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CLALAS

CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LAS VEGAS, NV
339 PM PST SUN JAN 5 2014

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...THE LAS VEGAS NV CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE YEAR OF 2013...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1937 TO 2014

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
................................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH             117   06/30/2013
                        07/19/2005
                        07/24/1942
 LOW                8   01/13/1963
                        01/25/1937
HIGHEST           117R  06/30       113       4      114  07/11
                                                          07/10
LOWEST             23   01/15        27      -4       30  12/20
                        01/13
AVG. MAXIMUM     80.6              80.1     0.5     81.9
AVG. MINIMUM     59.2              58.7     0.5     60.5
MEAN             69.8              69.4     0.4     71.2
DAYS MAX >= 90    132             131.3    -0.7      147
DAYS MAX <= 32      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MIN <= 32     19               7.5    11.5        3
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.0     0.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        10.72   1941
 MINIMUM         0.56   1953
TOTALS           2.96              4.19   -1.23     5.31
DAILY AVG.          T              0.01   -0.01        T
DAYS >= .01        24              26.5    -2.5       17
DAYS >= .10         8              11.2    -3.2        9
DAYS >= .50         1               2.5    -1.5        3
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.2    -0.2        2
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    1.03   11/21 TO 11/22
 STORM TOTAL     1.37   11/21 TO 11/23
 (MM/DD(HH))

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           16.7   1949
 24 HR TOTAL      9.0   01/04/1974 TO 01/05/1974
 SNOW DEPTH         8   01/05/1974
TOTALS              T               0.3    -0.3        T
 LIQUID EQUIV     0.0              0.00     0.0      0.0
SINCE 7/1         0.0               0.2    -0.2        T
 LIQUID 7/1      0.00              0.00    0.00      0.0
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                 0       0        0
DAYS >= TRACE       1               0.2     0.8        2
DAYS >= 1.0         0               0.1    -0.1        0
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         0                                  0
 24 HR TOTAL        T  01/28                           T
 STORM TOTAL        T  01/28                           T
 (MM/DD(HH))

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1394              1951    -557     1659
 SINCE 7/1        803               847     -44      673
COOLING TOTAL    3486              3568     -82     4032
 SINCE 1/1       3486              3568     -82     4032

FREEZE DATES
RECORD
 EARLIEST     10/21/1949
 LATEST       04/12/1967
EARLIEST                        11/25
LATEST                          02/28
..................................................

WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              8.4
RESULTANT WIND SPEED/DIRECTION   6/200
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    43/030    DATE  07/19
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    54/040    DATE  07/19

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.30
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR          157
NUMBER OF DAYS PC            100
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         19

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     28

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM             18     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                1     RAIN                       6
LIGHT RAIN               40     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       1
LIGHT SNOW                0     SLEET                      0
FOG                       6     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      2
HAZE                      2

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

&&

...A WARM BUT DRY YEAR FOR LAS VEGAS...

THE HEAT WAS ON IN LAS VEGAS IN 2013 AS THIS MARKED ONLY THE THIRD
TIME SINCE RECORDS STARTED IN 1937 THAT THE HIGH TEMPERATURE REACHED
117 DEGREES ON JUNE 30TH WHICH TIES THE ALL-TIME HIGH TEMPERATURE
FOR LAS VEGAS. THIS MARKED THE FIRST TIME EVER THIS MARK WAS REACHED
IN JUNE. THE COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE OF THE YEAR WAS 38 DEGREES ON
JANUARY 13TH AND JANUARY 14TH. THE WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE OF THE
YEAR WAS 95 DEGREES ON JULY 1ST WHICH TIED THE HIGHEST LOW
TEMPERATURE EVER FOR LAS VEGAS SET ON JULY 19, 2005. THE COLDEST LOW
TEMPERATURE OF THE YEAR WAS 23 DEGREES RECORDED ON JANUARY 13TH AND
15TH. THIS WAS THE COLDEST READING AT MCCARRAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
SINCE IT REACHED 23 DEGREES ON JANUARY 14TH. ELSEWHERE IN THE LAS
VEGAS VALLEY AT OFFICIAL WEATHER STATIONS THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE OF
THE YEAR WAS 119 DEGREES AT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE ON
JUNE 30TH. THE LOWEST WAS 18 DEGREES AT THE HENDERSON EXECUTIVE
AIRPORT ON JANUARY 15TH. AN UNOFFICIAL LOW OF 17 DEGREES WAS
RECORDED IN MOUNTAIN`S EDGE ON JANUARY 13TH.

