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Spring (March-May) temperature, precipitation, and snowfall rankings for Evansville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, South Bend, and the state of Indiana.

 

State of Indiana (temperature and precipitation records since 1895)

 

 

Evansville (temperature and precipitation records since 1897, snowfall since 1898)

 

 

Fort Wayne (temperature, precipitation, and snowfall records since 1897)

 

 

Indianapolis (temperature and precipitation records since 1871, snowfall since 1884)

 

 

South Bend (temperature, precipitation, and snowfall records since 1894)

 

 

 

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As posted in the winter stats thread, March 2014 was the 6th coldest and 7th snowiest on record for Fort Wayne. 

 

Coldest March

1) 24.3º in 1960

2) 28.5º in 1984

3) 28.7º in 1912

4) 29.3º in 1965

5) 29.8º in 1932

6) 30.3º in 2014

7) 30.5º in 1926

7) 30.5º in 1906

9) 30.8º in 1900

10) 30.9º in 1978

 

Snowiest March

1) 27.0" in 1899

2) 21.3" in 1912

3) 19.5" in 1964

4) 18.5" in 1906

5) 18.1" in 2013

6) 13.3" in 1984

7) 13.2" in 2014

8) 12.6" in 1913

9) 12.5" in 1973

10) 11.7" in 1965

 

It was the 10th coldest March on record for South Bend (since 1894).

 

Coldest March

1) 23.7º in 1960

2) 23.9º in 1912

3) 28.4º in 1906

4) 28.7º in 1965

5) 28.8º in 1932

5) 28.8º in 1926

7) 29.2º in 1900

8) 29.7º in 1947

9) 29.9º in 1984

10) 30.0º in 2014

 

For Indianapolis, it was the 20th coldest March on record...and for Evansville, it was the 23rd coldest.

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I can't believe that 1977 was warmer than 2012 at South Bend.

 

March-April-May 1977: 44.1...55.4...68.6

March-April-May 2012: 52.8...49.5...64.7

 

April 1977 is the 2nd warmest on record for South Bend, and May 1977 is the warmest.

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March temperature, precipitation, and snowfall rankings for Evansville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, and South Bend.

 

 

 

 

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Still no 70º temperature for Indianapolis in 2014. Looks like this upcoming Thursday is the next best shot. If it happens, it would be the 10th latest date for the first 70º temp of the calendar year in recorded history (since 1872). Last year on April 6 is tied for the 17th latest 70º temp.

 

1) April 25, 1984

2) April 21, 1902

2) April 21, 1897

4) April 18, 1980

5) April 17, 1881

6) April 16, 1914

7) April 15, 1958

8) April 13, 1937

8) April 13, 1924

10) April 9, 1891

11) April 8, 1970

11) April 8, 1941

11) April 8, 1931

14) April 7, 2008

14) April 7, 1923

14) April 7, 1872

17) April 6, 2013

17) April 6, 1965

17) April 6, 1900

20) April 5, 2001

20) April 5, 1947

20) April 5, 1915

20) April 5, 1909

20) April 5, 1885

 

Longterm median date of the first 70º temperature is March 18.

 

The earliest 70º temp of the year for Indianapolis is January 11, 1890 (70º that day).

 

Bonus: February 20, 2014 was the 41st latest date for the first 60º temperature of the year (out of 143 years). Median first 60º temp is February 3.

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First 60º, 70º, 80º, and 90º days of the year for Indianapolis. Period of record 1872-2014.

 

First 60º Day

Median date: February 3

Earliest: January 1, 1876/1916/1952/1985

Latest: March 31, 1885

 

First 70º Day

Median date: March 18

Earliest: January 11, 1890

Latest: April 25, 1984

 

First 80º Day

Median date: April 21

Earliest: March 8, 1974

Latest: June 5, 1983

 

First 90º Day

Median date: June 14

Earliest: April 24, 1925

Latest: September 1, 1960*

* 2004 had no 90º days

 

Years that had all four thresholds achieved before the median date: 9 times (1880, 1894, 1946, 1954, 1967, 1972, 1985, 2002, and 2012)

 

Years that had all four thresholds achieved after the median date: 10 times (1872, 1881, 1884, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1923, 1961, 1980, and 1993)

 

Year-by-year listing here: http://765weather.blogspot.com/2014/04/indianapolis-first-60708090-occurrences.html 

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April off to a wet start in Indiana. Here's the precipitation totals/departures to date for the airport sites, through 4/7.

 

Bloomington (BMG): 4.69" +3.63"

Evansville (EVV): 6.97" +6.04"

Fort Wayne (FWA): 2.81" +1.98"

Indianapolis (IND): 3.33" +2.49"

Indianapolis Eagle Creek (EYE): 3.49" +2.67"

Lafayette (LAF): 3.36" +2.65"

Muncie (MIE): 3.71" +2.87"

Shelbyville (GEZ): 3.49" +2.67"

South Bend (SBN): 1.26" +0.57"

Terre Haute (HUF): 3.99" +3.32"

 

BMG, EVV, and MIE have already surpassed their normal precipitation totals for April.

