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DECEMBER  and 2010 IN REVIEW

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
552 PM EST SAT JAN 01 2011

...PRELIMINARY ANNUAL CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR 2010...

THE YEAR 2010 FEATURED A WARMER THAN NORMAL AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
WHICH RANKED WITHIN THE TOP FIVE WARMEST YEARS ON RECORD. NEAR
NORMAL PRECIPITATION AND TOTAL SNOWFALL WAS RECORDED AT THE LONG
TERM CLIMATOLOGICAL SITES. ALTHOUGH THE PRECIPITATION FREQUENCY WAS
BELOW NORMAL...THERE WERE A NUMBER OF SIGNIFICANT PRECIPITATION
EVENTS...COASTAL STORMS OR CONVECTION WHICH PRODUCED ONE INCH OR
MORE OF DAILY PRECIPITATION THIS YEAR.

A MODERATE TO STRONG EL NINO PERSISTED INTO THE EARLY SPRING...
FOLLOWED A TRANSITION FROM EL NINO TO A MODERATE TO STRONG LA NINA
DURING THE LATE SPRING THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR. THE YEAR BEGAN
MILD AND MOIST WITH RECORD OR NEAR RECORD RAINFALL IN MARCH. A HIGH
PRESSURE RIDGE GENERALLY PREVAILED ALONG THE EASTERN SEABOARD DURING
THE TRANSITION FROM EL NINO TO LA NINA. THE HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE
GENERALLY PROVIDED ABUNDANT SUNSHINE AND VERY WARM TEMPERATURES FROM
LATE SPRING THROUGH MUCH OF THE SUMMER. IN FACT CLIMATOLOGICAL
SUMMER RANKED WITHIN THE TOP FIVE WARMEST ON RECORD AT THE LONG TERM
CLIMATE SITES. PERSISTENT ABOVE NORMAL MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
DEPARTURES BEGAN TO DROP CLOSER TO NORMAL DURING THE FALL OF
2010...THEN BELOW NORMAL DURING DECEMBER 2010. THE NAO OR NORTH
ATLANTIC OSCILLATION TURNED STRONGLY NEGATIVE...WITH THE BLOCKING
RIDGE NEAR GREENLAND ALLOWING COLDER AIR TO BE FUNNELED SOUTH FROM
CANADA INTO SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND.

FOR OFFICIAL DATA VISIT WWW.NCDC.NOAA.GOV

THE FOLLOWING IS THE 2010 ANNUAL CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE LONG TERM
CLIMATE SITES...

BOSTON MA LOGAN INTL AIRPORT OFFICIAL RECORDS SINCE 1872...EXCEPT
1892 FOR SNOWFALL.

2010 AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 53.8F...DEPARTURE +2.1F
1971-2000 30 YEAR NORMAL 51.7F
2010 IS THE WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD BEATING 53.6F IN 1949 AND 1953

2010 PRECIPITATION TOTAL 49.66"...WETTEST SINCE 2008 54.46"
DEPARTURE +7.13"
1971-2000 30 YEAR NORMAL 42.53"

2010 SNOWFALL TOTAL 42.4"
DEPARTURE +0.6"
1971-2000 30 YEAR NORMAL 41.8"

2010 DAYS MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION 0.01" OR MORE...112 DAYS
DEPARTURE -14 DAYS
1971-2000 30 YEAR NORMAL 126 DAYS

2010 DAYS PRECIPITATION 1.00" OR MORE...14 DAYS
DEPARTURE +4 DAYS
1971-2000 30 YEAR NORMAL 10 DAYS

HIGH MAX 100F JUL 6TH
HIGH MIN 77F JUL 5TH AND SEPT 1
HIGH MEAN 88F JUL 6TH...HIGH 100F/LOW 75F
LOW MAX 21F JAN 29TH
LOW MIN 6F JAN 30TH
LOW MEAN 14F JAN 30TH...HIGH 22/LOW 6
DAILY MAX PCPN 3.40 INCHES MAR 14TH
DAILY MAX SNOWFALL 9.9 INCHES DEC 26TH
MAX 2 MIN SUSTAINED WIND SPEED FROM W 47 MPH JUNE 6TH
AND FROM THE E 47 MPH FEB 25TH
PEAK GUST FROM WSW 68 MPH JUNE 6TH

NUMBER OF DAYS WITH 90+ TEMPERATURES...25 DAYS DEPARTURE PLUS
11...TIES 1988 WITH THE 4TH GREATEST ANNUAL TOTAL.
HEAT WAVES...THREE DAYS OR MORE WITH CONSECUTIVE 90+
TEMPERATURES...JUL 16-18...JUL 27-29...AUG 29-SEP 2

