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January had above average temperatures, snowfall, and sunshine with below average rainfall. The average temperature was 35.0 degrees, 6.3 degrees above normal. The maximum temperature was 55.0 degrees on January 7th and 27th. A minimum temperature of 9.0 degrees was recorded on the 16th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 44.0 degrees, 7.0 above the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 26.0 degrees, 5.7 degrees above the norm. Daytime high temperatures were below 32 degrees on 4 days. Evening temperatures were 32 degrees or below for all but 10 nights. There was only 1 night with temperatures in the single digits. January 2012 ranked 10 warmest January in the 87 years of record keeping in East Wareham.
Precipitation totaled 3.49 inches. This is 1.05 inches below normal. We had measurable precipitation on 14 days; 5 of those days had less than 0.10 inches. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 1.05 inches on the 27th. A Northeaster hit on January 12th with rain and very high winds. We had measurable snowfall of 0.10 inches or greater on 5 days, totaling 13.40 inches for the month, 3.2 inches above average. The largest 24-hour snowfall was 10.8 inches on the 21st of January. We had snow cover on the ground for only 4 days in January. There were also 3 days with heavy fog this month.
Sunshine totaled 57% of the possible sunshine hours, 11 points above the normal. There were 5 days with no sunshine and 4 days with 90% or better sunshine.
February was extremely warm and sunny, with very low rainfall and snowfall. The temperatures averaged 36.4 degrees, 6.4 degrees above normal. This is the 13th consecutive month with above normal temperatures. The maximum temperature was 60.0 degrees on the 1st and a minimum temperature of 16.0 degrees was recorded on the 13th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 45.7 degrees, 7.5 degrees above the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 27.0 degrees, 5.3 degrees above the norm. The monthly average was 6 degrees warmer than February 2011 and was the 3rd warmest February in the 86 years of recorded keeping in East Wareham. There were no nights with single digit temperatures recorded in February, and all but 8 nights had temperatures below 32 degrees.
Sunshine totaled 61% of the possible sunshine hours, 11 points above the norm. Nine days had 90% or better sunshine while 4 days had no sunshine data recorded at all. The sunshine hours are recorded at the Blue Hill Observatory in Milton, MA.
Precipitation totaled 0.96 inches, 3.17 inches less than February 2011. This was 2.76 inches below the norm. February 2012 is the second driest February in the 86 years of weather data recorded in East Wareham, surpassed only by 1968 with 0.91 inches of rainfall. This is the 4th consecutive month with below normal rainfall. We had measurable precipitation on 13 days of which only 3 were 0.10 inches or greater. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 0.20 inches on the 22nd. There were 3 days with measurable snowfall totaling 1.40 inches, 8.0 inches below normal. The greatest snowfall for one storm came on the 9th with 0.60 inches. Year-to-date snowfall recorded in East Wareham is now 14.80 inches, 13.20 inches less than this time in 2011; the 2011-2012 season to date is also 14.80 inches, 16.6 inches below the seasonal average.
The official winter in East Wareham (Dec. 2011 - Feb. 2012) was extremely warm and sunny, with well below average precipitation and snowfall. The season temperatures averaged 35.67 degrees, 4.8 degrees above normal. The low mark was 9.0 degrees on Jan. 16th and the high mark was 60 degrees on Feb. 1st. The coldest daily high was 29.0 degrees on Jan. 4th. Sunshine was 56%, 9 points above normal. Precipitation totaled 7.79 inches, 4.96 inches below average. Snowfall totaled 14.80 inches, 9.60 inches below normal. Most of the snowfall came in January this year. December actually turned out to be the warmest month with no snowfall recorded in East Wareham. January was the coldest and snowiest of the season. February had the least amount of rainfall and the most sunshine hours.
March started out like a tamed lion this year, during which time we experienced above average temperatures and sunshine with below average precipitation and snowfall. The temperatures averaged 43.0 degrees, 5.8 degrees per day above the average, tying the record average high set in 1946 for the month of March. This is also 4.9 degrees above last year’s average. Maximum temperature was 73.0 degrees on the 21st and a minimum temperature of 20.0 degrees was recorded on the 6th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 51.5 degrees, 6.3 degrees above the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 35.2 degrees, 6.0 degrees above the norm. Winds can be a big factor in March, yet this year we only had 2 days with damaging winds and a peak gust of 49 mph.
