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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
1034 AM EST MON JAN 2 2017

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...THE FORT WAYNE CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE YEAR OF 2016...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1912 TO 2017

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE
                                          NORMAL
.............................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH             106   06/28/2012
                        06/25/1988
                        07/14/1936
 LOW              -24   01/12/1918
HIGHEST            94   08/10        MM      MM       90
LOWEST             -9   12/19        MM      MM       -8
AVG. MAXIMUM     62.5              60.3     2.2     60.2
AVG. MINIMUM     43.2              40.6     2.6     40.8
MEAN             52.8              50.5     2.3
DAYS MAX >= 90     16              13.4     2.6        3
DAYS MAX <= 32     34              39.4    -5.4       48
DAYS MIN <= 32    111             123.2   -12.2      121
DAYS MIN <= 0       6               6.5    -0.5       16

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        54.58   1990
 MINIMUM        24.40   1962
TOTALS          37.37             38.34   -0.97    46.39
DAILY AVG.       0.10              0.11   -0.01     0.13
DAYS >= .01       132             133.9    -1.9      134
DAYS >= .10        71              76.7    -5.7       78
DAYS >= .50        26              24.6     1.4       30
DAYS >= 1.00        6               8.2    -2.2       12

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           68.6   2014
TOTALS           27.0              33.5    -6.5     44.7
SINCE 7/1        11.3              10.6     0.7      4.4
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                MM      MM        1
DAYS >= TRACE      65              32.5    32.5       56
DAYS >= 1.0         8              10.0    -2.0       14
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         5   12/16                          9
                        12/14
                        12/15

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    5451              6102    -651     5927
 SINCE 7/1         MM              2328      MM       MM
COOLING TOTAL    1104               809     295      811
 SINCE 1/1       1104               809     295      811
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              9.1
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    46/270    DATE  04/02
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    59/280    DATE  04/02

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.60
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           64
NUMBER OF DAYS PC            161
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY        141

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     71

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM             MM     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN               33     RAIN                      49
LIGHT RAIN              141     FREEZING RAIN              1
LT FREEZING RAIN         10     HAIL                       1
HEAVY SNOW                3     SNOW                      17
LIGHT SNOW               58     SLEET                      0
FOG                     192     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE     19
HAZE                     71

-  INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.
R  INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.
T  INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.

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FORT WAYNE 2016 REVIEW

THE AVERAGE ANNUAL TEMPERATURE AT FORT WAYNE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
WAS 52.8 DEGREES...2.3 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS WAS THE 5TH
WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD. THE WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD SINCE 1912 WAS
53.9 DEGREES SET IN 1921. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE FOR THE YEAR WAS
94 DEGREES AND THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE WAS 9 DEGREES BELOW ZERO.

THERE WERE 16 DAYS WITH A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF AT LEAST 90 DEGREES.
THIS WAS ABOUT 3 DAYS ABOVE NORMAL. THERE WERE 111 DAYS WITH A LOW
TEMPERATURE OF 32 DEGREES OR COLDER. THIS IS ABOUT 12 DAYS BELOW
NORMAL. THERE HAVE ONLY BEEN 9 YEARS WITH FEWER ANNUAL DAYS BELOW
FREEZING THAN 2016. THE FEWEST WAS 99 SET IN 1931.

PRECIPITATION FOR THE YEAR WAS 37.37 INCHES...0.97 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL. THIS WAS NEAR NORMAL AND RANKED AS THE 67TH LEAST WETTEST
YEAR. THERE WERE 6 DAYS THIS YEAR WITH 1 OR MORE INCHES OF
PRECIPITATION...HALF OF THE NUMBER WHICH OCCURRED IN 2015.

SNOWFALL FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR WAS 27.0 INCHES...6.5 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL. THIS RANKED TIED WITH 1923 AS THE 37TH LEAST SNOWIEST YEAR
ON RECORD.

BELOW IS A MONTH BY MONTH REVIEW OF THE WEATHER IN 2016

JANUARY

...A NEAR NORMAL START TO THE YEAR...

OVERALL IT WAS A NEAR NORMAL JANUARY WITH TEMPERATURES AVERAGING A
DEGREE AND A HALF ABOVE NORMAL WHILE PRECIPITATION AND SNOWFALL WERE
SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL. THERE WERE PERIODS OF COLD WEATHER THANKS TO
RELATIVELY BRIEF SHOTS OF ARCTIC AIR. BETWEEN THESE ARCTIC
INTRUSIONS...RELATIVELY MILD WEATHER COURTESY OF THE ONGOING EL NINO
HELPED BOOST TEMPERATURES ABOVE NORMAL.

