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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
127 PM EDT MON AUG 1 2016

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...THE BUFFALO NY CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF JULY 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              97   07/15/1995
                        07/06/1988
 LOW               43   07/11/1945
HIGHEST            91   07/23                         91  07/29
LOWEST             55   07/20                         50  07/03
                        07/02
AVG. MAXIMUM     82.8              79.9     2.9     79.9
AVG. MINIMUM     65.4              62.3     3.1     62.0
MEAN             74.1              71.1     3.0     71.0
DAYS MAX >= 90      2               1.1     0.9        1
DAYS MAX <= 32      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MIN <= 32      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.0     0.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         8.93   1992
 MINIMUM         0.15   1933
TOTALS           1.80              3.23   -1.43     2.42
DAYS >= .01         5                                 10
DAYS >= .10         2                                  6
DAYS >= .50         2                                  1
DAYS >= 1.00        1                                  0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    1.04   07/25 TO 07/25

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL             MM   MM
TOTALS            0.0               0.0     0.0      0.0
SINCE 7/1         0.0               0.0     0.0
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                MM      MM        0
DAYS >= 1.0         0               0.0     0.0        0
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         0   MM                             0  MM
 24 HR TOTAL      0.0   07/31 TO 07/31

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL       0                 9      -9        7
 SINCE 7/1          0                 9      -9        7
COOLING TOTAL     293               197      96      198
 SINCE 1/1        480               326     154      365
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              9.6
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    43/230    DATE  07/14
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    62/250    DATE  07/14

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR            5
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             24
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          2

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     63

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              3     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                2     RAIN                       1
LIGHT RAIN               12     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       0
LIGHT SNOW                0     SLEET                      0
FOG                       6     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      0
HAZE                      2

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

&&

...ANOTHER DRY, AND HOT MONTH...

THE DROUGHT OF 2016 CONTINUED THROUGH THE MONTH OF JULY AS HOT AND
SUN-FILLED DAYS TOOK A TOLL ON AREA VEGETATION. THUNDERSTORMS
BROUGHT BRIEF, MAINLY LOCALIZED DOWNPOURS, WHICH BROUGHT LITTLE
RELIEF TO THE LONG-TERM STRAIN ON AGRICULTURE AND AREA LAWNS.

THE AIR TEMPERATURE AVERAGED ABOVE NORMAL THIS MONTH AS SUN-FILLED
DAYS AND DRY GROUND ENABLED THE MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE TO REACH
74.1F DEGREES. THIS AVERAGE IS THREE DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AND RANKS
14TH WARMEST ON RECORD. A TYPICAL PATTERN THIS MONTH FEATURED
BUILDING HEAT AND HUMIDITY, WITH TEMPERATURES NEARING 90F, FOLLOWED
BY A COLD FRONT PASSAGE THAT BROUGHT BRIEF RELIEF TO THE HEAT AND
HUMIDITY. BUFFALO HAD TWO DAYS REACH INTO THE 90S (JULY 12TH - 90F
AND JULY 23RD - 91F) WHICH IS NORMAL FOR THE AIRPORT. THERE WERE NO
RECORD TEMPERATURES ESTABLISHED THIS MONTH.

PRECIPITATION TOTALED 1.80 INCHES WHICH IS ABOUT AN INCH AND A HALF
BELOW NORMAL. THIS RAIN TOTAL IS A BIT DECEPTIVE AS MUCH OF THE RAIN
FELL IN TWO BRIEF STINTS. ON THE 9TH, 0.71 INCHES OF RAIN FELL,
WHILE ON THE 25TH 1.04 INCHES OF RAIN FELL. THIS WAS THE FIRST ONE-
INCH CALENDAR DAY RAIN EVENT SINCE LAST OCTOBER 12TH. IN OTHER
WORDS, THE MONTH WAS VERY DRY THROUGHOUT, AND THE 5 DAYS OF
MEASURABLE RAINFALL WAS THE LOWEST AMOUNT OUTSIDE OF ONLY 1968 AND
1978 THAT HAD ONLY 4 DAYS.

THE OVERALL CONTINENTAL WEATHER PATTERN THIS MONTH FEATURED AN
ANOMALOUSLY POSITIVE 500 HPA RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE OVER THE WEST
COAST, AS WELL AS AN ANOMALOUSLY POSITIVE 500 HPA RIDGE OF HIGH
PRESSURE OVER THE EASTERN COAST OF NORTH AMERICA. IN THE LOWER
LEVELS SLIGHTLY COOLER TEMPERATURES AND LOWER THAN AVERAGE HEIGHTS
OVER THE NORTHERN PLAINS AND SOUTHEASTERN CANADA ALLOWED FOR
PERIODIC COOL FRONTS TO DROP ACROSS THE EASTERN GREAT LAKES REGION.
THIS PATTERN OF SUNNY DAYS WITH BUILDING HEAT AND HUMIDITY UNDER A
RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE, TO BE BROKEN BRIEFLY BY A COLD FRONT PASSAGE
CONTINUED THROUGH THE MONTH. THUNDERSTORM COVERAGE VARIED WITH EACH
COLD FRONT PASSAGE, AND STORMS WITH EACH FRONT DID NOT NECESSARILY
PASS OVER THE SAME LOCATIONS. ASIDE FROM THUNDERSTORMS, MUCH OF
WESTERN NEW YORK REMAINED VOID OF RAINFALL WHICH WORSENED THE
DROUGHT CONDITIONS ACROSS THE REGION. LAWNS BECAME PARCHED AND
BROWN, WHILE AGRICULTURE CROPS IN A SUN-BAKED GROUND WILTED WITHIN
JULY`S HEAT. THERE WERE TWO SUCH HEAVIER STORMS THAT DID PASS OVER
THE AIRPORT. ON THE 9TH A MID LEVEL TROUGH PASSED OVER NEW YORK
STATE, DROPPING NEARLY THREE QUARTERS OF AN INCH OF RAIN LATE IN THE
DAY OVER THE AIRPORT AT BUFFALO. AHEAD OF A WARM FRONT, OVER AN INCH
OF RAIN FELL ACROSS MUCH OF WESTERN NEW YORK THROUGH THE MORNING AND
EARLY AFTERNOON HOURS OF THE 25TH. EVEN WITH THIS RAINFALL LAWNS
SHOWED LITTLE RECOVERY FROM THE DROUGHT.

DAYTIME WARMTH, AND COOLER LAKE WATERS PROMOTED GUSTY SOUTHWESTERLY
WINDS OFF THE LAKE THROUGHOUT THE MONTH, SUCH THAT AS A WHOLE THE
MONTH AVERAGED ABOVE NORMAL WIND SPEEDS. WINDS OF 9.6 MPH WHERE
ABOUT A HALF MPH ABOVE NORMAL. THERE WAS A WIND GUST TO 62 MPH
WITHIN A THUNDERSTORM OUTFLOW EARLY ON THE 14TH. THE LAKE
TEMPERATURE NEAR THE BUFFALO HARBOR ROSE FROM 70F DEGREES AT START
OF THE MONTH, UP TO 76F DEGREES BE THE END OF THE MONTH.

IN ALL ANOTHER DRY, SUNNY MONTH THAT CONTINUED THE SEVERE DROUGHT
OVER WESTERN NEW YORK.

&&

THOMAS
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