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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
530 AM EST THU MAR 2 2017

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...THE FORT WAYNE CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE WINTER SEASON, FROM
12/1/2016 TO 2/28/2017...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1897 TO 2017

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE
                                          NORMAL
.............................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              73   02/25/2000
 LOW              -24   01/12/1918
HIGHEST            71   02/24        MM      MM       69
LOWEST             -9   12/19        MM      MM        0
AVG. MAXIMUM     41.0              34.9     6.1     41.2
AVG. MINIMUM     25.7              19.9     5.8     25.5
MEAN             33.3              27.4     5.9
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32     23              35.2   -12.2       25
DAYS MIN <= 32     63              77.4   -14.4       69
DAYS MIN <= 0       5               6.5    -1.5        2

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        17.85   1950
 MINIMUM         1.58   1920
TOTALS           8.78              7.07    1.71     7.20
DAILY AVG.       0.09              0.08    0.01     0.08
DAYS >= .01        37              35.7     1.3       38
DAYS >= .10        19              17.0     2.0       13
DAYS >= .50         6               4.1     1.9        5
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.8    -0.8        1
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    1.03   MM

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           61.1   1982
 24 HR TOTAL       MM
TOTALS           14.7              26.3   -11.6     12.0
SINCE 7/1        15.1              28.4   -13.3     16.2
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      1                 3      -2        0
DAYS >= TRACE      32              24.6     7.4       41
DAYS >= 1.0         4               7.8    -3.8        4
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         5   12/16                          3
                        12/14
                        12/15
 24 HR TOTAL      6.3   MM

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    2849              3381    -532     2858
 SINCE 7/1         MM              4598      MM       MM
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              11.1
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    45/260    DATE  01/10
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    58/270    DATE  01/10

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.80
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR            7
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             28
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         55

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     75

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              M     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN               10     RAIN                      13
LIGHT RAIN               40     FREEZING RAIN              1
LT FREEZING RAIN          6     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                2     SNOW                       9
LIGHT SNOW               28     SLEET                      1
FOG                      53     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE     11
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 WARM WINTER WITH BELOW NORMAL SNOWFALL...

WINTER BEGAN WITH A COLD AND SNOWY DECEMBER BUT JANUARY AND FEBRUARY
EXPERIENCED RECORD WARMTH AND SNOWFALL THAT WAS WELL BELOW NORMAL.
DECEMBER AND FEBRUARY PRECIPITATION WERE BELOW NORMAL WHILE JANUARY
PRECIPITATION WAS ABOVE NORMAL.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THIS WINTER SEASON WAS 33.3
DEGREES...5.9 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 5TH WARMEST
WINTER SEASON ON RECORD AND ACTUALLY TIED WITH THE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE FOR LAST WINTER. THE WARMEST WINTER ON RECORD IS 1931-32
WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 36.8 DEGREES.

WINTER PRECIPITATION WAS 8.78 INCHES...1.71 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.
THIS RANKED AS THE 20TH WETTEST WINTER ON RECORD.

DESPITE ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION...SNOWFALL WAS WELL BELOW NORMAL.
A TOTAL OF 14.7 INCHES WAS MEASURED...11.6 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS
RANKED AS THE 27TH LEAST SNOWIEST WINTER. JUST UNDER 75 PERCENT OF
THE WINTER SEASON SNOWFALL FELL IN DECEMBER. THERE WAS ONLY 1.3
INCHES OF SNOW IN JANUARY AND 2.5 INCHES IN FEBRUARY.

...COLD AND SNOWY START TO WINTER...

THE FIRST MONTH OF THE WINTER SEASON EXPERIENCED A VARIETY OF
WEATHER. DECEMBER BEGAN WITH NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES BUT AN ARCTIC
COLD FRONT ARRIVED LATE IN THE SECOND WEEK AND BROUGHT SOME OF THE
COLDEST DECEMBER TEMPERATURES IN DECADES. THIS ARCTIC COLD AIR ALSO
BROUGHT SOME SNOW WITH OVER 6 INCHES BEING RECORDED JUST PRIOR TO
ITS ARRIVAL. LITTLE DID WE KNOW THAT THIS WOULD BE THE COLDEST AND
SNOWIEST PART OF THE WINTER SEASON WITH MODERATING TEMPERATURES IN
JANUARY AND ESPECIALLY FEBRUARY.

