NWS: 2021 Climate Summary

Climate Summary

The Fort Wayne, Indiana 2021 Climate Summary from the National Weather Service.

Fort Wayne, Indiana (January 3, 2022) – Both Fort Wayne and South Bend experienced a top-ten warmest year in 2021. Records began in the 1890s at both sites. Hey, Fort Wayne: remember all that rain in the summer and fall? Well, it propelled us to one of the top-10 wettest years on record. Hey, South Bend: Did you miss the snow in 2021? Sure, there were a couple instances of lake effect snow, but snow was well below normal with only 39 inches observed in 2021.

See the full annual climate summary at the top of our website: weather.gov/iwx.

Learn more about climate normals at climate.gov

And the complete 2021 Annual Climate Summary from the National Weather Service:

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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
845 PM EST SUN JAN 02 2022

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...THE FORT WAYNE CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE YEAR OF 2021...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1991 TO 2020
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1897 TO 2021

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART   LAST YEAR`S
                VALUE   DATE(S)   VALUE   FROM     VALUE
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH            106   06/28/2012
                       06/25/1988
                       07/14/1936
 LOW             -24   01/12/1918
HIGHEST           92   08/24         MM      MM       95
                       06/12
LOWEST            -6   02/17         MM      MM        0
AVG. MAXIMUM    61.9               60.3     1.6     61.8
AVG. MINIMUM    42.9               41.4     1.5     42.0
MEAN            52.5               50.9     1.6
DAYS MAX >= 90     7               15.7    -8.7       25
DAYS MAX <= 32    29               39.7   -10.7       15
DAYS MIN <= 32   119              123.6    -4.6      131
DAYS MIN <= 0      3                6.2    -3.2        1

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM       54.58   1990
 MINIMUM       24.40   1962
TOTALS         44.14              39.48    4.66    37.24
DAILY AVG.      0.12               0.11    0.01     0.10
DAYS >= .01      133              135.4    -2.4      133
DAYS >= .10       75               77.3    -2.3       71
DAYS >= .50       34               25.2     8.8       25
DAYS >= 1.00      11                8.9     2.1        8

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL          68.6   2014
TOTALS          35.2               33.6     1.6     18.8
SINCE 7/1        2.6                9.6    -7.0       MM
SNOWDEPTH AVG.     0                                   0
DAYS >= TRACE     57               34.0    23.0       51
DAYS >= 1.0        8               10.7    -2.7        8
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH       15   02/16                           3

DEGREE DAYS
HEATING TOTAL   5483               5968    -485     5606
 SINCE 7/1      1848               2257    -409       MM
COOLING TOTAL   1062                849     213      938
 SINCE 1/1      1062                849     213       MM
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              8.7
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    46/260    DATE  12/11
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    61/250    DATE  12/11

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.65
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           67
NUMBER OF DAYS PC            139
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY        159

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     72

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM             47     MIXED PRECIP               2
HEAVY RAIN               29     RAIN                      40
LIGHT RAIN              143     FREEZING RAIN              1
LT FREEZING RAIN          7     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                3     SNOW                      10
LIGHT SNOW               57     SLEET                      4
FOG                     190     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE     17
HAZE                     44

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

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...TOP TEN WARMEST AND WETTEST...

A MAJORITY OF MONTHS THIS YEAR FEATURED ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES.
OCTOBER RANKED AS THE 7TH WARMEST ON RECORD AND DECEMBER RANKED AS
THE 5TH WARMEST ON RECORD. THESE NOTABLY WARM MONTHS PROPELLED US TO
THE 7TH WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD. RECORDS AT FORT WAYNE BEGAN IN 1897.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE YEAR WAS 52.5 DEGREES, WHICH IS 1.6
DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 50.9 DEGREES. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE
FOR THE YEAR WAS 92 DEGREES ON JUNE 12TH AND AUGUST 24TH. THE LOWEST
TEMPERATURE FOR THE YEAR WAS -6 DEGREES ON FEBRUARY 17TH.

THERE WERE SEVEN DAYS WITH A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 90 DEGREES OR
WARMER, WHICH IS ABOUT NINE DAYS LESS THAN THE CLIMATE NORMAL OF
ABOUT 16 DAYS. THERE WERE 119 DAYS WITH A LOW TEMPERATURE AT OR
BELOW FREEZING. THIS IS ABOUT 5 DAYS BELOW THE CLIMATE NORMAL OF 124
DAYS. THERE WERE THREE DAYS THIS YEAR WITH A LOW TEMPERATURE BELOW
ZERO. THE CLIMATE NORMAL VALUE IS 6 DAYS PER YEAR.

