GROUND HOG DAY

 

 

THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED ON GROUND HOG DAY WAS 57 DEGREES IN 1973.  THE LOWEST EVER WAS MINUS 20 IN 1961.  NORMALLY, THE HIGH AVERAGES ABOUT 29 DEGREES AND THE LOW TEMPERATURE AROUND 16.

 

THERE IS ABOUT AN 85 PERCENT CHANCE OF HAVING PRECIPITATION OF A TRACE OR MORE-- MOST LIKELY SNOW.  THE GREATEST AMOUNT OF PRECIPITATION RECORDED WAS 0.81 INCH IN 1990.  THE MOST SNOWFALL WAS 7.1 INCHES IN 1990.

 

IF THE GROUND HOG LIVED IN BUFFALO INSTEAD OF PUNXSUTAWNEY, HE ONLY WOULD HAVE SEEN HIS SHADOW 13 TIMES IN THE PAST 117 YEARS.

 

IN 1904, A VERITABLE BLIZZARD RAGED THROUGHOUT THE DAY.  LIGHT SNOW BEGAN EARLY IN THE MORNING AND CONTINUED UNTIL MIDNIGHT.  THE LOOSE DRY SNOW WAS BLOWN ABOUT AND DRIFTED BY A WIND OF 32 TO 47 MPH.

 

A WINDSTORM IN 1907 RAISED THE WATER IN THE HARBOR SEVERAL FEET AND THE ICE AT THIS END OF THE LAKE WAS CONSIDERABLY BROKEN UP.  MANY WIRES WERE BROKEN DOWN CAUSING DELAY IN TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE SERVICE AND PUTTING OUT LIGHTS.  MANY SHOWCASES AND SIGNS WERE BLOWN DOWN AND WINDOWS BROKEN.

 

SNOWMELT AND ABOUT 1‑1/2 INCHES OF RAIN CAUSED ICE JAMS AND CAUSED LOCALIZED FLOODING ALONG CAZENOVIA CREEK IN 1970.  IN WEST SENECA, 30 FAMILIES HAD TO BE EVACUATED IN THAT AREA OF THE CREEK.

 

HIGH WINDS AGAIN CAUSED PROBLEMS IN 1981 AND 1983.  IN 1981, WINDS GUSTED OVER 50 MPH.  BLOWING SNOW AND HEAVY SQUALLS SOUTH OF BUFFALO CAUSED MANY MINOR TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS AND TRAFFIC JAMS.  THE THRUWAY WAS CLOSED BY NEARLY 2 FEET OF SNOW NEAR THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE LINE. IN 1983, WIND GUSTS OVER 70 MPH OCCURRED IN CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY.  THEY KNOCKED OUT ELECTRIC POWER TO MORE THAN 1000 CUSTOMERS AND FLIPPED OVER TWO TRACTOR TRAILER UNITS PARKED ALONG THE THRUWAY.


 

GROUND HOG DAY         FEBRUARY 2        PERIOD OF RECORD:  122YEARS (1890‑2012)

 

TEMPERATURE DATA

 

 

HIGHEST       54 DEGREES IN 1983

LOWEST       ‑20 DEGREES IN 1961

 

LOWEST MAXIMUM        6 DEGREES IN 1906, 1971

HIGHEST MINIMUM      36 DEGREES IN 1999

 

AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE        29.02 DEGREES

AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE        17.64 DEGREES

 

 

          HIGH TEMPERATURE BY 10 DEGREE RANGES

 

            SINGLE

            DIGITS   TEENS   20S   30S   40S   50S

                                                                    

              5            18        40       37     19        4     NUMBER OF OCCURRANCES

              4%        15%     33%     30%  16%    3%

 

 

PRECIPITATION DATA

 

NUMBER OF TIMES WITH MEASURABLE PRECIP                                 73 OCCURRENCES OR 59%

NUMBER OF TIMES WITH TRACE OR MORE PRECIP                            105 OCCURRENCES OR 85%

NUMBER OF TIMES WITH NO PRECIP                                                   17 OCCURRENCES OR 15%

 

PRECIPITATION OF:    0.01 INCH OR MORE      73 OCCURRENCES

                                   0.50 INCH OR MORE      4 OCCURRENCES

 

SNOW DATA:      NUMBER OF TIMES WITH A TRACE OR MORE     93

               NUMBER OF TIMES OVER A TRACE                     65

               NUMBER OF TIMES WITH 1.0 OR MORE               19

 

