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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
627 AM EST TUE JAN 1 2019

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...THE FORT WAYNE CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE YEAR OF 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             106   06/28/2012
                        06/25/1988
                        07/14/1936
 LOW              -24   01/12/1918
HIGHEST            97   05/28        MM      MM       95
LOWEST            -13   01/02        MM      MM       -7
AVG. MAXIMUM     60.9              60.3     0.6     62.4
AVG. MINIMUM     43.1              40.6     2.5     43.1
MEAN             52.0              50.5     1.5
DAYS MAX >= 90     21              13.4     7.6       10
DAYS MAX <= 32     31              39.4    -8.4       29
DAYS MIN <= 32    129             123.2     5.8      101
DAYS MIN <= 0       7               6.5     0.5        6

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        54.58   1990
 MINIMUM        24.40   1962
TOTALS          42.77             38.34    4.43    48.69
DAILY AVG.       0.12              0.11    0.01     0.13
DAYS >= .01       151             133.9    17.1      143
DAYS >= .10        80              76.7     3.3       79
DAYS >= .50        29              24.6     4.4       30
DAYS >= 1.00       10               8.2     1.8       11

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           68.6   2014
TOTALS           23.5              33.5   -10.0     18.6
SINCE 7/1         2.2              10.6    -8.4     11.4
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                MM      MM        0
DAYS >= TRACE      72              32.5    39.5       50
DAYS >= 1.0         9              10.0    -1.0        7
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         5   02/06                          5

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    5834              6102    -268     5196
 SINCE 7/1         MM              2328      MM       MM
COOLING TOTAL    1218               809     409      836
 SINCE 1/1       1218               809     409      836
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              9.1
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    41/270    DATE  02/25
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    56/290    DATE  10/20

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.70
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           56
NUMBER OF DAYS PC            143
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY        166

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     76



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

&&

FORT WAYNE 2018 CLIMATE YEAR IN REVIEW

...A VERY WET YEAR WITH SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES...

THE YEAR OF 2018 BEGAN BRUTALLY COLD IN JANUARY AND SAW A HEAVY RAIN
EVENT IN FEBRUARY THAT LED TO WIDESPREAD FLOODING. THE SPRING BEGAN
COLD BUT ENDED NEAR NORMAL. SUMMER HAD NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES BUT
ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL. FALL BEGAN WARM BUT ENDED COLD AND SNOWY.
FINALLY THE YEAR ENDED WITH A MILD DECEMBER, NEAR NORMAL
PRECIPITATION AND BELOW NORMAL SNOWFALL.

THE AVERAGE ANNUAL TEMPERATURE AT FORT WAYNE FOR 2018 WAS 52.0
DEGREES...1.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS WAS THE 11TH WARMEST YEAR
ON RECORD. THE WARMEST YEAR EVER RECORDED WAS 53.9 DEGREES SET IN
1921. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE FOR THE YEAR WAS 97 DEGREES ON MAY
28TH AND THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE FOR THE YEAR WAS 13 BELOW ZERO ON
JANUARY 2ND.

THERE WERE 21 DAYS WITH A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF AT LEAST 90 DEGREES OR
WARMER.  THIS WAS ABOUT 8 DAYS ABOVE NORMAL. THERE WERE 129 DAYS
WITH A LOW TEMPERATURE AT OR BELOW FREEZING. THIS WAS ABOUT 6 DAYS
MORE THAN NORMAL. THERE WERE 7 DAYS WITH A LOW TEMPERATURE BELOW
ZERO WHICH IS ABOUT 1 DAY MORE THAN NORMAL.

PRECIPITATION FOR THE YEAR WAS 42.77 INCHES WHICH WAS 4.43 INCHES
ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 38.34 INCHES. THIS RANKED AS THE 14TH WETTEST
YEAR ON RECORD. THERE WERE 10 DAYS THIS YEAR WITH 1 OR MORE INCHES
OF PRECIPITATION, ABOUT 2 DAYS MORE THAN NORMAL. THERE WAS JUST 1
DAY WITH 2 INCHES OR MORE OF PRECIPITATION.

