Climatological Report (Monthly)
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000 CXUS51 KBUF 011920 CLMBUF CLIMATE REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY 757 AM EST WED FEB 1 2017 ................................... ...THE BUFFALO NY CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 2017... CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010 CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1871 TO 2017 WEATHER OBSERVED NORMAL DEPART LAST YEAR`S VALUE DATE(S) VALUE FROM VALUE DATE(S) NORMAL ................................................................ TEMPERATURE (F) RECORD HIGH 72 01/25/1950 LOW -16 01/17/1982 HIGHEST 60 01/21 57 01/31 LOWEST 5 01/07 6 01/05 AVG. MAXIMUM 36.8 31.2 5.6 33.9 AVG. MINIMUM 25.3 18.5 6.8 19.9 MEAN 31.0 24.9 6.1 26.9 DAYS MAX >= 90 0 0.0 0.0 0 DAYS MAX <= 32 11 17.0 -6.0 15 DAYS MIN <= 32 21 27.4 -6.4 28 DAYS MIN <= 0 0 1.8 -1.8 0 PRECIPITATION (INCHES) RECORD MAXIMUM 6.88 1982 MINIMUM 0.89 1921 TOTALS 2.92 3.18 -0.26 1.81 DAYS >= .01 17 18 DAYS >= .10 10 7 DAYS >= .50 2 0 DAYS >= 1.00 0 0 GREATEST 24 HR. TOTAL 0.70 01/17 TO 01/18 SNOWFALL (INCHES) RECORDS TOTAL 68.3 1977 TOTALS 11.0 25.3 -14.3 25.6 SINCE 7/1 42.0 61.5 -19.5 SNOWDEPTH AVG. 1 5 -4 2 DAYS >= 1.0 3 7.3 -4.3 6 GREATEST SNOW DEPTH 5 01/29 10 01/14 24 HR TOTAL 5.6 01/28 TO 01/28 DEGREE_DAYS HEATING TOTAL 1045 1244 -199 1173 SINCE 7/1 3055 3659 -604 2920 COOLING TOTAL 0 0 0 0 SINCE 1/1 0 0 0 0 ................................................. WIND (MPH) AVERAGE WIND SPEED 11.1 HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION 46/240 HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION 60/230 DATE 01/11 SKY COVER POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT) MM NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR 1 NUMBER OF DAYS PC 7 NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY 23 AVERAGE RH (PERCENT) 75 WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH THUNDERSTORM 0 MIXED PRECIP 0 HEAVY RAIN 2 RAIN 7 LIGHT RAIN 16 FREEZING RAIN 0 LT FREEZING RAIN 1 HAIL 0 HEAVY SNOW 2 SNOW 7 LIGHT SNOW 17 SLEET 1 FOG 19 FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE 5 HAZE 4 - INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS. R INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED. MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING. T INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT. && ...MILD JANUARY WITH FEW INTERRUPTIONS... JANUARY 2017 WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR ITS COMPLACENCY AS ONLY BRIEF PERIODS OF TRUE WINTER WEATHER OCCURRED. OVERALL TEMPERATURES WERE WELL ABOVE NORMAL, AND SNOWFALL WAS LACKING. A PERSISTENT WARM AND MOIST AIRMASS MID-MONTH BROUGHT SEVERAL DAYS OF FOG AND LOW CLOUDS. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 31.0F WAS JUST OVER SIX DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL, AND PLACED THIS JANUARY AS TIED FOR THE 18TH WARMEST JANUARY ON RECORD. OF THE 31 DAYS IN THE MONTH, 24 FINISHED ABOVE NORMAL. THOUGH A VERY MILD MONTH, THERE WERE NO DAILY RECORDS SET. THE WARMEST DAY WAS THE 21ST WHEN TEMPERATURES SOARED TO 60F ON A MOSTLY SUNNY SATURDAY AFTERNOON. THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME WE REACHED 60F IN JANUARY SINCE 2013. THERE WERE 12 DAYS THIS MONTH THAT REMAINED AT OR ABOVE FREEZING. ONLY 1880 (13 DAYS) AND 1932 (19 DAYS) HAD MORE. IN FACT, OF THESE 12 DAYS THERE WERE 7 DAYS IN A ROW THAT REMAINED AT OR ABOVE FREEZING...A