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WEATHER REVIEW SEPTEMBER 2018 TO march 2024

 OCTOBER 2018 – MARCH 2024

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MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—
MARCH 2024
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 43.1°F (departure: +4.9 deg.)
Average daily high: 50.4°F (departure: +4.2 deg.)
Average daily low: 35.8°F (departure: +5.6 deg.)
Month’s high: 60°F on the 31th
Month’s low: 23°F on the 1st and 22nd
Days with low 32°F or below: 9
Days with high 32°F or below: 0

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 7.49″ (departure: +2.71″)
Year’s total: 16.84″ (departure: +4.09″)
Previous 12 months total (4/23 to 3/24): 52.10″ (departure: +3.30″)
Max. 24hr. total: 1.56″ on the 24th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 13
Days with 1.00″ or more: 3

Month’s snow: 0.0″ (departure: -7.3″)
Season’s snow: 13.0″ (departure: -24.3″)
Max. 24hr. total: 0.0″
Days with 0.1″ or more: 0

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.61″ on 1st
Month’s low: 29.21″ on 10th

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 0
Days with fog: 9
Peak wind gust: 38 mph on the 3rd
Heating degree days: 673, season: 4294 (last year: 4223)
Snow depth days: 0, season: 40 (last year: 12)

Comments: For the fourth consecutive month, the trend of very warm temperatures continued through March.  The average daily mean of 43.1F was 4.9 degrees above the 30-year March average and ranked as the 3rd warmest March of the 50 on record.  There were 23 days with a positive daily departure and 7 days with a negative departure…  It was a very wet month with numerous 1.00″+ rainfall events.  Several periods during the month found area rivers and streams at or above flood stage.  7.49 inches this month is the most in March since 10.68 inches in 2010… For the first time on record, there was no snow sighted in Fairhaven this March, not even a trace.

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay
Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH
Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST
Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level

MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—
FEBRUARY 2024
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 34.5°F (departure: +2.4 deg.)
Average daily high: 41.4°F (departure: +1.7 deg.)
Average daily low: 27.6°F (departure: +3.3 deg.)
Month’s high: 52°F on the 27th
Month’s low: 16°F on the 25th
Days with low 32°F or below: 22
Days with high 32°F or below: 1
Days with low 0°F or below: 0

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 2.86″ (departure: -0.68″)
Year’s total: 9.35″ (departure: +1.38″)
Previous 12 months total (3/23 to 2/24): 48.46″ (departure: -0.34″)
Max. 24hr. total: 1.19″ on 28th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 9
Days with 1.00″ or more: 1

Month’s snow: 6.6″ (departure: -4.9″)
Max. 24hr. total: 5.2″ on the 13th
Days with 0.1″ or more: 3
Days with 6.0″ or more: 0
Season’s snow: 13.0″ (departure: -17.0″)

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.54″ on 21st
Month’s low: 29.32″ on 13th

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 0
Days with fog: 6
Peak wind gust: 29 mph on the 29th
Heating degree days: 876, season: 3621, (last year: 3461)
Snow depth days: 30, season: 40, (last year: 10)

WINTER SEASON SUMMARY (Dec., Jan., Feb.)—
Average daily mean temperature: 36.0°F (departure: +3.2 deg.)
Season’s high: 60°F on December 18
Season’s low: 14°F on January 21 and January 22
Precipitation: 13.66″ (departure: +1.07″)
Maximum 24 hr. precip: 2.34″ on January 9th-10th
Snowfall: 13.0″ (departure: -16.3″)
Maximum 24 hr. snowfall: 5.2″ on February 13
Days with thunder: 0
Days with fog: 20

Comments:  February was a very warm month with below average precipitation and snowfall.  The daily average of 34.5F was 2.4 degrees above normal and ranked as the 14th warmest of the 50 on record.   The month began and ended very warm.  Temperatures were somewhat below average for about a week in the middle of the month.  19 days had above normal departures and 10 had negative departures… 2.86 inches of precip was 0.68 inches below the average.  There were only two moderate precipitation events during the month: 0.94 inches on the 13th and 1.40 inches stretching over the final two days of the month… Snowfall total of 6.6 inches was 4.9 inches below average… The Winter Season was very warm.  The average temperature of 36.0F ranked #5 of 50, warmest to coldest.  It was the 9th consecutive winter season to average warmer than normal… A very wet January tipped the precipitation total for the season a shade above average… Snow was on the scarce side with less than 50% of the normal amount being recorded. 

