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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
215 PM EST TUE JAN 05 2021

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...THE FORT WAYNE CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE YEAR OF 2020...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1897 TO 2020

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART   LAST YEAR`S
                VALUE   DATE(S)   VALUE   FROM     VALUE
                                          NORMAL
..............................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH            106   06/28/2012
                       06/25/1988
                       07/14/1936
 LOW             -24   01/12/1918
HIGHEST           95   07/07         MM      MM       95
                       07/06
LOWEST             0   02/15         MM      MM      -13
AVG. MAXIMUM    61.8               60.3     1.5     60.4
AVG. MINIMUM    42.0               40.6     1.4     42.2
MEAN            51.9               50.5     1.4
DAYS MAX >= 90    25               13.4    11.6       15
DAYS MAX <= 32    15               39.4   -24.4       38
DAYS MIN <= 32   131              123.2     7.8      122
DAYS MIN <= 0      1                6.5    -5.5        4

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM       54.58   1990
 MINIMUM       24.40   1962
TOTALS         37.24              38.34   -1.10    39.03
DAILY AVG.      0.10               0.11   -0.01     0.11
DAYS >= .01      133              133.9    -0.9      140
DAYS >= .10       71               76.7    -5.7       82
DAYS >= .50       25               24.6     0.4       27
DAYS >= 1.00       8                8.2    -0.2        8

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL          68.6   2014
TOTALS          18.8               33.5   -14.7     33.4
SINCE 7/1        3.2               10.6    -7.4     10.1
SNOWDEPTH AVG.     0                                   0
DAYS >= TRACE     51               32.5    18.5       59
DAYS >= 1.0        8               10.0    -2.0       10
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        3   02/27                           4
                       02/13

DEGREE DAYS
HEATING TOTAL   5606               6102    -496     5875
 SINCE 7/1      2085               2328    -243     2196
COOLING TOTAL    938                809     129      994
 SINCE 1/1       938                809     129      994
..............................................................

WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              8.9
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    47/240    DATE  05/10
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    77/240    DATE  05/10

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.65
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           63
NUMBER OF DAYS PC            150
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY        153

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     71

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM             43     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN               30     RAIN                      42
LIGHT RAIN              156     FREEZING RAIN              1
LT FREEZING RAIN         10     HAIL                       1
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                      22
LIGHT SNOW               46     SLEET                      2
FOG                     179     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE     19
HAZE                     43

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

&&

...ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURE, BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITAITON AND SNOWFALL
...

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE YEAR WAS 51.9 DEGREES, WHICH IS 1.4
DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 50.5 DEGREES. THIS TIES FOR THE 14TH
WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD.

THERE WERE 25 DAYS WITH A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 90 DEGREES OR WARMER,
WHICH IS ABOUT 12 DAYS ABOVE THE CLIMATE NORMAL OF 13 DAYS. THERE
WERE 129 DAYS WITH A LOW TEMPERATURE AT OR BELOW FREEZING. THIS WAS
ABOUT 6 DAYS BELOW NORMAL. THERE WERE 0 DAYS WITH A LOW TEMPERATURE
AT OR BELOW ZERO, WHICH IS ABOUT 7 DAYS BELOW NORMAL.

TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE YEAR WAS 37.24 INCHES, WHICH IS 1.10
INCHES BELOW THE NORMAL OF 38.34 INCHES. THERE WERE 8 DAYS THIS YEAR
WITH 1 INCH OR MORE OF PRECIPITATION, WHICH IS ABOUT 1 DAY MORE THAN
NORMAL.

TOTAL SNOWFALL FOR THE YEAR WAS 18.8 INCHES, WHICH IS A WHOPPING
14.7 INCHES BELOW THE NORMAL OF 33.5 INCHES. THIS IS THE LEAST
AMOUNT OF ANNUAL SNOWFALL SINCE 2006 WHEN 13.8 INCHES WERE OBSERVED,
BUT SIMILAR TO 2017 WITH 18.6 INCHES.


JANUARY
...CONTINUED WARMTH, BUT NOW A WET JANUARY...