PROVIDENCE RI T.F. GREEN ARPT...OFFICIAL RECORDS SINCE 1905

2010 AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 53.7F...DEPARTURE +2.6F
1971-2000 30 YEAR NORMAL 51.1F
2010 IS THE SECOND WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD...WARMEST SINCE 54.4F
IN 1949

2010 PRECIPITATION TOTAL 53.54" DEPARTURE +7.09"...WETTEST SINCE
54.85" IN 2009
1971-2000 30 YEAR NORMAL 46.45"

2010 ANNUAL SNOWFALL TOTAL 20.1" DEPARTURE (-12.8")
1971-2000 30 YEAR NORMAL 32.9"

2010 DAYS MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION 0.01" OR MORE...107 DAYS
DEPARTURE -18 DAYS
1971-2000 30 YEAR NORMAL 125 DAYS

2010 DAYS PRECIPITATION 1.00" OR MORE...15 DAYS
DEPARTURE +3 DAYS
1971-2000 30 YEAR NORMAL 12 DAYS

HIGH MAX 102F JUL 6TH
HIGH MIN 75F JUL 7TH
HIGH MEAN 88F JUL 6TH...HIGH 102/LOW 73
LOW MAX 21F JAN 29TH
LOW MIN 6F JAN 30TH
LOW MEAN 14F JAN 30TH...HIGH 22/LOW 6
DAILY MAX PCPN 5.32 INCHES MAR 30TH
DAILY MAX SNOWFALL 7.9 INCHES DEC 26TH
2 MIN SUSTAINED WIND SPEED FROM N 41 MPH NOV 8TH
PEAK GUST FROM NNE 54 MPH DEC 27TH

NUMBER OF DAYS WITH 90+ TEMPERATURES...18 DAYS DEPARTURE PLUS 10.
HEAT WAVES...THREE DAYS OR MORE WITH CONSECUTIVE 90+
TEMPERATURES...JUL 4-7...AUG 29-SEP 2

HARTFORD/WINDSOR LOCKS CT BDL...OFFICIAL RECORDS SINCE 1905

2010 AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 52.9F...DEPARTURE +2.5F
1971-2000 30 YEAR NORMAL 50.4F
2010 IS THE WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD BEATING 52.8F IN 1990

2010 PRECIPITATION TOTAL 44.35"...DEPARTURE -1.81"
1971-2000 30 YEAR NORMAL 46.16"

2010 ANNUAL SNOWFALL TOTAL 32.0"...DEPARTURE (-14.0")
1971-2000 30 YEAR NORMAL 46.0"

2010 DAYS MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION 0.01" OR MORE...105 DAYS
DEPARTURE -24 DAYS
1971-2000 30 YEAR NORMAL 129 DAYS

2010 DAYS PRECIPITATION 1.00" OR MORE...13 DAYS
DEPARTURE +1 DAY
1971-2000 30 YEAR NORMAL 12 DAYS

HIGH MAX 102F JUL 6TH
HIGH MIN 75F JUL 6TH AND JUL 7TH
HIGH MEAN 89F JUL 6TH...HIGH 102/LOW 75
LOW MAX 18F JAN 29TH
LOW MIN 1F JAN 30TH
LOW MEAN 10F JAN 30TH...HIGH 19/LOW 1
DAILY MAX PCPN 3.34 INCHES DEC 12TH
DAILY MAX SNOWFALL 7.0 INCHES DEC 27TH
2 MIN SUSTAINED WIND SPEED FROM NNE 41 MPH JUN 5TH AND FROM N 41 MPH
DEC 26TH AND 27TH
PEAK GUST FROM NE 60 MPH JUN 5TH

NUMBER OF DAYS WITH 90+ TEMPERATURES...34 DAYS...
DEPARTURE PLUS 16...
THIS TIES THIRD GREATEST TOTAL WITH 1965 AND IS THE MOST SINCE 35
DAYS WERE RECORDED IN 2002.
HEAT WAVES...THREE DAYS OR MORE WITH CONSECUTIVE 90+
TEMPERATURES...JUL 4-9...JUL 16-18...AUG 9-11...AUG 29-SEP 2

WORCESTER MA REGIONAL AIRPORT ORH...OFFICIAL RECORDS SINCE 1892

2010 AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 49.8F...DEPARTURE +2.5F
1971-2000 30 YEAR NORMAL 47.3F
TIES 4TH WARMEST YEARS WITH 1953 AND 1915...
WARMEST SINCE 50.1F IN 2006

2010 PRECIPITATION TOTAL 51.33"...DEPARTURE +2.73"
1971-2000 30 YEAR NORMAL 48.60"

2010 SNOWFALL TOTAL 54.7" DEPARTURE -6.1"
1971-2000 30 YEAR NORMAL 60.8"

2010 DAYS MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION 0.01" OR MORE...120 DAYS
DEPARTURE -16 DAYS
1971-2000 30 YEAR NORMAL 136 DAYS

