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January was warm and dry. We had above average temperatures and sunshine, with below average rainfall and snowfall. The average temperature was 31.8 degrees, 2.8 degrees above normal and 3.2 degrees below January 2012. The maximum temperature was 57.0 degrees on January 14th. A minimum temperature of 5.0 degrees was recorded on the 24th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 39.3 degrees, 1.6 degrees above the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 23.1 degrees, 2.8 degrees above the norm. Daytime high temperatures were above 50 degrees on 4 days. Evening temperatures were 32 degrees or below for all but 6 nights. There were 4 nights with temperatures in the single digits.
OFFICIAL WINTER SEASON
The official winter in East Wareham (Dec. 2012 - Feb. 2013) was warm, wet and snowy, with well below average sunshine. The season temperatures averaged 33.80 degrees, 2.4 degrees above normal. The low mark was 5.0 degrees on Jan. 24th and the high mark was 68 degrees on Dec. 3rd. The coldest daily high was 18.0 degrees on Jan. 23rd. Sunshine was 44%, 3 points below normal. Precipitation totaled 14.57 inches, 2.29 inches above average. Snowfall totaled 31.60 inches, 4.0 inches above normal. Precipitation and snowfall for the 2012 – 2013 winter season was almost double last year's season. December actually turned out to be the warmest month with the most rainfall and the lowest snowfall. January had the least amount of rainfall and the most sunshine hours. February was the coldest and snowiest of the season.
March started out like a tamed lion for the first week. Overall, the month had near normal temperatures and rainfall with below-average sunshine and well above normal snowfall. The temperatures averaged 37.4 degrees, 0.4 degrees per day above the average. Maximum temperature was 56.0 degrees on the 3rd, far below the 73.0 degrees in 2012 and a minimum temperature of 20.0 degrees was recorded on the 18h. Daytime high temperatures averaged 44.7 degrees, 1.3 degrees below the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 30.1 degrees, 1.6 degrees above the norm. Winds can be a big factor in March, yet this year we only had 2 days with damaging winds during the 3-day Nor'easter on March 6th, 7th, and 8th.
April was warm, dry and sunny this year. The temperature averaged 47.0 degrees, 1.2 degrees above normal. The maximum temperature was 68.0 degrees on the 30th and a minimum temperature of 27.0 degrees was recorded on the 7th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 56.0 degrees, 1.1 degrees above the norm. Evening low temperatures averaged 38.0 degrees, 1.2 degrees above the norm.
May was a very sunny, warm and wet month with above average temperatures, rainfall and sunshine. The temperatures for May averaged 57.6 degrees, 2.4 degrees less than May 2013, yet May 2013 was still 1.8 degrees per day above normal. The maximum temperature was 84.2 degrees on the 31st and a minimum temperature of 36.5 degrees was recorded on the 5th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 67.2 degrees, 2.3 degrees above the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 48.0 degrees, 1.4 degrees above the norm.
Sunshine totaled 55% of the possible sunshine hours, 3 points above the norm and 15% more than May 2012. There were 12 days with 90% or better sunshine and 17 days with no sunshine at all. There were 5 days with fog in East Wareham.
Precipitation totaled 5.49 inches, 1.77 inches above the average rainfall for May in East Wareham. There were 11 days with measurable precipitation. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 1.64 inches on the 11th. Our total year-to-date rainfall is 21.28 inches, 0.32 inches below the average in East Wareham. This year total rainfall is 6.52 inches above the year-to-date total at this time in 2012.
OFFICIAL SPRING SEASON
The official spring (March-May) was warm and sunny with about average rainfall. Temperatures averaged 47.33 degrees, 1.1 degrees above average; rainfall totaled 13.72 inches, 0.04 inches above average and snowfall totaled 17.0 inches, 9.50 inches above average. All snowfall accrued in March. Sunshine for the spring average was above normal, coming in with 53% of possible points. While sunshine during April and May was extremely high, March was well below average.
June was very warm with average sunshine and near record rainfall. The temperature averaged 67.5 degrees, 2.2 degrees above average and 2.6 degrees above 2012. Maximum temperature was 93.2 degrees on the 25th; a minimum temperature of 47.3 degrees was recorded on the 5th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 75.5 degrees, 1.5 degrees above the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 59.5 degrees, 2.8 degrees above the norm. We missed a June heat wave (temperatures above 90 degrees on 3 consecutive days) by 2.0 degrees on the 26th; June 24th (90 degrees), 25th (93 degrees), and 26th (88 degrees).