Sunshine totaled 44% of the possible sunshine hours, 2 points below the norm, and 5 points below last year. Sunshine data are from the Blue Hill Observatory. Year-to-date sunshine for 2012 is 54% of the possible, 3 points above the normal at this time of year.
Precipitation totaled 1.81 inches. This is 2.75 inches below normal and is the 4th lowest rainfall recorded for the month of March in East Wareham. In the 85 years of record keeping in East Wareham, there have been only 6 years in which March has had less than 2 inches of rain. We had measurable precipitation of 0.10 inches or greater on 5 days. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 0.96 inches on the 1st. Most of the monthly rainfall came in the first three days of the month. We have received a total of 6.26 inches of rainfall year-to-date, totaling 6.56 inches below average for East Wareham. If we look at the past 5 months, we are 8.52 inches below the average rainfall. We had just 1 day with measurable snowfall during the month, totaling 0.3 inches, 4.4 inches below average. Snowfall for the month of March will also come in as the 10th lowest in the records in East Wareham. The 2011–2012 winter season snowfall recorded in East Wareham is now at 15.1 inches, 15.2 inches below the seasonal average.
April was very warm, dry and sunny this year. The temperature averaged 50.1 degrees, 4.3 degrees above normal. This is the 2nd warmest April recorded in the 86 years of data collection in East Wareham, surpassed only by April 1946 with a monthly average temperature of 50.8 degrees. For the past 4 years, April has had an average temperature in the top 9 warmest on record. The maximum temperature was 80.0 degrees on the 17th and a minimum temperature of 28.0 degrees was recorded on the 1st. Daytime high temperatures averaged 59.8 degrees, 4.9 degrees above the norm. Evening low temperatures averaged 40.4 degrees, 3.6 degrees above the norm.
May was a very warm grey month with well above average temperatures, rainfall and below average sunshine. The temperatures for May averaged 60.0 degrees, 3.7 degrees per day above normal. This is 2.6 degrees warmer than May 2011. The maximum temperature was 81.0 degrees on the 31st and a minimum temperature of 40.0 degrees was recorded on the 7th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 67.7 degrees, 2.9 degrees above the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 52.4 degrees, 4.7 degrees above the norm. May 2012 is the 16th month in a row with above average temperatures.
June was a bit cool with average sunshine and a little below normal rainfall. The temperature averaged 65.1 degrees, 0.5 degrees below average and 0.9 degrees below 2011. Maximum temperature was 95.9 degrees on the 21st; a minimum temperature of 44.6 degrees was recorded on the 6th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 74.3 degrees, 0.7 degrees above the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 56.7 degrees, 0.8 degrees below the norm. We did have a June heat wave with temperatures above 90 degrees on 4 days, 3 consecutive days June 20th, 21st, and 22nd.
Sunshine totaled was 55% of the possible sunshine hours. This is just at the average sunshine and slightly higher then 2011.
Precipitation totaled 3.36 inches, which is 0.21 inches below normal. We had measurable precipitation on 13 days, with 9 of those days having measurable precipitation greater than 0.10 inches. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 0.78 inches on the 13th. Year-to-date rainfall for 2012 now stands at 18.12 inches, 5.68 inches below average for East Wareham and 6.85 inches below the total rainfall at this time in 2011. There were 4 thunderstorms and 3 days with fog.
The first half of 2012 has been very warm and dry. Temperatures have averaged out to be 3.8 degrees above normal for the year. This is the second warmest first half of a year, with temperatures to date averaging out at 48.2 degrees, surpassed only by 1998 with an average temperature for the first six months of 49.3 degrees. Sunshine has also been above average for the first six months of 2012. While precipitation has been low with 1.07 inches below average rainfall and 1.71 inches below average for snowfall.
July’s weather was hot and sunny with below average rainfall. The temperature averaged 73.9 degrees, 2.5 degrees above average and 0.9 degrees warmer than July 2011. Maximum temperature was 91.0 degrees, recorded on the 18th, and a minimum temperature of 55.0 degrees was recorded on the 22nd. Daytime high temperatures averaged 82.9 degrees, 3.3 degrees above the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 65.0 degrees, 0.9 degrees above the norm. There were 4 days with temperatures above 90 degrees recorded this month.
