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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LITTLE ROCK AR
340 PM CST FRI JAN 1 2016

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...THE NORTH LITTLE ROCK CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE YEAR OF 2015...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1975 TO 2015

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
................................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH             111   08/03/2011
                        08/30/2000
 LOW               -6   01/20/1985
HIGHEST           102   07/29        73      29       97  08/24
LOWEST              8   01/08        53     -45        9  01/07
AVG. MAXIMUM     72.4              72.0     0.4     69.4
AVG. MINIMUM     54.1              53.3     0.8     51.3
MEAN             63.3              62.7     0.6     60.4
DAYS MAX >= 90     74              63.4    10.6       35
DAYS MAX <= 32      5               4.6     0.4        8
DAYS MIN <= 32     42              41.1     0.9       64
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.1    -0.1        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        79.61   2009
 MINIMUM        37.02   1995
TOTALS          67.06             50.03   17.03    47.15
DAILY AVG.       0.18              0.14    0.04     0.13
DAYS >= .01       111             107.4     3.6      118
DAYS >= .10        81              72.9     8.1       74
DAYS >= .50        47              33.3    13.7       36
DAYS >= 1.00       26              14.8    11.2       11
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    5.01   12/27 TO 12/28

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           19.1   1979
 24 HR TOTAL     12.0   01/06/1988 TO 01/07/1988
 SNOW DEPTH         9   12/26/2012
TOTALS           10.0               4.4     5.6      4.7
 LIQUID EQUIV    1.00              0.60    0.40     0.47
SINCE 7/1         0.0               0.5    -0.5      0.6
 LIQUID 7/1      0.00              0.00    0.00     0.06
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                MM      MM        0
DAYS >= TRACE      15               2.9    12.1       28
DAYS >= 1.0         3               1.4     1.6        2
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         5   03/05                          2  03/04
                                                          03/03
                                                          02/09
 24 HR TOTAL      6.4   03/04 TO 03/05

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    2813              3006    -193     3491
 SINCE 7/1         MM              1192      MM       MM
COOLING TOTAL    2322              2170     152     1934
 SINCE 1/1       2322              2170     152     1934

FREEZE DATES
RECORD
 EARLIEST     10/20/1989
 LATEST       04/19/1983
EARLIEST                        11/13
LATEST                          03/19
.........................................................

WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              6.6
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    18/MM     DATE   MM
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    44/MM     DATE  06/26

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER            MM
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR          MM
NUMBER OF DAYS PC            MM
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY        MM


WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN               33     RAIN                      47
LIGHT RAIN              103     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          6     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                1     SNOW                       2
LIGHT SNOW                7     SLEET                      5
FOG                      38     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE     20
HAZE                      5

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

&&

...A REVIEW OF 2015 WEATHER AND CLIMATE FOR NORTH LITTLE ROCK...

SUMMARY
===========================================================================
IT WAS THE WARMEST YEAR SINCE 2012...BUT THE AVERAGE YEARLY TEMPERATURE WAS
BARELY 0.5 DEGREE ABOVE THE 30-YEAR NORMAL. THANKS TO EXCESSIVE RAINFALL
IN MARCH...MAY...NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER...IT WAS THE WETTEST YEAR SINCE 2009
AND THE 2ND WETTEST EVER RECORDED.

IN THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF JANUARY...DAILY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES WERE AS MUCH AS
10 TO NEAR 20 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. ALL THAT CHANGED THE SECOND HALF OF THE
MONTH...AS WARMER CONDITIONS SET IN...AND TEMPERATURES REGULARLY HIT THE 50S
AND 60S.

WARMER TEMPERATURES LASTED INTO THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF FEBRUARY. BY THE LATTER
HALF OF THE MONTH...THE TREND REVERSED...AND MUCH COLDER TEMPERATURES SET IN.
PRECIPITATION HAD BEEN SPARSE UNTIL LATE FEBRUARY...WHEN A COLDER AND WETTER
PATTERN PREVAILED. THE COLD WEATHER CONTINUED INTO EARLY MARCH...AND WITH THE
ABUNDANT MOISTURE PRESENT...THERE WERE SEVERAL ROUNDS OF WINTER WEATHER FROM
MID FEBRUARY UNTIL THE END OF THE FIRST WEEK OF MARCH. DURING THIS PERIOD 10.0
INCHES OF SNOW FELL.