WHERE`S WINTER?? FORT WAYNE CONTINUES TO SEE ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES AND BELOW NORMAL SNOWFALL THROUGH THE MONTH OF JANUARY.
THE MONTH`S HIGHEST TEMPERATURE WAS 59 DEGREES ON THE 11TH AND WAS
THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE DAY TO REACH 50 DEGREES DURING THIS MONTH.
THE MONTH`S LOWEST TEMPERATURE WAS 7 DEGREES AND OCCURRED ON THE
19TH. THIS WAS WITHIN A STRETCH OF BELOW NORMAL AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
THAT OCCURRED ON 3 OF THE 4 DAYS BETWEEN THE 17TH AND 20TH AND WAS
THE ONLY PERIOD OF BELOW NORMAL AVERAGE TEMPERATURES THIS MONTH. THE
DAY WITH THE HIGHEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 24.7 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL, WHICH HAPPENED TO BE AROUND THE TIME FRAME THAT THIS MONTH
SAW SOME HEAVY RAINFALL.

THIS MONTH FEATURED 3 DAYS OF PRECIPITATION TOTALING ABOVE 0.5 INCH
WITH THE HEAVIEST RAINFALL AMOUNTING TO 1.6 INCHES OCCURRING ON THE
11TH. THIS TOTAL WAS A RECORD PRECIPITATION AMOUNT FOR THAT DAY. A
SECOND WAVY PATTERN OCCURRED FROM THE 17TH TO THE 21ST AND BROUGHT
CLOSE TO AN INCH OF PRECIPITATION OVER THAT PERIOD, THIS TIME WITH
MORE SNOW INVOLVED. SO, WHILE IT MAY SEEM LIKE ALL OF THE RAIN CAME
AT ONCE AND THEN WAS OVER, IN ALL ACTUALITY, WE`VE BEEN GETTING MORE
OF A SLOW TRICKLE OF PRECIPITATION THIS MONTH. IN FACT, FORT WAYNE
HAD ONLY 6 DAYS OF NO PRECIPITATION THIS MONTH AND 3 OF THEM WERE AT
THE BEGINNING OF THE MONTH.

AT THE END OF THE MONTH, FORT WAYNE`S MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
WAS 32.7 DEGREES LEADING TO A +7.8 DEGREE DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL.
THIS RANKS AS THE 11TH WARMEST JANUARY. FORT WAYNE`S PRECIPITATION
TOTALED 4.07 INCHES THIS MONTH LEADING TO A +1.81 INCH DEPARTURE
FROM NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 17TH WETTEST JANUARY. SNOWFALL
TOTALED 2.6 INCHES THIS MONTH AND LEAD TO A -7.5 INCH DEPARTURE
FROM NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 24TH LEAST SNOWIEST JANUARY.

FEBRUARY
......THE ONLY MONTH THIS WINTER WITH ABOVE-NORMAL SNOW...

FEBRUARY BEGAN INCREDIBLY WARM, WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 21 TO 17
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL ON THE 2ND AND 3RD, RESPECTIVELY. THIS WARMTH
CONTINUED UNINTERRUPTED UNTIL THE 13TH. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF
THE FIRST 12 DAYS OF FEBRUARY RANKED AS THE 12TH WARMEST ON RECORD:
33.6 DEGREES. OUR HIGHEST TEMPERATURE THIS MONTH WAS 59 ON THE 2ND.
THIS SQUEAKED PAST THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 58 IN 2016.

COLD AIR ARRIVED BY MID-MONTH, WHERE ON THE 14TH, THE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE DEPARTURE WAS 19 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THE LOWEST
TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS 0 DEGREES ON THE 15TH. HOWEVER, THE
FOLLOWING DAY A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 40 DEGREES WAS OBSERVED! THE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 29.8 DEGREES, WHICH IS 1.5
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS RIGHT AT NORMAL, TOTALING 2.04
INCHES. UNLIKE THE REST OF WINTER 2019-2020, FEBRUARY SAW A MONTHLY
SNOWFALL ABOVE NORMAL. THIS WAS MAINLY DUE TO A SNOWSTORM LATE IN
THE MONTH WHICH BROUGHT 3.5 INCHES OF SNOW ON THE 26TH. TOTAL
SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH WAS 9.6 INCHES; 1.9 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS
RANKS AS THE 32ND SNOWIEST FEBRUARY.

MARCH
...AN UNREMARKABLE MONTH...

