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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
954 AM EST SAT FEB 1 2020

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...THE BUFFALO NY CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 2020...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1871 TO 2020

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              72   01/25/1950
 LOW              -16   01/17/1982
HIGHEST            67   01/11                         57  01/01
LOWEST             11   01/20                         -4  01/21
AVG. MAXIMUM     39.3              31.2     8.1     30.4
AVG. MINIMUM     26.8              18.5     8.3     15.5
MEAN             33.0              24.9     8.1     22.9
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      6              17.0   -11.0       17
DAYS MIN <= 32     24              27.4    -3.4       30
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               1.8    -1.8        4

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         6.88   1982
 MINIMUM         0.89   1921
TOTALS           2.72              3.18   -0.46     5.71
DAYS >= .01        13                                 21
DAYS >= .10         8                                 12
DAYS >= .50         1                                  4
DAYS >= 1.00        0                                  0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.53   01/18 TO 01/18           01/30 TO 01/30

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           68.3   1977
TOTALS           13.2              25.3   -12.1     63.4
SINCE 7/1        41.9              61.5   -19.6
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      1                 5      -4        5
DAYS >= 1.0         5               7.3    -2.3       11
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         3   01/22                         25  01/31
                        01/21
                        01/20
 24 HR TOTAL      3.7   01/18 TO 01/19

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     982              1244    -262     1296
 SINCE 7/1       3259              3659    -400     3704
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              10.7
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    52/250
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    69/260    DATE  01/12

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR            0
NUMBER OF DAYS PC              7
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         24

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     71

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              1     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                1     RAIN                       3
LIGHT RAIN               13     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          2     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                3     SNOW                       6
LIGHT SNOW               19     SLEET                      0
FOG                      16     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      0
HAZE                      4

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

&&

...PERSISTENT MILDNESS TO START THE NEW YEAR...

THE MAJORITY OF JANUARY 2020 FEATURED UNSEASONABLE MILDNESS WITH ALL
BUT 4 DAYS AVERAGING ABOVE NORMAL. THE MILD MONTH BROUGHT VERY
LITTLE SNOW COVER THROUGH THE MONTH, AND WELL BELOW NORMAL SNOWFALL
AND DAYS WITH MEASURABLE SNOWFALL. PRECIPITATION IN THE FORM OF RAIN
MADE UP FOR THE LACK OF SNOW.

THE TEMPERATURE AVERAGED 33.0F THIS MONTH, WHICH RANKS 9TH WARMEST
ON JANUARY RECORD. VIRTUALLY ALL DAYS WERE ABOVE NORMAL, WITH JUST
THE 17TH AND 20TH FEATURING BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES WITH TRUE
WINTER CHILL. THE 27 DAYS FEATURING A MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 32F OR
GREATER, AND 10 DAYS FEATURING A MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 32F OR
GREATER BOTH RANK 5TH GREATEST FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY IN RECORDED
HISTORY. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE THIS MONTH OCCURRED ON THE 11TH,
WITH A HIGH A 67F. THIS TEMPERATURE ALSO SET A NEW RECORD FOR THE
DATE, BREAKING THE OLD RECORD OF 61F SET JUST TWO YEARS AGO. ON THE
10TH, THE TEMPERATURE DIPPED TO JUST 41F, WHICH TIED 1924 AS THE
WARMEST MINIMUM TEMPERATURE FOR THE DATE.

PRECIPITATION TOTALED 2.72 INCHES, WHICH IS ALMOST A HALF INCH BELOW
NORMAL. SNOWFALL WAS LACKING, WITH ONLY 13.2 INCHES RECORDED WHICH
IS NEARLY HALF OF NORMAL. THE GREATEST PRECIPITATION FOR A CALENDAR
DAY OCCURRED ON THE 18TH, WITH 0.53 INCHES RECORDED. THIS WAS A
COMBINATION OF SNOW (3.6 INCHES) ALONG WITH FREEZING RAIN AND PLAIN
RAIN. SNOW COVER WAS LACKING THIS MONTH, WITH JUST 7 DAYS RECORDING
A SNOW DEPTH OF AN INCH OR MORE...RANKING TIED FOR 9TH FEWEST.

THE MILD MONTH OF JANUARY WAS UNEVENTFUL WITH LAKE EFFECT SNOW
EVENTS LACKING IN INTENSITY. AFTER SEVERAL WEAK LAKE EFFECT SNOW
RESPONSES EARLY IN THE MONTH, A COMBINATION SYNOPTIC AND LAKE EFFECT
SNOW EVENT OVER THE END OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. HOLIDAY WEEKEND
(JANUARY 18TH-19TH) BROUGHT A FOOT AND A HALF OF SNOW TO THE HILLS
OF SW NYS, AND 4 TO 6 INCHES OF SNOW ACROSS THE METRO BUFFALO AREA.
THE OTHER NOTABLE WEATHER EVENT OF THE MONTH WAS A HIGH WIND EVENT
FOLLOWING A COLD FRONT PASSAGE. EARLY ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 12TH, A
COLD FRONT PASSED ACROSS WESTERN NEW YORK. BEHIND THE FRONT
SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS RAPIDLY INCREASED AND A GUST OF 69 MPH WAS
MEASURED AT THE BUFFALO AIRPORT. NUMEROUS TREES FELL ACROSS WESTERN
NEW YORK, WITH SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES. THESE STRONG WINDS ALSO
PRODUCED A SEICHE ON LAKE ERIE, WITH THE LAKE RISING TO 9 FEET, 10
INCHES ABOVE LOW WATER DATUM. A SECOND SEICHE, THIS AT 8 FEET, 2
INCHES ABOVE LOW WATER DATUM OCCURRED ON THE 18TH UNDER STRONG
SOUTHWEST WINDS...THOUGH GUSTS WERE NOT OF THE MAGNITUDE AS THE
EVENT 6 DAYS EARLIER.

LAKE ERIE REMAINED ICE FREE THROUGH THE MONTH, WITH LITTLE SHORE ICE
FORMING. WATER TEMPERATURE ON THE LAKE, MEASURED AT BUFFALO, DIPPED
TO ONLY 35F AT MONTH`S CLOSURE. WINDS WERE LIGHTER THAN NORMAL,
AVERAGING 10.7 MPH, WHICH IS ALMOST 2 MPH LIGHTER THAN NORMAL.

IN ALL ANOTHER MILD WINTER MONTH FOR WESTERN NEW YORK.

&&

THOMAS

$$



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