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000 CXUS51 KBUF 020835 CLMROC CLIMATE REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY 859 AM EST SAT MAR 1 2014 ................................... ...THE ROCHESTER NY CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 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 ................................................................ TEMPERATURE (F) RECORD HIGH 73 02/21/1997 LOW -22 02/09/1934 HIGHEST 50 02/19 51 02/11 LOWEST -5 02/12 3 02/10 AVG. MAXIMUM 28.4 34.1 -5.7 32.7 AVG. MINIMUM 14.1 18.6 -4.5 20.8 MEAN 21.2 26.4 -5.2 26.8 DAYS MAX >= 90 0 0.0 0.0 0 DAYS MAX <= 32 21 12.4 8.6 13 DAYS MIN <= 32 26 25.2 0.8 25 DAYS MIN <= 0 3 0.8 2.2 0 PRECIPITATION (INCHES) RECORD MAXIMUM 6.04 1876 MINIMUM 0.35 1888 TOTALS 2.39 1.95 0.44 2.86 DAYS >= .01 17 19 DAYS >= .10 8 5 DAYS >= .50 2 3 DAYS >= 1.00 0 0 GREATEST 24 HR. TOTAL 0.81 02/20 TO 02/21 MM SNOWFALL (INCHES) RECORDS TOTAL 64.8 1958 TOTALS 26.3 21.5 4.8 28.8 SINCE 7/1 83.1 78.9 4.2 63.9 SNOWDEPTH AVG. 4 4 0 2 DAYS >= 1.0 5 6.8 -1.8 7 GREATEST SNOW DEPTH 9 02/06 10 02/10 02/09 24 HR TOTAL 12.7 MM 02/08 TO 02/08 DEGREE_DAYS HEATING TOTAL 1217 1082 135 1063 SINCE 7/1 5085 4786 299 4308 COOLING TOTAL 0 0 0 0 SINCE 1/1 0 0 0 0 ......................................................... WIND (MPH) AVERAGE WIND SPEED 10.3 HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION 43/250 HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION 58/250 DATE 02/22 SKY COVER POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT) MM NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR 1 NUMBER OF DAYS PC 10 NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY 17 AVERAGE RH (PERCENT) 68 WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH THUNDERSTORM 0 MIXED PRECIP 2 HEAVY RAIN 1 RAIN 2 LIGHT RAIN 5 FREEZING RAIN 0 LT FREEZING RAIN 0 HAIL 0 HEAVY SNOW 3 SNOW 5 LIGHT SNOW 24 SLEET 0 FOG 19 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. && ...TOILSOME COLD CONTINUED... FEBRUARY 2014 CONTINUED THE COLD WINTER...AND PICKED UP WHERE JANUARY LEFT OFF WITH AVERAGE TEMPERATURES MUCH BELOW NORMAL. IT WAS THE 5TH COLDEST FEBRUARY IN THE PAST 30 YEARS. SNOW OF AT LEAST A TRACE FELL ON 23 OF THE 28 DAYS THIS MONTH...THOUGH THERE WERE ONLY 2 DAYS IN WHICH SNOWFALL OF MORE THAN 3 INCHES OCCURRED. ONE RAIN STORM DURING A BRIEF WARM-UP MID MONTH DROPPED ALMOST AN INCH OF RAINFALL. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE THIS MONTH WAS 21.3 DEGREES WHICH IS NEARLY FIVE DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THERE WERE ONLY 8 DAYS THAT REACHED THE FREEZING MARK...ABOUT HALF OF NORMAL AND THIS TOTAL WAS ALSO THE LEAST AMOUNT OF DAYS IN FEBRUARY REACHING FREEZING SINCE 1993. THERE WERE 12 DAYS THAT DROPPED DOWN INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS...ABOUT DOUBLE THE TYPICAL AMOUNT...AND THREE DAYS THAT DROPPED TO ZERO OR LOWER BRINGING THE WINTER SEASON TOTAL TO 11 DAYS. DESPITE THE COLD THERE WERE NO RECORDS REACHED. SNOWFALL TOTALED 26.3 INCHES...WHICH IS ABOUT FIVE INCHES MORE THAN NORMAL. THERE WAS ONE SYNOPTIC EVENT ON THE 5TH THAT DROPPED A RECORD 12.7 INCHES OF SNOW FOR THE DAY. OTHERWISE THE REMAINDER OF THE 17 DAYS OF MEASURABLE SNOWFALL WERE YOUR TYPICAL NICKLE AND DIME VARIETY WITH THE GREATEST SNOWFALL OF 2.2 INCHES ON THE 27TH. PRECIPITATION ALSO AVERAGED ABOVE NORMAL...LARGELY IMPART TO A RAIN EVENT ON THE 