MAXIMUM PRECIP:    0.92 INCH IN 2008

 

MAXIMUM SNOWFALL:   7.1 INCHES IN 1990

 

  

CHARACTER OF SUNRISE...CLOUDY 109 OUT OF 122 YEARS

                      

                       SHADOW WOULD ONLY HAVE BEEN SEEN 14 TIMES IN 122 YEARS

 

 

 
 

                                                                        GROUND HOG DAY

 

      CHARACTER OF

YEAR   HI                                             LO        PRECIP            SUNRISE           SHADOW?

 

1890                                                     41         22         TR                    CLOUDY

1891                                                     29         20         0.02/0.2            CLOUDY

1892                                                     41         31         0.75                  CLOUDY

1893                                                     22         13         0.12/0.5            CLOUDY

1894                                                     30         16         0.00                  CLEAR               YES

 

1895                                                     16           7        0.01/0.1            CLOUDY

1896                                                     35         26         TR                    CLEAR               YES

1897                                                     31         24         0.00                  FOGGY

1898                                                     15          ‑3        0.05/0.5            CLOUDY

1899                                                     23         14         TR / TR             CLEAR               YES

 

1900                                                     14           3        0.09/0.9            CLOUDY

1901                                                     22         13         0.03/0.3            CLOUDY

1902                                                     33          21        0.40/4.0            CLOUDY

1903                                                     50         35         0.01                  CLOUDY

1904                                                     30          ‑1        0.26/2.6            CLOUDY

 

1905                                                       8          0        0.01/0.1            CLOUDY

1906                                                       6         ‑2        0.07/0.7            CLOUDY

1907                                                     40         15         0.09/0.1            CLOUDY

1908                                                     15           9        0.30                  CLOUDY

1909                                                     29         22         0.01/0.1            CLOUDY

 

1910                                                     40         26         TR / TR             CLOUDY

1911                                                     43         15         0.05/0.6            CLOUDY

1912                                                     27         10         0.39/4.4            CLOUDY

1913                                                     26         10         0.22/2.5            CLOUDY

1914                                                     38         18         0.00                  CLOUDY

 

1915                                                     20         12         0.67/0.4            CLOUDY

1916                                                     24         16         TR / TR             CLOUDY

1917                                                       9          0        0.03/0.3            CLOUDY

1918                                                     18          ‑1        0.00                  CLEAR               YES

1919                                                     34         18         0.00                  CLEAR               YES

 

1920                                                     49         32         0.00                  CLOUDY

1921                                                     31         27         0.05/0.4            CLOUDY

1922                                                     46         26         0.23/1.1            CLEAR               YES

1923                                                     41         25         0.05                  CLOUDY

1924                                                     32         31         0.05/0.5            CLOUDY

 

1925                                                     19         14         0.40/3.7            CLOUDY

1926                                                     27         20         0.00                  CLOUDY

1927                                                     37         26         0.00                  CLOUDY

1928                                                     21         15         TR / TR             CLEAR               YES

1929                                                     22         14         0.06/0.6            CLOUDY


 

                                                      GROUND HOG DAY

 

                                                                    CHARACTER OF

YEAR   HI                                             LO        PRECIP            SUNRISE           SHADOW?

 

1930                                                     33         27         0.37/2.9            CLOUDY

1931                                                     32         12         0.01/0.1            CLOUDY

1932                                                     37         22         0.07/0.7            CLOUDY

1933                                                     39         30         TR / TR             CLOUDY

1934                                                     11           3        0.02/0.2            CLOUDY

 

1935                                                     32         29         TR                    CLOUDY

1936                                                     12           1        TR / TR             CLOUDY

1937                                                     22         15         0.09/1.1            CLOUDY

1938                                                     37         13         0.00                  CLOUDY

1939                                                     41         31         0.04/0.3            CLOUDY

 

1940                                                     20           7        0.09/1.4            CLOUDY

1941                                                     33          22        0.03/0.1            CLOUDY

1942                                                     11           1        0.07/1.0            CLOUDY

1943                                                     25         18         TR / TR             CLOUDY

1944                                                     29         16         TR / TR             CLOUDY

 