2010 DAYS PRECIPITATION 1.00" OR MORE...18 DAYS
DEPARTURE +5 DAYS
1971-2000 30 YEAR NORMAL 13 DAYS

HIGH MAX 96F JUL 6TH
HIGH MIN 77F JUL 6TH
HIGH MEAN 87F JUL 6TH
LOW MAX 13F JAN 29TH
LOW MIN 0F JAN 30TH
LOW MEAN 9F JAN 29TH AND JAN 30TH
DAILY MAX PCPN 2.43 INCHES MAR 30TH
DAILY MAX SNOWFALL 7.7 INCHES FEB 24TH
2 MIN SUSTAINED WIND SPEED FROM NW 44 MPH DEC 27TH
PEAK GUST FROM W 59 MPH NOV 17TH

NUMBER OF DAYS WITH 90+ TEMPERATURES...6 DAYS DEPARTURE PLUS 3.
HEAT WAVES...THREE DAYS OR MORE WITH CONSECUTIVE 90+
TEMPERATURES...JUL 5-7...FIRST TIME SINCE AUGUST 26-28 1993.
STRAUSS
 
 MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY-
DECEMBER 2010
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS
from Dennis Bollea

TEMPERATURE--
Average daily mean: 32.1°F (departure: -2.7 deg.)
Average daily high: 38.5°F
Average daily low: 25.7°F
Month's high: 57°F on the 1st
Month's low: 13°F on the 10th
Days with low 32°F or below: 27
Days with low 0°F or below: 0
Days with high 32°F of below: 4
Days with high 90°F or above: 0

PRECIPITATION--
Month's total: 3.02" (departure: -1.49")
Year's total: 47.34" (departure: -0.27")
Max. 24hr. total: 1.25" on 26th-27th
Days with 0.01" or more: 11
Days with 1.00" or more: 0
Month's snow: 11.3" (departure: +4.3")
Days with 0.1" or more: 7
Days with 6.0" or more: 0
Season's total: 11.8" (departure: +4.3")

BAROMETER--
Month's high: 30.43" on 10th
Month's low: 28.67" on 27th

MISCELLANEOUS--
Days with thunder: 0
Days with fog: 4
Peak wind gust: 40 mph on the 27th
Heating degree days: 1015, season: 2038 (last year: 2013)
Cooling degree days: 0, season (final): 883 (last year: 487)
Snow depth days: 46, season: 47 (last year: 90)

Comments: A drier and colder than normal December in Fairhaven but with
above normal snowfall...The average daily mean temperature of 32.1°F is the
coldest December since 2000. 20 days had below average temperatures, 9 days
above and 2 days exactly normal.
Not a single snowflake fell until the 19th, then
several days of on and off light snow gave us a
white Christmas for the second
year in a row.
The 26th and 27th brought some stormy weather with windswept snow,
sleet and rain, 1.35" total precipitation and 5.5" of snow.
On the 27th the barometer dipped to 28.67",
the lowest pressure since November 22, 2005.

ANNUAL WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY
from Dennis Bollea's Pope Beach Location
2010
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE--
Average daily mean: 52.5°F (departure: +1.7 deg.)
Average daily high: 60.2°F
Average daily low: 44.8°F
Year's high: 96°F on July 6
Year's low: 7°F on January 30
Days with high 90°F or higher: 6
Days with low 0°F or lower: 0
Days with high 32°F or lower: 14
Days with low 32°F or lower: 103
Season's last freeze: March 28
Season's first freeze: November 1
Growing season: 217 days

PRECIPITATION--
Year's total (includes melted): 47.34" (departure: -0.27")
Days with 0.01" or more: 120
Days with 1.00" or more: 18
Max. 24-hr. total: 2.93" on March 29-30

Year's snow: 28.1" (departure: -9.7")
Days with 0.1" snow or more: 23
Days with 6.0" or more: 1
Max. 24-hr. snow: 7.0" on February 10-11

Longest period with no measurable precip.: 10 days (June 29 - July 8;
July 26 - August 4)
Longest period with 0.10" or less: 21 days (July 26 - August 15)
Longest period with 1.00" or less: 30 days (June 14 - July 14)

BAROMETER--
Year's high: 30.55" on November 21
Year's low: 28.67" on December 27

MISCELLANEOUS--
Days with thunder: 19
Days with fog: 85
High wind gust: 42 mph on January 18
 

Comments: Very warm 2010 in Fairhaven. Average daily mean temperature
of 52.5°F is 1.7 degrees above normal and the warmest since 1999.
It was the 4th warmest year in the station's 36 years of temp records. 
Year's high temperature of 96°F is the highest since 1999.
Snow was about 10" below normal.
For the 4th year in a row Dec was the snowiest month of the year.