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay
Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH
Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST
Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level

 JANUARY 2024 SUMMARY

ANNUAL WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY
2023
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 53.1°F (departure: +1.8 deg.)
Average daily high: 60.8°F (departure: +1.5 deg.)
Average daily low: 45.4°F (departure: +2.1 deg.)
Year’s high: 88°F on July 28
Year’s low: -9°F on February 4
Days with high 90°F or higher: 0
Days with low 0°F or lower: 1
Days with high 32°F or lower: 3
Days with low 32°F or lower: 86
Season’s last freeze: April 9
Season’s first freeze: November 2
Growing season: 206 days

PRECIPITATION–
Year’s total (includes melted): 49.13″ (departure: +0.33″)
Days with 0.01″ or more: 135 (departure: +4)
Days with 1.00″ or more: 13 (departure: ±0)
Max. 24-hr. total: 2.53″ on September 11 – 12

Year’s snow: 9.6″ (departure: -29.2″)
Days with 0.1″ snow or more: 9
Days with 6.0″ snow or more: 0
Max. 24-hr. snow: 4.2″ on February 28

Longest period with no measurable precipitation: 12 days (May 22 – June 2)
Longest period with 0.10″ or less: 14 days (May 22 – June 4 and November 8 – 21)
Longest period with 1.00″ or less: 25 days (January 27 – February 20)

BAROMETER–
Year’s high: 30.61″ on December 14
Year’s low: 28.94″ on December 18

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 14 (departure: -1)
Days with fog: 99 (departure: -1)
Days with hail: 0
High wind gust: 43 mph on February 3 and December 18

Comments:  The year 2023 was very warm, with precipitation close to average and with record low snowfall.  The average daily mean temperature for the year of 53.1 degrees ranks #2 of 49 on record (warmest to coolest) exceeded only in 2012 with 53.5 degrees.  The month with the largest positive departure was January (+7.6 degrees) and the month with the largest negative departure was November (-2.6 degrees)… Precipitation total was very close to the 30- year average (1991-2020).  49.13 inches for the year ranks 13 of the 32 years on record (wettest to driest).  The “days with 0.01” and “days with 1.00” data also fell very close to the year’s average… Just 9.6 inches of snow was measured during the calendar year.  This was the least amount of the 32 years on record… On August 8 an EF-1 tornado touched down in Mattapoisett causing significant tree and structural damage.

Monthly highlights—
Jan:  Warmest January on record, 7.6° above average.  Very wet, 7.97″ was the wettest month of the year. 
Feb: Temp records on the high and low side fell; all-time station low of -9F on the 4th, all-time Feb high 67F on the 16th.
Mar: Just 0.2″ of snow, third lowest snowfall total for March on record.
Apr: Very warm.  Average temp of 51.2°F is the 2nd warmest April on record.
May: A pleasant month with warm daytime temps and cool nights.  Just 5 days with measurable rainfall. 
Jun: A damp and gloomy month.  Average temp 1.7° below average, 15 days with rain, 14 days with fog.
Jul: Very warm and humid but no 90-degree-days.
Aug: Cool month.  Coolest August since 2014.  EF-1 tornado touches down in neighboring town of Mattapoisett.
Sept: Wet and warm month.  4th wettest Sept on record.  Remnants of TS Ophelia lingered over the area for 3 days.
Oct: Very warm month with below average rainfall.  5th warmest October on record.
Nov: Cool and dry.  Just 1.40″ precip is the driest month of the year.
Dec: Very warm month.  Average temp of 40.4°F is the 3rd warmest December on record.

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay
Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH
Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST
Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level

MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—
DECEMBER 2023
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 40.4°F (departure: +4.6 deg.)
Average daily high: 46.8°F (departure: +3.9 deg.)
Average daily low: 34.1°F (departure: +5.4 deg.)
Month’s high: 60°F on the 18th
Month’s low: 17°F on the 7th
Days with low 32°F or below: 11
Days with high 32°F or below: 1

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 4.31″ (departure: -0.31″)
Year’s total: 49.13″ (departure: +0.33″)
Max. 24hr. total: 1.38″ on 17th-18th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 11
Days with 1.00″ or more: 1

Month’s snow: 0.4″ (departure: -6.2″)
Season’s total: 0.4″ (departure: -6.9″)
Max. 24hr. total: 0.4″ on the 6th
Days with 0.1″ or more: 1

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.61″ on 14th
Month’s low: 28.94″ on 18th

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 0
Days with fog: 10
Peak wind gust: 43 mph on the 18th
Heating degree days: 753, season: 1761 (last year: 1805)
Cooling degree days: 0, final season total: 693 (last year: 789)
Snow depth days: trace, season: trace, (last year: 0)

Comments:  This year December was very warm with precipitation a shade below average.  The average daily mean temperature of 40.4 degrees was a whopping 4.6 degrees above average and ranked as the 3rd warmest of the 50 on record.  The 60 degree reading on the 18th established a daily high record for that date. Twelve days this month had the high temperature over 50F… Weekly rainfall events spread out the precipitation evenly over the duration on the month.  Two events surpassed the one inch mark: 1.36 inches on the 10th into the 11th, and 1.38 inches on the 17th through 18th… Snowfall was well below the monthly average.  The only snow seen was on the 6th when a brief ocean-effect snow shower left just under a half-inch.