SNOWFALL FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR WAS 23.5 INCHES...10.0 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 25TH LEAST SNOWIEST CALENDAR YEAR ON
RECORD. THERE WERE 9 DAYS WITH AN INCH OR MORE OF SNOW, THIS WAS
ABOUT 1 DAY BELOW NORMAL.

BELOW IS A MONTH BY MONTH REVIEW OF THE WEATHER IN 2018

JANUARY

JANUARY WAS A MONTH OF EXTREMES AND FLUCTUATIONS IN THE WEATHER AS
VERY COLD AND WARM TEMPERATURES WERE EXPERIENCED AT TIMES. THE MONTH
BEGAN WITH BITTERLY COLD ARCTIC AIR AND SUB ZERO TEMPERATURES ACROSS
THE REGION MAKING FOR ONE OF THE COLDEST NEW YEAR DAYS IN HISTORY.
THE COLD AIR SUBSIDED BRIEFLY BUT CAME BACK WITH MORE SUB ZERO AIR
DURING THE SECOND AND THIRD WEEKS OF THE MONTH.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE WARMEST AND COLDEST TEMPERATURES WAS A
WHOPPING 72 DEGREES AND SEPARATED BY JUST 8 DAYS. THE LOWEST
TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS 13 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE 2ND AND
THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE WAS 59 DEGREES ON THE 11TH. BOTH OF THESE
TEMPERATURES WERE DAILY RECORDS ON THEIR RESPECTIVE DATES.

DESPITE THE OVERALL FEELING THAT JANUARY WAS COLD, THERE WERE
ACTUALLY MORE DAYS WITH ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES THAN BELOW NORMAL.
HOWEVER, MOST BELOW NORMAL DAYS WERE WELL BELOW NORMAL AND AS MUCH
AS 20 TO 30 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THIS WAS DUE TO BITTERLY COLD
ARCTIC AIR THAT INTRUDED DURING TWO SEPARATE PERIODS DURING THE
FIRST HALF OF THE MONTH.  THE PERIOD FROM JANUARY 19TH THROUGH THE
31ST DID NOT HAVE A DAY WITH A BELOW NORMAL AVERAGE TEMPERATURE.
THIS MILD END TO THE MONTH HELPED EVEN OUT THE COLD STRETCHES AND
LED TO A NEAR NORMAL AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 25.2 DEGREES, 0.3 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 65TH WARMEST JANUARY ON RECORD AND TIED
WITH 1927, 1956 AND 2001. THERE WERE 7 DAYS WITH TEMPERATURES BELOW
ZERO. THERE WERE ONLY 11 OTHER JANUARY MONTHS WITH MORE BELOW ZERO
DAYS.

PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS 1.25 INCHES WHICH WAS 1.01 INCHES
BELOW NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 27TH DRIEST JANUARY ON RECORD, TIED
WITH THE YEAR 2000.

SNOWFALL WAS ALSO BELOW NORMAL. A TOTAL OF 7.2 INCHES FELL WHICH WAS
2.9 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 55TH LEAST SNOWIEST
JANUARY ON RECORD.

FEBRUARY

...A VERY WET FEBRUARY WITH FLOODING...

WHILE FORT WAYNE WAS JUST MISSED BY HISTORIC RAINFALL WHICH OCCURRED
IN OTHER PARTS OF NORTHERN INDIANA, THE AREA DID SEE VERY WET
CONDITIONS AND MODERATE TO MAJOR FLOODING ON LOCAL RIVERS. OVER 4
INCHES OF PRECIPITATION WAS MEASURED IN FEBRUARY AND OVER HALF OF
THIS PRECIPITATION OCCURRED AS RAIN DURING A 3 DAY STRETCH FROM
JANUARY 19TH THROUGH THE 21ST AND NEARLY 80 PERCENT OF THE MONTHLY
PRECIPITATION FELL BETWEEN THE 19TH AND 25TH.

