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000 CXUS51 KBUF 020832 CLMBUF CLIMATE REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY 859 AM EST SAT MAR 1 2014 ................................... ...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 ................................................................ 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 ........................................................ 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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