THE ARCTIC COLD FINALLY BEGAN TO RETREAT AFTER THE 20TH AND BY THE
DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS...TEMPERATURES BRIEFLY ROSE INTO THE LOWER 60S
AHEAD OF A COLD FRONT. THESE RECORD MILD TEMPERATURES HELPED PRODUCE
FOG AND DRIZZLE WHICH QUICKLY DEPLETED THE SNOW PACK THAT WAS IN
PLACE.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 27.1 DEGREES...2.0 DEGREES BELOW
NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 32ND COLDEST DECEMBER ON RECORD DATING
BACK TO 1912. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE WAS 60 ON THE 26TH AND THE
COLDEST WAS 9 BELOW ZERO ON THE 19TH. THE 60 WAS A RECORD FOR THE
26TH AND THE 10TH WARMEST MAX TEMPERATURE RECORDED IN DECEMBER. THE
WARMEST WAS 71 SET IN 1982. THE 9 BELOW ZERO WAS A RECORD LOW FOR
THE 19TH AND ALSO THE 10TH COLDEST DECEMBER TEMPERATURE RECORDED AT
FORT WAYNE. THIS WAS ALSO THE COLDEST DECEMBER TEMPERATURE SINCE
2004 WHEN IT WAS 15 BELOW ZERO. THE LOWEST RECORDED DECEMBER
TEMPERATURE WAS 18 BELOW SET IN 1989.

PRECIPITATION WAS 2.31 INCHES...0.46 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS
RANKED AS THE 52ND DRIEST DECEMBER ON RECORD. MEASURABLE
PRECIPITATION FELL ON 13 DAYS WITH A HALF INCH OR MORE ON TWO DAYS.
ABOUT 75 PERCENT OF THE PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH FELL ON 3
DAYS...THE 4TH...11TH AND 26TH. THE 0.76 INCHES WHICH FELL ON THE
26TH RANKED AS THE 4TH MOST PRECIPITATION FOR THAT DATE.

DESPITE HAVING BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION...THE MONTH DID END WITH
ABOVE NORMAL SNOWFALL. THIS WAS PRIMARILY DUE TO THE VERY COLD
TEMPERATURES MID MONTH HELPING LEAD TO LARGER LIQUID TO SNOW RATIOS.
A TOTAL OF 10.9 INCHES OF SNOW WAS RECORDED...2.4 INCHES ABOVE
NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS TIED WITH 2010 AND 2003 AS THE 19TH SNOWIEST
DECEMBER ON RECORD. THE GREATEST SINGLE DAY SNOWFALL WAS 6.3 INCHES
ON THE 11TH.

...MILD AND WET JANUARY BUT WELL BELOW NORMAL SNOWFALL...

DESPITE ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION THIS MONTH...SNOWFALL AT FORT
WAYNE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WAS WELL BELOW NORMAL. THIS WAS DUE TO
THE VERY MILD TEMPERATURES THAT OCCURRED FOR MUCH OF THE MONTH.

JANUARY BEGAN MILD AND WET WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES IN THE 40S ON THE
FIRST THREE DAYS OF THE MONTH. OVER AN INCH OF RAIN COMBINED FELL ON
THE 2ND AND 3RD AS WELL. AN ARCTIC COLD FRONT PUT A QUICK END TO
THESE ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND THE 5TH THROUGH THE 8TH
EXPERIENCED AVERAGE TEMPERATURES MORE THAN 10 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.
THE COLDEST DAY OF THE MONTH OCCURRED DURING THIS STRETCH ON THE 6TH
WITH A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF JUST 12 AND A LOW OF 1 FOR AN AVERAGE
DAILY TEMPERATURE OF 7 DEGREES...18 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.
TEMPERATURES QUICKLY MODERATED AND A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 50 DEGREES
WAS REACHED ON THE 10TH. THE REMAINDER OF JANUARY WAS VERY MILD WITH
ONLY ONE DAY BETWEEN THE 10TH AND 31ST EXPERIENCING A BELOW NORMAL
TEMPERATURE.

