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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
224 PM EDT FRI JUN 1 2018

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...THE FORT WAYNE CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE SPRING SEASON, FROM
3/1/2018 TO 5/31/2018...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1897 TO 2018

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE
                                          NORMAL
.............................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              99   05/27/1911
 LOW              -10   03/01/1967
HIGHEST            97   05/28        MM      MM       91
LOWEST             19   04/08        MM      MM       14
AVG. MAXIMUM     59.8              60.3    -0.5     61.3
AVG. MINIMUM     39.2              38.9     0.3     41.7
MEAN             49.5              49.6    -0.1
DAYS MAX >= 90      3               0.6     2.4        1
DAYS MAX <= 32      1               2.8    -1.8        3
DAYS MIN <= 32     40              27.1    12.9       19
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.0     0.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        18.50   2011
 MINIMUM         5.07   1958
TOTALS           8.40             10.50   -2.10    16.98
DAILY AVG.       0.09              0.11   -0.02     0.18
DAYS >= .01        40              38.1     1.9       48
DAYS >= .10        17              21.9    -4.9       26
DAYS >= .50         6               6.8    -0.8       13
DAYS >= 1.00        1               2.1    -1.1        3
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    1.16   MM

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           21.3   1912
 24 HR TOTAL       MM
TOTALS            4.5               5.1    -0.6      3.4
SINCE 7/1        32.7              33.5    -0.8     18.5
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                MM      MM        0
DAYS >= TRACE      21               5.1    15.9       11
DAYS >= 1.0         1               1.6    -0.6        1
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         1   03/21                          1
 24 HR TOTAL      1.0   MM

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1541              1475      66     1285
 SINCE 7/1         MM              6072      MM       MM
COOLING TOTAL     144                58      86       64
 SINCE 1/1        144                57      87       64
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              10.4
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    40/270    DATE  04/04
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    53/260    DATE  04/04

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.70
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           17
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             35
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         40

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     68

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
  0
 14
  0
  0
  9
  2
  1
HAZE                      6

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

&&
...SPRING SEASON 2018 SUMMARY...

THE 2018 SPRING SEASON AT FORT WAYNE HAD AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF
49.5 DEGREES, WHICH WAS 0.1 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE
76TH COLDEST SPRING ON RECORD.

PRECIPITATION FOR THE SEASON WAS 8.40 INCHES, 2.10 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 33RD DRIEST SPRING ON RECORD.

SNOWFALL FOR THE SEASON WAS 4.5 INCHES, 0.6 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.
THIS RANKED AS THE 54TH LEAST SNOWIEST SPRING SEASON ON RECORD.

BELOW IS A MONTH BY MONTH SUMMARY OF THE SPRING SEASON IN THE FORT
WAYNE AREA.

MARCH

...IN LIKE A LION OUT LIKE A LION WITH A LAMB IN BETWEEN...

MARCH CAME IN LIKE A LION WITH A VERY SOGGY FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH
BUT ALSO WENT OUT LIKE A LION WITH A WET LAST DAY. IN BETWEEN, THE
MONTH WAS GENERALLY DRY, COOL AND QUIET.

THE FIRST WEEK OF MARCH SAW NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES BUT
ACCUMULATING SNOW RETURNED ON THE 5TH AND TEMPERATURES TRENDED BACK
TO BELOW NORMAL FROM THE 7TH THROUGH THE 14TH. SEVERAL WEAK SYSTEMS
BROUGHT LIGHT SNOW DURING THIS PERIOD BUT DAILY ACCUMULATIONS NEVER
EXCEEDED A HALF INCH. THE 14TH THROUGH THE 26TH WAS MOSTLY DRY WITH
TEMPERATURES GENERALLY STAYING BELOW NORMAL. LIGHT SNOW DID OCCUR ON
THE 17TH AND THE 21ST AT THE AIRPORT. HOWEVER, AREAS JUST TO THE
SOUTH AND EAST OF FORT WAYNE RECEIVED BETWEEN 3 AND 6 INCHES OF SNOW
ON THE 21ST. NEAR TO SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES FINALLY
RETURNED ON THE 26TH BUT SO DID MUCH NEEDED RAINFALL.

THE MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 36.3 WHICH WAS 2.1 DEGREES BELOW
NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 48TH COLDEST MARCH ON RECORD. WHILE THE
MONTH ON AVERAGE WAS BELOW NORMAL, THERE WERE NO SIGNIFICANTLY COLD
PERIODS. NO SINGLE DAY EXPERIENCED AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE DEPARTURE
MORE THAN 9 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

MONTHLY PRECIPITATION WAS 2.84 INCHES, 0.13 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.
THIS RANKED AS THE 56TH DRIEST MARCH ON RECORD. THE MAJORITY OF THE
PRECIPITATION FELL ON THE 1ST AND THE 27TH THROUGH 31ST.

SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH WAS 2.1 INCHES WHICH IS 2.0 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL. THIS TIED WITH 1998 AND 2003 AS THE 32ND LEAST SNOWIEST
MARCH ON RECORD.

APRIL

...A COLD MONTH WITH BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION...

THE COLD SPRING CONTINUED THROUGH APRIL IN THE FORT WAYNE AREA WITH
WELL BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES, BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION BUT ABOVE
NORMAL SNOWFALL.

WHILE MARCH AND APRIL BOTH EXPERIENCED BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES,
APRIL WAS SIGNIFICANTLY COLDER COMPARED TO NORMAL. THERE WERE 12
DAYS WHICH HAD AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 10 DEGREES OR MORE BELOW
NORMAL. THE MONTH BEGAN VERY COLD AS 9 OF THE FIRST 10 DAYS HAD AN
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF AT LEAST 10 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THIS WAS
THE 5TH COLDEST FIRST 10 DAYS OF APRIL ON RECORD AT FORT WAYNE. THE
PERIOD OF MARCH 20TH THROUGH APRIL 20TH, THE FIRST MONTH OF SPRING,
WAS THE 9TH COLDEST ON RECORD FOR THIS PERIOD WITH AN AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE OF 40.2 DEGREES.

TEMPERATURES BRIEFLY WARMED INTO THE 60S AND 70S FROM THE 11TH
THROUGH THE 14TH BUT THIS WAS SHORT LIVED AS ANOTHER ARCTIC COLD
SHOT BROUGHT TEMPERATURES PLUMMETING BACK INTO THE 30S AND 40S WITH
LIGHT SNOW ACROSS THE REGION. TEMPERATURES WOULD MODERATE DURING THE
LATTER HALF OF THE MONTH BUT STILL REMAINED BELOW NORMAL FOR MUCH OF
THE PERIOD.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 44.1 DEGREES, 5.9 DEGREES BELOW
NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 7TH COLDEST APRIL ON RECORD. THE WARMEST
TEMPERATURE WAS 79 ON THE 13TH AND THE COLDEST WAS 19 ON THE 8TH.

PRECIPITATION FOR APRIL MEASURED 2.25 INCHES, 1.27 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 31ST DRIEST APRIL ON RECORD.

SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH WAS 2.4 INCHES, 1.4 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS
RANKED AS THE 18TH SNOWIEST APRIL ON RECORD.

MAY

...VERY WARM MAY WITH ANOTHER MONTH OF BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION...

AFTER A PROLONGED COLD START TO SPRING, THE SWITCH FLIPPED AND MAY
BECAME VERY WARM WITH NEAR RECORD HEAT TOWARDS THE END OF THE MONTH.
DESPITE OTHER AREAS OF NORTHERN INDIANA SEEING NEAR RECORD RAINFALL
FOR MAY, THE FORT WAYNE AREA EXPERIENCED ANOTHER MONTH WITH BELOW
NORMAL PRECIPITATION. ONLY THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY HAS HAD ABOVE
NORMAL PRECIPITATION THIS YEAR AT FORT WAYNE.

MAY BEGAN WARM AND WET WITH HIGHS IN THE 70S AND 80S AND 1.22 INCHES
OF RAINFALL IN THE FIRST 4 DAYS. THE WARM TREND WOULD CONTINUE
THROUGH MOST OF THE MONTH BUT PRECIPITATION BECAME MORE SPARSE WITH
HEAVIER RAINFALL REMAINING WEST AND NORTH OF THE FORT WAYNE AREA.
THERE WERE JUST 2 DAYS OF BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES IN MAY AND 12
DAYS WITH AVERAGE TEMPERATURES OF 10 DEGREES OR MORE ABOVE NORMAL.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE FOR MAY WAS 68.2 DEGREES, 7.8
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE WARMEST MAY ON RECORD.
THERE WERE 3 DAYS WITH A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 90 DEGREES OR HIGHER
AND THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE WAS 97 ON THE 28TH. THIS WAS THE 3RD
WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED IN MAY. THE WARMEST WAS 99
WHICH OCCURRED IN 1911.

PRECIPITATION FOR MAY WAS 3.31 INCHES, 0.96 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.
THIS RANKED AS THE 54TH DRIEST MAY ON RECORD.
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