Central Indiana 2014 Summary

2013: A Year in Review
2013 provided quite the change from the warmth experienced in 2012. Winter took its time coming to an end, with two big snow storms occurring in what would be one of the coldest Marchs in recent history. The 4th snowiest March in Indianapolis history had Hoosiers pining for spring warmth and ensured an above normal year for snowfall. The combination of the snow melt at the end of March and the 2nd wettest April on record brought widespread flooding across central Indiana during the second half of the month.
 
As spring transitioned to summer, it became clear that the exceptionally hot weather experienced during portions of the 2012 summer would not be making a reappearance in 2013. High temperatures reached 90 or better on just 14 days, well below the 51 days of 90+ degrees in 2012.
 
The most active period of the year was arguably over the last two months, as central Indiana was impacted by everything from significant severe weather and tornadoes, to snowfall and record flooding. The biggest event of 2013 to affect the region was the tornado outbreak on November 17. 28 tornadoes touched down in Indiana that afternoon, 15 alone in central Indiana, making November 17 one of the most active days for tornadoes in state history.
 
After a period of active winter weather from late November through mid December, an intense storm system brought record rainfall and widespread flooding to the region just a few days before Christmas. Indianapolis experienced their 2nd wettest December day on record on December 21, when 2.57 inches of rain fell.
 
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 2013
 
 
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
2013
52.5
45.92
28.5
96/14
0
NORMAL
53.2
42.44
25.9
99/18
5
2013 Difference from Normal
-0.7
+3.48
+2.6
-3/-4
-5
All-Time Rank
Tied for 54rd Coolest
29th Wettest
Tied for 37th 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
 
 -1.5
 
+1.63
 
+11.7
 
+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 2013
29.9
4.44
8.8
15
Normal December
31.6
3.17
6.9
8
2013 Difference From Normal
-1.7
+1.27
+1.9
+7
 
December 2013 Ranks:
Tied for 46th Warmest
26th Wettest
24th Snowiest
 
 
 
 
Miscellaneous Information for Indianapolis
in 2013
 
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 temperatures below freezing:   7 (December 6-12)
Most Consecutive days with highs of 90 or hotter:   6 (August 26-31)          
 
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 30
Max Temperature
65
64
1947
March 6 (Tied)
Snowfall
1.8
1.8
2003
March 24
Snowfall
6.2
5.8
1912
April 16
Precipitation
2.08
1.53
1930
April 18
Precipitation
2.29
1.27
1887
May 9
Precipitation
1.08
0.87
2000
May 15
Warmest Min
67
66
1871
July 28
Min Temperature
51
54
2004 and 1971
July 24-31 (Tied)
Consecutive Days with Max Temp at or below 80 Degrees in July
8 days
8 days
July 1871
August 28 (Tied)
Warmest Min
74
74
1895
September 10
Max Temperature
96
95
1983 and 1964
September 10 (Tied)
Warmest Min
74
74
1919
September 11 (Tied)
Max Temperature
95
95
1897
September 11 (Tied)
Warmest Min
72
72
1931 and 1900
October 6
Precipitation
1.45
1.41
1998
October 24
Coldest Max
40
41
1937
October 31
Precipitation
2.01
1.30
1941
November 17
Precipitation
2.48
1.97
1886
December 20
Warmest Min
50
48
1923 and 1877
December 20
Precipitation
0.82
0.76
1882
December 21
Precipitation
2.57
1.49
1918
 
 
 
 
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

 
 
 
 
  
  
Data prepared by the Indianapolis NWS Climate Team
 


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