THERE WERE A TOTAL OF 76 DAYS WITH A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 100 DEGREES
OR GREATER AT MCCARRAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN 2013 WHICH IS 6 DAYS
ABOVE NORMAL. THERE WERE 4 DAYS WITH A HIGH OF 115 DEGREES OR HIGHER
WHICH RANKS AS THE THIRD HIGHEST EVER WITH 1937 AND 1979. ONLY 1940
AND 2005 HAD A HIGHER SUCH TOTAL WITH 5 DAYS. THERE WERE 19 DAYS
WITH A LOW AT OR BELOW FREEZING WHICH WAS THE HIGHEST SUCH TOTAL
SINCE 2002 WHEN THERE WERE 22 DAYS.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR 2013 WAS 69.8 DEGREES WHICH TIES WITH
2006 FOR THE 7TH WARMEST AVERAGE ANNUAL TEMPERATURE ON RECORD. THE
WARMEST YEAR EVER WAS 2012 WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 71.2
DEGREES. THE AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 80.6 DEGREES WHICH TIED
1980 FOR THE 33RD WARMEST EVER. THE AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 59.2
DEGREES WHICH TIED 2006 FOR THE 8TH WARMEST EVER.

PRECIPITATION TOTALED 2.96 INCHES FOR THE YEAR AT MCCARRAN
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHICH RANKS AS THE 27TH DRIEST YEAR ON RECORD.
A TRACE OR MORE OF PRECIPITATION FELL ON 49 DAYS DURING THE YEAR
WHICH IS 2 ABOVE NORMAL. THE WETTEST MONTH OF 2013 WAS NOVEMBER WITH
1.37 INCH WHICH RANKED AS THE 6TH WETTEST NOVEMBER EVER. THIS WAS
THE ONLY MONTH OF THE YEAR TO RECORD OVER AN INCH OF PRECIPITATION.
NO PRECIPITATION AT ALL WAS RECORDED AT MCCARRAN IN MAY AND JUNE.
ONLY A TRACE WAS REPORTED IN FEBRUARY AND OCTOBER. THERE WERE AT
TOTAL OF 18 THUNDERSTORM DAYS FOR THE YEAR.

PRECIPITATION TOTALS ACROSS THE LAS VEGAS VALLEY RANGED FROM A
LITTLE OVER 2 INCHES IN THE NORTHEAST PART OF THE VALLEY TO NEARLY 6
INCHES IN THE FAR WESTERN PARTS OF SUMMERLIN. SELECTED TOTALS FOR
THE YEAR ACROSS THE LAS VEGAS INCLUDE...

LOCATION                           TOTAL           SOURCE
---------------------------------------------------------------------
SUMMERLIN NORTHWEST                6.42 INCHES     CCRFCD
EAST LAKE MEAD PARKWAY             6.34 INCHES     COCORAHS
SUMMERLIN WEST                     5.98 INCHES     CCRFCD
GREEN VALLEY/UPR CHANNEL           5.79 INCHES     CCRFCD
ROBINDALE & PECOS                  5.71 INCHES     COCORAHS
ALIANTE                            5.35 INCHES     CCRFCD
GREENWAY & HEATHER                 5.10 INCHES     COCORAHS
ANTHEM                             4.69 INCHES     CCRFCD
HENDERSON EXECUTIVE AIRPORT        4.62 INCHES     AWSS
TROPICANA & BUFFALO                4.27 INCHES     COCORAHS
LONE MOUNTAIN                      4.25 INCHES     CCRFCD
NELLIS AFB                         4.10 INCHES     ASOS
CRAIG & LOSEE                      4.03 INCHES     CO-OP OBSERVER
SUMMERLIN                          3.96 INCHES     COCORAHS
TENAYA & WASHINGTON                3.88 INCHES     COCORAHS
NORTH LAS VEGAS AIRPORT            3.79 INCHES     ASOS
NWS OFFICE                         3.61 INCHES     NWS STAFF
OAKEY & JONES                      3.52 INCHES     COCORAHS
DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS                 2.99 INCHES     CCRFCD
CACTUS & DURANGO                   2.83 INCHES     CCRFCD
SAHARA & NELLIS                    2.52 INCHES     CCRFCD
CHEYENNE PEAKING BASIN             2.09 INCHES     CCRFCD
TORREY PINES & OAKEY               2.05 INCHES     CCRFCD

