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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
859 AM EST SAT MAR 1 2014

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...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
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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
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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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