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay

MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—
NOVEMBER 2023
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 41.7°F (departure: -2.6 deg.)
Average daily high: 49.9°F (departure: -1.9 deg.)
Average daily low: 33.5°F (departure: -3.3 deg.)
Month’s high: 62°F on the 7th
Month’s low: 22°F on the 25th
Days with low 32F or below: 15
Days with high 32F or below: 0

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 1.40″ (departure: -2.55″)
Year’s total: 44.82″ (departure: +0.64″)
Previous 12 months total (12/22 to 11/23): 49.85″ (departure: +1.05″)
Max. 24hr. total: 0.66″ on 22nd
Days with 0.01″ or more: 6
Days with 1.00″ or more: 0

Month’s snow: 0.0″ (departure: -0.7″)
Season’s total: 0.0″ (departure: -0.7″)

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.57″ on 21st
Month’s low: 29.46″ on 22nd

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 0
Days with fog: 2
Peak wind gust: 34 mph on the 22nd
Heating degree days: 693, season: 1008 (last year: 920)
Cooling degree days: 0, season: 693 (last year: 789)
Snow depth days: 0, season: 0 (last year: 0)

FALL SEASON SUMMARY (Sept., Oct., Nov.)—
Average daily mean temperature: 55.0°F (departure: +0.7 deg.)
Season’s high: 86°F on September 5, September 7
Season’s low: 22°F on November 25
Precipitation: 11.29″ (departure: -1.40″)
Maximum 24 hr. precip: 2.53″ on September 11-12
Snowfall: 0.0″ (departure: -0.7″)
Days with thunder: 0
Days with fog: 15
Peak wind gust: 34 mph on November 22

Comments:  This November was generally drier and cooler than normal.  With just 1.40 inches of precipitation, it was the second driest November on record and the driest since 2001.   There were just six days with measurable rainfall.  The stormiest day of the month was the 22nd with 0.66 inches of rain, wind gusts in the 30-35mph range, and a low barometer reading of 29.46… A very cool month with an average daily mean temperature of 41.7 degrees, 2.6 degrees below the 30-year average.  The average temperature ranked #9 of the 50 on record, coolest to warmest.  Fifteen 32-degree-days this November; a very high number… About 35% of Novembers here record some measurable snowfall.  There was no snow this November… The Fall Season was warmer than average with precipitation a bit below normal.  There were no thunderstorm-days in the Fall Season which is very unusual.
Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay
Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH
Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST
Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level

MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—
OCTOBER 2023
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 57.1°F (departure: +3.2 deg.)
Average daily high: 64.3°F (departure: +2.6 deg.)
Average daily low: 50.0°F (departure: +3.9 deg.)
Month’s high: 75°F on the 4th
Month’s low: 39°F on the 31st
Days with low 32°F or below: 0

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 2.80″ (departure: -1.85″)
Year’s total: 43.42″ (departure: +3.19″)
Previous 12 months total (11/22 to 10/23): 51.16″ (departure: +2.36″)
Max. 24hr. total: 1.19″ on the 21st-22nd
Days with 0.01″ or more: 13
Days with 1.00″ or more: 1

Month’s snow: 0.0″ (departure: ±0.0″)
Season’s snow: 0.0″ (departure: ±0.0″)

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.41″ on 24th
Month’s low: 28.98″ on 21st

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 0
Days with fog: 6
Peak wind gust: 21 mph on the 21st
Heating degree days: 237, season: 315 (last year: 382)
Cooling degree days: 3, season: 693 (last year: 789)

Comments:  A very warm October.  The average daily mean temperature of 57.1F was 3.2 degrees above the 30-year average.  The month ranked #5 of 50, warmest to coolest.  There were just 5 days with a negative(-) departure.  One daily high temp record was set, 71F on the 28th.  At month’s end we were still waiting for our first 32-degree-day… For the first time since May, precipitation was below average for the month.  The first three weeks of the month were very dry with under a half-inch measured.  Rainstorms on the 21st and 29th brought the monthly total up to just below the 3-inch mark.

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay
Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH
Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST
Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level

MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—
SEPTEMBER 2023
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 66.1°F (departure: +1.6 deg.)
Average daily high: 72.7°F (departure: +0.3 deg.)
Average daily low: 59.4°F (departure: +2.6 deg.)
Month’s high: 86°F on the 5th, 7th
Month’s low: 44°F on the 27th

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 7.09″ (departure: +3.00″)
Year’s total: 40.62″ (departure: +5.04″)
Previous 12 months total (10/22 to 9/23): 54.30″ (departure: +5.50″)
Max. 24hr. total: 2.53″ on the 11th-12th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 14
Days with 1.00″ or more: 3

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.43″ on 22nd
Month’s low: 29.57″ on 18th, 19th

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 0
Days with fog: 7
Peak wind gust: 28 mph on the 15th
Heating degree days: 78, season: 78 (last year: 77)
Cooling degree days: 118, season: 690 (last year: 787)

Comments:  A very wet month.  7.09 inches this September ranks the 4th wettest of the 32 on record.  It was the fourth consecutive month with above normal precip.  Two tropical systems influenced the rainfall totals.  On the 16th, Hurricane Lee passed about 250 miles east of Fairhaven, and on the 23rd through 25th precipitation from the remnants of Tropical Storm Ophelia lingered over the area for three days.  There were three days with more than an inch of rain measured… Temperatures averaged well above normal for the month.  The first two weeks felt more like late July or early August with high temperatures in the 80’s during the day and overnight lows in the upper 60’s and low 70’s.  Temps were closer to normal the final two weeks of the month.

