Winter 2014-2015: A Look Back- November 2014

While it’s still possible to get snow into April, winter is essentially over for one more year. For the second year in a row, winter was colder and snowier than normal, so let’s look at the monthly play-by-play as well as the final stats.

November 2014
First, a reminder of November normals.
High: 52.6
Low: 36.1
Mean: 44.4
Precipitation: 3.20″
Snowfall: 0.9″
Snow Depth: 0.0″

November 2014 Average High: 45.7
1878-2014 Ranking: 10th Coldest
Departure from Normal: -6.9

November 2014 Average Low: 30.0
1878-2014 Ranking: 6th Coldest
Departure from Normal: -6.1

November 2014 Mean Temperature: 37.8
1878-2014 Ranking: 7th Coldest
Departure from Normal: -6.6

Coldest November 2014 High: 19 on the 18th
1878-2014 Ranking: 5th Coldest
The 19 recorded on the 18th was the record coldest high ever recorded for the date, beating the previous 1903 record by a full 7 degrees!
Other near record low highs:
33 on the 17th. 3rd coldest daily high for the date.
27 on the 21st. 3rd coldest daily high for the date.

Coldest November 2014 Low: 12 on the 18th.
1878-2014 Ranking: 8th Coldest
The 12 recorded on the 18th was the 2nd coldest low ever recorded for the date.
Other near record lows:
13 on the 19th. 2nd coldest low for the date.
14 on the 21st. 2nd coldest low for the date.

Number of Highs 32 Degrees or Below: 4
1878-2014 Rank: 5th Highest

Number of Lows 32 Degrees or Below: 19
1878-2014 Rank: 4th Highest

November 2014 was clearly very cold historically, coming in as a top 10 coldest ever.

The month overall was rather dry, with just 1.46″ of precipitation, which was 1.74″ below normal. This was the 22nd driest November since 1878.

November 2014 Precipitation Days: 20
1″+ Daily Precipitation Days: 0
0.5″+ Daily Precipitation Days: 0
0.25″+ Daily Precipitation Days: 3

Snowfall, despite the dry month, came in at a bit above normal, at 4.1″. Still, this was the 15th snowiest November on record, as the graph shows.

Greatest November 2014 Daily Snowfall: 3.8″ on the 17th.
1878-2014 Rank: 10th Greatest
The 3.8″ on the 17th was also the 2nd highest total for the date.

Snowfall Days: 9
1″+ Snowfall Days: 1
2.5″+ Snowfall Days: 1
5″+ Snowfall Days: 0

Greatest Daily Snow Depth: 3″ on the 18th and 19th.
Average Monthly Snow Depth: 0.4″

July Precipitation Records 1878-2012

Top 20 Wettest Julys
1. 1992: 12.36
2. 1896: 9.47
3. 1958: 9.46
4. 1979: 8.06
5. 1990: 8.00
6. 1988: 7.80
7. 1969: 7.65
8. 1943: 7.05
9. 1995: 6.99
10. 1897: 6.95
11. 1985: 6.88
12. 1915: 6.85
13. 1989: 6.79
14. 2004: 6.46
15. 1947: 6.34
16. 1928: 6.27
17. 1907: 6.07
18. 1994: 6.03
19. 2010: 6.01
20. 1993: 5.94

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*For this and all other graphs, the 1870s include 1878-1879 only, while the 2010s include 2010-2012 only.

Top 20 Driest Julys
1. 1940: 0.49
2. 1916: 0.66
3. 1933: 0.85
4. 1951: 0.99
5. 1974: 1.14
6. 1901: 1.23
7. 1893: 1.27
8. 1930: 1.28
9. 1887, 1895: 1.45
10. 1914: 1.64
11. 2008: 1.65
12. 1894: 1.74
13. 2005: 1.79
14. 1890, 1936: 1.80
15. 1978: 1.81
16. 1944: 1.99
17. 1975: 2.04
18. 1903: 2.05
19. 1991: 1.14
20. 1884: 2.16

Top 20 Largest Daily Rainfalls
1. 7/13/1992: 5.13
2. 7/11/1897: 3.76
3. 7/15/1947: 3.39
4. 7/23/2002: 3.06
5. 7/24/1896: 3.01
6. 7/1/1993: 2.89
7. 7/20/1988: 2.85
8. 7/30/1886: 2.84
9. 7/6/1955: 2.67
10. 7/10/1979: 2.61
11. 7/27/1926: 2.49
12. 7/7/1943: 2.40
13. 7/17/1931: 2.39
14. 7/14/1985: 2.38
15. 7/31/2004: 2.36
16. 7/10/1880: 2.34
17. 7/1/1987: 2.32
18. 7/12/1990, 7/26/1995: 2.31
19. 7/24/1971: 2.28
20. 7/18/1953: 2.26