Monthly highlights--
January: Only 4.9" snow.
February: 7.0" heavy sticky snow on the 25th, many power outages and downed
branches.
March: Very wet month with over 10" of precip. Major flooding of local
ponds and rivers. Many major highways and roads closed for days.
April: Thankfully, a very dry month. 1.68" precip is the 2nd driest
April on record.
May: Very warm month, 3.2 degrees above normal. Not much rain. Smoky
skies from Quebec forest fires on the 31st.
June: Very warm, 3rd warmest June on record. Heavy thunderstorm drops
1.63" rain in less than 2 hours on the 5th.
July: Another very warm month. Average temp of 76.3°F is warmest July
on record.
August: Again a very warm month. Summer season (June, July, August)
warmest on record.
September: High temperature of 90°F on the 1st is the first September
90-degree-day on record. Hurricane Earl skirts the area on the 4th.
October: Warmth continues. Final week of month was 11.5 degrees above
normal. Wet, 6.37" precip.
November: Cool and dry. Half an inch of snow on the 8th, first November
snowfall since 2005.
December: Cold and snowy month. Stormy 26th-27th, low pressure 28.67"

Dennis Bollea
 

Happy New Year to All:

     A colder and snowier than normal December
here in Acushnet with somewhat below precipitation.  Mild windswept rains
dropped 1.65" in the bucket on Dec. 12-13th.. Nuisance period of light snow
from the 19-23rd. left enough for a White Christmas. 

An East Coast Blizzard
on the 26-27th.dropped a mix bag 6.0" of heart attack snow here and dropped my barometer to 28.66" on the morning of the 27th..

     The Year 2010 was the warmest year since 1999 at this location. Even
though precipiation was 4.71" above normal for the year, snowfall was 8.6" below the normal.The Spring Season ( mar.apr.may ) was the warmest on my            records some 5.5 deg. above normal.  The Summer Season ( jun.jul.aug. ) was the hottest in a decade at this location.  The Fall Season ( sep.oct.nov. ) was warmer than normal with just slightly below precipitation.

December & The Year  2010  Acushnet, Ma   


Ave High               40.3 deg
Ave Low                24.4 deg
Dec Mean               32.4 deg is 2.1 Below Normal
High Temp              58 on Dec 2nd. & 13th. 
Low Temp                10  on Dec 10th. 

Total Precip           4.13" is 0.68" Below Normal
Max 24 hr Precip       1.65" on Dec 12-13th.
Snowfall                 11.2" is 3.4" Above Normal
Total 2010 Precip    57.31" is 4.71" Above Normal
Season Snowfall        11.7"    ( Oct - Dec )

T-Storm Days           0

High Wind Gust      estimate   40+ mph on Dec 26-27th. instr frozen

Heating Degree Days    1023
Cooling Degree Days    0

High Barometer         30.45" on Dec 10th.
Low Barometer          28.66" on Dec 27th.

The Year 2010

Ave High               62.3 deg
Ave Low                44.3 deg
2010 Mean              53.3 deg is 2.4 Above Normal - warmest since 1999
High Temp              98 on July 6th.
Low Temp                5  on Jan 10th. & 30th.

Total Precip           57.31" is 4.71" Above Normal 
Max 24hr Precip         3.74" on March 29 - 30th.
Snowfall               28.6" is 8.6" Below Normal 
Max 24hr Snowfall       6.0" on Feb 10 -11th.  &  Dec 26 -27th.

T-Storm Days           19 is 1 Above Normal

High Wind Gust         42  mph Jan 29th.
Heating Degree Days    5253
Cooling Degree Days     979
Days 90 Deg & Above      14  is 5 Above Normal
Days 0 deg & Below        0  is 2 Below Normal

High Barometer         30.55 on Nov 29th.
Low Barometer          28.66 on Dec 27th.

Jan. colder,drier,less snow...early 6" of snow stays til the 17th.
Feb. bit warmer..6" wet pasty snow 10-11th. tree damage..windswept rains.low bar 28.70..25th.
Mar. wettest month in 30 yrs of  rec 15.61"...Historic flooding of ponds and rivers
Apr. warmest on my records - 88 deg on the 7th...drier...early blooms
May. warm & dry..94 deg on the 26th..low smoke from Quebec fires 31st...plants 2 wks ahead
Jun. warmer than norm...cool & thundery first half...then warming
Jul. much warmer than norm...early 4 day Heat Wave...98 deg on the 6th.
Aug. warmer than norm...end of month Heat Wave goes into Sep.
Sep. much warm than norm..94-93 first 2 days..Hur Earl offshore on 3rd. 1.23" rain
Oct. warmer & drier than norm..no killing frost..breezy..peak color 23rd.
Nov. near normal...killing frost 25 deg on the 3rd...0.5" snow-sleet on 5th.
Dec. colder,snowier than norm..snows enough for W.Christmas..6" wet snw 26-27th.low bar 28.66


Tom Carr 

WA1KDD

 

 

 

DECEMBER 26-27 2010 STORM

The Dec 26 Nor’easter brought 2010

to an end

with wind and snow.


