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ANNUAL CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR
1000 AM PST THU JAN 1 2015

...ASTORIA 2014 WEATHER IN REVIEW...

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MONTHLY WEATHER RECAPS...

JANUARY...RATHER TYPICAL JANUARY. INCOMING FRONTS WERE NOT AS
    MOISTURE-LADEN...AND BROUGHT LESS THAN NORMAL RAINFALL. A
    STRONG FRONT PUSHED ONSHORE ON THE 10TH INTO THE 11TH. IT
    BROUGHT STRONG GUSTY SOUTH WINDS TO THE ASTORIA AREA...WITH
    GUSTS REACHING 64 MPH AT THE AIRPORT. HOWEVER...AT CAPE D
    AND CLATSOP SPIT WINDS GUSTED TO 70 MPH. AFTERWARDS HIGH
    PRESSURE MID MONTH GAVE REGION STRING OF MILD DAYS AND COOL
    NIGHTS FROM THE 13TH THROUGH THE 26TH.

FEBRUARY...AFTER A VERY MILD START...ARCTIC AIR FILTERED INTO
    THE REGION...BRING VERY COLD AIR.  HIGHS WERE ONLY IN THE
    30S FROM THE 5TH TO THE 8TH...BUT COLDEST DAY WAS ON THE
    6TH WITH A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 29 DEG...AND A LOW OF 20.
    ASTORIA SAW A DUSTING OF SNOW ON BOTH THE 6TH AND 7TH.
    MUCH WARMER AIR RETURNED ON THE 10TH...WITH HIGHS WARMING
    BACK INTO THE MID 50S. REGULAR FRONTS KEPT TEMPERATURES
    MILD WITH ONSHORE FLOW...ALONG WITH RAIN. THE STRONGEST
    FRONT ARRIVED ON 15TH INTO THE 16TH...WITH SOUTH WINDS
    GUSTING TO 60 MPH AT ASTORIA AIRPORT AND TO 70 TO 75 MPH
    AT CAPE DISAPPOINMENT AND CLATSOP SPIT.

MARCH...MARCH ROARED IN LIKE A LION...WITH WIND AND RAIN.
    WIND GUSTS OF 45 TO 55 MPH FOR FIRST THREE DAYS...THEN TO
    60 MPH ON THE 5TH AND 6TH. WINDS CAUSED SOME TREE
    DAMAGE AND SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES. IT WAS A WET MONTH
    WITH RAIN FALLING ON NEARLY EVERY DAY. SEVERAL OF THE
    FRONTS BROUGHT 1 TO 2 INCHES OF RAIN TO ASTORIA AREA.

APRIL...RATHER NICE MONTH OF WEATHER. TEMPERATURES WARMED IN
    THE 70S A FEW TIMES...AND INTO THE LOWER 80S ON THE 30TH
    WITH MODERATE EAST WINDS. RAINFALL WAS A TAD ABOVE NORMAL
    NEAR NORMAL. A VERY STRONG FRONT PUSHED ACROSS THE REGION
    ON 23RD INTO THE 24TH...DUMPING 2.73 INCHES OF RAIN AT
    THE ASTORIA AIRPORT AND WIND GUSTS TO 45 MPH. BIG WAVES
    ON THE PACIFIC 20TH AND AGAIN ON THE 24TH CLAIMED TWO
    LIVES AFTER THEY WERE KNOCKED INTO THE TURBULENT SURF.

MAY...MAY CONTINUED WHERE APRIL END...MILD. IT WAS 81 DEG
    ON THE FIRST...THE WARMEST MAY 1ST ON RECORD. BUT IT DID
    NOT LAST. MORE TYPICAL MAY-LIKE TEMPERATURES RETURNED THE
    NEXT DAY...WITH HIGHS IN UPPER 50S. ANOTHER DECENT FRONT
    BROUGHT ABOUT 2 INCHES OF RAIN ON 8TH AND 9TH. ANOTHER
    BRIEF BURST OF HEAT OCCURRED ON THE 13TH AND 14TH...WITH
    TEMPERATURE PEAKING AT 87 DEG ON THE 14TH. AFTERWARDS
    SEASONABLE TEMPERATURES RESUMED.