Dennis Bollea

MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—
AUGUST 2023
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 70.3°F (departure: -1.4 deg.)
Average daily high: 77.9°F (departure: -1.9 deg.)
Average daily low: 62.7°F (departure: -0.9 deg.)
Month’s high: 85°F on the 21st
Month’s low: 54°F on the 2nd
Days with high 90F or higher: 0

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 4.59″ (departure: +0.59″)
Year’s total: 33.53″ (departure: +2.04″)
Previous 12 months total (9/22 to 8/23): 51.42″ (departure: +2.62″)
Max. 24hr. total: 1.25″ on 8th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 11
Days with 1.00″ or more: 1

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.22″ on 2nd
Month’s low: 29.47″ on 8th

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 2
Days with fog: 6
Peak wind gust: 23 mph on the 8th
Heating degree days: 0, season: 0 (last year: 0)
Cooling degree days: 175, season: 572 (last year: 734)

SUMMER SEASON SUMMARY (June, July, August)—
Average daily mean temperature: 70.1°F (departure: -0.4 deg.)
Season’s high: 88°F on July 28
Season’s low: 44°F on June 4
Days with high 90°F or higher: 0
Precipitation: 13.21″ (departure: +2.30″)
Maximum 24 hr. precip: 1.57″ on July 16
Days with thunder: 13
Days with fog: 32

Comments:  A cooler than average August this year in the area.  The average daily mean temperature of 70.3F is 1.4 degrees below average and ranks as the 18th coolest of the last 50 on record.  It was the coolest August since 2014.  The highest temperature reading this month was just 85F…  Precipitation for the month was somewhat above average with 4.59 inches measured.  On the 8th of the month, downpours caused some major street flooding around town.  Also on that day an EF-1 tornado touched down in the neighboring town of Mattapoisett causing some significant tree and structural damage… The Summer Season was cooler and wetter than the long-term average.  At this seaside location, about 75% of the summers have at least one 90-degree-day.  There were none this year.  No talk of drought this summer with the season precip total more than 2 inches above average.

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay
Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH
Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST
Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level

MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—
JULY 2023
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 75.1°F (departure: +2.0 deg.)
Average daily high: 82.5°F (departure: +1.0 deg.)
Average daily low: 67.6°F (departure: +2.9 deg.)
Month’s high: 88°F on the 28th
Month’s low: 58°F on the 31st
Days with high 90°F or higher: 0

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 4.09″ (departure: +0.88″)
Year’s total: 28.94″ (departure: +1.45″)
Previous 12 months total (8/22 to 7/23): 50.08″ (departure: +1.28″)
Max. 24hr. total: 1.57″ on 16th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 10
Days with 1.00″ or more: 2

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.14″ on 1st
Month’s low: 29.57″ on 29th

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 6
Days with fog: 12
Peak wind gust: 18 mph on the 3rd, 16th, 30th
Heating degree days: 0, season: 0 (last year: 0)
Cooling degree days: 321, season: 397 (last year: 417)

Comments:  A very warm and humid July this year in Fairhaven.  The average daily mean temperature of 75.1F is 2.0 degrees above average and ranks as the 6th warmest July on record.  The average temperature was boosted by very warm overnight low temperatures.  Just five nights did the month have the low temperature drop below 65 degrees.  There were no 90-degree-days this month… This month’s rainfall of 4.09 inches is nearly an inch wetter than average and the wettest July since 2019.  The area was able to avoid the numerous strong and severe thunderstorms that were experienced in other areas of southern New England this month.  There were two one-inch(+) rainfall events and six thunderstorm days were recorded.

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay
Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH
Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST
Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level

  MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARYJUNE 2023
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 65.0°F (departure: -1.7 deg.)
Average daily high: 73.3°F (departure: -2.0 deg.)
Average daily low: 56.7°F (departure: -1.4 deg.)
Month’s high: 80°F on 16th, 30th
Month’s low: 44°F on 4th
Days with high 90°F or higher: 0

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 4.53″ (departure: +0.83″)
Year’s total: 24.85″ (departure: +0.57″)
Previous 12 months total (7/22 to 6/23): 46.13″ (departure: -2.41″)
Max. 24hr. total: 0.98″ on the 17th-18th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 15
Days with 1.00″ or more: 0

Final snowfall season total: 9.3″ (departure: -29.5″)

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.36″ on 21st
Month’s low: 29.43″ on 15th

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 5
Days with fog: 14
Peak wind gust: 30 mph on the 3rd
Heating degree days: 65, final season total: 4944 (last year: 5277)
Cooling degree days: 74, season: 76 (last year: 86)

Comments:  It was a damp and gloomy June this year in Fairhaven.  Precip total was well above average yet there were no days with over an inch.   Sixteen days were judged to be predominately overcast.  Overall there were 15 days with measurable rainfall, well over the average of 10, and there were fourteen days with foggy conditions.  There were five days with thunder… A cooler than average June this year.  The average daily mean temperature of 65.0 degrees is the coolest June since 2009 and the 10th coolest in the past 50 years.  For most of the first three weeks of the month nighttime lows were in the low to mid 50’s.  On just two days this month did the daytime high reach the 80-degree mark…  Poor air quality was an issue at times this month with smoke from Canadian wildfires polluting the air and obscuring visibility.  The worst day being the 6th with the smoke being easily visible at ground level. 

