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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
640 AM EST THU JAN 1 2004

...INDIANAPOLIS 2003 WEATHER SUMMARY...

THE WEATHER YEAR WAS HIGHLIGHTED WITH ACTIVITY ON SEVERAL MAJOR 
HOLIDAYS...INCLUDING FLOODING ON MOTHERS DAY...MEMORIAL DAY AND 
LABOR DAY ALONG WITH SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ON THE FOURTH OF JULY. 
DURING 2003 INDIANAPOLIS SAW ITS WETTEST DAY ON RECORD AS WELL AS 
THE SNOWIEST FEBRUARY AND THE WETTEST SEPTEMBER...THE YEAR ALSO 
TURNED OUT TO BE THE 10TH WETTEST ON RECORD.

JANUARY WAS COLDER AND SNOWIER THAN NORMAL. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 
WAS 21.7 DEGREES WHICH WAS 4.8 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. SNOW FELL ON 17 
DAYS...RAISING THE TOTAL FOR THE MONTH TO 14.6 INCHES WHICH IS 5.3 
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.  

FEBRUARY SAW SNOW CONTINUE TO PILE UP WITH ANOTHER 15 DAYS OF SNOW. 
THE MONTHLY SNOWFALL RECORD WAS BROKEN ALONG WITH SEVERAL DAILY 
SNOWFALL RECORDS. THE MONTHLY TOTAL ENDED AT 21.7 INCHES SURPASSING 
THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 21.0 INCHES SET IN 1910. FEBRUARYS NORMAL 
SNOWFALL IS 6.1 INCHES. DAILY RECORD SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WERE ALSO 
RECORDED ON THE 11TH WITH 4.6 INCHES AND ON THE THE 22ND WHEN 6.3 
INCHES WAS OBSERVED. A RECORD SNOW DEPTH FOR FEBRUARY 24TH OCCURRED 
WHEN 9 INCHES WAS MEASURED AT THE AIRPORT. WHILE NO TEMPERATURE 
RECORDS WERE SET THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 25.4 DEGREES WHICH WAS 
5.8 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. 

MARCH BEGAN AND ENDED WITH COLD TEMPERATURES BUT A WARM SPELL 
THROUGH THE MIDDLE PART OF THE MONTH PUSHED THE AVERAGE TO 1.6 
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL OF 2.6 INCHES BROUGHT THE 
TOTAL FOR THE SNOWFALL SEASON TO 50.0 INCHES. THIS RANKS THIRD IN 
ACCUMULATION AND WAS 23.9 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THE SNOWIEST SEASON 
WAS 1981-1982 WITH 58.2 INCHES.

APRIL SAW WARMER AND DRIER AIR MOVING IN AS THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 
OF 54.6 DEGREES PUSHED JUST 2.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. PRECIPITATION 
OF 2.55 INCHES FOR THE MONTH WAS 1.06 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. A PEAK 
WIND GUST OF 49 MPH OCCURRED ON THE 20TH AS A COLD FRONT MOVED 
ACROSS THE STATE.  

WET WEATHER SHOWED UP FOR MAY WITH 15 DAYS OF RAIN AND A MONTHLY 
TOTAL OF 6.39 INCHES. THIS WAS 2.03 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND BROUGHT 
THE ANNUAL TOTAL TO 17.37 INCHES PUSHING THE RUNNING TOTAL FOR THE 
YEAR TO 1.08 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. ON MAY 10TH AND 11TH  RAINFALL 
ACCUMULATED 2.04 INCHES IN A 24 HOUR PERIOD.  

COOL TEMPERATURES SETTLED IN FOR JUNE WITH A RECORD LOW OF 39 
DEGREES SET ON THE 1ST. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 40 DEGREES SET IN 
1993. PRECIPITATION WAS BELOW NORMAL WITH ONLY 2.36 INCHES WHICH WAS 
1.77 INCHES BELOW THE NORMAL. 

STORMY WEATHER DEVELOPED DURING JULY WITH THUNDERSTORMS REPORTED ON 
15 DAYS DURING THE MONTH. FLOODING OCCURRED IN MANY AREAS AND 
RAINFALL TOTALED 8.01 INCHES. THIS WAS 4.42 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND 
PLACED 10TH IN THE LIST OF WETTEST JULYS. RAINFALL WHICH ACCUMULATED 
FROM JULY 5TH TO JULY 6TH TOTALED 2.99 INCHES. 

AUGUST HAD SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND THE MONTH ENDED ON 
A WET NOTE. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 93 DEGREES 
WHICH WAS RECORDED ON THE 27TH...THIS WAS ALSO THE WARMEST 
TEMPERATURE FOR THE SUMMER. THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 74.9 
DEGREES OR 1.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. TOTAL MONTHLY RAINFALL WAS 4.64 
INCHES WHICH WAS ONLY 0.82 INCH ABOVE NORMAL. OVER 1 INCH OF RAIN 
FELL ON AUGUST 31ST WHICH LED INTO THE FLOODING EVENT ON LABOR DAY. 