ALTHOUGH NO NOTEWORTHY MEASURABLE SNOW FELL IN THE LAS VEGAS VALLEY
IN 2013, SNOW PELLETS FELL IN A FEW AREAS INCLUDING THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE AND MCCARRAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN JANUARY
ON THE 28TH. SNOW ALSO FELL BUT DID NOT ACCUMULATE ON DECEMBER 3RD
AND 4TH IN MANY AREAS OF THE WEST AND SOUTH SIDES OF THE VALLEY. IN
SOME AREAS THE SNOW WAS MIXED WITH ICE PELLETS. SNOW PELLETS ALSO
FELL IN WESTERN PORTIONS OF SUMMERLIN ON DECEMBER 7TH.

SEVERAL HIGH IMPACT WEATHER EVENTS TOOK PLACE IN THE LAS VEGAS
VALLEY DURING 2013. THIS INCLUDED A DESTRUCTIVE FREEZE FROM JANUARY
12TH THROUGH THE 16TH THAT CAUSED AN ESTIMATED 5 MILLION DOLLARS IN
DAMAGES TO PIPES AND PRESSURE VACUUM BREAKERS. A THUNDERSTORM MOVED
SOUTH ACROSS THE VALLEY ON THE EVENING OF JULY 19TH PRODUCING
SUSTAINED WINDS OF 59 MPH AT NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE WITH A GUST TO 71
MPH. AT LEAST A DOZEN STRUCTURES SUSTAINED SIGNIFICANT WIND DAMAGE.
A FEW CASINOS HAD WATER DAMAGE. TOTAL DAMAGES WERE ESTIMATED AT 2.5
MILLION DOLLARS WITH MOST OF THE DAMAGE DUE TO WIND. A THUNDERSTORM
IN THE LATE EVENING HOURS OF JULY 20TH PRODUCED HAIL UP TO 1.75 INCH
IN DIAMETER IN HENDERSON. A THUNDERSTORM THAT UNLEASHED IN EXCESS OF
4 INCHES OF RAIN IN THE NORTHEASTERN SLOPES OF THE SPRING MOUNTAINS
ON AUGUST 25TH TRIGGERED THE BIGGEST FLASH FLOOD EVENT OF THE YEAR
IN THE FAR NORTHWEST PART OF LAS VEGAS AS WELL AS IN THE ALIANTE
AREA. ALMOST EVERY STREET IN THIS AREA HAD SOME SORT OF WATER, ROCKS
OR MUD COVER IT WITH DAMAGE IN SOME AREAS DUE TO DEBRIS FLOW FROM
THE CARPENTER 1 FIRE. DAMAGES WERE ESTIMATED AT 3 MILLION DOLLARS
MAINLY TO ROADS. STEADY RAIN ON NOVEMBER 21ST HELPED TO CAUSE 169
VEHICLE CRASHES WITH 112 IN A 5 HOUR PERIOD ALONE.

THERE WERE A TOTAL OF 42 WEATHER-RELATED DEATHS IN THE LAS VEGAS
VALLEY IN 2013 WITH 41 HEAT-RELATED DEATHS AND 1 MAN WHO DIED AFTER
HE WAS INVOLVED IN A VEHICLE ACCIDENT DUE TO A WET ROAD. THERE WERE
A TOTAL OF 631 WEATHER-RELATED INJURIES IN 2013 IN THE LAS VEGAS
VALLEY - 569 DUE TO HEAT-RELATED ISSUES, 60 DUE TO WET ROADS AND 2
DUE TO A WILDFIRE.

$$

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