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April 2014 already the 10th wettest April on record for Evansville (since 1897).

 

1) 11.83" in 1996

2) 11.77" in 2011

3) 10.26" in 1983

4) 9.39" in 1911

5) 8.58" in 2002

6) 8.50" in 1998

7) 7.99" in 1955

8) 7.74" in 1970

9) 7.02" in 1912

10) 6.97" in 2014 thru 4/7

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My April 15-17, 1961 winter storm write up for Indiana: http://765weather.blogspot.com/2014/04/indiana-april-15-17-1961-snowstorm.html

 

Some of the bigger snowfall totals from the storm (local COOPs and airports):

La Porte: 11.4"

Michigan City: 10.5"

South Bend (SBN): 10.4"

Valparaiso Waterworks: 9.3"

Goshen: 8.8"

Plymouth Power Substation: 8.5"

Rensselaer: 8.3"

Winamac 2 SSE: 8.0"

Elkhart: 7.8"

Angola: 7.4"

Huntington: 7.2"

Kentland: 7.0"

Delphi: 6.6"

 

Track and evolution of the storm in six hour increments, from 12z April 15 to 12z April 17.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We'll see if IND can pull off some measurable snow tonight/overnight.

 

Here's all of the snowfall events (0.1" or greater), April 14 and later, in the recorded history of Indianapolis (since 1884).

 

April 18, 1887: 1.1"

April 14-15, 1893: 2.7" (1.5, 1.2)

April 21, 1893: 0.2"

May 2, 1897: 2.4"

April 18, 1901: 1.2"

April 21, 1901: 0.7"

April 19, 1910: 0.2"

April 24, 1910: 0.1"

April 17, 1921: 0.1"

May 8-9, 1923: 1.2" (0.3, 0.9)

April 26, 1926: 0.2"

April 22, 1927: 0.1"

May 2, 1929: 0.2"

April 16, 1951: 0.1"

April 17-18, 1953: 3.1" (2.5, 0.6)

April 15-17, 1961: 2.7" (0.3, 1.3, 1.1)

April 14-15, 1980: 0.7" (0.4, 0.3)

May 6, 1989: 0.2"

April 16, 2001: 0.2"

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Indy's record low max for April 15 is 40. The Area Forecast Matrix (AFM) product for Indianapolis is calling for a high of 40!

 

Yep, got a chance.

 

Top 5 lowest maximum temperatures for Indianapolis on April 15 (since 1872)

 

40º in 1928

42º in 1962

42º in 1905

43º in 1986

43º in 1983 

 

In all, only 16 of 142 April 15th's have had a sub 50º max temperature.

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If IND can manage a sub 40º max temp today, it would be 11th latest occurrence on record.

 

April 22, 1893: 39º

April 21, 1901: 39º

April 20, 1914: 38º

April 19, 1953: 38º

April 18, 1983: 39º

April 17, 1961: 38º

April 17, 1875: 26º

April 16, 1951: 38º

April 16, 1961: 36º

April 16, 1875: 38º

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FWA had 70º for a high (at 12:58AM) and 1.1" of snow yesterday. 

 

That's the only time for Fort Wayne, since 1911, that has happened...measurable snow on a day that hit 70º. 

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An intrahour 40 would blow.

 

 

I'd bet against it at this point considering the latest hourly was 35.  Hopefully temps don't rise a lot.

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I'd bet against it at this point considering the latest hourly was 35.  Hopefully temps don't rise a lot.

 

No rise on the hourly temp, another 35º at 5:54pm.

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Currently the 7th wettest April on record for Evansville.

 

1) 11.83" in 1996

2) 11.77" in 2011

3) 10.26" in 1983

4) 9.39" in 1911

5) 8.58" in 2002

6) 8.50" in 1998

7) 8.03" in 2014 thru 4/15

8) 7.99" in 1955

9) 7.74" in 1970

10) 7.02" in 1912

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000

SXUS73 KIND 160045

RERIND

RECORD EVENT REPORT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN

845 PM EST TUE APRIL 15 2014

...RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE SET AT INDIANAPOLIS IN...

TODAY/S HIGH TEMPERATURE AT THE INDIANAPOLIS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

WAS 38 DEGREES. THIS READING IS TWO DEGREES BELOW THE RECORD LOW

MAXIMUM OF 40 SET IN 1928.

$$

BHH

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Fort Wayne set a low max temp record yesterday...Evansville and South Bend tied theirs. Typo in the SBN text BTW.

 

EVANSVILLE: APRIL 15º LOW MAX TEMP RECORD OF 45º, TIES 1928.

 

RECORD EVENT REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
823 PM EDT TUE APR 15 2014

...RECORD DAILY COLD HIGH TEMPERATURE SET AT FORT WAYNE...