MARCH BEGAN ON A WARM NOTE, WITH SEVERAL DAYS SEEING A DAILY AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE ABOVE NORMAL. HIGHS IN THE 50S WERE COMMON WITH A COUPLE
OF DAYS IN THE LOW-TO-MID-60S. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR MARCH 9TH
WAS 54 DEGREES; 18 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. NOTABLY COLDER AIR ARRIVED
LATER ON, WITH HIGHS IN THE 30S AND LOWS IN THE 20S ON THE 21ST AND
22ND. SNOW ARRIVED ALONG WITH THE COLD AIR. 1.2 INCHES OF SNOW WAS
REPORTED THROUGH THE 22ND AND 23RD. ONE MORE BOUT OF WARMTH WAS
REALIZED BEGINNING ON THE 25TH, BEFORE A STRONG STORM SYSTEM BROUGHT
COOLER AIR BACK TO THE AREA ON THE 29TH WITH A PEAK WIND GUST OF 61
MPH OBSERVED.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 41.1 DEGREES, WHICH IS 3.4
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 30TH WARMEST MARCH.

PRECIPITATION FOR TOTALED 3.20 INCHES, WHICH IS 0.49 INCHES ABOVE
NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 48TH WETTEST MARCH. THE GREATEST SINGLE-
DAY TOTAL WAS 0.90 INCHES ON THE 18TH.

SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH WAS 1.9 INCHES, WHICH IS 2.2 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL. MOST OF THIS SNOW FELL ON THE 14TH AND 22ND, WHEN 0.6 AND
1.1 INCHES OF SNOW (RESPECTIVELY) WAS OBSERVED. THIS RANKS AS THE
35TH LEAST SNOWIEST MARCH.

APRIL
...A COOL PATTERN OUTWEIGHS HINTS OF SPRINGTIME WARMTH...

THOSE DREAMING OF MILD SPRING DAYS OUTDOORS WERE LARGELY DISAPPOINTED
BY APRIL 2020, WHICH SAW AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 47.0 DEGREES.
THIS IS 3.0 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL, AND TIES AS THE 27TH COLDEST ON
RECORD. FOLLOWING THE WARMEST DAY OF THE MONTH, 77 DEGREES ON THE
7TH, COLDER-THAN-NORMAL DAYS OUTNUMBERED WARMER-THAN-NORMAL DAYS.
FROM THE 9TH THROUGH THE 30TH, 19 OF 22 DAYS SAW AN AVERAGE DAILY
TEMPERATURE BELOW NORMAL. THIS 22-DAY PERIOD TIES FOR THE 8TH
COLDEST ON RECORD WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 45.3 DEGREES.
(APRIL 8TH SAW AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 61 DEGREES, 14 DEGREES
ABOVE NORMAL).

ONE TEMPERATURE RECORD WAS BROKEN THIS MONTH: A RECORD LOW OF 22
DEGREES ON APRIL 16TH BROKE THE RECORD OF 23 DEGREES IN 2014.

THE TOTAL PRECIPITATION OF 2.28 INCHES IS 1.24 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.
THIS RANKS AS THE 35TH DRIEST ON RECORD. THE GREATEST SINGLE-DAY
PRECIPITATION TOTAL WAS APRIL 7TH; 0.99 INCHES OBSERVED.

THE TOTAL SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH WAS 1.5 INCHES, WHICH IS 0.5 INCHES
ABOVE NORMAL. THIS TIES AS THE 30TH SNOWIEST APRIL ON RECORD.

MAY
...A COLD START GIVES WAY TO SUMMER-LIKE WARMTH...

LOWS IN THE 20S, A FEW SNOWFLAKES, AND HIGHS IN THE 40S ARE SOME OF
THE DISTANT MEMORIES OF HOW MAY 2020 BEGAN. FROM THE 1ST THROUGH
15TH, THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 51.7 DEGREES WHICH RANKS AS THE
10TH COLDEST ON RECORD. A FEW RECORDS WERE BROKEN DURING THIS TIME.
ON MAY 8TH, A LOW OF 29 TIED THE RECORD SET IN 1947. A REPEAT
PERFORMANCE OCCURRED THE FOLLOWING DAY. ON MAY 9TH, A RECORD LOW OF
23 WAS OBSERVED WHICH BROKE THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 27 IN 1947. THIS
RECORD LOW OF 23 IS ALSO THE COLDEST MAY TEMPERATURE ON RECORD AT
FORT WAYNE. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 27 DEGREES WHICH OCCURRED IN
2005 (5/4), 1966 (5/10), 1963 (5/1), AND 1947 (5/9).