TOTAL SNOWFALL FOR THE YEAR WAS 35.2 INCHES, WHICH IS 1.6 INCHES
ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 33.6 INCHES. THIS IS THE 39TH SNOWIEST YEAR ON
RECORD. THERE WERE 8 DAYS WITH AN INCH OR MORE OF SNOW WHICH IS
ABOUT 3 LESS THAN NORMAL.

THE TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE YEAR WAS 44.14 INCHES, THIS IS 4.66
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL OF 39.48 INCHES. THIS RANKS AS THE 10TH WETTEST
YEAR ON RECORD. THERE WERE 11 DAYS THIS YEAR WITH 1 INCH OR MORE OF
PRECIPITATION, WHICH IS ABOUT 2 DAYS MORE THAN NORMAL.

A MONTH-BY-MONTH SUMMARY FOLLOWS:

JANUARY 2021
...SNOWSTORM TO END THE MONTH...

MUCH OF THE MONTH WAS MILD AND DRY. THERE WAS NOTABLE PRECIPITATION
TO START OF THE MONTH, FOLLOWED BY A SNOWSTORM IN THE FINAL DAYS.
UNTIL THAT SNOWSTORM, SNOW WAS ELUSIVE.

IT WAS NOT UNTIL JANUARY 23RD THAT FORT WAYNE RECORDED A DAILY
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE DEPARTURE BELOW NORMAL. OUR AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
THROUGH THE 22ND WAS 31.4 DEGREES, WHICH RANKS AS THE 21ST WARMEST
ON RECORD. I SHOULD NOTE THAT THIS SAME STRETCH OF DAYS IN 2020
RECORDED AN AVERAGE OF 32.5 DEGREES. THE OVERALL WARMTH THIS MONTH
IS A RESULT OF NOT ONLY MILD HIGH TEMPERATURES, BUT NOTABLE "WARM"
LOW TEMPERATURES AS WELL. THE CLIMATE NORMAL LOW TEMPERATURE FOR
JANUARY IS TYPICALLY 17.4 DEGREES. INSTEAD, FORT WAYNE OBSERVED 25.5
DEGREES THIS MONTH.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH WAS 30.0 DEGREES WHICH
IS 5.1 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 30TH WARMEST ON
RECORD.

A MOSTLY RAIN EVENT BEGAN THE MONTH WITH 0.67" OF PRECIPITATION.
SNOWFALL WAS ONLY RECORDED IN TINY DOSES. THROUGH JANUARY 29TH, THE
GREATEST SINGLE-DAY TOTAL WAS ONE-HALF INCH ON THE 3RD. FROM THE 1ST
THROUGH 29TH, ONLY 1.8" OF SNOW WAS REPORTED, WHICH TIES 2006 AS THE
18TH LEAST SNOWIEST DURING THAT TIME. HOWEVER, A POTENT STORM
DROPPED 8.6 INCHES OF SNOW FROM THE 30TH THROUGH 31ST. THIS IS THE
GREATEST 2-DAY TOTAL AT FORT WAYNE SINCE 9.6" WAS OBSERVED FROM
FEBRUARY 1-2, 2015. THE REPORTED 6.6 INCHES OF SNOW ON JANUARY 31ST
IS ALSO THE GREATEST SINGLE-DAY SNOW TOTAL SINCE 9.0 INCHES WAS
OBSERVED ON FEBRUARY 1, 2015.

SNOWFALL FOR THIS MONTH TOTALED 10.4 INCHES WHICH IS 0.3 INCHES
ABOVE NORMAL. IN JANUARY 2020, ONLY 2.6 INCHES WAS OBSERVED.
SNOWFALL FOR THE ENTIRE WINTER TOTALS 12.6 INCHES WHICH IS 6.0
INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

PRECIPITATION FOR THIS MONTH TOTALED 1.87 INCHES WHICH IS 0.39
INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THE RANKS AS THE 55TH DRIEST JANUARY ON RECORD.

THERE WERE NO RECORDS SET THIS MONTH.

FEBRUARY 2021
...WINTER CHILL ARRIVES...

FOLLOWING A MILD JANUARY AND THE SNOW STORM THAT ENDED THE MONTH,
FEBRUARY BROUGHT TEMPERATURES WELL BELOW NORMAL AND SOME IMPRESSIVE
SNOW.

