Central Indiana 2014 Summary

2014: A Year in Review
Snow, snow and more snow was the big story for the first two months of 2014.  Indianapolis received a whopping 43.4" of snow through the end of February, helping to produce what would become the snowiest winter season (Dec-Feb) in recorded history for Indianapolis.  In addition to the snow, it was a cold start to the year, with 12 mornings with subzero temperatures in January and February.  It was the coldest winter in 35 years for central Indiana, harkening back to the legendary brutally cold winters of the late 1970s.  Temperatures were slow to rebound through the early spring, with many locations not experiencing their first 70 degree day until the second week of April. The cool trend that began during the winter though continued through the spring with temperatures running a couple degrees below normal.   
 
The cooler than normal trends continued as spring transitioned to summer.  90 degree days were hard to find throughout the summer, with many locations not managing to reach the 90 degree mark until late August as a wet pattern persisted through much of the summer. The 3 days with 90+ highs at Indianapolis were the least amount of 90 degree days in a year since 2004.  Despite the wet weather through the late spring and most of the summer, severe weather was limited for much of the warm season. Cooler weather continued into the fall, with snow arriving on Halloween, followed by a more substantial early season storm in mid November that produced 2-4" over much of central Indiana.
 
The following information will represent a very comprehensive look back on the year that was. The information is arranged in this order:
 
Annual and Seasonal Conditions
Miscellaneous Weather Stats
Records Tied or Broken
Links to Top Weather Stories of 2014
 
 
Annual and Seasonal Climate Stats for Indianapolis
 
For the whole year
 
 
Average Temperature
Total Precipitation
Total Snowfall
Highs of 80/90 or hotter
Lows of 0 or colder
2014
50.1
41.61
49.6
81/3
12
NORMAL
53.2
42.44
25.9
99/18
5
2014 Difference from Normal
-3.1
-0.83
+23.7
-18/-15
+7
All-Time Rank
3rd Coolest
55th Wettest
3rd Snowiest
 
 
 
***Note, for purposes of the above table, snowfall is referring to the calendar year period, from Jan 1 to Dec 31.
 
 
 
Actual Numbers and Difference from Normal
 
2013-14 WINTER SEASON SUMMARY
 
 
Average Temperature
Total Precipitation
Total Snowfall
Highs below Freezing
Lows Below Zero
Winter 2013-2014
24.2
9.24
52.2
47
12
Normal Winter
30.5
8.15
22.0
27
6
2013-2014
Difference from Normal
 
-6.3
 
+1.09
 
+30.2
 
+20
 
+6
 
Winter Ranks:
8th Coldest
50th Wettest
Snowiest
 
 
2014 SPRING SEASON SUMMARY
 
Average Temperature
Total Precipitation
Total Snowfall
Highs of 80 or more
Lows At or Below Freezing
Spring 2014
50.6
12.64
3.4
12
26
Normal Spring
52.6
12.42
2.8
10
20
2014 Difference from Normal
 
 -2.0
 
+0.22
 
+0.6
 
+2
 
+6
 
Spring Ranks:
Tied for 41st Coolest
45th Wettest
53rd Snowiest
 
 
2014 SUMMER SEASON SUMMARY
 
Average Temperature
Total Precipitation
Highs of 90 or more
Summer 2014
72.2
13.09
2
Normal Summer
73.9
11.93
16
2014 Difference from Normal
-1.7
+1.16
-14
 
Summer Ranks:
25th Coolest
44th Wettest
 
 
 
2014 FALL SEASON SUMMARY
 
 
Average Temperature
Total Precipitation
Total Snowfall
Highs of 80 or more
Fall 2014
51.9
8.50
2.7
12
Normal Fall
55.2
9.94
1.1
17
2014 Difference from Normal
-3.3
-1.44
+1.6
-5
 
Fall Ranks:
59th Coolest
67th Driest
29th Snowiest
 
 
WINTER 2014-2015 SUMMARY SO FAR
 
 
Average Temperature
Total Precipitation
Total Snowfall
Highs of 32 or colder
December 2014
33.3
2.55
0.1
6
Normal December
31.6
3.17
6.9
8
2014 Difference From Normal
+1.7
-0.62
-6.8
-2
 
December 2014 Ranks:
Tied for 62nd Warmest
64th Driest
Tied for 4th Least Snowiest
 
 
 
 
Miscellaneous Information for Indianapolis
in 2014
 
Date of Final Spring Frost:    April 23 
Date of Final Measurable Spring Snow:  April 15 (0.2”)
 
Date of First Fall Frost:         October 30
Date of First Measurable Fall Snow:   October 31 (0.1”)
 
Hottest High Temperature:   93 (August 26)
Coldest Low Temperature:   -15 (January 6)   
 
Coldest High Temperature:      5 (January 6)
Warmest Low Temperature:    73 (August 22)
 
Heaviest Daily Rainfall:        1.91" (November 23)    
Heaviest Daily Snowfall:        11.4" (January 5)
 
Wettest 7 day period:            3.38" (April 2-8)
 
Most Consecutive days with maximum temperatures 32 or lower:   11 (February 2-12)
Most Consecutive days with highs of 90 or hotter:   2 (August 25-26)          
 
Most Consecutive days with precipitation: 7 (November 13-20)
Most Consecutive days with no measureable precipitation: 10 (September 22-October 1)
 
 
 
Records Tied/Broken at Indianapolis
 
Date
Record Type
New Record Amount
Old Record Amount
Old Record Year
January 5
Snowfall
11.4
3.0
1977
February 4
Snowfall
6.8
3.6
1948
February 14
Snowfall
5.5
3.2
1970
December 1-February 28 (Winter Season)
Snowfall
52.2
51.0
Winter 1981-82
March 2
Snowfall
2.4
2.0
1943
April 15
Coldest Max
38
40
1928
July 23
Precipitation
1.61
1.34
1957
July
Average Temperature
70.1
70.6
1947
October 4 (Tied)
Coldest Max
49
49
1885
October 31 (Tied)
Snowfall
0.1
0.1
1890
November 23
Precipitation
1.91
1.31
1873
 
 
 
 
Top Weather Stories of 2014
                                          
 
 
 
January 5-7 Heavy Snow and Record Cold
Coldest/Snowiest January in over 30 Years
February 4-5 Snowfall
Valentine's Day Snowstorm

February 20 Severe Weather

A Winter for the Record Books

May 11 Severe Weather
May 21-22 Severe Weather and Heavy Rainfall
June 24 Tornadoes

July 1 Severe Weather

Record Cold July

August 21-23 Severe Weather/Flooding

September 10 Severe Weather

October 7 Putnam County Tornado

 

 Year to Date

 
  
  
Data prepared by the Indianapolis NWS Climate Team
 


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