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Weather Summary 2004

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Year-End Summary

January
January started the year very cold and dry. The temperatures averaged 21.0 degrees, 8.0 degrees per day below normal and 3.1 degrees below January 2003. Maximum temperature was 50 degrees on January 4th and a minimum temperature of -0.06 degrees was recorded on the 16th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 28.0 degrees, 10.5 degrees below the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 14.2 degrees, 5.3 degrees below norm. There were twenty days with day-time temperatures below 32 degrees, which is 12 days more than the monthly average and 2 days more than January 2003. This was the 2nd coldest January in the past 25 years in East Wareham. Our coldest January on record since 1926 in East Wareham was in 1981 with an average temperature of 18.9 degrees. Evening temperatures were under 30 degrees every night with the exception of January 3, 4, & 5th . There were also 4 nights with temperatures below zero.
Precipitation totaled 1.80 inches. This is 2.5 inches below normal. We had measurable precipitation on 10 days. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 0.95 inches on the 5th. There were five days with snowfall totaling 8.09 inches, and the largest snowfall was 2.83 inches on the 28th of January.
Sunshine totaled 58% of the possible sunshine hours, 12 points above the norm.

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February
February very dry and sunny with above average sunshine. The temperatures averaged 31.5 degrees, 2.4 degrees per day above normal. Maximum temperature was 55 degrees on the 29th and a minimum temperature of 9.0 degrees was recorded on the 16th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 41.0 degrees, 2.3 degrees above the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 22.0 degrees, 2.6 degrees above the norm.
Sunshine totaled 65% of the possible sunshine hours, 15 points over the norm. This is the 3rd sunniest of record. Also the combined Jan. - Feb. total of 62% was the sunniest in over a century of record keeping.
Precipitation totaled 2.41 inches. This is 1.13 inches below normal. We had measurable precipitation on 5 days. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 1.45 inches on the 7th . There were three days with measurable snowfall totaling 5.45 inches, 1.7 inches below normal. The greatest snowfall for one storm came on the 7th with 1.75 inches.

The official winter in Boston (Dec. 2003 - Feb. 2004) averaged 29.9 degrees, 2.0 degrees below normal. This is 2.0 degrees warmer than last. Boston seasonal snowfall was 28.8 inches, 2.2 inches below normal. Sunshine was 58%, 11 points above normal, for the sunniest winter on record. In East Wareham the average temperature was 29.4 degrees, 0.6 degrees below normal. The low mark was -0.1 degrees on Jan. 16th and the high was 57 degrees on Dec. 24th . The coldest daily high was a bitter 9.0 degrees on Jan. 15th. Precipitation total 9.92 inches, 2.12 inches below average. The wettest month was December, with 5.99 inches. The driest month was January, with 1.80 inches. Snowfall totaled 28.04 inches, 8.24 inches above normal.

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March
March very dry, in spite of the frequent precipitation, with temperatures slightly above average and well below average sunshine. The temperatures averaged 37.0 degrees, 0.9 degrees per day above normal. Maximum temperature was 56.0 degrees on the 26th and a minimum temperature of 15.0 degrees was recorded on the 20th and 23rd. Daytime high temperatures averaged 44.4 degrees, 0.6 degrees below the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 29.6 degrees, 2.4 degrees above the norm. The first quarter year has been 1.6 degrees below normal, with an average of 29.8 degrees.
Sunshine totaled 38% of the possible sunshine hours, 10 points over the norm. Eight days had no sunshine and no days had the full 100 percent.

Precipitation totaled 2.21 inches. This is 2.59 inches below normal. We had measurable precipitation on twelve days. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 0.58 inches on the 21st. There were five days with measurable snowfall totaling 11.18 inches, 4.58 inches above normal. The greatest snowfall for one storm came on the 17th , 18th, and 19th with 9.25 inches. Four of the last six months in 2003 had below average rainfall and the first three months of 2004 had below average rainfall. We have only received 6.42 inches of rainfall, one half the normal rainfall (12.62 inches) for the year to date in East Wareham.