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay
Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH
Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST
Station elevation: 43 feet above sea levelMAY 2023
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 57.0°F (departure: -0.4 deg.)
Average daily high: 67.3°F (departure: +1.1 deg.)
Average daily low: 46.8°F (departure: -1.7 deg.)
Month’s high: 80°F on the 12th
Month’s low: 33°F on the 18th

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 2.65″ (departure: -1.11″)
Year’s total: 20.32″ (departure: -0.26″)
Previous 12 months total (6/22 to 5/23): 44.16″ (departure: -4.64″)
Max. 24hr. total: 1.74″ on 20th-21st
Days with 0.01″ or more: 5
Days with 1.00″ or more: 0

Month’s snow: 0.0″ (departure: 0.0″)
Season’s snow: 9.3″ (departure: -29.5″)

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.44″ on 19th
Month’s low: 29.01″ on 1st

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 1
Days with fog: 4
Peak wind gust: 34 mph on the 1st
Heating degree days: 240, season: 4879 (last year: 5250)
Cooling degree days: 2, season: 2 (last year: 8)

SPRING SEASON SUMMARY (Mar, Apr, May)—
Average daily mean temperature: 49.4°F (departure: +1.6 deg.)
Season’s high: 80°F on May 12
Season’s low: 25°F on March 31
Precipitation: 10.30″ (departure: -2.31″)
Maximum 24 hr. precip: 1.74″ on May 20-21
Snowfall: 0.2″ (departure: -8.6″)
Days with thunder: 1
Days with fog: 24
Peak wind gust: 35 mph on March 4

Comments:  A very nice May to round out the 2023 Spring season.  The month featured slightly below average temperatures with below normal, but ample rainfall.   Total precipitation was on the light side this month with only 5 days recorded with measurable rainfall.  The month started out with an intense low pressure system passing through the area leaving 0.59″ of rain and wind gusts exceeding 30 mph.  The barometer bottomed-out at 29.01″ on the 1st day of the month.  An overnight soaker arrived on the night of the 20th and ended on the morning of the 21st leaving 1.74″ of precip behind… The average daily mean temperature of 57.0 degrees is 0.4 degrees below the monthly average.  It was the first cooler than normal month since September of last year.  Warm days and cool nights prevailed for most of the month.  The only exception being the morning of the 18th when a blast of Canadian air dropped the overnight temperature to, or slightly below the freezing mark.  Area apple and peach growers are hopeful that any damage to their crops was minimal… The skies were judged to be prominently clear on thirteen days, even though there were many days the skies were partially obscured by haze and smoke from Canadian wildfires…
The SPRING SEASON was warm with below average precipitation.  The average temperature of 49.4 degrees was the warmest Spring since 2012.  The low temperature for the season was 25F, the 2nd highest low temperature on record (26F in 1977).  Total precip for the season was 10.30″, 2.31″ below average.  The 24-hour max was 1.74″ on May 20-21.  Just 0.2″ of snow this Spring was the 2nd lowest total on record (trace in 2021).

Dennis Bollea
APRIL 2023
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 50.9°F (departure: +3.3 deg.)
Average daily high: 58.9°F (departure: +2.8 deg.)
Average daily low: 42.9°F (departure: +3.9 deg.)
Month’s high: 76°F on the 14th
Month’s low: 26°F on the 3rd
Days with low 32°F or below: 3
Days with high 32°F or below: 0

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 3.80″ (departure: -0.27″)
Year’s total: 17.67″ (departure: +0.85″)
Previous 12 months total (5/22 to 4/23): 44.27″ (departure: -3.39″)
Max. 24hr. total: 1.72″ on the 29th-30th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 8
Days with 1.00″ or more: 1

Month’s snow: 0.0″ (departure: -1.5″)
Season’s snow: 9.3″ (departure: -29.5″)

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.56″ on 9th
Month’s low: 29.26″ on 1st, 2nd

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 0
Days with fog: 14
Peak wind gust: 31mph on the 23rd
Heating degree days: 416, season: 4639 (last year: 5016)
Snow depth days: 0, season: 12, (last year: 107)

Comments:  A very warm month with the precipitation total close to the monthly average.  The average daily mean temperature of 50.9 degrees ranks as the 2nd warmest for April on record, surpassed only by 51.2 degrees in the April of 1976.  The monthly average temperature was boosted by a mid-month preview of summer.  From the 12th of the month through the 16th, the temperature for those five days averaged more than 15 degrees above normal… It was relatively dry until the final two days of the month when a double- barreled system dropped more than two inches of rain… The last freezing temperature of the season most likely occurred on the 9th, a bit earlier than usual.  Note that we have not had a last freeze date in the month of May since 2001… A very foggy month with 14 days observed.

