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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA/GRAND FORKS
220 PM CST MON MAR 3 2014

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...THE FARGO HECTOR INTL AP ND CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE SEASON, FROM
12/1/2013 TO 2/28/2014...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1881 TO 2014

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
................................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              66   02/25/1958
 LOW              -48   01/08/1887
HIGHEST            41   02/19        20      21       50  12/03
                                                          12/02
LOWEST            -25   01/02         2     -27      -21  02/01
AVG. MAXIMUM     14.1              21.4    -7.3     21.6
AVG. MINIMUM     -5.4               3.8    -9.2      3.9
MEAN              4.3              12.6    -8.3     12.7
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32     80              66.5    13.5       77
DAYS MIN <= 32     90              89.0     1.0       90
DAYS MIN <= 0      65              37.1    27.9       39

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         4.28   2010
 MINIMUM         0.27   1942
TOTALS           2.09              2.14   -0.05     2.56
DAILY AVG.       0.02              0.02    0.00     0.03
DAYS >= .01        35              24.7    10.3       29
DAYS >= .10         6               6.5    -0.5        4
DAYS >= .50         0               0.5    -0.5        2
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.0     0.0        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    1.40   MM                       02/28 TO 02/28
 STORM TOTAL       MM                                 MM
 (MM/DD(HH))            MM                    02/28(00) TO 02/28(00)

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           57.0   1997
 24 HR TOTAL       MM
 SNOW DEPTH        MM   MM
TOTALS           27.3              29.4    -2.1     28.7
 LIQUID EQUIV      MM              2.90   -0.17     2.87
SINCE 7/1        27.6              38.0   -10.4     37.1
 LIQUID 7/1        MM              3.80   -1.04     3.71
SNOWDEPTH AVG.     10                 7       3        5
DAYS >= TRACE      54              25.1    28.9       59
DAYS >= 1.0         6               8.4    -2.4        4
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        13   02/18                         16  02/16
                        02/17                             02/14
                        01/28                             02/15
 24 HR TOTAL      4.7   MM                       02/28 TO 02/28
                                                          02/28 TO 02/28
                                                          02/28 TO 02/28
 STORM TOTAL       MM                                 MM
 (MM/DD(HH))            MM                    02/28(00) TO 02/28(00)
                                                 02/28(00) TO 02/28(00)8
                                                 02/28(00) TO 02/28(00)8

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    5436              4716     720     4682
 SINCE 7/1         MM              6678      MM       MM
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0

FREEZE DATES
RECORD
 EARLIEST     MM
 LATEST       MM
EARLIEST                        MM
LATEST                          MM
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              11.7
RESULTANT WIND SPEED/DIRECTION   4/294
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    46/350    DATE  01/16
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    60/320    DATE  01/16

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.50
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           38
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             32
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         20

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     74

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       0
LIGHT RAIN                0     FREEZING RAIN              1
LT FREEZING RAIN          2     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                8     SNOW                      19
LIGHT SNOW               56     SLEET                      0
FOG                      40     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      9
HAZE                     60

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

&&

THE METEOROLOGICAL WINTER OF 2013/2014 WILL BE LONG REMEMBERED...BUT
NOT NECESSARILY FOR THE REASONS MANY FOLKS THINK. TRUE...IT WAS
UNUSUALLY COLD BUT IT WAS NOT THE COLDEST ON RECORD. WHAT DECEMBER
2013 TO FEBRUARY 2014 WILL BE LOGGED AS IT THE CONSISTENCY OF THE
COLD.

AT THE FARGO HECTOR FIELD...WHICH HAS ONE OF THE LONGEST RECORDS
IN THE AREA...THE MEAN 3 MONTH TEMPERATURE OF 4.3 DEGREES PUTS IT AS
THE 17TH COLDEST FOR THE FARGO AREA WHOSE DATA GOES BACK TO 1881.

THE TEMPERATURE DROPPED TO -25 DEGREES ON JANUARY 2ND 2014...THEN HIT
41 DEGREES 17 DAYS LATER ON THE 19TH. THE THREE MONTH MEAN DEPARTURE
FROM NORMAL OF -9.2 DEGREES IS STATISTICALLY IN THE LOWER THIRD OF
COLDEST EXPECTED WINTERS...ANOTHER INDICATOR OF WHAT WE ALREADY KNEW.

TO FURTHER SUPPORT THE IDEA OF CONSISTENT AND FREQUENT COLD HAVE
CALCULATED THE NUMBER OF DAYS WHEN THE LOW TEMPERATURES FELL TO ZERO
OR BELOW. OVER THE PERIOD FROM 1881 TO 2013 THERE ARE 45 DAYS...ON
AVERAGE...THAT THE LOW FALLS TO ZERO OR BELOW DURING THE DECEMBER TO
FEBRUARY PERIOD. THIS WINTER THAT TOTAL WAS 65 DAYS WHICH TIES FOR
5TH
PLACE BEHIND 1965...1950...1887 AND 1884. THE WINTER OF 1882/1883 HAD
76 DAYS WITH LOW TEMPERATURES AT OR BELOW ZERO

THERE WAS 2.09 INCHES OF LIQUID EQUIVALENT WHICH IS ONLY 0.05 INCHES
ABOVE THE LONG TERM AVERAGE.

DESPITE THE COLD WEATHER THE TOTAL 3 MONTH SNOWFALL WAS ONLY 27.9
INCHES WHICH IS PRETTY MUCH MIDDLE OF THE STATISTICAL PACK. ANOTHER
REASON FOR THE LOWER SNOWFALL INCLUDES SEVERAL DAYS OF LIGHT TO
MODERATE FREEZING RAIN. THE WINTER OF 1996/97 HAD 57.0 INCHES OF
SNOW DURING THE DECEMBER...JANUARY AND FEBRUARY PERIOD.

THE AVERAGE WIND SPEED WAS 11.7 MPH WHICH IS ABOUT 3 MPH ABOVE THE
LONG TERM MEDIAN. THE HIGHEST WIND SPEED OF 60 MPH OCCURRED ON
JANUARY 6TH. ANOTHER FACTOR ADDING TO THE OVERALL APPARENT SEVERITY
OF THIS WINTER INCLUDES THE 7 BLIZZARDS THAT IMPACTED THE RED RIVER
VALLEY. THIS IS WELL ABOVE THE USUAL 2 OR 3 THAT OCCUR EVERY WINTER.
THE PEAK ON RECORD OF 10 BLIZZARDS WAS THE 1996/97 WINTER.

THE ABOVE INFORMATION IS PROVISIONAL...IS BASED ON EDITED DATA AND
WILL LIKELY BE CHANGED SLIGHTLY AFTER FURTHER REVIEW BY THE NATIONAL
CLIMATE DATA CENTER. OFFICIAL RECORDS AND SUMMARIES WILL BE
AVAILABLE LATER THIS SPRING OR EARLY SUMMER.

$$

EWENS






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