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Indiana Winter Statistics 2013-14 Edition

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Just going to dump a bunch of winter statistics about Indiana in this thread.

 

First up, snowiest starts to a season for Indianapolis. 2013 ranks as the 14th best start on record for all years/seasons through December 16 (1884-present).

 

All years that had at least 6.0" total snowfall, through December 16. 

 

1977....16.3"

1989....14.0"

1932....12.5"

1899....11.4"

2005....11.2"

1966....10.7"

2010....10.7"

1996....10.6"

2007....10.5"

1917....9.5"

1898....9.3"

1942....9.1"

1950....9.0"

2013....8.9"

1884....8.1"

1914....7.5"

2000....7.1"

1886....6.8"

1951....6.7"

1967....6.7"

1974....6.5"

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Seems appropriate right now.

 

Highest two-day precipitation totals in December for Indianapolis. Only 2.00" or more listed. Records since 1871.

 

3.48" on December 2-3, 1873

2.96" on December 29-30, 1990

2.77" on December 26-27, 1904

2.65" on December 14-15, 1971

2.61" on December 10-11, 1985

2.57" on December 8-9, 1966****

2.56" on December 17-18, 1957***

2.52" on December 17-18, 1924**

2.45" on December 16-17, 1937

2.40" on December 21-22, 1881*

2.39" on December 27-28, 1884

2.38" on December 13-14, 1901

2.34" on December 7-8, 1966****

2.31" on December 18-19, 1995

2.25" on December 18-19, 1957***

2.20" on December 18-19, 1924**

2.12" on December 10-11, 1931

2.08" on December 12-13, 1881*

2.07" on December 21-22, 1981

2.05" on December 27-28, 1874

2.03" on December 13-14, 1881

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What's with all the asterisks on some of them?

 

Yeah, kinda confusing I guess. It was to trying to indicate two day totals from two different amounts/dates in a three day period, such as the one below...

 

December 7, 1966: 0.76"

December 8, 1966: 1.58"

Total: 2.34"

 

December 8, 1966: 1.58"

December 9, 1966: 0.99"

Total: 2.57"

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Before the torch and biblical rains move in...December statistics (through 12/18) for all Indiana sites. 

 

Evansville

Avg temp: 33.7º -3.3º

Total precip: 2.69" +0.42"

Total snowfall: 7.2"

 

Fort Wayne

Avg temp: 25.6º -5.3º

Total precip: 0.86" -0.77"

Total snowfall: 8.5"

 

Indianapolis

Avg temp: 28.1º -5.2º

Total precip: 1.01" -0.81"

Total snowfall: 8.8"

 

South Bend

Avg temp: 24.9º -5.6º

Total precip: 0.87" -0.69"

Total snowfall: 6.7"

 

 

Bloomington

Avg temp: 29.2º -4.4º

Total precip: 1.39" -0.42"

 

Goshen

Avg temp: 25.6º -4.2º

Total precip: 0.12" -1.21"

 

Indianapolis Eagle Creek

Avg temp: 28.1º -5.4º

Total precip: 0.71" -0.75"

 

Lafayette

Avg temp: 26.1º -6.2º

Total precip: 0.70" -0.85"

 

Muncie

Avg temp: 27.3º -5.1º

Total precip: 0.66" -1.04"

 

North Webster - IWX

Avg temp: 24.8º -5.7º

Total precip: 0.96" -0.72"

Total snowfall: 9.7"

 

Shelbyville

Avg temp: 29.3º -4.2º

Total precip: 1.30" -0.51"

 

Terre Haute

Avg temp: 28.0º -5.3º

Total precip: 0.74" -0.76"

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Seems appropriate right now.

 

Highest two-day precipitation totals in December for Indianapolis. Only 2.00" or more listed. Records since 1871.

 

3.48" on December 2-3, 1873

2.96" on December 29-30, 1990

2.77" on December 26-27, 1904

2.65" on December 14-15, 1971

2.61" on December 10-11, 1985

2.57" on December 8-9, 1966****

2.56" on December 17-18, 1957***

2.52" on December 17-18, 1924**

2.45" on December 16-17, 1937

2.40" on December 21-22, 1881*

2.39" on December 27-28, 1884

2.38" on December 13-14, 1901

2.34" on December 7-8, 1966****

2.31" on December 18-19, 1995

2.25" on December 18-19, 1957***

2.20" on December 18-19, 1924**

2.12" on December 10-11, 1931

2.08" on December 12-13, 1881*

2.07" on December 21-22, 1981

2.05" on December 27-28, 1874

2.03" on December 13-14, 1881

 

0.82" at IND yesterday, which broke the daily record for the date.

 

Looks like around 0.75" so far today, through 8:00 AM.

 

So...up to 1.57" for the two day total thus far. Need 1.92" more... 

