Climatological Report (Monthly)
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000 CXUS51 KBUF 011327 CLMBUF CLIMATE REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY 916 AM EDT THU MAY 1 2014 ................................... ...THE BUFFALO NY CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL 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 94 04/28/1990 LOW 5 04/01/1923 HIGHEST 76 04/14 82 04/18 LOWEST 24 04/16 23 04/06 04/15 AVG. MAXIMUM 56.0 55.0 1.0 56.4 AVG. MINIMUM 35.5 36.8 -1.3 36.3 MEAN 45.8 45.9 -0.1 46.3 DAYS MAX >= 90 0 0.0 0.0 0 DAYS MAX <= 32 0 0.5 -0.5 0 DAYS MIN <= 32 10 8.5 1.5 9 DAYS MIN <= 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 PRECIPITATION (INCHES) RECORD MAXIMUM 5.90 1961 MINIMUM 0.59 1915 TOTALS 5.08 3.01 2.07 3.92 DAYS >= .01 16 12 DAYS >= .10 11 8 DAYS >= .50 2 3 DAYS >= 1.00 0 1 GREATEST 24 HR. TOTAL 1.17 04/07 TO 04/08 04/09 TO 04/10 04/10 TO 04/10 04/10 TO 04/10 SNOWFALL (INCHES) RECORDS TOTAL 15.7 1885 TOTALS 1.2 2.7 -1.5 0.3 SINCE 7/1 129.9 94.4 35.5 SNOWDEPTH AVG. 0 MM MM 0 DAYS >= 1.0 1 0.8 0.2 0 GREATEST SNOW DEPTH T 04/05 -1 04/01 24 HR TOTAL 1.0 04/15 TO 04/15 DEGREE_DAYS HEATING TOTAL 571 576 -5 552 SINCE 7/1 6855 6281 574 5858 COOLING TOTAL 0 3 -3 0 SINCE 1/1 0 3 -3 0 ................................................. WIND (MPH) AVERAGE WIND SPEED 10.9 HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION 37/230 HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION 51/230 DATE 04/04 SKY COVER POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT) 60 NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR 6 NUMBER OF DAYS PC 12 NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY 12 AVERAGE RH (PERCENT) 64 WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH THUNDERSTORM 0 MIXED PRECIP 0 HEAVY RAIN 6 RAIN 12 LIGHT RAIN 14 FREEZING RAIN 0 LT FREEZING RAIN 0 HAIL 1 HEAVY SNOW 0 SNOW 3 LIGHT SNOW 2 SLEET 0 FOG 14 FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE 3 HAZE 2 - INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS. R INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED. MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING. T INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT. && ...NOT AS COLD...BUT STILL A WET APRIL... FOLLOWING A HARSH WINTER...APRIL 2014 BROUGHT A TYPICAL SPRING-TIME REGIME TO WESTERN NEW YORK. A FEW TRAILING SNOW SHOWERS...BATTLE OF WARMTH AND COLD...AND PERIODS OF DRY AND COMFORTABLE SPRING DAYS MATCHED BY RAINY SPELLS. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR APRIL WAS 45.8F DEGREES WHICH IS A TICK BELOW NORMAL. THERE WERE NO EXTREMES THIS MONTH. PRECIPITATION THIS MONTH WAS 5.08 INCHES...WHICH PLACES THIS APRIL AS 6TH WETTEST APRIL ALLTIME. PRECIPITATION WAS EVENLY SPREAD THROUGH THE MONTH. THE 16 DAYS WITH MEASURABLE RAINFALL WERE ONLY 2 DAYS MORE THAN NORMAL. HOWEVER OF THESE 16 DAYS...10 HAD MEASURABLE RAINFALL OF A QUARTER OF AN INCH OR GREATER WHICH IS 6 DAYS MORE THAN NORMAL. ALL EVENTS WERE UNDER AN INCH OF RAIN. THERE WERE TWO DAYS OF MEASURABLE SNOWFALL IN APRIL. TOTAL FOR THE MONTH WAS 1.2 INCHES...ABOUT AN INCH AND A HALF BELOW NORMAL. THIS 1.2 INCHES BROUGHT THE SEASONAL SNOWFALL UP TO 129.9 INCHES...WHICH PLACES 7TH SNOWIEST ON RECORD. APRIL BEGAN ON A PLEASANT NOTE WITH TEMPERATURES SPIKING INTO THE UPPER 60S THROUGH THE EARLY EVENING HOURS JUST AHEAD OF A COLD FRONT. THE FIRST STORM SYSTEM OF THE MONTH BROUGHT NEAR A HALF AN INCH OF RAINFALL ON FRIDAY THE 4TH AND ENDED WITH A QUICK COATING OF SNOW SATURDAY MORNING THE 5TH WITHIN A BURST OF GREATER INTENSITY PRECIPITATION. CLOUDS CLEARED THROUGH THE DAY AND PLEASANT...BUT COOL CONDITIONS RETURNED ON THE 6TH. ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM RETURNED RAIN TO THE REGION ON THE 7TH AND 8TH...WITH AGAIN SOME WET SNOW FLAKES MIXING IN AT THE END. OUR FIRST STRETCH OF SPRING BEAUTY OCCURRED FROM THE 10TH THROUGH THE 14TH WITH TEMPERATURES RISING INTO THE 60S AND 70S. THERE WERE A FEW EVENING AND OVERNIGHT SHOWERS THIS STRETCH...BUT NOT UNTIL LATER ON THE 14TH DID ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM WITH RAINFALL SWING TEMPERATURES BACK DOWN TO BELOW NORMAL AND BRING BACK THE APRIL DREARINESS. THE NEAR 40 DEGREE DROP IN AIR TEMPERATURE ALLOWED FOR A QUICK INCH OF SNOW TO ACCUMULATE ON THE 15TH. ANOTHER STRETCH OF DRYNESS WITH WARMING TEMPERATURES AGAIN FOLLOWED FROM THE 16TH THROUGH THE 21ST. EASTER SUNDAY WAS BEAUTIFUL WITH A FULL DAY OF SUNSHINE. BEHIND TWO COLD FRONTS (22ND AND 26TH) A FEW SNOWFLAKES MIXED IN WITH THE FALLING RAIN. TO CLOSE THE MONTH A BROAD CUT OFF LOW SPIRALED POCKETS OF HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS WESTERN NEW YORK AND BROUGHT A SOGGY END TO THE MONTH. LAKE ERIE SLOWLY LOST ITS ICE COVER THROUGH THE MONTH...THOUGH A STILL CONSIDERABLE LARGE AREA OF ICE REMAINED ON THE EASTERN END OF THE LAKE TO CLOSE THE MONTH. WINDS THROUGH THE MONTH AVERAGED ABOUT A MILE PER HOUR LESS THAN NORMAL OF 12 MPH. SUNSHINE WAS ABUNDANT THIS MONTH...WITH 60 PERCENT FACTORING 10 PERCENT MORE THAN NORMAL. THE COLD WINTER COMBINED WITH A WET AND NORMAL TEMPERATURE APRIL SLOWED SPRING GROWTH BY AT LEAST A WEEK ACROSS THE AREA. IN ALL A WET...BUT TRANQUIL APRIL MONTH. && THOMAS $$

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