THE FIRST HALF OF FEBRUARY WAS GENERALLY COLD AND SNOWY WHILE THE
SECOND HALF OF THE MONTH WAS WARM AND WET. ALL BUT 2.3 INCHES OF THE
MONTHLY SNOWFALL OCCURRED BETWEEN THE 1ST AND 10TH WITH A MAXIMUM
SNOW DEPTH OF 5 INCHES ON THE 6TH. WARMER TEMPERATURES HELPED MELT
THIS SNOW BY THE 11TH. RAINFALL THAT OCCURRED DURING THE THIRD WEEK
OF FEBRUARY OVER SATURATED GROUND LED TO FLOODING ON AREA STREAMS,
CREEKS AND RIVERS. SEVERAL RIVERS REACHED MINOR FLOOD STAGE WHILE
FEW REACHED INTO MODERATE AND MAJOR FLOOD ACROSS THE REGION.

TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH WERE ABOVE NORMAL WITH AN AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE OF 33.3 DEGREES, 5.0 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKED
AS THE 19TH WARMEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE WAS
70 ON THE 20TH, A RECORD FOR THAT DATE, AND THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE
WAS 1 ABOVE ZERO ON THE 6TH.

MONTHLY PRECIPITATION WAS 4.37 INCHES, 2.33 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.
THIS RANKED AS THE 8TH WETTEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD.

FEBRUARY SNOWFALL WAS 9.6 INCHES, 1.9 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. ALL OF
THIS SNOWFALL OCCURRED IN THE FIRST 17 DAYS OF THE MONTH WITH NO
MEASURABLE SNOWFALL AFTER FEBRUARY 17TH. THIS ALSO RANKED AS THE
32ND SNOWIEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD.

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.

JUNE

...DAILY RECORD RAINFALL AND BOUTS OF HEAT...

SLOW-MOVING THUNDERSTORMS IN THE LATTER HALF OF JUNE PRODUCED A
SOAKING RAIN FOR FORT WAYNE IN WHICH DAILY-RAINFALL RECORDS WERE
BROKEN. FROM A TEMPERATURE POINT OF VIEW, THE MONTH BEGAN ABOVE
NORMAL. THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY NEAR-NORMAL TEMPERATURES. THEN, HEAT
WAS FOUND BUILDING OVER THE AREA FROM THE 16TH TO 19TH. TEMPS WOULD
THEN DIP BELOW NORMAL FOR MUCH OF THE 21ST TO 26TH TIME PERIOD.
SUMMER-LIKE HEAT ARRIVED FOR THE END OF THE MONTH.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE WAS 73.2 DEGREES,
WHICH IS 3.1 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 15TH WARMEST
JUNE ON RECORD. THE HIGHEST OBSERVED TEMPERATURE WAS 95 ON BOTH THE
17TH AND 18TH. THIS IS THE 23RD WARMEST MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE FOR THE
MONTH. ADDITIONALLY, A RECORD MAXIMUM LOW TEMPERATURE OF 75 DEGREES
WAS SET. THIS BROKE THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 71 DEGREES IN 1994.

THE TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS 6.02 INCHES; 1.86 INCHES
ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 13TH WETTEST JUNE ON RECORD. THERE
WERE TWO DAILY RAINFALL RECORDS. ON THE 19TH, 2.01 INCHES OF RAIN
FELL. THIS BROKE THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 1.66 INCHES IN 1951. THEN,
1.86 INCHES OF RAIN FELL ON THE 21ST. THIS BROKE THE PREVIOUS RECORD
OF 1.33 INCHES IN 1927.


JULY

...NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR
JULY...

JULY EXPERIENCED A VARIETY OF WEATHER RANGING FROM HOT, HUMID AND
DRY TO COOL AND WET AT TIMES. WHILE PRECIPITATION AT FORT WAYNE
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WAS BELOW NORMAL FOR THE MONTH, OTHER PARTS OF
THE REGION EXPERIENCED ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL, PRIMARILY FROM AN
UNUSUALLY STRONG AND SLOW MOVING LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM THAT BROUGHT
BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND SEVERAL DAYS OF RAINFALL DURING THE
LATTER PORTION OF THE MONTH.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 74.1, JUST 0.5 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 45TH WARMEST JULY ON RECORD, TIED WITH
1954 AND 1973. THERE WERE 6 DAYS WITH A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 90
DEGREES OR WARMER, ALL OCCURRING DURING THE FIRST 10 DAYS OF THE
MONTH. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE WAS 93 ON THE 4TH. THE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE FROM JULY 16TH TO THE 31ST WAS JUST 71.2 DEGREES. THIS
WAS THE 21ST COOLEST LATTER HALF OF JULY ON RECORD.

PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS 3.05 INCHES, 1.19 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 51ST DRIEST JULY ON RECORD. MEASUREABLE
PRECIPITATION FELL ON 9 DAYS AND NEARLY HALF OF THE TOTAL MONTHLY
PRECIPITATION FELL ON JUST 2 DAYS FROM THE 20TH TO 21ST.

AUGUST

...VERY WET MONTH WITH ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES...

THE MONTH BEGAN AND ENDED ON A DRY NOTE, BUT OVERALL THE MONTH WAS
CHARACTERIZED BY MUCH ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION. THIS ABOVE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION CHARACTERIZED MUCH OF THE REGION ALTHOUGH THE GREATEST
MONTHLY TOTALS WERE EXPERIENCED FROM THE FORT WAYNE VICINITY
EASTWARD INTO PORTIONS OF NORTHWEST OHIO. HOT AND HUMID CONDITIONS
OCCURRED FOR MUCH OF THE MONTH, ALTHOUGH A BRIEF PERIOD OF BELOW
NORMAL TEMPERATURES OCCURRED DURING THE MIDDLE PORTIONS OF THE MONTH.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 74.0, OR 2.5 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 18TH WARMEST AUGUST ON RECORD TIED WITH
1909. HIGH TEMPERATURES REACHED 90 OR ABOVE FOR ONLY 2 DAYS ON THE
4TH AND 26TH WHEN THE HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 90 BOTH DAYS.
DESPITE THE ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH, A RELATIVELY
COOL PERIOD WAS EXPERIENCED FROM THE 22ND TO 25TH WITH HIGH
TEMPERATURES IN THE MIDDLE AND UPPER 70S.

PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS 7.77 INCHES, 4.13 INCHES ABOVE
NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 3RD WETTEST AUGUST ON RECORD. MEASUREABLE
PRECIPITATION FELL ON 10 DAYS AND ABOUT 60 PERCENT OF THE MONTHLY
TOTAL OCCURRED FROM 15TH TO THE 21ST. THE GREATEST DAILY
PRECIPITATION TOTAL OF 1.43 OCCURRED ON THE 20TH. THREE DAYS IN THE
MONTH EXPERIENCED DAILY PRECIPITATION GREATER THAN ONE INCH ON THE
16TH, 20TH, AND 25TH.

SEPTEMBER

...A WARM AND DRY SEPTEMBER IN THE FORT WAYNE AREA...

OVERALL IT WAS A RELATIVELY UNEVENTFUL START TO THE FALL SEASON. THE
MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS OVER 4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL WHILE
MONTHLY PRECIPITATION WAS AROUND ONE INCH BELOW NORMAL IN THE FORT
WAYNE AREA FOR SEPTEMBER. HIGH TEMPERATURES REACHED AT LEAST 90
DEGREES ON 5 DAYS AND LOW TEMPERATURES NEVER DROPPED BELOW 44
DEGREES. NOT A LOT OF SEVERE WEATHER OCCURRED IN THE IMMEDIATE FORT
WAYNE AREA. ISOLATED DAMAGING WINDS OCCURRED ON A FEW DAYS TO THE
NORTH AND WEST OF FORT WAYNE BUT THERE WAS NO WIDESPREAD SEVERE
WEATHER IN THE REGION.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 68.9 DEGREES, 4.6 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 9TH WARMEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD. TOTAL
MONTHLY PRECIPITATION WAS 1.65 INCHES, 1.15 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.
THIS WAS THE 30TH DRIEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD. THERE WAS NO SNOWFALL.


OCTOBER

...SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL...

DESPITE A VERY WARM START TO THE MONTH OF OCTOBER, THE WEATHER
PATTERN QUICKLY CHANGED AND THE MAJORITY OF THE MONTH EXPERIENCED
BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES WITH PERIODS OF RAIN AND EVEN ONE DAY WITH
SOME WET SNOWFLAKES IN THE REGION. DESPITE THE PROLONGED COOL
STRETCH, THE FIRST 10 DAYS OF THE MONTH WERE SO WARM THAT THE
MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE ENDED UP SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL.