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Tim, if you ever manage to write a book about Indiana weather history, I'll buy it. Just sayin' :)

 

lol, thanks. 14 people would actually buy it...but I'd give you a free copy. :D

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Approaching 2.00", two day total for IND.

 

December 20: 0.82"

December 21: 1.08" (thru 11:00 AM)

 

Total: 1.90" (thru 11:00 AM)

 

Top 5 listing

3.48" on December 2-3, 1873

2.96" on December 29-30, 1990

2.77" on December 26-27, 1904

2.65" on December 14-15, 1971

2.61" on December 10-11, 1985

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Updated through 10:00 pm. Getting closer...


 


Third highest December two-day precipitation total on record for Indianapolis, at the moment.


 


3.48" on December 2-3, 1873


3.20" on December 20-21, 2013 (thru 10:00 pm)


2.96" on December 29-30, 1990


2.77" on December 26-27, 1904


2.65" on December 14-15, 1971


2.61" on December 10-11, 1985


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December 50º+ occurrences by date for Indianapolis...1871-2013.

 

December 26 is not your day, if you want the best chance for 50º+ in Indy.

 

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To go along with the warm ones above, here's the 29º max temp or lower occurrences by day in December for Indianapolis. Period of record is 1871-2013.

 

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Some cold weather daily records for Indianapolis (1871 to present).

 

-20 or lower minimum temperatures

-27 on January 19, 1994

-25 on January 5, 1884

-23 on December 22, 1989

-22 on January 3, 1879

-22 on January 20, 1985

-22 on January 18, 1994

-21 on February 10, 1982

-21 on January 21, 1984

-21 on December 21, 1989

-20 on January 6, 1884

-20 on January 16, 1972

-20 on January 16, 1977

-20 on January 17, 1977

 

-1 or lower maximum temperatures

-11 on January 20, 1985

-8 on January 5, 1884

-7 on February 2, 1899

-7 on December 24, 1983

-6 on January 15, 1972

-6 on January 10, 1982

-4 on January 18, 1994

-4 on January 10, 1886

-4 on December 25, 1983

-4 on January 25, 1897

-3 on January 12, 1918

-3 on January 8, 1970

-2 on December 12, 1880

-1 on December 22, 1989

-1 on January 16, 1977

-1 on February 8, 1895

 

-10 or lower mean temperatures

-16.5 on January 5, 1884

-16.5 on January 20, 1985

-13.0 on January 19, 1994

-13.0 on January 18, 1994

-12.5 on February 9, 1899

-12.0 on December 22, 1989

-12.0 on December 24, 1983

-11.5 on January 15, 1972

-11.0 on January 12, 1918

-11.0 on January 10, 1982

-10.5 on January 3, 1879

-10.5 on January 16, 1977

-10.0 on January 17, 1977 

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December 2013 Statistics

 

Evansville

Mean temperature: 35.0º -0.6º

Total precipitation: 7.33" +3.57"

Total snowfall: 7.2" +4.0"

 

Fort Wayne

Mean temperature: 27.4º -1.7º

Total precipitation: 2.86" +0.09"

Total snowfall: 9.9" +1.4"

 

Indianapolis

Mean temperature: 30.0º -1.6º

Total precipitation: 4.44" +1.27"

Total snowfall: 8.8" +1.9"

 

South Bend

Mean temperature: 26.1º -2.7º

Total precipitation: 2.33" -0.28"

Total snowfall: M

 

 

Bloomington

Mean temperature: 32.3º +0.1º

Total precipitation: 6.74" +3.20"

 

Goshen

Mean temperature: 26.9º -1.1º

Total precipitation: 1.74" -0.47"

 

Indianapolis Eagle Creek

Mean temperature: 30.0º -1.7º

Total precipitation: 3.50" +0.42"

 

Lafayette

Mean temperature: 27.3º -3.1º

Total precipitation: 2.58" +0.07"

 

Muncie

Mean temperature: 29.6º -1.1º

Total precipitation: 4.66" +1.78"

 

North Webster - IWX

Mean temperature: 26.0º -2.5º

Total precipitation: 3.14" +0.34"

Total snowfall: 13.2"

 

Shelbyville

Mean temperature: 32.1º +0.3º

Total precipitation: 5.88" +2.61"

 

Terre Haute

Mean temperature: 29.8º -1.8º

Total precipitation: 3.65" +0.60"

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Storm total of 6.0" for IND. That brings the season total to 14.9". That is 0.4" behind the pace of last winter through Jan 2, believe it or not. Of course despite the overall torch last December, Indy piled up 14.8" in the last 12 days of that month. 

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Today is the second highest calendar day snowfall in the recorded history of Indianapolis...so far.

 

10.0" or more snowfall in a calendar day for Indianapolis (1884-2014)

12.1" on March 19, 1906

10.5" on January 5, 2014 (thru 7:00pm)

10.3" on January 15, 1965

10.3" on January 26, 1978

10.0" on December 30, 1895

10.0" on February 16, 1910

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Only five days into the month, and 2014 is already tied for the 11th snowiest January on record for Indianapolis.