WHILE ON THE SUBJECT OF COLD, MAY 11TH BROUGHT AT LEAST A FEW
SNOWFLAKES OR EVEN PELLETS OF GRAUPEL.

THE WEATHER PATTERN TURNED NOTABLY WARMER IN TIME FOR MEMORIAL DAY
WEEKEND AS TEMPERATURES SOARED INTO THE 80S, AND EVEN REACHED 91
DEGREES ON THE 26TH. USING JANUARY 1 AS A STARTING POINT, THIS TIES
AS THE 14TH EARLIEST 90+ DEGREE DAY. THIS WAS ONE MONTH EARLIER THAN
LAST YEAR`S FIRST 90 DEGREE DAY; JUNE 26TH.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS 58.6 DEGREES, WHICH IS 1.8
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 45TH COLDEST ON RECORD.
PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH TOTALED 3.68 INCHES, WHICH IS 0.59
INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS TIES 1951 AS THE 63RD DRIEST ON RECORD.

JUNE
...17TH DRIEST JUNE ON RECORD...

BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION WAS OBSERVED IN BOTH APRIL AND MAY, BY
1.24" AND 0.59", RESPECTIVELY. JUNE CONTINUED THIS TREND.

JUNE BEGAN WITH AN EMPTY RAIN GAUGE ON SEVEN OF THE FIRST EIGHT DAYS
(0.17" ON THE 4TH). THE FINAL TWO DAYS OF MAY WERE DRY AS WELL. HIGH
TEMPERATURES SOARED QUICKLY INTO THE 80S AND 90S. IT WAS BREEZY AS
WELL AND ALL OF THIS COMBINED TO QUICKLY DRY THE AREA`S TOP SOIL.
MUCH OF INDIANA WAS DECLARED "ABNORMALLY DRY" ON THE UNITED STATES
DROUGHT MONITOR THAT WAS PREPARED ON THE 16TH, AND PUBLISHED JUNE
18TH. BY JUNE 16TH, FORT WAYNE WAS ALREADY 1.73" BELOW NORMAL ON
RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH, HAVING ONLY RECEIVED 0.64". FOR THE YEAR,
FORT WAYNE WAS BEHIND 1.23".

A SECOND BOUT OF DRY DAYS DEVELOPED FROM THE 14TH THROUGH 20TH.
THEN, RAIN WAS OBSERVED ON SEVEN OF THE FINAL TEN DAYS OF THE MONTH.
HOWEVER, UNLIKE THE RAINFALL AT SOUTH BEND, THIS WAS NOT ENOUGH TO
PRODUCE A NOTABLE DENT IN THE MONTH`S RAINFALL DEFICIT. IN ALL,
1.97" OF PRECIPITATION WAS OBSERVED, WHICH IS 2.19" BELOW NORMAL
THIS RANKS AS THE 17TH DRIEST JUNE ON RECORD. FOR THE YEAR, FORT
WAYNE IS 1.69" BELOW NORMAL, RANKING AS THE 53RD DRIEST TO DATE.

FORT WAYNE ALSO PICKED UP EIGHT DAYS WHERE THE HIGH REACHED AT LEAST
90 DEGREES. THIS IS THE GREATEST NUMBER OF 90 DEGREE DAYS IN JUNE
SINCE 2012, WHEN 12 WERE OBSERVED. FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR, NINE 90-
DEGREE DAYS HAVE BEEN OBSERVED. THIS TOO IS THE GREATEST NUMBER
SINCE 2012 WHEN 17 WERE OBSERVED. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE
MONTH WAS 72.2 DEGREES, WHICH IS 2.1 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS TIES
1925 AS THE 19TH WARMEST JUNE ON RECORD.

ONE RECORD WAS SET THIS MONTH. 94 DEGREES ON THE 9TH BROKE THE
PREVIOUS RECORD OF 93 IN 1914.

JULY
...ONE DAY`S RAIN WORKS TO EASE OTHERWISE DRY CONDITIONS...

JULY WAS NOTABLY HOT AND HUMID, WHICH OF COURSE TENDS TO HAPPEN IN
THE SUMMER MONTHS. HOWEVER, THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR JULY 2020,
77.1 DEGREES, TIES 1988 AS THE 13TH WARMEST JULY ON RECORD. ELEVEN
90-DEGREE DAYS WERE OBSERVED THIS MONTH WHICH IS THE GREATEST SINCE
2012 WHEN THE TALLY WAS TWENTY. THERE WERE EIGHT CONSECUTIVE 90-
DEGREE DAYS FROM JULY 2 TO 9. THERE HAVE BEEN TWENTY 90-DEGREE DAYS
SO FAR THIS YEAR, TYING AS THE 22ND GREATEST.

