Climatological Report (Monthly)
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000 CXUS51 KBUF 041443 CLMBUF CLIMATE REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY 1139 AM EST SUN FEB 1 2015 ................................... ...THE BUFFALO NY CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 2015... CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010 CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1871 TO 2015 WEATHER OBSERVED NORMAL DEPART LAST YEAR`S VALUE DATE(S) VALUE FROM VALUE DATE(S) NORMAL ................................................................ TEMPERATURE (F) RECORD HIGH 72 01/25/1950 LOW -16 01/17/1982 HIGHEST 55 01/04 51 01/13 LOWEST -4 01/14 -5 01/07 AVG. MAXIMUM 28.5 31.2 -2.7 27.2 AVG. MINIMUM 12.3 18.5 -6.2 12.7 MEAN 20.4 24.9 -4.5 20.0 DAYS MAX >= 90 0 0.0 0.0 0 DAYS MAX <= 32 24 17.0 7.0 20 DAYS MIN <= 32 30 27.4 2.6 29 DAYS MIN <= 0 1 1.8 -0.8 4 PRECIPITATION (INCHES) RECORD MAXIMUM 6.88 1982 MINIMUM 0.89 1921 TOTALS 2.59 3.18 -0.59 3.16 DAYS >= .01 15 21 DAYS >= .10 7 10 DAYS >= .50 2 1 DAYS >= 1.00 0 0 GREATEST 24 HR. TOTAL 1.08 01/03 TO 01/04 SNOWFALL (INCHES) RECORDS TOTAL 68.3 1977 TOTALS 25.0 25.3 -0.3 42.4 SINCE 7/1 56.8 61.5 -4.7 SNOWDEPTH AVG. 4 5 -1 4 DAYS >= 1.0 7 7.3 -0.3 9 GREATEST SNOW DEPTH 10 01/09 9 01/27 01/10 01/09 24 HR TOTAL 6.5 01/09 TO 01/09 DEGREE_DAYS HEATING TOTAL 1373 1244 129 1389 SINCE 7/1 3639 3659 -20 3847 COOLING TOTAL 0 0 0 0 SINCE 1/1 0 0 0 0 .................................................. WIND (MPH) AVERAGE WIND SPEED 12.7 HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION 40/240 DATE 01/01 HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION 53/240 DATE 01/01 SKY COVER POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT) MM NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR 2 NUMBER OF DAYS PC 12 NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY 17 AVERAGE RH (PERCENT) 71 WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH THUNDERSTORM 1 MIXED PRECIP 2 HEAVY RAIN 1 RAIN 2 LIGHT RAIN 3 FREEZING RAIN 0 LT FREEZING RAIN 2 HAIL 0 HEAVY SNOW 5 SNOW 11 LIGHT SNOW 29 SLEET 0 FOG 22 FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE 3 HAZE 12 - INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS. R INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED. MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING. T INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT. && ...A COLD JANUARY WITH ACTIVE SNOWS... JANUARY WAS A COLD WINTER MONTH ACROSS WESTERN NEW YORK AS COLD WEATHER PATTERNS TOOK THE UPPER HAND OVER ANY ATTEMPTS OF A WINTER RESPITE FROM THE FRIGID TEMPERATURES. LAKE EFFECT SNOW DOMINATED THE FIRST HALF OF THE MONTH...BEFORE A SUBTLE SHIFT IN THE WINDS AND CHANGE IN THE WEATHER PATTERN ALLOWED FOR NICKEL AND DIME SNOWS THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE MONTH. