WHEN THE AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 69.1 DEGREES.

THE TEMPERATURE AT FORT WAYNE REACHED 90 DEGREES OR GREATER 22 OUT
OF 31 DAYS...INCLUDING 14 OUT OF THE FINAL 16 DAYS OF THE MONTH.
THIS MAKES JULY 2011 THE MONTH WITH THE MOST 90 DEGREE OR GREATER
DAYS ON RECORD AT FORT WAYNE. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 21 DAYS OF 90
DEGREES OR GREATER IN JULY 1983.


AUGUST

...SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION AND SEASONABLY WARM AUGUST...

IT WAS A RATHER NORMAL MONTH IN TERMS OF CLIMATE DATA IN THE FORT
WAYNE AREA. THE BIGGEST NEWS WAS THE NEW CLIMATE NORMALS THAT WENT
INTO EFFECT AUGUST 1ST FOR CLIMATE LOCATIONS AROUND THE COUNTRY. NEW
NORMALS ARE GENERATED EVERY TEN YEARS AS POLICY...AND THE NEW
NORMALS WERE GENERATED FOR THE PERIOD OF 1981 TO 2010. THEREFORE
DEPARTURES FROM NORMALS FROM THIS MONTH FORWARD WILL BE COMPUTED
BASED ON THE NEW NORMALS...WHILE DEPARTURES FROM JANUARY THROUGH
JULY OF THIS YEAR ARE COMPUTED USING THE OLD NORMALS.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 73.0 DEGREES...1.5 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE WAS 94 ON THE 2ND AND THE LOWEST
TEMPERATURE WAS 50 ON THE 30TH. THE MONTH FELT MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE
THAN JULY...MAINLY BECAUSE OF MUCH LOWER DEW POINTS WHICH MADE IT
FEEL MUCH MORE TOLERABLE COMPARED TO JULY. THERE WERE 6 DAYS IN
WHICH TEMPERATURES REACHED OR EXCEEDED 90 DEGREES IN AUGUST...MUCH
LOWER THAN THE 22 DAYS EXPERIENCED IN JULY. THERE WAS ONLY ONE DAY
IN WHICH THE AVERAGE DAILY TEMPERATURE WAS 10 OR MORE DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL AND THIS WAS ON THE 2ND.

AUGUST PRECIPITATION WAS 3.37 INCHES...0.27 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THE
GREATEST 24 HOUR PRECIPITATION WAS 1.13 INCHES ON THE 8TH AND 9TH.
MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION FELL ON 11 DAYS.


SEPTEMBER

...A COOL SEPTEMBER WITH ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION...

AFTER A VERY WARM START TO THE MONTH...SEPTEMBER COOLED CONSIDERABLY
WITH A MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE THAT ENDED BELOW NORMAL.
PRECIPITATION WAS MORE ABUNDANT THIS MONTH...ESPECIALLY DURING THE
LAST 9 DAYS.

SEPTEMBER BEGAN HOT AND DRY WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES IN THE MIDDLE 90S
ON THE FIRST 3 DAYS AT FORT WAYNE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THE HIGH ON
THE FIRST WAS 93 FOLLOWED BY 96 ON THE SECOND AND 95 ON THE THIRD. A
STRONG COLD FRONT MOVED THROUGH THE REGION EARLY ON THE 4TH AND
HELPED BRING SOME LIGHT RAIN AND MUCH COOLER TEMPERATURES TO THE
REGION. IT TURNED OUT THAT THESE FIRST THREE DAYS WERE THE ONLY DAYS
OF THE MONTH WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE MORE THAN 10 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL. THERE WERE ONLY TWO OTHER DAYS IN WHICH THE HIGH TEMPERATURE
REACHED OR EXCEEDED 80 DEGREES...THE 12TH AND 13TH. THERE WERE 13
DAYS IN WHICH THE HIGH TEMPERATURE DID NOT REACH 70
DEGREES...INCLUDING 2 DAYS WITH HIGHS OF 60 DEGREES OR LESS. IN
FACT...ONLY 9 DAYS DURING THE MONTH HAD AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
ABOVE NORMAL WHILE 21 DAYS WERE AT OR BELOW NORMAL.

THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE WAS 96 ON THE 2ND AND THE COOLEST
TEMPERATURE WAS 40 ON THE 15TH AND 16TH. THE AVERAGE MONTHLY
TEMPERATURE WAS 62.5 WHICH WAS 1.8 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

MUCH NEEDED PRECIPITATION FELL IN SEPTEMBER ACROSS THE ENTIRE AREA.
A LARGE PART OF THIS FELL IN THE LAST NINE DAYS WHEN A PERSISTENT
UPPER LOW BECAME NEARLY STATIONARY OVER THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES.
THIS MEANDERING LOW WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOWERS ON EACH OF THE LAST
9 DAYS OF THE MONTH...SOME OF WHICH WERE HEAVY WITH A FEW
THUNDERSTORMS AT TIMES. THIS LOW WAS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR SEVERAL
FUNNEL CLOUDS...ONE OF WHICH BECAME A BRIEF AND WEAK EF0 TORNADO IN
NAPPANEE INDIANA ON THE 27TH.

PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS 4.76 INCHES...1.96 INCHES ABOVE
NORMAL. THIS WAS THE MOST MONTHLY RAINFALL AT FORT WAYNE SINCE MAY.
MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION FELL ON 16 DAYS AND A HALF INCH OR MORE WAS
RECORDED ON 4 DAYS. THE GREATEST 24 HOUR PRECIPITATION WAS ON THE
25TH AND 26TH WHEN 1.18 INCHES FELL.


OCTOBER

...A WARM AND WET OCTOBER AT FORT WAYNE...

IT WAS A TALE OF TWO MONTHS DURING OCTOBER AT FORT WAYNE. AFTER A
COOL START TO THE MONTH...WITH THE FIRST THREE DAYS HAVING BELOW
NORMAL TEMPERATURES...A WARM SPELL IMPACTED THE REGION...WITH ABOVE
NORMAL TEMPERATURES FROM THE 4TH THROUGH THE 17TH. DURING THIS
STRETCH...THE HIGH TEMPERATURE REACHED 80 DEGREES FOR 5 CONSECUTIVE
DAYS FROM THE 5TH THROUGH THE 9TH. NO PRECIPITATION FELL FROM THE
BEGINNING OF THE MONTH THROUGH THE 12TH.

THE SECOND HALF OF THE MONTH SAW A MORE ACTIVE WEATHER PATTERN...
BRINGING VARIATIONS IN TEMPERATURES AND AN INCREASE IN
PRECIPITATION. TEMPERATURES WERE BELOW NORMAL FROM THE 18TH THROUGH
THE 22ND...THEN BRIEFLY AND SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL FROM THE 23RD
THROUGH THE 26TH...AND THEN BELOW NORMAL THROUGH THE END OF THE
MONTH. A TRACE OR MORE OF PRECIPITATION FELL 16 OUT OF THE LAST 19
DAYS OF THE MONTH AT FORT WAYNE...WITH A TRACE OR MORE OF
PRECIPITATION FALLING EVERYDAY DURING THE LAST NINE DAYS OF OCTOBER.

DUE TO THE WARM SPELL IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE MONTH...TEMPERATURES
ENDED UP ABOVE NORMAL FOR OCTOBER. THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE
WAS 53.4 DEGREES...WHICH IS 0.8 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE HIGHEST
TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS 83 ON THE 8TH...AND THE LOWEST
TEMPERATURE WAS 27 ON THE 30TH.

PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS ABOVE NORMAL. 3.81 INCHES OF
PRECIPITATION FELL...WHICH IS 0.97 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. MEASURABLE
RAINFALL OCCURRED ON 9 DAYS DURING THE MONTH. THE HIGHEST DAILY
RAINFALL TOTAL WAS 2.19 INCHES ON THE 19TH. THIS SET A NEW DAILY
MAXIMUM RAINFALL RECORD FOR OCTOBER 19TH...BREAKING THE PREVIOUS
RECORD OF 0.84 INCHES IN 1989. NO SNOW WAS OBSERVED DURING THE MONTH.


NOVEMBER

...WARM AND WET WITH ABOVE NORMAL SNOWFALL AT FORT WAYNE...

