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ANNUAL CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR
606 AM PST SUN JAN  1 2017

...SALEM 2016 WEATHER IN REVIEW...

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2016 MONTHLY WEATHER RECAPS...

JANUARY...A RATHER UNEVENTFUL MONTH OF WEATHER. IT STARTED ON A
   CHILLY NOTE...WITH LIGHT SNOW AND FREEZING RAIN AND THE 3RD
   BUT ONLY MINOR ACCUMULATIONS. FREQUENT FRONTS KEPT SALEM AREA
   WET...WITH RAIN OCCURRING ON 25 DAYS. WETTEST PERIOD WAS FROM
   DURING THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH...WHEN FRONTS BROUGHT SEVERAL
   BOUTS OF HEAVY RAIN. BUT LITTLE IF ANY FLOODING OCCURRED.

FEBRUARY...WAS A VERY MILD FEBRUARY...WITH AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
   5.3 DEG ABOVE NORMAL. WEATHER FRONTS WERE MUCH WEAKER THAN
   USUAL...WITH SALEM GETTING ABOUT HALF THE NORMAL RAINFALL.
   FEBRUARY FINISHED AS THE 3RD WARMEST FEBRUARY SINCE 1892.

MARCH...MARCH OPENED LIKE A LION...WITH WIND AND RAIN. SOUTH
   WINDS PEAKED AT 49 MPH AT THE AIRPORT ON THE 1ST...BUT 55 TO
   60 MPH OVER THE TURNER HILLS.  THE STRONG WINDS BROUGHT DOWN
   PLENTY OF TREE BRANCHES AND EVEN A FEW POWER LINES...CAUSING
   MINOR DAMAGE AND SPOTTY POWER OUTAGES...MAINLY ACROSS THE
   SOUTH HILLS AND INTO TURNER HILLS.

   WHILE NOT AN  EXCESSIVELY WET MONTH...DID HAVE 24 OF DAYS
   WITH MEASURABLE RAINFALL (AT LEAST 0.01")...WHICH WAS 3
   SHY OF THE RECORD SET IN 2011 (NORMAL IS ABOUT 17 DAYS).
   MARCH WENT OUT LIKE A LAMB...WITH SUNNY MILD WEATHER AND
   TEMPERATURES IN THE LOWER 70S.

APRIL...RATHER NICE MONTH OF WEATHER. TEMPERATURES WARMED IN
   THE 70S SEVERAL TIMES...WITH A 3-DAY STRETCH OF 80+ DEG
   FROM THE 17TH TO 19TH. THEN A COLD FRONT PUSHED ACROSS AREA
   PM ON THE 20TH AND 21ST...BRINGING TEMPERATURES MORE TYPICAL
   OF APRIL. THIS COOL ONSHORE FLOW BROUGHT APRIL SHOWERS TO THE
   REGION TO CLOSE THE MONTH. MOST ACTIVE DAYS WERE ON THE 21ST
   AS A LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS MOVED NORTH OVER THE REGION. THIS
   BROUGHT GUSTY SOUTH WINDS AND SMALL HAIL...AND EVEN PRODUCED
   A FUNNEL CLOUD NEAR ALBANY AND ANOTHER NEAR MONMOUTH.

MAY...MILD AND MOSTLY DRY. THIS WAS ONE OF THE MORE PLEASANT
   MAYS IN RECENT YEARS...GREAT FOR GARDENERS AND OUTDOOR
   ENTHUSIASTS. FROM TIME TO TIME...SCATTERED SHOWERS BROUGHT
   LIGHT RAINFALL DURING FIRST HALF OF MAY. ON THE 15TH...A
   FUNNEL CLOUD WAS REPORTED JUST NEAR ALBANY. HIGH PRESSURE
   OVER THE REGION KEPT SALEM AREA MILD AND MOSTLY DRY FOR THE
   LATTER HALF OF MAY...WITH TEMPERATURES WELL INTO THE 70S.
   MAY 2016 TIED MAY 1947 AS THE 4TH WARMEST MAY ON RECORD.

