Climatological Report (Monthly)
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000 CXUS51 KBUF 060205 CLMBUF CLIMATE REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY 913 AM EST MON FEB 1 2016 ................................... ...THE BUFFALO NY CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 2016... CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010 CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1871 TO 2016 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 57 01/31 55 01/04 LOWEST 6 01/05 -4 01/14 AVG. MAXIMUM 33.9 31.2 2.7 28.5 AVG. MINIMUM 19.9 18.5 1.4 12.3 MEAN 26.9 24.9 2.0 20.4 DAYS MAX >= 90 0 0.0 0.0 0 DAYS MAX <= 32 15 17.0 -2.0 24 DAYS MIN <= 32 28 27.4 0.6 30 DAYS MIN <= 0 0 1.8 -1.8 1 PRECIPITATION (INCHES) RECORD MAXIMUM 6.88 1982 MINIMUM 0.89 1921 TOTALS 1.81 3.18 -1.37 2.59 DAYS >= .01 18 15 DAYS >= .10 7 7 DAYS >= .50 0 2 DAYS >= 1.00 0 0 GREATEST 24 HR. TOTAL 0.42 01/10 TO 01/10 01/03 TO 01/04 01/09 TO 01/09 01/09 TO 01/09 SNOWFALL (INCHES) RECORDS TOTAL 68.3 1977 TOTALS 25.6 25.3 0.3 25.0 SINCE 7/1 26.6 61.5 -34.9 SNOWDEPTH AVG. 2 5 -3 4 DAYS >= 1.0 6 7.3 -1.3 7 GREATEST SNOW DEPTH 10 01/14 10 01/09 24 HR TOTAL 7.4 MM DEGREE_DAYS HEATING TOTAL 1173 1244 -71 1373 SINCE 7/1 2920 3659 -739 3639 COOLING TOTAL 0 0 0 0 SINCE 1/1 0 0 0 0 .......................................................... WIND (MPH) AVERAGE WIND SPEED 12.0 HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION 41/250 HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION 64/250 DATE 01/12 SKY COVER POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT) MM NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR 0 NUMBER OF DAYS PC 10 NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY 21 AVERAGE RH (PERCENT) 69 WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH THUNDERSTORM 2 MIXED PRECIP 0 HEAVY RAIN 0 RAIN 3 LIGHT RAIN 9 FREEZING RAIN 0 LT FREEZING RAIN 0 HAIL 0 HEAVY SNOW 7 SNOW 7 LIGHT SNOW 22 SLEET 0 FOG 20 FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE 1 HAZE 7 - INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS. R INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED. MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING. T INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT. && ...CHANGEABLE MONTH WITH LAKE EFFECT SNOWS AND SPURTS OF MILD TEMPERATURES... JANUARY RETURNED TO SOME RESEMBLANCE OF WINTER ACROSS WESTERN NEW YORK...THIS AFTER A REMARKABLY WARM DECEMBER. BRIEF BURSTS OF COLDER...ARCTIC AIR FLOWED OVER THE OPEN LAKE WATERS AND BROUGHT SEVERAL LAKE EFFECT SNOW EVENTS TO THE REGION. THERE WERE ALSO SEVERAL WARM STINTS ACROSS WESTERN NEW YORK...WITH A JANUARY THAW THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS OF THE MONTH MELTING ALL REMAINING SNOW PACK. THE AIR TEMPERATURE THIS MONTH AVERAGED 26.9F DEGREES...WHICH IS TWO DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. WARMTH AND COLD WAS FAIRLY EVENLY SPLIT THROUGH THE MONTH WITH 14 DAYS BELOW NORMAL...AND 17 ABOVE NORMAL. THERE WERE 16 DAYS THAT ROSE ABOVE THE FREEZING MARK THIS MONTH...WHICH IS TWO DAYS MORE THAN NORMAL. