Climatological Report (Monthly)
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000 CXUS51 KBUF 022030 CLMBUF CLIMATE REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY 127 PM EDT MON AUG 1 2016 ................................... ...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 ................................................................ 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 ..................................................... 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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