JUNE...OVERALL...RATHER NORMAL AND UNEVENTFUL JUNE.

JULY...LIKE JUNE...IT RATHER UNEVENTFUL WITH NEAR NORMAL
    RAINFALL AND SLIGHTLY WARMER THAN NORMAL TEMPERTURES.

AUGUST...AUGUST CONTINUED WHERE JULY ENDED...BIT DRIER
    AND WARMER THAN NORMAL. FEW THUNDERSTORMS INTO THE
    AREA ON THE 12TH. WHILE NOT A RECORD...THERE WERE 17
    DAYS IN AUGUST WITH A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF AT LEAST 70
    DEG...THE MOST SINCE 2004.

SEPTEMBER...STARTED DRY AND WARM...WITH HIGHS WELL INTO THE
    70S AND 80S. LIKE AUGUST...OVERNIGHT LOWS WERE WELL ABOVE
    NORMAL. SEPTEMBER AVERAGE TEMP WAS 62.3 DEG...WHICH MADE
    IT THE 2ND WARMEST SEPTEMBER FOR ASTORIA. A SERIEST OF
    FRONTS PUSHED ACROSS ASTORIA AFTER THE 22ND...WITH THE
    STRONGEST BEING ON THE 26TH. THIS FRONT BROUGHT A BIT
    OVER 2 INCHES OF RAIN...ALMOST AS MUCH AS THE AVERAGE
    FOR SEPTEMBER.

OCTOBER...STARTED WARM AND DRY. A SERIES OF FRONT ARRIVED BY
    THE 10TH...BRING MORE SEASONABLE WEATHER AND RAIN. A VERY
    STRONG FRONT BROUGHT VERY HEAVY RAINFALL TO THE REGION ON
    22ND AND 23RD....WITH GENERALLY 2 TO 4 INCHES OF RAIN.
    ANOTHER STRONG FRONT ARRIVED ON THE 25TH...BRINGING GUSTY
    SOUTH WINDS. WITH TREES STILL HEAVY WITH LEAVES...THE
    50 TO 60 MPH WIND GUSTS BROKE TREE LIMBS...TOPPLED TREES
    AND KNOCKED OUT POWER TO HUNDREDS OF HOMES.

NOVEMBER...IT WAS A RATHER BENIGN MONTH...AS TEMPERATURES WERE
    NEAR NORMAL. EARLY ARCTIC OUTBREAK OVER THE ROCKIES AND
    PLAINS STATES BROUGHT PUSHED COLD AIR WESTWARD INTO THE
    PAC NW...BRINGING STRONG OFFSHORE FLOW WITH GUSTY EAST
    WINDS ACROSS THE REGION FROM THE 10TH TO 15TH...WITH WEAKER
    EAST WINDS FROM 16TH TO 19TH. THE AIR MASS WAS NOT
    EXTRAORDINARILY COLD...BUT OVERNIGHT TERMPERATURES STILL
    DROPPED INTO THE LOWER 30S. THE DRY OFFSHORE PATTERN CUT
    THE RAINFALL TO ABOUT 60 PERCENT OF NORMAL. A HEAVY
    THUNDERSTORM ON THE 23RD PRODUCED 1.25 INCH DIAMETER HAIL
    AT THE NASELLE-GRAYS RIVER SCHOOL.