RAINFALL WAS HARD TO FIND FOR MUCH OF THE AREA. JULY 1 STARTED WITH
MUCH OF INDIANA DECLARED AS "ABNORMALLY DRY" ON THE U.S. DROUGHT
MONITOR. BY MID-MONTH, PORTIONS OF NORTHERN INDIANA WERE DECLARED TO
BE PART OF A "MODERATE DROUGHT". BOTH OF THESE AREAS WERE FURTHER
EXPANDED BY THE END OF THE MONTH.

A RATHER DECEPTIVE 5.22 INCHES OF RAIN WAS OBSERVED AT FORT WAYNE,
WHICH IS 1.01 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. 2.24 INCHES FELL ON THE 27TH,
BREAKING THE OLD RECORD OF 1.92 IN 1923. THIS SINGLE-DAY RAINFALL
ESSENTIALLY MASKS THE NOTION OF A DRY MONTH FROM THE RECORD BOOKS.
THIS MONTHLY TOTAL RANKS AS THE 21ST WETTEST JULY ON RECORD.

ON JUNE 20TH, FORT WAYNE`S TOTAL PRECIPITATION SINCE JUNE 1 AND
JANUARY 1 WERE 3.42 AND 2.92 INCHES BELOW NORMAL, RESPECTIVELY. BY
THE END OF THE MONTH, THESE VALUES IMPROVED TO 1.18 AND 0.68 INCHES,
RESPECTIVELY.

AUGUST
...FIVE DAYS OF MEASUREABLE RAINFALL...

BASED ON TOTAL RAINFALL AND AVERAGE TEMPERATURE, AUGUST 2020 WILL
GENERALLY SLIP SILENTLY INTO THE CLIMATE RECORDS. HOWEVER, THE DRY
SPELL FROM THE 11TH THROUGH 27TH (ONLY A TRACE OBSERVED) EXASPERATED
ALREADY DRY CONDITIONS OVER THE AREA.

BY AUGUST 27TH, MEASUREABLE PRECIPITATION (DEFINED AS 0.01" OR MORE)
HAD BEEN OBSERVED ON ONLY THREE DAYS, TOTALING 1.29". MONTH-TO-DATE
PRECIPITATION WAS 1.90" BELOW NORMAL BY THIS POINT. HAD THE MONTHLY
TOTAL ENDED THERE, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE 11TH DRIEST ON RECORD. THE
LONGEST STRETCH OF DAYS WITH ZERO MEASUREABLE PRECIPITATION IS 41
DAYS, ENDING IN SEPTEMBER OF 1908. THIS MONTH`S STRETCH OF 17 DAYS
TIES FOR 39TH LONGEST STRETCH. AN AREA OF "MODERATE DROUGHT" WAS
ADDED TO PORTIONS OF NORTHERN INDIANA AND SOUTHERN MICHIGAN ON THE
AUGUST 25TH U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR MAP.

A SOAKING 1.23" OF RAIN THE 29TH, ALONG WITH 0.15" ON THE 28TH
BROUGHT THE RAIN TOTAL TO 2.67", WHICH IS 0.97" BELOW NORMAL. THIS
RANKS AS THE 54TH DRIEST AUGUST ON RECORD.

FORT WAYNE PICKED UP FIVE 90-DEGREE DAYS THIS MONTH. THIS IS THE
GREATEST TOTAL FOR THE MONTH SINCE 2016 (7). THE ANNUAL TOTAL TO
DATE IS 25. THIS IS THE GREATEST SINCE 2012 WHICH HAD 42 THROUGH THE
END OF AUGUST.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 71.3 DEGREES, WHICH IS 0.2
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. NO RECORDS WERE SET THIS MONTH.

SEPTEMBER
...SOAKING RAIN TO START, THEN DRY FOR TWO WEEKS...