WET WEATHER CONTINUED FROM MARCH INTO MAY...MAKING IT ONE OF THE WETTEST SPRINGS
EVER RECORDED.

MUCH OF THE SUMMER MONTHS SAW TEMPERATURES ABOVE AVERAGE...WITH RAINFALL SLIGHTLY
BELOW AVERAGE.

THROUGH THE FALL MONTHS...TEMPERATURES WERE WELL ABOVE AVERAGE. THROUGH MUCH OF
THE FIRST HALF OF THE SEASON...RAINFALL WAS FAIRLY SPARSE. RECORD-BREAKING WARMTH
WAS SEEN FROM THE 12TH TO THE 15TH OF OCTOBER...WITH SOME OF THE WARMEST
TEMPERATURES EVER RECORDED AT NORTH LITTLE ROCK SO LATE IN THE YEAR AND DURING THE
MONTH OF OCTOBER.

WARM WEATHER CONTINUED THROUGH NOVEMBER. WET WEATHER RETURNED...WITH RAINFALL
EVENLY DISTRIBUTED THROUGHOUT THE MONTH. RAINFALL WAS HEAVY DURING THE LATTER
HALF OF THE MONTH...MAKING IT ONE OF THE WETTEST NOVEMBERS EVER RECORDED.

WARMER THAN AVERAGE TEMPERATURES CONTINUED WELL INTO DECEMBER...WITH NEAR-RECORD
RAIN FALLING IN THE LAST WEEK OF THE MONTH.

BELOW ARE AVERAGES AND EXTREMES OBSERVED DURING THE YEAR.
REMEMBER...MOST OF THE DATA BELOW IS PRELIMINARY UNTIL CERTIFIED
CORRECT BY THE NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER IN ASHEVILLE NORTH
CAROLINA.

TEMPERATURES
===========================================================================
--------|    AVERAGE TEMPERATURES   |---------------EXTREMES---------------
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
| MONTH | HIGH   LOW    AVG    DFN  | HIGHEST/DATES    | LOWEST/DATES     |
--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|  JAN  | 49.5  31.9    40.7  -0.4  | 67/20TH          |  8/8TH           |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  FEB  | 45.3  27.9    36.6  -8.7  | 72/14TH          | 18/27TH...19TH   |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  MAR  | 60.5  43.9    52.2  -1.7  | 82/17TH          | 18/06TH          |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  APR  | 72.9  54.4    63.6  +0.8  | 84/25TH...09TH   | 42/04TH          |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  MAY  | 79.4  62.4    70.9   0.0  | 86/29TH          | 49/22ND          |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  JUN  | 88.6  71.0    79.8  +1.1  | 96/25TH          | 62/02ND...01ST   |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  JUL  | 93.3  74.7    84.0  +1.6  | 102/29TH         | 68/06TH...04TH   |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  AUG  | 92.3  70.5    81.4  -0.6  | 101/08TH...07TH  | 62/20TH          |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  SEP  | 87.4  66.2    76.8  +2.3  | 97/06TH...04TH   | 53/13TH          |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  OCT  | 75.6  56.0    65.8  +2.0  | 96/15TH          | 45/18TH          |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  NOV  | 63.0  47.8    55.4  +2.6  | 75/05TH          | 29/22ND          |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  DEC  | 60.6  42.9    51.7  +8.6  | 78/26TH          | 31/31ST          |                  |
===========================================================================
= YEAR    72.4  54.1    63.3  +0.6  | 102 JUL 29TH     |  8 JAN 8TH       =
===========================================================================
DFN - DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL


PRECIPITATION - RAINFALL
=========================================================================
|MONTH|  TOTAL |  DFN  | HIGHEST/CALENDAR DAY |  HIGHEST/24-HOUR PERIOD |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
| JAN |  2.92  | +0.50 | 1.31/03RD            |  1.79/02ND-03RD         |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
| FEB |  3.26  | -0.40 | 1.15/21ST            |  1.32/20TH-21ST         |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
| MAR |  8.77  | +4.00 | 2.17/04TH            |  2.30/12TH-13TH         |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
| APR |  4.84  | +0.05 | 1.67/24TH            |  1.67/24TH              |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
| MAY | 11.27  | +6.31 | 3.01/11TH            |  3.25/10TH-11TH         |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
| JUN |  2.41  | -0.90 | 1.23/26TH            |  1.23/26TH              |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
| JUL |  2.11  | -1.70 | 1.04/03RD            |  1.10/02ND-03RD         |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
| AUG |  2.72  | -0.08 | 1.61/22ND            |  1.61/22ND              |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
| SEP |  2.92  | -0.39 | 1.22/08TH            |  1.54/08TH-09TH         |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
| OCT |  4.08  | -0.72 | 1.85/31ST            |  1.87/30TH-31ST         |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
| NOV | 11.68  | +6.29 | 3.09/17TH            |  4.10/27TH-28TH         |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
| DEC | 10.08  | +5.07 | 3.23/27TH            |  5.01/27TH-28TH         |
=========================================================================
= YEAR  67.06   +17.03 | 3.23 DEC 27TH        |  5.01 DEC 27TH-28TH     =
=========================================================================

