HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Before 2017 gets into full swing, I thought I would take a moment to review 2016 weather for the Valley. Let’s go!
2016: A WARM YEAR
Probably the #1 weather story for year was the consistent WARMTH. Only 2 months were colder than average (and neither was by much). That’s a remarkable run from May-November.
Daily records highs were set on:
February 20 (tie)
November 18 (tie)
December 26 (tie)
Interesting that we did not set or even tie any records between March 24 and November 18. It was consistently warm but not crazy warm.
Air conditioners were busy with the warm days and steamy nights.
FROM DROUGHT TO SURPLUS
A big weather story in the Spring and early Summer was the lack of rain. The drought was never severe by any stretch but things browned up for a while. It was a big change from 2015.
In October, we had one of the wettest days on record in Youngstown:
LACK OF SEVERE WEATHER
We of course had thunderstorms and occasional hail and damaging winds but overall it was a below-average season for severe weather. There were NO confirmed tornadoes in our viewing area in 2016. The nearest ones were in Butler County, PA (red dots):
DECEMBER: NOT LIKE 2015!
The end of 2016 finally brought some cold weather to the Valley. It was one of the snowiest Decembers on record with over 23″ at the airport. Compare that to 2015 when we had the warmest December on record!
JANUARY 1 STATS
Finally, some fun stats about New Year’s Day weather. This year: nice day with some sunshine; highs in the 30s.
Video version of the year in review: https://ericwfmj.com/2016/12/30/weather-for-weather-geeks-2016-review-january-preview/