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ANNUAL WEATHER SUMMARY FOR MOLINE IL
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE QUAD CITIES IA IL
500 PM CST WED JAN 15 1997


...1996 WAS ONE OF THE COLDEST YEARS AND MUCH DRIER THAN NORMAL...


PART 1 OF 3                ...TEMPERATURE...


THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR 1996 WAS 47.8 DEGREES... OR 1.8 DEGREES
BELOW THE NORMAL OF 49.6 DEGREES.  THIS PLACE 1996 AS THE 9TH COLDEST 
YEAR ON RECORD.

AVERAGE MAXIMUM FOR 1996 WAS   57.6 DEGREES... NORMAL IS 59.7
AVERAGE MINIMUM FOR 1996 WAS   38.0 DEGREES... NORMAL IS 39.5

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE IN 1996 WAS   96 DEGREES  JUN 29 
LOWEST  TEMPERATURE IN 1996 WAS  -28 DEGREES  FEB 3
LOWEST  MAXIMUM             WAS  -11 DEGREES  FEB 2 AND 3
HIGHEST MINIMUM             WAS   78 DEGREES  JUL 18 

THERE WERE 12 NEW DAILY TEMPERATURE RECORD ESTABLISHED IN 1996 AND
THREE TIED.  THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF THOSE RECORDS.

DATE    NEW RECORD    TYPE RECORD      OLD RECORD/YEAR

JAN 18     56          MAXIMUM         55  IN 1973 AND PREVIOUS YEARS
JAN 31     -3        LOWEST MAX         3  IN 1936
FEB  1    -19          MINIMUM        -18  IN 1985
FEB  1     -3/TIED/  LOWEST MAX        -3  IN 1895
FEB  2    -22/TIED/    MINIMUM        -22  IN 1905 AND PREVIOUS YEARS
FEB  2    -11        LOWEST MAX        -6  IN 1905
FEB  3    -28          MINIMUM        -17  IN 1886
FEB  3    -28        ALL-TIME MIN     -27  ON JAN 2 1979 AND JAN 5 1884 
FEB  3    -11        LOWEST MAX         0  IN 1893
FEB  4    -24          MINIMUM        -17  IN 1895 AND PREVIOUS YEARS
APR  3     80/TIED/    MAXIMUM         80  IN 1978
APR  9     21          MINIMUM         22  IN 1928
MAY 18     72        HIGHEST MIN       70  IN 1911
MAY 19     72        HIGHEST MIN       70  IN 1902
JUL 10     50          MINIMUM         51  IN 1945


NUMBER OF DAYS IN  1996  WITH A  MAXIMUM  TEMPERATURE OF
                  90 DEGREES OR ABOVE WAS   18 ... MEAN IS  23.5
                  32 DEGREES OR BELOW WAS   57 ... MEAN IS  48.7

NUMBER OF DAYS IN  1996  WITH A  MINIMUM  TEMPERATURE OF
                  32 DEGREES OR BELOW WAS 150 ... MEAN IS 135.1
                   0 DEGREES OR BELOW AS   18 ... MEAN IS  15.9 

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   ...TABLE OF MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES AND SOME COMPARISONS...

                                             RECORD         RECORD 
MONTH  1996   NORM    DEPARTURE    1995      WARMEST        COOLEST

JAN    20.0   19.9    PLUS  0.1    21.5    37.6 IN 1880    6.3 IN 1979 
FEB    25.2   24.8    PLUS  0.4    26.7    39.6 IN 1882   10.4 IN 1875 
MAR    32.7   37.4    MINUS 4.7    41.2    49.8 IN 1910   19.9 IN 1960 
APR    47.5   50.4    MINUS 2.9    47.6    58.5 IN 1915   41.4 IN 1874 
MAY    58.2   61.4    MINUS 3.2    59.2    68.9 IN 1977   54.8 IN 1907 
JUN    70.8   71.1    MINUS 0.3    73.0    78.1 IN 1934   65.8 IN 1916 
JUL    72.1   75.2    MINUS 3.1    76.5    85.0 IN 1936   69.2 IN 1891 
AUG    72.9   72.7    PLUS  0.2    78.6    81.0 IN 1947   67.2 IN 1915 
SEP    63.4   64.7    MINUS 1.3    62.2    72.2 IN 1897   58.9 IN 1918 
OCT    53.4   53.0    PLUS  0.4    52.5    64.4 IN 1963   42.6 IN 1925 
NOV    32.6   39.6    MINUS 7.0    32.2    47.4 IN 1931   30.1 IN 1976 
DEC    24.8   25.4    MINUS 0.6    25.9    42.0 IN 1877   13.8 IN 1963

