Climatological Report (Monthly)
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526 CXUS51 KBUF 030127 CLMBUF CLIMATE REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY 723 AM EST WED MAR 1 2017 ................................... ...THE BUFFALO NY CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 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 71 02/24/2017 02/26/2000 LOW -21 02/09/1934 HIGHEST 71R 02/24 62 02/28 LOWEST 14 02/03 -12 02/14 AVG. MAXIMUM 42.7 33.3 9.4 37.7 AVG. MINIMUM 27.0 19.2 7.8 21.7 MEAN 34.8R 26.3 8.5 29.7 DAYS MAX >= 90 0 0.0 0.0 0 DAYS MAX <= 32 7 13.6 -6.6 10 DAYS MIN <= 32 22 25.3 -3.3 23 DAYS MIN <= 0 0 0.6 -0.6 2 PRECIPITATION (INCHES) RECORD MAXIMUM 5.90 1990 MINIMUM 0.46 1877 TOTALS 2.26 2.49 -0.23 3.47 DAYS >= .01 10 19 DAYS >= .10 5 7 DAYS >= .50 2 3 DAYS >= 1.00 0 0 GREATEST 24 HR. TOTAL 0.65 02/07 TO 02/08 02/24 TO 02/25 SNOWFALL (INCHES) RECORDS TOTAL 54.2 1958 TOTALS 5.0 17.3 -12.3 20.5 SINCE 7/1 47.0 78.8 -31.8 SNOWDEPTH AVG. 1 4 -3 2 DAYS >= 1.0 2 5.3 -3.3 4 GREATEST SNOW DEPTH 4 02/01 12 02/17 24 HR TOTAL 1.3 02/15 TO 02/16 DEGREE_DAYS HEATING TOTAL 837 1085 -248 1018 SINCE 7/1 3892 4744 -852 3938 COOLING TOTAL 0 0 0 0 SINCE 1/1 0 0 0 0 ...................................................... WIND (MPH) AVERAGE WIND SPEED 12.1 HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION 36/250 HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION 52/240 DATE 02/18 SKY COVER POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT) MM NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR 4 NUMBER OF DAYS PC 8 NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY 16 AVERAGE RH (PERCENT) 69 WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH THUNDERSTORM 2 MIXED PRECIP 0 HEAVY RAIN 2 RAIN 3 LIGHT RAIN 10 FREEZING RAIN 0 LT FREEZING RAIN 2 HAIL 0 HEAVY SNOW 2 SNOW 3 LIGHT SNOW 14 SLEET 1 FOG 15 FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE 0 HAZE 5 - INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS. R INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED. MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING. T INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT. && ...CONTINUED MILD WINTER THROUGH FEBRUARY... FEBRUARY 2017 WILL GO DOWN AS THE WARMEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD, JUST TWO YEARS AFTER THE COLDEST FEBRUARY AND MONTH OF ALL-TIME WAS RECORDED. THIS FEBRUARY, THE WARMEST FEBRUARY DAY WAS TIED, WHEN THE TEMPERATURE PEAKED AT 71F ON THE 24TH. THOUGH PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS NEAR NORMAL, SNOW WAS LACKING WITH NO SIGNIFICANT SNOW STORMS OCCURRED THROUGH THE MONTH. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE THIS MONTH WAS 34.8F WHICH WAS 0.7F DEGREES WARMER THAN THE PREVIOUS WARMEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD, AND 0.8F DEGREES WARMER THAN A TYPICAL MARCH. THERE WERE TWO NEW TEMPERATURE RECORDS ESTABLISHED THIS MONTH, INCLUDING A NEW ALLTIME WARMEST FEBRUARY DAY. ON THE 24TH AND 25TH, TEMPERATURES OF 71F AND 65F RESPECTIVELY WERE RECORDED. THE 71F EQUALS THE WARMEST FEBRUARY DAY, ALSO SET BACK IN 2000. THERE WERE 9 DAYS THIS MONTH THAT TOPPED 50F, WHICH IS ONE OFF FROM THE RECORD OF 10 SET BACK IN 1976. THERE WERE JUST 7 DAYS THAT REMAINED BELOW 32F THIS MONTH, TIED FOR 5TH LEAST ON FEBRUARY RECORD. PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS ABOUT A QUARTER OF AN INCH BELOW NORMAL, WITH 2.26 INCHES RECORDED. MOST OF THIS WAS RAINFALL, AS JUST 5.0 INCHES OF SNOW FELL. THIS 5.0 INCHES OF SNOW WAS THE 5TH LEAST SNOWIEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD. THE WETTEST DAY THIS MONTH WAS FEBRUARY 7TH, WITH 0.58 INCHES OF RAIN RECORDED. THERE WERE TWO THUNDERSTORMS THIS MONTH...IN A MONTH THAT TYPICALLY HAS THE FEWEST NUMBER OF THUNDERSTORMS. THUNDERSTORMS WERE RECORDED ON THE 1ST, AND ALSO THE 24TH OF THE MONTH. THE MONTH STARTED OFF WITH A CLIPPER SYSTEM PASSING ACROSS THE REGION, WITH LAKE EFFECT SNOW FOLLOWING. A FEW RUMBLES OF THUNDER OCCURRED NEAR THE BUFFALO AIRPORT WITHIN THIS SNOW ON THE 1ST. DRY AIR LIMITED THE SNOW EAST OF LAKE ERIE, WITH JUST A HALF A FOOT OF SNOW FALLING IN SPOTS WELL TO THE SOUTH OF BUFFALO. A SECOND PUSH OF ARCTIC AIR TRIGGERED ANOTHER ROUND OF LAKE EFFECT SNOW ON THE 2ND THROUGH 4TH OF THE MONTH, THOUGH AGAIN SNOW AMOUNTS ONLY ADDED UP TO ABOUT A FOOT WELL SOUTH OF BUFFALO. ON THE 18TH, DOWNSLOPE WINDS AND SUNSHINE BROUGHT A WIND GUST TO 52 MPH AT THE AIRPORT. THE REMAINDER OF THE MONTH SAW MILD AIR BECOME PLENTIFUL, WITH JUST THREE DAYS AFTER THE FIRST WEEK OF THE MONTH DROPPING TO OR BELOW NORMAL. FROM SATURDAY, THE 21ST TO A WEEK LATER ON THE 28TH TEMPERATURES ROSE TO WELL ABOVE NORMAL. HIGHS IN THE 40S AND 50S EVENTUALLY PEAKED AT 71F ON THE AFTERNOON OF FRIDAY THE 24TH. TEMPERATURES AGAIN ROSE TO 65F EARLY SATURDAY MORNING BEFORE A STRONG COLD FRONT PASSED ACROSS THE REGION. LAKE ERIE NEVER FROZE THIS YEAR, WITH LAKE TEMPERATURES THROUGH THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY FLUCTUATING BETWEEN 33 AND 35F. A SPRING-LIKE FEEL THROUGH MUCH OF THIS LAST METEOROLOGICAL WINTER MONTH. && THOMAS $$

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