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ANNUAL WEATHER SUMMARY FOR MOLINE IL
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE QUAD CITIES IA IL
915 AM CST FRI JAN 1 1999


...1998 WAS CHARACTERIZED BY MUCH ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND 
PRECIPITATION...


PART 1 OF 3                ...TEMPERATURE...


THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR 1998 WAS 53.4 DEGREES... OR 3.8 DEGREES 
ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 49.6 DEGREES.  THIS PLACES 1998 AS THE 2ND WARMEST 
YEAR ON RECORD.

AVERAGE MAXIMUM FOR 1998 WAS 62.5 DEGREES... NORMAL IS 59.7
AVERAGE MINIMUM FOR 1998 WAS 44.3 DEGREES... NORMAL IS 39.5

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE IN 1998 WAS   98 DEGREES  JUL 20TH
LOWEST  TEMPERATURE IN 1998 WAS   -4 DEGREES  DEC 31ST
LOWEST  MAXIMUM             WAS   10 DEGREES  JAN 13TH AND DEC 30TH
HIGHEST MINIMUM             WAS   78 DEGREES  JUN 27TH

THERE WERE 12 NEW DAILY TEMPERATURE RECORDS ESTABLISHED IN 1998 AND
FIVE TIED.  THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF THOSE RECORDS.

DATE    NEW RECORD    TYPE RECORD      OLD RECORD/YEAR

JAN  3     62          MAXIMUM         60  IN 1874
FEB 16     38/TIED/  HIGHEST MIN       38  IN 1880 
FEB 26     48        HIGHEST MIN       42  IN 1951
MAR 26     59        HIGHEST MIN       58  IN 1991
MAY 15     69/TIED/  HIGHEST MIN       69  IN 1894
MAY 18     92/TIED/    MAXIMUM         92  IN 1964 AND PREVIOUS YEARS 
AUG  1     55/TIED/    MINIMUM         55  IN 1992 AND PREVIOUS YEARS
SEP 26     74        HIGHEST MIN       68  IN 1992 AND PREVIOUS YEARS
OCT  2     49        LOWEST MAX        51  IN 1888
NOV 28     63/TIED/    MAXIMUM         63  IN 1960
NOV 29     69          MAXIMUM         67  IN 1933
NOV 29     58        HIGHEST MIN       50  IN 1913
NOV 30     66          MAXIMUM         65  IN 1962
DEC  3     56        HIGHEST MIN       47  IN 1913
DEC  4     71          MAXIMUM         63  IN 1961
DEC  4     59        HIGHEST MIN       47  IN 1960 AND PREVIOUS YEARS
DEC  5     53        HIGHEST MIN       47  IN 1875

NUMBER OF DAYS IN  1998  WITH A  MAXIMUM  TEMPERATURE OF
                  90 DEGREES OR ABOVE WAS 17... MEAN IS  23.5
                  32 DEGREES OR BELOW WAS 26... MEAN IS  48.7

NUMBER OF DAYS IN  1998  WITH A  MINIMUM  TEMPERATURE OF
                  32 DEGREES OR BELOW WAS 102... MEAN IS 135.1
                   0 DEGREES OR BELOW WAS 3...   MEAN IS  15.9

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

                                             RECORD         RECORD 
MONTH  1998   NORM    DEPARTURE    1997      WARMEST        COOLEST

JAN    27.1   19.9    PLUS  7.2    17.2    37.6 IN 1880    6.3 IN 1979 
FEB    37.7   24.8    PLUS 12.9    29.0    39.6 IN 1882   10.4 IN 1875 
MAR    38.7   37.4    PLUS  1.3    40.3    49.8 IN 1910   19.9 IN 1960 
APR    51.0   50.4    PLUS  0.6    46.9    58.5 IN 1915   41.4 IN 1874 
MAY    66.5   61.4    PLUS  5.1    56.1    68.9 IN 1977   54.8 IN 1907 
JUN    69.7   71.1    MINUS 1.4    71.2    78.1 IN 1934   65.8 IN 1916 
JUL    75.1   75.2    MINUS 0.1    74.8    85.0 IN 1936   69.2 IN 1891 
AUG    74.4   72.7    PLUS  1.7    70.9    81.0 IN 1947   67.2 IN 1915 
SEP    69.3   64.7    PLUS  4.6    65.7    72.2 IN 1897   58.9 IN 1918 
OCT    54.2   53.0    PLUS  1.2    54.1    64.4 IN 1963   42.6 IN 1925 
NOV    43.5   39.6    PLUS  3.9    36.7    47.4 IN 1931   30.1 IN 1976 
DEC    32.7   25.4    PLUS  7.3    28.9    42.0 IN 1877   13.8 IN 1963