TEMPERATURES WERE BELOW NORMAL FROM THE 2ND THROUGH 21ST. THE
GREATEST AVERAGE DAILY TEMPERATURE DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL WAS ON THE
17TH, WHEN THE DAY WAS 23 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THIS WAS ALSO THE
DATE OF THE MONTH`S LOWEST MINIMUM TEMPERATURE; -6 DEGREES. THE
STRETCH OF DAYS FROM THE 1ST THROUGH 21ST RANKED AS THE 8TH COLDEST
ON RECORD, WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 16.3 DEGREES. THE FINAL
WEEK OF THE MONTH OFFERED RELIEF FROM THE COLD AS HIGH TEMPERATURES
OF AT LEAST 40 DEGREES WERE OBSERVED FROM THE 21ST THROUGH 28TH. A
REFRESHING HIGH OF 63 OCCURRED ON THE 28TH. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
FOR THE MONTH WAS 21.6 DEGREES WHICH IS 6.7 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.
THIS RANKS AS THE 20TH COLDEST FEBRUARY.

THE MONTH`S SNOWFALL PILED UP IN A PERIOD FROM THE 4TH TO 18TH. THE
GREATEST SINGLE-DAY TOTAL FOR THE MONTH WAS 10.1 INCHES ON THE 15TH.
THIS CRUSHED THE PREVIOUS RECORD FOR THIS DATE; 4.0 INCHES IN 1908.
THIS WAS THE GREATEST SINGLE-DAY FEBRUARY SNOWFALL SINCE 12.4 INCHES
IN 1912. FURTHERMORE, THIS IS THE GREATEST SINGLE-DAY SNOW TOTAL
SINCE JANUARY 31ST, 1982 (10.8 INCHES)! AN ADDITIONAL 1.3 INCHES OF
SNOW FELL FROM THIS SAME STORM SYSTEM ON THE FOLLOWING DAY,
RESULTING IN A TWO-DAY TOTAL OF 11.4 INCHES. THIS IS THE GREATEST
TWO-DAY TOTAL SINCE 14.0 INCHES ENDING ON DECEMBER 20TH, 1973. THE
TOTAL SNOW FOR THE MONTH WAS 17.3 INCHES WHICH IS A WHOPPING 9.6
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 8TH SNOWIEST ON RECORD. THIS
IS THE SNOWIEST FEBRUARY SINCE 2015 WHEN 19.0 INCHES WERE OBSERVED.

THE GREATEST SNOW DEPTH (7AM) WAS 15 INCHES ON THE 16TH. THIS RANKS
AS THE 3RD GREATEST MAXIMUM SNOW DEPTH ON RECORD (NOTE: WINTER 1903-
1904 HAD A MAXIMUM DEPTH OF 16 INCHES, THROUGH THERE ARE 11 MISSING
DAYS OF DATA). THIS IS THE GREATEST SNOW DEPTH SINCE FEBRUARY 9TH,
1982, WHICH HAD A MAXIMUM OF 20 INCHES. I SHOULD NOTE THAT 2011 (FEB
6TH) HAD A MAXIMUM SNOW DEPTH OF 13 INCHES.

MARCH 2021
...WARM WITH A DRY START, BUT A WET FINISH...

MARCH WILL BE KNOWN AS A WARM MONTH. THIS IS MAINLY BECAUSE THE
AVERAGE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 55.8 DEGREES AND
RANKED AS THE 6TH WARMEST. FORT WAYNE HAD AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF
43.7 DEGREES FOR MARCH, WHICH RANKED AS THE 14TH WARMEST MARCH.

WITH HOW WARM MARCH WAS FOR FORT WAYNE, IT ONLY RECEIVED A TENTH OF
SNOW ON THE 15TH AND A TRACE ON THE 18TH. THE 0.1 INCHES OF SNOW FOR
THE MONTH RANKED AS TIED FOR THE 11TH LEAST SNOWIEST MARCH.

