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January was cool and dry. We had below average temperatures and rainfall with above average sunshine and almost double the average snowfall. The average temperature was 27.7 degrees, 1.3 degrees below normal and 4.1 degrees below January 2013. The maximum temperature was 55.3 degrees on January 6th. A minimum temperature of -1.3 degrees was recorded on the 14th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 36.8 degrees, 0.9 degrees below the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 18.6 degrees, 1.7 degrees below the norm. Daytime high temperatures were above 50 degrees on 3 days. Evening temperatures were 32 degrees or below for all but 4 nights. There were 8 nights with temperatures in the single digits.
February was cold and sunny, with above normal precipitation. The temperatures averaged 28.3 degrees, 2.6 degrees below normal. The maximum temperature was 52.7 degrees on the 21st and a minimum temperature of 4.1 degrees was recorded on the 11th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 36.7 degrees, 2.8 degrees below the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 19.8 degrees, 2.5 degrees above the norm. The monthly average was 2.7 degrees cooler than February 2013. There were six nights with single digit temperatures recorded in February, and all but three nights had temperatures below 32 degrees.
OFFICIAL WINTER SEASON
The official winter in East Wareham (Dec. 2013 - Feb. 2014) was cold, wet and snowy, with below average sunshine. The season temperatures averaged 29.97 degrees, 1.4 degrees below normal and 3.83 degrees cooler then 2013. The low mark was -1.3 degrees on Jan. 14th and the high mark was 58 degrees on Dec. 22nd. The coldest daily high was 23.0 degrees on Jan. 22nd. The total sunshine hours were 45%, 2 points below normal. Both January and February had well above average sunshine while December's sunshine was so low, the average for the season was below normal. Precipitation totaled 12.74 inches, 0.46 inches above average. Snowfall totaled 53.30 inches, 15.7 inches above normal. December actually turned out to be the warmest month with the lowest snowfall and very low sunshine. January was the coldest month with the highest snowfall. February had the highest rainfall and sunshine it also had heavy snowfall, but less than January.
Overall, the month of March had below normal temperatures, sunshine, and snowfall with above-average rainfall. The temperatures averaged 33.6 degrees, 3.4 degrees per day below the average and about 4.0 degrees less than March 2013. Maximum temperature was 61.0 degrees on the 11th and a minimum temperature of 6.0 degrees was recorded on the 1st & 4th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 43.8 degrees, 1.9 degrees below the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 23.4 degrees, 5.0 degrees below the norm and 6.7 degrees below 2013. Winds can be a big factor in March, yet this year we only had 2 days with damaging winds.
Sunshine totaled 47% of the possible sunshine hours, 1 point below the norm. Sunshine data are from the Blue Hill Observatory. Year-to-date sunshine for 2014 is above the normal at this time of year.
Precipitation totaled 5.89 inches. This is 0.54 inches above normal. We had measurable precipitation of 0.10 inches or greater on 5 days. The largest 36-hour rainfall was 4.55 inches on the 29th & 30th. Most of the monthly rainfall came in the last three days of the month. We have received a total of 14.14 inches of rainfall year-to-date, totaling 0.94 inches above average for East Wareham. We had 6 days with measurable snowfall during the month, totaling 5.4 inches, and 0.7 inches below average. The 2013–2014 winter season snowfall recorded in East Wareham is now at 58.8 inches, 22.70 inches above the seasonal average and fifth highest snowfall total for a season in the 64 years of record keeping on snowfall here in East Wareham.
April was warm, dry and sunny this year. The temperature averaged 46.4 degrees, 0.6 degrees above normal. The maximum temperature was 71.0 degrees on the 7th and a minimum temperature of 28.0 degrees was recorded on the 2nd and 10th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 54.7 degrees, 0.2 degrees below the norm. Evening low temperatures averaged 38.0 degrees, 1.2 degrees above the norm.
