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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
913 AM EST MON FEB 1 2016

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...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
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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
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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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