FORT WAYNE HAD A VERY DRY START TO MARCH WITH MARCH 1 TO MARCH 17
RECEIVING ONLY 0.15 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION. THIS RANKED AS THE
THIRD DRIEST STRETCH BEHIND 1930 AND 1910. FURTHERMORE, 14 STRAIGHT
DAYS OF PRECIPITATION TOTALING LESS THAN 0.02 INCHES OCCURRED FROM
MARCH 1ST TO MARCH 14TH. THIS RANKED AS THE 9TH LONGEST STRETCH OF
"DRY" WEATHER IN MARCH. AFTER THE DRY START, A PERIOD OF ACTIVE
WEATHER MOVED IN FOR THE LATTER PART OF THE MONTH WITH MARCH 18TH TO
MARCH 31ST RECEIVING 2.54 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION. THIS RANKED AS
THE 13TH WETTEST STRETCH FOR THAT PERIOD. OVERALL, FORT WAYNE
RECEIVED 2.69 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH, RANKING AS THE
57TH DRIEST MARCH.

APRIL 2021
...DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUE WITH ROLLER COASTER TEMPERATURES...

FROM A TEMPERATURE POINT OF VIEW, APRIL FEATURED TWO LARGE EPISODES
OF TEMPERATURE SWINGS. AFTER A CRISP START ON THE 1ST AND 2ND,
TEMPERATURES WARMED DRAMATICALLY THEREAFTER. THE PERIOD FROM APRIL 1
TO APRIL 13TH RANKS AS THE 7TH WARMEST ON RECORD, WITH AN AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE OF 53.5 DEGREES. WITHIN THIS STRETCH, ON THE 6TH, FORT
WAYNE PICKED UP ITS FIRST 80-DEGREE DAY OF THE YEAR. THIS IS ABOUT
19 DAYS SOONER THAN AVERAGE AND IS THE EARLIEST 80-DEGREE DAY SINCE
MARCH 15, 2012. THIS TIES 1921 AS THE 11TH EARLIEST 80-DEGREE DAY ON
RECORD (14TH EARLIEST IF DUPLICATES ARE CONSIDER TO EACH HAVE THEIR
OWN RANK).

FOLLOWING THAT WARM SPELL, A STRETCH OF DAYS WITH BELOW-NORMAL
TEMPERATURES WAS OBSERVED FROM THE 14TH TO 25TH (THOUGH, THE 19TH
WAS 1 DEGREE ABOVE NORMAL). THIS PERIOD RANKED AS THE 6TH COLDEST ON
RECORD. THE HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 40 DEGREES ON THE 20TH NARROWLY
MISSED THE RECORD OF 37 SET IN 1947. THE LOW OF 27 DEGREES ON THE
22ND TIED THE RECORD SET IN 1986. JUST A FEW DAYS LATER, HIGH
TEMPERATURES SOARED INTO THE 80S ONCE MORE WITH A HIGH OF 83 DEGREES
ON THE 23RD; 3 DEGREES SHY OF THE 1925 RECORD.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 50.2 DEGREES WHICH IS NEAR
THE NORMAL OF 50.0 DEGREES.

DROUGHT CONDITIONS WERE UNCHANGED NORTH AND EAST OF FORT WAYNE THIS
MONTH, WITH SOME IMPROVEMENT NOTED TO THE WEST. PRECIPITATION WAS
DISTRIBUTED SOMEWHAT EVENLY THROUGH THE MONTH AND TOTALED 2.95
INCHES WHICH IS 0.57 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS TIES 1984 AS THE 55TH
DRIEST ON RECORD. SINCE JANUARY 1ST, PRECIPITATION IS 1.45 INCHES
BELOW NORMAL.

LASTLY, IT WOULD NOT BE APRIL IN THE MIDWEST WITHOUT SOME SNOW! SNOW
OCCURRED ON THREE DAYS THIS MONTH TOTALING 4.8 INCHES. MUCH OF THIS,
4.2 INCHES, FELL ON THE 20TH WHICH SHATTERED THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF
0.2 INCHES IN 1953. THE TWO-DAY SNOW TOTAL FROM THIS WEATHER SYSTEM
WAS 4.8 INCHES AND TIES APRIL 4 AND 5, 1982 AS THE 10TH GREATEST TWO-
DAY SNOWFALL IN APRIL. THE MONTHLY TOTAL OF 4.8 INCHES IS 3.8 INCHES
ABOVE NORMAL AND RANKS AS THE 8TH SNOWIEST APRIL ON RECORD. IT IS
THE MOST SNOW IN APRIL SINCE 7.5 INCHES IN 1994.

MAY 2021
...FROSTY NIGHTS AND WELCOME RAIN...