PRECIPITATION - SNOWFALL/SLEET/HAIL
=======================================================================================
|MONTH| TOTAL |  DFN | AVG DEPTH| CALENDAR DAY MAX         | 24-HOUR MAX              |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| JAN | TRACE | -1.7 |   0.0    | TRACE/23RD...15TH...07TH | TRACE/23RD...15TH...07TH |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| FEB |  3.6  | +1.8 |   0.2    | 1.3/23RD                 | 1.5/22ND-23RD            |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| MAR |  6.4  | +0.4 |   0.4    | 3.9/05TH                 | 6.4/04TH-05TH            |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| APR |  0.0  |  0.0 |   0.0    |                          |                          |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| OCT |  0.0  |  0.0 |   0.0    |                          |                          |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| NOV |  0.0  |  0.0 |   0.0    |                          |                          |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| DEC |  0.0  | -0.5 |   0.0    |                          |                          |
=======================================================================================
=YEAR | 10.0    +5.6     0.1    | 3.9 MAR 05TH             | 6.4 MAR 4TH-5TH          |
=======================================================================================

SUMMARY BY MONTH
=====================================================================
    MONTH     | WARMEST | COOLEST |   MOST  |  LEAST | MONTHLY/YEARLY
AVG TEMPS/RAIN|  SINCE  |  SINCE  |  SINCE  |  SINCE | RANK ON RECORD
---------------------------------------------------------------------
JAN           |         |         |         |        |
AVG HIGH      |  2013   |         |         |        |
AVG LOW       |  2013   |         |         |        |
AVG MONTHLY   |  2013   |         |         |        |
RAINFALL      |         |         |  2013   |        |
SNOWFALL      |         |         |         |  2014  |
---------------------------------------------------------------------
FEB           |         |         |         |        |
AVG HIGH      |         |   2010  |         |        |  5TH COLDEST
AVG LOW       |         |   1979  |         |        |  2ND COLDEST
AVG MONTHLY   |         |   1979  |         |        |  3RD COLDEST
RAINFALL      |         |         |  2013   |        |
SNOWFALL      |         |         |  2011   |        |
---------------------------------------------------------------------
MAR           |         |         |         |        |
AVG HIGH      |  2012   |         |         |        |
AVG LOW       |  2012   |         |         |        |
AVG MONTHLY   |  2012   |         |         |        |
RAINFALL      |         |         |  2002   |        |  3RD WETTEST
SNOWFALL      |         |         |  1984   |        |  ***SNOWIEST***
---------------------------------------------------------------------
APR           |         |         |         |        |
AVG HIGH      |  2012   |         |         |        |
AVG LOW       |  2012   |         |         |        |
AVG MONTHLY   |  2012   |         |         |        |
RAINFALL      |         |         |  2011   |        |
SNOWFALL      |         |         |         |        |
---------------------------------------------------------------------
MAY           |         |         |         |        |
AVG HIGH      |  2012   |         |         |        |
AVG LOW       |  2012   |         |         |        |
AVG MONTHLY   |  2012   |         |         |        |
RAINFALL      |         |         |  2009   |        |  2ND WETTEST
---------------------------------------------------------------------
JUN           |         |         |         |        |
AVG HIGH      |  2012   |         |         |        |
AVG LOW       |  2011   |         |         |        |  5TH WARMEST
AVG MONTHLY   |  2012   |         |         |        |
RAINFALL      |         |         |         |  2013  |
---------------------------------------------------------------------
JUL           |         |         |         |        |
AVG HIGH      |  2012   |         |         |        |
AVG LOW       |  2012   |         |         |        |
AVG MONTHLY   |  2012   |         |         |        |
RAINFALL      |         |         |         |  2011  |
---------------------------------------------------------------------
AUG           |         |         |         |        |
AVG HIGH      |  2012   |         |         |        |
AVG LOW       |         |   2009  |         |        |
AVG MONTHLY   |  2012   |         |         |        |
RAINFALL      |         |         |  2013   |        |
---------------------------------------------------------------------
SEP           |         |         |         |        |
AVG HIGH      |  2013   |         |         |        |  7TH WARMEST
AVG LOW       |  2013   |         |         |        |
AVG MONTHLY   |  2013   |         |         |        |  9TH WARMEST
RAINFALL      |         |         |  2012   |        |
---------------------------------------------------------------------
OCT           |         |         |         |        |
AVG HIGH      |  2010   |         |         |        |  7TH WARMEST
AVG LOW       |  2007   |         |         |        |  8TH WARMEST
AVG MONTHLY   |  2010   |         |         |        |  6TH WARMEST
RAINFALL      |         |         |         |  2013  |
SNOWFALL      |         |         |         |        |
---------------------------------------------------------------------
NOV           |         |         |         |        |
AVG HIGH      |  2010   |         |         |        |
AVG LOW       |  2003   |         |         |        |  5TH WARMEST
AVG MONTHLY   |  2009   |         |         |        |  8TH WARMEST
RAINFALL      |         |         |  2011   |        |  3RD WETTEST
SNOWFALL      |         |         |         |        |
---------------------------------------------------------------------
DEC           |         |         |         |        |
AVG HIGH      |  1984   |         |         |        |  ***WARMEST***
AVG LOW       |  1984   |         |         |        |  2ND WARMEST
AVG MONTHLY   |  1984   |         |         |        |  ***WARMEST***
RAINFALL      |         |         |  2009   |        |  3RD WETTEST
SNOWFALL      |         |         |         |  2006  |
=====================================================================
YEAR          |         |         |         |        |
AVG HIGH      |  2012   |         |         |        |
AVG LOW       |  2012   |         |         |        |
AVG YEARLY    |  2012   |         |         |        |
RAINFALL      |         |         |  2009   |        |  2ND WETTEST
SNOWFALL      |         |         |  2012   |        |  7TH SNOWIEST
=====================================================================