M.L.Baron / westislandweather.com


A powerful Nor’easter battered southeastern Massachusetts with hurricane force winds and a wide range of snow totals the  day after Christmas. As expected, the rain mixture dropped the local snow accumulations dramatically.  According to long time weather spotter, Tom Carr of Acushnet, the storm’s barometric pressure bottomed out at 28.66". 
This ranks as the 4th lowest pressure he has recorded since 1991 (Hurricane Bob 28.48").

There were some scattered reports of hurricane force wind gusts during the peak of the storm., however most gusts remained   below 60MPH. Spotter observations included: Wellfleet 80MPH, Hyannis 56MPH, and Vineyard Haven at 53MPH. 

One unofficial reading of 91 MPH was recorded at Block Island.

 

(December 27, 2010 Radar. Note rotation of the storm center right off Nantucket. Enter image for Stanard-Times storm story.)


Here at West Island in Fairhaven, the wind peaked at 59 MPH around 2AM  and the barometer’s lowest reading registered 28.66" at 530AM Monday morning. Lightning detectors sounded ( a rare winter storm feature) several times indicating the storms intensity. There were also many scattered power outages. In Fairhaven a family reported losing power from 5PM to 3AM   while the indoor temperature went down to 47 degrees.

12-27-2010 at 730AM Radar: The "Battle Zone"  BLUE = intense snow ,

PINK = ice, freezing rain, GREEN = rain

     Snow totals varied as to what time the readings were taken because        of the oscillation of the rain - snow mix Sunday night into Monday morning.  Temperatures ranged from 32 degrees in the beginning of the storm to the mid 30's thus resulting in the change over to rain for the bulk of the event here in Fairhaven.

     Snow totals ranged from 3.5" on the island to around 6" in Fairhaven and Acushnet. Nearby,  Dartmouth reported over 10", Westport 11" and 17.3" at The National Weather Service office in Taunton. As the Nor’easter departed, strong northwesterly winds brought in bone chilling wind chills   into the single digits as the temperatures dropped into the mid teens Monday night.

     Milder and more seasonal conditions are expected to moderate into the upper 30's by the end of the week with the New Year arriving on Saturday with temperatures in the low 40's.

 

..........

 


The following snowfall reports on Dec  20, 2010  Wx Net follows:
 
New Bedford - South End - Kb1uam- Anthony - 4.0"
New Bedford - Center - N1ltv - Hank - 2.8"
New Bedford - North End - Ka1rsy - Ed - 2.5"
Fairhaven - West Island - Ka1wbh - M.L. - 3.0"
Fairhaven - Pope Beach - N1wji - Dennis - 3.5"
North Dartmouth - Kici - Ron - 2.0"
Rochester - N1ztv - Harold - 4.2"
Acushnet West - W1ezy - Paul - 3.6"
Acushnet North - Wa1kdd - Tom - 3.0"
 
73's Tom Carr Wa1kdd N.C.S.

 

 

 2010 Leaves a few Weather Mile Stones
By M.L.Baron of The West Island Weather Station KA1WBH
 
 
(And to close the year,  M.L.Baron captured the 4 seasons on West Island for 2010               with some of his favorite photos. Starting with Winter / Spring / Summer and then Fall. )
 

     For the most part, the past year in weather for the SouthCoast was rather unremarkable. The new year started off with a snow storm on the 3rd of January and a Gale on the 25th. The Feb 10 snow storm could have been much worse. March had it’s share of predictable gales but severe record breaking rainfall events made March the most destructive weather month in 2010 for Southern New England. April though June continued the above average warm streak since the year began.

     The Summer of ‘10 was hazy, hot and humid. Temps in early July reached the mid 90's    and it stayed muggy for virtually the rest of the summer. Thunderstorm events were unusually rare, however on July 19 a man was struck by lightning in Dartmouth, but survived. Hurricane Earl kept his distance with a near miss on September 4th. A mid fall slush event brought just a trace on Nov 8th.

 


An finally in December, just hours before the first official day of winter, a light snow brought over a couple of inches in Southeastern MA and continued with snow showers during the week before Christmas. 