May was a warm and dry month with below average sunshine. The temperatures for May averaged 57.6 degrees, 1.8 degrees per day above normal. The maximum temperature was 78.8 degrees on the 27th and a minimum temperature of 38.3 degrees was recorded on the 7th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 67.1 degrees, 2.2 degrees above the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 48.2 degrees, 1.2 degrees above the norm.
OFFICIAL SPRING SEASON
The official spring (March-May) had below average temperatures, rainfall and sunshine. Temperatures averaged 45.85 degrees, 0.35 degrees below average; rainfall totaled 12.44 inches, 1.24 inches below average and snowfall totaled 5.5 inches, 2.0 inches below average. Sunshine for the spring average was also below normal, coming in with 48% of possible points. While sunshine during March was slightly below normal, April was slightly above the norm, and March was well below average.
June was warm and dry with average sunshine. The temperature averaged 65.9 degrees, 0.6 degrees above average and 1.5 degrees below 2013. Maximum temperature was 86.9 degrees on the 18th; a minimum temperature of 46.0 degrees was recorded on the 1st. Daytime high temperatures averaged 75.8 degrees, 1.8 degrees above the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 56.1 degrees, 0.6 degrees above the norm.
Sunshine totaled was 67% of the possible sunshine hours. This is well above average for June sunshine and 12% greater than June 2013.
Precipitation totaled 2.15 inches, which is 1.56 inches below normal. June 2014 rainfall was 7.62 inches less then that of June 2013. We had measurable precipitation on 9 days, with 5 of those days having measurable precipitation greater than 0.10 inches. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 0.75 inches on the 14th. We only received 0.08 inches of rain in the last half of the month. Year-to-date rainfall for 2014 now stands at 22.845 inches, 2.40 inches below average and 8.21 inches below the total rainfall at this time in 2013. There was only 1 thunderstorm and 3 days with fog.
The first half of 2014 has been cool and dry. Temperatures have averaged out to be 0.6 degrees below normal for the year. Rainfall has averaged 2.40 inches below normal. Despite the low rainfall, we did receive 51.50 inches of snow, 23.30 inches above the average for the first six months of 2014. Sunshine has also been well above average. Four out of six months had above average sunshine hours.
July's weather had just slightly above average temperatures with well above average rainfall and sunshine. The temperature averaged 71.6 degrees, 0.2 degrees above average and 4.3 degrees cooler than July 2013. This was the coolest July in the past 5 years. Maximum temperature was 84.0 degrees, recorded on the 3rd & 6th, and a minimum temperature of 56.0 degrees was recorded on the 5th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 79.4 degrees, 0.6 degrees below the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 64.7 degrees, 1.8 degrees above the norm.
Sunshine totaled 63% of the possible sunshine hours, 12 points above average and 17 points above the average in July 2013. We had only 6 days with 90% or greater of possible sunshine, while on only 3 days we had less than 10% sunshine. Fog was reported on 3 days this month.
We recorded 8.92 inches of rainfall, which is 5.61 inches above the average for July. This is the highest recorded rainfall for the month of July here in East Wareham. Passing the record held in 2009 of 8.23 inches and 1988's record of 7.20 inches. To start the month, Hurricane Arthur gave us 5.89 inches of rain over a 24-hour period on July 4th and 5th. While the last half of the month was very dry, with only two days recording a total of 0.49 inches of rain. Rainfall was recorded on 7 days, and 6 of these days had measurable precipitation over 0.10 inches. Year-to-date rainfall for 2014 is 31.76 inches, 3.21 inches above the average for East Wareham and 2.38 inches above 2013 rainfall at this time. There were 2 thunderstorms recorded this month
August had well below average temperatures and rainfall, with well above average sunshine. The temperature averaged 68.7 degrees, 1.2 degrees per day below normal and 0.9 degrees cooler than 2013 and 4.4 degrees cooler than 2012. This is the lowest monthly average temperature in August since 1987 (27 years). Maximum temperature was only 82.4 degrees on the 25th and 26st, a minimum temperature of 50.9 degrees was recorded on the 19th and 30th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 77.5 degrees, 1.3 degrees below the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 59.7 degrees, 2.0 degrees below the norm. There were 16 nights with temperatures in the 50's and 15 nights with a low in the 60's.