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay
Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH
Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST
Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level

ARCTIC WIND CHILL REGIONAL REPORTS FEB 4 2023 PDFMONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—
MARCH 2023
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 40.2°F (departure: +2.0 deg.)
Average daily high: 47.9°F (departure: +1.7 deg.)
Average daily low: 32.5°F (departure: +2.3 deg.)
Month’s high: 57°F on the 26th
Month’s low: 25°F on the 20th and 31st
Days with low 32°F or below: 18
Days with high 32°F or below: 0

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 3.85″ (departure: -0.93″)
Year’s total: 13.87″ (departure: +1.12″)
Previous 12 months total (4/22 to 3/23): 45.10″ (departure: -3.70″)
Max. 24hr. total: 1.46″ on the 13th-14th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 13
Days with 1.00″ or more: 1

Month’s snow: 0.2″ (departure: -7.1″)
Season’s snow: 9.3″ (departure: -28.0″)
Max. 24hr. total: 0.2″ on the 14th
Days with 0.1″ or more: 1

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.44″ on 22nd
Month’s low: 29.10″ on 14th

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 0
Days with fog: 6
Peak wind gust: 35 mph on the 4th
Heating degree days: 762, season: 4223 (last year: 4530)
Snow depth days: 2, season: 12 (last year: 107)

Comments: This month’s monthly average temperature was above normal once again.  It was the fifth consecutive month averaging above normal.  Just 7 days had below average departures.  There were 23 days with above average departures and 1 day exactly at the average. This March ranked the 12th warmest of the 49 on record… There was an ample amount of precipitation this month yet the final total of 3.85″ is nearly an inch below the average of 4.78″.  March is the wettest month of the year on average in this location.  The heaviest precip came on the 13th-15th with a three-day total of 1.67 inches measured… This month’s snowfall total of 0.2″ is the third lowest total for March since 1992.  Lower March snow totals were recorded in 2021 (trace) and in 1995 (0.1″).  The snowfall season total of 9.3″ is the 3rd lowest total on record.  Lower snowfall totals were recorded in the 1994/95 season with 7.4″ and the 1997/98 season with 8.4″.
Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay
Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH
Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST
Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level
FEBRUARY 2023
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 34.8°F (departure: +2.7 deg.)
Average daily high: 43.3°F (departure: +3.6 deg.)
Average daily low: 26.3°F (departure: +2.0 deg.)
Month’s high: 67°F on the 16th
Month’s low: -9°F on the 4th
Days with low 32°F or below: 20
Days with high 32°F or below: 2
Days with low 0°F or below: 1

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 2.05″ (departure: -1.49″)
Year’s total: 10.02″ (departure: +2.05″)
Previous 12 months total (3/22 to 2/23): 44.40″ (departure: -4.40″)
Max. 24hr. total: 0.61″ on 28th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 11
Days with 1.00″ or more: 0

Month’s snow: 5.3″ (departure: -6.2″)
Max. 24hr. total: 4.2″ on the 28th
Days with 0.1″ or more: 4
Days with 6.0″ or more: 0
Season’s snow: 9.1″ (departure: -20.9″)

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.59″ on 25th
Month’s low: 29.41″ on 13th

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 0
Days with fog: 5
Peak wind gust: 43 mph on the 3rd
Heating degree days: 834, season: 3461, (last year: 3763)
Snow depth days: 5, season: 10, (last year: 106)

WINTER SEASON SUMMARY (Dec., Jan., Feb.)—
Average daily mean temperature: 36.4°F (departure: +5.1 deg.)
Season’s high: 67°F on February 16
Season’s low: -9°F on February 4
Precipitation: 15.05″ (departure: +2.40″)
Maximum 24 hr. precip: 2.07″ on January 12th-13th
Snowfall: 9.1″ (departure: -20.9″)
Maximum 24 hr. snowfall: 4.2″ on February 28
Days with thunder: 0
Days with fog: 25

Comments: Overall it was a very warm February this year in Fairhaven with several temperature records being broken. There was one brief extremely cold period from the 3rd through the 5th. The temperature dropped to -9F on the morning of the 4th. -9F is the all-time coldest temperature recorded at this station (since 1975). Temperatures then quickly rebounded up to the above normal levels that we have been used to for most of this winter. On the 16th the temperature peaked at 67F, the warmest temperature ever recorded in the month of February. The average daily mean temperature for the month of 34.8 degrees ranks #11 of 49, warmest to coldest… A rather dry month with just 2.05 inches of precipitation. It was the driest February since 2012… Snowfall drought extended deep into the month. Used the snow shovel for the first time this season on the 28th when 4.2 inches fell. Still under 10 inches total for the fall/winter season… The Winter Season was wet and very warm. The average temperature for the season was 5.1 degrees warmer than normal. The average of 36.4 degrees is the warmest winter since the 2015-16 season. 15.05 inches of precipitation this winter is the wettest since the 1997-98 season and is the 2nd wettest on record.