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE THIS MONTH WAS 20.4F DEGREES WHICH IS FOUR AND A HALF DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THIS MADE JANUARY THE 28TH COLDEST IN 145 YEARS. THERE WERE 14 DAYS THAT DROPPED INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS THIS MONTH...TWO FEWER THAN LAST JANUARY...BUT 6 MORE DAYS THAN NORMAL. TEMPERATURE RECORDS THAT WERE PREVIOUSLY ESTABLISHED IN JANUARY STOOD THROUGH THE MONTH. PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS ABOUT A HALF INCH BELOW NORMAL...WITH SNOWFALL JUST THREE TENTHS OF AN INCH BELOW NORMAL. THERE WAS ONE RAINSTORM THIS MONTH...ON THE 3RD-4TH...OTHERWISE MUCH OF THE PRECIPITATION THAT FELL THIS MONTH WAS SNOW. WHILE THERE WERE NO SNOWFALL RECORDS THIS MONTH...THE SNOWFALL ON THE 9TH DID CROSS THE HALF FOOT MARK...COMING IN AT 6.5 INCHES. ALL BUT TWO DAYS HAD AT LEAST A TRACE OF PRECIPITATION THIS MONTH. MEASURABLE SNOWFALL ON 20 DAYS THIS MONTH WAS 5 MORE THAN NORMAL. THE NEW YEAR BEGAN WITH LAKE EFFECT SNOW DOWNWIND OF THE EASTERN GREAT LAKES ON A GUSTY SOUTHWEST WIND. THIS WIND PROVED TOO STRONG FOR A HEALTHY BAND OF LAKE SNOW TO DEVELOP...THOUGH SEVERAL INCHES DID COAT WESTERN NEW YORK NEW YEARS DAY. THE NEXT THREE DAYS OF JANUARY WERE ATYPICAL FOR THE MONTH AS A WHOLE...AS A SOUTHERLY FLOW AND ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES WERE COUPLED WITH A SOAKING RAINFALL. OVER AN INCH OF RAIN FELL ACROSS WESTERN NEW YORK ON THE 3RD AND 4TH...WITH THE GREATEST RAINFALL AMOUNTS FOUND JUST TO THE NORTHEAST OF LAKE ERIE. A SURGE OF VERY COLD AIR REACHED THE EASTERN GREAT LAKES ON THE 5TH...AND REMAINED ACROSS THE REGION FOR THE BETTER PART OF A WEEK. THIS COLD AIRMASS PRODUCED THREE MODERATE LAKE EFFECT SNOW EVENTS EAST OF LAKE ERIE WITH EACH EVENT DROPPING BETWEEN ONE AND TWO FEET OF SNOW. BY MID MONTH THE ARCTIC AIRMASS RETREATED AND A WESTERLY FLOW RETURNED ACROSS THE EASTERN GREAT LAKES REGION. THIS WESTERLY FLOW CONCENTRATED THE ARCTIC COLD WELL TO OUR NORTH...ALLOWING WESTERN NEW YORK TO CYCLE THROUGH TEMPERATURES NEAR NORMAL. WITHIN THIS WESTERLY FLOW...THERE WERE SEVERAL SYNOPTIC CLIPPERS THAT CROSSED THE REGION (12TH, 26-27TH AND 29TH-30TH) WITH TYPICAL LIGHT SNOWFALLS. ON THE 24TH WIDESPREAD LIGHT FREEZING RAIN AND DRIZZLE GLAZED WESTERN NEW YORK WITH HUNDREDS OF CARS SLIDING OFF THE ROADWAYS. AN AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE BROUGHT CRYSTAL CLEAR BLUE SKIES ON WEDNESDAY JANUARY 28TH. COLD AIR RETURNED FOR GOOD AT THE END OF THE MONTH WITH 4 OF THE LAST 5 DAYS DIPPING INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS. LAKE ERIE FROZE ON JANUARY 9TH THIS YEAR...ABOUT A WEEK AHEAD OF NORMAL. GUSTY WINDS OVER 50 MPH SWEPT ACROSS WESTERN NEW YORK ON THE 1ST AND 4TH...OTHERWISE WINDS WERE LIGHT TO MODEST THE REMAINDER OF THE MONTH. IN ALL JANUARY WAS BITTERLY COLD WITH TYPICAL SNOWS THROUGH THE MONTH. && THOMAS $$

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