AFTER A MILD START TO THE MONTH WHERE HIGH TEMPERATURES REACHED THE
70S AND 80S, TEMPERATURES QUICKLY TUMBLED THEREAFTER. THE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE DEPARTURE FROM THE 5TH THROUGH 15TH RANGED FROM 3 TO 18
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. DURING THAT STRETCH, A NUMBER OF FROST
ADVISORIES WERE ISSUED. PATIENCE PAID OFF AS SUMMER-LIKE
TEMPERATURES RETURNED FOR THE 16TH TO 26TH WITH AN AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE DEPARTURE AS GREAT AS 14 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL (24TH). IN
THE END THE, MONTH`S AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 59.1 DEGREES. THIS IS
2.2 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL AND RANKS AS THE 50TH COLDEST MAY ON RECORD.

THIS MONTH, RAIN ONCE AGAIN FAVORED THE GREATER FORT WAYNE AREA
INSTEAD OF THE THOSE TOWARD THE MICHIGAN STATELINE. FORT WAYNE
RECEIVED 1.70 INCHES MORE PRECIPITATION THAN SOUTH BEND. THIS MONTH,
RAIN ESSENTIALLY FELL IN TWO SPURTS: 1.85 INCHES ON THE 9TH (NEW
DAILY RECORD, BREAKING THE PREVIOUS OF 1.51 INCHES IN 2003), AND
2.04 INCHES FROM THE 26TH THROUGH 28TH. NO MEASURABLE RAINFALL
OCCURRED FROM THE 10TH THROUGH 25TH WHICH WORSENED DROUGHT
CONDITIONS TEMPORARILY. THE MONTHLY TOTAL RAINFALL OF 4.67 INCHES IS
0.09 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 32 WETTEST MAY ON
RECORD.

...JUNE 2021...

ON JUNE 1, THE TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE YEAR WAS 2.14 INCHES
BELOW NORMAL. BY THE END OF THIS MONTH, THE YEAR`S PRECIPITATION
TOTAL WAS ONLY 0.55 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS IS THE RESULT OF AN
ACTIVE MONTH, ESPECIALLY TOWARD THE END OF THE MONTH WHERE SOAKING
THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCED LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL.

THE RAIN TOTAL FOR THE MONTH WAS 5.91 INCHES WHICH IS 1.43 INCHES
ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS TIED FOR THE 15TH WETTEST JUNE ON
RECORD. THIS IS THE WETTEST JUNE SINCE 2018 WHEN 6.02 INCHES FELL.

TEMPERATURES WERE GENERALLY ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE MONTH WITH THE
EXCEPTION OF A COOL SPELL FROM THE 21ST TO 24TH. THE MORNING LOW OF
49 ON THE 22ND WAS 13 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL AND NINE DEGREES AWAY
FROM THE RECORD LOW. ON THE OTHER HAND, FORT WAYNE OBSERVED ITS
FIRST 90-DEGREE DAY OF THE YEAR (92 ON THE 12TH). THIS IS ABOUT TWO
DAYS EARLIER THAN AVERAGE. BY THE END OF JUNE LAST YEAR, FORT WAYNE
HAD ALREADY OBSERVED NINE 90-DEGREE DAYS.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 72.9 DEGREES WHICH IS 2.3
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 17TH WARMEST JUNE ON RECORD.

NO RECORDS WERE SET THIS MONTH.

JULY 2021
...SLIGHTLY COOL, BUT HUMID AND WET...

THIS MONTH`S AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FINISHED AT 73.3 DEGREES, WHICH IS
0.5 DEGREE BELOW NORMAL AND RANKED AS THE 54TH COOLEST JULY ALL
TIME. FORT WAYNE HAD 0 DAYS REACHING 90 DEGREES OR HIGHER, WHICH IS
THE LOWEST TOTAL SINCE 2014 WHEN IT HAD 0 90+ DEGREE DAYS AND IS 6.5
DAYS BELOW THE NORMAL NUMBER OF 90+ DEGREE DAYS. IT ALSO HAD 16 DAYS
ONLY FALLING TO 65 DEGREES OR GREATER AS A LOW TEMPERATURE, WHICH IS
ABOVE THE NORMAL TOTAL OF 13.7 DAYS DURING THE MONTH OF JULY OWING
TO THE HIGH RESIDENCE TIME OF HIGH HUMIDITY IN THE AREA. PUTTING
THAT ALL TOGETHER, THE COOLER HIGH TEMPERATURES, BUT HIGHER HUMIDITY
ALLOWS THE MONTH TO FINISH OFF SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL IN THE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE CATEGORY.

