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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LAS VEGAS NV
355 PM PST THU FEB 4 2016 /455 PM MST THU FEB 4 2016/

...JANUARY SUMMARY...

JANUARY BEGAN WITH SOME OF THE COLDEST TEMPERATURES SEEN IN A WHILE.
THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH OCCURRED ON THE MORNING OF THE
1ST WHEN THE LOW AT MCCARRAN DROPPED TO 27 DEGREES. THIS WAS THE
COLDEST READING SINCE JANUARY 15, 2013 WHEN THE TEMPERATURE DROPPED
TO 23 DEGREES. THE FIRST STORM SYSTEM OF THE YEAR MOVED INTO THE
REGION ON JANUARY 4-8 AND PRODUCED WIDESPREAD RAIN AND SNOW ACROSS
THE REGION. MOST OF THE VALLEY LOCATIONS RECEIVED BETWEEN A QUARTER
AND HALF OF INCH OF RAINFALL WHILE THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS SAW 1-2
FEET OF NEW SNOW. MT CHARLESTON RECEIVED 12 INCHES OF NEW SNOW ON
JANUARY 6 WHICH WAS THE MOST SNOW IN 24 HOURS SINCE 18 INCHES FELL
ON JANUARY 22, 2010.

QUIET WEATHER THEN PREVAILED BETWEEN THE 9TH AND THE 18TH BEFORE A
WEAK SYSTEM ON THE 19TH BROUGHT SOME ADDITIONAL RAIN AND SNOW TO THE
AREA WITH RAINFALL TOTALS GENERALLY LESS THAN A QUARTER OF AN INCH
WITH A FEW INCHES OF SNOW IN THE MOUNTAINS.

ANOTHER TRANQUIL PERIOD OCCURRED BETWEEN THE 20TH AND THE 29TH BEFORE
A STRONG STORM SYSTEM MOVED INTO THE REGION. WINDS INCREASED ACROSS
THE AREA ON THE 30TH AND BROUGHT RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES TO SEVERAL
LOCATIONS INCLUDING LAS VEGAS WHICH RECORDED 74 DEGREES. BETWEEN THE
31ST AND 1ST OF FEBRUARY WIDESPREAD RAIN AND SNOW OCCURRED ACROSS
NORTHERN INYO...ESMERALDA...CENTRAL NYE AND LINCOLN COUNTIES. MANY
LOCATIONS HAD BETWEEN 8-14 INCHES OF SNOW AND THE MOST SNOW IN A 24
HOUR PERIOD IN A FEW YEARS. SEVERAL SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ALSO
DEVELOPED ACROSS PORTIONS OF SAN BERNARDINO AND CLARK COUNTIES WHERE
WIND GUSTS PRODUCED SOME MINOR DAMAGE AND A LIGHTNING STRIKE CAUSED
A HOUSE FIRE IN NORTHWEST LAS VEGAS. THUNDER WAS RECORDED AT
MCCARRAN FOR THE FIRST TIME IN JANUARY SINCE 1979 AND ONLY THE THIRD
TIME EVER.

...LAS VEGAS...

RECORDS DATE TO 1937 AT THE OFFICIAL CLIMATE STATION.

* TEMPERATURE AT MCCARRAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

                          OBSERVED      DEPARTURE     RANK
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AVG TEMPERATURE           48.6          -0.1          19TH WARMEST
AVG MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE   57.0          -1.0          38TH COOLEST
AVG MINIMUM TEMPERATURE   40.3           0.9           8TH WARMEST

MONTHLY TEMPERATURE EXTREMES AT MCCARRAN

HIGHEST MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE...74 ON THE 30TH
LOWEST MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE...49 ON THE 1ST
HIGHEST MINIMUM TEMPERATURE...48 ON THE 4TH
LOWEST MINIMUM TEMPERATURE...27 ON THE 1ST

EXTREMES ELSEWHERE IN THE LAS VEGAS VALLEY DURING THE MONTH...

LOCATION                  LOWEST TEMP/DATE     HIGHEST TEMP/DATE
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HENDERSON EXEC. AIRPORT   21 ON  1ST           73 ON 30TH
NELLIS AFB                26 ON 13TH           70 ON 30TH
NORTH LAS VEGAS ARPT      30 ON  1ST & 13TH    72 ON 30TH
NORTH LAS VEGAS CO-OP     27 ON 13TH           71 ON 31TH
NWS OFFICE                23 ON  1ST           75 ON 31ST

* PRECIPITATION AT MCCARRAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

MONTHLY TOTAL...0.46 INCH
DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL...-0.08 INCH
NUMBER OF DAYS WITH A TRACE OR MORE...6
NUMBER OF DAYS WITH MEASURABLE - 0.01 INCH OR MORE...4
WETTEST DAY...0.25 INCH ON THE 5TH
NUMBER OF DAYS WITH A THUNDERSTORM...1
TOTAL SNOWFALL...0.0

* WIND AT MCCARRAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

AVERAGE WIND SPEED...4.6 MPH
DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL...-2.3 MPH
HIGHEST SUSTAINED WIND...SOUTHWEST AT 29 MPH ON THE 31ST
HIGHEST GUST...NORTHWEST AT 39 MPH ON THE 31ST

* PRESSURE EXTREMES REDUCED TO SEA LEVEL

HIGHEST PRESSURE...MM
LOWEST PRESSURE...29.31 INCHES ON THE 31ST

...ELSEWHERE ACROSS THE MOJAVE DESERT AND SOUTHERN GREAT BASIN...

LOCATION               AVG. TEMP        DEPARTURE          RANK
                      JANUARY 2015     FROM NORMAL    (IF IN TOP 10)
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BARSTOW-DAGGETT          48.0             -0.4
BISHOP                   38.5              0.0
DEATH VALLEY             52.1             -1.3
NEEDLES                  54.3             -0.8
MT CHARLESTON            30.5             -0.9
KINGMAN                  43.7              0.0

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BELOW ARE SOME PRECIPITATION TOTALS AND DEPARTURES FOR A FEW STATIONS
AROUND THE AREA.

LOCATION               MONTHLY          DEPARTURE          RANK
                        TOTAL          FROM NORMAL    (IF IN TOP 10)
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BARSTOW-DAGGETT       0.46 INCH         -0.14 INCH
BISHOP                1.06 INCH          0.01 INCH
DEATH VALLEY          0.14 INCH         -0.25 INCH
NEEDLES               0.59 INCH         -0.13 INCH
MT CHARLESTON         3.44 INCH         -0.48 INCH        7TH WETTEST
                      27.5 INCHES SNOW    5.9 INCHES
KINGMAN               1.18 INCH         -0.08 INCH

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NOTE...NORMALS USE THE PERIOD OF 1981-2010.

PERIOD OF RECORD FOR STATIONS:
LAS VEGAS (1937-PRESENT)              BISHOP (1943-PRESENT)
BARSTOW-DAGGETT (1943-PRESENT)        DEATH VALLEY (1911-PRESENT)
NEEDLES (1888-PRESENT)                DESERT ROCK (1977-PRESENT)
MT CHARLESTON (1980-PRESENT)          KINGMAN (1901-PRESENT)

THE ABOVE INFORMATION IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO A FINAL REVIEW.
FOR OFFICIAL CERTIFIED DATA...CONTACT THE OFFICE OF NOAA`S NATIONAL
CENTERS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION (NCEI) LOCATED IN ASHEVILLE,
NORTH CAROLINA.

$$

ASG


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