Sunshine totaled 70% of the possible sunshine hours, which is 12 points above the norm. We had 18 clear days, 8 partly cloudy days, and 5 cloudy days. We had 4 days with heavy morning fog in East Wareham.
Precipitation totaled 2.64 inches, 1.30 inches below normal. We had measurable precipitation on 10 days, and of those 10 days, 5 days had measurable rainfall of 0.10 inches or more. All 5 days of 0.10 or greater rainfall, totaling 2.56 inches, came in the first 2 weeks of the month. We also had hail reported in East Wareham on the 6th. During the last 18 days of the month, we only received 0.08 inches of rain. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 1.09 inches on the 2nd. Year-to-date, 2014 has received 34.40 inches of rain, 1.91 inches above the yearly average for East Wareham and 1.61 inches less than last year at this time. There was only 1 thunderstorm noted during the month of August in East Wareham.
OFFICIAL SUMMER SEASON
The official summer (June, July and August) was cool, wet and sunny. The average temperature was 68.7 degrees, 0.3 degrees below the 30-year average. Total rainfall for the season was 13.71 inches, 2.75 inches above the normal precipitation for this time of year; note that almost half of this rainfall came during Hurricane Arthur, on July 4th and 5th. Sunshine hours totaled 897.47 hours; this is 154.47 hours above the average. All three summer months had well above average sunshine. The summer season was not as warm as 2013 yet there was much more sunshine. We had a maximum temperature of 87.0 degrees recorded on June 18th and a minimum temperature of 46.0 degrees recorded on June 1st. The last 90-degree day was in July of 2013. Rainfall totaled 13.71 inches, 1.02 inches less than the 2013 summer season. We had no official heat wave this season; in fact there were 0 days this summer in the 90's.
2014 CROP FORECAST
New England Agricultural Statistics Service released the United States forecast for the 2014 Cranberry crop. Overall production is predicted to be down 4% in 2014. Although Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington are all predicted to have larger crops this year compared to 2013, Wisconsin is expected to be down by 63,000 barrels, due to berry size and weather conditions, lowering the overall United States percentage.
September was warm with above average sunshine and extremely dry. The temperature averaged 63.9 degrees, 1.0 degree per day above normal. Maximum temperature was 85.1 degrees on the 3rd, 4th and 6th; a minimum temperature of 38.3 degrees was recorded on the 20th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 73.5 degrees, which is 1.5 degrees above the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 54.3 degrees, 0.5 degrees above the norm.
Sunshine totaled 67% of the possible sunshine hours, 11 points above the norm. We also had 3 days with morning fog in East Wareham.
Precipitation totaled 1.52 inches, 2.97 inches below normal and 1.09 inches below last year's September rainfall. September 2014 was the 5th driest September in the past 30 years here in East Wareham. We had measurable rain of 0.10 inches or greater on just 5 days, and 2 days with spotty showers and drizzle with less than 0.10 inches recorded. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 0.72 inches recorded on the 26th, this being almost ½ the total rainfall for the month. There were also no thunderstorms this month. Year-to-date rainfall for 2014 is 35.92 inches, 1.06 inches below average for East Wareham and 2.70 inches below 2013 total rainfall at the same time last year. Even with the large amount of rainfall in July, this extremely dry September has put us back in a deficient for 2014 year-to-date rainfall. We went 30 days from August 13th until September 13th with only 0.53 inches of rain. Only receiving 0.33 inches of rain over the next 12 days, totaling just over ¾ of an inch of rain in 42 days.
Year to date, 2014 has had below normal temperatures and rainfall, with above average sunshine and snowfall.
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