A SOAKING RAIN ON THE 7TH AND 8TH HELPED TO EASE DROUGHT CONDITIONS
IN FORT WAYNE AND COMMUNITIES TO THE SOUTH. RAINFALL ON THOSE TWO
DATES MEASURED 2.40". COMMUNITIES THAT MISSED OUT ON THIS RAINFALL
CONTINUED TO EXPERIENCE EITHER "ABNORMALLY DRY" OR "MODERATE
DROUGHT" CONDITIONS ACCORDING TO THE US DROUGHT MONITOR. THERE WAS A
PROLONGED DRY STRETCH FROM THE 14TH THROUGH 27TH. RAINFALL FOR THE
MONTH TOTALED 3.33". THIS IS 0.53" ABOVE NORMAL AND RANKS AS THE
42ND WETTEST ON RECORD.

ONE RAINFALL RECORD WAS SET THIS MONTH. TOTAL RAINFALL OF 1.34" ON
THE 7TH BROKE THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 1.19" IN 2012.

ALSO NOTABLE THIS MONTH WERE THE TEMPERATURE SWINGS. THE DAILY MEAN
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE DEPARTURE RANGED FROM 11 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL ON
THE 19TH TO 10 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL ON THE 27TH. ALL TOLD, THE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 63.2 DEGREES WHICH IS 1.1
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THIS TIES AS THE 36TH COLDEST SEPTEMBER.

OCTOBER
...A DRY START TO THE MONTH, THEN A WET LATE MONTH...

OCTOBER BEGAN WITH A STRETCH OF BELOW-NORMAL TEMPERATURES, AND A
QUICK DOSE OF RAIN ON THE 4TH; 0.58 INCHES. AS TEMPERATURES WARMED
TO ABOVE NORMAL BEGINNING ON THE 6TH, THE NEXT BOUT OF RAIN WOULD
NOT BE REALIZED UNTIL THE 12TH. AS A RESULT OF CONTINUED DRYNESS,
DROUGHT CONDITIONS WERE UNCHANGED FOR MUCH OF OCTOBER. THAT IS,
SOUTHERN MICHIGAN INTO NORTHWEST OHIO WAS SAID TO BE "ABNORMALLY
DRY" ACCORDING TO THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR. MEANWHILE, WESTERN
WILLIAMS COUNTY, OHIO THROUGH WHITE COUNTY, INDIANA WERE LABELED AS
"MODERATE DROUGHT". A ROUND OF THUNDERSTORMS ON THE 12TH PRODUCED A
48 MPH WIND GUST AT THE AIRPORT BUT THE RAINFALL OF 0.22 INCHES WAS
NOT ENOUGH TO EASE THE DROUGHT CONDITIONS.

DROUGHT CONDITIONS IMPROVED SLIGHTLY DURING THE SECOND HALF OF THE
MONTH. FROM THE 18TH THROUGH 23RD, 3.31 INCHES OF RAIN WAS OBSERVED.
AN ADDITIONAL 0.38 INCHES WAS OBSERVED FROM THE THE 27TH THROUGH
29TH. THIS STRETCH OF WET WEATHER EASED THE DROUGHT FOR PORTIONS OF
NORTHWEST OHIO AND ALLEN COUNTY, INDIANA.

TEMPERATURES TURNED NOTABLY COOLER FOR THE END OF THE MONTH AS WELL,
WITH A BELOW-NORMAL MEAN TEMPERATURE ON 13 OF THE FINAL 17 DAYS. THE
HIGH TEMPERATURE OF ONLY 44 DEGREES ON THE 27TH NEARLY BROKE THE
PREVIOUS RECORD OF 39 DEGREES SET IN 1925.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 51.5 DEGREES WHICH IS 1.1
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 36TH COLDEST ON RECORD.
TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS 4.55 INCHES WHICH IS 1.71
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 14TH WETTEST OCTOBER. NO SNOW
WAS OBSERVED THIS MONTH. THE NORMAL FOR OCTOBER IS 0.3 INCHES.

...13TH WARMEST NOVEMBER...
NOVEMBER NOVEMBER 2020 WILL BE REMEMBERED AS A WARM ONE! THE 3RD
THROUGH 10TH FEATURED HIGHS IN THE UPPER-60S AND UPPER-70S. THERE
WAS ONE MORE BOUT OF WARMTH ON THE 19TH AND 20TH WITH HIGHS IN THE
60S. NINE DAYS HAD DOUBLE-DIGIT DAILY MEAN TEMPERATURE DEPARTURES
ABOVE NORMAL. ALL OF THIS RESULTED IN THE 13TH WARMEST NOVEMBER. THE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 45.1 DEGREES, WHICH IS 3.7 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL. THIS WAS NEARLY AS WARM AS NOVEMBER 2016 WHICH OBSERVED AN
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 46.0 DEGREES.