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE OCCURRED IN THE LAST HOUR OF THE MONTH...THIS AT 57F DEGREES. THOUGH PRECIPITATION FINISHED MUCH BELOW NORMAL...WITH 1.81 INCHES RECORDED THIS MONTH...WE DID HAVE AN ABOVE NORMAL SNOWFALL AMOUNT AT 25.6 INCHES. THERE WERE SEVERAL RAIN EVENTS THROUGH THE MONTH...BUT NOTHING MAJOR AS ALL DAILY EVENTS REMAINED UNDER A HALF AN INCH OF LIQUID. THERE WAS ONE NEW DAILY RECORD SNOWFALL SET...WITH 7.4 INCHES OF SNOW ON THE 13TH BREAKING THE FORMER RECORD OF 6.4 INCHES SET IN 2012. THERE WERE 15 DAYS THAT RECORDED MEASURABLE SNOWFALL...TYPICAL FOR JANUARY. JANUARY BEGAN WITH AN ONGOING LAKE EFFECT SNOW EVENT...ONE THAT DROPPED UP TO A FOOT OF SNOW ACROSS CENTRAL ERIE COUNTY. A STRONG AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE CLEARED THE REGION OF ANY SNOW SHOWERS BY THE EVENING OF THE 4TH WITH CLEAR SKIES OVERNIGHT ALLOWING FOR TEMPERATURES TO DROP INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS...THE COLDEST MORNING OF THE MONTH. BEHIND THIS HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM A MILDER SOUTH FLOW COMMENCED WITH TEMPERATURES SLOWLY INCREASING TOWARDS 50 BY THE TENTH OF THE MONTH. A STRONG COLD FRONT CROSSED THE REGION LATER ON SUNDAY THE 10TH WITH SCATTERED TREE DAMAGE ACROSS WESTERN NEW YORK. BEHIND THIS COLD FRONT A SEICHE OCCURRED...WITH LAKE WATER LEVELS RISING TO JUST ABOVE 8 FEET. BEHIND THIS COLD FRONT THE FIRST OF THREE LAKE EFFECT SNOW EVENTS OCCURRED. THIS FIRST LAKE EFFECT SNOW EVENT...JANUARY 10TH THROUGH 12TH BROUGHT UPWARD OF TWO FEET OF SNOW ACROSS FAR SOUTHERN ERIE COUNTY...WITH JUST A FEW INCHES RECORDED AROUND THE BUFFALO METRO AREA. THE SECOND EVENT...A LENGTHY AND OSCILLATING BAND OF SNOW...PRODUCED AROUND A FOOT OF SNOW ACROSS THE BUFFALO METRO AREA FROM THE 12TH THROUGH THE 14TH. AFTER A QUIET WEEKEND OF THE 16TH AND 17TH...THE THIRD EVENT OCCURRED ABOUT A WEEK LATER...AND PRODUCED HEAVIEST SNOWS SOUTH OF BUFFALO ON A NORTHWEST WIND. ACROSS THE SOUTHERN TIER UPWARD OF A FOOT AND A HALF WAS MEASURED ON THE 17TH THROUGH 19TH...WHILE ACROSS THE BUFFALO METRO AREA NICKEL AND DIME AMOUNTS TOTALED UP TO A HALF A FOOT OVER THIS SAME THREE SAY STRETCH. TEMPERATURES REMAINED BELOW NORMAL FROM THE 17TH THROUGH THE 24TH BEFORE A MILDER AIRMASS SURGED NORTHWARD ACROSS WESTERN NEW YORK. THIS AIRMASS EVENTUALLY WARMED TO THE 50S BY THE CLOSE OF THE MONTH...THE BEGINNING OF A JANUARY THAW. LAKE ERIE DROPPED FROM A EARLY MONTH HIGH OF 41 DEGREES DOWN TO AT OR JUST ABOVE FREEZING THE REMAINING THREE WEEKS OF THE MONTH. THE HIGHEST WIND GUSTS WAS ALONG A CONVECTIVE LINE OF STORMS ON THE 12TH...WITH A GUST OF 64 MPH REGISTERED. OTHERWISE WINDS WERE FAIRLY NORMAL THROUGH THE MONTH...AVERAGING JUST ABOVE 12 MPH. IN ALL A RETURN TO FAIRLY NORMAL WINTER CONDITIONS WITH LAKE SNOWS...THOUGH BRIEF MILD INTERRUPTION WERE FELT. && THOMAS $$

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