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CLSFWA

CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
343 PM EST THU DEC 01 2022

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...THE FORT WAYNE CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE SEASON, FROM
9/1/2022 TO 11/30/2022...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1991 TO 2020
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1897 TO 2022

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART   LAST YEAR`S
                VALUE   DATE(S)   VALUE   FROM     VALUE
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH            100   09/02/1953
                       09/01/1953
 LOW                   11/30/1958
                       11/25/1950
                       11/24/1950
HIGHEST           89   09/21         MM      MM       91
LOWEST            13   11/20         MM      MM       20
AVG. MAXIMUM    64.6               63.1     1.5     65.2
AVG. MINIMUM    41.9               43.0    -1.1     45.6
MEAN            53.3               53.0     0.3
DAYS MAX >= 90     0                1.5    -1.5        2
DAYS MAX <= 32     4                1.6     2.4        0
DAYS MIN <= 32    21               19.1     1.9       19
DAYS MIN <= 0      0                0.0     0.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM       16.47   1992
 MINIMUM        2.89   1964
TOTALS          5.60               8.95   -3.35    12.16
DAILY AVG.      0.06               0.10   -0.04     0.14
DAYS >= .01       31               29.7     1.3       36
DAYS >= .10       14               17.8    -3.8       22
DAYS >= .50        3                5.8    -2.8        8
DAYS >= 1.00       1                2.1    -1.1        3
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL   1.24   11/27 TO 11/27

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL          14.1   1950
 24 HR TOTAL     0.6   11/30/2020 TO 11/30/2020
TOTALS           4.2                2.0     2.2      1.6
SINCE 7/1        4.2                2.0     2.2      1.6
SNOWDEPTH AVG.     T                                  -1
DAYS >= TRACE      9                3.0     6.0        9
DAYS >= 1.0        1                0.5     0.5        1
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        1   11/13                           0
 24 HR TOTAL     1.9R  11/12 TO 11/12

DEGREE DAYS
HEATING TOTAL   1135               1187     -52     1021
 SINCE 7/1      1137               1197     -60     1021
COOLING TOTAL     95                 98      -3      175
 SINCE 1/1       925                849      76     1062
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              8.0
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    40/210    DATE  11/05
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    58/190    DATE  11/05

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.59
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           21
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             38
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         32

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     67

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              4     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                5     RAIN                      12
LIGHT RAIN               32     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       1
LIGHT SNOW                9     SLEET                      0
FOG                      45     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      3
HAZE                      7

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

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DRIEST FALL IN 23 YEARS

WORSENING DROUGHT CONDITIONS IMPACTED THE REGION DURING AUTUMN 2022.
ON AUGUST 30TH, THE US DROUGHT MONITOR INDICATED "ABNORMALLY DRY"
CONDITIONS WERE PRESENT IN PARTS OF NORTHEAST INDIANA BUT EXCLUDING
ALLEN COUNTY (IN). BY OCTOBER 25TH, AN EXPANSIVE AREA OF "MODERATE
DROUGHT" EMERGED ALONG THE US 30 CORRIDOR. THIS LINGERED THROUGH
MOST OF NOVEMBER UNTIL SOAKING RAIN ARRIVED OVER THE FINAL NOVEMBER
WEEKEND ACROSS THE STATE. DURING THIS DRY PERIOD, NUMEROUS FIELD
FIRES WERE REPORTED IN PART DUE TO FALL HARVEST ACTIVITIES. FIRES
ASIDE, IMPACTS TO CROPS WERE GENERALLY MINOR TO NON-EXISTENT.

DROUGHT CONCERNS ARE NOT OVER FOR GOOD, HOWEVER, AS THE FALL
PRECIPITATION TOTAL WAS 3.35 INCHES BELOW NORMAL (5.60 INCHES
OBSERVED). THIS RANKS AS THE 19TH DRIEST FALL ON RECORD. THIS WAS
THE DRIEST FALL SINCE 1999 (4.35 INCHES).

