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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
549 AM EDT WED JUN 1 2016

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...THE FORT WAYNE CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE SEASON, FROM
3/1/2016 TO 5/31/2016...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1912 TO 2016

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE
                                          NORMAL
.............................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              99   05/27/1911
 LOW              -10   03/01/1967
HIGHEST            89   05/29        MM      MM       86
LOWEST             18   03/02        MM      MM       -3
AVG. MAXIMUM     61.9              60.3     1.6     60.5
AVG. MINIMUM     41.1              38.9     2.2     38.6
MEAN             51.5              49.6     1.9
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.6    -0.6        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      2               2.8    -0.8        4
DAYS MIN <= 32     23              27.1    -4.1       33
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.0     0.0        1

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        18.50   2011
 MINIMUM         5.07   1958
TOTALS          11.14             10.50    0.64    10.36
DAILY AVG.       0.12              0.11    0.01     0.11
DAYS >= .01        38              38.1    -0.1       34
DAYS >= .10        23              21.9     1.1       23
DAYS >= .50         8               6.8     1.2        7
DAYS >= 1.00        1               2.1    -1.1        2
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    2.58   MM

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           21.3   1912
 24 HR TOTAL       MM
TOTALS            3.9               5.1    -1.2      8.6
SINCE 7/1        20.1              33.5   -13.4     45.1
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                MM      MM        0
DAYS >= TRACE      13               5.1     7.9        8
DAYS >= 1.0         1               1.6    -0.6        2
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         1   03/04                          6
 24 HR TOTAL      1.9   MM

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1289              1475    -186     1502
 SINCE 7/1         MM              6072      MM       MM
COOLING TOTAL      74                58      16       96
 SINCE 1/1         74                57      17       96
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              10.1
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    46/270    DATE  04/02
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    59/280    DATE  04/02

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.70
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           15
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             29
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         48

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     69

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                7     RAIN                      14
LIGHT RAIN               45     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       2
LIGHT SNOW               12     SLEET                      0
FOG                      45     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      5
HAZE                     14

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

&&

...A WARM AND SLIGHTLY WET SPRING WITH BELOW NORMAL SNOWFALL...

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR SPRING 2016 AT FORT WAYNE WAS 51.5
DEGREES...1.9 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 15TH WARMEST
SPRING ON RECORD.

SPRING PRECIPITATION WAS 11.14 INCHES...0.64 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.
THIS RANKED AS THE 37TH WETTEST SPRING ON RECORD.

SNOWFALL DURING THE SPRING WAS 3.9 INCHES...1.2 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.
THIS RANKED AS THE 45TH LEAST SNOWIEST SPRING ON RECORD.

BELOW IS A MONTH BY MONTH REVIEW OF THE SPRING 2016 SEASON.


...A WARM AND WET MARCH...

THE FIRST MONTH OF SPRING CAME IN LIKE A LION WITH COLD AND SNOW BUT
ENDED WITH MILD TEMPERATURES AND SCATTERED STRONG TO SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS.

STRONG LOW PRESSURE TRACKED THROUGH CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST INDIANA ON
THE FIRST OF THE MONTH. RAIN CHANGED TO SNOW IN THE WAKE OF THIS LOW
WITH SOME ACCUMULATION ACROSS THE AREA. ANOTHER LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM
MOVED THROUGH THE OHIO VALLEY ON THE THIRD AND THIS SYSTEM BROUGHT
ANOTHER ROUND OF ACCUMULATING SNOW. THESE WEATHER SYSTEMS AND THE
SNOW PACK THEY PRODUCED HELPED TO DROP LOW TEMPERATURES INTO THE
TEENS AND LOWER 20S DURING THE FIRST 4 DAYS OF MARCH.

A SIGNIFICANT PATTERN CHANGE OCCURRED AFTER THE FOURTH WITH MUCH
WARMER TEMPERATURES WHICH HELPED TO QUICKLY MELT THE SNOW. THE
WARMUP WAS SO DRAMATIC THAT HIGH TEMPERATURES REACHED THE 60S BY THE
7TH AND 70S ON THE 8TH. THE AVERAGE DAILY TEMPERATURE WENT FROM 8
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL ON THE 2ND TO 13 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL ON THE
7TH AND 23 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL ON THE 8TH. THE ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES CONTINUED THROUGH THE 18TH BEFORE A COLD FRONT BROUGHT
TEMPERATURES BACK TO NEAR OR SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL. THE REMAINDER OF
THE MONTH WOULD SEE SWINGS IN TEMPERATURES AS SEVERAL WEATHER
SYSTEMS WOULD MOVE THROUGH THE REGION.

AN ACTIVE WEATHER PATTERN OVER THE LAST WEEK OF MARCH HELPED KICK
OFF THE SEVERE WEATHER SEASON. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AND THE FIRST
THREE TORNADOES OF THE YEAR FOR OUR REGION OCCURRED ON MARCH 24TH.
DAMAGE ASSOCIATED WITH WEAK EF0 TORNADOES WERE FOUND IN EDWARDSBURG
MICHIGAN...AS WELL AS NORTHWEST INDIANA NEAR HANNA AND WANATAH.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ALSO DEVELOPED AGAIN ON THE 27TH WITH LARGE
HAIL THE SIZE OF GOLF BALLS BEING REPORTED OVER NORTHEAST INDIANA
NEAR HUNTINGTON. THE LAST DAY OF MARCH ALSO SAW ISOLATED SEVERE
WEATHER WITH WIND AND HAIL.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE FOR MARCH WAS 44.4 DEGREES...6.0
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 7TH WARMEST MARCH ON
RECORD. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE WAS 74 ON THE 27TH AND THE COLDEST
WAS 18 ON THE 2ND.

