The 2016 Year in Review

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Before we march into 2017 let’s pause to take a look back at 2016.

Weather-wise it wasn’t a terrible year. One thing that stands out is how hot it was.

We started the year in the midst of a record-tying El Nino pattern. This helped usher in a winter that was a bit less harsh than the past two in Central Ohio.

In 2016 we set or tied 8 record high temperatures, a stark contrast from the one record low temperature we recorded.

The coldest temperature out at the John Glenn Columbus International Airport (where the climate records are kept) was 2 degrees recorded on January 13th and February 14th. That’s a bit better than the -11 recorded in both 2014 and 2015.

Eight out of the twelve months had warmer than average temperatures and that includes each month of our hot summer.

We hit 90 or more 20 times this year which is just shy of the amount of times we hit that threshold in 2014 and 2015 combined (we did it 22 times in that span).

The hottest temperature was 95 recorded on June 11th.

We ended the year with 37.78” of precipitation which is about 1.5” off the normal for the year.

Eight days in 2016 saw at least an inch of rain with the heaviest one-day rain total falling on June 23 when 2.75” of rain was recorded.

This day was marked by a severe weather event that brought a strong line of storms to the Buckeye State late on June 22nd and early on the 23rd.

The highest one-day snow total was on December 13th, late in the year. That day 3.2” of it fell blanketing Central Ohio in an early winter wonderland.

So as we wind down one year and look to the next let’s hope 2017 is a good year. And remember, whatever mother nature throws at us in the next 12 months we’ll have you covered here at 10TV, on-air and online. Cheers!