THERE WERE SOME NOTABLE TEMPERATURE SWINGS IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER.
DETAILS CAN BE FOUND BELOW IN THE MONTH-BY-MONTH SUMMARIES. OVERALL,
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE THIS FALL WAS 53.3 DEGREES; 0.3 DEGREES
ABOVE NORMAL.

THIS FALL`S SNOW TOTAL OF 4.2 INCHES IS 2.2 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.
THIS RANKS AS THE 32ND GREATEST SNOW TOTAL FOR AUTUMN.

SEPTEMBER 2022.

SEPTEMBER FEATURED TIMES OF BOTH WARM AND COOL TEMPERATURES. THERE
WERE PLENTY OF DAYS WITH HIGHS IN THE 80S TO BEGIN THE MONTH. FALL-
LIKE TEMPERATURES SETTLED IN FOR THE LAST WEEK OF THE MONTH WHERE
HIGHS IN THE 60S WERE COMMON WITH LOWS IN THE 40S. THE COLDEST LOW
OF THE MONTH WAS 37 DEGREES ON THE 29TH. THERE WAS SOME PATCHY FROST
IN OUTLYING AREAS. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 64.8
DEGREES WHICH IS ONLY 0.1 DEGREE BELOW NORMAL.

ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS WERE VARIABLE THIS MONTH IN NORTHEAST
INDIANA, ACCORDING TO THE US DROUGHT MONITOR.  THESE DRY CONDITIONS
WERE MOST PREVALENT SOUTHWEST OF FORT WAYNE TO START THE MONTH.
THERE WAS IMPROVEMENT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH WHEN THERE WAS A
FOUR-DAY STRETCH OF RAIN. BY THE END OF THE MONTH, ABNORMALLY DRY
CONDITIONS RESUMED. SEPTEMBER PRECIPITATION ENDED 1.08 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 42ND DRIEST ON RECORD.

NO RECORDS WERE SET THIS MONTH.

OCTOBER 2022
SECOND EARLIEST MEASURABLE SNOW ON RECORD

OCTOBER FEATURED SEVERAL BEAUTIFUL AFTERNOONS PRECEDED BY CHILLY AND
SOMETIMES FROSTY MORNINGS. THE FIRST 20 DAYS OF THE MONTH FREQUENTLY
RECORDED A DAILY TEMPERATURE ANOMALY BELOW NORMAL. THE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE FOR OCTOBER 1-20 WAS 50.8 DEGREES; THE 14TH COLDEST
(TIE) ON RECORD AND THE COLDEST FOR THIS STRETCH SINCE 2009 (47.9
DEGREES). NOTE THAT OCT 1-20, 2012 HAD AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF
50.9 DEGREES.

THE FINAL 10 DAYS OF THE MONTH WERE A DIFFERENT STORY, WITH AN
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 55.0 DEGREES RANKING AS THE 18TH WARMEST ON
RECORD. IT WAS THE WARMEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THAT PERIOD SINCE
56.7 DEGREES IN 2004. OVERALL, THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH
WAS 52.3 DEGREES WHICH IS 0.9 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

OCTOBER 17TH WAS WHEN THE FIRST SNOWFLAKES WERE OBSERVED THIS FALL.
THIS OCCURRED AS A STRONG LAKE EFFECT SNOW BAND MOVED INLAND,
DUMPING 1 TO 3 INCHES OF SNOW OVER ALLEN (IN), ELKHART, KOSCIUSKO,
NOBLE, AND WHITLEY COUNTIES. FORT WAYNE RECORDED 0.7 INCHES OF SNOW,
A NEW RECORD FOR THAT DATE (PREVIOUS RECORD WAS A TRACE IN 1943).
THIS RANKS AS THE 2ND EARLIEST MEASURABLE SNOW ON RECORD, BEHIND 0.3
INCHES ON OCTOBER 14, 1937. THE DATE OF THE AVERAGE FIRST MEASURABLE
SNOWFALL AT FORT WAYNE IS NOVEMBER 14TH. THE EARLIEST DATE FOR A
TRACE OF SNOW ON RECORD IS SEPTEMBER 25TH. OCTOBER`S TOTAL SNOW OF
0.7 INCHES TIES 1952 AS THE 9TH MOST AMOUNT OF SNOW ON RECORD.

