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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
627 PM EST WED JAN 4 2017

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...THE AUGUSTA CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE YEAR OF 2016...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1948 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             100   08/05/1955
 LOW              -23   02/02/1962
HIGHEST            94   08/11        93       1       89  09/07
                                                          08/18
LOWEST            -10   02/14       -10       0      -12  01/08
AVG. MAXIMUM     56.6              54.7     1.9     54.4
AVG. MINIMUM     37.9              36.8     1.1     36.0
MEAN             47.2              45.7     1.5     45.2
DAYS MAX >= 90      7               4.8     2.2        0
DAYS MAX <= 32     46              57.5   -11.5       69
DAYS MIN <= 32    145             145.4    -0.4      139
DAYS MIN <= 0       9              11.0    -2.0       25

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        57.31   2005
 MINIMUM        25.79   2001
TOTALS          35.25             41.88   -6.63    38.45
DAILY AVG.       0.10              0.11   -0.01     0.11
DAYS >= .01       118             135.4   -17.4      137
DAYS >= .10        67              79.1   -12.1       77
DAYS >= .50        24              26.7    -2.7       19
DAYS >= 1.00        8               9.2    -1.2        8
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    3.08   10/21 TO 10/22

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    6916              7422    -506     7528
 SINCE 7/1       2557              2755    -198     2307
COOLING TOTAL     530               388     142      457


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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              7.0
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    33/160    DATE  04/07
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    54/170    DATE  04/07

SKY COVER
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.40

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     67

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM             13     HEAVY RAIN                23
RAIN                     42     LIGHT RAIN               112
FREEZING RAIN             4     LT FREEZING RAIN          12
HEAVY SNOW                8     SNOW                      16
LIGHT SNOW               42     FOG                      166
FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE    57     HAZE                      34

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

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THE YEAR 2016 WAS THE 8TH WARMEST ON RECORD AT AUGUSTA AND THE
DRIEST SINCE 2004. ALTHOUGH THERE WERE A FEW PERIODS OF EXTREME COLD
IN MID FEBRUARY, APRIL, AND MID DECEMBER, MOST OF THE YEAR WAS
DOMINATED BY WARM WEATHER AND DEVELOPING DROUGHT.

IT ALL BEGAN WITH A RELATIVELY WARM STRETCH OF WEATHER WHICH
CULMINATED WITH A HIGH OF 52 ON JANUARY 10 ALONG WITH ALMOST 2
INCHES OF RAINFALL. THIS SIGNALED A SHIFT IN THE WEATHER PATTERN AND
WAS FOLLOWED BY A STRETCH OF 13 STRAIGHT DAYS THAT DID NOT WARM
ABOVE FREEZING. THE WEATHER BEGAN TO WARM AGAIN AT THE END OF
JANUARY AND INTO THE FIRST PART OF FEBRUARY INCLUDING A HIGH
TEMPERATURE OF 55 DEGREES ON FEBRUARY 1. THE WARMTH CAME TO AN END
ON FEBRUARY 7 WHEN A STRONG COLD FRONT BROUGHT COLD AIR BACK INTO
THE AREA. SUCCESSIVE COLD FRONTS BROUGHT COLDER AND COLDER AIR WITH
THE COLD PEAKING ON VALENTINES DAY WHEN THE HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS
ONLY 5 DEGREES ABOVE ZERO. AFTER BOTTOMING OUT AROUND 10 BELOW ZERO
ON FEBRUARY 14 AND 15, THE WARM WEATHER QUICKLY MOVED BACK IN AND
THE TEMPERATURE SOARED ALL THE WAY TO 51 ABOVE ZERO ON FEBRUARY 16
ALONG WITH SOME RAINFALL. THE WARM WEATHER DOMINATED THROUGH THE
MIDDLE OF MARCH. ALTHOUGH THIS WOULD SEEM TO SET THE STAGE FOR A
WARM SPRING, IT WAS NOT TO BE. THE COLDER AIR RETURNED JUST AS THE
SPRING EQUINOX ARRIVED AND CONTINUED INTO THE FIRST PART OF APRIL.
ON APRIL 4, THE HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS ONLY 26 DEGREES, THE 4TH
COLDEST APRIL DAY ON RECORD. THERE WERE 4 STRAIGHT DAYS THAT DIPPED
INTO THE TEENS, TYING FOR THE MOST LOWS IN THE TEENS IN APRIL ON
RECORD. ALTHOUGH WARM WEATHER TRIED TO BUILD BACK IN DURING THE
MIDDLE OF THE MONTH, THE COLD AIR MADE ANOTHER APPEARANCE AT THE END
OF APRIL, COMPLETE WITH A RARE LATE SEASON SNOWFALL ON APRIL 26. THE
LAST FREEZE OF THE SEASON WAS ON APRIL 30, JUST A FEW DAYS LATER
THAN NORMAL.