ALL BUT ONE OF THE FIRST TEN DAYS OF OCTOBER HAD HIGH TEMPERATURES
IN THE 70S AND 80S. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH OCCURRED ON
THE 3RD AND 8TH WITH A HIGH OF 88. THE FIRST TEN DAYS OF OCTOBER
2018 RANKED AS THE WARMEST FIRST TEN DAYS TO START OCTOBER ON
RECORD. IT WAS ALSO VERY WET DURING THIS PERIOD WITH 2.07 INCHES
FALLING OVER THE THREE DAY PERIOD FROM THE 4TH TO THE 6TH.

THE PATTERN ABRUPTLY SHIFTED AFTER THE 10TH AND A STRETCH OF 18
CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH TEMPERATURES AT OR BELOW NORMAL FOLLOWED. THIS
PERIOD FROM THE 11TH TO THE 29TH RANKED AS THE 10TH COLDEST ON
RECORD FOR THAT PERIOD.

WHILE IT WAS CLOUDY AND COOL DURING THIS STRETCH, PRECIPITATION WAS
BELOW NORMAL WITH JUST UNDER AN INCH FALLING. A STRONG AND COLD
WEATHER SYSTEM BROUGHT THE FIRST WET SNOWFLAKES OF THE SEASON TO THE
REGION ON THE 20TH. WHILE IT OFFICIALLY DID NOT SNOW AT THE FORT
WAYNE AIRPORT, A MIX OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WITH WET SNOW,
GRAUPEL AND SMALL HAIL DID OCCUR ACROSS PARTS OF THE REGION JUST TO
THE NORTH AND WEST OF FORT WAYNE.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE FOR OCTOBER WAS 53.9 DEGREES, 1.3
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 52ND WARMEST OCTOBER ON
RECORD. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE WAS 88 ON THE 3RD AND 8TH AND THE
COLDEST TEMPERATURE WAS 29 ON THE 18TH AND 25TH. THERE WERE 5 DAYS
DURING THE MONTH WITH A LOW TEMPERATURE OF 32 DEGREES OR COLDER.

A TOTAL OF 3.46 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL, WHICH WAS 0.62 INCHES
ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 30TH WETTEST OCTOBER ON RECORD. A
TOTAL OF 11 DAYS DURING THE MONTH EXPERIENCED MEASURABLE
PRECIPITATION.

NO SNOWFALL WAS MEASURED AT FORT WAYNE. THIS WAS 0.3 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL.


NOVEMBER

...WAS NOVEMBER AS COLD, WET AND SNOWY AS WE THINK?...

NOVEMBER 2018 CONTINUED THE COLD TREND STARTED IN MID OCTOBER AND
MAY WELL BE REMEMBERED AS A COLD, WET AND SNOWY MONTH. HOWEVER, IS
THIS REALLY AN ACCURATE DEPICTION COMPARED TO NORMAL?

IT INDEED WAS A COLD MONTH TO END THE FALL SEASON. THREE-QUARTERS OF
THE DAYS IN NOVEMBER HAD AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE BELOW NORMAL AND
EIGHT OF THESE DAYS WERE AT LEAST 10 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THERE
WERE JUST 8 DAYS WITH A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 50 DEGREES OR WARMER.
THIS NOVEMBER RANKED 11TH IN FEWEST NUMBER OF DAYS WITH HIGH
TEMPERATURES 50 DEGREES OR WARMER.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 36.9, 4.5 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.
THIS RANKED AS THE 21ST COLDEST NOVEMBER ON RECORD. THE AVERAGE HIGH
TEMPERATURE WAS JUST 42.3 WHICH RANKED AS THE 4TH COLDEST AVERAGE
HIGH TEMPERATURE ON RECORD FOR NOVEMBER.

PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS 3.86 INCHES, 0.77 INCHES ABOVE
NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 18TH WETTEST NOVEMBER ON RECORD.
MEASUREABLE PRECIPITATION OCCURRED ON 17 OUT OF 30 DAYS AND WAS
EVENLY DISTRIBUTED THROUGH THE MONTH. THIS CAN BE SEEN BY LOOKING AT
THE LONGEST STRETCH OF DAYS IN A ROW WITH NO PRECIPITATION OBSERVED,
WHICH WAS JUST TWO (THE 7TH AND 8TH). THE LONGEST STRETCH OF DAYS IN
A ROW WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION WAS 4, FROM THE 23RD THROUGH THE
26TH. THERE WERE TWO DAYS WITH A HALF INCH OR MORE OF PRECIPITATION
AND ONE DAY HAD MORE THAN 1 INCH, THE 1ST WHEN 1.63 INCHES FELL.