THE FIRST FEW DAYS OF JANUARY SAW TEMPERATURES NEAR OR SLIGHTLY
ABOVE NORMAL. THE FIRST ARCTIC INTRUSION OF THE NEW YEAR ON THE 4TH
BROUGHT TEENS FOR LOW TEMPERATURES ALONG WITH A HALF INCH OF
SNOWFALL. THIS COLD AIR DID NOT LAST LONG AND TEMPERATURES QUICKLY
RECOVERED AND ROSE ABOVE NORMAL BY THE 6TH. THIS UP AND DOWN PATTERN
WOULD CONTINUE THROUGH THE MONTH WITH THE COLD AND WARMTH NEARLY
OFFSETTING EACH OTHER. THANKS TO THE LAST BIG WARMUP TO END THE
MONTH...THE MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE ENDED ABOVE NORMAL.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 26.4 DEGREES...1.5 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 41ST WARMEST JANUARY...TIED WITH 1938 AND
1946. THE COLDEST TEMPERATURES OCCURRED ON THE 13TH...A LOW OF 1
ABOVE ZERO...AND ON THE 18TH WITH A LOW OF ZERO. THE WARMEST DAY OF
THE MONTH WAS ACTUALLY THE LAST DAY. THE HIGH TEMPERATURE ON THE
31ST WAS 55 WHILE THE LOW WAS 36.

PRECIPITATION WAS 1.62 INCHES...0.64 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS
RANKED AS THE 38TH DRIEST JANUARY. MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION FELL ON
13 DAYS. SNOWFALL WAS 6.9 INCHES...3.2 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS
RANKED AS THE 44TH LEAST SNOWIEST JANUARY...TIED WITH 1981.
MEASURABLE SNOW FELL ON 10 DAYS.

FEBRUARY

...RELATIVELY WARM AND DRY FEBRUARY WITH BELOW NORMAL SNOWFALL...

FEBRUARY WAS A BIT OF A ROLLER COASTER MONTH IN TERMS OF
TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION BUT OVERALL THE MONTH FIT THE
EXPECTED EL NINO PATTERN. THERE WERE PERIODS OF VERY COLD WEATHER
WITH SNOW BUT ALSO TIMES OF VERY WARM TEMPERATURES WITH SOME RAIN.
THE MONTH TRENDED ABOVE NORMAL FOR TEMPERATURES AND BELOW NORMAL FOR
PRECIPITATION AND SNOWFALL. THIS WAS IN CONTRAST TO AREAS CLOSER TO
LAKE MICHIGAN AND LAKE ERIE WHICH SAW MUCH MORE SNOWFALL THANKS TO
LAKE EFFECT.  THE MONTH BEGAN MILD WITH HIGHS IN THE 40S AND 50S ON
THE FIRST AND SECOND FOLLOWED BY A HIGH OF 60 ON THE THIRD.
TEMPERATURES CAME CRASHING BACK TO NORMAL BY THE 4TH WITH A HIGH
NEARLY 30 DEGREES COOLER. A STRONG CLIPPER SYSTEM BROUGHT LIGHT SNOW
TO THE REGION BY THE 8TH. THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY MUCH COLDER AIR AND
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES BETWEEN 5 AND 20 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL FROM THE
10TH THROUGH THE 14TH. LIGHT SNOW WAS RECORDED ON NEARLY EVERY DAY
DURING THIS PERIOD AS A COMBINATION OF WEAK WEATHER SYSTEMS AND THE
TAIL END OF LAKE EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS FROM LAKE MICHIGAN IMPACTED THE
LOCAL AREA. THE HIGHEST DAILY SNOWFALL DURING THIS PERIOD WAS JUST
1.1 INCHES ON THE 14TH...BUT THIS WAS ALSO THE HIGHEST DAILY
SNOWFALL TOTAL FOR THE MONTH.

TEMPERATURES FINALLY WARMED BACK CLOSER TO NORMAL BY THE 15TH AND
16TH THEN WARMED WELL ABOVE NORMAL FROM THE 19TH TO THE 21ST. THESE
THREE DAYS HAD AVERAGE TEMPERATURES 10 TO 20 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL
WITH THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE DURING THIS PERIOD BEING 64 DEGREES.
TEMPERATURES FINISHED THE MONTH GENERALLY NEAR OR ABOVE NORMAL.