FEAT THAT ONLY JANUARY 1995 BEAT WITH 9 STRAIGHT DAYS AT OR ABOVE FREEZING. PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS ABOUT A QUARTER OF AN INCH BELOW NORMAL, WITH 2.92 INCHES RECORED AS THE MONTHLY TOTAL. SNOWFALL WAS MUCH BELOW NORMAL, WITH EXACTLY 11.0 INCHES MEASURED THE ENTIRE MONTH. THIS PLACES JANUARY AS TIED FOR THE 27TH LEAST SNOWIEST MONTH ON RECORD. HALF THE SNOW THIS MONTH FELL IN ONE EVENT, THIS A LAKE EFFECT SNOW BAND THAT PASSED OVER THE BUFFALO METRO AREA WITH 5 TO 6 INCHES OF SNOW FALLING ON THE 28TH. PRECIPITATION WAS EVENLY SPREAD THROUGH THE MONTH AND THERE WERE NO MAJOR RAIN EVENTS AROUND THE METRO BUFFALO AREA, THOUGH HEAVY RAIN ACROSS THE SOUTHERN TIER ON THE 12TH CAUSED SIGNIFICANT FLOODING. JANUARY OPENED THE NEW YEAR QUIET WITH TEMPERATURES RISING TO ABOVE FREEZING. A WARM FRONT LIFTED ACROSS THE REGION ON THE 3RD, SPREADING RAIN ACROSS THE REGION...BUT WITH MINOR FLOODING. A COLD FRONT SWEPT ACROSS THE REGION DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF THE 4TH, SENDING THE REGION INTO ITS ONLY PROLONGED COLD SPELL THIS MONTH, AND GENERATING LAKE EFFECT SNOW EAST OF THE LAKES. LAKE EFFECT SNOW FLEW EAST OF THE LAKES FROM THE 4TH THROUGH THE 8TH, WHICH BROUGHT SNOWFALL ACCUMULATION ACROSS THE CHAUTAUQUA RIDGE, AND THE BOSTON HILLS TO 3 FEET. AFTER 5 DAYS WITH BELOW NORMAL AIR TEMPERATURES, A WARM FRONT LIFTED TOWARDS THE REGION. INITIALLY A WINTRY MIX OF SNOW, THEN SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN FELL ACROSS WESTERN NEW YORK ON THE 10TH AND 11TH. A WAVE OF LOW PRESSURE PRODUCE WIDESPREAD RAIN ON THE 12TH, WITH AN INCH TO AN INCH AND A HALF FALLING ACROSS THE SOUTHERN TIER AND TOWARDS THE LOWER GENESEE VALLEY...PRODUCING FLOODING OF BOTH RIVERS, AND AREA-WIDE. FROM THE 17TH TO THE 23RD AIR TEMPERATURES REMAINED ABOVE FREEZING. THERE WAS A RAIN EVENT ON THE 17TH THAT PRODUCED A HALF TO ONE INCH OF RAINFALL ACROSS THE REGION, THOUGH WITH MUCH OF THE SNOW MELTED FROM AN EARLIER RAIN EVENT, FLOODING WAS MINIMAL. THE WARMER TEMPERATURES, AND AT TIMES NORTHEAST WINDS PRODUCED A PERIOD OF LOW CLOUDS AND STRATUS. CLOUDS AND VISIBILITIES TENDED TO BE LOWEST FROM THE EVENING, THROUGH THE OVERNIGHT AND INTO THE MORNING HOURS OF THE 20TH THROUGH THE 23RD. THERE WAS A BREAK IN THE CLOUDS ON THE 21ST AND THIS ALLOWED FOR TEMPERATURES TO SPIKE TOWARDS 60F...THE WARMEST DAY THIS MONTH. TRANQUIL CONDITIONS STARTED THE 4TH WEEK OF THE MONTH BUT A MARGINALLY COLD AIRMASS BROUGHT THE SECOND SIGNIFICANT LAKE EFFECT SNOW EVENT TO THE REGION, DUMPING UPWARDS TO A FOOT AND A HALF OF SNOW ACROSS THE SOUTHERN TIER AND BOSTON HILLS. AT THE BUFFALO AIRPORT, THIS LAKE EFFECT SNOWBAND BROUGHT HALF THE MONTHS SNOWFALL ON THE 28TH. A CLIPPER ON THE 31ST DROPPED ANOTHER INCH OR SO OF SNOW ACROSS THE BUFFALO AREA, WITH SEVERAL ACCIDENTS DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE. LAKE ERIE REMAINED OPENED THROUGH THE MONTH, WITH JUST TWO DAYS, THE 7TH AND 8TH BRIEFLY REACHING 32F. WINDS WERE LIGHTER THAN DECEMBER, AND FINISHED JANUARY AT 11.1 MPH, WHICH IS ABOUT A MILE AND A HALF BELOW NORMAL. THERE WERE TWO HIGH WIND EVENTS THIS MONTH, THE FIRST ON THE 4TH THAT BROUGHT SEVERAL TREES DOWN ACROSS THE BUFFALO METRO AREA, AND A SECOND ON THE MORNING HOURS OF THE 11TH...WHICH MEASURED A PEAK WIND SPEED OF 60 MPH AT THE AIRPORT. IN ALL A MILD MONTH, LACKING THE DEEP SNOWPACK USUALLY FOUND DURING JANUARY. && THOMAS $$

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