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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
916 AM EDT THU MAY 1 2014

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...THE BUFFALO NY CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL 2014...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1871 TO 2014

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              94   04/28/1990
 LOW                5   04/01/1923
HIGHEST            76   04/14                         82  04/18
LOWEST             24   04/16                         23  04/06
                        04/15
AVG. MAXIMUM     56.0              55.0     1.0     56.4
AVG. MINIMUM     35.5              36.8    -1.3     36.3
MEAN             45.8              45.9    -0.1     46.3
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      0               0.5    -0.5        0
DAYS MIN <= 32     10               8.5     1.5        9
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.0     0.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         5.90   1961
 MINIMUM         0.59   1915
TOTALS           5.08              3.01    2.07     3.92
DAYS >= .01        16                                 12
DAYS >= .10        11                                  8
DAYS >= .50         2                                  3
DAYS >= 1.00        0                                  1
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    1.17   04/07 TO 04/08           04/09 TO 04/10
                                                          04/10 TO 04/10
                                                          04/10 TO 04/10

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           15.7   1885
TOTALS            1.2               2.7    -1.5      0.3
SINCE 7/1       129.9              94.4    35.5
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                MM      MM        0
DAYS >= 1.0         1               0.8     0.2        0
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         T   04/05                         -1  04/01
 24 HR TOTAL      1.0   04/15 TO 04/15

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     571               576      -5      552
 SINCE 7/1       6855              6281     574     5858
COOLING TOTAL       0                 3      -3        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 3      -3        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              10.9
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    37/230
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    51/230    DATE  04/04

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   60
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR            6
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             12
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         12

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     64

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                6     RAIN                      12
LIGHT RAIN               14     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       1
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       3
LIGHT SNOW                2     SLEET                      0
FOG                      14     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      3
HAZE                      2

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

&&

...NOT AS COLD...BUT STILL A WET APRIL...

FOLLOWING A HARSH WINTER...APRIL 2014 BROUGHT A TYPICAL SPRING-TIME
REGIME TO WESTERN NEW YORK. A FEW TRAILING SNOW SHOWERS...BATTLE OF
WARMTH AND COLD...AND PERIODS OF DRY AND COMFORTABLE SPRING DAYS
MATCHED BY RAINY SPELLS.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR APRIL WAS 45.8F DEGREES WHICH IS A TICK
BELOW NORMAL. THERE WERE NO EXTREMES THIS MONTH.

PRECIPITATION THIS MONTH WAS 5.08 INCHES...WHICH PLACES THIS APRIL
AS 6TH WETTEST APRIL ALLTIME. PRECIPITATION WAS EVENLY SPREAD
THROUGH THE MONTH. THE 16 DAYS WITH MEASURABLE RAINFALL WERE ONLY 2
DAYS MORE THAN NORMAL. HOWEVER OF THESE 16 DAYS...10 HAD MEASURABLE
RAINFALL OF A QUARTER OF AN INCH OR GREATER WHICH IS 6 DAYS MORE
THAN NORMAL. ALL EVENTS WERE UNDER AN INCH OF RAIN.

THERE WERE TWO DAYS OF MEASURABLE SNOWFALL IN APRIL. TOTAL FOR THE
MONTH WAS 1.2 INCHES...ABOUT AN INCH AND A HALF BELOW NORMAL. THIS
1.2 INCHES BROUGHT THE SEASONAL SNOWFALL UP TO 129.9 INCHES...WHICH
PLACES 7TH SNOWIEST ON RECORD.

APRIL BEGAN ON A PLEASANT NOTE WITH TEMPERATURES SPIKING INTO THE
UPPER 60S THROUGH THE EARLY EVENING HOURS JUST AHEAD OF A COLD
FRONT. THE FIRST STORM SYSTEM OF THE MONTH BROUGHT NEAR A HALF AN
INCH OF RAINFALL ON FRIDAY THE 4TH AND ENDED WITH A QUICK COATING
OF SNOW SATURDAY MORNING THE 5TH WITHIN A BURST OF GREATER INTENSITY
PRECIPITATION. CLOUDS CLEARED THROUGH THE DAY AND PLEASANT...BUT
COOL CONDITIONS RETURNED ON THE 6TH. ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM RETURNED
RAIN TO THE REGION ON THE 7TH AND 8TH...WITH AGAIN SOME WET SNOW
FLAKES MIXING IN AT THE END. OUR FIRST STRETCH OF SPRING BEAUTY
OCCURRED FROM THE 10TH THROUGH THE 14TH WITH TEMPERATURES RISING
INTO THE 60S AND 70S. THERE WERE A FEW EVENING AND OVERNIGHT SHOWERS
THIS STRETCH...BUT NOT UNTIL LATER ON THE 14TH DID ANOTHER STORM
SYSTEM WITH RAINFALL SWING TEMPERATURES BACK DOWN TO BELOW NORMAL
AND BRING BACK THE APRIL DREARINESS. THE NEAR 40 DEGREE DROP IN AIR
TEMPERATURE ALLOWED FOR A QUICK INCH OF SNOW TO ACCUMULATE ON THE
15TH. ANOTHER STRETCH OF DRYNESS WITH WARMING TEMPERATURES AGAIN
FOLLOWED FROM THE 16TH THROUGH THE 21ST. EASTER SUNDAY WAS BEAUTIFUL
WITH A FULL DAY OF SUNSHINE. BEHIND TWO COLD FRONTS (22ND AND 26TH)
A FEW SNOWFLAKES MIXED IN WITH THE FALLING RAIN. TO CLOSE THE MONTH
A BROAD CUT OFF LOW SPIRALED POCKETS OF HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS
WESTERN NEW YORK AND BROUGHT A SOGGY END TO THE MONTH.

LAKE ERIE SLOWLY LOST ITS ICE COVER THROUGH THE MONTH...THOUGH A
STILL CONSIDERABLE LARGE AREA OF ICE REMAINED ON THE EASTERN END OF
THE LAKE TO CLOSE THE MONTH. WINDS THROUGH THE MONTH AVERAGED ABOUT A
MILE PER HOUR LESS THAN NORMAL OF 12 MPH. SUNSHINE WAS ABUNDANT THIS
MONTH...WITH 60 PERCENT FACTORING 10 PERCENT MORE THAN NORMAL.

THE COLD WINTER COMBINED WITH A WET AND NORMAL TEMPERATURE APRIL
SLOWED SPRING GROWTH BY AT LEAST A WEEK ACROSS THE AREA.

IN ALL A WET...BUT TRANQUIL APRIL MONTH.

&&

THOMAS

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