Highs and Lows for the year from The West Island Weather Station:
High Temp: 95 on July 6
Low Temp : 0 on Jan 30
High Wind Gust: 59MPH (out of the Southeast) on December 1st (South Point Station)
Lowest Barometer: 29.06 on December 10
Highest Barometer: 30.57 on November 29
Rainfall Total: 56"
Snow Total: 40" Regional average
Rainiest Month was March:  Acushnet 15.61"  Fairhaven 10.68"  West Island 12.39"
Driest Month: April
Snowiest Month: February
Predominant wind direction: Southwest

       This years temperatures continue an over-all above average trend over the past decade.

 


Some of this data compiled from reports by weather spotters Dennis Bollea and Tom Carr.

       In other weather related news, long-time WBZ TV Meteorologist Don Kent passed away
this year. Under “new management”; The Weather Channel also said their good byes to many long time weather personalities such as Alexandra Steele. The new owners (NBC) swept away most of these familiar faces like an F5 Tornado and put in place their own talents such as Al Roker. (Willard Scott can’t be far behind., after brushing off the cobwebs.)

      WIWS added the South Point Station which includes live streaming web cams of the bay and Town Beach. Westislandweather.com had 42,000+ visitors from over 120 countries, and over 106,000 viewers of it’s YouTube videos.

Wishing all a Happy and Safe New Year!
 

 

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was published the 2nd week of December, about 10 days later a blizzard struck on December 26 - 27, 2010 thus bring the year in weather to a dramatic and historical end. Scroll above for complete story. 

 

Another Mild Storm for SouthCoast, Dec 12-13 , 2010

    As the Midwest got battered with brutal winter weather, a mild spring like storm brought in temperatures reaching 55.6 degrees this weekend.  Heavy rain stayed in Rhode Island with totals reaching 5". Locally at the West Island South Point Station, the wind gusted to 54MPH at 2:09PM Sunday along with sustained 40MPH southeasterly breezes into the early evening. 1.17" of rain fell Sunday and .36" inches Monday for a storm total of 1.53". If this was all snow we could have been digging out from over 15" inches.

  ( A powerful storm brought in mild temps and dumped piles of seaweed on the causeway 2 years to the day on Dec 12, 2008)

 
A BRIEF BUT WINDY STORM ON DECEMBER 1ST 2010 

   West Island Weather Station South Point had the highest recorded gusts in SouthCoast MA for this storm event: 59MPH at 808PM SSE on December 1st, 2010., .38 inches of rain was also recorded.

 
 
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NOVEMBER 2010 IN REVIEW


MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY--
NOVEMBER 2010
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE--
Average daily mean: 43.8°F (departure: -0.4 deg.)
Average daily high: 50.7°F
Average daily low: 36.8°F
Month's high: 61°F on the 5th
Month's low: 24°F on the 28th
Days with low 32°F or below: 10
Days with low 0°F or below: 0
Days with high 32°F of below: 0
Days with high 90°F or above: 0

PRECIPITATION--
Month's total: 3.52" (departure: -0.62")
Year's total: 44.32" (departure: +1.22")
Previous 12 months total (12/09 to 11/10): 50.94" (departure: +3.41")
Max. 24hr. total: 1.03" on 7th-8th
Days with 0.01" or more: 8
Days with 1.00" or more: 1
Month's snow: 0.5" (departure: ±0.0")
Days with 0.1" or more: 1
Days with 6.0" or more: 0
Season's total: 0.5" (departure: ±0.0")

BAROMETER--
Month's high: 30.55" on 21st
Month's low: 29.16" on 8th

MISCELLANEOUS--
Days with thunder: 0
Days with fog: 7
Peak wind gust: 33 mph on the 24th
Heating degree days: 631, season: 1023 (last year: 1029)
Cooling degree days: 0, season: 883 (last year: 487)
Snow depth days: 1, season: 1 (last year: 0)

FALL SEASON SUMMARY (SEPT, OCT, NOV)--
Average daily mean temperature: 54.7°F (departure: +1.3 deg.)
Season's high temperature: 90°F on September 1
Season's low temperature: 24°F on November 24
Precipitation: 13.08" (departure: +1.05")
Maximum 24 hr. precip.: 2.27" on September 3-4
Snowfall: 0.5" (departure: ±0.0")
Days with thunder: 3
Days with fog: 20

Comments: A somewhat cool and dry November this year in Fairhaven.
The first freezing temperature of the season came on the 1st, maybe a week
or so later than average. No real temperature extremes either way. Low
temps getting down to the 20's on just four days and highs into the 60's on
just four....Precip-wise the month got off to a rather wet start but just
0.06" fell the last 13 days of the month....The first snowfall fell in the
early morning hours of the 8th when a half-an-inch of snow and sleet was
measured, the first measurable November snowfall since 2005....The fall
season was warm with above normal precipitation. Highlights of the season
include the first fall season 90-degree-day on record with a 90F reading
on September 1 and the near miss of Hurricane Earl on September 4.

