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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
1000 PM EST MON JAN 5 2015

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...THE CONCORD NH CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE YEAR OF 2014...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1868 TO 2015

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH             102   07/03/1966
                        07/04/1911
 LOW              -37   02/16/1943
HIGHEST            92   07/02        96      -4
LOWEST            -17   01/04       -15      -2
AVG. MAXIMUM     56.7              58.0    -1.3
AVG. MINIMUM     34.2              34.8    -0.6
MEAN             45.5              46.4    -0.9
DAYS MAX >= 90      3              11.5    -8.5
DAYS MAX <= 32     54              45.3     8.7
DAYS MIN <= 32    162             167.0    -5.0
DAYS MIN <= 0      25              14.8    10.2

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        57.99   2008
 MINIMUM        24.17   1965
TOTALS          46.03             40.61    5.42
DAILY AVG.       0.13              0.11    0.02
DAYS >= .01       141             130.9    10.1
DAYS >= .10        82              78.4     3.6
DAYS >= .50        31              27.0     4.0
DAYS >= 1.00       11               9.3     1.7
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    2.56   06/25 TO 06/26

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL          128.4   1956
TOTALS           76.7              61.4    15.3
SINCE 7/1        16.6              17.1    -0.5
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      4
DAYS >= TRACE      52              30.0    22.0
DAYS >= 1.0        18              16.2     1.8
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        32   02/20
 24 HR TOTAL     12.2   02/18 TO 02/18

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    7369              7236     133
 SINCE 7/1       2496              2746    -250
COOLING TOTAL     387               452     -65
 SINCE 1/1        387               452     -65
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              5.8
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    33/320    DATE  04/24
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    49/310    DATE  03/26

SKY COVER
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.40

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     70

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     HEAVY RAIN                30
RAIN                     54     LIGHT RAIN               122
FREEZING RAIN             6     LT FREEZING RAIN          12
HEAVY SNOW                5     SNOW                      16
LIGHT SNOW               45     FOG                      217
FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE    66     HAZE                      37

-  INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.
R  INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.
T  INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.

&&

THE YEAR 2014 STARTED OUT WITH SOME OF THE COLDEST AIR IN YEARS.
ARCTIC AIR SURGED INTO THE REGION ON JANUARY 1 AND PERSISTED FOR
MANY DAYS. CONCORD EXPERIENCED ITS COLDEST DAY OF THE YEAR ON
JANUARY 3 WHEN THE HIGH WAS ONLY 7 DEGREES. THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE
RECORDED IN 2014 WAS ON JANUARY 4 WHEN IT FELL TO 17 BELOW ZERO.
ANOTHER UNUSUAL THING ABOUT THIS COLD SPELL WAS THAT SUCH COLD AIR
WAS ACCOMPANIED BY HEAVY SNOWFALL. NORMALLY WHEN TEMPERATURES GET TO
ZERO DEGREES OR BELOW IT IS DIFFICULT TO SEE HEAVY SNOW DUE TO THE
LACK OF MOISTURE IN THE AIR. HOWEVER DURING THE EXTREME COLD ON
JANUARY 2 AND 3 A TOTAL OF 8.3 INCHES OF SNOWFALL WAS RECORDED.
WHILE NOT A RECORD AMOUNT OF SNOW, IT WAS MEMORABLE FOR THE COMBINED
EXTREME COLD AND HEAVY SNOW.

THE COLD WEATHER CONTINUED THROUGH FEBRUARY AND MARCH. FEBRUARY SAW
SEVERAL SNOWSTORMS AND CONCORD RECORDED ITS 5TH SNOWIEST FEBRUARY ON
RECORD. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL OF THE YEAR OCCURRED ON FEBRUARY 18-19
WHEN 14.8 INCHES WAS MEASURED. WHILE MARCH WAS NOT AS SNOWY, IT MADE
UP FOR IT IN THE CONTINUED COLD TEMPERATURES. MARCH TIED FOR THE 4TH
COLDEST IN THE LAST 146 YEARS OF RECORDS. THE EXTENDED COLD WEATHER
KEPT THE WINTER SNOW PACK ON THE GROUND THROUGH THROUGH APRIL 10.

THE STRETCH OF SIX CONSECUTIVE MONTHS OF BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES
ENDED IN MAY AS THE MONTH FINISHED SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL. CONCORD
FIRST SAW 80 DEGREES ON MAY 12, ABOUT TWO WEEKS LATER THAN NORMAL.
THE LAST FREEZE OCCURRED ON MAY 8, ABOUT A WEEK EARLIER THAN NORMAL.
THE HEAVIEST RAINSTORM OF THE YEAR OCCURRED ON JUNE 25 AND 26 WHEN
2.58 INCHES WAS RECORDED. HURRICANE ARTHUR PASSING BY OFFSHORE
BROUGHT ANOTHER ROUND OF HEAVY RAIN JUST IN TIME FOR INDEPENDENCE
DAY.

