Climatological Report (Monthly)
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642 CXUS51 KBUF 051754 CCA CLMBUF CLIMATE REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY 1135 AM EDT SUN MAY 1 2016 ................................... ...THE BUFFALO NY CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL 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 94 04/28/1990 LOW 5 04/01/1923 HIGHEST 74 04/17 78 04/13 LOWEST 17 04/05 25 04/01 AVG. MAXIMUM 52.3 55.0 -2.7 55.4 AVG. MINIMUM 33.9 36.8 -2.9 36.1 MEAN 43.1 45.9 -2.8 45.8 DAYS MAX >= 90 0 0.0 0.0 0 DAYS MAX <= 32 2 0.5 1.5 0 DAYS MIN <= 32 12 8.5 3.5 7 DAYS MIN <= 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 PRECIPITATION (INCHES) RECORD MAXIMUM 5.90 1961 MINIMUM 0.59 1915 TOTALS 1.90 3.01 -1.11 2.70 DAYS >= .01 11 15 DAYS >= .10 7 10 DAYS >= .50 0 0 DAYS >= 1.00 0 0 GREATEST 24 HR. TOTAL 0.63 04/10 TO 04/11 04/19 TO 04/20 SNOWFALL (INCHES) RECORDS TOTAL 15.7 1885 TOTALS 7.1 2.7 4.4 0.3 SINCE 7/1 55.1 94.4 -39.3 SNOWDEPTH AVG. 0 MM MM 0 DAYS >= 1.0 3 0.8 2.2 0 GREATEST SNOW DEPTH 2 04/05 0 MM 04/04 24 HR TOTAL 2.9 04/03 TO 04/04 DEGREE_DAYS HEATING TOTAL 648 576 72 570 SINCE 7/1 5358 6281 -923 6820 COOLING TOTAL 0 3 -3 0 SINCE 1/1 0 3 -3 0 ..................................................... WIND (MPH) AVERAGE WIND SPEED 10.0 HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION 33/220 HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION 44/230 DATE 04/07 SKY COVER POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT) MM NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR 7 NUMBER OF DAYS PC 7 NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY 16 AVERAGE RH (PERCENT) 58 WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH THUNDERSTORM 0 MIXED PRECIP 0 HEAVY RAIN 0 RAIN 4 LIGHT RAIN 12 FREEZING RAIN 0 LT FREEZING RAIN 1 HAIL 0 HEAVY SNOW 1 SNOW 5 LIGHT SNOW 7 SLEET 1 FOG 11 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. && ...SNOWY START TO APRIL...WITH COOL TEMPERATURES... AFTER A MILD...AND BELOW NORMAL SNOWFALL WINTER...APRIL TURNED THE TABLES WITH BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE NORMAL SNOWFALL. THE SNOW ALL FELL WITHIN THE FIRST HALF OF THE MONTH...AND A BRIEF WARM SPELL TO START THE SECOND HALF OF THE MONTH ALLOWED FOR SPRING`S FLOWERS TO BLOOM FORTH. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR APRIL WAS 43.1F WHICH IS ABOUT 3 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THERE WERE NO RECORDS SET THIS MONTH...AND THE WARMEST DAY WAS 74 DEGREES ON THE 17TH...DURING ABOUT A ONE WEEK STRETCH OF PLEASANT SPRING TEMPERATURES. PRECIPITATION WAS BELOW NORMAL...WITH 1.90 INCHES RECORDED AND THIS TOTAL FALLS JUST OVER AN INCH BELOW NORMAL. SNOWFALL HOWEVER WAS ABOVE NORMAL WITH 7.1 INCHES MEASURED...WITH ALL SNOW MEASURED WITHIN THE FIRST 10 DAYS OF THE MONTH. THIS TOTAL WAS MORE THAN THE TYPICAL SNOWY MONTHS OF NOVEMBER...DECEMBER AND MARCH...AND WAS THE GREATEST APRIL SNOW SINCE 2004. THERE WAS 5 DAYS THAT RECORDED SNOWFALL...2 DAYS MORE THAN NORMAL. A SERIES OF CLIPPER STORM SYSTEMS WITHIN A LONG WAVE TROUGH OVER THE EASTERN UNITED STATES MAINTAINED UNSEASONABLY COOL AIR...WITH PERIODIC SNOWS OVER THE FIRST 2 WEEKS OF THE MONTH. IT WAS THE COLDEST FIRST 10 DAYS TO APRIL SINCE 2003 FOR WESTERN NEW YORK. AFTER GRAUPEL AND WET SNOW FELL OVER PORTIONS OF WESTERN NEW YORK ON THE 12TH...A BROAD RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE USHERED IN SPRING WITH STEADILY WARMING TEMPERATURES AND MULTIPLE DAYS OF SUNSHINE THROUGH THE MIDDLE PORTION OF THE MONTH. THIS ALLOWED FOR SPRINGS FLOWERS TO BLOOM FORTH. THE WEATHER PATTERN FLIPPED AGAIN FOR THE FINAL WEEK OF APRIL WITH BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND DAMP DAYS TO CLOSE OUT THE MONTH. THE COOL MONTH MAINTAINED LAKE ERIE`S TEMPERATURE IN THE LOWER 40S...WITH THE LAKE WATERS RANGING FROM 39 TO 44F DEGREES. THERE WAS NO SEVERE WEATHER THIS MONTH...AND THE HIGHEST WIND GUST WAS 44 MPH. IN ALL A COOL APRIL...WITH SNOW TO START...AND DAMPNESS TO CLOSE. && THOMAS $$

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