WHAT COULD ARGUABLY BE THE STRONGEST WINTER STORM OF THE SEASON
IMPACTED MUCH THE REGION ON THE 24TH AND 25TH BUT THE FORT WAYNE
AREA WAS LARGELY MISSED BY THE HEAVY SNOWFALL. A CLASSIC PANHANDLE
HOOK LOW DEVELOPED IN THE PANHANDLE OF TEXAS ON THE 23RD AND RAPIDLY
INTENSIFIED AS IT MOVED TO NEAR LOUISVILLE KY BY THE MORNING OF THE
24TH THEN TO UPSTATE NEW YORK BY THE MORNING OF THE 25TH. LIGHT
FREEZING RAIN...SLEET AND SNOW WERE OBSERVED IN FORT WAYNE ON THE
MORNING OF THE 24TH...CHANGING OVER TO ALL RAIN AS WARM AIR SURGED
NORTHWARD AHEAD OF THE LOW PRESSURE. DRIER AIR...KNOWN AS THE DRY
SLOT...THEN MOVED INTO THE AREA IN THE AFTERNOON OF THE 24TH. THIS
HELPED SPARE THE IMMEDIATE FORT WAYNE AREA FROM MUCH OF THE SNOW.
HEAVY SNOWFALL IN EXCESS OF 6 INCHES DID FALL IN PARTS OF WHITLEY
AND DEKALB COUNTIES. LIGHT SNOW FINALLY MOVED INTO FORT WAYNE LATE
ON THE 24TH INTO THE 25TH WITH JUST OVER AN INCH BEING RECORDED AT
FORT WAYNE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ON THESE TWO DAYS. THIS STORM WAS
QUICKLY FOLLOWED BY A WARMING TREND TO END THE MONTH AS HIGH
TEMPERATURES CLIMBED BACK INTO THE 50S AND 60S.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 32.0 DEGREES...3.7 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 23RD WARMEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD...TIED
WITH 1952. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE WAS 66 ON THE 28TH AND THE
COLDEST WAS ZERO ON THE 13TH. THERE WERE JUST 9 DAYS WHERE THE HIGH
TEMPERATURE WAS 32 DEGREES OR COLDER.

PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS 1.43 INCHES...0.61 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 43RD DRIEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD...TIED
WITH 1953. THERE WERE 12 DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION AND 1
DAY WITH MORE THAN A HALF INCH.

SNOWFALL WAS BELOW NORMAL FOR THE MONTH. JUST 4.9 INCHES OF SNOW WAS
RECORDED...2.8 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 41ST LEAST
SNOWIEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD.

MARCH

...A WARM AND WET MARCH...

THE FIRST MONTH OF SPRING CAME IN LIKE A LION WITH COLD AND SNOW BUT
ENDED WITH MILD TEMPERATURES AND SCATTERED STRONG TO SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS.

STRONG LOW PRESSURE TRACKED THROUGH CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST INDIANA ON
THE FIRST OF THE MONTH. RAIN CHANGED TO SNOW IN THE WAKE OF THIS LOW
WITH SOME ACCUMULATION ACROSS THE AREA. ANOTHER LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM
MOVED THROUGH THE OHIO VALLEY ON THE THIRD AND THIS SYSTEM BROUGHT
ANOTHER ROUND OF ACCUMULATING SNOW. THESE WEATHER SYSTEMS AND THE
SNOW PACK THEY PRODUCED HELPED TO DROP LOW TEMPERATURES INTO THE
TEENS AND LOWER 20S DURING THE FIRST 4 DAYS OF MARCH.

A SIGNIFICANT PATTERN CHANGE OCCURRED AFTER THE FOURTH WITH MUCH
WARMER TEMPERATURES WHICH HELPED TO QUICKLY MELT THE SNOW. THE
WARMUP WAS SO DRAMATIC THAT HIGH TEMPERATURES REACHED THE 60S BY THE
7TH AND 70S ON THE 8TH. THE AVERAGE DAILY TEMPERATURE WENT FROM 8
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL ON THE 2ND TO 13 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL ON THE
7TH AND 23 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL ON THE 8TH. THE ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES CONTINUED THROUGH THE 18TH BEFORE A COLD FRONT BROUGHT
TEMPERATURES BACK TO NEAR OR SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL. THE REMAINDER OF
THE MONTH WOULD SEE SWINGS IN TEMPERATURES AS SEVERAL WEATHER
SYSTEMS WOULD MOVE THROUGH THE REGION.

AN ACTIVE WEATHER PATTERN OVER THE LAST WEEK OF MARCH HELPED KICK
OFF THE SEVERE WEATHER SEASON. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AND THE FIRST
THREE TORNADOES OF THE YEAR FOR OUR REGION OCCURRED ON MARCH 24TH.
DAMAGE ASSOCIATED WITH WEAK EF0 TORNADOES WERE FOUND IN EDWARDSBURG
MICHIGAN...AS WELL AS NORTHWEST INDIANA NEAR HANNA AND WANATAH.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ALSO DEVELOPED AGAIN ON THE 27TH WITH LARGE
HAIL THE SIZE OF GOLF BALLS BEING REPORTED OVER NORTHEAST INDIANA
NEAR HUNTINGTON. THE LAST DAY OF MARCH ALSO SAW ISOLATED SEVERE
WEATHER WITH WIND AND HAIL.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE FOR MARCH WAS 44.4 DEGREES...6.0
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 7TH WARMEST MARCH ON
RECORD. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE WAS 74 ON THE 27TH AND THE COLDEST
WAS 18 ON THE 2ND.