THIS MONTH`S PRECIPITATION TOTALED 5.59, WHICH IS 1.54 ABOVE NORMAL
AND RANKED AS THE 16TH WETTEST JULY ALL TIME. FORT WAYNE`S TOTAL
PRECIPITATION WAS POSITIVELY AFFECTED BY 2 DAILY TOTALS ABOVE 1 INCH
(2.72 ON 7/16, WHICH WAS A DAILY PRECIP RECORD, AND 1.23 ON 7/12)
AND ANOTHER TOTAL OF 0.74 INCH ON 7/11 AS SUMMER TIME THUNDERSTORMS
AFFECTED THE AREA. THE 2.72 INCHES THAT FELL ON 7/16 WAS A DAILY
PRECIPITATION RECORD AS WELL.

AUGUST
...HOT AND ON THE DRIER SIDE...

THIS MONTH`S AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FINISHED AT 74.2 DEGREES, WHICH IS
2.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AND RANKED AS THE 15TH WARMEST AUGUST WHEN
COMPARED TO THE PERIOD OF RECORD. FORT WAYNE HAD 3 DAYS REACHING 90
DEGREES OR HIGHER, WHICH IS AVERAGE FOR AUGUST. IT ALSO HAD 18 DAYS
ONLY FALLING TO 65 DEGREES OR GREATER AS A LOW TEMPERATURE, WHICH IS
8.0 DAYS ABOVE THE NORMAL TOTAL OF 10.0 DAYS DURING THE MONTH OF
AUGUST. THIS IS AS A RESULT OF THE HIGH RESIDENCE TIME OF HIGH
HUMIDITY IN THE AREA. PUTTING THAT ALL TOGETHER, THE WARMER HIGH
TEMPERATURES, AND HIGHER HUMIDITY ALLOWS THE MONTH TO FINISH OFF
ABOVE NORMAL IN THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE CATEGORY.

FORT WAYNE ONLY HAD 2 SEVERE WEATHER-AIDED RAINFALL TOTALS EXCEEDING
0.5 INCH ON THE 10TH (0.59) AND 11TH (1.12). THE TOTAL ON THE 11TH
WAS ALMOST HALF THE TOTAL FOR THE MONTH WHICH TOTALED 2.46 INCHES OF
PRECIPITATION. THAT IS 1.34 INCH BELOW THE NORMAL AUGUST TOTAL OF
3.80 INCHES AND RANKED AS THE 47TH DRIEST AUGUST WHEN COMPARED TO THE
PERIOD OF RECORD.

SEPTEMBER
...A STRETCH OF WARMTH AND SOAKING STORM SYSTEM...

THE MONTH BEGAN WITH TEMPERATURES GENERALLY NEAR NORMAL THROUGH THE
FIRST 10 DAYS. THEN, THERE WAS A STRETCH OF ANOMALOUS WARMTH WHERE
HIGH TEMPERATURES REACHED WELL INTO THE 80S, AND REACHED 90 OR
GREATER TWO TIMES. THIS BRINGS OUR TOTAL NUMBER OF 90-DEGREE DAYS
THIS YEAR TO SEVEN. THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY A COOL AND RAINY STRETCH.
ALL TOLD, THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 67.5 DEGREES
WHICH IS 2.7 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS TIES 2002 AS THE 24TH
WARMEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD.

AFTER A DRY START TO THE MONTH, AS LESS THAN A HALF-INCH WAS
OBSERVED THROUGH THE 19TH, A SLOW-MOVING LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM
DRENCHED NORTHEAST INDIANA AND NORTHWEST OHIO WITH RAIN TOTALS IN
EXCESS OF 5 INCHES FOR SOME. AT THE AIRPORT, 2.90 INCHES WAS
OBSERVED FROM THE 20TH THROUGH 23RD. THE 2.11 INCHES OF RAIN THAT
FELL ON THE 22ND SET A NEW RECORD, BREAKING THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF
1.24 INCHES IN 2003. PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH TOTALED 3.78 INCHES
WHICH IS 0.74 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND RANKS AS THE 31ST WETTEST ON
RECORD. THIS IS THE WETTEST SEPTEMBER SINCE 2016 WHEN 5.44 INCHES OF
PRECIPITATION OCCURRED.

OCTOBER
...TOP TEN WARMEST AND WETTEST...