JUNE...JUNE STARTED RATHER WARM AND SUNNY UNDER STRONG HIGH
   PRESSURE. TEMPERATURES CLIMBED WELL INTO THE 80S AND 90S.
   IT WAS IN THE 90S FROM THE 4TH TO 7TH...WITH 99 DEG ON THE
   4TH. IT WAS THE WARMEST FIRST WEEK OF JUNE EVER FOR SALEM.

   AFTER THE 7TH...WEATHER MORE TYPICAL OF JUNE RETURNED WITH
   FAIRLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES AND OCCASIONAL RAIN. WEATHER
   TURNED DRY AND MUCH WARMER AFTER THE 25TH WITH TEMPERATURES
   BACK WELL INTO THE 80S.

JULY...A RATHER AVERAGE JULY...WITH NO SIGNIFICANT WEATHER.
   TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION WERE NEAR NORMAL.

AUGUST...SIMILAR TO JULY...AS HAD NO SIGNIFICANT WEATHER.
   FOR THE MOST PART...HIGH TEMPERATURES A BIT ABOVE AVERAGE.
   WARMEST STRETCH OF DAYS WERE THE 18TH THROUGH THE 20TH...
   WHEN THE TEMPERATURE PEAKED AT 104 DEG (ON 19TH). OVERALL
   TEMPERATURES REACHED THE 90S OR WARMER 11 TIMES.

SEPTEMBER...THIS WAS A VERY PLEASANT MONTH WITH BENIGN WEATHER.
   DID HAVE NEAR NORMAL RAINFALL...BUT TEMPERATURES TRENDED A
   BIT COOLER THAN NORMAL. EVEN SO...DID HAVE SEVERAL DAYS IN
   THE 80S...WITH WARMEST DAY ON THE 26TH WITH HIGH OF 90 DEG.

OCTOBER...AFTER A RELATIVELY DRY MONTH (SEPTEMBER)...FALL RAINS
   ARRIVED IN EARLY OCTOBER. IN FACT...MEASURABLE RAIN FELL ON
   RECORD MOST OF 27 DAYS IN OCTOBER 2016 (PREVIOUS RECORD WAS
   23 DAYS SET IN OCTOBER 1975). WHILE THERE WAS A LOT OF RAINY
   DAYS...THE TOTAL RAINFALL FOR OCTOBER FINISHED AT 11.17 INCHES
   WHICH WAS MOST FOR ANY OCT SINCE 1890S (PREVIOUS RECORD WAS
   1947 WITH 11.17 INCHES). ALSO...THE STRING OF 16 DAYS
   WITH OVER AT LEAST 0.01 INCH OF RAIN (12TH TO 27TH) MAKES A
   NEW RECORD FOR OCTOBER BREAKING OLD RECORD OF 12 DAYS (1975).

   STRONGEST STORM WAS THE IDES OF OCTOBER STORM. WHILE THE STORM
   WAS NOT AS STRONG AS ANTICIPATED...IT DID PRODUCE PLENTY OF
   GUSTY SOUTHERLY WINDS ACROSS THE REGION ON THE 15TH. REPORTS
   OF BROKEN TREE LIMBS AND SPOTTY POWER OUTAGES CREATED SOME
   HEADACHES FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS. WINDS GUSTED 45 TO 55 MPH
   ACROSS THE REGION...WITH OVER 5 INCHES OF RAIN ON THE 13TH
   THROUGH THE 17TH.

NOVEMBER...THOUGH THERE WERE PLENTY OF CLOUDY WET DAYS...IT WAS
   A MILD MONTH. SO MUCH THAT IT FINISHED AS THE 2ND WARMEST NOV
   ON RECORD FOR SALEM. WITH SOME MANY CLOUDY DAYS...TEMPERATURES
   RARELY DROPPED BELOW 40 DEG. EVEN BY CLOSE OF NOVEMBER...SALEM
   HAD STILL NOT SEEN FREEZING TEMPERATURES. THIS WAS FIRST TIME
   SINCE 1999 THAT SALEM HAS A FREEZE-FREE NOVEMBER...AND FIRST
   TIME SINCE 1926 THAT BOTH OCT AND NOV WERE FREEZE-FREE.