PRECIPITATION WAS ABOVE NORMAL WITH 3.96 INCHES WHICH WAS 1.25
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 21ST WETTEST MARCH ON
RECORD. THERE WERE 11 DAYS OF MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION AND 4 DAYS
HAD OVER A HALF INCH OF PRECIPITATION.

SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH WAS 2.8 INCHES...0.3 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.
THIS RANKED AS THE 42ND LEAST SNOWIEST MARCH ON RECORD. ALL OF THE
MEASURABLE SNOW FELL ON THE FIRST THROUGH THE FIFTH OF THE MONTH.

APRIL

...A SLIGHTLY COOLER AND DRIER THAN NORMAL APRIL AT FORT WAYNE...

APRIL STARTED OUT RATHER COOL ACROSS FORT WAYNE AND SURROUNDING
AREAS...WITH THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE BELOW NORMAL FOR 12 OUT OF THE
FIRST 14 DAYS OF THE MONTH. THE COLDEST NIGHT INTO THE EARLY MORNING
HOURS OF THE 3RD SAW THE TEMPERATURE DIP DOWN TO 24 DEGREES AT FORT
WAYNE. FORTUNATELY...THE GROWING SEASON IN GENERAL HAD YET TO
COMMENCE BEFORE THIS COLD STRETCH OF WEATHER. A LAST GASP OF SNOW ON
THE 7TH...8TH...9TH AND 10TH CAPPED OFF THIS COLD STRETCH.

A PATTERN FLIP OCCURRED AROUND THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH. AFTER AT
LEAST A TRACE OF PRECIPITATION EACH OF THE FIRST 11 DAYS OF THE
MONTH...DRY CONDITIONS PREVAILED FROM THE 12TH THROUGH THE 19TH.
A WARMING TREND CULMINATED IN HIGH TEMPERATURES IN THE 80S ON THE
18TH. THIS WAS THE FIRST 80 DEGREE TEMPERATURE OF THE YEAR...ABOUT A
WEEK BEFORE THE LONG TERM AVERAGE FIRST 80 DEGREE DAY OF THE
YEAR...APRIL 25TH. IT WAS THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR THAT THE FIRST
80 DEGREE DAY OCCURRED ON APRIL 18TH.

AFTER MAINLY ABOVE NORMAL AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FROM THE 15TH THROUGH
THE 26TH...THE MONTH ENDED ON A COOLER NOTE WITH THE LAST 4 DAYS OF
APRIL EXPERIENCING BELOW NORMAL AVERAGE TEMPERATURES. A TRACE OF
PRECIPITATION WAS RECORDED EACH OF THE LAST 5 DAYS OF THE MONTH.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE FOR APRIL WAS 49.3 DEGREES...0.7
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 62ND COLDEST APRIL ON
RECORD. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE WAS 82 ON THE 18TH AND THE COLDEST
WAS 18 ON THE 5TH.

PRECIPITATION WAS ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE MONTH WITH
3.05 INCHES...WHICH WAS 0.47 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE
59TH DRIEST APRIL ON RECORD. THERE WERE 15 DAYS OF MEASURABLE
PRECIPITATION AND 8 DAYS WITH OVER A TENTH OF AN INCH OF
PRECIPITATION. 2 DAYS...THE 6TH AND THE 28TH... HAD OVER ONE HALF
INCH OF PRECIPITATION. THE GREATEST 24 HOUR PRECIPITATION TOTAL WAS
0.88 INCHES FALLING ON THE 6TH AND 7TH OF THE MONTH.

SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH WAS 1.1 INCHES...0.1 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.
THIS RANKED AS THE 32ND SNOWIEST APRIL ON RECORD AT FORT WAYNE.
ALL OF THE MEASURABLE SNOW FELL ON 6 OF THE FIRST 9 DAYS OF THE
MONTH.

MAY

...RELATIVELY COOL AND WET START TO MAY WITH A WARM AND DRY END...

OVERALL TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION WERE CLOSE TO NORMAL IN THE
FORT WAYNE AREA. HOWEVER...THE MONTH SAW RELATIVELY COOL AND WET
CONDITIONS OVER THE FIRST THREE WEEKS FOLLOWED BY VERY WARM AND DRY
CONDITIONS DURING THE LAST 10 DAYS.

