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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
859 AM EST SAT MAR 1 2014

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...THE BUFFALO NY CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2014...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1871 TO 2014

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              71   02/26/2000
 LOW              -21   02/09/1934
HIGHEST            49   02/21                         49  02/11
LOWEST             -3   02/28                          7  02/10
                        02/12
AVG. MAXIMUM     26.5              33.3    -6.8     31.7
AVG. MINIMUM     13.2              19.2    -6.0     20.4
MEAN             19.8              26.3    -6.5     26.0
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32     21              13.6     7.4       13
DAYS MIN <= 32     26              25.3     0.7       27
DAYS MIN <= 0       3               0.6     2.4        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         5.90   1990
 MINIMUM         0.46   1877
TOTALS           3.62              2.49    1.13     3.05
DAYS >= .01        16                                 15
DAYS >= .10         8                                  8
DAYS >= .50         3                                  2
DAYS >= 1.00        1                                  0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    1.78   02/20 TO 02/21           02/26 TO 02/27

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           54.2   1958
TOTALS           23.3              17.3     6.0     20.5
SINCE 7/1       104.2              78.8    25.4
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      5                 4       1        2
DAYS >= 1.0         6               5.3     0.7        3
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         9   02/12                          8  02/09
                        02/11
                        02/10
 24 HR TOTAL      8.8

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1259              1085     174     1082
 SINCE 7/1       5106              4744     362     4320
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              11.4
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    39/230
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    54/240    DATE  02/22

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   48
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR            2
NUMBER OF DAYS PC              9
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         17

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     72

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              1     MIXED PRECIP               2
HEAVY RAIN                1     RAIN                       4
LIGHT RAIN                5     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                3     SNOW                      10
LIGHT SNOW               24     SLEET                      0
FOG                      18     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      2
HAZE                      7

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

&&

...TOILSOME COLD CONTINUED...

FEBRUARY 2014 CONTINUED THE COLD WINTER...AND PICKED UP WHERE
JANUARY LEFT OFF WITH AVERAGE TEMPERATURES MUCH BELOW NORMAL. IT WAS
THE 5TH COLDEST FEBRUARY SINCE RECORDS MOVED TO THE AIRPORT IN 1943.
SNOW OF AT LEAST A TRACE FELL ON 25 OF THE 28 DAYS THIS
MONTH...THOUGH THERE WERE ONLY 2 DAYS IN WHICH SNOWFALL OF MORE THAN
3 INCHES OCCURRED. ONE RAIN STORM DURING A BRIEF WARM-UP MID MONTH
DROPPED OVER AN INCH OF RAINFALL THAT SET A DAILY RECORD.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE THIS MONTH WAS 19.8 DEGREES WHICH IS SIX AND
A HALF DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THERE WERE ONLY 7 DAYS THAT REACHED THE
FREEZING MARK...HALF OF NORMAL AND THIS TOTAL WAS ALSO THE LEAST
AMOUNT OF DAYS IN FEBRUARY REACHING FREEZING SINCE 1980. THERE WERE
12 DAYS THAT DROPPED DOWN INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS...DOUBLE THE
TYPICAL AMOUNT. DESPITE THE COLD THERE WERE NO RECORDS REACHED.

SNOWFALL TOTALED 23.3 INCHES...WHICH IS SIX INCHES MORE THAN NORMAL.
THERE WAS ONE SYNOPTIC EVENT ON THE 5TH THAT DROPPED A RECORD 8.8
INCHES OF SNOW FOR THE DAY. OTHERWISE THE REMAINDER OF THE 14 DAYS
OF MEASURABLE SNOWFALL WERE YOUR TYPICAL NICKLE AND DIME VARIETY
WITH THE GREATEST SNOWFALL OF 4.4 INCHES ON THE 27TH.

PRECIPITATION ALSO AVERAGED ABOVE NORMAL...LARGELY IMPART TO A MAJOR
RAIN EVENT ON THE 20TH-21ST. A RECORD RAINFALL OF 1.13 INCHES FELL
ON THE 20TH BREAKING THE OLD RECORD OF 0.73 INCHES SET BACK IN 1924.
TAKING THE RAINFALL ON THE 20TH AND COMBINED WITH THE RAIN THAT FELL
ON THE 21ST (0.65 INCHES) THIS TOTAL RAINFALL EVENT MADE FOR NEARLY
ONE HALF OF THE TOTAL PRECIPITATION THIS MONTH.

FEBRUARY BEGAN WITH A TURN TO MILDER WEATHER AS A WARM FRONT WITH
RAIN LIFTED ACROSS WESTERN NEW YORK. AIR TEMPERATURES SOARED TO
40F...THOUGH THE DEEP FROZEN GROUND LAGGED BEHIND AND CREATED A THIN
GLAZE OF ICE OVER ROAD SURFACES...ESPECIALLY SOUTH OF BUFFALO. THIS
BRIEF WARM-UP ENDED ON THE 2ND WHEN WINDS VEERED TO NORTHERLY AND
BROUGHT SUBFREEZING TEMPERATURES AND SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS BACK
ACROSS WESTERN NEW YORK. A SUNNY START TO THE DAY ON THE 4TH ENDED
WITH A CLOUDY SKY AND FLURRIES FLYING AHEAD OF A STORM SYSTEM...ONE
THAT TRACKED FROM TEXAS TO THE OHIO VALLEY...AND THEN TO THE MID
ATLANTIC COASTLINE. SNOWFALL ON THE 5TH ADDED UP TO A NEW DAILY
RECORD...WITH 8.8 INCHES FALLING. FOR THE NEXT 2 WEEKS FOLLOWING
THIS STORM TEMPERATURES AVERAGED 10 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL WITH NICKLE
AND DIME SNOWFALL EVENTS. WITHIN THIS STRETCH ONLY THE 12TH OF
FEBRUARY DID NOT RECORD ANY SNOW AS THE DAY FEATURED FULL SUNSHINE.