 

Highest monthly snowfall total in January for Indianapolis.

1) 30.6" in 1978

2) 25.2' in 1996

3) 22.0" in 1918

4) 21.8" in 1982

5) 20.9" in 1977

6) 20.0" in 1895

7) 19.1" in 1979

8) 18.3" in 1999

9) 17.6" in 1915

10) 17.0" in 1968

11) 16.6" in 2014 (thru 7:00 pm)

12) 16.0" in 2009

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Updated below. Also, this storm has now put IND over their normal season snowfall total of 25.9" (26.1" for 2013-14).

 

10.0" or more snowfall in a calendar day for Indianapolis (1884-2014)

12.1" on March 19, 1906

11.4" on January 5, 2014

10.3" on January 15, 1965

10.3" on January 26, 1978

10.0" on December 30, 1895

10.0" on February 16, 1910

 

Highest monthly snowfall total in January for Indianapolis (1885-2014).

1) 30.6" in 1978

2) 25.2' in 1996

3) 22.0" in 1918

4) 21.8" in 1982

5) 20.9" in 1977

6) 20.0" in 1895

7) 19.1" in 1979

8) 18.3" in 1999

9) 17.6" in 1915

10) 17.5" in 2014

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Largest snowstorm amounts/totals on record for Indianapolis (1884 to present).

 

1) 16.1" on Feb 16-17, 1910

2) 15.5" on Jan 25-27, 1978

3) 13.2" on Feb 27-29, 1984

4) 13.0" on Dec 18-20, 1973

5) 12.8" on Jan 2-4, 1996

6) 12.5" on Feb 24-25, 1965 and Jan 26-28, 2009

7) 12.3" on Mar 9-10, 1906

8) 11.8" on Dec 28-30, 1973 and Mar 19-20, 1996

9) 11.5" on Jan 14-16, 1965

10) 11.4" on Jan 5, 2014 

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Most season snowfall to date, through January 5, for Indianapolis...in recorded history.

 

1) 28.0" in 1973-74

2) 26.4" in 2013-14

3) 26.0" in 1995-96 

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Top 3 low minimum and maximum temperatures for January 7 for Indianapolis.

 

Low min temp records for Jan 7

-17º in 1970

-16º in 1912

-8º in 1968

 

Low max temp records for Jan 7

0º in 1970

3º in 1912

4º in 1942

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Dec 2013-Jan 2014 is currently 9th snowiest on record for Indianapolis, for all Dec-Jan periods.

 

2013-14 is currently the 22nd snowiest meteorological winter (DJF) on record for Indianapolis.

 

I'm not seeing any additional real snow in the next week or two, outside a few very minor snowfalls. Hopefully Feb will deliver and take this met winter into the top 10. Just 5.4" away from a tie for 10th...

 

Full list of the above things...and a 3/6/10"+ snowstorm list here: http://765weather.blogspot.com/2014/01/indianapolis-winter-snowfall-statistics.html 

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January thaw for Indianapolis? Yep, every single year, sometimes exceptionally so. Well, except for January 1977...the only month to never record a temperature higher than 32º (technically, 31º was the highest that month).

 

Every year's 40º+, 50º+, and 60º+ days for Indianapolis in January, via the link below.

 

http://765weather.blogspot.com/2014/01/40-or-higher-temperatures-in-january.html

 

Decade and 30 year normals for Indianapolis: mean maximum temperatures, mean high max temperatures, and average number of 40º+, 50º+, and 60º+ days.

 

Longterm records: 1872-2013. City records: 1872-1942. Airport records: 1943-2013.

 

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2.4" for IND today, through 7:00pm. That makes 20.6" for the month, which is good for the 6th snowiest January on record (since 1885). 

 

1) 30.6" in 1978

2) 25.2' in 1996

3) 22.0" in 1918

4) 21.8" in 1982

5) 20.9" in 1977

6) 20.6" in 2014

7) 20.0" in 1895

8) 19.1" in 1979

9) 18.3" in 1999

10) 17.6" in 1915

 

Met winter snowfall total is now 29.4". Currently, the 17th snowiest DJF on record (since 1884-85). 

 

1) 51.0" in 1981-82

2) 49.7" in 1977-78

3) 46.9" in 2002-03

4) 39.3" in 1973-74

5) 37.8" in 1995-96

5) 37.8" in 1978-79

7) 35.9" in 2010-11

8) 33.0" in 2009-10

9) 32.6" in 1983-84

10) 32.4" in 1892-93

11) 32.3" in 1909-10

12) 32.2" in 1917-18

13) 30.6" in 1996-97

14) 30.1" in 1913-14

15) 29.9" in 1969-70

16) 29.7" in 1963-64

17) 29.4" in 2013-14

18) 29.1" in 1914-15

19) 28.6" in 1964-65

20) 27.8" in 1895-96

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