DURING THE FIRST 23 DAYS OF MAY...ONLY SIX DAYS HAD AN AVERAGE DAILY
TEMPERATURE ABOVE NORMAL. THE LAST 8 DAYS OF THE MONTH WERE ALL
ABOVE NORMAL AND 5 OF THESE DAYS WERE MORE THAN 10 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL. THIS HELPED BRING THE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE DEPARTURE UP
CLOSER TO NORMAL DESPITE THE RELATIVELY COOL FIRST THREE WEEKS.

MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION FELL ON 12 DAYS IN MAY BUT ONLY 3 OF THESE
DAYS WERE AFTER THE 14TH. THE GREATEST PRECIPITATION FELL ON THE
10TH WITH AN IMPRESSIVE 2.49 INCHES BEING RECORDED. THIS WAS A
SINGLE DAY PRECIPITATION RECORD AND WAS DUE TO SLOW MOVING
THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE AIRPORT. NEARLY 85 PERCENT OF THE MONTHLY
PRECIPITATION FELL BETWEEN THE 9TH AND 12TH OF THE MONTH. MEASURABLE
PRECIPITATION OCCURRED ON 9 OF THE FIRST 14 DAYS AND JUST 3 OF THE
LAST 17 DAYS.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE FOR MAY WAS 60.8 DEGREES...0.4
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS TIED FOR THE 45TH WARMEST MAY
ON RECORD. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE WAS 89 ON THE 29TH AND THE
COOLEST TEMPERATURE WAS 34 ON THE 16TH.

PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS 4.13 INCHES...0.14 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 63RD DRIEST MAY ON RECORD.

JUNE

...ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION...

JUNE TEMPERATURES AVERAGED ABOVE NORMAL IN THE FORT WAYNE AREA WHILE
PRECIPITATION WAS WELL ABOVE NORMAL. THE ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL WAS
IN CONTRAST TO THE SOUTH BEND AREA WHICH RECEIVED ABOUT 2 INCHES
LESS RAINFALL.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 71.2 DEGREES...1.1 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 34TH WARMEST JUNE ON RECORD. THE HIGHEST
TEMPERATURE WAS 93 ON THE 11TH. HIGH TEMPERATURES REACHED OR
EXCEEDED 90 DEGREES ON 2 DAYS...THE 11TH AND 20TH. JUNE NORMALLY
EXPERIENCES 90 DEGREES OR WARMER ON 3 DAYS. THE COOLEST JUNE
TEMPERATURE WAS 47 ON THE 8TH. LOW TEMPERATURES ALSO DROPPED INTO
THE UPPER 40S ON THE 9TH.

PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS 5.44 INCHES...1.28 INCHES ABOVE
NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 21ST WETTEST JUNE ON RECORD. MEASURABLE
RAIN FELL ON 9 DAYS AND 8 OF THOSE DAYS HAD MORE THAN A TENTH OF AN
INCH. THIS MONTHLY RAINFALL WAS SPREAD RELATIVELY EVENLY THROUGH THE
MONTH.

JULY

...WELL BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL AND SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES...

JULY TEMPERATURES AVERAGED SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE MONTH. THE
AVERAGE DAILY TEMPERATURE FOR FORT WAYNE WAS 74.6 DEGREES...WHICH
WAS 1.0 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS WAS THE 37TH WARMEST JULY ON
RECORD. THE AVERAGE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 85.2 WAS 0.8 DEGREES
ABOVE NORMAL...WHILE THE AVERAGE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE WAS 64.1 OR 1.4
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

THERE WERE 5 DAYS WITH TEMPERATURES REACHING OR EXCEEDING 90
DEGREES. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE WAS 92 DEGREES WHICH OCCURRED ON
THE 12TH AND AGAIN ON THE 23RD. THE COOLEST MORNING WAS ON THE 2ND
WHEN THE TEMPERATURE DROPPED TO 51 DEGREES.

THE BIG STORY WAS THE LACK OF RAINFALL IN FORT WAYNE FOR THE MONTH
OF JULY. RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH TOTALED JUST 1.12 INCHES.
THIS WAS 3.12 INCHES BELOW THE NORMAL OF 4.24. THIS RANKED AS THE
8TH DRIEST ON RECORD. THE DRIEST YEAR ON RECORD WAS 0.41 INCHES IN
1974.

THE GREATEST AMOUNT OF PRECIPITATION TO FALL IN A 24 HOUR PERIOD WAS
0.44 INCHES ON THE 28TH TO 29TH. THERE WERE 9 DAYS WITH MEASURABLE
RAINFALL IN JULY AND ONLY 3 DAYS RECORDED AMOUNTS OF A TENTH OF AN
INCH OR GREATER.

AUGUST

...VERY WARM AND DRY AUGUST AT FORT WAYNE...

