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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
911 AM EST MON MAR 01 2021

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...THE FORT WAYNE CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR WINTER 2020-2021...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1897 TO 2021

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART   LAST YEAR`S
                VALUE   DATE(S)   VALUE   FROM     VALUE
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH             73   02/25/2000
 LOW             -24   01/12/1918
HIGHEST           63   02/28         MM      MM       63
LOWEST            -6   02/17         MM      MM        0
AVG. MAXIMUM    35.0               34.9     0.1     39.4
AVG. MINIMUM    21.6               19.9     1.7     25.0
MEAN            28.3               27.4     0.9
DAYS MAX >= 90     0                0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32    31               35.2    -4.2       15
DAYS MIN <= 32    80               77.4     2.6       77
DAYS MIN <= 0      3                6.5    -3.5        1

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM       17.85   1950
 MINIMUM        1.58   1920
TOTALS          4.71               7.07   -2.36     8.95
DAILY AVG.      0.05               0.08   -0.03     0.10
DAYS >= .01       32               35.7    -3.7       36
DAYS >= .10        9               17.0    -8.0       17
DAYS >= .50        4                4.1    -0.1        7
DAYS >= 1.00       0                0.8    -0.8        1
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL   0.80 2/15

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL          61.1   1982
 24 HR TOTAL    10.1   2/15
TOTALS          29.9               26.3     3.6     16.2
SINCE 7/1       30.9               28.4     2.5     23.1
SNOWDEPTH AVG.     2                                   0
DAYS >= TRACE     44               24.6    19.4       42
DAYS >= 1.0        6                7.8    -1.8        8
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH       15   02/16                           3
 24 HR TOTAL    10.1   02/15

DEGREE DAYS
HEATING TOTAL   3260               3381    -121     2962
 SINCE 7/1      4369               4597    -228       MM
COOLING TOTAL      0                  0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1         0                  0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              10.1
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    43/260    DATE  02/04
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    56/240    DATE  02/05

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.78
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR            6
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             21
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         63

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     73

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                1     RAIN                       1
LIGHT RAIN               23     FREEZING RAIN              1
LT FREEZING RAIN          6     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                2     SNOW                       7
LIGHT SNOW               43     SLEET                      3
FOG                      45     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      4
HAZE                     29

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

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A MILD DECEMBER AND JANUARY GAVE WAY TO A COLD FEBRUARY WHICH
ULTIMATELY RESULTED IN AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 28.3 DEGREES, WHICH
IS 0.9 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS TIES WINTER 1971-1972 AS THE 54TH
WARMEST. THIS IS COMPARABLE TO WINTER 2017-2018 WHICH OBSERVED 28.5
DEGREES AS AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE.

REGARDING SNOW, AFTER A SLOW START IN DECEMBER, SNOW PILED UP NICELY
AT THE END OF JANUARY AND THROUGH FEBRUARY WITH A TOTAL OF 29.9
INCHES WHICH IS ONLY 3.6 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS NEARLY DOUBLES
THE TOTAL FROM LAST WINTER; ONLY 16.2 INCHES. THIS WINTER`S TOTAL
RANKS AS THE 25TH SNOWIEST WINTER. THIS IS THE SNOWIEST WINTER SINCE
32.3 INCHES IN 2014-2015. HOWEVER, NOTE THAT 28.2 INCHES WERE
OBSERVED IN WINTER 2017-2018.

PRECIPITATION TOTALED 4.71 INCHES WHICH IS 2.36 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.
THIS RANKS AS THE 24TH DRIEST WINTER. THIS IS THE DRIEST WINTER
SINCE 2009-2010; 4.46 INCHES.

A MONTH BY MONTH SUMMARY IS BELOW.

DECEMBER 2020
...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.

JANUARY 2021
...SNOWSTORM TO END THE MONTH...

MUCH OF THE MONTH WAS MILD AND DRY. THERE WAS NOTABLE PRECIPITATION
TO START OF THE MONTH, FOLLOWED BY A SNOWSTORM IN THE FINAL DAYS.
UNTIL THAT SNOWSTORM, SNOW WAS ELUSIVE.

IT WAS NOT UNTIL JANUARY 23RD THAT FORT WAYNE RECORDED A DAILY
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE DEPARTURE BELOW NORMAL. OUR AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
THROUGH THE 22ND WAS 31.4 DEGREES, WHICH RANKS AS THE 21ST WARMEST
ON RECORD. I SHOULD NOTE THAT THIS SAME STRETCH OF DAYS IN 2020
RECORDED AN AVERAGE OF 32.5 DEGREES. THE OVERALL WARMTH THIS MONTH
IS A RESULT OF NOT ONLY MILD HIGH TEMPERATURES, BUT NOTABLE "WARM"
LOW TEMPERATURES AS WELL. THE CLIMATE NORMAL LOW TEMPERATURE FOR
JANUARY IS TYPICALLY 17.4 DEGREES. INSTEAD, FORT WAYNE OBSERVED 25.5
DEGREES THIS MONTH.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH WAS 30.0 DEGREES WHICH
IS 5.1 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 30TH WARMEST ON
RECORD.