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April
April was very wet, with temperatures slightly above average and well below average sunshine. The temperatures averaged 46.2 degrees, 0.5 degrees per day above normal. Maximum temperature was 66.0 degrees on the 24th and a minimum temperature of 29.0 degrees was recorded on the 6th, 8th and 10th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 54.3 degrees, 0.8 degrees below the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 38.1 degrees, 1.8 degrees above the norm. April temperatures were a lot like March with daytime highs just below normal and evening temperatures averaging above normal. There were two Frost nights on April 22nd and 29th.

Sunshine totaled 46% of the possible sunshine hours, 3 points below the norm. We only had 5 clear days and 3 days with dense fog here in East Wareham.
Precipitation totaled 5.53 inches. This is 1.25 inches above normal. This is the first above average monthly rainfall recorded for this year. We had measurable precipitation on 11 days and a trace on two other days. We also had snow flurries on April 5th with no accumulation. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 1.56 inches on the 2nd. Even with the wet April, rainfall is still 4.97 inches below average for the year to date here in East Wareham. Snowfall for the 2003-2004 winter season here in East Wareham, totaled 39.22 inches; this is 12.22 inches above the norm.

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May
May was dry, with temperatures slightly above average and well below average sunshine. The temperatures averaged 56.8 degrees, 0.9 degrees per day above normal. Maximum temperature was 82.0 degrees on the 12th and a minimum temperature of 36.0 degrees was recorded on the 5th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 65.7 degrees, 0.2 degrees below the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 47.8 degrees, 2.0 degrees above the norm. Again, May temperatures were a lot like March and April with daytime highs just below normal and evening temperatures averaging above normal.
Sunshine totaled 48% of the possible sunshine hours, 4 points below the norm. We only had 7 clear days and 6 days with dense fog here in East Wareham.
Precipitation totaled 2.80 inches. This is 0.65 inches below normal. We had measurable precipitation on 11 days and a trace on two other days. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 1.11 inches on the 29th. Rainfall is still 5.62 inches below average for the year to date here in East Wareham. The official Spring, (March-May) had just above average for temperature and much below average rainfall. Sunshine was also much below normal.

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June
June was very dry, with below average temperatures and average sunshine. The temperature averaged 63.0 degrees, 1.7 degrees per day below normal. Maximum temperature was 82.0 degrees on the 16th and a minimum temperature of 46.0 degrees was recorded on the 11th, 12th, and 13th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 72.4 degrees, 1.9 degrees below the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 55.2 degrees, 0.2 degrees above the norm. Again, June temperatures have been following the same pattern as March, April, and May with daytime highs below normal and evening temperatures averaging above normal.
Sunshine totaled 57% of the possible sunshine hours, 2 points above the norm. We only had 7 clear days and 2 days with dense fog here in East Wareham

Precipitation totaled 1.65 inches. This is 1.61 inches below normal. We had measurable precipitation on 10 days and a trace on one other day. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 0.35 inches on the 24th. Year to date rainfall for 2004 is 30.57 inches, 7.23 inches below average for East Wareham. We have only received half the rainfall compared to last year. July 1, 2003 year-to-date rainfall was 30.57 inches and as of July 1, 2004, we have received a year-to-date rainfall of 16.40 inches. For the past twelve months, nine months have had below average rainfall.

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July
July was very cool and cloudy, with just a little below normal rainfall for the month. The temperature averaged 70.0 degrees, 1.0 degrees per day below normal. Maximum temperature was 86.0 degrees on the 21st and a minimum temperature of 55.0 degrees was recorded on the 27th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 77.0 degrees, 3.8 degrees below the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 63.0 degrees, 1.8 degrees above the norm. Again, July temperatures have been following the same pattern as March, April, May and June with daytime highs below normal and evening temperatures averaging above normal.
Sunshine totaled 49% of the possible sunshine hours, 8 points below the norm. We only had 4 clear days and 6 days with fog here in East Wareham.