DECEMBER...STARTED RATHER TYPICAL...WITH CHILLY NIGHTS AND
    COOL DAYS. BUT MILDER AIR RETURNED ON 3RD. STORM TRACK
    THEN SHIFTED...PUSHING STRONG STORMS INTO CALIFORNIA.
    THIS LEFT THE ASTORIA AREA NOT AS WET...BUT MUCH MILDER.
    A STRONG STORM DEVELOPED OFFSHORE ON THE 11TH AND PUSHED
    NORTH TO VANCOUVER ISLAND. THE STRONGEST WINDS WERE WELL
    SOUTH OF ASTORIA...BUT STILL HAVE SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES
    AS SOUTH WINDS GUSTED 55 TO 65 MPH. WAVES ON THE PACIFIC
    PEAKED AT 30 TO 35 FEET.

    BRIEF BREAK IN THE WEATHER...BUT A PERIOD OF HEAVY RAIN
    ARRIVED FOR 17TH AND LASTED THROUGH THE 20TH. DURING THIS
    TIME...NEARLY 3 TO 4 INCHES OF RAIN FELL ALONG THE COAST.
    BUT 6 TO 8 INCHES FELL IN THE COAST RANGE. SEVERAL RIVERS
    ROSE TO FLOOD STAGE ON 20TH AND 21ST...BUT RECEDED LATER
    ON THE 21ST INTO THE 22ND. WITH FLOODING RIVERS COMBINED
    WITH RATHER HIGH TIDES...THERE WAS ALSO SOME TIDAL
    FLOODING ALONG RIVERS.

    COLD EAST WINDS CLOSED THE MONTH...AS DID VERY HIGH
    BAROMETRIC PRESSURE. ASTORIA PRESSURE REACHED UP TO
    30.82 INCHES...SETTING A NEW ALL TIME HIGHEST PRESSURE.
    PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 30.74 INCHES SET ON 14 DEC 1996.

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NEW RECORDS SET IN 2014 (PREVIOUS RECORD IN PARENTHESES)

JAN...
  10TH   NEW.  DAILY WARM LOW TEMP    49 DEG     (48/1982)

FEB...
   6TH   NEW.  DAILY LOW TEMP         20 DEG     (21/1989)
   6TH   NEW.  DAILY COOL HIGH TEMP   29 DEG     (34/1899)
   7TH   NEW.  DAILY LOW TEMP         20 DEG     (22/1989)
   7TH   NEW.  DAILY COOL HIGH TEMP   34 DEG     (37/1899)
   8TH   NEW.  DAILY COOL HIGH TEMP   36 DEG     (39/1899)

MAR...
   NO NEW RECORDS.

APR...
  23RD   NEW.  DAILY PRECIPITATION  2.22 INCHES  (1.79/1996)
  30TH   NEW.  DAILY HIGH TEMP        84 DEG     (75/2004)

MAY...
   1ST   NEW.  DAILY HIGH TEMP        81 DEG     (78/1945)
   1ST   NEW   DAILY WARM LOW TEMP    56 DEG     (51/1915)
   8TH   NEW.  DAILY PRECIPITATION  1.31 INCHES  (0.73/1983)
  14TH   NEW.  DAILY HIGH TEMP        87 DEG     (82/1939)

JUN...
  28TH   TIED. DAILY WARM LOW TEMP    58 DEG     (58/2013)

JUL...
  23RD   NEW.  DAILY PRECIPITATION  0.82 INCH    (0.42/1952)

AUG...
   NO NEW RECORDS.

SEP...
   5TH   TIED. DAILY HIGH TEMP        87 DEG     (87/1975)
  20TH   NEW.  DAILY HIGH TEMP        86 DEG     (84/1939)
  23RD   TIED. DAILY WARM LOW TEMP    59 DEG     (59/2011)
  23RD   NEW.  DAILY PRECIPITATION  1.98 INCHES  (1.60/1905)
  26TH   NEW.  DAILY PRECIPITATION  2.01 INCHES  (1.18/2011)
  SEPT   NEW.  2ND WARMEST SEPT ON RECORD

OCT...
  29TH   NEW.  DAILY WARM LOW TEMP    55 DEG     (54/2012)