The first seven months of 2012 had an average temperature of 54.5 degrees. This is the 4th warmest start for any year in our records since 1926 for East Wareham. The warmest first seven months average was in 2006 at 55.8 degrees. Rainfall year to date for 2012 here in East Wareham stands at 20.94 inches, the 12th driest on record; the driest being in 1965, at 16.01 inches. This year temperatures and rainfall has been very close to 1995 in which we recorded an average temperature of 55.1 and 20.88 inches of rainfall for the first seven months of the year.
August had well above average temperatures, rainfall and sunshine. The temperature averaged 73.4 degrees, 3.1 degrees per day above normal. Maximum temperature was 88.0 degrees on the 6th and a minimum temperature of 53.0 degrees was recorded on the 30th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 82.0 degrees, 3.6 degrees above the norm. All but 5 days had temperatures between 80 and 88 degrees. Evening temperatures averaged 65.0 degrees, 2.1 degrees above the norm. This is the 3rd warmest August in our records, tied with 2003 and surpassed only by 2005 & 1939 which tied at 73.5 degrees and 1937, the warmest at 73.7 degrees. Sunshine totaled 69% of the possible sunshine hours, which is 11 points above the norm. We had 11 clear days, 14 partly cloudy days, and 6 cloudy days. We had 2 days with heavy morning fog in East Wareham. Precipitation totaled 6.43 inches, 2.49 inches above normal. We had measurable precipitation on 10 days, and of those 10 days, 6 had measurable rainfall of 0.10 inches or more. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 2.61 inches on the 1st, noting that most of this rain actually came during the evening of July 31st. Year-to-date, 2012 has received 27.31 inches of rain, 3.53 inches below the yearly average for East Wareham and 6.90 inches lower than last year at this time. We had only 1 thunderstorm on the 15th.
OFFICIAL SUMMER SEASON
The official summer (June, July and August) was very warm, wet and sunny. The average temperature was 70.8 degrees, 1.4 degrees above the 30-year average and total rainfall with 12.61 inches, 1.74 inches above the normal precipitation. Sunshine hours were 800.02, 57.20 hours above the average. We had a maximum temperature of 95.9 degrees recorded on the June 21st and a minimum temperature of 44.6 degrees recorded on June 6th. Rainfall totaled 12.61 inches, 1.18 inches less than the 2011 summer season. We had an official heat wave on June 20, 21, and 22. We had 8 days this summer with 90 degrees or higher temperatures, 4 in June and 4 in July. Despite July having four 90 degrees days the monthly average temperature was still below average. In August all but 5 days were in the 80's with no 90-degree days, but the monthly average temperature was above average.
2012 CROP FORECAST
New England Agricultural Statistics Service released the United States forecast for the 2012 cranberry crop. This year's forecast is for 7.68 million barrels, down 1 percent from 2011. Massachusetts' cranberry crop is forecasted to reach 2.10 million barrels (down 9 percent from 2011). New Jersey's forecast is for 542,500 barrels (up 6 percent from 2011), Oregon: 400,000 barrels (up from 2011), Washington: 142,000 barrels (up from 2011), and Wisconsin: 4.5 million barrels (up 2 percent from 2011).
OFFICIAL FALL SEASON
The official fall season Sept – Nov. 2012 was warm, wet, and low sunshine. October was the cloudiest month with below average sunshine hours. Temperatures averaged 53.3 degrees, 0.6 degrees above normal and 3.4 degrees cooler then 2011. A maximum temperature of 82.0 degrees was recorded on the 7th and 8th of September and a minimum temperature of 25.7 degrees was recorded on the 26th, 27th, 28th, and 29th of November. Rainfall totaled 15.43 inches, 2.98 inches above normal and 2.43 inches less then the fall of 2011. Average snowfall for the fall season for East Wareham is 1.2 inches; we have not received any snow this season. Sunshine was just slightly below normal. Overall this season was 3.0 degrees cooler, 2.43 inches drier, and a lot less sunshine than the fall season of 2011.
2012 Year in Review
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