Precipitation totaled 2.73 inches. This is 0.15 inches below normal. The rainfall was evenly divided over the month, with about 0.75 inches of rain every 10 days. We had measurable precipitation on 10 days. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 0.67 inches on the 13th and the 14th. Year to date rainfall for 2004 is 19.13 inches, 7.38 inches below average for East Wareham. Nine of the past twelve months have had below average rainfall, totaling 8.31 inches below average.

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August
August was wet and sunny with near normal temperatures for the month. The temperature averaged 69.3 degrees, 0.5 degrees per day below normal. Maximum temperature was 86.0 degrees on the 30th and a minimum temperature of 48.0 degrees was recorded on the 25th and 26th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 76.1 degrees, 3.5 degrees below the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 62.5 degrees, 2.5 degrees above the norm. Again, August temperatures have been following the same pattern as March, April, May, June and July with daytime highs below normal and evening temperatures averaging above normal.
Sunshine totaled 60% of the possible sunshine hours, 2 points above the norm. We had 4 mostly clear days and 3 days with fog here in East Wareham

Precipitation totaled 6.48 inches. This is 2.19 inches above normal. The rainfall was evenly divided over the month, with about 0.75 inches of rain every 7 days except for the 15th when T.S. Charlie past us. We had measurable precipitation on 10 days. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 2.63 inches on the 15th and the largest total storm rainfall was from T.S. Charlie with 4.38 inches over 5 days. Year to date rainfall for 2004 is 25.61 inches, still 5.19 inches below average for East Wareham.

The official summer (June, July and August) averaged below normal temperature and wet and cloudy side, after a dry June, July and August were wet. Overall rainfall was 0.53 inches above normal, Temperatures were 3.2 degrees below normal and the sunshine was 10 point below normal. We had no recorded temperatures above 86 degrees. Our average is for 4 days of 90 degrees or better. Rainfall was came evenly thought-out the summer with the longest dry period only 8 days in August and the longest wet period being only 5 days also in August.

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September
September was mostly dry and sunny with above average temperatures. The temperature averaged 64.0 degrees, 1.2 degrees per day above normal. Maximum temperature was 82.0 degrees on the 4th and 8th; a minimum temperature of 46.0 degrees was recorded on the 20th and 30th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 73.0 degrees, 0.3 degrees above the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 55.0 degrees, 2.1 degrees above the norm. Again, temperatures have been following the same pattern as March, April, May, June and July with evening temperatures averaging well above normal.
Sunshine totaled 60% of the possible sunshine hours, 4 points above the norm. We had 16 mostly clear days and 5 days with morning fog in East Wareham

Precipitation totaled 5.37 inches, 1.53 inches above normal. The first half of the month was very dry, with only a trace of rain in 15 days. There were only 5 days with measurable precipitation. Two tropical storms, Ivan and Jeanne passed through the region. Ivan delivered 2.11 inches of rain over a 3-day period, and ten days later, Jeanne delivered another 3.01 inches in 24 hours. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 3.01 inches on the 29th from T.S. Jeanne. Year-to-date rainfall for 2004 is 30.98 inches, 3.66 inches below average for East Wareham.

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October
October was a 50/50 month with a sunny dry first half and a cloudy and damp second half. We had below average rainfall and slightly below average temperatures for the month. The temperature averaged 52.3 degrees, 0.6 degrees per day below normal. Maximum temperature was 72.0 degrees on the 1st, a minimum temperature of 30.0 degrees was recorded on the 28th and 29th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 60.1 degrees, 3.1 degrees below the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 44.6 degrees, 2.0 degrees above the norm. The first hard frost came on the 28th and 29th, with low temperatures of 30 degrees. We finished the month with a high of 71 degrees on the 31st. Again, October temperatures have been following the same weather pattern since March with evening temperatures averaging well above normal.
Sunshine totaled 47 % of the possible sunshine hours, 8 points below the norm. We had 11 mostly clear days and 4 days with morning fog in East Wareham

Precipitation totaled 2.01 inches, 1.43 inches below normal. The first two weeks of the month was very dry, with only a 0.16 of rain. Measurable rain was recorded on 14 days and of those 14 days, only 5 days had measurements over 0.10 inches. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 1.25 inches on the 16th. Year-to-date rainfall for 2004 is 32.99 inches, 5.09 inches below average for East Wareham.