DECEMBER...TYPICAL DECEMBER WITH MIX OF COOL AND MILD DAYS...
   RAIN AND SOME LIGHT SNOW...AND CHILLY FOGGY NIGHTS. FINALLY
   THE FIRST FREEZE OF THE 2016-17 SEASON OCCURRED ON THE 6TH
   WHEN OVERNIGHT LOWS DROPPED TO 29 DEG. THIS ENDED ONE OF THE
   LONGEST STRETCH BETWEEN THE LAST SPRING AND FIRST FALL FREEZE
   AKA THE GROWING SEASON AT 271 DAYS...THE LONGEST SINCE 1915.

   SNOW AND SLEET OCCURRED ON THE 8TH...14TH AND AGAIN ON 17TH.
   BUT FOR THE MOST PART...SALEM SAW ONLY MINOR ACCUMULATIONS.

   COLD TEMPERATURES IN THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY WERE IN PLACE ON
   THE 14TH. AT SAME TIME AS PRECIPITATION MOVED UP FROM THE
   SOUTH. DID HAVE SOME SLEET EARLY...BUT MAINLY SNOW FELL.
   MANY AREAS IN AND AROUND SALEM RECEIVED ABOUT 5 INCHES OF
   SNOW...WITH SOME SPOTTY LIGHT FREEZING RAIN.

   MILD MORE TRANQUIL WEATHER KEPT REGION UNDER MILD DAYS AND
   COOL NIGHTS FOR LAST HALF OF DECEMBER. MAIN WEATHER WAS
   GENERALLY FROM FOGGY NIGHTS FROM TIME TO TIME.

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NEW DAILY/MONTHLY RECORDS IN 2016 (PREVIOUS RECORD IN PARENTHESES)
              + INDICATES MOST RECENT OF MULTIPLE OCCURRENCES

JANUARY...
   27TH  NEW.  DAILY HIGH TEMP               62  (   59 /1984+)

FEBRUARY...
    8TH  NEW.  DAILY HIGH TEMP               65  (   62 /1996+)

MARCH...
   13TH  NEW.  DAILY RAINFALL              0.97" ( 0.90"/1980)

APRIL...
    8TH  NEW.  DAILY HIGH TEMP               81  (   77 /1926)
    9TH  NEW.  DAILY HIGH TEMP               81  (   78 /1989+)
   17TH  TIED. DAILY HIGH TEMP               84  (   84 /1897)
   18TH  NEW.  DAILY HIGH TEMP               88  (   81 /1939+)
   19TH  NEW.  DAILY HIGH TEMP               85  (   82 /1934)

MAY...   NO NEW RECORDS.

JUNE...
    4TH  NEW.  DAILY HIGH TEMP               99  (   93 /1978)

JULY...  NO NEW RECORDS.

AUGUST
   18TH  NEW.  DAILY HIGH TEMP              102  (   97 /2015+)
   19TH  NEW.  DAILY HIGH TEMP              104  (   99 /2009)
   20TH  NEW.  DAILY HIGH TEMP              101  (   98 /1951)
   25TH  TIED. DAILY HIGH TEMP               97  (   97 /1967)
   26TH  NEW.  DAILY HIGH TEMP               99  (   98 /1986)

SEPTEMBER...  NO NEW RECORDS.

OCTOBER...
   13TH  NEW.  DAILY RAINFALL              2.45" ( 0.54"/1935)
   OCT   NEW.  MOST RAINY DAYS           27 DAYS (   23 /1975)
   OCT   NEW.  WETTEST OCTOBER EVER       11.25" (11.17"/1947)
   OCT   TIED THE LONGEST STRING OF DAYS WITH MEASURABLE RAIN
              (AT LEAST 0.01")           16 DAYS (  12 / 1975)

NOVEMBER
    8TH  NEW.  DAILY HIGH TEMP               68  (   67 /1941)
    9TH  TIED. DAILY HIGH TEMP               69  (   69 /1907)

DECEMBER
  14TH   NEW.  DAILY SNOWFALL               5.0  (    T /1972)

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2016 SALEM MONTHLY TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION RANKINGS

RANKINGS ARE 1 TO 125...WHERE 1 IS THE WARMEST OR WETTEST
          AND 125 WOULD BE THE DRIEST OR COLDEST ON RECORD.

