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000 CXUS51 KBUF 031528 CLMBUF CLIMATE REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY 1050 AM EST THU MAR 1 2018 ................................... ...THE BUFFALO NY CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2018... CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010 CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1871 TO 2018 WEATHER OBSERVED NORMAL DEPART LAST YEAR`S VALUE DATE(S) VALUE FROM VALUE DATE(S) NORMAL ................................................................ TEMPERATURE (F) RECORD HIGH 71 02/24/2017 02/26/2000 69/09/2353 LOW -21 02/09/1934 HIGHEST 68 02/21 71 02/24 LOWEST 9 02/08 14 02/03 AVG. MAXIMUM 39.5 33.3 6.2 42.7 AVG. MINIMUM 24.3 19.2 5.1 27.0 MEAN 31.9 26.3 5.6 34.8 DAYS MAX >= 90 0 0.0 0.0 0 DAYS MAX <= 32 10 13.6 -3.6 7 DAYS MIN <= 32 21 25.3 -4.3 22 DAYS MIN <= 0 0 0.6 -0.6 0 PRECIPITATION (INCHES) RECORD MAXIMUM 5.90 1990 MINIMUM 0.46 1877 TOTALS 3.61 2.49 1.12 2.26 DAYS >= .01 18 10 DAYS >= .10 9 5 DAYS >= .50 2 2 DAYS >= 1.00 0 0 GREATEST 24 HR. TOTAL 0.82 02/19 TO 02/19 02/07 TO 02/08 02/16 TO 02/16 02/16 TO 02/16 SNOWFALL (INCHES) RECORDS TOTAL 54.2 1958 TOTALS 18.1 17.3 0.8 5.0 SINCE 7/1 83.2 78.8 4.4 SNOWDEPTH AVG. 2 4 -2 1 DAYS >= 1.0 6 5.3 0.7 2 GREATEST SNOW DEPTH 9 02/11 4 02/01 24 HR TOTAL 3.7 02/09 TO 02/09 DEGREE_DAYS HEATING TOTAL 919 1085 -166 837 SINCE 7/1 4510 4744 -234 3892 COOLING TOTAL 0 0 0 0 SINCE 1/1 0 0 0 0 ....................................................... WIND (MPH) AVERAGE WIND SPEED 11.7 HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION 43/220 HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION 53/210 DATE 02/25 SKY COVER POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT) MM NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR 2 NUMBER OF DAYS PC 7 NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY 19 AVERAGE RH (PERCENT) 77 WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH THUNDERSTORM 0 MIXED PRECIP 0 HEAVY RAIN 3 RAIN 5 LIGHT RAIN 11 FREEZING RAIN 0 LT FREEZING RAIN 1 HAIL 0 HEAVY SNOW 4 SNOW 5 LIGHT SNOW 16 SLEET 0 FOG 22 FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE 6 HAZE 6 - INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS. R INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED. MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING. T INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT. && ...ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY... FEBRUARY STARTED OFF WITH MOSTLY BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR THE FIRST TWO WEEKS. ON FEBRUARY 14TH, A WARMING TREND PROPELLED TEMPERATURES ABOVE NORMAL FOR ALL BUT ONE DAY FOR THE REST OF THE MONTH. PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS ABOVE NORMAL BY 1.12 INCHES IN BUFFALO. SNOWFALL FOR BUFFALO WAS JUST 0.8 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. TEMPERATURES STARTED BELOW NORMAL FOR ALL BUT TWO OF THE FIRST NINE DAYS. TEMPERATURES FLUCTUATED ABOVE AND BELOW NORMAL FROM FEBRUARY 10TH THROUGH 13TH. ON FEBRUARY 14TH, A WARMING TREND STARTED THAT SET THE PATTERN FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE MONTH. BETWEEN