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         ...TABLE OF SEASONAL AVERAGES AND SOME COMPARISONS...
                                                RECORD       RECORD 
SEASON    1998    NORM   DEPARTURE     1997     WARMEST      COLDEST

WINTER    31.0    23.4    PLUS  7.6    23.5     36.3 IN      14.1 IN 
DEC-FEB   97-98                        96-97    1877-78      1978-79

SPRING    52.1    49.8    PLUS  2.3    47.8     56.4  IN     44.1  IN 
MAR-MAY                                           1977         1960

SUMMER    73.1    73.1    AT NORMAL    72.3     78.8  IN     68.6  IN 
JUN-AUG                                           1936         1915

FALL      55.6    52.5    PLUS  3.1    52.2     58.7  IN     46.6  IN 
SEP-NOV                                           1931         1976

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BELOW IS A LIST OF THE MONTHS AND SEASONS IN 1998 AND HOW THEY RANKED 
IN COMPARISON TO PREVIOUS YEARS IN THE QUAD CITIES.

JANUARY ........ 22ND WARMEST        JULY ........ 59TH COOLEST 
FEBRUARY ....... 2ND  WARMEST        AUGUST ...... 36TH WARMEST
MARCH .......... 48TH WARMEST        SEPTEMBER ... 11TH WARMEST 
APRIL .......... 49TH WARMEST        OCTOBER ..... 49TH WARMEST
MAY ............ 12TH WARMEST        NOVEMBER .... 13TH WARMEST 
JUNE............ 46TH COOLEST        DECEMBER .... 20TH WARMEST

               WINTER /DEC 97-FEB 98/ ... 10TH WARMEST
               SPRING /MAR-MAY/ ......... 18TH WARMEST
               SUMMER /JUN-AUG/ ......... 63RD COOLEST
               FALL /SEP-NOV/ ........... 11TH WARMEST

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


TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR 1998 WAS 48.37 INCHES...OR 9.29 INCHES ABOVE 
THE ANNUAL NORMAL OF 39.08 INCHES. THIS PLACES 1998 AS THE 7TH WETTEST 
YEAR ON RECORD.

NUMBER OF DAYS IN  1998  WITH
     PRECIPITATION OF 0.01 INCH OR MORE ...... 128 ... MEAN IS  113.9
     SNOW / ICE PELLETS 1.0 INCH OR MORE .....   6 ... MEAN IS    9.6
     THUNDERSTORMS ...........................  64 ... MEAN IS   46.9
     DENSE FOG /VISIBILITY 1/4 MILE OR LESS/..  20 ... MEAN IS   17.4

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

                                            RECORD          RECORD 
MONTH   1998   NORM   DEPARTURE    1997     WETTEST         DRIEST

JAN     2.54   1.54   PLUS  1.00   1.96     4.63 IN 1916   0.07 IN 1919 
FEB     3.15   1.23   PLUS  1.92   3.53     4.87 IN 1887   0.07 IN 1877 
MAR     5.01   2.98   PLUS  2.03   1.15     7.43 IN 1973   0.17 IN 1885 
APR     4.94   3.90   PLUS  1.04   2.30    11.30 IN 1973   0.32 IN 1895 
MAY     3.31   4.30   MINUS 0.99   4.87    11.43 IN 1974   0.31 IN 1992 
JUN     7.30   4.27   PLUS  3.03   2.92    10.79 IN 1892   0.49 IN 1886 
JUL     1.68   4.95   MINUS 3.27   1.46    11.76 IN 1992   0.14 IN 1936 
AUG     5.34   4.22   PLUS  1.12   8.15    15.23 IN 1987   0.35 IN 1971 
SEP     3.55   4.02   MINUS 0.47   3.69    14.18 IN 1970   0.02 IN 1979 
OCT     7.61   2.93   PLUS  4.68   1.73     9.41 IN 1941   0.01 IN 1964 
NOV     2.76   2.51   PLUS  0.25   1.40     6.77 IN 1992   0.18 IN 1904 
DEC     1.18   2.23   MINUS 1.05   1.76     4.99 IN 1982   0.21 IN 1900 

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...SNOWFALL...                                  