THE FIRST 15 DAYS OF THE MONTH (0.22") WAS THE DRIEST START TO
OCTOBER SINCE 2019 (0.21"). IN THE LAST HALF OF THE MONTH, THERE
WERE A FEW MORE DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION, BRINGING THE
MONTH`S TOTAL TO 1.74 INCHES. THIS IS 1.21 INCHES BELOW NORMAL AND
RANKS AS THE 35TH DRIEST ON RECORD. LOCATIONS SOUTH OF FORT WAYNE
RECEIVED LESS PRECIPITATION, RESULTING IN A WORSENING OF THE DROUGHT
CONDITIONS THERE ACCORDING TO THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR WHICH DEEMED
"MODERATE DROUGHT" CONDITIONS WERE PRESENT.

NOVEMBER 2022
A WILD, MEMORABLE MONTH

AFTER A RECORD-WARM START TO THE MONTH (NOVEMBER 1-10 WAS THE 3RD
WARMEST ON RECORD, BEHIND 1977 AND 1975, WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
OF 54.7 DEGREES), A WINTER CHILL QUICKLY DESCENDED OVER THE REGION.
SHORTS AND T-SHIRTS WERE REPLACED WITH WINTER HATS AND GLOVES AS
MORNING LOWS DIPPED AS LOW AS 13 DEGREES ON THE 20TH. THE GREATEST
SINGLE-DAY TEMPERATURE DEPARTURE BELOW NORMAL WAS 18 DEGREES ON THE
20TH. MEANWHILE, NOVEMBER 4TH HAD A DAILY TEMPERATURE DEPARTURE 18
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

THE COLD AIR RUSHING OVER MILD LAKE MICHIGAN WATER TEMPERATURES
RESULTED IN INTENSE BOUTS OF LAKE EFFECT SNOW THAT DRIFTED INTO THE
FORT WAYNE AREA AT TIMES. AHEAD OF THE LAKE EFFECT, HOWEVER, WAS A
ROUND OF SYNOPTIC SNOW THAT BROUGHT 1.9 INCHES TO FORT WAYNE ON THE
12TH. THEN, FROM THE 15TH THROUGH 18TH, FORT WAYNE SLOWLY
ACCUMULATED AN ADDITIONAL 1.6 INCHES OF LAKE EFFECT SNOW. THE TOTAL
SNOW FOR THE MONTH WAS 3.5 INCHES WHICH IS 1.6 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.
THIS RANKS AS THE 39TH SNOWIEST ON RECORD. THIS IS THE GREATEST
NOVEMBER SNOW TOTAL SINCE 6.4 INCHES IN 2019.

FOLLOWING THE SNOW AND COLD, A MILD, MORE SEASONABLE AIRMASS
RETURNED. AS A RESULT, NOVEMBER ENDED 1.7 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL WITH
AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 42.8 DEGREES. THIS RANKS AS TIED WITH THE
NOVEMBER OF 1915 AND 2006 AS THE 30TH WARMEST ON RECORD.

DROUGHT CONDITIONS OVER NORTHERN INDIANA WERE NEARLY STEADY THIS
MONTH; "ABNORMALLY DRY" TO "MODERATE DROUGHT" ACCORDING TO THE US
DROUGHT MONITOR. A SOAKING RAIN AT THE END OF THE MONTH PROVIDED
SOME RELIEF AND SET A DAILY PRECIPITATION RECORD ON THE 28TH (1.24
INCHES BROKE THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 1.14 SET IN 1983). THE TOTAL
PRECIPITATION THIS MONTH WAS 1.90 INCHES WHICH IS 1.06 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 36TH DRIEST ON RECORD.

DESPITE THE WARMTH AT THE MONTH`S START, NO TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE
SET.

BROWN
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