A RECORD OF 9 CONSECUTIVE DAYS ABOVE FREEZING WAS SET DURING THE
MIDDLE OF THE MONTH FROM JANUARY 17TH THROUGH THE 25TH. THE WARMEST
TEMPERATURE DURING THIS STRETCH WAS 63 ON THE 21ST AND 22ND. THE
COLDEST TEMPERATURE DURING THIS STRETCH WAS 35. THIS BROKE THE OLD
RECORD OF 7 DAYS FROM JANUARY 2ND THROUGH THE 8TH IN 1998.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 33.1...8.2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.
THIS RANKED AS THE 9TH WARMEST JANUARY ON RECORD. THE HIGHEST
TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 63 ON THE 21ST AND 22ND. THE COLDEST
WAS 0 DEGREES ON THE 7TH. THERE WERE ONLY 10 DAYS WHERE THE HIGH
TEMPERATURE DID NOT GET ABOVE FREEZING.

JANUARY PRECIPITATION WAS 4.71 INCHES...2.45 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.
THIS RANKED AS THE 10TH WETTEST JANUARY ON RECORD. MEASURABLE
PRECIPITATION FELL ON 16 DAYS AND THREE DAYS HAD A HALF INCH OR MORE
OF PRECIPITATION.

SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH WAS JUST 1.3 INCHES...8.8 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.
THIS RANKED AS 7TH LEAST SNOWIEST JANUARY. MEASURABLE SNOW FELL ON
JUST 5 DAYS WITH THE GREATEST SINGLE DAY SNOWFALL BEING JUST 0.5
INCHES ON THE 29TH.

...RECORD WARM FEBRUARY WITH BELOW NORMAL SNOWFALL...

IT WAS AN INCREDIBLY WARM FEBRUARY IN THE FORT WAYNE AREA WITH
SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION AND SNOWFALL THAT WAS WELL BELOW
NORMAL. THE DAILY TEMPERATURES DURING FEBRUARY AVERAGED BELOW NORMAL
ON JUST THREE DAYS WHILE 15 DAYS AVERAGED MORE THAN 10 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL. THERE WERE EIGHT DAYS THAT AVERAGED 20 DEGREES OR MORE ABOVE
NORMAL.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 39.8 DEGREES...11.5 DEGREES
ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE WARMEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD. THE
PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 38.6 DEGREES SET IN 1930. THE WARMEST
TEMPERATURE WAS 71 ON THE 24TH AND THE COLDEST WAS 11 ON THE 9TH.
THE 71 WAS THE 2ND WARMEST FEBRUARY TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED IN
FORT WAYNE. THE AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 49.9
DEGREES. THIS WAS A RECORD...SHATTERING THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 45.8
SET IN 1930. THE AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 29.8. THIS RANKED AS
THE 2ND WARMEST MEAN LOW TEMPERATURE FOR FEBRUARY. THERE WERE ONLY 3
DAYS WITH A HIGH TEMPERATURE THAT DID NOT REACH 32 DEGREES.

THERE WAS 1 DAY THIS MONTH WITH A HIGH TEMPERATURE ABOVE 70...THAT
WAS 71 ON THE 24TH. THIS TIES 1996...1999 AND 2000 AS THE ONLY OTHER
YEARS TO HAVE A FEBRUARY HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 70 DEGREES OR WARMER.
THE WARMEST FEBRUARY TEMPERATURE WAS 73 SET IN 2000. THERE WERE 9
DAYS IN FEBRUARY WITH A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 60 DEGREES OR WARMER.
THIS BROKE THE RECORD OF 7 SET IN 1976 AND 1930 AS THE MOST NUMBER
OF 60 DEGREE DAYS IN FEBRUARY. HALF OF THE DAYS...14...HAD A HIGH
TEMPERATURE OF 50 DEGREES OR WARMER. THIS WAS A RECORD...SURPASSING
1976 WHICH HAD 13 DAYS ABOVE 50 DEGREES.

FEBRUARY PRECIPITATION WAS SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL WITH 1.76 INCHES OF
PRECIPITATION BEING RECORDED. THIS WAS 0.28 INCHES BELOW NORMAL AND
RANKED AS THE 56TH DRIEST FEBRUARY. MORE THAN HALF OF THIS
PRECIPITATION FELL ON JUST TWO DAYS...THE 7TH AND 8TH. MEASUREABLE
PRECIPITATION FELL ON 8 DAYS DURING THE MONTH.

MEASURABLE SNOW FELL ON JUST 3 DAYS FOR A TOTAL OF 2.5 INCHES AND
2.3 INCHES FELL ON THE 8TH. THE MONTHLY TOTAL WAS 5.2 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL AND RANKED AS THE 22ND LEAST SNOWIEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD. THE
RECORD IS A TRACE SET IN 1998.

$$
LASHLEY


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