AUGUST 2016 BEGAN WITH QUIET WEATHER...AND DROUGHT CONDITIONS
DEVELOPING ACROSS THE REGION. NO MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION WAS
RECORDED DURING THE FIRST TEN DAYS OF THE MONTH. A SLIGHTLY MORE
ACTIVE PATTERN EMERGED DURING THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH...HOWEVER MOST
OF NORTHEAST INDIANA AND NORTHWEST OHIO MISSED OUT ON THE BIGGER
RAINFALL TOTALS THAT WERE RECORDED IN NORTHWEST INDIANA.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE MONTH WERE TORNADOES IN AND AROUND THE FORT
WAYNE AREA. A WEAK TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NORTH OF FORT WAYNE ON THE
20TH. A BIGGER TORNADO OUTBREAK ON THE 24TH BROUGHT SEVERAL
DESTRUCTIVE TORNADOES TO NORTHEAST INDIANA AND NORTHWEST OHIO. THE
MOST NOTABLE TORNADO WAS AN EF-3 THAT TOUCHED DOWN IN NORTHEAST
ALLEN COUNTY...WITH ESTIMATED WINDS OF 160 MPH. THIS WAS THE
STRONGEST TORNADO OBSERVED IN THE REGION FOR OVER A DECADE.

OVERALL...IT WAS A WARM MONTH AT FORT WAYNE. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
FOR AUGUST WAS 75.6...WHICH IS 4.1 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS IS THE
9TH WARMEST AUGUST ON RECORD AT FORT WAYNE. THE AVERAGE HIGH
TEMPERATURE WAS 85.4 DEGREES AND THE AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE WAS
65.7. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE RECORDED WAS 94 ON THE 10TH AND THE
COLDEST TEMPERATURE RECORDED WAS 54 ON THE 23RD. THERE WERE 7 90
DEGREE DAYS IN AUGUST...THE MOST IN AUGUST SINCE 1995.

3.06 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL IN AUGUST. THIS IS 0.58 INCHES
BELOW NORMAL...TIED FOR THE 52ND DRIEST AUGUST SINCE 1912. THE
GREATEST 24 HOUR TOTAL WAS 0.96 ON THE 24TH AND 25TH. MEASURABLE
RAIN FELL ON 11 OF THE LAST 21 DAYS OF THE MONTH...BUT ONLY 2 DAYS
RECORDED A HALF INCH OR MORE.

SEPTEMBER

OVERALL IT WAS A WARM SEPTEMBER WITH ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION AT
FORT WAYNE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THE MAJORITY OF THE PRECIPITATION
DURING THE MONTH CAME FROM THREE SEPARATE SYSTEMS. IN BETWEEN THESE
SYSTEMS...MUCH OF THE MONTH WAS DRY AND VERY WARM.

THERE WERE 7 DAYS IN SEPTEMBER WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE BELOW
NORMAL AND 5 DAYS WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF AT LEAST 10 DEGREES
ABOVE NORMAL. THERE WERE TWO DAYS WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES IN THE
90S...THE 6TH AND 7TH. SEPTEMBER TYPICALLY AVERAGES ABOUT ONE 90
DEGREE DAY.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 68.7 DEGREES...4.4 DEGREES
ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 9TH WARMEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD.
THIS WAS THE WARMEST SEPTEMBER SINCE 1978. THE AVERAGE HIGH
TEMPERATURE WAS 79.4 WHICH WAS THE 18TH WARMEST ON RECORD. THE
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 57.9 WHICH WAS THE 8TH WARMEST ON
RECORD.

PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS 5.44 INCHES...2.64 INCHES ABOVE
NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 9TH WETTEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD...TIED
WITH 2003.

OCTOBER

...A VERY WARM OCTOBER WITH ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION...

THE MONTH BEGAN WITH A SLOW MOVING UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM
THAT WAS NEARLY STATIONARY ACROSS THE OHIO VALLEY REGION. THIS LOW
GRADUALLY DRIFTED NORTHEAST INTO THE GREAT LAKES BEFORE FINALLY
BEING SWEPT EAST. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WERE COMMON DURING EACH
OF THE FIRST THREE DAYS OF THE MONTH NEAR THIS LOW WITH LOCALLY
HEAVY RAIN OCCURRING IN SOME LOCATIONS. AS HURRICANE MATTHEW MOVED
NORTH ALONG THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES COASTLINE...HIGH PRESSURE
BECAME PARKED OVER OUR AREA WITH GENERALLY DRY AND WARM CONDITIONS
FOR EARLY OCTOBER. HIGH TEMPERATURES REACHED THE LOWER 80S ON THREE
CONSECUTIVE DAYS FROM THE 5TH THROUGH THE 7TH. AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
ON THESE DAYS WERE ABOUT 15 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

