Saturday, January 2, 2010

2009 Weather Review

The year of 2009 doesn't stand out in my mind as a banner year for weather events locally. Although I'm sure there are some who would disagree. Here's a recap of the storms I do remember from 2009.

A surprise snowstorm hit the area on February 3. The storm caught Franklin county school administrators off guard and forced them to actually delay student dismissal until 4:30pm.

The next memorable even occurred on Sunday, April 5. A funnel cloud was spotted in the Laurel area. Here's a link to my first post, second post, and third post on the storm.

The summer of 2009 was quite cool, especially July. July turned out to be the coolest July in 60 years.

The next big event occurred on August 4 when several inches of rain fell in a very short period of time leading to evacuations across the area.

Yeah, that was about it. There are many more memorable events from across the country and few from around the world even, but these are the four big local events that stand out in my mind for 2009. So... will 2010 bring any more excitement? Doubt it. :-|

Moving on the the hard numbers for the year...
The lowest temperature was -11F (-24C) on January 16.
The highest temperature was 93F (34C) on June 24
The strongest wind gust was 47mph on February 11.
Total precipitation for the year was 42.10 inches (107cm). This number is likely to low though because I'm unable to measure all frozen precipitation.
There were 121 days with precipitation > 0.01"
There were 76 days with precipitation > 0.10"
There were 9 days with precipitation > 1.00"
August 4 saw the most precipitation with 4.32"

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