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         ...TABLE OF SEASONAL AVERAGES AND SOME COMPARISONS...
                                                RECORD       RECORD 
SEASON    1996    NORM   DEPARTURE     1995     WARMEST      COLDEST

WINTER    23.7    23.4    PLUS  0.3    27.2     36.3 IN      14.1 IN 
DEC-FEB   95-96                        94-95    1877-78      1978-79

SPRING    46.0    49.8    MINUS 3.7    49.3     56.4  IN     44.1  IN 
MAR-MAY                                           1977         1960

SUMMER    71.9    73.1    MINUS 1.2    76.0     78.8  IN     68.6  IN 
JUN-AUG                                           1936         1915

FALL      49.8    52.5    MINUS 2.7    49.0     58.7  IN     46.6  IN 
SEP-NOV                                           1931         1976

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BELOW IS A LIST OF THE MONTHS AND SEASONS IN 1996 AND HOW THEY RANKED 
IN COMPARISON TO PREVIOUS YEARS IN THE QUAD CITIES.

JANUARY ........ 79TH WARMEST        JULY ........ 13TH COOLEST 
FEBRUARY ....... 66TH WARMEST        AUGUST ...... 65TH WARMEST/TIED/
MARCH .......... 27TH COOLEST        SEPTEMBER ... 35TH WARMEST/TIED/ 
APRIL .......... 28TH COOLEST        OCTOBER ..... 63RD WARMEST/TIED/ 
MAY ............ 34TH COOLEST/TIED/  NOVEMBER ....  9TH COOLEST 
JUNE ........... 64TH COOLEST        DECEMBER .... 48TH COOLEST/TIED/

               WINTER /DEC 95-FEB 96/ ... 26TH WARMEST 
               SPRING /MAR-MAY/ .........  8TH COOLEST 
               SUMMER /JUN-AUG/ ......... 30TH COOLEST
               FALL /SEP-NOV/ ........... 17TH COOLEST/TIED/


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PART 2 OF 3          ...PRECIPITATION / SNOWFALL...


TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR 1996 WAS 27.88 INCHES...OR 11.20 INCHES BELOW 
THE ANNUAL NORMAL OF 39.08 INCHES. THIS PLACES 1996 AS THE 23RD DRIEST 
YEAR ON RECORD.

NUMBER OF DAYS IN  1996  WITH
     PRECIPITATION OF 0.01 INCH OR MORE ...... 113 ... MEAN IS  113.9
     SNOW / ICE PELLETS 1.0 INCH OR MORE .....   8 ... MEAN IS    9.6
     THUNDERSTORMS ...........................  34 ... MEAN IS   46.9
     HEAVY FOG /VISIBILITY 1/4 MILE OR LESS/..  19 ... MEAN IS   17.4

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    ...TABLE OF MONTHLY PRECIPITATION AND SOME COMPARISONS...

                                            RECORD          RECORD 
MONTH   1996   NORM   DEPARTURE    1995     WETTEST         DRIEST

JAN     2.34   1.54   PLUS  0.80   3.26     4.63 IN 1916   0.07 IN 1919 
FEB     1.11   1.23   MINUS 0.12   0.54     4.87 IN 1887   0.07 IN 1877 
MAR     1.49   2.98   MINUS 1.49   1.41     7.43 IN 1973   0.17 IN 1885 
APR     1.94   3.90   MINUS 1.96   6.19    11.30 IN 1973   0.32 IN 1895 
MAY     9.26   4.30   PLUS  4.96   7.05    11.43 IN 1974   0.31 IN 1992 
JUN     2.35   4.27   MINUS 1.92   2.86    10.79 IN 1892   0.49 IN 1886 
JUL     2.77   4.95   MINUS 2.18   3.07    11.76 IN 1992   0.14 IN 1936 
AUG     2.11   4.22   MINUS 2.11   2.48    15.23 IN 1987   0.35 IN 1971 
SEP     1.10   4.02   MINUS 2.92   1.92    14.18 IN 1970   0.02 IN 1979 
OCT     1.77   2.93   MINUS 1.16   1.83     9.41 IN 1941   0.01 IN 1964 
NOV     0.88   2.51   MINUS 1.63   3.16     6.77 IN 1992   0.18 IN 1904 
DEC     0.76   2.23   MINUS 1.47   0.50     4.99 IN 1982   0.21 IN 1900 

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...SNOWFALL...