PRECIPITATION WAS ABOVE NORMAL WITH 3.96 INCHES WHICH WAS 1.25
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 21ST WETTEST MARCH ON
RECORD. THERE WERE 11 DAYS OF MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION AND 4 DAYS
HAD OVER A HALF INCH OF PRECIPITATION.

SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH WAS 2.8 INCHES...0.3 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.
THIS RANKED AS THE 42ND LEAST SNOWIEST MARCH ON RECORD. ALL OF THE
MEASURABLE SNOW FELL ON THE FIRST THROUGH THE FIFTH OF THE MONTH.


...A SLIGHTLY COOLER AND DRIER THAN NORMAL APRIL AT FORT WAYNE...

APRIL STARTED OUT RATHER COOL ACROSS FORT WAYNE AND SURROUNDING
AREAS...WITH THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE BELOW NORMAL FOR 12 OUT OF THE
FIRST 14 DAYS OF THE MONTH. THE COLDEST NIGHT INTO THE EARLY MORNING
HOURS OF THE 3RD SAW THE TEMPERATURE DIP DOWN TO 24 DEGREES AT FORT
WAYNE. FORTUNATELY...THE GROWING SEASON IN GENERAL HAD YET TO
COMMENCE BEFORE THIS COLD STRETCH OF WEATHER. A LAST GASP OF SNOW ON
THE 7TH...8TH...9TH AND 10TH CAPPED OFF THIS COLD STRETCH.

A PATTERN FLIP OCCURRED AROUND THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH. AFTER AT
LEAST A TRACE OF PRECIPITATION EACH OF THE FIRST 11 DAYS OF THE
MONTH...DRY CONDITIONS PREVAILED FROM THE 12TH THROUGH THE 19TH.
A WARMING TREND CULMINATED IN HIGH TEMPERATURES IN THE 80S ON THE
18TH. THIS WAS THE FIRST 80 DEGREE TEMPERATURE OF THE YEAR...ABOUT A
WEEK BEFORE THE LONG TERM AVERAGE FIRST 80 DEGREE DAY OF THE
YEAR...APRIL 25TH. IT WAS THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR THAT THE FIRST
80 DEGREE DAY OCCURRED ON APRIL 18TH.

AFTER MAINLY ABOVE NORMAL AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FROM THE 15TH THROUGH
THE 26TH...THE MONTH ENDED ON A COOLER NOTE WITH THE LAST 4 DAYS OF
APRIL EXPERIENCING BELOW NORMAL AVERAGE TEMPERATURES. A TRACE OF
PRECIPITATION WAS RECORDED EACH OF THE LAST 5 DAYS OF THE MONTH.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE FOR APRIL WAS 49.3 DEGREES...0.7
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 62ND COLDEST APRIL ON
RECORD. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE WAS 82 ON THE 18TH AND THE COLDEST
WAS 18 ON THE 5TH.

PRECIPITATION WAS ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE MONTH WITH
3.05 INCHES...WHICH WAS 0.47 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE
59TH DRIEST APRIL ON RECORD. THERE WERE 15 DAYS OF MEASURABLE
PRECIPITATION AND 8 DAYS WITH OVER A TENTH OF AN INCH OF
PRECIPITATION. 2 DAYS...THE 6TH AND THE 28TH... HAD OVER ONE HALF
INCH OF PRECIPITATION. THE GREATEST 24 HOUR PRECIPITATION TOTAL WAS
0.88 INCHES FALLING ON THE 6TH AND 7TH OF THE MONTH.

SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH WAS 1.1 INCHES...0.1 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.
THIS RANKED AS THE 32ND SNOWIEST APRIL ON RECORD AT FORT WAYNE.
ALL OF THE MEASURABLE SNOW FELL ON 6 OF THE FIRST 9 DAYS OF THE
MONTH.

...RELATIVELY COOL AND WET START TO MAY WITH A WARM AND DRY END...

OVERALL TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION WERE CLOSE TO NORMAL IN THE
FORT WAYNE AREA. HOWEVER...THE MONTH SAW RELATIVELY COOL AND WET
CONDITIONS OVER THE FIRST THREE WEEKS FOLLOWED BY VERY WARM AND DRY
CONDITIONS DURING THE LAST 10 DAYS.

DURING THE FIRST 23 DAYS OF MAY...ONLY SIX DAYS HAD AN AVERAGE DAILY
TEMPERATURE ABOVE NORMAL. THE LAST 8 DAYS OF THE MONTH WERE ALL
ABOVE NORMAL AND 5 OF THESE DAYS WERE MORE THAN 10 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL. THIS HELPED BRING THE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE DEPARTURE UP
CLOSER TO NORMAL DESPITE THE RELATIVELY COOL FIRST THREE WEEKS.

MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION FELL ON 12 DAYS IN MAY BUT ONLY 3 OF THESE
DAYS WERE AFTER THE 14TH. THE GREATEST PRECIPITATION FELL ON THE
10TH WITH AN IMPRESSIVE 2.49 INCHES BEING RECORDED. THIS WAS A
SINGLE DAY PRECIPITATION RECORD AND WAS DUE TO SLOW MOVING
THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE AIRPORT. NEARLY 85 PERCENT OF THE MONTHLY
PRECIPITATION FELL BETWEEN THE 9TH AND 12TH OF THE MONTH. MEASURABLE
PRECIPITATION OCCURRED ON 9 OF THE FIRST 14 DAYS AND JUST 3 OF THE
LAST 17 DAYS.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE FOR MAY WAS 60.8 DEGREES...0.4
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS TIED FOR THE 45TH WARMEST MAY
ON RECORD. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE WAS 89 ON THE 29TH AND THE
COOLEST TEMPERATURE WAS 34 ON THE 16TH.

PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS 4.13 INCHES...0.14 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 63RD DRIEST MAY ON RECORD.

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