THE MOST NOTABLE FACT ABOUT SUMMER 2014 WAS THE LACK OF ANY TRULY
HOT WEATHER. THERE WERE ONLY 3 DAYS THAT REACHED 90 DEGREES, WITH
THE HOTTEST DAY OCCURRING ON JULY 2 WHEN THE TEMPERATURE REACHED 92.
ON AVERAGE CONCORD SEES 11.5 DAYS A YEAR REACH THE 90 DEGREE MARK.
THIS WAS THE FEWEST 90 DEGREE DAYS SINCE 1996 WHEN THERE WAS ONLY 1
DAY THAT REACHED 90. WHILE BOTH JUNE AND JULY WERE SLIGHTLY ABOVE
NORMAL, AUGUST WAS THE COOLEST IN ALMOST 30 YEARS (SINCE 1986). A
BRIEF BUT INTENSE ROUND OF HEAVY RAIN FELL ON AUGUST 13 WHEN 2.12
INCHES WAS MEASURED IN JUST A FEW HOURS. THIS CONTRIBUTED TO THE
12TH WETTEST SUMMER ON RECORD AT CONCORD.

THE WARM WEATHER THAT WAS LACKING IN AUGUST MADE A BRIEF RETURN FOR
THE FIRST PART OF SEPTEMBER BEFORE TEMPERATURES BEGAN THE GRADUAL
SLIDE INTO FALL. THE FIRST FREEZE OCCURRED ON SEPTEMBER 19 WHICH WAS
ABOUT A WEEK EARLIER THAN NORMAL. IN CONTRAST TO THE WET SUMMER,
SEPTEMBER WAS THE 3RD DRIEST ON RECORD. OCTOBER WAS PERSISTENTLY
WARM, ESPECIALLY IN OVERNIGHT LOW TEMPERATURES. THE TEMPERATURE
NEVER FELL BELOW 30 DEGREES, THE WARMEST OCTOBER LOW SINCE 1920.

COLD WEATHER FINALLY ARRIVED IN NOVEMBER. THE FIRST MEASURABLE SNOW
FELL ON NOVEMBER 17, ABOUT ONE WEEK EARLIER THAN NORMAL. A
SIGNIFICANT SNOWSTORM ARRIVED JUST IN TIME FOR THE BUSIEST TRAVEL
DAY OF THE YEAR RIGHT BEFORE THANKSGIVING. FROM NOVEMBER 26 THROUGH
28 A TOTAL OF 12.6 INCHES OF SNOW WAS RECORDED, HAMPERING HOLIDAY
TRAVEL PLANS. WARMER WEATHER DOMINATED THE END OF THE YEAR, WITH THE
EARLY SEASON SNOW PACK MELTING DOWN TO JUST TRACES BY THE END OF THE
YEAR. THERE WAS A NOTICEABLE LACK OF EXTREME COLD AT THE END OF THE
YEAR. THE AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE IN DECEMBER WAS THE WARMEST SINCE
1923.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE YEAR WAS 45.5 DEGREES WHICH WAS 0.9
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. IT WAS THE COLDEST YEAR SINCE 2009. IN THE 146
YEAR HISTORY OF WEATHER RECORDS AT CONCORD THERE HAVE ONLY BEEN 50
YEARS THAT WERE COLDER THAN 2014. THE WARMEST YEAR WAS 1878 WITH AN
AVERAGE OF 49.2 DEGREES. THE COLDEST WAS 1918 AT ONLY 41.8 DEGREES.
THE FOLLOWING TABLE LISTS THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FOR EACH MONTH OF
2014 INCLUDING DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE BY MONTH IN 2014
MONTH     MAXIMUM      MINIMUM      AVERAGE
JANUARY  29.1 (-1.7)  9.9  (-0.5)  19.5 (-1.1)
FEBRUARY  31.0 (-3.9)  7.8  (-6.0)  19.4 (-4.9)
MARCH     36.5 (-7.3)  14.7 (-7.8)  25.6 (-7.5)
APRIL     57.0 (-0.4)  31.2 (-1.5)  44.1 (-1.0)
MAY       69.0 (+0.1)  43.4 (+0.8)  56.2 (+0.4)
JUNE      78.6 (+1.2)  52.0 (-0.5)  65.3 (+0.4)
JULY      82.3 (-0.0)  58.5 (+0.8)  70.4 (+0.4)
AUGUST    78.8 (-2.1)  53.8 (-2.3)  66.3 (-2.2)
SEPTEMBER 73.5 (+0.9)  46.7 (-0.7)  60.1 (+0.1)
OCTOBER   61.7 (+1.2)  41.7 (+5.9)  51.7 (+3.5)
NOVEMBER  45.5 (-2.9)  25.8 (-2.4)  35.6 (-2.7)
DECEMBER  37.8 (+1.5)  24.8 (+7.6)  31.3 (+4.5)
ANNUAL    56.7 (-1.3)  34.2 (-0.6)  45.5 (-0.9)

