Area weather again fueled by ups and downs in 2019

Friday, January 3, 2020

As expected, Indiana weather had its ups and downs in 2019.

No extreme records were set during the year but with the decade ending on Dec. 31, the National Weather Service has shared a number of interesting weather figures.

Reflecting on the decade, the National Weather Service notes that days of heavy precipitation were not that plentiful.

The number of days with two or more inches of precipitation, it reported, were 21. The Indianapolis area also saw six days of three or more inches of precipitation during the decade, while logging just one day in excess of four inches of precipitation (July 2, 2015).

Did the area see more days of below-zero temperatures or more days with a blistering 95 degrees or above?

The temperature fell below zero on 33 nights during the decade, while the mercury soared above 95 on 41 days, the Weather Service said.

The majority of the sub-zero nights came during the winter of 2013-14, while half of the 95 and above temperatures came during the summer of 2012.

The dubious distinction of the wettest day of the decade was July 2, 2015 with 4.43 inches of rain.

The snowiest day of the decade, meanwhile, was recorded on Jan. 5, 2014 when 11.4 inches of white stuff fell.

Meanwhile, the longest string of consecutive days without any precipitation was 24. The Weather Service says that occurred from June 5-28, 2012.

Other miscellaneous weather figures for the Indianapolis area during 2019 include:

-- Date of final spring frost: April 15.

-- Date of final measurable spring snow: March 30 (0.6 inches).

-- Date of first fall frost: Oct. 12.

-- Date of first measurable fall snow: Nov. 11 (2.8 inches).

-- Hottest high temperature: 94 (June 30).

-- Coldest low temperature: -11 (Jan. 30).

-- Coldest high temperature: 3 (Jan. 30).

-- Warmest low temperature: 79 (July 19).

-- Heaviest daily snowfall: 6.9 inches (Jan. 12).

-- Wettest seven-day period: 5.99 inches (June 15-21).

-- Most consecutive days with temperatures below freezing: Six (Jan. 10-15).

-- Most consecutive days with highs of 90 or hotter: Five (July 17-21).

-- Most consecutive days with measurable precipitation: Five (May 21-25).

-- Most consecutive days with no measurable precipitation: 10 (Sept. 12-21).

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