THE FIRST PERSISTENT STRETCH OF TRULY WARM WEATHER DID NOT ARRIVE
UNTIL MID MAY. AUGUSTA ENJOYED 5 STRAIGHT DAYS ABOVE 70 DEGREES FROM
MAY 10 THRU 14. BY THE END OF THE MONTH THE TEMPERATURE SOARED ALL
THE WAY TO 90 DEGREES ON MAY 28. THIS WAS THE FIRST 90 DEGREE
TEMPERATURE OBSERVED AT AUGUSTA IN ALMOST 3 YEARS, ENDING THE SECOND
LONGEST PERIOD WITHOUT HITTING 90 DEGREES ON RECORD. THE FOLLOWING
TABLE LISTS THE LONGEST PERIODS WITHOUT A 90 DEGREE TEMPERATURE AT
AUGUSTA.

LONGEST PERIODS WITHOUT 90 DEGREES AT AUGUSTA (1948 TO PRESENT)...
RANK  DAYS  ENDING DATE
1     1454  JUL 16, 1982
2     1043  MAY 27, 2016 <===
3     774   JUL 25, 1986
4     765   JUL 22, 1959
5     720   JUL 31, 1975
6     717   JUL 19, 1977
7     698   JUL 7, 1973
8     677   JUN 28, 1997
9     409   JUL 6, 1993
10    395   JUL 15, 1968

THERE WAS A LONG PERIOD OF COOL, WET WEATHER AT THE BEGINNING OF
JUNE. RAIN WAS OBSERVED ON 11 STRAIGHT DAYS, THOUGH THE ONLY DAY
WITH HEAVY RAINFALL WAS JUNE 5 WHEN MORE THAN 1.5 INCHES FELL.
WARMER, MORE HUMID AIR MOVED IN FOR THE LAST HALF OF THE MONTH, AND
THUNDERSTORMS BROUGHT ANOTHER 1.5 INCHES OF RAIN ON JUNE 29. WARM
WEATHER CONTINUED THROUGH INDEPENDENCE DAY WITH SEVERAL DAYS IN THE
80S. BUT A PROLONGED PERIOD OF ONSHORE WINDS BROUGHT COOL, DAMP
WEATHER IN MID JULY. FOR 4 STRAIGHT DAYS THE TEMPERATURE DID NOT
RISE ABOVE 65 DEGREES FROM JULY 7 THRU 10. EVENTUALLY THIS PATTERN
BROKE AND WARM TO OCCASIONALLY HOT WEATHER RETURNED ALONG WITH
OCCASIONAL THUNDERSTORMS. THE HEAT CONTINUED TO BUILD THROUGH THE
MIDDLE OF AUGUST, PEAKING WITH A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 94 DEGREES ON
AUGUST 11, THE HOTTEST OF THE YEAR. ALTHOUGH THE HEAT GRADUALLY
DIMINISHED THROUGH THE END OF AUGUST, THE OVERALL WARMTH CONTINUED
THROUGH MUCH OF SEPTEMBER WITH OCCASIONAL THUNDERSTORMS STAVING OFF
THE DEVELOPING DROUGHT.

