Climatological Report (Monthly)
Issued by NWS Medford, OR

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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEDFORD, OR
455 AM PST WED MAR 1 2017

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...THE MEDFORD OR CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2017...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1911 TO 2017

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              79   02/08/2016
                        02/26/1992
                        02/25/1992
 LOW                6   02/01/1950
HIGHEST            67   02/15                         79  02/08
LOWEST             27   02/26                         29  02/23
                        02/24                             02/05
                        02/12
AVG. MAXIMUM     53.6              54.3    -0.7     57.8
AVG. MINIMUM     36.9              34.1     2.8     37.4
MEAN             45.2              44.2     1.0     47.6
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MIN <= 32      6              10.4    -4.4        4
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.0     0.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         5.67   1983
TOTALS           4.12              2.01    2.11     1.03
DAILY AVG.       0.15              0.07    0.08     0.04
DAYS >= .01        18              11.4     6.6       10
DAYS >= .10        13               5.3     7.7        4
DAYS >= .50         2               0.9     1.1        0
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.3    -0.3        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.86   02/15 TO 02/16

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           17.5   1917
TOTALS              T               0.6    -0.6      1.2
SINCE 7/1        11.8               3.6     8.2      1.9

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     547               582     -35      497
 SINCE 7/1       3045              3114     -69     2674
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0

FREEZE DATES
RECORD
 EARLIEST     09/13/1921
 LATEST       06/12/1952
EARLIEST      02/11             10/18
LATEST        02/26             04/29
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              4.2
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    37/140    DATE  02/15
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    46/130    DATE  02/15

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.70
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR            4
NUMBER OF DAYS PC              9
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         15

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     77

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                1     RAIN                       6
LIGHT RAIN               21     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       0
LIGHT SNOW                3     SLEET                      0
FOG                      21     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      5
HAZE                      2

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

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THE ACTIVE WINTER CONTINUED INTO FEBRUARY WITH SYSTEM AFTER SYSTEM
BRINGING RAIN AND EVEN SOME SNOW TO MEDFORD. FEBRUARY STARTED OUT MILD
AND WET WITH TEMPERATURES REACHING INTO THE UPPER 50S AND LOW 60S. ONE
STORM DROPPED OVER A QUARTER OF AN INCH OF RAIN ON THE 3RD. THE NEXT
SYSTEM REACHED SOUTHERN OREGON AND NORTHERN CALIFORNIA A DAY LATER, AND
THE WET WEATHER CONTINUED WITH A 6 DAY DELUGE OF RAINFALL ACROSS THE
AREA. BECAUSE OF THE HIGH SNOW LEVELS ASSOCIATED WITH THESE SYSTEMS,
SEVERAL AREAS SAW SIGNIFICANT FLOODING. SISKIYOU AND MODOC COUNTIES
NEARLY HAD TO ISSUE EVACUATIONS OF HOMES DUE TO THE FLOODING. IN THE
END, MODOC COUNTY ESTIMATED A LITTLE OVER A HALF MILLION DOLLARS WORTH
OF ROAD DAMAGE FROM FLOODING.

THERE WAS A BRIEF BREAK IN THE WEATHER TO ALLOW US TO DRY OUT BEFORE
THE NEXT BIG SYSTEM CAME THROUGH. ALTHOUGH THIS SYSTEM WAS STRONGER
THAN THE ONE THAT BROUGHT THE SIGNIFICANT FLOODING, SNOW LEVELS WERE
LOWER WHICH HELPED STIFLE SOME OF THE FLOODING. THIS SYSTEM BROUGHT
2.45 INCHES OF RAIN TO MEDFORD OVER AN EIGHT DAY STRETCH. BY THE 22ND,
SNOW LEVELS DROPPED TO THE VALLEY FLOORS AND WE RECORDED THE FIRST SNOW
OF FEBRUARY AT THE OFFICE. THE NEXT SYSTEMS CONTINUED TO PUSH IN OVER
SOUTHERN OREGON, AND HEAVIER SHOWERS BROUGHT SNOW LEVELS TO THE VALLEY
FLOORS. GROUND TEMPERATURES, HOWEVER, WERE WARM ENOUGH TO PRECLUDE ANY
SNOW ACCUMULATION HERE AT THE OFFICE. THUS, THERE WERE SEVERAL DAYS
WHERE A TRACE OF SNOW WAS REPORTED. OVERALL, FEBRUARY ONLY SAW FIVE
DAYS THAT DID NOT REGISTER ANY PRECIPITATION. THIS GAVE US 20.70 INCHES
OF PRECIPITATION TO DATE WHICH SURPASSED THE AVERAGE PRECIPITATION
TOTAL FOR THE WATER YEAR WHICH IS 18.37 INCHES.

IN ADDITION TO THE RAIN, A FEW OF THESE SYSTEMS ALSO BROUGHT SIGNIFICANT
WINDS TO SOUTHERN OREGON AND NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. MOST OF THE HIGHEST
WINDS WERE ALONG THE COAST AND ACROSS THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS EAST OF THE
CASCADES, AND INTO SISKIYOU AND MODOC COUNTIES; BUT EVEN THE ROGUE
VALLEY SAW A FEW IMPACTS. WE RECEIVED A PHOTO OF A RELATIVELY LARGE
TREE WHICH FELL ONTO A ROAD ON THE 15TH. THE AIRPORT RECORDED A 40 MPH
WIND GUST AROUND THE TIME THE TREE FELL. FINALLY, NORTH BEND PROBABLY
SAW THE MOST EXCITING PHENOMENON THIS MONTH ON THE 26TH AS A SHOWER
BROUGHT A VISIBLE WATERSPOUT NEAR THE BOARDWALK OF THE OYSTER DOCK.

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