A RECORD COLD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 36 DEGREES WAS SET AT FORT WAYNE
TODAY. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 37 DEGREES SET IN 1928.

 

RECORD EVENT REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
826 PM EDT TUE APR 15 2014

...RECORD DAILY COLD HIGH TEMPERATURE TIED AT SOUTH BEND...

A RECORD COLD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 35 DEGREES WAS SET AT FORT WAYNE
TODAY. THIS TIES THE OLD RECORD OF 35 DEGREES SET IN 1907.

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Currently the 3rd wettest April on record for Evansville, 2014 total through 8:00AM CT today. More rain on the way for today and tomorrow, so they may have a shot at #1.


 


1) 11.83" in 1996


2) 11.77" in 2011


3) 10.32" in 2014


4) 10.26" in 1983


5) 9.39" in 1911


6) 8.58" in 2002


7) 8.50" in 1998


8) 7.99" in 1955


9) 7.74" in 1970


10) 7.02" in 1912


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A warm second half of April will push the average temperature departure into positive numbers for IND. And thus, statistically, this will be the first above normal/positive departure month for Indianapolis since September 2013. Of course we'd usually call Oct '13 and Apr '14 near normal, but we're using technicalities here.

 

September 2013: 69.5º +2.6º

October 2013: 54.6º -0.4º

November 2013: 39.2º -4.4º

December 2013: 29.9º -1.7º

January 2014: 20.1º -8.0º

February 2014: 22.3º -9.8º

March 2014: 35.7º -6.5º

April 2014: 53.2º +0.2º

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Looks like this April will finish as the 3rd wettest on record for Evansville.

 

1) 11.83" in 1996

2) 11.77" in 2011

3) 10.97" in 2014

4) 10.26" in 1983

5) 9.39" in 1911

 

13.82" for March-April at EVV is the 11th wettest such period on record.

 

1) 17.69" in 1964

2) 17.41" in 2008

3) 17.11" in 2011

4) 17.02" in 1996

5) 16.85" in 1897

6) 16.66" in 1945

7) 14.78" in 2002

8) 14.62" in 1927

9) 14.59" in 1983

10) 14.04" in 1970

11) 13.82" in 2014

12) 13.80" in 1975

13) 13.07" in 1943

14) 12.88" in 1898

15) 12.80" in 2006

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April 2014 statistics

 

Evansville

Average temperature: 58.0º +1.9º

Precipitation: 10.97" +6.60"

Snowfall: 0.0" -0.1"

 

Fort Wayne

Average temperature: 49.8º -0.2º

Precipitation: 3.99" +0.47"

Snowfall: 1.1" +0.1"

 

Indianapolis

Average temperature: 53.0º 0.0º

Precipitation: 5.39" +1.58"

Snowfall: 0.3" +0.1"

 

South Bend

Average temperature: 49.2º +0.2º

Precipitation: 2.35" -0.88"

Snowfall: 1.1" -0.3"

 

April temperature, precipitation, and snowfall historical rankings.

 

 

 

 

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This year's first 70º temperature of the year was the 10th latest on record for Indianapolis (records since 1872). There still hasn't been an 80º reading at IND in 2014, but it looks like the middle or so of next week offers a good chance. No top 10 like the 70º threshold, but it may be worthy of a top 20 latest ranking.

 

Latest first 80º temperature of the calendar year for Indianapolis.

 

1) June 5, 1983

2) May 23, 1920

3) May 22, 1890

4) May 18, 1975

5) May 16, 1885

6) May 15, 1876

7) May 14, 1908

8) May 13, 1961

9) May 12, 1947

10) May 11, 1991

11) May 10, 1944

12) May 9, 1996

12) May 9, 1995

12) May 9, 1973

12) May 9, 1922

12) May 9, 1911

12) May 9, 1903

18) May 8, 1874

19) May 7, 1993

19) May 7, 1904

19) May 7, 1881

19) May 7, 1875

19) May 7, 1874

24) May 6, 1916

25) May 5, 2000

25) May 5, 1943

25) May 5, 1909

 

First 80º Day

Median date: April 21

Earliest: March 8, 1974

Latest: June 5, 1983

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Similar March-April temperatures to 2014 for Indianapolis.

 

Year: Mar...Apr...Mar-Apr

2014: 35.7...53.0...44.2

 

1877: 34.7...52.9...43.7

1900: 35.1...52.9...43.8

2013: 35.5...52.5...43.9

1958: 35.9...52.1...43.9

1888: 35.9...53.0...44.3

1924: 35.6...53.5...44.4

1931: 36.5...52.7...44.5

1969: 35.6...54.0...44.7

1890: 36.1...53.7...44.7

1883: 36.0...53.6...44.7

 

Following May average temperatures.

1877: 60.1

1883: 60.7

1888: 60.8

1890: 61.6

1900: 65.6

1924: 55.9

1931: 59.4

1958: 61.3

1969: 63.4

2013: 65.4

 

Longterm May mean average temperature: 62.8

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