FIRST/LAST DATES       DATE           NOTES
====================================================
LAST FREEZE         | MAR 07TH | EARLIEST SINCE 2012
FIRST 80-DEGREE DAY | MAR 17TH | EARLIEST SINCE 2012
FIRST 90-DEGREE DAY | JUN 07TH | LATEST SINCE 2013
LAST 90-DEGREE DAY  | OCT 15TH | LATEST SINCE 2003
LAST 80-DEGREE DAY  | OCT 22ND | EARLIEST SINCE 2009
FIRST FREEZE        | NOV 22ND | LATEST SINCE 2012
====================================================

NUMBER OF DAYS WITH TEMPERATURES      NOTES
=======================================================
AT OR BELOW FREEZING           | 42 | FEWEST SINCE 2012
AT OR ABOVE 90 DEGREES         | 74 | MOST SINCE 2012
AT OR ABOVE 100 DEGREES        |  4 | MOST SINCE 2013
=======================================================

DAILY RECORD TEMPERATURES TIED OR BROKEN DURING THE YEAR
============================================================================
DATE     RECORD TYPE                   NEW RECORD      PREVIOUS RECORD
============================================================================
JAN 18TH HIGH TEMPERATURE              66 IN 2015        66 IN 1996
FEB 15TH LOW TEMPERATURE               22 IN 2015        22 IN 2007...1986
FEB 16TH COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE      27 IN 2015        27 IN 1980...1979
FEB 23RD COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE      30 IN 2015        33 IN 1989
FEB 27TH COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE      30 IN 2015        26 IN 2003
FEB 28TH LOW TEMPERATURE               23 IN 2015        24 IN 2002
MAR 05TH LOW TEMPERATURE               20 IN 2015        21 IN 1978
MAR 06TH LOW TEMPERATURE               18 IN 2015        24 IN 1989
MAR 28TH COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE      50 IN 2015        51 IN 2001
APR 24TH COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE      60 IN 2015        61 IN 2013
APR 28TH COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE      57 IN 2015        64 IN 1997
MAY 16TH HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE       69 IN 2015        69 IN 1999...1995...1992
MAY 21ST COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE      67 IN 2015        68 IN 1979
MAY 22ND LOW TEMPERATURE               49 IN 2015        53 IN 2003...2001
JUL 03RD COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE      76 IN 2015        82 IN 2014
AUG 08TH HIGH TEMPERATURE             101 IN 2015       101 IN 2011...2000
AUG 20TH LOW TEMPERATURE               62 IN 2015        64 IN 1991
SEP 12TH LOW TEMPERATURE               57 IN 2015        57 IN 2014
SEP 13TH LOW TEMPERATURE               53 IN 2015        55 IN 2014
OCT 12TH HIGH TEMPERATURE              91 IN 2015        89 IN 1979
OCT 14TH HIGH TEMPERATURE              90 IN 2015        83 IN 1992
OCT 15TH HIGH TEMPERATURE              96 IN 2015        86 IN 1999