THIS WAS A REMARKABLE MONTH WITH RECORD-WARMTH THROUGH THE 21ST AND
RELENTLESS RAIN. FORT WAYNE EXPERIENCED ITS WARMEST OCTOBER ON
RECORD THROUGH OCTOBER 20TH WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 64.3
(AHEAD OF 2007, 63.9 DEGREES. BY THE 21ST, WE WERE TIED WITH 2007
WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 63.9 DEGREES. THEN ON THE 22ND,
OCTOBER 2007 SURPASSED THIS YEAR`S WARMTH WITH AN AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE OF 63.8 (VS 63.2 OCTOBER 2021). WITHIN THIS STRETCH OF
WARMTH, TWO RECORDS WERE TIED OR BROKEN:

ON 10/10: THE RECORD WARMEST LOW WAS TIED (66 IN 1904) ON THE 10/11:
A NEW RECORD WARMEST LOW OF 64 (PREVIOUS 62 IN 1954)

A SEASONABLE CHILL FINALLY ARRIVED TO THE AREA ON THE 22ND WHEN THE
AVERAGE DAILY TEMPERATURE WAS THREE DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THE FINAL
TEN DAYS OF THE MONTH ALSO FEATURED THE FIRST 32-DEGREE FROST WITH A
MORNING LOW OF 32 ON THE 27TH. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH
WAS 59.3 DEGREES WHICH IS 6.1 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS
THE 7TH WARMEST OCTOBER ON RECORD.

A PROGRESSIVE WEATHER PATTERN BROUGHT SEVERAL ROUNDS OF RAIN TO THE
AREA TO START THE MONTH, INCLUDING A TWO-DAY TOTAL OF 2.54 INCHES
ENDING ON THE 15TH. THERE WAS A BRIEF DRY PERIOD FROM THE 17TH TO
20TH BEFORE ANOTHER ROUND OF SOAKING RAIN ARRIVED; 2.00 INCHES TOTAL
ON THE 24TH AND 25TH. THESE RAIN EVENTS WERE UNWELCOME FOR FALL
HARVEST. NINETEEN DAYS THIS MONTH FEATURED MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION;
A RECORD FOR OCTOBER (18 DAYS IN 1911 IS #2).

ALL TOLD, PRECIPITATION TOTALED 7.31 INCHES AND RANKS AS THE 5TH
WETTEST ON RECORD. THIS IS 4.36 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS IS THE
WETTEST OCTOBER SINCE 7.40 INCHES IN 2001. ONE DAILY PRECIPITATION
RECORD WAS SET THIS MONTH: 1.83 INCHES ON THE 14TH BROKE THE
PREVIOUS RECORD OF 0.88 IN 2008.

NO SNOW WAS REPORTED THIS MONTH WHICH IS BELOW THE NORMAL OF 0.1
INCH.

NOVEMBER
...TEMPERATURE SWINGS AND MUCH BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION...

THIS MONTH FEATURED A NUMBER OF TEMPERATURE SWINGS, BUT ULTIMATELY
THE COOLER-THAN-NORMAL DAYS ENSURED AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE
BELOW NORMAL BY 1.6 DEGREES. THIS RANKS AS TIED FOR THE 40TH COLDEST
ON RECORD. THERE WERE FOUR DAYS WITH A HIGH TEMPERATURE IN THE 60S
THIS MONTH (NOVEMBER 2020 FEATURED 10 DAYS), AND TWO DAYS THAT HAD A
HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 59.

THIS FIRST SNOW OF THIS UPCOMING WINTER SEASON WAS REPORTED ON THE
12TH (TRACE) AND THE FIRST MEASURABLE SNOW OCCURRED ON THE 14TH WHEN
1.0 INCHES OF SNOW WAS OBSERVED. THIS DATE IS NEAR-NORMAL FOR THE
FIRST 1-INCH SNOWFALL. THE MONTH`S TOTAL SNOW WAS 1.6 INCHES WHICH
IS 0.3 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 62ND LEAST SNOWIEST ON
RECORD.

PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH TOTALED ONLY 1.07 INCHES WHICH IS 1.89
INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 12TH DRIEST ON RECORD. THIS
IS THE DRIEST NOVEMBER SINCE 2012, WHEN ONLY 0.60 INCHES WAS
OBSERVED.

NO RECORDS WERE SET THIS MONTH.

DECEMBER - FORT WAYNE
...TOP TEN WARMEST AND LEAST SNOWIEST...

SNOW LOVERS WERE DISAPPOINTED THIS MONTH WHILE THOSE WHO DETEST
WINTER CELEBRATED THE MILD AIR AND LACK OF SNOW. COLD AIR WAS LOCKED
OUT OF OUR AREA, INSTEAD RESIDING OFF TO OUR NORTHWEST.

