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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Pittsburgh PA
950 AM EST Sun Jan 1 2017

...Pittsburgh year end climate summary for 2016...

2016 tied for warmest year since observations were moved to
Pittsburgh Airport.

2016 temperatures averaged 54.2 degrees. This ties with 2012 as the
warmest year since official observations were moved to Pittsburgh
International Airport in 1952. Normal is 51.4 degrees.

Before 1952, observations were taken at the Allegheny County
Airport starting in 1935, and before that, at various locations in
downtown Pittsburgh beginning in 1871. The warmest year on record
was 55.4 degrees in 1921. Going back to 1871, 2016 will tie for
the 7th warmest year on record.

December 2016 temperatures averaged 33.6 degrees which is 1.2
degrees warmer than the normal of 32.4. This makes December the 11th
consecutive month that averaged above normal.  Every month of 2016
except January was warmer than normal.

Last year, 2015, the temperature averaged 52.5 degrees. December
2015 was particularly warm, averaging 44.5 degrees...the 2nd warmest
December on record.

Pittsburgh broke only one daily high temperature record in 2016.
That occurred on November 2 when the temperature reached 80 degrees,
breaking the old record high of 78 from 1933.  No daily record low
temperatures were broken in 2016.  There were 6 days in 2016 when
Pittsburgh broke the record warm low temperatures.  Those warm nights
were March 10, August 12, September 8, October 18, 19, 20.

Pittsburgh also had the warmest fall in 70 years. Pittsburgh
averaged 57.5 degrees from September through November 2016. This was
the warmest fall since 1946 when it averaged 57.6 degrees.
This was also the 7th warmest fall since records began in 1881.
The warmest fall was 60.7 degrees in 1881.

Precipitation for 2016 was 35.01 which is 3.18 inches shy of the
38.19 inch normal.

Snowfall so far this winter season 2016-2017 has been 8.1 inches
which is 2.6 inches below the normal of 10.7 by this time of the
season.  Last winter season 2015-2016 we received 29.6 inches which
was 12.3 inches below the normal of seasonal total 41.9 inches.
The latest snow that fell in Pittsburgh in the spring of 2016 was on
May 15, when a trace of snow fell. The first snow of the fall of
2016 was November 19 when a half of inch fell.


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