NOV...
  26TH   NEW.  DAILY HIGH TEMP        61 DEG     (60/1950)
  27TH   NEW.  DAILY WARM LOW TEMP    55 DEG     (53/1899)

DEC...
   9TH   TIED. DAILY HIGH TEMP        61 DEG     (61/1981)
  10TH   TIED. DAILY HIGH TEMP        63 DEG     (63/1995)
  11TH   NEW.  DAILY HIGH TEMP        63 DEG     (58/1937)
  30TH   NEW.  HIGHEST PRESSURE    30.80 INCHES
         NEW ALL TIME HIGHEST. PREVIOUS WAS 29.74 INCHES
              SET ON 14 DEC 1996.

YEAR    THERE WERE 58 DAYS WITH TEMPERATURE OF AT LEAST 70
           DEG. THIS IS THE MOST SINCE 1997.
        ALSO...THERE WERE 11 DAYS WITH TEMPERATURE OF AT
           LEAST 80 DEG...THE MOST SINCE 1989.

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2014 ASTORIA AIRPORT TEMPERATURE DATA

      |--- AVERAGES ----| MEAN T DEPART| EXTREME TEMPS/DATE  |
MONTH |HIGHS LOWS   MEAN|  FROM NORMAL | HIGHEST      LOWEST |
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JAN     51.6  38.2   44.9   +1.1 DEG     60 /24TH    27 / 4TH
FEB     48.2  36.5   42.3   -2.1 DEG     64 /28TH    20 / 7TH*
MAR     54.7  41.5   48.1   +1.7 DEG     67 /24TH    30 /22ND
APR     58.1  42.5   50.3   +1.6 DEG     84 /30TH    35 /10TH
MAY     64.2  48.7   56.5   +3.5 DEG     87 /14TH    39 /11TH
JUN     64.8  52.6   58.7   +1.7 DEG     75 /30TH    45 /21ST
JUL     68.8  54.3   61.5   +1.2 DEG     89 / 1ST    48 /25TH
AUG     70.5  55.9   63.2   +2.3 DEG     79 /25TH    49 /10TH
SEP     71.9  52.8   62.4   +3.9 DEG     87 / 5TH    45 /28TH
OCT     65.3  50.9   58.1   +5.5 DEG     78 / 3RD    42 /31ST
NOV     54.4  40.0   47.2   +0.4 DEG     62 /25TH    24 /15TH
DEC     52.5  41.7   47.1   +4.4 DEG     63 /11TH*   25 /31ST

2014    60.5  46.4   53.4   +2.1 DEG     89 /JUL 1   20 /FEB 7*
NORMAL  58.6  43.9   51.3              * LAST OF MULTIPLE DATES

DAYS WITH TEMPERATURES IN 2014 WHERE...
       |------ MAXIMUM TEMP --------||------ MINIMUM TEMP ---|
       <=32  60+  70+  80+  90+ 100+  <=20  <=32   60+   70+
==============================================================
JAN      0    1    0    0    0    0      0     3    0     0
FEB      1    1    0    0    0    0      2    10    0     0
MAR      0    2    0    0    0    0      0     2    0     0
APR      0    5    3    1    0    0      0     0    0     0
MAY      0   22    6    3    0    0      0     0    0     0
JUN      0   29    3    0    0    0      0     0    0     0
JUL      0   31   11    1    0    0      0     0    1     0
AUG      0   31   17    0    0    0      0     0    0     0
SEP      0   30   13    6    0    0      0     0    0     0
OCT      0   28    5    0    0    0      0     0    0     0
NOV      0    4    0    0    0    0      0     7    0     0
DEC      0    4    0    0    0    0      0     5    0     0

2014     1  188   58   11    0    0      2    27    1     0
NORMAL  <1  160   33    4    0    0      1    28    1     0

FIRST/LAST OCCURRENCES OF...        IN 2014      NORMAL
  LAST 32 DEG OR COLDER IN SPRING    MAR 22     (APR 27)
  FIRST 70+ DEG OF THE YEAR          APR 13     (APR 12)
  FIRST 80+ DEG OF THE YEAR          APR 30     (JUN 13)
  FIRST 90+ DEG OF THE YEAR           NONE      (JUL  3)