NOV 05TH HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE       63 IN 2015        63 IN 2005
DEC 10TH HIGH TEMPERATURE              70 IN 2015        70 IN 1996
DEC 12TH HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE       66 IN 2015        60 IN 1984
DEC 13TH HIGH TEMPERATURE              73 IN 2015        71 IN 1984
DEC 21ST HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE       53 IN 2015        52 IN 1984...1979
DEC 23RD HIGH TEMPERATURE              73 IN 2015        70 IN 1982
DEC 25TH HIGHEST LOW TEMPERATURE       53 IN 2015        48 IN 1982
DEC 26TH HIGH TEMPERATURE              78 IN 2015        70 IN 2008

DAILY RECORD RAINFALL TIED OR BROKEN DURING THE YEAR
====================================================
DATE        NEW RECORD        OLD RECORD
====================================================
JAN 03RD   1.31 IN 2015      0.45 IN 1982
MAR 04TH   2.15 IN 2015      1.87 IN 1983
APR 24TH   1.67 IN 2015      1.21 IN 2003
MAY 11TH   3.01 IN 2015      2.18 IN 1979
MAY 29TH   1.39 IN 2015      1.11 IN 2014
JUL 03RD   1.04 IN 2015      0.41 IN 2004
JUL 15TH   0.85 IN 2015      0.58 IN 1989
AUG 22ND   1.61 IN 2015      1.40 IN 1979
NOV 17TH   3.09 IN 2015      0.85 IN 1996...1991
NOV 28TH   2.85 IN 2015      2.57 IN 2001
DEC 27TH   3.23 IN 2015      1.43 IN 1988
DEC 28TH   1.80 IN 2015      1.38 IN 2003

DAILY RECORD SNOWFALL TIED OR BROKEN DURING THE YEAR
====================================================
DATE        NEW RECORD          OLD RECORD
====================================================
FEB 16TH   0.8 IN 2015         0.1 IN 1979
FEB 22ND   0.8 IN 2015      NONE ESTABLISHED
FEB 23RD   1.3 IN 2015        TRACE IN 1999
FEB 27TH  TRACE IN 2015    TRACE IN 1989...1984
MAR 04TH   2.5 IN 2015         1.0 IN 2008
MAR 05TH   3.9 IN 2015         1.0 IN 1989
MAR 28TH  TRACE IN 2015     NONE ESTABLISHED


MONTHLY RECORDS TIED OR BROKEN DURING THE YEAR
===================================================================================
MONTH RECORD TYPE                 NEW RECORD/DATE           PREVIOUS RECORD/DATE
===================================================================================
MAR  SNOWIEST                  6.4 INCHES IN 2015          5.0 INCHES IN 1984
MAR  HIGHEST 24-HOUR SNOWFALL  6.4 INCHES 03/04-05/2015    5.0 INCHES 03/09-10/1984
OCT  WARMEST TEMPERATURE       96 ON 10/15/2015            92 ON 10/23/2003...10/01/1979
DEC  WARMEST TEMPERATURE       78 ON 12/26/2015            78 ON 12/05/1988...12/02/1982


OTHER RECORDS BROKEN DURING THE YEAR/MISCELLANEOUS PHENOMENA
===============================================================================
JAN 07TH - ALL-TIME JANUARY RECORD HIGH PRESSURE TIED AT 30.86 INCHES / 1045.07
           MILLIBARS.
MAR      - HIGHEST AVERAGE SNOW DEPTH ON RECORD FOR THE MONTH.
JUN 26TH - 44 MPH WIND GUST RECORDED WITH A STRONG THUNDERSTORM.

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