A NUMBER OF TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE BROKEN THIS MONTH. THE BREAK
DOWN IS BELOW:

    11/08: H:78. (PREVIOUS 73, 1915)
    11/09: H:77.(74, 1975)
    11/10: H:76. (70, 1964). L:57. (52, 2002)

THE RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE ON NOVEMBER 8TH IS NOTEWORTHY BECAUSE IS
IS THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE RECORDED SO LATE IN THE CALENDAR YEAR.
THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 78 DEGREES SET ON NOVEMBER 6TH, 1975.

UNLIKE SOUTH BEND, THIS UNSEASONABLE WARMTH WAS PAIRED WITH NEAR-
NORMAL PRECIPITATION. PRECIPITATION TOTALED 2.90 INCHES WHICH IS
0.19 INCH BELOW NORMAL. AS A RESULT OF A SOAKING RAIN ON THE 22ND
AND 25TH, THE U.S DROUGHT MONITOR IMPROVED CONDITIONS OVER THE
GREATER FORT WAYNE AREA AND POINTS SOUTH.

THERE WERE TWO INSTANCES OF MEASURABLE SNOW THIS MONTH. THIS TOTALED
1.0 INCHES AND IS 0.8 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 66TH
LEAST SNOWIEST NOVEMBER.

DECEMBER
...WHERE`S THE SNOW?...

DECEMBER 2020 WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR ITS LACK OF SNOW AND MILD,
MAINLY DRY CONDITIONS. ROUGHLY HALF OF THE DAYS FEATURED AN AVERAGE
DAILY TEMPERATURE DEPARTURE OF AT LEAST +1 DEGREE. THERE WERE TWO
STRETCHES OF DAYS WHERE THIS WARMTH WAS MOST NOTABLE. THE FIRST
STRETCH WAS FROM THE 9TH THROUGH 12TH WHEN HIGHS REACHED THE 50S,
AND EVEN 60 (12/11) HELPING TO PROPEL THE DAY`S TEMPERATURE
DEPARTURE FROM +8 (ON 12/10) TO +18 (ON 12/12) DEGREES. THE SECOND
STRETCH OCCURRED FROM THE 19TH THROUGH 23RD. HERE, DEPARTURES RANGED
FROM +6 (ON 12/19) TO +16 (ON 12/23) DEGREES. THROUGH THE 23RD, FORT
WAYNE`S AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 34.6 DEGREES RANKED AS THE 25TH
WARMEST START TO WINTER. THIS WAS THE WARMEST START SINCE 2018; 35.3
DEGREES.

BY THE END OF THE MONTH, THE AVERAGE DAILY TEMPERATURE WAS 33.3
DEGREES WHICH IS 4.2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 26TH
WARMEST ON RECORD.

PRECIPITATION WAS LARGELY ABSENT FOR THE FIRST ONE-THIRD OF THE
MONTH. IN FACT, THROUGH 12/10, IT WAS THE DRIEST START TO WINTER ON
RECORD. SECOND PLACE GOES TO 1988 WITH 0.02". IT WAS NOT UNTIL THE
11TH THAT MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION (0.01" OR GREATER) WAS OBSERVED.
MUCH OF THE MONTH`S PRECIPITATION OCCURRED ON THE 12TH; 0.56". ALL
TOLD, PRECIPITATION TOTALED 1.27 INCHES WHICH IS 1.50 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 24TH DRIEST DECEMBER ON RECORD.

LIKE PRECIPITATION, SNOWFALL WAS LARGELY ABSENT THIS MONTH. THROUGH
THE 15TH, THIS WAS TIED WITH 1998 AS THE LEAST SNOWIEST START TO
WINTER ON RECORD; 0.0". THEN, FROM THE 16TH TO 17TH, 1.1" OF SNOW
WAS OBSERVED. THIS MOVED FORT WAYNE TO THE 28TH LEAST SNOWIEST START
TO WINTER, TIED WITH 1928. TOTAL SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH WAS 2.2
INCHES WHICH IS 6.3 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 24TH
LEAST SNOWIEST DECEMBER ON RECORD. DECEMBER 2018 REPORTED 0.1".

THERE WERE NO RECORDS SET THIS MONTH.

$$

BROWN/ROLLER


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