1945                                                     23         14         TR / TR             CLOUDY

1946                                                     34         14         0.03/0.3            CLOUDY

1947                                                     25         17         0.05/0.7            CLOUDY

1948                                                     30         15         0.02/0.2            CLOUDY

1949                                                     22         12         TR / TR             CLOUDY

 

1950                                                     36         23         0.01/0.1            CLOUDY

1951                                                     13           0        0.04/0.7            CLOUDY

1952                                                     43         33         TR                    FOGGY

1953                                                     23         11         0.19/4.0            CLOUDY

1954                                                     29         25         TR / TR             CLOUDY

 

1955                                                     14           3        TR / TR             CLOUDY

1956                                                     35         27         0.17/1.4            CLOUDY

1957                                                     28         18         TR / TR             CLOUDY

1958                                                     27         18         0.01/0.4            CLOUDY

1959                                                     14         ‑1         TR / TR             CLEAR               YES

 

1960                                                     18         10         0.02/0.5            CLOUDY

1961                                                       7        ‑20        TR / TR             CLOUDY

1962                                                     23          ‑5        TR / TR             CLOUDY

1963                                                     18         15         0.16/ TR            CLOUDY

1964                                                     34         19         0.05/0.5            CLOUDY

 

1965                                                     21         12         0.02/0.5            CLOUDY

1966                                                     28         17         0.05/1.1            CLOUDY

1967                                                     32         17         0.32/3.8            CLOUDY

1968                                                     50         28         0.18/0.2            CLOUDY

1969                                                     40         30         0.00                  CLOUDY


 

                                          GROUND HOG DAY

 

                                                                    CHARACTER OF

YEAR   HI                                             LO        PRECIP            SUNRISE           SHADOW?

 

1970                                                     47         27         0.41/0.9            CLOUDY

1971                                                       6          1        0.00                  CLOUDY

1972                                                     36         21         TR / TR             CLOUDY

1973                                                     36         21         0.57                  CLOUDY

1974                                                     18         10         0.14/2.7            CLOUDY

 

1975                                                     31         19         TR/ TR             CLOUDY

1976                                                     12          ‑6        0.02/0.2            CLOUDY

1977                                                     24         18         0.02/0.7            CLOUDY

1978                                                     20         14         0.08/0.8            CLOUDY

1979                                                     20         11         0.06/1.2            CLOUDY

 

1980                                                     15           4        0.03/0.3            CLOUDY

1981                                                     40         16         0.18/0.7            CLOUDY

1982                                                     36           9        0.00                  CLEAR               YES

1983                                                     54         29         0.51                  CLOUDY

1984                                                     47         16         0.00                  CLOUDY

 

1985                                                     20           8        0.05/1.2            CLOUDY

1986                                                     40         26         0.04/ TR            CLOUDY

1987                                                     37         32         TR/ TR              CLOUDY

1988                                                     33         23         0.21/0.5            CLOUDY

1989                                                     27         18         0.04/0.1            CLOUDY

 

1990                                                     40         17         0.81/7.1            CLOUDY

1991                                                     44         27         0.00                  CLEAR               YES

1992                                                     29         14         TR/ TR              CLOUDY

1993                                                     25           5        TR/ TR              CLEAR               YES

1994                                                     23           5        TR/ TR              PT CY

 

1995                                                     29         12         TR/ TR             PT CY

1996                                                     13           3        TR/0.1               M. CY

1997                                                     37         30         TR/ TR              CLOUDY

1998                                                     46         32         0.00/0.00           CLOUDY

1999                                                     44         36         0.18                  CLOUDY

 

2000                                                     22         11         TR/ 0.1            CLOUDY

2001                                                     33         18         0.18/1.7            CLOUDY

2002                                                     30         22         TR/ TR              M.CLOUDY

2003                                                     35         31         0.01/TR             CLOUDY

2004                                                     37         6         0.00                  M.CLEAR          YES

 

2005                                                     36         8         0.00                  M.CLEAR          YES

2006                                                     49         36         0.06/0.00           M.CLOUDY      

2007                                                     28         14         0.11/1.4            CLOUDY

2008                                                     33         30         0.92/1.6            CLOUDY

2009                                                     32         21         0.0/0.0              CLEAR

2010                                                     29         11         0.02/0.2            LIGHT SNOW

2011                                                     26         15         0.41/MM           SNOW, SLEET, BLOWING SNOW

2012                                                     36         31         TR/MM              LIGHT SNOW