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000 CXUS51 KBUF 050807 CLMBUF CLIMATE REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY 1203 PM EST TUE MAR 1 2016 ................................... ...THE BUFFALO NY CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 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 ................................................................ TEMPERATURE (F) RECORD HIGH 71 02/26/2000 LOW -20 02/02/1961 02/09/1934 HIGHEST 62 02/28 32 02/07 02/04 LOWEST -12 02/14 -10 02/16 02/15 AVG. MAXIMUM 37.7 33.3 4.4 18.5 AVG. MINIMUM 21.7 19.2 2.5 3.3 MEAN 29.7 26.3 3.4 10.9 DAYS MAX >= 90 0 0.0 0.0 0 DAYS MAX <= 32 10 13.6 -3.6 28 DAYS MIN <= 32 23 25.3 -2.3 28 DAYS MIN <= 0 2 0.6 1.4 12 PRECIPITATION (INCHES) RECORD MAXIMUM 5.90 1990 MINIMUM 0.46 1877 TOTALS 3.47 2.49 0.98 2.40 DAYS >= .01 19 20 DAYS >= .10 7 7 DAYS >= .50 3 0 DAYS >= 1.00 0 0 GREATEST 24 HR. TOTAL 0.95 02/24 TO 02/25 02/01 TO 02/02 SNOWFALL (INCHES) RECORDS TOTAL 54.2 1958 TOTALS 20.5 17.3 3.2 46.2 SINCE 7/1 47.1 78.8 -31.7 SNOWDEPTH AVG. 2 MM MM 21 DAYS >= 1.0 4 5.3 -1.3 14 GREATEST SNOW DEPTH 12 02/17 26 02/15 24 HR TOTAL 8.9 02/16 DEGREE_DAYS HEATING TOTAL 1018 1085 -67 1509 SINCE 7/1 3938 4780 -842 5148 COOLING TOTAL 0 0 0 0 SINCE 1/1 0 0 0 0 ................................................... WIND (MPH) AVERAGE WIND SPEED 12.3 HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION 36/200 DATE 02/19 36/240 DATE 02/20 HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION 50/250 DATE 02/29 SKY COVER POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT) MM NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR 2 NUMBER OF DAYS PC 11 NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY 16 AVERAGE RH (PERCENT) 69 WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH THUNDERSTORM 1 MIXED PRECIP 0 HEAVY RAIN 1 RAIN 4 LIGHT RAIN 10 FREEZING RAIN 0 LT FREEZING RAIN 3 HAIL 2 HEAVY SNOW 3 SNOW 8 LIGHT SNOW 17 SLEET 0 FOG 17 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. && ...MILD FEBRUARY CAPS UNSEASONABLE TEMPERATURES THIS METEOROLOGICAL WINTER... FEBRUARY FINISHED WITH ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES...CAPPING A WINTER STRETCH (DEC-JAN-FEB) THAT FEATURED ALL MONTHS ABOVE NORMAL. THIS WAS IN STARK CONTRAST TO THE PRIOR WINTER...WHICH FEATURED LONG-TERM COLD. THERE WERE MINOR LAKE EFFECT SNOWS THROUGH THE MONTH...WITH ONE SYNOPTIC WINTER STORM. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE THIS MONTH FINISHED AT 29.7F WHICH IS 3.4 DEGREES WARMER THAN NORMAL...AND ALMOST 19 DEGREES WARMER THAN THE PRIOR YEAR`S COLDEST-EVER FEBRUARY. THERE WAS A ONE WEEK STRETCH WHEN WINTER BORE ITS PRESENCE...FROM THE 10TH TO THE 18TH AS 8 OF THE 9 DAYS FINISHED BELOW NORMAL. THE COLDEST DAY THIS MONTH OCCURRED DURING THIS STRETCH WHEN ON THE MORNING OF FEBRUARY 14TH AIR TEMPERATURES DROPPED TO -12F. THIS IS THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE IN BUFFALO SINCE JANUARY 17TH 1982 WHEN THE MERCURY DROPPED TO -16F. SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH FINISHED ABOVE NORMAL...WITH THE 20.5 INCHES ABOUT 3 INCHES MORE THAN NORMAL. PRECIPITATION ALSO FINISHED ABOVE NORMAL WITH 3.47 INCHES MEASURED...WHICH IS ABOUT AN INCH ABOVE NORMAL. THERE WERE TWO LARGE PRECIPITATION EVENTS THIS MONTH. THE FIRST CAME AS SNOW WHEN ON THE 16TH A WINTER STORM PASSED OVER THE NORTHEAST...DROPPING A NEW DAILY RECORD 8.9 INCHES OF SNOW IN BUFFALO. THE SECOND EVENT CAME MAINLY AS RAIN...WHEN NEARLY AN INCH OF PRECIPITATION WAS RECORDED ON THE 24TH. FEBRUARY BEGAN MILD WITH HIGH PRESSURE SENDING WARMTH NORTHWARD AHEAD OF STRONG STORM SYSTEM. RECORD WARMTH WAS RECORDED ON BOTH THE 1ST AND 3RD OF THE MONTH BEFORE A STRONG COLD FRONT WITH GUSTY WINDS AND RAIN SHOWERS SLICED ACROSS THE REGION LATER ON THE 3RD. THIS FRONT SENT TEMPERATURES BACK TO AROUND NORMAL WITH ARCTIC COLD HELD AT BAY TO THE NORTH BY A PROGRESSIVE WEST TO EAST FLOW ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM TRACKED ACROSS THE CENTRAL GREAT LAKES REGION THE 8TH THROUGH 10TH...BRINGING LIGHT RAIN AND SNOW TO WESTERN NEW YORK. BEHIND A COLD FRONT ON THE 10TH LAKE EFFECT SNOW DEVELOPED WITH UPWARDS OF A FOOT OF SNOW FALLING ACROSS SKI COUNTRY ON THE 10TH AND 11H. THIS COLD FRONT MARKED THE BEGINNING OF A BRIEF PERIOD OF WINTER ACROSS WESTERN NEW YORK WITH AIR TEMPERATURES BELOW NORMAL. ADDITIONAL LAKE EFFECT SNOW FELL ON THE 12TH THROUGH 13TH...SLOWING THE BUFFALO COMMUTE ON THE 12TH. THE FIRST MAJOR SYNOPTIC SNOW EVENT OF THE WINTER SEASON OCCURRED ON THE 16TH- 17TH...ONE THAT DROPPED A FOOT TO A FOOT AND A HALF OF SNOW OVER WESTERN NEW YORK AND QUICKLY BUILT A SIZABLE SNOWPACK. THE DEEP SNOWPACK WAS SHORTLIVED AS AIR TEMPERATURES RETURNED TO THE 40S AND 50S BY THE 19TH...ABLATING THE SNOWPACK AND CAUSING CREEKS AND RIVERS TO RISE...THOUGH REMAINING WITHIN THEIR BANKS. A CHANGEABLE BUT QUIET LAST 10 DAYS OF THE MONTH SAW MAINLY ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES THAT PEAKED THE FINAL TWO DAYS OF THE MONTH...WHEN FOR A THIRD TIME IN THE MONTH A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS ESTABLISHED ON THE 29TH AT 58 DEGREES. SHORE ICE FORMED ON LAKE ERIE THROUGH THE MONTH...EXPANDING A BIT DURING THE ONE WEEK OF SUBFREEZING TEMPERATURES...BUT LARGELY THE CENTER OF THE LAKE REMAINED OPEN THROUGH THE MONTH. THE WATER TEMPERATURE FLUCTUATED BETWEEN 33 AND 37F DEGREES THROUGH THE MONTH. THE STRONGEST WIND GUST OCCURRED ON THE 1ST OF THE MONTH...WITH A 48 MPH GUST RECORDED. OVERALL WINDS WERE JUST ABOVE AVERAGE FOR THE MONTH. IN ALL A MILD MONTH...WITH LAKE EFFECT AND SYNOPTIC SNOWS MAINTAINING SOME RESEMBLANCE OF WINTER. HERE ARE THE WINTER (DJF) STATS FOR BUFFALO. (NORMAL IN PARENTHESIS) TEMPERATURE...32.9F (27.1F) ***TIED 3RD WARMEST*** PRECIPITATION...8.18" (9.56") && THOMAS $$

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