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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
1203 PM EST TUE MAR 1 2016

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...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
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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
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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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