Climatological Report (Monthly)
Issued by NWS Buffalo, NY

Current Version | Previous Version | Graphics & Text | Print | Product List | Glossary Off
Versions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49

000
CXUS51 KBUF 050811
CLMROC

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

...................................

...THE ROCHESTER 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
................................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              73   02/21/1997
 LOW              -22   02/09/1934
HIGHEST            62   02/28                         34  02/04
LOWEST            -12   02/14                        -11  02/21
                                                          02/20
AVG. MAXIMUM     38.0              34.1     3.9     20.7
AVG. MINIMUM     21.1              18.6     2.5      3.6
MEAN             29.5              26.4     3.1     12.2
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32     10              12.4    -2.4       27
DAYS MIN <= 32     23              25.2    -2.2       28
DAYS MIN <= 0       2               0.8     1.2       11

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         6.04   1876
 MINIMUM         0.35   1888
TOTALS           3.78              1.95    1.83     2.51
DAYS >= .01        18                                 22
DAYS >= .10         5                                  9
DAYS >= .50         3                                  0
DAYS >= 1.00        1                                  0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    1.47   02/16 TO 02/16           02/01 TO 02/02

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           64.8   1958
TOTALS           28.0              21.5     6.5     45.2
SINCE 7/1        51.7              78.9   -27.2     88.6
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      3                MM      MM       15
DAYS >= 1.0         6               6.8    -0.8       14
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        15   02/17                         21  02/15
                                                          02/13
 24 HR TOTAL     18.3   02/16 TO 02/16           02/09 TO 02/09

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1019              1082     -63     1472
 SINCE 7/1       3917              4822    -905     5094
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
..........................................................

WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              11.4
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    35/200    DATE  02/03
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    49/180    DATE  02/03

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.80
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR            0
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             12
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         17

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     69

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       5
LIGHT RAIN                9     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                2     SNOW                       6
LIGHT SNOW               21     SLEET                      1
FOG                      16     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      4
HAZE                      1

-  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 29.5F WHICH IS 3.1
DEGREES WARMER THAN NORMAL...AND OVER 17 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 19TH AS 8 OF
THE 10 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...THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE IN
ROCHESTER SINCE JANUARY 10TH 2004 WHEN THE MERCURY ALSO DROPPED TO
-12F.

SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH FINISHED ABOVE NORMAL...WITH THE 28.0 INCHES
ABOUT 6 AND A HALF INCHES MORE THAN NORMAL. REMARKABLY MOST OF THIS
SNOW FELL WITHIN ONE EVENT...WHEN ON THE 16TH INTO THE 17TH 19.2
INCHES OF SNOW FELL. THE 18.3 INCHES OF SNOW ON THE 16TH WAS THE 5TH
HIGHEST CALENDAR DAY SNOWFALL EVENT IN RECORDED HISTORY.
PRECIPITATION ALSO FINISHED ABOVE NORMAL THIS MONTH WITH 3.78 INCHES
MEASURED WHICH IS ALMOST 2 INCHES 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 18.3 INCHES OF SNOW IN ROCHESTER. THE SECOND EVENT CAME
MAINLY AS RAIN...WHEN A NEW DAILY RECORD OF 0.86 INCHES OF
PRECIPITATION WAS MEASURED ON THE 24TH.

FEBRUARY BEGAN MILD WITH HIGH PRESSURE SENDING WARMTH NORTHWARD
AHEAD OF STRONG STORM SYSTEM. RECORD WARMTH WAS RECORDED ON BOTH THE
FIRST AND THIRD OF THE MONTH BEFORE A STRONG COLD FRONT WITH GUSTY
WINDS AND RAIN SHOWERS SLICED ACROSS THE REGION 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 SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW MEASURED AROUND THE METRO
ROCHESTER AREA...AND UPWARDS TO 3 FEET MEASURED ACROSS OSWEGO
COUNTY. 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. 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 WITH NEAR
RECORD WARMTH.

THERE WAS MINIMAL SHORE ICE FORMED THIS MONTH ON THE SOUTHERN
SHORELINE OF LAKE ONTARIO WITH THE OPEN WATERS REMAINING FREE OF
ICE. THE STRONGEST WIND GUST OCCURRED ON THE 3RD OF THE MONTH...WITH
A 49 MPH GUST RECORDED. OVERALL WINDS WERE ABOUT A MILE-PER-HOUR
ABOVE NORMAL 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 ROCHESTER. (NORMAL IN
PARENTHESIS)

TEMPERATURE...33.0F   (27.0F)     ***4TH WARMEST***

PRECIPITATION...8.03"   (6.99")

&&

THOMAS

$$


USA.gov is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.