MORE FALL-LIKE TEMPERATURES DID NOT ARRIVE UNTIL THE LAST PART OF
SEPTEMBER. A SERIES OF COLD FRONTS BROUGHT ALTERNATING PERIODS OF
WARMER AND COOLER WEATHER THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF OCTOBER. THE FIRST
FREEZE OF THE SEASON CAME ON OCTOBER 15, JUST A FEW DAYS LATER THAN
NORMAL. ON OCTOBER 21, TROPICAL MOISTURE SURGED NORTHWARD AHEAD OF
AN APPROACHING COLD FRONT. MORE THAN 3 INCHES OF RAIN FELL ON THE
EVENING OF OCTOBER 21 INTO THE EARLY MORNING OF THE 22ND, HELPING TO
PUT A DENT IN THE DROUGHT. COOLER WEATHER FOLLOWED WITH MORE
RAINFALL AT THE END OF OCTOBER AND DURING THE FIRST PART OF
NOVEMBER. THE WARMTH BUILT IN AGAIN DURING MID NOVEMBER WITH 8
STRAIGHT DAYS OF ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES. THIS CAME TO AN END ON
NOVEMBER 21 WHEN A STORM SYSTEM BROUGHT LIGHT SNOW AND PULLED IN
COLDER WEATHER. ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM BROUGHT FREEZING RAIN AND RAIN
ON NOVEMBER 29 AND MORE RAIN ON DECEMBER 1. GRADUALLY THE WEATHER
PATTERN TRENDED MUCH COLDER. A VERY FRIGID EARLY SEASON ARCTIC AIR
MASS MOVED INTO THE AREA IN MID DECEMBER WITH SEVERAL DAYS OF
SUBZERO TEMPERATURES RECORDED. THE HIGH TEMPERATURE ON DECEMBER 16
WAS ONLY 4 DEGREES ABOVE ZERO, THE COLDEST DECEMBER DAY IN MORE THAN
40 YEARS. THE BRUTAL COLD EASED UP FOR THE LAST HALF OF THE MONTH,
BUT A STORM SYSTEM BROUGHT ANOTHER ROUND OF SNOW ON DECEMBER 29 AND
30.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE YEAR WAS 47.2 DEGREES WHICH WAS 1.5
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AND THE 8TH WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD. THE WARMEST
YEAR WAS 1999 WHEN THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 49.3 DEGREES. THE
COLDEST WAS ONLY 42.8 DEGREES IN 1968. THE FOLLOWING TABLE LISTS THE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FOR EACH MONTH OF 2016 INCLUDING DEPARTURES
FROM NORMAL.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURES BY MONTH IN 2016
MONTH      MAXIMUM       MINIMUM      AVERAGE      NOTES
JANUARY    32.1 (+4.5)   16.6 (+5.6)  24.4 (+5.1)  6TH WARMEST
FEBRUARY   36.1 (+4.3)   16.1 (+1.6)  26.1 (+2.9)
MARCH      43.3 (+2.9)   26.1 (+2.7)  34.7 (+2.8)
APRIL      52.3 (-0.8)   31.4 (-3.2)  41.8 (-2.1)
MAY        66.5 (+1.3)   45.5 (+0.9)  56.0 (+1.1)
JUNE       73.8 (0.0)    52.8 (-1.4)  63.3 (-0.7)
JULY       80.4 (+1.2)   60.9 (+1.0)  70.7 (+1.2)
AUGUST     81.7 (+3.7)   60.5 (+2.0)  71.1 (+2.8)  4TH WARMEST
SEPTEMBER  74.0 (+4.4)   53.4 (+2.9)  63.7 (+3.7)  5TH WARMEST
OCTOBER    58.8 (+1.6)   41.4 (+1.8)  50.1 (+1.7)
NOVEMBER   47.5 (+2.3)   32.9 (+2.3)  40.2 (+2.3)
DECEMBER   32.6 (-0.9)   16.6 (-2.0)  24.6 (-1.5)
ANNUAL     56.6 (+1.9)   37.9 (+1.1)  47.2 (+1.5)  8TH WARMEST

A TOTAL OF 35.25 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL WHICH WAS 6.63 INCHES
BELOW NORMAL AND THE DRIEST YEAR SINCE 2004. THE HEAVIEST RAIN FELL
ON OCTOBER 21 AND 22 WHEN 3.29 INCHES WAS MEASURED. THE DRIEST YEAR
ON RECORD WAS IN 2001 WHEN ONLY 25.79 INCHES WAS RECORDED. THE
WETTEST WAS 2005 WITH 57.31 INCHES. THE FOLLOWING TABLE LISTS THE
PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS FOR EACH MONTH OF 2016 INCLUDING DEPARTURES
FROM NORMAL.

