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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.
2014 CROP FORECAST
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