SEPTEMBER SET MANY RAINFALL RECORDS AND WIDESPREAD FLOODING WAS 
SEEN. ONE DEATH OCCURRED WHEN A WOMAN DROVE HER VEHICLE INTO FLOOD 
WATERS ALONG FALL CREEK. THE MONTH ENDED AS THE WETTEST 
SEPTEMBER ON RECORD IN INDIANAPOLIS WITH A RAINFALL TOTAL OF 10.37 
INCHES. THIS BROKE THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 9.33 INCHES SET IN 1926. 
NORMAL RAINFALL FOR SEPTEMBER IS 2.88 INCHES.  SEPTEMBER 1ST WAS NOT 
ONLY THE WETTEST SEPTEMBER 1ST OR RECORD...BUT WAS ALSO THE 
WETTEST CALENDAR DAY ON RECORD AT INDIANAPOLIS WHEN 7.20 INCHES WAS 
MEASURED. THE PREVIOUS CALENDAR DAY RECORD WAS 6.80 INCHES ON 
SEPTEMBER 4TH 1895. A DAILY RECORD WAS ALSO SET ON SEPTEMBER 22ND 
WHEN 1.22 INCHES FELL. 

NORMAL CONDITIONS RETURNED FOR OCTOBER. THE FIRST FREEZING 
TEMPERATURE OF THE AUTUMN SEASON OCCURRED ON THE 2ND. THE 
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 54.5 DEGREES WHICH WAS A 
DEPARTURE OF ONLY 0.1 DEGREE BELOW NORMAL. A RECORD RAINFALL FOR THE 
14TH OCCURRED WHEN 1.71 INCHES WAS MEASURED. THE MONTHLY 
PRECIPITATION TOTAL WAS 2.68 INCHES WHICH WAS JUST .08 OF AN INCH 
BELOW THE NORMAL.  

INDIAN SUMMER ESCORTED NOVEMBER IN WHEN THE TEMPERATURE CLIMBED INTO 
THE UPPER 70S. THE RECORD HIGH WAS TIED ON THE 3RD WITH 77 AND 
BROKEN ON THE 4TH WITH 78. THE PREVIOUS RECORD FOR NOVEMBER 4TH WAS 
76 DEGREES SET IN 1975. THE RECORD OF 78 DEGREES WAS ALSO THE 
WARMEST TEMPERATURE SO LATE IN THE SEASON. THE AVERAGE MONTHLY 
TEMPERATURE OF 47.3 WAS 4.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. TOTAL 
PRECIPITATION FOR NOVEMBER WAS 3.64 INCHES...AN AMOUNT THAT WAS 0.03 
OF AN INCH ABOVE NORMAL. THE FIRST SNOWFALL OF THE SEASON OCCURRED 
ON THE 24TH WHEN A TRACE WAS RECORDED. THE FIRST MEASURABLE SNOW OF 
THE SEASON OCCURRED ON THE 28TH WITH 0.4 OF AN INCH...WHICH WAS THE 
TOTAL SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH. NORMAL SNOWFALL FOR NOVEMBER IS 1.3 
INCHES.

DECEMBER WAS A BIT WARMER AND WETTER THEN NORMAL. DAILY AVERAGE 
TEMPERATURES WERE ABOVE NORMAL ON 18 DAYS...WITH THE MONTHS AVERAGE 
OF 34.4 COMING IN 2.8 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. SNOW FELL ON SEVERAL 
DAYS BUT WAS GENERALLY LIGHT WITH THE MONTHS TOTAL OF 4.8 INCHES 
COMING UP SHY OF THE NORMAL DECEMBER SNOWFALL BY 1.6 INCHES. 

PRECIPITATION TOTALED 52.56 INCHES WHICH RANKS AS THE 10TH WETTEST 
YEAR ON RECORD. THE WETTEST YEAR AT INDIANAPOLIS WAS IN 1876 WHEN 
57.65 INCHES WERE MEASURED. PRECIPITATION RECORDS BEGAN IN 
INDIANAPOLIS IN 1871.

FOR A COMPLETE VIEW OF THE WEATHER IN INDIANAPOLIS FOR 2003 VISIT 
OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.CRH.NOAA.GOV/IND NEW RECORDS SET THIS YEAR:

NEW RECORDS SET THIS YEAR.....
MONTH/DAY    RECORD       
  2 /11      NEW DAILY SNOWFALL   4.6  OLD RECORD   2.5  1925        
  2 /22      NEW DAILY SNOWFALL   6.3  OLD RECORD   1.0  1890        
  2 /24      NEW SNOW DEPTH         9  OLD RECORD     6  1962 
  3 / 6      NEW DAILY SNOWFALL   1.8  OLD RECORD   1.8  1931
  6 / 1      NEW RECORD LOW        39  OLD RECORD    40  1993
  9 / 1      NEW PRECIP MAXIMUM  7.20  OLD RECORD  3.08  1926 
  9 /22      NEW PRECIP MAXIMUM  1.22  OLD RECORD  0.87  1951
 10 /14      NEW PRECIP MAXIMUM  1.71  OLD RECORD  0.88  2001
 11 / 3      NEW RECORD HIGH       77  OLD RECORD    77  1987  
 11 / 4      NEW RECORD HIGH       78  OLD RECORD    76  1975

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