ONLY THREE DAYS THIS MONTH REPORTED BELOW NORMAL AVERAGE DAILY
TEMPERATURE DEPARTURES. DECEMBER 7TH AND 8TH (-12.7 AND -5.4
RESPECTIVELY) AND DECEMBER 22ND (-2.2 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.) THESE
THREE COLD DAYS WERE OFFSET BY SEVERAL DAYS WITH WELL ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES.

THE HIGHEST MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OCCURRED ON DECEMBER 11TH AT 62
DEGREES. THIS WAS 1 DEGREE SHORT OF TYING THE RECORD OF 63 DEGREES
SET IN 1949. ALTHOUGH THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE OCCURRED ON THE 11TH,
THE WARMEST DAY OF THE MONTH OCCURRED ON THE 15TH. THE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE WAS 21.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE DAY. WHILE THE
RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS MISSED ON THE 15TH (THE RECORD IS 64
DEGREES SET IN 1933), THE LOW TEMPERATURE OF 45 BROKE THE PREVIOUS
(WARM) LOW TEMPERATURE RECORD OF 42 IN 1971.

WITH THE ABOVE IN MIND, IT IS NO SURPRISE THAT THIS RANKS AS THE 5TH
WARMEST DECEMBER ON RECORD. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES THIS MONTH WAS
38.1 DEGREES WHICH IS 7.2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS IS THE WARMEST
DECEMBER SINCE 2015 (41.5 DEGREES; WARMEST ON RECORD).

PRECIPITATION THIS MONTH, MAINLY RAIN, WAS COMMON WITH 4.27 INCHES
OF PRECIPITATION REPORTED. THIS IS 1.80 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND
RANKS AS THE 14TH WETTEST DECEMBER ON RECORD. RECORD RAINFALL FELL
ON DECEMBER 6TH WITH AN OBSERVED 0.86 INCHES. THIS BROKE THE
PREVIOUS RECORD OF 0.69 INCHES SET IN 1924.

THE LACK OF SNOWFALL THIS MONTH WAS NOTABLE UNTIL THE VERY END WHEN
0.9 INCHES WAS OBSERVED ON 12/28. UNTIL THEN, THE ONLY MEASURABLE
SNOWFALL OCCURRED ON 12/8 WITH A TENTH OF AN INCH REPORTED. SNOW
THIS MONTH TOTALED 1.0 INCH WHICH IS 6.6 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS
RANKS AS THE 10TH LEAST AMOUNT OF SNOW ON RECORD FOR FORT WAYNE. THE
LEAST SNOWIEST DECEMBER ON RECORD WAS IN 1931 WHEN ONLY A TRACE OF
SNOW WAS REPORTED FOR THE MONTH. THE SNOWIEST DECEMBER OCCURRED IN
1914 WHEN 23.0 INCHES OF SNOW WAS RECORDED.

DECEMBER 2021 WAS NOTABLE FROM A NATIONAL WEATHER PERSPECTIVE AS
THERE WERE TWO DEVASTATING SEVERE WEATHER OUTBREAKS. THE FIRST
OCCURRED ON THE NIGHT OF DECEMBER 10TH RESULTING IN NEARLY 400
SEVERE WEATHER REPORTS. THERE WERE 66 CONFIRMED TORNADOES INCLUDING
TWO SUPERCELLS WHICH TRAVELED WELL OVER 100 MILES. THIS INCLUDES THE
TORNADO THE IMPACTED MAYFIELD, KY. NEXT, AN ANOMALOUSLY DEEP LOW
PRESSURE SYSTEM PRODUCED A SERIAL DERECHO AS IT MOVED FROM THE
ROCKIES TO THE PLAINS AND INTO THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY
BEGINNING ON DECEMBER 15TH. THUNDERSTORMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE
DERECHO PRODUCED HUNDREDS OF WIND DAMAGE REPORTS AND OVER 90
CONFIRMED TORNADOES. DUE TO THE DEEP NATURE OF THE LOW, THERE WERE
WIDESPREAD SYNOPTIC WIND GUSTS OF 50 TO 70 MPH, WITH SEVERAL SITES
RECORDING WIND GUSTS AS GREAT AS 90 TO 100 MPH. (SOURCE: CENTRAL
REGION HEADQUARTERS)

BROWN/LEWIS/ROLLER

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