Spring 2009 Climate Summary

Spring 2009

Warm, Wet, and Snowless

 

Spring 2009 --- Indianapolis All-Time Ranks (1871-2009)
 
14th Warmest Spring on Record
17th Wettest Spring on Record

Least Snowy Spring on Record


 
With June 1, the official period of Meteorological Spring comes to an end. The spring of 2009, covering the period March 1 through May 31, was remarkable in Central Indiana for several reasons. At Indianapolis, it was in the top 20 for both warmest and wettest springs. It was also the least snowy spring ever, with no measurable snow the entire spring season.
 

The following is a summary of weather conditions observed in various locations across Central Indiana during the spring of 2009.

 

 
Indianapolis International Airport
 
 
Average Temperature
Total Precipitation
Total Snowfall
Highs of 80 or more
Lows Below Freezing
Spring 2009
54.8
16.20
T
11
12
Normal Spring
52.1
11.41
3.5
11
22
2007 Difference from Normal
+2.7
+4.79
-3.5
normal
-10
 
This was only the 7th time ever that there has been no measurable snow in the Indianapolis area during a spring season. The last time it occurred was spring in 1997.
 
There were also very few days this spring with low temperatures below freezing. The last year with less freezing lows in spring was back in 1946 when only 11 were recorded.
 
It was the 14th warmest spring on record, and the 17th wettest spring on record. To find the last time spring was warmer, you would only have to look back to 2007 when the spring was 56.0 degrees, the 3rd warmest ever. To find a wetter spring, you would have to look back to 2002 when 17.15 inches of rain fell in the 9th wettest spring ever.
 
 
 
 
 Data for Other Sites In Central Indiana
 
 
Site
Spring 2009 Temperature
Temp. Diff from Normal
Spring 2009 Precipitation
Precip. Diff from Normal
Lafayette
52.9
+2.8
15.38
+4.63
Terre Haute
54.8
+2.0
12.16
-0.10
Bloomington
54.4
+1.9
15.67
+2.62
Shelbyville
53.5
+1.4
14.70
+2.87
Muncie
52.1
+2.0
12.66
+1.79
Indianapolis -Eagle Creek
54.1
+2.0
15.32
+3.91
 
Across Central Indiana this spring, the general theme was warm and wet, as the numbers above show. While most locations were well above normal this spring for precipitation, the exception was Terre Haute. This was due to an abnormally dry March this year, while most other locations experienced wetter weather this March.
 
 
Springtime Extremes Across Central Indiana
 
Site
Highest Temperature
Coldest Temperature
Indianapolis Int’l Arpt.
86 on 5/23
13 on 3/3
Lafayette
87 on 5/23
9 on 3/3
Terre Haute
87 on 5/22
11 on 3/3
Bloomington
86 on 5/23
8 on 3/3
Shelbyville
86 on 5/23
8 on 3/3
Muncie
86 on 5/22
4 on 3/3
Indianapolis – Eagle Creek
85 on 5/23
12 on 3/3
 
 
Summer Outlook
 

The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center indicates for Central Indiana this summer equal chances of above, below, or near normal values of temperature and precipitation.

Data prepared by Logan Johnson, Climate Services Focal Point with assistance from NWS Indianapolis forecast team



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