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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
118 PM EDT MON SEP 1 2014

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...THE BUFFALO NY CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST 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              99   08/27/1948
 LOW               38   08/29/1982
                        08/30/1965
HIGHEST            88   08/30                         86  08/29
LOWEST             51   08/29                         50  08/05
AVG. MAXIMUM     77.5              78.4    -0.9     77.6
AVG. MINIMUM     60.5              60.8    -0.3     60.4
MEAN             69.0              69.6    -0.6     69.0
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.3    -0.3        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MIN <= 32      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.0     0.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        10.67   1977
 MINIMUM         0.05   1876
TOTALS           3.16              3.26   -0.10     3.51
DAYS >= .01         8                                 13
DAYS >= .10         5                                  8
DAYS >= .50         2                                  2
DAYS >= 1.00        1                                  0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    1.44   08/02 TO 08/03           08/25 TO 08/26
                                                          08/26 TO 08/26
                                                          08/26 TO 08/26

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL             MM   MM
TOTALS            0.0               0.0     0.0      0.0
SINCE 7/1         0.0               0.0     0.0
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                MM      MM        0
DAYS >= 1.0         0               0.0     0.0        0
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         0   MM                             0  MM
 24 HR TOTAL      0.0   08/31 TO 08/31

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL      12                18      -6       10
 SINCE 7/1         22                27      -5       16
COOLING TOTAL     145               161     -16      142
 SINCE 1/1        446               487     -41      552
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              7.7
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    28/220
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    38/220    DATE  08/30

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   73
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR            5
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             22
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          4

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     67

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              4     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                4     RAIN                       4
LIGHT RAIN               11     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       0
LIGHT SNOW                0     SLEET                      0
FOG                      11     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      1
HAZE                      6

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

&&

...QUIET FINISH TO THE END OF SUMMER...

A SEEMINGLY COOL MONTH OF AUGUST HAS FINISHED NEAR NORMAL AS A LATE
MONTH SURGE OF SUMMERS WARMTH AND HUMIDITY DURING THE LAST WEEK
BROUGHT TEMPERATURES BACK CLOSER TO NORMAL. THERE WERE NO 90F DEGREE
DAYS THIS MONTH...AND NONE FOR THE SUMMER MONTHS. AN ABUNDANCE OF SUNSHINE
IN AUGUST MADE FOR A FINE END TO THE SUMMER.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 69.0F WAS LESS THAN A DEGREE BELOW
NORMAL. THE COOLEST DAY THIS MONTH WAS A MERE 66F DEGREES...WHICH WAS
THE COOLEST MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE FOR AUGUST SINCE 2009 WHEN THERE WAS
A 64F DEGREE READING. THE WARMEST DAY WAS THE SECOND TO LAST DAY OF
THE MONTH WHEN SOUTHERLY WINDS KEPT THE COOLER LAKE AIRMASS AT BAY
AND ALLOWED FOR THE MERCURY TO RISE TO 88F DURING THE AFTERNOON.
THERE WERE NO TEMPERATURE RECORDS THIS MONTH.

PRECIPITATION THIS MONTH WAS NEAR NORMAL. HOWEVER MUCH OF THE RAIN
CAME IN THUNDERSTORM DELUGES. A STORM ON THE 2ND DROPPED 1.40 INCHES
OF RAIN...OF WHICH 1.37 INCHES CAME IN AN HOUR TIME PERIOD. THERE
WERE 8 DAYS WITH MEASURABLE RAINFALL THIS MONTH...WHICH IS 2 DAYS
LESS THAN NORMAL.