ON THURSDAY THE 20TH A DEEP STORM SYSTEM PASSED BY BUFFALO TO THE
WEST. THIS SYSTEM BROUGHT WARM AIR NORTHWARD WITH 40S REACHING
WESTERN NEW YORK ON THE 19TH AND MILD AIR REMAINED THROUGH SATURDAY
THE 22ND. RAINFALL ASSOCIATED WITH THIS WARM FRONT COMBINED WITH
SNOW MELT ROSE AREA CREAKS AND RIVERS...WITH SEVERAL ICE JAM FLOODS.
SATURDAY BROUGHT SUNNY SKIES AND GUSTY WINDS...WITH A 54 MPH WIND
GUST RECORDED AT THE BUFFALO AIRPORT. A COLD FRONT CROSSED THE AREA
LATER ON THE 22ND...AND BROUGHT THE RETURN OF COLDER AIR THAT
REMAINED OVER WESTERN NEW YORK THROUGH THE END OF THE MONTH. AHEAD
OF AN ARCTIC FRONT A CONVERGENT BAND OF LAKE ENHANCED SNOW BLASTED
BUFFALO ON THURSDAY THE 27TH SNARLING TRAFFIC ON THE MORNING OF THE
27TH.

THERE WERE 10 MOSTLY SUNNY DAYS WHICH AIDED IN SUNSHINE FOR THE
MONTH TO FINISH AT 11 PERCENT ABOVE NORMAL. THE STRONGEST WIND GUST
WAS ON SATURDAY THE 22ND AT 54 MPH. LAKE ERIE REMAINED ICE COVERED
AND AT TIMES SNOW COVERED AS WELL.

IN ALL ANOTHER "OLD FASHION" WINTER MONTH WITH COLD AND SNOW.


***** WINTER 2013-2014 (DECEMBER,JANUARY AND FEBRUARY) ******

METEOROLOGICAL WINTER`S (DECEMBER,JANUARY AND FEBRUARY) TEMPERATURE
OF 22.6 DEGREES WAS TIED FOR 18TH COLDEST IN 143 YEARS OF
RECORD...AND COLDEST SINCE THE WINTER OF 1978-79 WHICH FINISHED AT
21.9 DEGREES. THERE WERE THREE RECORD TEMPERATURES SET...ALL IN THE
MONTH OF JANUARY. JANUARY 7TH SET A NEW RECORD LOW MAXIMUM AT 9F
DEGREES AND RECORD LOW AT -5F DEGREES. JANUARY 22ND ALSO HAD A LOW
MAXIMUM OF 7F DEGREES. PRECIPITATION THIS WINTER SEASON WAS 11.71
INCHES WHICH MAKES THIS WINTER TIED FOR 20TH WETTEST.

THERE WERE 2 MAJOR RAINFALL EVENTS THIS SEASON WITH THE FIRST ONE
COMING DECEMBER 20TH AND 21ST AND THE SECOND ON FEBRUARY 20TH. THERE
WERE THREE NOTEWORTHY SYNOPTIC SNOWSTORMS...JANUARY 2ND...JANUARY 25TH AND
FEBRUARY 5TH THE LATTER OF WHICH BROUGHT THE SEASONS GREATEST CALENDAR
DAY SNOWFALL OF 8.8 INCHES. LAKE EFFECT SNOW WAS PERSISTENT THROUGH
THE WINTER. NOTABLE LAKE EFFECT EVENTS WERE ON DECEMBER
12-15TH...AND THE BLIZZARD OF JANUARY 7-8TH. OTHERWISE SYNOPTIC AND
LAKE EFFECT EVENTS WERE GENERALLY UNDER 5 INCHES. OF THE 90 DAYS
THIS SEASON 64 WERE SNOW COVERED...WHICH IS 8 DAYS MORE THAN NORMAL.

INCLUDING THE SNOW IN NOVEMBER THE SEASONAL SNOW FOR BUFFALO
THROUGH FEBRUARY WAS 104.2 INCHES WHICH IS MORE THAN 2 FEET ABOVE
NORMAL...AND JUST THE 36 TIME THAT BUFFALO HAS REACHED 100 INCHES OF
SNOW FOR THE WINTER.

HERE ARE THE WINTER (DJF) STATS FOR BUFFALO. (NORMAL IN PARENTHESIS)

TEMPERATURE...22.6F  (27.1F) **TIED 18TH COLDEST

PRECIPITATION...11.71" (9.56") **20TH WETTEST

SNOWFALL...94.2" (70.0)

SUNSHINE...34%   (32%)

&&

THOMAS

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