THE COLD TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION COMBINED TO
BRING SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL SNOWFALL. THIS RANKED AS THE 52ND
SNOWIEST NOVEMBER ON RECORD. IT WAS THE SNOWIEST NOVEMBER SINCE 2015
WHEN 4.2 INCHES WAS MEASURED. A TRACE OR MORE OF SNOW FELL ON 12
DAYS WITH A GREATEST SINGLE DAY AMOUNT OF 1.1 INCHES FALLING ON THE
9TH.

OVERALL, IT INDEED WAS A COLD NOVEMBER WITH ABOVE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION BUT SNOWFALL WAS NEAR NORMAL.

DECEMBER

...A MILD START TO METEOROLOGICAL WINTER...

AFTER A COLD NOVEMBER WITH ABOVE NORMAL SNOWFALL, THE FIRST MONTH OF
THE METEOROLOGICAL WINTER SEASON WAS MILD WITH NEAR NORMAL
PRECIPITATION AND BELOW NORMAL SNOWFALL. DECEMBER PRECIPITATION WAS
ACTUALLY AN INCH BELOW NORMAL ON THE 30TH, BUT MODERATE TO LOCALLY
HEAVY RAINFALL OF OVER AN INCH ON THE LAST DAY OF THE MONTH AND YEAR
BROUGHT THE MONTHLY PRECIPITATION TOTAL BACK UP TO SLIGHTLY ABOVE
NORMAL.

IT WAS A RATHER UNEVENTFUL FIRST MONTH OF WINTER WITH MILD
TEMPERATURES AND LITTLE IN THE WAY OF SNOW. DECEMBER BEGAN MILD AND
WET WITH JUST OVER THREE QUARTERS OF AN INCH OF RAINFALL ON THE
FIRST TWO DAYS AND HIGH TEMPERATURES IN THE 50S, REACHING 59 ON THE
2ND. THE COLDEST PERIOD OF THE MONTH AND THE ONLY DAYS WITH AN
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE BELOW NORMAL OCCURRED FROM THE 4TH THROUGH THE
10TH. THE ONLY MEASURABLE SNOW OF THE MONTH, 0.1 INCHES, FELL DURING
THIS PERIOD ON DECEMBER 5TH. THE REMAINDER OF DECEMBER WAS MILD AND
RELATIVELY DRY UNTIL THE 31ST.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 35.8, 6.7 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.
THIS RANKED AS THE 12TH WARMEST DECEMBER ON RECORD, TIED WITH 1994.
THIS MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS JUST OVER A DEGREE COLDER THAN
THE NOVEMBER AVERAGE TEMPERATURE. NORMALLY THE DECEMBER MONTHLY
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IS ABOUT 12 DEGREES COLDER THAN NOVEMBER. THE
WARMEST TEMPERATURE WAS 59 ON THE 2ND AND 31ST WHILE THE COLDEST WAS
16 ON THE 9TH.

MONTHLY PRECIPITATION WAS 2.94 INCHES, 0.17 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.
THIS RANKED AS THE 35TH WETTEST MONTH ON RECORD. MOST OF THIS
PRECIPITATION FELL ON THE FIRST TWO DAYS AND LAST DAY OF THE MONTH.
A TOTAL OF 1.26 INCHES FELL ON THE 31ST, WHICH WAS A RECORD FOR THAT
DATE. THERE WERE 12 DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION.

SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH WAS WELL BELOW NORMAL WITH JUST 0.1 INCHES
FALLING. THIS WAS 8.4 INCHES BELOW NORMAL AND RANKED AS THE 2ND
LEAST SNOWIEST DECEMBER ON RECORD, BEHIND 1931 WHICH ONLY RECORDED A
TRACE OF SNOWFALL.

LASHLEY
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