Dennis Bollea
N1WJI
...

Hello All:
                 A near normal November here in Acushnet as both temperatures and precipitation where just slightly above normal.
  We had our first November
measurable snowfall since 2005 on Nov. 8th with 0.5" of sleet and snow.

                 A killing frost morning of 25 degrees on Nov. 3rd. was followed by a weeks worth of wet and gloomy with 3.39" of precipitation falling during that period.  A 6 hour period of moderate rain on the morning of Nov. 17th. dropped 1.53" into the bucket and that was just about it for the month.

                  No real extremes of either temperature or precipitation made for not a bad November at all. The Fall Season ( Sep,Oct,Nov ) was warmer than normal with slightly below normal precipitation.

November  2010     41deg,44min N   70deg,55min W


Ave High               52.6 deg
Ave Low                36.0 deg
Nov Mean              44.4 deg is 0.2 Above Normal
High Temp             64 on Nov 13th. & 23rd. 
Low Temp              23 on Nov 28th. & 29th.

Total Precip           5.02" is 0.07" Above Normal
Max 24 hr Precip       1.88" on Nov 4 - 5th.
Snowfall                0.5"  is 0.7" Below Normal
Total 2010 Precip      53.18" is  5.33" Above Normal
Season Snowfall        0.5"   Oct-Apr
Days 90 deg & Above        0
Days 0 deg or Below        0
T-Storm Days           0

High Wind Gust         33 mph on Nov 17th.

Heating Degree Days    631
Cooling Degree Days    0

High Barometer         30.55" on November 29th.
Low Barometer          29.14" on November 8th.

Fall Season 2010        ( Sep,Oct,Nov)
Ave Temp                   55.9 deg is 2.2 deg  Above Normal
Total Precip              12.69" is 0.76" Below Normal
                                                                      

Tom Carr
WA1KDD
 
 
THE MID FALL RETRO-GRADE STORM NOVEMBER 8, 2010
 

"Silas" a Siberian Husky of West Island appears disappointed with just a trace of slush from Mondays' storm that made a rare track backwards before eventually heading out to sea.

 


Storm stats at the West Island Weather Station recorded a peak wind gust of 37MPH out of the NNW at 644AM. Snow/Slush ranged from less than 1/4" to a trace of the slushy mess. Wind Chill temperatures hovered in the mid to upper 20's. Local rainfall reached close to an inch. The barometer bottomed out Monday at 930AM reading 29.18".

 

"November typically averages about 1.5 inches of snow. So this event is not entirely that unusual during the mid fall. However one outstanding feature of this storm was bad weather delivered by a usually fair weather wind direction out of the Northwest. This scenario was caused by a lazy but powerful low pressure system that had no influences to push it out to sea for several days. Another bizarre element was that when the Northeasterly winds kicked in, it brought somewhat milder temperatures from the ocean that is still in the upper 40's to low 50's."  Stated M.L.Baron of westislandweather.com


OCTOBER 2010 SUMMARY

 

MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY--
OCTOBER 2010
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE--
Average daily mean: 53.9°F (departure: +1.2 deg.)
Average daily high: 61.3°F
Average daily low: 46.4°F
Month's high: 78°F on the 1st
Month's low: 35°F on the 23rd

PRECIPITATION--
Month's total: 6.37" (departure: +2.33")
Year's total: 40.80" (departure: +1.84")
Previous 12 months total (11/09 to 10/10): 49.90" (departure: +2.30")
Max. 24hr. total: 1.81" on 15th-16th
Days with 0.01" or more: 11
Days with 1.00" or more: 4

BAROMETER--
Month's high: 30.20" on 24th
Month's low: 29.14" on 15th

MISCELLANEOUS--
Days with thunder: 1
Days with fog: 6
Peak wind gust: 27 mph on the 4th
Heating degree days: 340, season: 392 (last year: 531)
Cooling degree days: 4, season: 883 (last year: 487)

Comments: Warm weather continues into October, the 6th month in a row
with above normal temperatures. Very warm final week, the 25th through
the 28th averaged 11.5 degrees above normal...6.37 inches of rain this
month is the wettest month since March. 4 days this month had 1-inch
rainfall totals, 1.40" on the 1st, 1.27" on the 6th, 1.80" on the 15th
and 1.18" on the 27th.

Dennis Bollea

Hello All:
A warmer and wetter than normal October at this station in
Acushnet.  It was the 9th. month in a row above normal temperature wise.
There was no killing frost and no sighting of frost at all. 

The low of 36 deg.
appears to be the highest low reading for

the month of October on my records.
The first half of the month was very wet producing 4.76" of the
total precipitation. 