  LAST 90+ DEG OF THE YEAR            NONE     (JUL 14)
  LAST 80+ DEG OF THE YEAR           SEP 20     (SEP 11)
  LAST 70+ DEG OF THE YEAR           OCT  7     (OCT 15)
  FIRST 32 DEG OR COLDER IN FALL     NOV 12     (NOV 10)

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2014 ASTORIA AIRPORT RAINFALL DATA...

DAYS WITH TEMPERATURES WHERE ...
       TOTAL  DEPARTURE  DAYS WITH AT LEAST...  GREATEST IN
MONTH   RAIN  FM NORMAL   0.01 0.10 0.50 1.00   24HRS & DATE
===============================================================
JAN     6.36    -3.84      16   12    6    0    1.30 JAN 28-29
FEB     7.40    +0.21      20   14    5    3    1.91 FEB 16-17
MAR    10.86    +3.41      25   20    8    4    2.08 MAR  8-9
APR     8.08    +2.88      18   14    5    1    2.46 APR 23-24
MAY     5.98    +2.66      15   12    6    2    1.53 MAY  3-4
JUN     1.85    -0.70      11    8    0    0    0.47 JUN 26-27
JUL     1.08    +0.05       4    2    1    0    0.96 JUL 23-24
AUG     0.70    -0.46       5    3    0    0    0.49 AUG 12-13
SEP     4.94    +2.80      10    6    2    2    2.15 SEP 25-26
OCT     8.61    +2.63      21   17    6    2    1.42 OCT 21-22
NOV     6.44    -4.71      17   13    5    1    1.58 NOV 21-22
DEC    10.57    +0.68      23   17    7    3    2.42 DEC 19-20

  2014  72.87   +5.61     185  138   51   18    2.46 APR 23-24
NORMAL  67.26             191  128   45   14

ASTORIA WATER YEAR 2013-14 (1 OCT 2013 THROUGH 30 SEP 2014)
      59.41 INCHES      7.75 INCHES BELOW NORMAL

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2014 ASTORIA AIRPORT WIND AND PRESSURE DATA...

      AVERAGE SPEED (MPH)    STRONGEST WIND GUST (MPH)
   2014    NORMAL     DIRECTION   SPEED   DATE
============================================================
JAN      8.0    8.8    SOUTHEAST   64 MPH   JAN 10
FEB      9.7    8.4     SOUTH       64 MPH   FEB 12
MAR      9.3    8.3     SOUTH       60 MPH   MAR  6
APR      7.9    8.2     SOUTH       45 MPH   APR 24
MAY      7.9    8.1     SOUTHWEST   41 MPH   MAY 15
JUN      8.2    8.3     SOUTH       30 MPH   JUN 27
JUL      8.2    8.5     NORTHWEST   30 MPH   JUL 30
AUG      6.9    7.7     NORTHWEST   30 MPH   AUG  9
SEP      6.9    7.0     SOUTH       33 MPH   SEP 23
OCT      6.9    7.1     SOUTH       53 MPH   OCT 25
NOV      9.5    8.3     SOUTH       50 MPH   NOV 21
DEC      9.0    8.7     SOUTH       43 MPH   DEC  1

2014     8.2    8.0     SOUTHWEST   51 MPH   MAR 12

HIGHEST PRESSURE IN 2014...30.82 INCHES    DEC 30
LOWEST PRESSURE IN 2014...28.99 INCHES    DEC 11

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ASTORIA AREA CLIMATE PERIOD OF RECORDS...   1892 TO 2014
ASTORIA CLIMATE NORMALS BASED ON...    1981 TO 2010
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DATA COMPILED BY ROCKEY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OREGON

ONLINE AT:     WEATHER.GOV/PORTLAND


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