SNOWFALL FOR 1996 TOTALED 26.2 INCHES...OR 4.2 INCHES BELOW THE ANNUAL 
AVERAGE OF 30.4 INCHES.  THIS PLACES 1996 IN A TIE WITH 1993 AS THE 55TH 
LEAST SNOWIEST YEAR ON RECORD.


...MONTHLY  AND GREATEST SNOWFALL / PRECIPITATION TABLE FOR 1996...

        1996     AVERAGE       GREATEST DAILY       GREATEST DAILY 
MONTH  SNOWFALL  SNOWFALL      SNOWFALL IN 1996     PCPN IN 1996

JAN     13.7       8.1           6.5 ON 26TH        1.12 ON 18TH
FEB      1.4       6.1           0.9 ON 18TH        0.80 ON 26TH
MAR      2.1       5.8           1.2 ON  6TH        0.46 ON  4TH/5TH 
APR       T        1.0            T  ON  7TH/15TH   0.65 ON 29TH
MAY     NONE        T              NONE             2.39 ON  9TH
JUN     NONE        T              NONE             0.98 ON 17TH
JUL     NONE        T              NONE             0.86 ON 12TH
AUG     NONE      NONE             NONE             1.35 ON 22ND
SEP     NONE        T              NONE             0.35 ON 26TH
OCT     NONE       0.2             NONE             0.74 ON 22ND
NOV      2.1       2.2           0.7 ON 21ST        0.36 ON 29TH
DEC      6.9       7.0           2.1 ON  1ST        0.17 ON 14TH

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    ...TABLE OF SEASONAL PRECIPITATION AND SOME COMPARISONS...

                                                   RECORD     RECORD 
SEASON     1996     NORM    DEPARTURE     1995     WETTEST    DRIEST

WINTER     3.95     5.00    MINUS 1.05    4.39     10.18 IN   1.21 IN 
DEC-FEB   95-96                          94-95     1875-76    1919-20

SPRING    12.69    11.18    PLUS  1.51   14.65     25.69 IN   3.09 IN 
MAR-MAY                                              1973       1934

SUMMER     7.23    13.44    MINUS 6.21    8.41     21.18 IN   3.59 IN 
JUN-AUG                                              1902       1886

FALL     * 2.87     9.46    MINUS 6.59    6.91     20.47 IN   3.11 IN 
SEP-NOV                                              1961       1873
         * NEW RECORD 
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BELOW IS A LIST OF THE MONTHS AND SEASONS IN 1996 AND HOW THEY RANKED 
IN COMPARISON TO PREVIOUS YEARS IN THE QUAD CITIES.

JANUARY ...... 25TH WETTEST           JULY ........... 43RD DRIEST 
FEBRUARY ..... 53RD DRIEST /TIED/     AUGUST ......... 38TH DRIEST 
MARCH .......  30TH DRIEST /TIED/     SEPTEMBER ...... 12TH DRIEST 
APRIL ........ 33RD DRIEST            OCTOBER ........ 53RD DRIEST
MAY ..........  3RD DRIEST            NOVEMBER ....... 24TH DRIEST
JUNE ......... 28TH DRIEST            DECEMBER ....... 30TH DRIEST

              WINTER /DEC 95 - FEB 96/ ..... 46TH DRIEST
              SPRING /MAR - MAY/ ........... 12TH WETTEST
              SUMMER /JUN - AUG/ ........... 14TH DRIEST
              FALL /SEP - NOV/ .............  THE DRIEST *

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PART 3 OF 3          ...DEGREE DAY AND PEAK WIND DATA...


...HEATING AND COOLING DEGREE DAY UNITS /DDU/...


    ...TABLE OF MONTHLY HEATING AND COOLING DEGREE DAY UNITS...

           1996       NORMAL                 1996      NORMAL
MONTH     HEATING     HEATING               COOLING    COOLING

JAN        1385        1398                  ZERO       ZERO
FEB        1147        1126                  ZERO       ZERO
MAR         995         856                  ZERO       ZERO
APR         519         438                  ZERO       ZERO
MAY         253         188                    46         76
JUN          27          10                   208        193

JUL        ZERO        ZERO                   229        316
AUG        ZERO          11                   253        250
SEP         110          73                    69         64
OCT         356         384                     6         12
NOV         966         762                  ZERO       ZERO
DEC        1238        1228                  ZERO       ZERO

ANNUAL     6996        6474                   811        911

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PEAK WIND GUST FOR 1996 WAS  55  MPH FROM THE  WEST  ON OCTOBER 29TH. 

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