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November
November was a windy and sunny month. We had slightly below average rainfall and average temperatures for the month. The temperature averaged 43.0 degrees, 0.2 degrees per day below normal. Maximum temperature was 62.0 degrees on the 7th and 19th, a minimum temperature of 24.0 degrees was recorded on the 10th, 14th and 27th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 52.0 degrees, 1.0 degrees below the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 34.0 degrees, 0.6 degrees above the norm. Temperatures, rainfall and sunshine for the month all were in the normal average for November.

Precipitation totaled 4.28 inches, 0.32 inches below normal. We had 5 rain events spread out evenly during the month. Measurable rain, of 0.10 or more, was recorded on 5 days. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 1.53 inches on the 12th and 13th. Year-to-date rainfall for 2004 is 37.27 inches, 5.41 inches below average for East Wareham.

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December
December was slightly on the warm side, cloudy and had above normal precipitation. The temperature averaged 35.2 degrees, 3.3 degrees per day above normal. Maximum temperature was 60.0 degrees on the 23rd, a minimum temperature of 6.0 degrees was recorded on the 20th, 21st. Daytime high temperatures averaged 44.3 degrees, 2.8 degrees above the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 26.0 degrees, 3.8 degrees above the norm.

Precipitation totaled 4.63 inches, 0.43 inches above normal. This was only the 4th month with above normal rainfall this year. We had 15 rain events spread out evenly during the month. Measurable rain, of 0.10 or more, was recorded on 9 days. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 1.05 inches on the 7th. Year-to-date rainfall for 2004 is 41.90 inches, 4.98 inches below average for East Wareham. We also had 2 days with measurable snow, totaling 12.6 inches for the month, 7.5 inches above normal. The largest snowfall was on December 27th with 11.5 inches.
Sunshine for the month totaled 42% of possible, 4 points below normal.

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Year-End Summary
The year 2004 was cool and dry, with above average sunshine. The average monthly temperature was below normal for 6 out of 12 months of the year. Nine months, March – November all had daytime highs below average with above average evening temperatures. The maximum temperature for the year was 86 degrees in July and August. The minimum temperature was -0.06 degrees in January. January had 21 days with daytime high below 32 degrees, only 3 nights with above 30 degrees and 4 nights below 0 degrees. This was the 2nd coldest January in the past 25 years in East Wareham. February was the 3rd sunniest on record. The official spring was just above average temperature with below average rainfall and sunshine. The official summer of 2004 was below average in temperature and sunshine. The average rainfall was low in June and July yet high in August. The rainfall was evenly spread out. The longest periods of dry weather was 8 days and the longest period of wet weather was only 5 days.

By year’s end, precipitation totaled 41.90 inches, 4.98 inches below normal. Although December had the largest number of days with measurable rainfall, August was the wettest month with 6.5 inches of rainfall. The most rainfall in a 24 hour period came in September, during Tropical Storm Jeanne, with 3.01 inches. We had 3 tropical storms, Ivan, Frances and Jeanne, all in September. The driest month was June with only 1.65 inches of rain. December gave us the most snowfall in 2004, with 12.6 inches in just 2 storms, just over half the average snowfall for the official winter of 2004-2005. The official winter, December 2003 and January and February of 2004 totaled 39.22 inches of snow, 12.22 inches above normal.

Sunshine hours for the year were above average (+38 hours). There were six months with low sunshine hours and six months with above sunshine hours. June was the sunniest months.
Overall, we started 2004 very cold and very dry, with above average snowfall. The year’s weather continued with a warm and sunny summer. September brought us three tropical storms with little to no damage. We ended the year with a warm month, yet high snowfall and above normal rainfall.

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