A TOTAL OF 46.03 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL IN 2014. THIS WAS 5.42
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. 2014 RANKED AS THE 21ST WETTEST YEAR IN THE 146
YEARS OF RECORDS AT CONCORD. THE WETTEST YEAR WAS 2008 WHEN 57.99
INCHES FELL. THE DRIEST WAS 1965 WITH ONLY 24.17 INCHES. THE
FOLLOWING TABLE LISTS THE PRECIPITATION AND SNOWFALL AMOUNTS FOR EACH
MONTH IN 2014 INCLUDING DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL.

MONTHLY PRECIPITATION AND SNOWFALL TOTALS FOR 2014
MONTH     PRECIPITATION  SNOWFALL
JANUARY   3.21  (+0.51)  14.4 ( -0.7)
FEBRUARY  4.11  (+1.49)  35.3 (+23.0)
MARCH     3.98  (+0.71)  10.4 ( -0.7)
APRIL     2.87  (-0.54)  0.2  ( -2.6)
MAY       3.57  (-0.09)  0.0
JUNE      3.83  (+0.14)  0.0
JULY      7.49  (+3.75)  0.0
AUGUST    3.82  (+0.64)  0.0
SEPTEMBER 0.42  (-2.96)  0.0
OCTOBER   4.46  (+0.42)  0.0
NOVEMBER  3.11  (-0.61)  12.9 (+10.3)
DECEMBER  5.16  (+1.96)  3.7  (-10.8)
ANNUAL    46.03 (+5.42)  76.7 (+15.3)

THERE WERE 11 DAYS IN 2014 THAT RECORDED 1.00 OR MORE OF
PRECIPITATION. THIS WAS SLIGHTLY MORE THAN NORMAL. THE FOLLOWING
TABLE LISTS THE DAYS WHICH RECEIVED AT LEAST 1.00 INCH OF
PRECIPITATION.

DAYS WITH AT LEAST 1.00 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION IN 2014
DAY          PRECIPITATION
JANUARY 6    1.06
MARCH 30     1.20
JUNE 25      2.32
JULY 2       1.49
JULY 3       1.22
AUGUST 13    2.12
AUGUST 21    1.23
OCTOBER 16   1.80
OCTOBER 23   1.20
NOVEMBER 26  1.13
DECEMBER 9   1.08

SNOWFALL STATISTICS ARE NORMALLY LISTED BY SEASON RATHER THAN BY
CALENDAR YEAR. HOWEVER, THE YEAR 2014 SAW 76.7 INCHES OF SNOW WHICH
WAS 15.3 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. SNOW DEPTH REACHED ITS PEAK IN
FEBRUARY WITH 32 INCHES ON THE GROUND ON FEBRUARY 20. THE LAST OF
THE WINTER SNOW PACK MELTED BY THE MORNING OF APRIL 11. THE
FOLLOWING TABLE LISTS THE DAYS WHICH RECEIVED 6 INCHES OR MORE OF
SNOWFALL.

DAYS WITH AT LEAST 6 INCHES OF SNOWFALL IN 2014
DAY          SNOWFALL
JANUARY 2    6.4
FEBRUARY 5   7.8
FEBRUARY 13  6.7
FEBRUARY 18  12.2
NOVEMBER 26  10.3

THE FOLLOWING DAILY RECORDS WERE SET OR TIED IN 2014...
DATE        RECORD                              PREVIOUS
MARCH 7     -8   - COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE      -8 IN 2003 /TIED/
APRIL 17    18   - COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE      18 IN 1908 /TIED/
JULY 3      1.22 - GREATEST DAILY PRECIPITATION 1.20 IN 1997
AUGUST 13   2.12 - GREATEST DAILY PRECIPITATION 1.40 IN 1933
OCTOBER 16  1.80 - GREATEST DAILY PRECIPITATION 1.35 IN 1943
NOVEMBER 26 10.3 - GREATEST DAILY SNOWFALL      4.5 IN 1956

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KIMBLE



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