SNOWFALL FOR 1998 TOTALED 18.1 INCHES...OR 12.3 INCHES BELOW THE ANNUAL 
AVERAGE OF 30.4 INCHES.  THIS MAKES 1998 THE 18TH LEAST SNOWIEST YEAR 
/JANUARY THROUGH DECEMBER/ ON RECORD.


...MONTHLY AND GREATEST SNOWFALL / PRECIPITATION TABLE FOR 1998...

        1998     AVERAGE       GREATEST DAILY       GREATEST DAILY 
MONTH  SNOWFALL  SNOWFALL      SNOWFALL IN 1998     PCPN IN 1998

JAN      8.5       8.1           3.3 ON 21ST        1.03 ON  6TH
FEB      0.2       6.1           0.2 ON 28TH        1.14 ON 11TH
MAR      4.1       5.8           1.2 ON  1ST        1.25 ON 17TH
APR     NONE       1.0             NONE             0.99 ON 15TH
MAY     NONE        T              NONE             0.59 ON  6TH
JUN     NONE        T              NONE             1.27 ON 18TH
JUL     NONE        T              NONE             0.66 ON 22ND
AUG     NONE      NONE             NONE             1.27 ON 28TH
SEP     NONE        T              NONE             2.32 ON 14TH
OCT     NONE       0.2             NONE             4.14 ON 17TH
NOV      2.6       2.2           2.5 ON  7TH        0.94 ON 10TH
DEC      2.7       7.0           2.1 ON 30TH        1.01 ON  6TH

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

                                                   RECORD     RECORD 
SEASON     1998     NORM    DEPARTURE     1997     WETTEST    DRIEST

WINTER     7.45     5.00    PLUS  2.45    6.25     10.18 IN   1.21 IN 
DEC-FEB   97-98                          96-97     1875-76    1919-20

SPRING    13.26    11.18    PLUS  2.08    8.32     25.69 IN   3.09 IN 
MAR-MAY                                              1973       1934

SUMMER    14.32    13.44    PLUS  0.88   12.53     21.18 IN   3.59 IN 
JUN-AUG                                              1902       1886

FALL      13.92     9.46    PLUS  4.46    6.82     20.47 IN   2.87 IN 
SEP-NOV                                              1961       1996

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BELOW IS A LIST OF THE MONTHS AND SEASONS IN 1998 AND HOW THEY RANKED 
IN COMPARISON TO PREVIOUS YEARS IN THE QUAD CITIES.

JANUARY ...... 20TH WETTEST           JULY ........... 20TH DRIEST 
FEBRUARY .....  7TH WETTEST           AUGUST ......... 27TH WETTEST 
MARCH .......   7TH WETTEST           SEPTEMBER ...... 53RD WETTEST 
APRIL ........ 19TH WETTEST           OCTOBER ........  3RD WETTEST
MAY .......... 54TH DRIEST            NOVEMBER ....... 34TH WETTEST
JUNE ......... 14TH WETTEST           DECEMBER ....... 45TH DRIEST 

              WINTER /DEC 97 - FEB 98/ .....  8TH WETTEST
              SPRING /MAR - MAY/ ........... 17TH WETTEST
              SUMMER /JUN - AUG/ ........... 30TH WETTEST
              FALL /SEP - NOV/ .............  9TH WETTEST


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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...

           1998       NORMAL                 1998      NORMAL
MONTH     HEATING     HEATING               COOLING    COOLING

JAN        1169        1398                  ZERO       ZERO
FEB         758        1126                  ZERO       ZERO
MAR         819         856                    11       ZERO
APR         414         438                  ZERO       ZERO
MAY          57         188                   109         76
JUN          53          10                   201        193

JUL        ZERO        ZERO                   321        316
AUG        ZERO          11                   297        250
SEP          29          73                   166         64
OCT         333         384                     4         12
NOV         638         762                  ZERO       ZERO
DEC         993        1228                  ZERO       ZERO

ANNUAL     5263        6474                  1109        911

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PEAK WIND GUST FOR 1998 WAS  61  MPH FROM THE  SOUTHWEST ON NOVEMBER 
10TH. 
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AMC/KINNEY



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