        JA  FE  MA  AP  MA  JU  JL  AU  SE  OC  NO  DE  2016
MAX T   26   5  30   3  14  22  72   5  59  97   2 115     6
MIN T   13   6   6   4   2  11  11   8  42   4   4 111     2
AVG T   16   3  14   2   4   9  34   3  53  21   2 116     4
PRECIP  35  91  21  75  92  70  41  48  56   1  49  79    23

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2016 SALEM AIRPORT TEMPERATURE DATA
      (+ BY DATE INDICATES LAST OF SEVERAL OCCURRENCES LISTED)

      |--- AVERAGES ----| MEAN T DEPART| EXTREME TEMPS & DATE|
MONTH |HIGHS LOWS   MEAN|  FROM NORMAL | HIGHEST      LOWEST |
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JAN     49.0  37.7   43.3   +2.1 DEG     62 /27TH    24 / 3RD+
FEB     56.7  40.0   48.4   +5.3 DEG     65 / 8TH    31 /23RD
MAR     57.9  40.7   49.3   +2.4 DEG     74 /31ST    31 /17TH
APR     68.3  44.2   56.3   +5.9 DEG     88 /18TH    35 /26TH
MAY     72.1  49.1   60.6   +4.4 DEG     88 /31ST    41 /28TH
JUN     77.9  52.4   65.2   +3.6 DEG     99 / 4TH    44 /19TH
JUL     81.0  56.0   68.5   +0.9 DEG     97 /29TH    50 /31ST
AUG     86.8  55.8   71.3   +3.7 DEG    104 /19TH    51 /23RD+
SEP     75.6  49.1   62.4   -0.2 DEG     90 /26TH    41 /30TH
OCT     62.0  48.8   55.4   +2.2 DEG     71 / 8TH    38 /12TH
NOV     57.8  44.5   51.1   +5.6 DEG     70 / 4TH    37 /29TH+
DEC     42.5  31.1   36.8   -3.3 DEG     52 /20TH+   16 /17TH+

2016    65.6  45.8   55.7    2.7 DEG    104 /AUG 19  16 /DEC 17
NORMAL  63.6  42.5   53.0                                DEC 16

DAYS WITH TEMPERATURES IN 2016 WHERE...
       |------ MAXIMUM TEMP --------||------ MINIMUM TEMP ---|
       <=32  60+  70+  80+  90+ 100+  <=20  <=32   60+   70+
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JAN      1    3    0    0    0    0      0     7    0     0
FEB      0   10    0    0    0    0      0     1    0     0
MAR      0   10    2    0    0    0      0     1    0     0
APR      0   26   11    5    0    0      0     0    0     0
MAY      0   30   17    9    0    0      0     0    0     0
JUN      0   30   22   14    5    0      0     0    3     0
JUL      0   31   31   16    3    0      0     0    2     0
AUG      0   31   30   24   11    3      0     0    5     0
SEP      0   30   25    9    1    0      0     0    0     0
OCT      0   23    1    0    0    0      0     0    0     0
NOV      0    9    1    0    0    0      0     0    0     0
DEC      2    0    0    0    0    0      2    19    0     0

2016     3  233  140   77   20    3      2    28   10     0
NORMAL   1  197  124   59   15    1      3    50    4     0

FIRST/LAST OCCURRENCES OF...        IN 2016      NORMAL
  LAST 32 DEG OR COLDER IN SPRING    MAR 17     (APR 19)
  FIRST 70+ DEG OF THE YEAR          MAR 30     (MAR 31)
  FIRST 80+ DEG OF THE YEAR          APR  7     (MAY  9)
  FIRST 90+ DEG OF THE YEAR          JUN  4     (JUN  3)

  LAST 90+ DEG OF THE YEAR           SEP 26     (SEP  8)
  LAST 80+ DEG OF THE YEAR           SEP 26     (SEP 30)
  LAST 70+ DEG OF THE YEAR           NOV  4     (OCT 20)
  FIRST 32 DEG OR COLDER IN FALL     DEC  6     (OCT 24)

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2016 SALEM AIRPORT RAINFALL DATA...