THE REMAINDER OF THE MONTH SAW SWINGS BETWEEN MUCH ABOVE NORMAL AND
SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES AS SEVERAL COLD FRONTS BROUGHT
MORE SEASONABLE AIR TO THE REGION. AHEAD OF THESE FRONTS...SOUTHWEST
WINDS BROUGHT BREEZY BUT WARM CONDITIONS WITH AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
10 TO 20 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. OCTOBER ENDED WITH THE AVERAGE
MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WELL ABOVE NORMAL AND PRECIPITATION ABOVE NORMAL.
THERE WERE A FEW DAYS WITH PATCHY FROST ACROSS THE REGION BUT
OFFICIALLY FORT WAYNE DID NOT EXPERIENCE A FREEZE. THE LOWEST
TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS JUST 34 DEGREES. ONLY 5 OTHER YEARS
SINCE 1912 HAVE HAD WARMER MINIMUM TEMPERATURES IN THE FALL SEASON
THROUGH OCTOBER 31ST. THOSE WERE 1971...1984...1940...1927 AND 1918.
THE LAST TIME FORT WAYNE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WAS AT OR BELOW
FREEZING WAS APRIL 19TH 2016. THIS MEANS THAT THROUGH THE END OF
OCTOBER IT HAS BEEN 200 DAYS SINCE THE LAST 32 DEGREE TEMPERATURE.
THIS CURRENTLY RANKS AS THE 5TH LONGEST STRETCH BETWEEN FREEZING
TEMPERATURES. THE RECORD IS 211 DAYS SET IN 1938 AND THIS RECORD
COULD BE IN JEOPARDY.

WITH THE LACK OF ANY APPRECIABLY COLD AIR IN OCTOBER...THERE WAS NO
SNOWFALL DURING THE MONTH. OCTOBER NORMAL SNOWFALL IN FORT WAYNE IS
THREE TENTHS OF AN INCH.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 57.7...5.1 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.
THIS RANKED AS THE 8TH WARMEST OCTOBER SINCE 1912 BUT IT WAS THE
THIRD WARMEST OCTOBER SINCE 1971. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE WAS 86 ON
THE 7TH. THIS WAS THE 14TH WARMEST OCTOBER TEMPERATURE ON RECORD.
THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE WAS 34 ON THE 25TH.

PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS 3.65 INCHES...0.81 INCHES ABOVE
NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 22ND WETTEST OCTOBER FOR THE FORT WAYNE
AREA. MEASURABLE RAIN FELL ON 10 DAYS AND A HALF INCH OR GREATER
FELL ON 3 DAYS. THERE WAS ONE DAY...OCTOBER 20TH...WITH MORE THAN AN
INCH OF RAIN WITH 1.44 INCHES FALLING. THE RAINFALL WAS SPREAD OUT
OVER THE ENTIRE MONTH. THIS BENEFICIAL RAIN COUPLED WITH THE MILD
TEMPERATURES LED TO AN EXTENDED GROWING SEASON AND VIBRANT FALL
COLORS.

THERE WAS NO SNOWFALL IN OCTOBER. THIS WAS 0.3 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

NOVEMBER

IT WAS A RELATIVELY QUIET BUT WARM NOVEMBER WITH SLIGHTLY BELOW
NORMAL PRECIPITATION IN THE FORT WAYNE AREA. THE SEASONS FIRST
SNOWFALL OCCURRED MID MONTH BUT MEASURABLE SNOW WAS RECORDED ON JUST
ONE DAY AND MONTHLY SNOWFALL WAS BELOW NORMAL. THE AREA ALSO
EXPERIENCED ONE DAY OF SEVERE WEATHER ON THE 18TH WITH TREES AND
POWER LINES BEING KNOCKED DOWN ACROSS THE REGION.

TEMPERATURES REACHED 70 DEGREES OR WARMER ON 4 DAYS AND 60 DEGREES
OR WARMER ON 10 DAYS...ALL COMING BEFORE THE 19TH. A STRONG COLD
FRONT PUSHED THROUGH THE REGION LATE ON THE 18TH AND GENERATED
STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AND LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL. THE FIRST
GOOD SHOT OF COLD AIR FOLLOWED WITH LIGHT SNOW...PRIMARILY LAKE
EFFECT FROM LAKE MICHIGAN...OCCURRING ON THE 19TH. THIS COLD AIR WAS
SHORT LIVED AND TEMPERATURES WERE GENERALLY NEAR NORMAL TO SLIGHTLY
ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE MONTH.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 46.0 DEGREES...4.6 DEGREES
ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 4TH WARMEST NOVEMBER ON RECORD.
THIS WAS ALSO THE WARMEST NOVEMBER SINCE 2001 WHICH WAS THE SECOND
WARMEST NOVEMBER ON RECORD. HOWEVER...NOVEMBER 2009 AND 2011 WERE
TIED FOR THE 5TH WARMEST NOVEMBERS ON RECORD WITH AN AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE OF 45.7.

