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ANNUAL CLIMATIC SUMMARY FOR HAVRE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
1012 PM MST MON DEC 31 2001

THE 2001 CLIMATIC SUMMARY FOR HAVRE

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE..................: 46.6    ...2ND WARMEST EVER...
DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL................: +3.6
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE..................: 109 ON AUGUST 3RD
LOWEST TEMPERATURE...................: -23 ON FEBRUARY 26TH

TOTAL PRECIPITATION (INCHES).........: 6.90    ...4TH DRIEST...
DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL................: -4.26
MOST IN 24 HOURS.....................: 1.33 ON JULY 12TH

PEAK WIND (MPH)......................: 62 ON JULY 28TH

2001 GOES DOWN AS THE 2ND WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD...AND THE 4TH
DRIEST. TEMPERATURES AVERAGED 3.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL PER DAY...AND
PRECIPITATION WAS OVER 4 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. 16 DAILY RECORD HIGHS
WERE SET THIS YEAR...AND 2001 FEATURED THE MOST DAYS EVER WITH A
HIGH OF 90 OR GREATER.

MEMORABLE WEATHER EVENTS DURING 2001 IN HAVRE...

JANUARY AVERAGED OVER 10 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE MONTH STARTED
WARM WITH SOUTHWEST WINDS BOOSTING HIGH TEMPERATURES ABOVE 40 FOR
THE FIRST WEEK OF THE YEAR. WEAK INTRUSIONS OF ARCTIC AIR OCCURRED
BETWEEN THE 12TH AND 15TH..AND ALSO ON THE 23RD AND 24TH.

A BRIEF WARM UP OCCURRED DURING THE FIRST 5 DAYS OF FEBRUARY...
CAUSED BY GUSTY SOUTHWEST WINDS. BUT A POTENT BLAST OF CANADIAN AIR
MOVED INTO HAVRE ON FEBRUARY 6TH. TEMPERATURES STAYED AT OR BELOW
FREEZING THROUGH THE 17TH...WITH OCCASIONAL SNOW SHOWERS FALLING
DURING THIS PERIOD. THERE WERE 16 DAYS WHERE THE TEMPERATURE DROPPED
BELOW ZERO. FEBRUARY WAS THE COLDEST MONTH OF THE YEAR...10 DEGREES
BELOW NORMAL.
 
ON MARCH 19TH...THE HIGH WAS 70...THE FIRST RECORD OF THE YEAR. FOUR
DAYS LATER THE HIGH WAS ONLY 27...WITH FLURRIES FALLING MOST OF
THE DAY. BY THE END OF MARCH ONLY 0.34 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION HAD
FALLEN FOR THE YEAR.
 
THE FIRST HALF OF APRIL WAS COOL AND WET WITH FREQUENT LIGHT SNOW OR
RAIN DURING THE FIRST TWO WEEKS. BUT HAVRE BROKE INTO THE 70S ON THE
17TH...AND THEN THE 80S ON THE 25TH THROUGH THE 27TH. RECORD HIGHS
WERE SET ON THE 27TH AND 28TH. A LONG AND HOT SUMMER WAS JUST AROUND
THE CORNER.
 
MAY WAS THE 7TH HOTTEST ON RECORD. 5 DAYS HAD A HIGH OF 90 DEGREES
OR MORE...THE MOST IN MAY SINCE 1936. JUNE BEGAN WITH COOL MOIST
SYSTEMS DROPPING RAIN ON HAVRE...BUT STILL IT FINISHED WARMER AND
DRIER THAN NORMAL. IT WAS THE 8TH CONSECUTIVE MONTH OF BELOW NORMAL
PRECIPITATION FOR HAVRE.
 
JULY WAS THE 3RD HOTTEST ON RECORD. THE FIRST 12 DAYS HAD A HIGH OF
AT LEAST 90...WITH 4 OF THOSE DAYS IN TRIPLE DIGITS. EVEN WITH THE
HEAT...SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS MANAGED TO PRODUCE NEARLY 3 INCHES
OF RAIN DURING THE MONTH. THIS WAS THE WETTEST JULY SINCE 1995.
 
AUGUST WAS THE 2ND HOTTEST ON RECORD...AND 6 RECORD HIGHS WERE SET
DURING THE MONTH. 2 OF THE 5 HOTTEST DAYS EVER IN HAVRE OCCURRED IN
AUGUST OF 2001. THE 109 RECORDED ON THE 3RD WAS THE HIGHEST
TEMPERATURE REPORTED IN THE STATE THIS YEAR.
 
A PROLONGED COOLER THAN NORMAL PERIOD BEGAN ON OCTOBER 2ND...AND A
SERIES OF CANADIAN COLD FRONTS KEPT TEMPERATURES NEAR NORMAL THROUGH
THE 26TH. FROM THIS POINT...TEMPERATURES REMAINED ABOVE NORMAL FOR
THE REST OF THE YEAR WITH FEW EXCEPTIONS.
 
THE LONGEST DRY SPELL OF THE YEAR HIT IN NOVEMBER...WHEN MEASURABLE
PRECIPITATION WAS NOT RECORDED UNTIL THE 23RD. LIGHT SNOW ON THE
23RD AND 24TH PROVIDED THE 0.04 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION THAT WAS
RECORDED DURING THE MONTH. NOVEMBER ENDED TIED AS THE 8TH DRIEST ON
RECORD.
 
DECEMBER WAS SIMILAR TO NOVEMBER...DRY AND WARM. THERE WERE ONLY 0.01
INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH. THIS FELL AS SNOW
SHOWERS ON THE 15TH. COLD AIR HIT ON THE 28TH SENDING TEMPERATURES
BELOW ZERO EACH DAY THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR.
 
DAILY TEMPERATURE RECORDS SET OR TIED IN 2001...
 
DATE     RECORD    VALUE    OLD RECORD
MAR 19    HIGH       70       70 (2000)
APR 27    HIGH       85       84 (1916 1928 1987)
APR 28    HIGH       91       89 (1939)
MAY 12    HIGH       93       91 (1960)
MAY 13    HIGH       92       92 (1903)
MAY 24    HIGH       96       93 (1941)
JUL 9     HIGH      102       98 (1950 1968 1970)
JUL 11    HIGH      100       99 (1925 1939 1957)
AUG 3     HIGH      109      102 (1934 1951 1971)
AUG 7     HIGH      107      106 (1970)
AUG 13    HIGH      101      100 (1973)
AUG 17    HIGH       99       97 (1919)
AUG 18    HIGH      105      102 (1964)
AUG 27    HIGH       99       97 (1971)
SEP 25    HIGH       96       92 (1974)
OCT 27    HIGH       76       76 (1944)
 
 
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