2008 Indianapolis Climate Summary

 

2008: A Year in Review
The year of 2008 in the Indianapolis area will go down in the record books as one of the top 20 wettest years on record, with temperatures near normal, and marked by a lack of snowfall. Records began for Indianapolis in 1871. Since that time, 2008 finished as the 17th wettest year ever. It was the wettest year since 2006 and the coolest year since 2003.
 
The following information will represent a very comprehensive look back on the year that was. The information is arranged in this order:
 
Monthly and Seasonal Conditions
Miscellaneous Weather Stats
Records Broken
 
For the whole year
 

 
Average Temperature
Total Precipitation
Total Snowfall
Highs of 80 or hotter
Lows of 0 or colder
2008
52.8
49.02
15.1
103
1
NORMAL
52.6
40.95
26.9
97
7
2008 Difference from Normal
+0.2
+8.07
-11.8
+6
-6
All-Time Rank
68th Warmest
17th Wettest
58th least snowy year
 
 

 
Note, for purposes of the above table, snowfall is referring to the calendar year period, from Jan 1 to Dec 31.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Winter 2007-2008
Actual Numbers and Difference from Normal
 
WINTER SEASON SUMMARY
 

 
Average Temperature
Total Precipitation
Total Snowfall
Highs below Freezing
Lows Below Zero
Winter 2007-2008
30.8
12.01
20.5
26
1
Normal Winter
29.8
7.92
21.8
27
6
2007-2008
Difference from Normal
 
+1.0
 
+4.09
 
-1.3
 
-1
 
-5

 
Winter Ranks:
13th Wettest
69th Warmest
39th Snowiest
 
 
2008 SPRING SEASON SUMMARY

 

 

Average Temperature

Total Precipitation

Total Snowfall

Highs of 80 or more

Lows Below Freezing

Spring 2008

51.3

14.57

2.3

5

21

Normal Spring

52.1

11.41

3.5

11

22

2008 Difference from Normal

 

 -0.8

 

+3.16

 

-1.2

 

-6

 

-1

 

Spring Ranks:
49th Coolest
26th Wettest
51st Least Snowiest
 
 
 2008 SUMMER SEASON SUMMARY

 
Average Temperature
Total Precipitation
Highs of 90 or more
Summer 2008
74.0
16.41
6
Normal Summer
73.5
12.37
15
2008 Difference from Normal
+0.5
+4.04
-9

 
Summer Ranks:
59th Warmest
9th Wettest
 
 
2008 FALL SEASON SUMMARY
 

 
Average Temperature
Total Precipitation
Total Snowfall
Highs of 80 or more
Fall 2008
55.9
5.98
0.5
21
Normal Fall
54.6
9.25
1.7
15
2008 Difference from Normal
+1.3
-3.27
-1.2
+6

 
Fall Ranks:
41st Warmest
24th Driest
56th Least snowiest

 

 

WINTER 2008-2009 SUMMARY SO FAR
 

 
Average Temperature
Total Precipitation
Total Snowfall
Highs of 32 or colder
December 2008
30.7
5.58
2.1
11
Normal December
31.6
3.03
6.4
8
2008 Difference From Normal
-0.9
+2.55
-4.3
+2

 
December 2008 Ranks:
51st Coolest
9th Wettest
37th Least Snowiest
 
 
 
 
Miscellaneous Information for 2008
 
Date of Final Spring Frost:    April 15 
Date of Final Measurable Spring Snow:   March 7
 
Date of First Fall Frost:         October 17
Date of First Measurable Fall Snow:   November 30 
 
Hottest High Temperature:   93 (September 2)
Coldest Low Temperature:   0 (January 20)   
 
Coldest High Temperature:      14 (January 2)
Warmest Low Temperature:    74 (June 8)
 
Heaviest Daily Rainfall:        2.48 (June 7)    
Heaviest Daily Snowfall:        1.3 (February 20)
 
Wettest 7 day period:            5.82 (June 3-9)
Driest 7 day period:                26 different stretches of no precipitation in a 7 day period  
 
Most Consecutive days with temperatures below freezing:      4 (January 23-26 & February 19-22)
Most Consecutive days with highs of 90 or hotter:   3 (September 1-3)          
 
Most Consecutive days with precipitation: 11 (November 30-December 10)
Most Consecutive days with no precipitation: 9 (October 28-November 5)
 
 
 
Records Broken
 

Date
Record Type
New Record Amount
Old Record Amount
Old Record Year
January 6
High Temperature
63
62
1880
January 7
High Temperature
68
64
1907
January 7
Warm Minimum
61
58
1907
January 8
Daily Precipitation
1.41
0.78
1920
February 5
Daily Precipitation
1.83
1.35
1976
July 4
Coolest Max
71
72
1997 & 1882
October 27
Daily Snowfall – TIE
T
T
1957
December 10
Daily Precipitation
1.39
1.00
1952
December 28
High Temperature
68
67
1959
December 28
Warm Minimum
56
54
1907

 
 
 


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