20TH-21ST. THIS TWO DAY EVENT ACCOUNTED FOR A THIRD OF THE TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH. THERE WERE NO LIQUID PRECIPITATION RECORDS OR EXTREMES THIS MONTH. FEBRUARY BEGAN WITH A TURN TO MILDER WEATHER AS A WARM FRONT WITH RAIN LIFTED ACROSS WESTERN NEW YORK. AIR TEMPERATURES SOARED INTO THE LOWER 40S...THOUGH THE DEEP FROZEN GROUND LAGGED BEHIND AND CREATED A THIN GLAZE OF ICE OVER ROAD SURFACES. THIS BRIEF WARM-UP ENDED ON THE 2ND WHEN WINDS VEERED TO NORTHERLY AND BROUGHT SUBFREEZING TEMPERATURES AND SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS BACK ACROSS WESTERN NEW YORK. A SUNNY START TO THE DAY ON THE 4TH ENDED WITH A CLOUDY SKY AND FLURRIES FLYING AHEAD OF A STORM SYSTEM...ONE THAT TRACKED FROM TEXAS TO THE OHIO VALLEY...AND THEN TO THE MID ATLANTIC COASTLINE. SNOWFALL ON THE 5TH ADDED UP TO A NEW DAILY RECORD...WITH 12.7 INCHES FALLING. FOR THE NEXT 2 WEEKS FOLLOWING THIS STORM TEMPERATURES AVERAGED 10 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL WITH NICKLE AND DIME SNOWFALL EVENTS. ON THURSDAY THE 20TH A DEEP STORM SYSTEM PASSED BY ROCHESTER TO THE WEST. THIS SYSTEM BROUGHT WARM AIR NORTHWARD WITH AIR TEMPERATURES REACHING A MONTHLY HIGH OF 50 ON THE 19TH. RAINFALL ASSOCIATED WITH THIS WARM FRONT COMBINED WITH SNOW MELT ROSE AREA CREAKS AND RIVERS. SATURDAY BROUGHT SUNNY SKIES AND GUSTY WINDS...WITH A 58 MPH WIND GUST RECORDED AT THE ROCHESTER AIRPORT. A COLD FRONT CROSSED THE AREA LATE ON THE 22ND...AND BROUGHT THE RETURN OF COLDER AIR SUNDAY THAT REMAINED OVER WESTERN NEW YORK THROUGH THE END OF THE MONTH. THERE WERE 10 MOSTLY SUNNY DAYS WHICH AIDED IN SUNSHINE FOR THE MONTH TO FINISH AT 11 PERCENT ABOVE NORMAL. THE STRONGEST WIND GUST WAS ON SATURDAY THE 22ND AT 58 MPH. IN ALL ANOTHER "OLD FASHION" WINTER MONTH WITH COLD AND SNOW. ***** WINTER 2013-2014 (DECEMBER,JANUARY AND FEBRUARY) ****** METEOROLOGICAL WINTER`S (DECEMBER,JANUARY AND FEBRUARY) TEMPERATURE OF 23.5F DEGREES WAS TIED FOR 25TH COLDEST IN 143 YEARS OF RECORD...AND COLDEST SINCE THE WINTER OF 2002-03 WHICH FINISHED AT 22.5F DEGREES. THERE WERE 4 RECORD TEMPERATURES REACHED THIS SEASON...ONE IN DECEMBER AND THREE IN JANUARY. DECEMBER 17TH SET A RECORD LOW OF -4F DEGREES. JANUARY 3RD SET A NEW RECORD LOW MAXIMUM AT 8F DEGREES AND RECORD LOW AT -6F DEGREES. JANUARY 7TH ALSO HAD A LOW MAXIMUM OF 5F DEGREES. PRECIPITATION THIS WINTER SEASON WAS 6.61 INCHES WHICH MAKES THIS WINTER 49TH DRIEST. THERE WERE 2 MODERATE RAINFALL EVENTS THIS SEASON WITH THE FIRST ONE COMING DECEMBER 20TH AND 21ST AND THE SECOND ON FEBRUARY 20TH. THERE WERE THREE NOTEWORTHY SYNOPTIC SNOWSTORMS...JANUARY 2ND...JANUARY 25TH AND FEBRUARY 5TH THE LATTER OF WHICH BROUGHT THE SEASONS GREATEST CALENDAR DAY SNOWFALL OF 12.7 INCHES. LAKE EFFECT SNOW WAS PERSISTENT THROUGH THE WINTER...WITH THE GREATEST EVENT COMING ON A SOUTHWEST WIND OFF LAKE ERIE IN DECEMBER. OTHERWISE SYNOPTIC AND LAKE EFFECT EVENTS WERE GENERALLY UNDER 5 INCHES. OF THE 90 DAYS THIS SEASON 63 WERE SNOW COVERED...WHICH IS 4 DAYS MORE THAN NORMAL. INCLUDING THE SNOW IN NOVEMBER THE SEASONAL SNOW FOR ROCHESTER THROUGH FEBRUARY WAS 83.1 INCHES WHICH IS ABOUT 4 INCHES MORE THAN NORMAL. HERE ARE THE WINTER (DJF) STATS FOR ROCHESTER. (NORMAL IN PARENTHESIS) TEMPERATURE...23.5F (27.0F) **TIED 25TH COLDEST PRECIPITATION...6.61" (6.99") **49TH DRIEST SNOWFALL...69.6" (71.5) && THOMAS $$

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