IT WAS A RELATIVELY WARM MONTH IN THE FORT WAYNE AREA WITH
PRECIPITATION AND SNOWFALL THAT WAS WELL ABOVE NORMAL. MANY AREAS
AROUND FORT WAYNE RECEIVED BETWEEN 4 AND 8 INCHES OF SNOW ON THE
29TH AFTER SEVERAL INCHES OF RAINFALL PRIOR TO THE CHANGEOVER TO
SNOW. THIS HEAVY PRECIPITATION LED TO WIDESPREAD FLOODING OF LOW
AREAS AND MANY RIVERS AND STREAMS AT THE END OF THE MONTH.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE AT FORT WAYNE WAS 45.7 WHICH IS 4.3
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS TIES WITH 2009 AS THE 6TH WARMEST
NOVEMBER ON RECORD. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE WAS 70 ON THE 8TH AND
THE COLDEST WAS 24 ON THE 18TH AND 30TH. THE AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE
FOR THE MONTH WAS 54.4 AND THE AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 37.0. THE
COLDEST DAY OF THE MONTH RELATIVE TO NORMAL WAS THE 17TH WITH AN
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 31 DEGREES...10 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. IN
CONTRAST...THERE WERE 7 DAYS WITH AVERAGE TEMPERATURES 10 DEGREES OR
MORE ABOVE NORMAL. THE WARMEST DAY COMPARED TO NORMAL WAS THE 26TH
WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 56...19 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

PRECIPITATION AT SOUTH BEND WAS 6.09 INCHES...3.00 INCHES ABOVE
NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE SECOND WETTEST NOVEMBER ON RECORD BEHIND
1992 WHICH HAD 8.01 INCHES. THERE WERE 13 DAYS WITH MEASURABLE
PRECIPITATION...4 DAYS WITH A HALF INCH OR GREATER AND 2 DAYS WITH 1
INCH OR GREATER. THE GREATEST 24 HOUR PRECIPITATION WAS 2.69 INCHES
ON THE 28TH AND 29TH.

SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH WAS 4.4 INCHES...ALL FALLING DURING THE LATE
MONTH SNOW STORM. THIS IS 2.6 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL FOR NOVEMBER.


DECEMBER

...A VERY WARM DECEMBER WITH SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL SNOWFALL...

WINTER BEGAN ON A VERY WARM NOTE AS DECEMBER TEMPERATURES WERE WELL
ABOVE NORMAL AND SNOWFALL WAS SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL. PRECIPITATION
WAS ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE MONTH AS SEVERAL WEATHER SYSTEMS MOVE
THROUGH THE OHIO VALLEY AND SPREAD RAIN INTO THE FORT WAYNE AREA.

DECEMBER ACTUALLY BEGAN WITH SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES ON
THE FIRST TWO DAYS OF THE MONTH. THIS WAS IN LARGE PART DUE TO FRESH
SNOW COVER FROM THE LATE NOVEMBER SNOW STORM WHICH HELPED KEEP
TEMPERATURES IN THE 30S. ONCE THE SNOW MELTED...TEMPERATURES WARMED
CONSIDERABLY INTO THE 40S AND 50S ON THE THIRD AND FOURTH. THIS
WARMING WAS BRIEF AS A PERIOD OF COLDER TEMPERATURES OCCURRED DURING
THE SECOND WEEK WHICH ACTUALLY TURNED OUT TO BE THE COLDEST WEEK OF
THE MONTH. THE PERIOD BETWEEN DECEMBER 6TH AND 12TH SAW 5 OF THE 7
DAYS WITH AVERAGE TEMPERATURES BELOW NORMAL. THESE WOULD BE THE LAST
DAYS OF THE MONTH WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE BELOW NORMAL. THE
REMAINDER OF DECEMBER WAS MILD WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES AT OR ABOVE
FREEZING AND ALL DAYS WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE ABOVE NORMAL.
THERE WERE A TOTAL OF 12 DAYS IN DECEMBER WITH AN AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE AT LEAST 10 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE FOR DECEMBER AT FORT WAYNE WAS 35.1
DEGREES WHICH WAS 6.0 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 9TH
WARMEST DECEMBER ON RECORD. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE WAS 58 ON THE
15TH AND THE COLDEST WAS 13 ON THE 10TH.

PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS 3.77 INCHES WHICH WAS 1 INCH ABOVE
NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 14TH WETTEST DECEMBER ON RECORD. THE
GREATEST 24 HOUR PRECIPITATION WAS 1.24 INCHES ON THE 14TH AND 15TH.
WHILE PRECIPITATION WAS NORMAL FOR THE MONTH...SNOWFALL WAS SLIGHLY
BELOW NORMAL. A TOTAL OF 6.6 INCHES WAS RECORDED WHICH WAS 1.9
INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

THE TOTAL SNOWFALL FOR THE 2011-2012 WINTER SEASON THROUGH DECEMBER
31ST AT FORT WAYNE IS JUST 11.0 INCHES WHICH IS ACTUALLY 0.4 INCHES
ABOVE NORMAL.

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