       TOTAL  DEPARTURE  DAYS WITH AT LEAST...  GREATEST IN
MONTH   RAIN  FM NORMAL   0.01 0.10 0.50 1.00   24HRS & DATE
--------------------------------------------------------------
JAN     7.82    +1.86      25   19    5    1    1.02 JAN 18-19
FEB     2.91    -1.65      18   14    0    0    0.52 FEB 17-18
MAR     6.36    +2.37      24   18    3    0    1.11 MAR 12-13
APR     2.05    -0.76      11    7    1    0    0.84 APR 13-14
MAY     1.17    -1.05       7    3    0    0    0.45 MAY 14
JUN     1.00    -0.55       9    4    0    0    0.39 JUN 23-24
JUL     0.45    -0.01       4    2    0    0    0.22 JUL  8-9
AUG     0.41    -0.04       3    2    0    0    0.24 AUG  8-9
SEP     1.54    +0.26       6    4    1    0    0.72 SEP 17
OCT    11.25    +8.22      27   21    7    4    2.45 OCT 13
NOV     6.90    +0.40      21   12    5    1    2.44 NOV 24-25
DEC     5.15    -1.71      19   12    4    0    0.83 DEC 10-11

  2016  47.01   +7.34     174  118   26    6    2.45 OCT 13
NORMAL  39.67             144   91   25    6

SALEM WATER YEAR 2015-16     (1 OCT 2015 THROUGH 30 SEP 2016)
      47.26 INCHES  WHICH IS 7.59 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL

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2016 SALEM AIRPORT WIND AND PRESSURE DATA...

      AVERAGE SPEED (MPH)    STRONGEST WIND GUST
MONTH   2016   NORMAL      DIRECTION   SPEED   DATE
------------------------------------------------------------
JAN      5.6    7.1         SOUTHWEST   37 MPH  JAN 29
FEB      6.7    6.9         SOUTHWEST   41 MPH  FEB 19
MAR      7.9    7.4         SOUTH       49 MPH  MAR  1
APR      5.3    6.9         SOUTHWEST   40 MPH  APR 14
MAY      5.8    6.4        NORTH       27 MPH  MAY 10
JUN      6.8    6.5         SOUTHWEST   29 MPH  JUN 10
JUL      7.0    6.5         SOUTH       31 MPH  JUL  9
AUG      6.0    6.0         NORTH       28 MPH  AUG 25
SEP      5.1    5.5         SOUTH       32 MPH  SEP 23
OCT      7.9    5.7         SOUTH       52 MPH  OCT 15
NOV      7.0    7.1         SOUTH       44 MPH  NOV 24
DEC      6.4    7.1         SOUTH       48 MPH  DEC 27

2016     6.5    6.6        SOUTH       52 MPH  OCT 15


HIGHEST PRESSURE IN 2016...    30.59 INCHES     APR  5
LOWEST PRESSURE IN 2016...     29.19 INCHES     FEB 17

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2016 WILLAMETTE RIVER (AT DOWNTOWN SALEM) EXTREMES
      HIGHEST     19.4 FT       21 JAN  AT 7 AM
      LOWEST       4.7 FT       24 AUG  AT 3 PM

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SALEM AIRPORT CLIMATE PERIOD OF RECORDS...   1892 TO 2016
SALEM AIRPORT CLIMATE NORMALS BASED ON...    1981 TO 2010
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DATA COMPILED BY ROCKEY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OREGON

ONLINE AT:     WEATHER.GOV/PORTLAND


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