THE FIRST WEEK OF THE MONTH OF AUGUST STARTED WET AND COOL. FLASH
FLOODING OCCURRED ACROSS THE SOUTHERN TIER ON THE 2ND WHERE
THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCED HAIL AND A DELUGE OF RAINFALL. A WARM FRONT
LIFTED NORTHWARD ACROSS WESTERN NEW YORK THE SECOND WEEK OF THE
MONTH AND BROUGHT A BRIEF STRETCH OF SUMMER LIKE WEATHER WITH
TEMPERATURES IN THE 80S AND A TOUCH OF HUMIDITY. THIS WARMTH WAS
SHORT LIVED AS A COLD FRONT EASED ACROSS WESTERN NEW YORK ON THE
13TH...FOLLOWED BY A VERY COOL DAY ON THE 14TH. THIS COOL AIRMASS
BROUGHT LAKE EFFECT RAIN OFF LAKE ERIE AND ACROSS PORTIONS OF
WESTERN NEW YORK ON THE 14TH AND 15TH. THE LONGEST STRETCH OF DRY
WEATHER THIS SUMMER STARTED ON SUNDAY THE 17TH. HIGH PRESSURE AND
DRY FRONTAL PASSAGES ALLOWED THE REGION TO REMAIN DRY THROUGH
SATURDAY THE 30TH. SUMMERS WARMTH RETURNED THE LAST WEEK OF THE
MONTH. A FEW THUNDERSTORMS ON THE 30TH AND 31ST BROUGHT AN END TO
THIS DRY STRETCH...ONE THAT GAVE A BROWN TINT TO LOCAL LAWNS.

SUNSHINE FOR THE MONTH WAS 73 PERCENT...WHICH WAS 9 PERCENT GREATER
THAN NORMAL. WINDS FOR THE MONTH WERE GENERALLY LIGHT AND WITH THE
LIGHT SYNOPTIC FLOW THIS MONTH STRONG WIND GUSTS WERE LACKING FROM
THUNDERSTORMS. LAKE ERIE`S WATER TEMPERATURE VARIED BETWEEN 69 AND
72F WHICH IS ABOUT 1 DEGREE LOWER THAN NORMAL.

IN ALL A FINE END TO SUMMER ACROSS WESTERN NEW YORK.


METEOROLOGICAL SUMMER (JUNE...JULY...AUGUST) RECAP...


THE BUFFALO METRO AREA ENJOYED A FINE...ALBEIT SLIGHTLY COOL
SUMMER. THE SUMMER AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 68.8F DEGREES WAS 0.2F
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL...AND REMARKABLY ALL 3 MONTHS WERE VERY CLOSE
IN THE TEMPERATURE DEPARTMENT WITH LESS THAN HALF A DEGREE
SEPARATING THE WARMEST MONTH (AUGUST) FROM THE COOLEST (JULY).
JULY`S AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 68.6F WAS COOLER THAN JUNE`S 68.8F
WHICH MADE FOR THE 1ST TIME SINCE 1976 THAT JULY WAS COOLER THAN
JUNE. THERE WERE NO 90F DEGREE READINGS THIS SUMMER...AN OCCURRENCE
THAT HAPPENS ABOUT 25 PERCENT OF THE TIME IN BUFFALO.

THE OVERALL SYNOPTIC FLOW WAS LIGHT THIS SUMMER WITH PASSAGES OF
COOL UPPER LEVEL TROUGHS. WHILE SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LESS THAN
AVERAGE THIS SUMMER...THE OCCURRENCES OF FLASH FLOODING FROM SLOW
MOVING STORMS WAS ABOVE NORMAL. MANY AREAS ACROSS WESTERN NEW YORK
RECEIVED SUMMER`S DELUGE OF RAINFALL THAT BROUGHT FLASH FLOODING.
FOR THE BUFFALO AIRPORT THE TOTAL SUMMER RAINFALL WAS 12.41 INCHES
WHICH IS TWO AND A QUARTER INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THERE WERE 10 DAYS
WITH A HALF INCH OR GREATER RAINFALL AND EACH MONTH HAD ONE
RAINSTORM OF AN INCH OR GREATER. THIS RAINFALL MAINTAINED GREEN
LAWNS THROUGH MUCH OF THE SUMMER...THOUGH SOME VEGETATION IN GARDENS
SUFFERED FROM TOO MUCH RAINFALL AND DAMP CONDITIONS.

STATS...


               AVERAGE  (NORMAL)


TEMPERATURE......68.8F    (-0.2F)

RAINFALL.........12.41"  (+2.26")

SUNSHINE.........70%      (+5%)

&&

$$

THOMAS




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