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Columbus Day: PERIOD OF RECORD: 119 YEARS 1890-2008


COLUMBUS DAY IS TRADITIONALLY OBSERVED ON OCTOBER 12TH BUT SINCE THE MONDAY HOLIDAY BILL, MORE COMMONLY OBSERVED ON THE SECOND MONDAY IN OCTOBER.  COLUMBUS DAY COMMEMORATES THE DISCOVERY OF AMERICA BY COLUMBUS IN 1492.  QUITE LIKELY, THE FIRST CELEBRATION OF COLUMBUS DAY WAS THAT ORGANIZED IN 1792 BY THE SOCIETY OF ST. TAMMANY, OR COLUMBIAN ORDER, MORE WIDELY KNOWN AS TAMMANY HALL.  THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED IN BUFFALO ON COLUMBUS DAY WAS ON OCTOBER 13, 1969.  THOUGH THE SKIES WERE CLOUDY, THE HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR THE DAY WAS 82 DEGREES.  THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED WAS 31 DEGREES ON OCTOBER 12, 1936, OCTOBER 11, 1993 AND OCTOBER 8, 2001.  NORMALLY, THE HIGH TEMPERATURE AVERAGES ABOUT 61 DEGREES WHILE THE LOW AVERAGES 45 DEGREES. THERE IS ROUGHLY A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF HAVING PRECIPITATION OF A TRACE OR MORE ON COLUMBUS DAY.  STEADY RAIN ON OCTOBER 12, 1946 DROPPED 1.55 INCHES ON BUFFALO...THE MOST PRECIPITATION EVER RECORDED ON COLUMBUS DAY.  THERE WAS A TRACE OF SNOW RECORDED ON FIVE OF THE PAST COLUMBUS DAYS. THERE WERE TWO WINDSTORMS OF SIGNIFICANCE ON PAST 119 COLUMBUS DAYS.  IN 1917, STRONG WINDS DURING THE AFTERNOON AND NIGHT TORE DOWN TREES, SNAPPED TROLLEY WIRES, AND LASHED HEAVY WAVES ON LAKE ERIE.  THERE WAS NO FERRY SERVICE ON THE NIAGARA RIVER AT NIGHT DUE TO THE WEATHER CONDITIONS.   IN 1936, HIGH WINDS ON BOTH THE 11TH AND 12TH OF OCTOBER CAUSED MINOR DAMAGE WHICH INCLUDED DOWNED WIRES AND BROKEN WINDOWS.  NIAGARA COUNTY APPLE GROWERS REPORTED LOSSES TO THEIR CROPS DUE TO THE HIGH WINDS.

TEMPERATURE DATA
HIGHEST 82 ON OCT. 13, 1969
LOWEST 31 ON OCT. 12, 1936, OCT. 11, 1993, AND OCT. 8, 2001
LOWEST MAXIMUM 44 ON OCT. 12, 1906, AND OCT. 9 2000
HIGHEST MINIMUM 65 ON OCT. 12, 1938
AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE 60.7
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE 44.9


HIGH TEMPERATURE BY 10 DEGREE RANGES

40S 50s 60S 70S 80S
11 47 36 23 2 NUMBER OF OCCURRENCES
10% 40% 30% 19% 2%

 

PRECIPITATION DATA
MAXIMUM PRECIPITATION 1.55 INCHES ON OCT. 12, 1946
MAXIMUM SNOW TRACE IN 1906, 1909, 1917, 1932, 1936
NUMBER OF TIMES WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION 43 OCCURRENCES OR 37%
NUMBER OF TIMES WITH TRACE OR MORE PRECIPITATION 57 OCCURRENCES OR 49%
NUMBER OF TIMES WITH NO PRECIPITATION 62 OCCURRENCES OR 52%
PRECIPITATION OF 0.01 INCH OR MORE 43
PRECIPITATION OF 0.50 INCH OR MORE 6
PRECIPITATION OF 1.00 INCH OR MORE 4

 

WEATHER FOR THE PAST TEN YEARS

YEAR HIGH LOW PRECIP SNOW REMARKS
OCT. 11, 1999 62 44 0.00   PARTLY SUNNY
OCT. 9, 2000 44 34 TRACE MOSTLY CLOUDY
OCT. 8, 2001 49 31 0.00   SUNNY
OCT. 14, 2002 77 60 0.00   MOSTLY SUNNY
OCT. 13, 2003 62 43 0.00   MOSTLY SUNNY
OCT. 11, 2004 50 37 0.00   CLOUDY
OCT. 10, 2005 55 49 0.01   CLOUDY
OCT. 9, 2006 69 51 0.00   MOSTLY SUNNY
OCT. 8, 2007 79 65 0.00   MOSTLY SUNNY
OCT. 13, 2008 73 52 0.00   PARTLY SUNNY
 

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