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2018 The Year Of Being Meteorologically Cheated Summaries


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Weather is never normal, but 2018 to me felt like we were cheated in enjoying the months/seasons as they were meant to be more so than usual.  Very few months lived up to their climo billing

January, ok fig crushing cold

February was March

March was February

April was SSW(d)

May-July was probably the only stretch that was close to "normal"

August, I didn't sign up for Miami Dew Points

September was another August wantobe month again.

October started as if it was Labor Day.  The last couple of weeks were good.

November snowy for 12 hours and otherwise cold and dank

December, shut off the rain already.

 

These were the Mount Laurel yearly totals:

Highest temp 97F

Lowest temp 1F

Total precipitation:  66.02"

Total snowfall:  33.3"

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24 minutes ago, Rainshadow said:

Weather is never normal, but 2018 to me felt like we were cheated in enjoying the months/seasons as they were meant to be more so than usual.  Very few months lived up to their climo billing

January, ok fig crushing cold

February was March

March was February

April was SSW(d)

May-July was probably the only stretch that was close to "normal"

August, I didn't sign up for Miami Dew Points

September was another August wantobe month again.

October started as if it was Labor Day.  The last couple of weeks were good.

November snowy for 12 hours and otherwise cold and dank

December, shut off the rain already.

 

These were the Mount Laurel yearly totals:

Highest temp 97F

Lowest temp 1F

Total precipitation:  66.02"

Total snowfall:  33.3"

 

Let's get down to the brass tacks, cut to the chase, whatever you want to say. The main question is, HOW many days did you get out and play golf in 2018?  😎

 

 

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I know % of total sunshine used to be tracked when I got the Local Climatological Data (LCD) sheets in the mail.    Is that still tracked somewhere?

Aside from the ridiculous rain, it seemed to be cloudy most of the time.    I actually cannot recall a day with 100% of the possible sunshine.

The lack of clear skies at night definitely skewed our temperatures above normal while the cloudy days suppressed temps making for abnormally

low diurnal range.

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My weather complaints were at an all time high in 2018. I think I saw tombo's stat on twitter of rain 145 days in the year. So basically 2 out of every 5 days. That's ridiculous and the amounts of rain in many of the events was appreciable (0.50"+). It  was nice to see winter make a return later in the season last year but I prefer a transition to spring by later March. My yard was like I've never seen before, my kids barely out there playing in it as it was constantly saturated/water logged. Mowing was delayed or literally impossible for weeks on end in the normally soggy parts of my uneven yard. I never even did my full final mowing for the year. The November snow was a highlight to 2018 for me. Sort of a gift from Mother Nature for what otherwise was a miserable year on too many occasions outdoors.

Big changes personally for 2019 as the family and I will be moving this summer (details to come). While we are staying in the area it will be a new home/town for us. Hopefully the weather will cooperate when I need it too.

 

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Regarding the summer.  While it rained constantly, didn't it seem like the nice days were *really* nice?  Like when the sun was out, the humidity tended to be lower than usual and there was often a nice breeze.  Then again, maybe I'm practicing revisionist history inside my own head.  

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3 hours ago, mshaffer526 said:

Regarding the summer.  While it rained constantly, didn't it seem like the nice days were *really* nice?  Like when the sun was out, the humidity tended to be lower than usual and there was often a nice breeze.  Then again, maybe I'm practicing revisionist history inside my own head.  

Revisionist in August for sure. The humidity was tropical a large majority of the time.

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3 minutes ago, Rainshadow said:

I must have been working all of those dry weather Oakland days. :rolleyes:   At least Saint Louis for Atlantic City makes some sense.  It is obvious that precip is not factored in at all.

or humidity - at least for Oakland

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22 hours ago, cbelke said:

 

Let's get down to the brass tacks, cut to the chase, whatever you want to say. The main question is, HOW many days did you get out and play golf in 2018?  😎

 

 

91 days.  You'd think I'd be able to outdrive Tom with all of that practice.

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Philadelphia stats

Highest temp 98F

Lowest temp 4F

Total precipitation:  61.52"

Number of days with measurable precipitation:  145  (most since 2003)

Number of days with >/= 0.25" :  73, a new all-time record

Number of days with >/= 0.50" :  44  (Congrats Parsley, you were right), a new all-time record

Total snowfall:  25.1"

Number of days 90F or higher: 30

Number of days <10F: 3

 

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25 minutes ago, Rainshadow said:

91 days.  You'd think I'd be able to outdrive Tom with all of that practice.

I think you're in the fairway more than Tom, and I think you are probably in the fairway more than Tom and I combined.  😮

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From Paul in East Nantmeal:

 

In Chester County PA we finished with an average temperature of 53.4 degrees this was our 32nd warmest year in the 125 year Coop data set. However, it also marked a cooling trend with our 3rd straight year with lower temps than the previous year. As we all know it was the wettest year on record for the County with 79.12" of precipitation recorded which is 30.24" above our normal melted equivalent precipitation of 48.97". This broke the old annual record of 75.12" set back in 1996. Snow wise for the year we ended with 54.1" of snow...our 16th snowiest year behind the snowiest year with 82.1" recorded back in 1899. For the snow season of 2017/18 we finished with 56.0" of snow thanks to our snowiest March on record when 30.6" fell - that 56.0" seasonal snow was good for the 14th snowiest season...with the all-time snow season being the 95.0" that fell in 1898/99. We experienced 4 days that exceeded the 90 degree mark our normal 90+ days are 5 during a typical summer season. The coldest reading was the 0.8 degrees above zero on January 7th.  

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