Temperature records set in February 2023 (since 1975)
Date Record Previous Record
3 Daily low 2F 8F in 2015
4 Daily low -9F 0F in 1996
4 All-time station low -9F -8F on 02/14/2016
10 Daily high 64F 53F in 1990 and 2001
16 Daily high 67F 57F in 1976
16 February high 67F 65F on 02/27/1976
20 Daily high 57F 55F in 1991

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay
Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH
Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST
Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level

 MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—JANUARY 2023
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 38.2°F (departure: +7.6 deg.)
Average daily high: 44.3°F (departure: +6.4 deg.)
Average daily low: 32.2°F (departure: +8.8 deg.)
Month’s high: 55°F on the 1st
Month’s low: 25°F on the 8th, 11th
Days with low 32°F or below: 19
Days with high 32°F or below: 0

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 7.97″ (departure: +3.54″)
Year’s total: 7.97″ (departure: +3.54″)
Previous 12 months total (2/22 to 1/23): 47.74″ (departure: -1.47″)
Max. 24hr. total: 2.07″ on 11th-12th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 18
Days with 1.00″ or more: 3

Month’s snow: 3.7″ (departure: -7.5″)
Season’s snow: 3.8″ (departure: -14.7″)
Max. 24hr. total: 1.9″ on the 15th-16th
Days with 0.1″ or more: 3
Days with 6.0″ or more: 0

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.35″ on 29th
Month’s low: 29.32″ on 23rd

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 0
Days with fog: 13
Peak wind gust: 32 mph on the 20th
Heating degree days: 822, season: 2627, (last year: 2853)
Snow depth days: 5, season: 5, (last year: 51)

Comments:  Record warm temperatures this January in Fairhaven.  The daily average mean temperature of 38.2F was 7.6 degrees above average and easily surpassed the previous record of 36.8F set in 2006. The lowest temperature recorded during the month was just 25F and the temperature got above freezing every day of the month.  Just one day had a negative daily departure from normal.  Some good news for our bank accounts, heating degree days were 78% of normal… It was also a very wet month with 7.97 inches of precipitation measured.  There were 18 days with measurable precip which equaled the station record (1996).  20 days were judged to be predominately overcast and just 3 days had mostly clear skies… Winter season snow drought continues with just 3.7 inches this month and 3.8 inches for the season… Fog was observed on 16 days, the most since 18 days in 2006.

Dennis Bollea

ANNUAL WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY

2022

FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–

Average daily mean: 52.1°F (departure: +0.8 deg.)

Average daily high: 60.4°F (departure: +1.1 deg.)

Average daily low: 43.9°F (departure: +0.6 deg.)

Year’s high: 92°F on July 29, August 9

Year’s low: 2°F on January 16

Days with high 90°F or higher: 10

Days with low 0°F or lower: 0

Days with high 32°F or lower: 19

Days with low 32°F or lower: 100

Season’s last freeze: April 18

Season’s first freeze: November 9

Growing season: 204 days

PRECIPITATION–

Year’s total (includes melted): 43.79″ (departure: -5.01″)

Days with 0.01″ or more: 123 (departure: -8)

Days with 1.00″ or more: 12 (departure: -1)

Max. 24-hr. total: 2.12″ on October 13-14

Year’s snow: 30.5″ (departure: -8.5″)

Days with 0.1″ snow or more: 12

Days with 6.0″ snow or more: 1

Max. 24-hr. snow: 15.0″ on January 29

Longest period with no measurable precipitation: 11 days (July 7 – 17)

Longest period with 0.10″ or less: 29 days (July 3 – 31)

Longest period with 1.00″ or less: 56 days (June 14 – August 8)

BAROMETER–

Year’s high: 30.76″ on February 16

Year’s low: 28.89″ on March 12

MISCELLANEOUS–

Days with thunder: 19 (departure: +3)

Days with fog: 95 (departure: -7)

Days with hail: 0

High wind gust: 47 mph on April 19

Comments:  The year 2022 had a precipitation total well below average.  43.79″ recorded for the year ranks as the 8th lowest amount of the 31 years on record.  Just 0.14″ in July was a station record for the driest month on record.  Drought conditions prevailed throughout the majority of the spring and summer…  Yearly average temperature was well above average.  The average daily mean temperature of 52.1 degrees ranks #15 of 48 (warmest to coldest).  July and August were very warm and humid averaging nearly 3 degrees above average.  There were ten 90-degree-days this past summer, the most since eleven in 2002.  Average-wise January was the coldest month of the year, 2.7 degrees below average… Overall, it was a below normal snowfall year.  Near-blizzard conditions on January 29 with 15 inches of snow.  Just 0.1″ in December.

Monthly highlights–

Jan:  Coldest January since 2011.  15 inches of snow on the 29th, near blizzard conditions.

Feb: Wet month, 5.39″ of precip.  2 inches of sleet on the 25th.

Mar: Low barometer reading of 28.89″ on the 12th.  Snowfall well below normal with just 1.3″ for the month.

Apr: Strong thunderstorm on the 8th with 1.85″ of rain measured.

May: Below average precip for the month but there were four days with thunder.

Jun: A really nice weather month; warm temperatures with comfortably low humidity readings.