It was a windy month with many gusts into the 20 to 30 mph
range.  Peak color was a little late on the 23rd. of the month. 

Very few pine ones in the all Fall down

compared to the bumper crop of last year.
 October  2010   41deg,44min N   70deg,55min W


Ave High               64.6 deg
Ave Low                46.6 deg
Oct Mean              55.6 deg is 2.5 Above Normal
High Temp             80 on Oct 1st.  
Low Temp               36 on Oct 22&23rd.

Total Precip           5.29" is 0.92"  Above Normal
Max 24 hr Precip       1.91" on Oct 15th.
Snowfall                0
Total 2010 Precip      48.16" is  5.26" Above Normal
Season Snowfall        0
Days 90 deg & Above        0

T-Storm Days           1

High Wind Gust         36 mph on Oct 15th.

Heating Degree Days    310
Cooling Degree Days    13

High Barometer         30.20" on October 24th.
Low Barometer          29.17" on October 15th.

Tom Carr

 

SEPTEMBER 2010 SUMMARY

 

MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY--
SEPTEMBER 2010
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE--
Average daily mean: 66.4°F (departure: +3.0 deg.)
Average daily high: 73.8°F
Average daily low: 59.0°F
Month's high: 90°F on the 1st
Month's low: 45°F on the 21st
Days with low 32°F or below: 0
Days with low 0°F or below: 0
Days with high 32°F of below: 0
Days with high 90°F or above: 1

PRECIPITATION--
Month's total: 3.19" (departure: -0.66")
Year's total: 34.43" (departure: -0.49")
Previous 12 months total (10/09 to 9/10): 52.02" (departure: +4.60")
Max. 24hr. total: 2.27" on 3rd-4th
Days with 0.01" or more: 7
Days with 1.00" or more: 1
Month's snow: 0.0" (departure: 0.0")

BAROMETER--
Month's high: 30.23" on 18th, 23rd, 24th
Month's low: 29.28" on 4th

MISCELLANEOUS--
Days with thunder: 2
Days with fog: 7
Peak wind gust: 22 mph on the 4th, 17th, 20th
Heating degree days: 49, season: 52 (last year: 112)
Cooling degree days: 97, season: 879 (last year: 487)

Comments: Very warm September in Fairhaven this year. Average daily
mean temperature f 66.4 degrees was 3.0 degrees above normal
and is the 4th warmest on 
record (since 974).
The temperature reached 90°F on the 1st, the first September 
90-degree-day n record.Four daily high temperature records this month:
 90°F on he 1st, 86°F on the 2nd, 77°F on the 29th, and 78°F on the 30th. 
 This was the fifth onsecutive month with above normal temperatures. 
 The period from May through September as averaged 3.1 degrees above normal
Rapidly weakening Hurricane Earl passed about 25 miles southeast
 of Fairhaven on the 4th.  The storm left 2.27" of 
rain but not much
wind to speak of.

Dennis Bollea
 Hello All:
below normal precipitation.  It was the 3rd. warmest Sept. on my records
with a mean of 67.6 degrees.  September 2005 was the warmest with a mean
of 68.4 deg. and Sept. of 1999 saw a mean of 67.8 deg.
Hot for September readings of 94 and 93 greeted the first two days
of the month ending a 5 day Heat Wave which started at the end of August.

It is unusual to see two 90 deg Sept temps at this
 location and a high of 94.We have about a one in 
every 5 year chance of a 90 in September.

It was the driest September since 1998 when only 1.92" fell here
in Acushnet.  Offshore Hurricane Earl dropped the bulk of the months rain
on the 3rd. into the 4th., with 1.23" at this location.
A stretch of 22 days followed only interrupted with .74" falling 
on the 17th. of the month.
Hummingbirds stayed a little longer leaving on the 21 st. this
September apparently enjoying the nice and warm and breezy month.
September  2010    41deg,44min N   70deg,55min W


Ave High               76.3 deg
Ave Low                58.5 deg
Sept Mean           67.6 deg is 3.7  Above Normal
High Temp             94 on Sept 1st. 
Low Temp               43 on Sept 16th.  & 21st.

Total Precip           2.38" is 1.76"  Below Normal
Max 24 hr Precip       1.23" on Sept 3rd.- 4th.
Snowfall                0
Total 2010 Precip      42.87" is  4.34" Above Normal
Season Snowfall        0
Days 90 deg & Above        2

T-Storm Days           1

High Wind Gust         29 mph on Sept 4th.

Heating Degree Days    51
Cooling Degree Days    124

High Barometer         30.27  on Sept 6th.
Low Barometer          29.29 on Sept 4th.

Tom Carr
 
                                                                            

 

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