FEBRUARY 14TH AND 28TH ONLY ONE DAY WAS BELOW NORMAL, THIS OCCURING ON FEBRUARY 17TH WHEN THE TEMPERATURE FAILED TO REACH ABOVE FREEZING FOR THE LAST TIME THIS MONTH. THE WARMTH PEAKED ON FEBRUARY 20TH AND 21ST, WHEN THE BUFFALO AIRPORT REACHED HIGHS OF 67F AND 68F RESPECTIVELY. ON FEBRUARY 20TH, THE HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 67F DEGREES SET A NEW RECORD HIGH FOR THE DAY, AND THE LOW TEMPERATURE OF 51F DEGREES SET A RECORD WARM MINIMUM TEMPERATURE FOR NOT ONLY THE DATE, BUT FOR THE ENTIRE PERIOD OF RECORD FOR FEBRUARY. OLD RECORDS FOR THIS DAY WERE PREVIOUSLY SET IN 1955 WITH AN OLD RECORD HIGH OF 64 DEGREES, AND IN 1981 WITH AN OLD RECORD WARM MINIMUM OF 43 DEGREES. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT THE BUFFALO AIRPORT FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY WAS 31.9 DEGREES WHICH IS 5.6 DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 26.3 DEGREES. THIS AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR FEBRUARY 2018 RANKS AS THE SEVENTH WARMEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD FOR THE BUFFALO CLIMATE LOCATION. THE MAJORITY OF THE SNOW THIS MONTH FELL FROM THREE STORM SYSTEMS ON FOUR SEPARATE DAYS. FEBRUARY 6TH AND 7TH RECEIVED A TOTAL OF 5.9 INCHES AT THE BUFFALO AIRPORT, FROM A QUICK MOVING SYSTEM ON THE 6TH AND A LARGER SYSTEM MOVING TO THE EAST OF THE AREA ON THE 7TH. ON FEBRUARY 9TH AND 10TH A WEAK STORM SYSTEM BLANKETED THE REGION WITH A WIDESPREAD 4 TO 10 INCHES OVER THIS TWO-DAY PERIOD. BUFFALO RECEIVED 7.3 INCHES OF SNOWFALL FROM THIS TWO-DAY EVENT. IN TOTAL THESE FOUR DAYS PROVIDED JUST UNDER THREE QUARTERS OF THE MONTH`S SNOWFALL ACCUMULATION AT BUFFALO (72.9%). MEASURABLE SNOWFALL, MUCH LIKE THE COLDER TEMPERATURES MOSTLY OCCURRED IN THE FIRST 10 DAYS OF THE MONTH, WHERE 18.0 OUT OF THE 18.1 INCHES OF SNOW FELL AND ONLY 0.1 INCHES FELL AFTER FEBRUARY 10TH. FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY THE TOTAL SNOWFALL FOR BUFFALO WAS 18.1 INCHES, WHICH IS 0.8 INCHES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 17.3 INCHES. PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS FAIRLY EVENLY DISPERSED WITH ALL BUT THREE DAYS HAVING EITHER RAIN OR SNOW. THE FIRST 13 DAYS OF THE MONTH SAW AT LEAST A TRACE OR MORE OF LIQUID EQUIVALENT PRECIPITATION. ON FEBRUARY 15TH, A WAVE OF LOW PRESSURE ALONG WITH ASSOCIATED WARM AND COLD FRONTS MOVED THROUGH THE AREA RESULTING IN 0.30 INCHES OF RAINFALL. ON FEBRUARY 19TH AND 20TH, A WARM FRONT CROSSED THE REGION BRINGING RAINFALL WITH IT. DURING THESE TWO DAYS, BUFFALO RECEIVED 1.41 INCHES OF RAIN. ON FEBRUARY 23RD, A FRONTAL SYSTEM EXTENDING SOUTH FROM AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE BROUGHT AN AREA OF RAIN THROUGH WESTERN NEW YORK, RESULTING IN 0.24 INCHES OF RAINFALL FOR THE DAY IN BUFFALO. FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY THE TOTAL LIQUID EQUIVALENT PRECIPITATION FOR BUFFALO WAS 3.61 INCHES, WHICH IS 1.12 INCHES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 2.49 INCHES. LAKE ERIE HAS REMAINED AT 32 DEGREES FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH. && WELCH $$

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