July's weather was very hot with below average rainfall and sunshine. The temperature averaged 75.9 degrees, 4.5 degrees above average and 2.0 degrees warmer than July 2012. July 2013 was the warmest July in East Wareham since 1926, surpassing 1994's record average high of 75.8. Maximum temperature was 91.4 degrees, recorded on the 6th, and a minimum temperature of 59.9 degrees was recorded on the 31st. Daytime high temperatures averaged 82.9 degrees, 3.0 degrees above the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 69.3 degrees, 5.2 degrees above the norm. It was the very warm evenings that gave us the record high average for the month. There were 5 days with temperatures above 90 degrees recorded this month.
Sunshine totaled 52% of the possible sunshine hours, 5 points below average and 18 points below the average in July 2012. We had only 8 days with 90% or greater of possible sunshine, while on 10 days we had less than 10% sunshine. Fog was reported on 5 days this month.
We recorded 3.14 inches of rainfall, which is 0.17 inches below the average for July. Rainfall was recorded on 13 days, and 8 of these days had measurable precipitation over 0.10 inches. Ten days in the middle of the month were the driest with only 0.06 inches of rainfall recorded. The largest 24-hour rainfall of 0.80 inches occurred on the 11th. Year-to-date rainfall for 2013 is 34.19 inches, 5.59 inches above the average year-to-date rainfall for East Wareham and 13.25 inches above 2012 rainfall at this time. There was only 1 thunderstorm recorded this month.
The first seven months of 2013 had an average temperature of 49.72 degrees, 4.8 degrees cooler then 2012. This is the 8th warmest start for any year in our records since 1926 for East Wareham. The warmest first seven-month average was in 1998 at 52.44 degrees. Rainfall year to date for 2013 here in East Wareham stands at 34.19 inches, the 6th wettest on record; the wettest total for this time of year was in 1998, at 44.01 inches.
August had just below average temperature, very low rainfall and above average sunshine. The temperature averaged 69.9 degrees, 0.4 degrees per day below normal and 3.5 degrees cooler than 2012. Maximum temperature was 86.0 degrees on the 20th and 21st, a minimum temperature of 50.0 degrees was recorded on the 25th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 79.2 degrees, 0.4 degrees above the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 60.5 degrees, 1.2 degrees below the norm. There were 14 nights with temperatures in the 50's and only 1 night with a low in the 70's.
OFFICIAL SUMMER SEASON
The official summer (June, July and August) was very warm, wet and sunny. The average temperature was 71.1 degrees, 2.1 degrees above the 30-year average and total rainfall with 14.73 inches, 3.77 inches above the normal precipitation. Sunshine hours were 771.46, 28.46 hours above the average. The season was not as wet and sunny as 2012, yet still above the average. We had a maximum temperature of 93.2 degrees recorded on June 25st and a minimum temperature of 47.3 degrees recorded on June 5th. Rainfall totaled 14.73 inches, 2.12 inches more than the 2012 summer season. We had no official heat wave this season. We had 7 days this summer with 90 degrees or higher temperatures, 2 in June and 5 in July.
2012 CROP FORECAST
New England Agricultural Statistics Service did not releases the United States forecast for the 2013 Cranberry Crop.
September was slightly on the cool side with above average sunshine and extremely dry. The temperature averaged 62.0 degrees, 0.9 degrees per day below normal. Maximum temperature was 81.0 degrees on the 4th and 11th; a minimum temperature of 40.0 degrees was recorded on the 18th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 71.4 degrees, which is 0.6 degrees below the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 52.6 degrees, 1.2 degrees below the norm.
Sunshine totaled 65% of the possible sunshine hours, 9 points above the norm. We had 9 days with 90% or better sunshine and 0 days with no sunshine at all. We also had 2 days with morning fog in East Wareham.
Precipitation totaled 2.61 inches, 1.88 inches below normal and 4.88 inches below last year’s September rainfall. We had measurable rain of 0.10 inches or greater on just 4 days, and 3 days with spotty showers and drizzle with less than 0.10 inches recorded. We had just one major rain events at the beginning of the month, starting on the 1st and ending on the 3rd totaling 2.24 inches. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 1.46 inches recorded on the 4th. There was just one thunderstorm this month. Year-to-date rainfall for 2013 is 36.98 inches, 1.64 inches below average for East Wareham and 3.76 inches above 2012 total rainfall at the same time last year. Even with the last three months having below average rainfall, the heavy rainfall in June has kept East Wareham’s year to date rainfall above average.
October was mild and extremely dry, with slightly above average sunshine. The temperature averaged 53.7 degrees, 1.3 degrees per day above normal. Maximum temperature was 82.0 degrees on the 2nd; a minimum temperature of 28.0 degrees was recorded on the 26th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 64.4 degrees, 2.5 degrees above the norm. Evening low temperatures averaged 43.2 degrees, 0.2 degrees above the norm. Daytime average high temperatures were the same in 2012 and 2013. The evening average low temperatures however, were 4.3 degrees cooler in 2013 than 2012.
OFFICIAL FALL SEASON
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