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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
1111 AM EDT SUN JUN 1 2014

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...THE FORT WAYNE CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE SEASON, FROM
3/1/2014 TO 5/31/2014...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1897 TO 2014

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              99   05/27/1911
 LOW              -10   03/01/1967
HIGHEST            89   05/08        MM      MM       88
LOWEST             -3   03/03        MM      MM       11
AVG. MAXIMUM     58.5              60.3    -1.8     58.4
AVG. MINIMUM     36.0              38.9    -2.9     38.8
MEAN             47.2              49.6    -2.4
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.6    -0.6        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      7               2.8     4.2        4
DAYS MIN <= 32     32              27.1     4.9       37
DAYS MIN <= 0       3               0.0     3.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        18.50   2011
 MINIMUM         5.07   1958
TOTALS          10.46             10.50   -0.04    12.38
DAILY AVG.       0.11              0.11    0.00     0.14
DAYS >= .01        34              38.1    -4.1       34
DAYS >= .10        17              21.9    -4.9       19
DAYS >= .50         5               6.8    -1.8        8
DAYS >= 1.00        3               2.1     0.9        3
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    1.81   MM

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           21.3   1912
 24 HR TOTAL       MM
TOTALS           14.3               5.1     9.2     18.1
SINCE 7/1        74.7              33.5    41.2     38.5
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                MM      MM        0
DAYS >= TRACE      17               5.1    11.9       20
DAYS >= 1.0         4               1.6     2.4        4
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         6   03/13                         10
 24 HR TOTAL      6.7   MM

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1698              1475     223     1590
 SINCE 7/1         MM              6072      MM       MM
COOLING TOTAL      81                58      23      105
 SINCE 1/1         81                57      24      105
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              10.5
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    44/290    DATE  05/27
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    63/300    DATE  05/27

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.70
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           11
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             44
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         37

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     66

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               1
HEAVY RAIN               12     RAIN                      13
LIGHT RAIN               38     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          1     HAIL                       3
HEAVY SNOW                1     SNOW                       9
LIGHT SNOW               17     SLEET                      4
FOG                      39     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      3
HAZE                     20

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

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A COLD AND DRY BEGINNING TO THE SPRING SEASON ENDED WITH WARMTH AND
WETTER CONDITIONS AT FORT WAYNE

...A COLD AND SNOWY MARCH TO BEGIN THE SPRING SEASON...

MARCH WAS ANOTHER VERY COLD MONTH ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES REGION
DESPITE THE BEGINNING OF SPRING ON THE CALENDAR. IT WAS ALSO A VERY
SNOWY MONTH FOR PARTS OF NORTHEAST AND EAST CENTRAL INDIANA AS MANY
LOCATIONS RECEIVED OVER 10 INCHES OF SNOW. THE PERSISTENT RIDGE OF
HIGH PRESSURE OVER THE EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN CONTINUED THROUGH THE
MONTH AND IN TURN ALLOWED THE JET STREAM TO DIVE SOUTH OUT OF THE
ARCTIC REGION AND INTO THE GREAT LAKES AS IT HAS DONE MOST OF THE
WINTER. SEVERAL COLD FRONTS WITH ARCTIC ORIGIN BROUGHT VERY COLD AIR
SOUTH WHICH KEPT TEMPERATURES WELL BELOW NORMAL FOR THE MONTH. THERE
WERE ALSO SEVERAL SYSTEMS THAT DEVELOPED IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN AND
TRACKED THROUGH THE OHIO VALLEY. MOISTURE ASSOCIATED WITH THESE
SYSTEMS MOVED NORTH AND INTERACTED WITH THE COLD AIR...LEADING TO
SEVERAL DAYS OF SNOWFALL OVER NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST INDIANA.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE AT FORT WAYNE WAS 30.3 DEGREES...8.1
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 6TH COLDEST MARCH ON RECORD
SINCE 1912. THIS WAS ALSO THE COLDEST MARCH IN FORT WAYNE SINCE
1984...WHICH WAS THE SECOND COLDEST MARCH ON RECORD. THE WARMEST
TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH OCCURRED ON THE LAST DAY WITH A HIGH OF 65.
THIS WAS THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE SINCE NOVEMBER 2013. THE LOWEST
TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS 3 BELOW ZERO ON THE THIRD. THERE WERE
23 DAYS WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE BELOW NORMAL AND 14 OF THESE
DAYS WERE MORE THAN 10 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. MARCH THIRD HAD THE
GREATEST DEPARTURE OF 27 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THE HIGH ON THAT DAY
WAS JUST 14 AND THE LOW WAS 3 BELOW ZERO.