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Top 5 Julys with Most Days with Precipitation
1. 1888: 28
2. 1896: 22
3. 1915: 21
4. 1906, 1907, 1961, 1992: 19
5. 1898, 1912, 1928, 1935, 1942, 2003: 18

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Top 4 Julys with Most Days with 1″ or More Precipitation Days
1. 1969, 1979: 4
2. 1881, 1935, 1958, 1992: 3
3. Many: 2
4. Many: 1

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Top 3 Julys with Most 0.50″ or More Precipitation Days
1. 1919: 7
2. 1915, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 2011: 6
3. Many: 5

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Top 5 Julys with Most 0.25″ or More Precipitation Days
1. 1896, 1915, 1992: 11
2. 1906, 1950: 10
3. 1907, 1961, 1988, 1989: 9
4. 1932, 1942, 1958, 1985, 1990, 2006: 8
5. 1899, 1919, 1920, 1948, 1956, 1979, 2011: 7

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June Precipitation Records: 1879-2012

Top 20 Wettest Junes
1. 2008: 10.39
2. 1958: 9.74
3. 1973: 8.77
4. 1902: 8.52
5. 1969: 8.19
6. 1949: 7.75
7. 1946: 7.25
8. 1998: 6.99
9. 1928: 6.94
10. 1937: 6.71
11. 1989: 6.36
12. 1901: 6.31
13. 1917: 6.29
14. 1941: 6.20
15. 1997: 6.19
16. 1939: 6.06
17. 1882: 6.01
18. 1981: 5.73
19. 1964: 5.71
20. 1970: 5.65

Top 20 Driest Junes
1. 1999: 0.65
2. 1984: 0.71
3. 1926: 0.96
4. 1894: 1.12
5. 1918, 1930, 1963: 1.25
6. 1899: 1.26
7. 1966: 1.28
8. 1988: 1.34
9. 1985: 1.41
10. 1906: 1.44
11. 1912: 1.48
12. 1959: 1.55
13. 1913: 1.56
14. 1888: 1.62
15. 1898: 1.63
16. 1925: 1.67
17. 1933: 1.71
18. 1919: 1.76
19. 1953: 1.79
20. 1994: 1.90

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*1870s include 1879 only, while the 2010s include 2010-2012.

Top 20 Largest Daily Rainfalls
1. 6/27/1932: 2.90
2. 6/11/2004: 2.89
3. 6/13/2003: 2.71
4. 6/3/1941: 2.66
5. 6/13/1981: 2.55
6. 6/28/1902, 6/10/1986: 2.50
7. 6/21/1885, 6/14/1964: 2.49
8. 6/26/2008: 2.31
9. 6/23/1901: 2.30
10. 6/25/1882: 2.26
11. 6/13/1958: 2.23
12. 6/8/1924: 2.13
13. 6/14/1990: 2.12
14. 6/2/1980: 2.09
15. 6/25/1937: 2.06
15. 6/9/1972: 1.98
16. 6/14/1970, 6/19/1973: 1.94
17. 6/19/1983: 1.88
18. 6/27/1946, 6/24/1969: 1.83
19. 6/12/2000: 1.76
20. 6/13/1881: 1.75

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February 2010 Snowstorms x4 Part #2




February 2010’s second snowstorm came just 3 days after the major event on the 5th-6th. This second low pressure system tracked from Louisville, Kentucky and then up along I-71 to Cleveland. Even though the track was through the heart of the state, the majority of the precipitation in most areas was snowfall. This storm followed so closely on the heels of the February 5th storm that the cold air it had brought down was still in place on the 9th. This allowed for snow despite the far north track.

Snow began in Columbus in the early morning hours of the 5th and continued into the 6th. Snowfall rates reached their peak in the late morning hours of the 5th, falling at 1/2″ per hour at times, but never quite reached the intensities of Storm #1. While some parts of the state had 7-8″, the Columbus area had 5-6″, about half of what it got in Storm #1. Still, cleanup from the first storm was still ongoing, and this latest snowfall severely complicated the process. Traffic and airport delays were common, and many schools were cancelled. Snow depths in Franklin County reached 10-16″ after the storm.

For a look at February 2010’s first storm, go here: February 5-6, 2010
For more February weather records, go here: February Weather
For more general weather records, go here: Columbus All-Time Weather