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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
1130 AM EDT FRI JUN 1 2012

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...THE FORT WAYNE CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE SPRING SEASON FROM
3/1/2012 TO 5/31/2012...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1897 TO 2012

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE
                                          NORMAL
.............................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              96   05/27/2012
 LOW              -10   03/01/1967
HIGHEST            96R  05/27        MM      MM       91
LOWEST             21   03/10        MM      MM       20
AVG. MAXIMUM     69.3              60.3     9.0     60.1
AVG. MINIMUM     44.5              38.9     5.6     40.7
MEAN             56.9              49.6     7.3
DAYS MAX >= 90      5               0.6     4.4        2
DAYS MAX <= 32      0               2.8    -2.8        0
DAYS MIN <= 32     18              27.1    -9.1       26
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.0     0.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        18.50   2011
 MINIMUM         5.07   1958
TOTALS           5.25             10.50   -5.25    18.50
DAILY AVG.       0.05              0.11   -0.06     0.20
DAYS >= .01        22              38.1   -16.1       47
DAYS >= .10        14              21.9    -7.9       32
DAYS >= .50         2               6.8    -4.8       12
DAYS >= 1.00        1               2.1    -1.1        5
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    1.87   MM

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           21.3   1912
 24 HR TOTAL       MM
TOTALS            0.3               5.1    -4.8      1.2
SINCE 7/1        32.2              33.5    -1.3     46.5
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                MM      MM        0
DAYS >= TRACE       5               5.1    -0.1       10
DAYS >= 1.0         0               1.6    -1.6        0
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         T   03/04                          1
 24 HR TOTAL      0.2   MM

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     869              1475    -606     1421
 SINCE 7/1         MM              6072      MM       MM
COOLING TOTAL     153                58      95       97
 SINCE 1/1        153                57      96       97
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              9.5
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    46/240    DATE  03/02
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    59/260    DATE  03/02

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.60
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           22
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             46
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         24

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     63

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                6     RAIN                       9
LIGHT RAIN               32     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       0
LIGHT SNOW                4     SLEET                      1
FOG                      36     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      2
HAZE                     18

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

&&

...RECORD SHATTERING SPRING AT FORT WAYNE...

MANY LONG STANDING RECORDS WERE BROKEN AT FORT WAYNE DURING SPRING
2012. NOT ONLY WAS THIS THE WARMEST SPRING ON RECORD...BUT IT WAS
ALSO THE 2ND DRIEST SPRING ON RECORD. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR
THE SPRING SEASON WAS 56.9 DEGREES WHICH IS 7.3 DEGREES ABOVE THE
NORMAL OF 49.6 DEGREES. THIS BREAKS THE PREVIOUS RECORD FOR THE
WARMEST SPRING OF 55.6 DEGREES SET IN 1997. AVERAGE MAXIMUM AND
MINIMUM TEMPERATURES FOR THE SPRING SEASON WERE ALSO THE WARMEST ON
RECORD. FORT WAYNE ALSO SET THE RECORD FOR THE WARMEST SPRING
TEMPERATURE ON RECORD WHEN IT REACHED 96 ON THE 27TH OF MAY.

PRECIPITATION WAS MUCH BELOW NORMAL AT 5.25 INCHES. THIS IS
AMAZINGLY 5.25 INCHES BELOW NORMAL AND OVER 13 INCHES BELOW THE
RECORD SETTING PRECIPITATION TOTALS FROM SPRING OF LAST YEAR! MANY
AREAS IN NORTHERN INDIANA WERE CHARATERIZED BY ABNORMALLY DRY OR D0
DROUGHT CONDIITIONS BY THE END OF MAY.

SNOWFALL FOR THE SPRING SEASON WAS JUST 0.3 INCHES...4.8 INCHES
BELOW NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 5TH LEAST SNOWIEST SPRING ON RECORD
BEHIND 1927...1946...1990 AND 2010 WHICH ALL HAD NO SNOWFALL DURING
THE SPRING.

MARCH FEATURED RECORD BREAKING WARMTH AS A PERSISTENT RIDGE OF HIGH
PRESSURE SET UP OVER THE EASTERN HALF OF THE US. THIS ALLOWED WARM
MOIST AIR TO FLOW INTO THE GREAT LAKES REGION AND KEPT COOLER AIR
TRAPPED IN CANADA. AT FORT WAYNE...THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE
WAS AN ASTOUNDING 14.8 DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 38.4 DEGREES.
THIS SHATTERED THE PREVIOUS MARCH RECORD OF 48.1 DEGREES SET IN 1946
AND WAS ACTUALLY WARMER THAN THE NORMAL AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE
MONTH OF APRIL. THE WARMEST MARCH DAY EVER RECORDED OCCURED ON MARCH
21ST AS THE HIGH TEMPERATURE REACHED 87 DEGREES. AS A RESULT...CROPS
WERE PLANTED AHEAD OF SCHEDULE AND VEGETATION BLOOMED NEARLY 6 WEEKS
AHEAD OF NORMAL. PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS 0.30 INCHES ABOVE
THE NORMAL OF 2.90 INCHES.

THE MONTH OF APRIL WAS RARE IN THE FACT THAT DESPITE SLIGHTY ABOVE
NORMAL TEMPERATURES...IT WAS ACTUALLY COOLER THAN MARCH. SINCE
RECORDS BEGAN IN 1897...THIS HAS ONLY HAPPENED ONE OTHER TIME IN
1907. THE MONTH FEATURED A WEATHER PATTERN MORE TYPICAL OF SPRING
COMPARED TO MARCH AND TEMPERATURES RETURNED TO NEAR NORMAL.
UNFORTUNATELY MORE NORMAL TEMPERATURES PROMPTED MANY MORNINGS WITH
TEMPERATURES BELOW FREEZING. THIS CAUSED DEVASTING FROSTS AND HARD
FREEZES FOR FRUIT CROPS THAT HAD BLOOMED WELL AHEAD OF SCHEDULE.
APRIL ALSO BEGAN A STRETCH OF VERY DRY WEATHER. THE MONTH FINISHED
WITH JUST 1.29 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION WHICH WAS 2.23 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL. THIS DEFICIT WAS EVEN GREATER UNTIL THE LAST 5 DAYS OF THE
MONTH WHEN JUST UNDER THREE QUARTERS OF AN INCH OF RAIN FELL. THE
LACK OF RAINFALL PROMOTED EARLY IRRIGATION PRACTICES FOR MANY
FARMERS AND LEFT RIVERS AND STREAMS AT NEAR RECORD LOW STAGES.

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.

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

$$

OBERGFELL/LASHLEY





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