Climate Summary for Fort Wayne

February 1st, 2013 at 10:54 am by under Weather

Here is the Fort Wayne Climate Summary for January from the National Weather Service:

...THE FORT WAYNE CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 2013...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1897 TO 2013

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              69   01/25/1950
 LOW              -24   01/12/1918
HIGHEST            64   01/30        MM      MM       57  01/31
LOWEST              2   01/02        MM      MM        3  01/20
                                                          01/15
AVG. MAXIMUM     35.9              32.4     3.5     37.6
AVG. MINIMUM     19.8              17.4     2.4     21.7
MEAN             27.8              24.9     2.9
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32     13              15.3    -2.3       10
DAYS MIN <= 32     26              27.4    -1.4       28
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               3.4    -3.4        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         9.72   1950
 MINIMUM         0.39   1966
TOTALS           3.43              2.26    1.17     3.09
DAILY AVG.       0.11              0.07    0.04     0.10
DAYS >= .01        10              12.6    -2.6       16
DAYS >= .10         7               5.4     1.6        9
DAYS >= .50         3               1.2     1.8        1
DAYS >= 1.00        1               0.3     0.7        1
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    1.69   01/12 TO 01/13

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           29.5   1982
TOTALS            2.6              10.1    -7.5     14.6
SINCE 7/1        12.2              20.7    -8.5     25.6
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      1                 4      -3        1
DAYS >= 1.0         1               3.1    -2.1        5
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         4   01/02                          5
                        01/01
 24 HR TOTAL      1.4   MM

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1145              1243     -98     1089
 SINCE 7/1       3347              3571    -224     3071
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              11.3
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    39/280    DATE  01/20
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    47/290    DATE  01/20

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.70
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR            3
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             13
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         15

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     78

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                4     RAIN                       6
LIGHT RAIN                9     FREEZING RAIN              1
LT FREEZING RAIN          2     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       1
LIGHT SNOW               13     SLEET                      2
FOG                      22     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      2
HAZE                      8

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

&&

...JANUARY WAS LIKE A WEATHER ROLLER COASTER...

DRAMATIC UPS AND DOWNS IN TEMPERATURES DURING THE MONTH MADE IT FEEL
LIKE A WEATHER ROLLER COASTER. HIGH TEMPERATURES TOPPED OUT IN THE
MIDDLE 60S AND LOW TEMPERATURES BOTTOMED OUT AROUND ZERO DEGREES.
JANUARY ALSO SAW ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION WITH A FEW DAYS OF
MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINFALL. THIS HELPED RAISE WATER LEVELS ON AREA
LAKES AND RIVERS AND EVEN LED TO SOME MODERATE FLOODING ON AREA RIVERS.

THE ROLLER COASTER RIDE BEGAN WITH TEMPERATURES BELOW NORMAL AND
RELATIVELY DRY CONDITIONS TO START THE MONTH. A JANUARY THAW
OCCURRED DURING THE SECOND WEEK AS HIGHS CLIMBED INTO THE 50S AND
TOPPED OUT IN THE UPPER 50S ON JANUARY 12TH. THE HIGH ON THIS DAY IN
FORT WAYNE WAS 59. THIS WARM UP WAS ALSO ACCOMPANIED BY OVER TWO INCHES
OF MUCH NEEDED RAINFALL WHICH OCCURRED BETWEEN THE 10TH AND 13TH.
HOWEVER...THIS ABUNDANT RAINFALL ON TOP OF THE FROZEN GROUND LED TO
MODERATE FLOODING ON SOME RIVERS. THE WARM RESPITE WAS SHORT LIVED
AS MORE SEASONABLE TEMPERATURES RETURNED ON THE 14TH...FOLLOWED BY A
MILD WARM UP ON THE 19TH.

SNOWFALL THROUGH JANUARY 20TH WAS WELL BELOW NORMAL WITH ONLY TWO
TENTHS OF AN INCH BEING RECORDED. THE REMAINDER OF THE MONTH WAS A
DIFFERENT STORY AS THE FIRST SIGNIFICANT ARCTIC OUTBREAK OF THE
SEASON BROUGHT TEMPERATURES CRASHING TO THE SINGLE DIGITS BY THE
21ST. THE 22ND WAS THE COLDEST DAY OF THE WINTER SEASON SO FAR WITH
A HIGH OF ONLY 14 AND A LOW OF 3 IN FORT WAYNE.

ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT WARMING TREND BEGAN ON THE 27TH WITH
TEMPERATURES RECOVERING BACK TO A RECORD 64 DEGREES ON THE 29TH.
THIS CRUSHED THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 55 SET IN 1988. A SECOND ARCTIC
RUSH QUICKLY FOLLOWED TO END THE MONTH AS TEMPERATURES PLUMMETED
INTO THE TEENS ON THE 31ST. RAINFALL OF JUST UNDER AN INCH FELL AHEAD
OF THIS ARCTIC COLD FRONT. NEARLY ALL OF THE MONTHLY SNOWFALL FELL
OVER THE LAST WEEK OF JANUARY WITH 2.4 INCHES DURING THIS PERIOD.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 27.8 DEGREES...2.9 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 35TH WARMEST JANUARY SINCE 1912. THE
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 64 ON JANUARY 30TH. THIS WAS A
RECORD FOR THE DAY AND ALSO THE WARMEST JANUARY TEMPERATURE SINCE
JANUARY 7TH 2008 WHEN THE HIGH WAS A BALMY 66 DEGREES. THIS ALSO
TIED AS THE 5TH WARMEST JANUARY TEMPERATURE SINCE 1912. JANUARY ALSO
HAD TWO DAYS IN THE 60S...THE 29TH AND 30TH. THERE HAVE BEEN 8 OTHER
YEARS SINCE 1912 WITH AT LEAST TWO 60 DEGREE DAYS. THE MOST WAS 4 IN
1950. THE LAST YEAR WITH AT LEAST TWO 60 DEGREE DAYS WAS 2005.

THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE WAS 2 ON THE 2ND. THE LAST TIME FORT WAYNE
WAS COLDER THAN THIS WAS ON FEBRUARY 10TH 2011 WHEN THE LOW WAS 13
BELOW ZERO. THIS WAS ALSO THE LAST TIME THE TEMPERATURE WAS BELOW
ZERO.

THE MONTHLY PRECIPITATION WAS 3.43 INCHES...1.17 INCHES ABOVE
NORMAL. THIS WAS THE 18TH WETTEST JANUARY SINCE 1912. THE GREATEST
24 HOUR PRECIPITATION WAS ON THE 12TH AND 13TH WHEN 1.69 INCHES
FELL. THE 1.14 INCHES WHICH FELL ON THE 13TH BROKE A DAILY RECORD FOR
THE DATE AND TIED AS THE 20TH WETTEST JANUARY DAY SINCE 1912. IT WAS
ALSO THE WETTEST JANUARY DAY SINCE 2008 WHEN 1.19 INCHES FELL ON
JANUARY 8TH.

SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH WAS OFFICIALLY 2.6 INCHES...7.5 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 19TH LOWEST JANUARY SNOWFALL TOTAL SINCE
1912.

$$
LASHLEY/GREENAWALT

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