DESPITE IT BEING COLD IT WAS ACTUALLY A RELATIVELY DRY MONTH. THERE
WAS 1.90 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION...0.70 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS
RANKED AS THE 23RD DRIEST MARCH ON RECORD SINCE 1912.

SNOWFALL WAS 13.2 INCHES...9.1 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS
THE 5TH SNOWIEST MARCH ON RECORD. INTERESTINGLY...MARCH 2013 RANKED
AS THE 3RD SNOWIEST MARCH ON RECORD WITH 18.1 INCHES AND 1964 IS THE
SNOWIEST MARCH ON RECORD WITH 19.5 INCHES. JUST TWO YEARS
AGO...MARCH 2012 WAS THE WARMEST MARCH ON RECORD WITH AN AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE OF 52.6 DEGREES AND ONLY 0.3 INCHES OF SNOW FELL IN THAT
ENTIRE MONTH.

...A RELATIVELY NORMAL APRIL...

DESPITE THE MONTH FEELING COOL...TEMPERATURES WERE ACTUALLY NEAR
NORMAL AND PRECIPITATION WAS ABOVE NORMAL IN THE FORT WAYNE AREA.
THERE WERE NO PERIODS OF SUSTAINED WARMTH AND SEVERAL WINDY DAYS.
THIS LIKELY HELPED CREATE THE FEELING THAT IT WAS COLDER THAN ACTUAL
AIR TEMPERATURES INDICATED.

THE OVERALL WEATHER PATTERN BECAME MORE TYPICAL OF SPRING AS THE
DOMINANT WEST COAST RIDGE BROKE DOWN AND THE LARGE SCALE FLOW BECAME
MORE ZONAL ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. THIS ALLOWED FOR MORE
SEASONABLE TEMPERATURES BUT OCCASIONAL STORM SYSTEMS BROUGHT PERIODS
OF PRECIPITATION AND BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES. THERE WERE NO
SUSTAINED PERIODS OF WARMTH IN APRIL WITH THE LONGEST STRETCH OF
DAYS WITH ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES BEING JUST FOUR FROM THE 10TH
THROUGH THE 13TH. THERE WERE 14 DAYS WITH BELOW NORMAL AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES AND 4 DAYS WITH EXACTLY NORMAL TEMPERATURES. IT WAS
ALSO A VERY WINDY MONTH WITH 16 DAYS HAVING A PEAK WIND GUST OF 30
MPH OR GREATER AND 7 DAYS WITH A PEAK WIND OF 40 MPH OR HIGHER. THE
FASTEST PEAK WIND GUST MEASURED WAS 48 MPH ON THE 4TH.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 49.8 WHICH WAS JUST 0.2 DEGREES
BELOW NORMAL. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE WAS 79 ON THE 21ST AND THE
COLDEST WAS 23 ON THE 16TH.

PRECIPITATION WAS ABOVE NORMAL WITH 3.99 INCHES FALLING. THIS WAS
0.47 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND RANKED AS THE 33RD WETTEST APRIL ON
RECORD. APRIL SNOWFALL WAS 1.1 INCHES...JUST ONE TENTH OF AN INCH
ABOVE NORMAL.


MAY

...SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION FOR MAY...

MAY STARTED OUT RELATIVELY COOL AND DRY AT FORT WAYNE...WITH
TEMPERATURES NEAR OR BELOW NORMAL FOR THE FIRST 6 DAYS OF THE
MONTH...AND ONLY 0.01 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION OVER THE FIRST 8 DAYS.
WARMER AND WETTER WEATHER PATTERN WAS THE STORY FOR THE SECOND WEEK
OF THE MONTH...WITH TWO DAYS OF AN INCH OR MORE OF RAIN AND 5 DAYS
OF HIGH TEMPERATURES IN THE 80S. ANOTHER COLD SPELL IMPACTED THE
REGION OVER THE THIRD WEEK OF THE MONTH...WITH A HIGH OF 52 AND A
LOW OF 34 ON THE 16TH. HOWEVER THE MONTH ENDED ON A WARM
SPELL...WITH AVERAGE TEMPERATURES ABOVE NORMAL ON 10 OUT OF THE LAST
12 DAYS OF THE MONTH...AND FAIRLY DRY CONDITIONS...WITH ONLY 0.55
INCHES OF PRECIPIATION FROM THE 16TH THROUGH THE END OF THE MONTH.