A MOSTLY RAIN EVENT BEGAN THE MONTH WITH 0.67" OF PRECIPITATION.
SNOWFALL WAS ONLY RECORDED IN TINY DOSES. THROUGH JANUARY 29TH, THE
GREATEST SINGLE-DAY TOTAL WAS ONE-HALF INCH ON THE 3RD. FROM THE 1ST
THROUGH 29TH, ONLY 1.8" OF SNOW WAS REPORTED, WHICH TIES 2006 AS THE
18TH LEAST SNOWIEST DURING THAT TIME. HOWEVER, A POTENT STORM
DROPPED 8.6 INCHES OF SNOW FROM THE 30TH THROUGH 31ST. THIS IS THE
GREATEST 2-DAY TOTAL AT FORT WAYNE SINCE 9.6" WAS OBSERVED FROM
FEBRUARY 1-2, 2015. THE REPORTED 6.6 INCHES OF SNOW ON JANUARY 31ST
IS ALSO THE GREATEST SINGLE-DAY SNOW TOTAL SINCE 9.0 INCHES WAS
OBSERVED ON FEBRUARY 1, 2015.

SNOWFALL FOR THIS MONTH TOTALED 10.4 INCHES WHICH IS 0.3 INCHES
ABOVE NORMAL. IN JANUARY 2020, ONLY 2.6 INCHES WAS OBSERVED.
SNOWFALL FOR THE ENTIRE WINTER TOTALS 12.6 INCHES WHICH IS 6.0
INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

PRECIPITATION FOR THIS MONTH TOTALED 1.87 INCHES WHICH IS 0.39
INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THE RANKS AS THE 55TH DRIEST JANUARY ON RECORD.

THERE WERE NO RECORDS SET THIS MONTH.

FEBRUARY 2021
...WINTER CHILL ARRIVES...

FOLLOWING A MILD JANUARY AND THE SNOW STORM THAT ENDED THE MONTH,
FEBRUARY BROUGHT TEMPERATURES WELL BELOW NORMAL AND SOME
IMPRESSIVE SNOW.

TEMPERATURES WERE BELOW NORMAL FROM THE 2ND THROUGH 21ST. THE
GREATEST AVERAGE DAILY TEMPERATURE DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL WAS ON THE
17TH, WHEN THE DAY WAS 23 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THIS WAS ALSO THE
DATE OF THE MONTH`S LOWEST MINIMUM TEMPERATURE; -6 DEGREES. THE
STRETCH OF DAYS FROM THE 1ST THROUGH 21ST RANKED AS THE 8TH COLDEST
ON RECORD, WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 16.3 DEGREES. THE FINAL
WEEK OF THE MONTH OFFERED RELIEF FROM THE COLD AS HIGH TEMPERATURES
OF AT LEAST 40 DEGREES WERE OBSERVED FROM THE 21ST THROUGH 28TH. A
REFRESHING HIGH OF 63 OCCURRED ON THE 28TH. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
FOR THE MONTH WAS 21.6 DEGREES WHICH IS 6.7 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.
THIS RANKS AS THE 20TH COLDEST FEBRUARY.

THE MONTH`S SNOWFALL PILED UP IN A PERIOD FROM THE 4TH TO 18TH. THE
GREATEST SINGLE-DAY TOTAL FOR THE MONTH WAS 10.1 INCHES ON THE 15TH.
THIS CRUSHED THE PREVIOUS RECORD FOR THIS DATE; 4.0 INCHES IN 1908.
THIS WAS THE GREATEST SINGLE-DAY FEBRUARY SNOWFALL SINCE 12.4 INCHES
IN 1912. FURTHERMORE, THIS IS THE GREATEST SINGLE-DAY SNOW TOTAL
SINCE JANUARY 31ST, 1982 (10.8 INCHES)! AN ADDITIONAL 1.3 INCHES OF
SNOW FELL FROM THIS SAME STORM SYSTEM ON THE FOLLOWING DAY,
RESULTING IN A TWO-DAY TOTAL OF 11.4 INCHES. THIS IS THE GREATEST
TWO-DAY TOTAL SINCE 14.0 INCHES ENDING ON DECEMBER 20TH, 1973. THE
TOTAL SNOW FOR THE MONTH WAS 17.3 INCHES WHICH IS A WHOPPING 9.6
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 8TH SNOWIEST ON RECORD. THIS
IS THE SNOWIEST FEBRUARY SINCE 2015 WHEN 19.0 INCHES WERE OBSERVED.

THE GREATEST SNOW DEPTH (7AM) WAS 15 INCHES ON THE 16TH. THIS RANKS
AS THE 3RD GREATEST MAXIMUM SNOW DEPTH ON RECORD (NOTE: WINTER 1903-
1904 HAD A MAXIMUM DEPTH OF 16 INCHES, THROUGH THERE ARE 11 MISSING
DAYS OF DATA). THIS IS THE GREATEST SNOW DEPTH SINCE FEBRUARY 9TH,
1982, WHICH HAD A MAXIMUM OF 20 INCHES. I SHOULD NOTE THAT 2011 (FEB
6TH) HAD A MAXIMUM SNOW DEPTH OF 13 INCHES.

BROWN
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