MONTHLY PRECIPITATION TOTALS FOR 2016
MONTH      PRECIPITATION  NOTES
JANUARY    2.40  (-0.21)
FEBRUARY   3.47  (+1.04)
MARCH      3.50  (+0.13)
APRIL      2.72  (-1.07)
MAY        1.48  (-2.21)  9TH DRIEST
JUNE       3.74  (+0.18)
JULY       1.96  (-1.46)
AUGUST     2.31  (-1.00)
SEPTEMBER  1.13  (-2.61)  5TH DRIEST
OCTOBER    5.00  (+0.64)
NOVEMBER   3.57  (-0.79)
DECEMBER   3.97  (+0.73)
ANNUAL     35.25 (-6.63)

THERE WERE 8 DAYS THAT RECORDED AT LEAST 1.00 INCH OF PRECIPITATION.
THIS IS 1.2 DAYS BELOW NORMAL AND THE FEWEST SINCE 2013 (6 DAYS).
THE FOLLOWING TABLE LISTS THE DAYS WHICH RECEIVED AT LEAST 1.00 INCH
OF PRECIPITATION IN 2016.

DAYS WITH AT LEAST 1.00 INCH OF PRECIPITATION IN 2016
DAY           PRECIPITATION
JANUARY 10    1.85
JUNE 5        1.54
JUNE 29       1.50
AUGUST 22     1.13
OCTOBER 21    2.18
OCTOBER 22    1.11
NOVEMBER 29   1.09
DECEMBER 1    1.24

CLIMATE INFORMATION FROM AUGUSTA IS TAKEN DIRECTLY FROM THE
AUTOMATED SURFACE OBSERVING SYSTEM AT THE AUGUSTA STATE AIRPORT.
SNOWFALL DATA IS NOT AVAILABLE AS THE AUTOMATED SYSTEM DOES NOT
REPORT SNOWFALL AMOUNTS AND SUPPLEMENTAL SNOWFALL OBSERVATIONS ARE
NOT AVAILABLE.

THE FOLLOWING DAILY RECORDS WERE SET OR TIED IN 2016...
JAN 10  52   - WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE      50 IN 1972
FEB 4   52   - WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE      50 IN 1970
FEB 4   37   - WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE       37 IN 1984 /TIED/
FEB 28  50   - WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE      50 IN 1979, 1966 /TIED/
FEB 29  51   - WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE      47 IN 2004
MAR 2   0.93 - GREATEST PRECIPITATION        0.89 IN 2003
MAR 9   64   - WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE      53 IN 2000
MAR 10  64   - WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE      61 IN 1977
MAR 10  39   - WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE       39 IN 1977 /TIED/
APR 1   49   - WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE       42 IN 2010
APR 4   26   - COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE      28 IN 1954
APR 7   0.96 - GREATEST PRECIPITATION        0.58 IN 1986
APR 26  38   - COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE      39 IN 1976
APR 26  30   - COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE       30 IN 1966 AND 1962 /TIED/
APR 29  27   - COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE       30 IN 1961
MAY 28  90   - WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE      88 IN 1988
JUN 5   1.54 - GREATEST PRECIPITATION        0.87 IN 2010
JUL 9   60   - COOLEST HIGH TEMPERATURE      62 IN 2005
AUG 11  94   - WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE      92 IN 2002
AUG 13  65   - COOLEST HIGH TEMPERATURE      65 IN 1997 /TIED/
AUG 22  1.13 - GREATEST PRECIPITATION        0.77 IN 1977
SEP 19  64   - WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE       63 IN 1976 AND 1952
SEP 20  63   - WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE       63 IN 1976 /TIED/
OCT 20  2.01 - GREATEST PRECIPITATION        2.01 IN 1976
OCT 21  1.11 - GREATEST PRECIPITATION        1.10 IN 1988
DEC 15  -3   - COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE       -3 IN 1980 /TIED/
DEC 16  4    - COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE      4 IN 1951 /TIED/
DEC 16  -9   - COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE       -5 IN 1951

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KIMBLE



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