THE QUIET START TO THE SEVERE WEATHER SEASON CONTINUED INTO MAY
ACROSS THE FORT WAYNE AREA. ISOLATED STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
IMPACTED PORTIONS OF THE REGION ON THE 9TH...11TH AND 13TH. MORE
WIDESPREAD STRONG TO LOW END SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IMPACTED THE
REGION ON THE 20TH AND 21ST...AND SCATTERED STRONG THUNDERSTORMS
IMPACTED PORTIONS OF THE AREA ON THE 26TH THROUGH 28TH. AN ISOLATED
THUNDERSTORM DOWNBURST OVER THE FORT WAYNE AIRPORT PRODUCED A
MEASURED 63 MPH WIND GUST ON THE EVENING OF THE 27TH.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN MAY AT FORT WAYNE WAS 61.5
DEGREES...WHICH IS 1.1 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE
T-45TH WARMEST MAY ON RECORD. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE WAS 89 ON THE
8TH AND THE COLDEST WAS 34 ON THE 16TH.

PRECIPITATION WAS SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL WITH 4.57 INCHES FALLING
DURING THE MONTH. THIS IS 0.30 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND RANKS AS THE
32ND WETTEST MAY ON RECORD. MEASURABLE RAINFALL FELL DURING 11 DAYS
IN MAY...WITH TWO DAYS SEEING AN INCH OR MORE OF RAINFALL. THE
GREATEST 24 HOUR PRECIPITATION WAS 1.67 INCHES ON THE 14TH AND 15TH.

...COOLER WITH NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR SPRING 2014...

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE SPRING SEASON AT FORT WAYNE WAS 47.2
DEGREES...WHICH IS 2.4 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE
T-24TH COLDEST SPRING ON RECORD. SPRING 2014 WAS THE COLDEST SPRING
SEASON SINCE 1997...WHEN THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 46.1 DEGREES.

THE PRECIPITATION TOTAL FOR THE SPRING SEASON WAS 10.46
INCHES...WHICH IS 0.04 INCHES BELOW THE SEASONAL NORMAL OF 10.50
INCHES. THIS ONLY RANKS AS THE 55TH WETTEST SPRING SEASON SINCE
1912. THIS WAS SLIGHTLY DRIER THAN THE PREVIOUS SPRING SEASON...WHEN
12.38 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL IN SPRING 2013. HOWEVER THIS
SEASON WAS MUCH WETTER THAN THE SPRING OF 2012...WHEN ONLY 5.25
INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL.

THE SPRING SEASON SNOWFALL TOTAL AT FORT WAYNE WAS 14.3 INCHES...9.2
INCHES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 5.1 INCHES. THIS RANKS AS THE 7TH
SNOWIEST SPRING SEASON SINCE 1912. DURING THE SPRING OF 2013...18.1
INCHES OF SNOWFALL WAS RECORDED AT FORT WAYNE...WHICH IS THE 3RD
SNOWIEST SPRING SEASON ON RECORD. 13.2 INCHES OF THE SEASONAL
SNOWFALL FELL IN MARCH...WITH 6.7 INCHES OF SNOWFALL FALLING ON
MARCH 12TH AND 4.0 INCHES FALLING ON MARCH 2ND. 1.1 INCHES OF THE
SEASONAL SNOWFALL TOTAL FELL IN APRIL...WITH NO SNOWFALL IN MAY.
THIS MARKS THE 68TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR WITH NO MEASURABLE SNOWFALL IN
THE MONTH OF MAY AT FORT WAYNE. THIS HAS ACTUALLY ONLY HAPPENED
DURING THREE YEARS ON RECORD...1923...1940 AND 1945. THE LAST MAY
THAT A TRACE OF SNOWFALL WAS RECORDED AT FORT WAYNE WAS 2011.

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