A TOTAL OF 2.16 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION WAS MEASURED...THIS WAS 0.93
INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 40TH DRIEST NOVEMBER. THERE
WERE JUST 7 DAYS IN THE MONTH WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION AND 3 OF
THESE DAYS HAD MORE THAN A HALF INCH. THE GREATEST 24HR
PRECIPITATION WAS 0.70 INCHES ON THE 23RD.

THE FIRST OFFICIAL MEASURABLE SNOWFALL OCCURRED ON NOVEMBER 19TH
WITH 0.4 INCHES BEING MEASURED. THIS WAS THE ONLY DAY WITH
MEASURABLE SNOW AND LEFT THE MONTHLY TOTAL 1.4 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.
THIS RANKED AS THE 26TH LEAST SNOWIEST NOVEMBER ON RECORD. THERE
HAVE BEEN 16 NOVEMBERS WITH NO MEASURABLE SNOWFALL SINCE 1912.

DECEMBER

...A COLD DECEMBER WITH BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION BUT ABOVE NORMAL
SNOWFALL...

THE FINAL MONTH OF 2016 EXPERIENCED A VARIETY OF WEATHER. DECEMBER
BEGAN WITH NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES BUT AN ARCTIC COLD FRONT ARRIVED
LATE IN THE SECOND WEEK AND BROUGHT SOME OF THE COLDEST DECEMBER
TEMPERATURES IN DECADES. THIS ARCTIC COLD AIR ALSO BROUGHT SOME SNOW
WITH OVER 6 INCHES BEING RECORDED JUST PRIOR TO ITS ARRIVAL.

THE ARCTIC COLD FINALLY BEGAN TO RETREAT AFTER THE 20TH AND BY THE
DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS...TEMPERATURES BRIEFLY ROSE INTO THE LOWER 60S
AHEAD OF A COLD FRONT. THESE RECORD MILD TEMPERATURES HELPED PRODUCE
FOG AND DRIZZLE WHICH QUICKLY DEPLETED THE SNOW PACK THAT WAS IN
PLACE. SHOWERS DEVELOPED AHEAD OF THE COLD FRONT ON THE 26TH AND
BROUGHT THREE QUARTERS OF AN INCH OF RAIN TO THE FORT WAYNE AREA.
THE MONTH ENDED WITH NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND SOME ADDITIONAL
LIGHT SNOW.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 27.1 DEGREES...2.0 DEGREES BELOW
NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 32ND COLDEST DECEMBER ON RECORD DATING
BACK TO 1912. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE WAS 60 ON THE 26TH AND THE
COLDEST WAS 9 BELOW ZERO ON THE 19TH. THE 60 WAS A RECORD FOR THE
26TH AND THE 10TH WARMEST MAX TEMPERATURE RECORDED IN DECEMBER. THE
WARMEST WAS 71 SET IN 1982. THE 9 BELOW ZERO WAS A RECORD LOW FOR
THE 19TH AND ALSO THE 10TH COLDEST DECEMBER TEMPERATURE RECORDED AT
FORT WAYNE. THIS WAS ALSO THE COLDEST DECEMBER TEMPERATURE SINCE
2004 WHEN IT WAS 15 BELOW ZERO. THE LOWEST RECORDED DECEMBER
TEMPERATURE WAS 18 BELOW SET IN 1989.

PRECIPITATION WAS 2.31 INCHES...0.46 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS
RANKED AS THE 52ND DRIEST DECEMBER ON RECORD. MEASURABLE
PRECIPITATION FELL ON 13 DAYS WITH A HALF INCH OR MORE ON TWO DAYS.
ABOUT 75 PERCENT OF THE PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH FELL ON 3
DAYS...THE 4TH...11TH AND 26TH. THE 0.76 INCHES WHICH FELL ON THE
26TH RANKED AS THE 4TH MOST PRECIPITATION FOR THAT DATE.

DESPITE HAVING BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION...THE MONTH DID END WITH
ABOVE NORMAL SNOWFALL. THIS WAS PRIMARILY DUE TO THE VERY COLD
TEMPERATURES MID MONTH HELPING LEAD TO LARGER LIQUID TO SNOW RATIOS.
A TOTAL OF 10.9 INCHES OF SNOW WAS RECORDED...2.4 INCHES ABOVE
NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS TIED WITH 2010 AND 2003 AS THE 19TH SNOWIEST
DECEMBER ON RECORD. THE GREATEST SINGLE DAY SNOWFALL WAS 6.3 INCHES
ON THE 11TH.

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LASHLEY



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