Jul: Just 0.14” of precipitation this month is the driest July on record.  Temperatures well above normal.  Five 90-degree-days.

Aug: Second warmest August on record, including a five day heat wave. Extreme drought conditions.

Sept: After two very warm months, this September was the coolest since 2013.  Over 4 inches of rain brought some drought relief.

Oct: Remnants of Hurricane Ian stall over the area for about 5 days contributing to 5.94” of rain this month, the wettest month of the year.

Nov: Very warm month. 3 days with temps in the 70’s.

Dec: Strong sou’easter on the 23rd with strong winds and heavy rain causing coastal flooding at time of high tide.

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay

Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH

Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST

Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level

DECEMBER 2022
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 36.3°F (departure: +0.5 deg.)
Average daily high: 43.7°F (departure: +0.8 deg.)
Average daily low: 28.8°F (departure: +0.1 deg.)
Month’s high: 59°F on the 23rd
Month’s low: 9°F on the 2nd
Days with low 32°F or below: 22
Days with high 32°F or below: 2

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 5.03″ (departure: +0.41″)
Year’s total: 43.79″ (departure: -5.01″)
Max. 24hr. total: 1.78″ on 16th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 13
Days with 1.00″ or more: 2

Month’s snow: 0.1″ (departure: -6.5″)
Season’s total: 0.1″ (departure: -7.2″)
Max. 24hr. total: 0.1″ on the 12th
Days with 0.1″ or more: 1

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.56″ on 2nd
Month’s low: 28.98″ on 23rd

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 0
Days with fog: 7
Peak wind gust: 39 mph on the 23rd

WIND GUST 68 MPH  – WEST ISLAND TOWN BEACH DEC 23, 2022 

WEST ISLAND WEATHER STATION 

Heating degree days: 885, season: 1805 (last year: 1712)
Cooling degree days: 0, final season total: 789 (last year: 793)
Snow depth days: 0, season: 0, (last year: 2)

Comments:  A warmer than normal December with precipitation total higher than average.  Seven days this month had high temps in the 50’s.  The coldest period came on Christmas Eve and Day with a high of 28F and a low of 9F… On the 23rd an intense sou’easter with heavy rain and strong winds, coupled with predicted astronomical high tides brought coastal flooding to some low-lying areas of town at the time of high tide… Hardly any snowfall this December, just a few days with some ocean effect flurries.  Took out the magnifying glass and was able to measure a tenth of an inch on the snowboard on the 12th.

Dennis BolleaNOVEMBER 2022
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 46.9°F (departure: +2.6 deg.)
Average daily high: 55.3°F (departure: +3.5 deg.)
Average daily low: 38.5°F (departure: +1.7 deg.)
Month’s high: 71°F on the 12th
Month’s low: 22°F on the 21st
Days with low 32F or below: 10
Days with high 32F or below: 0

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 2.71″ (departure: -1.24″)
Year’s total: 38.76″ (departure: -5.42″)
Previous 12 months total (12/21 to 11/22): 40.13″ (departure: -8.76″)
Max. 24hr. total: 0.80″ on 30th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 10
Days with 1.00″ or more: 0

Month’s snow: 0.0″ (departure: -0.7″)
Season’s total: 0.0″ (departure: -0.7″)

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.65″ on 9th
Month’s low: 29.25″ on 28th

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 0
Days with fog: 4
Peak wind gust: 32 mph on the 30th
Heating degree days: 538, season: 920 (last year: 919)
Cooling degree days: 0, season: 789 (last year: 690)
Snow depth days: 0, season: 0 (last year: 0)

FALL SEASON SUMMARY (Sept., Oct., Nov.)—
Average daily mean temperature: 55.3°F (departure: +1.1 deg.)
Season’s high: 82°F on September 11
Season’s low: 22°F on November 21
Precipitation: 12.86″ (departure: +0.17″)
Maximum 24 hr. precip: 2.12″ on October 13-14
Snowfall: 0.0″ (departure: -0.7″)
Days with thunder: 5
Days with fog: 21
Peak wind gust: 32 mph on November 30

Comments:  A warm month with below average precipitation this November in Fairhaven.  The first part of the month was very warm with three days recording high temperatures in the 70’s.  The first twelve days of the month averaged nearly 9 degrees above normal.  The final average daily mean temperature for the month of 46.9F ranks #11 of the 49 on record, warmest to coldest… Precipitation for the month was well below the November average.  The heaviest precip for the month occurred on the last day of the month with 0.80 inches measured.  Precip deficit for the year is now nearly 5½ inches…  At this location, about 40% of Novembers have measurable snowfall.    There was no snow this month… The Fall Season averaged warmer than normal with precipitation very close to average. 
Dennis Bollea

 MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—

OCTOBER 2022
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 55.0°F (departure: +1.1 deg.)
Average daily high: 62.1°F (departure: +0.4 deg.)
Average daily low: 47.8°F (departure: +1.7 deg.)
Month’s high: 71°F on the 25th
Month’s low: 34°F on the 30th

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 5.94″ (departure: +1.29″)
Year’s total: 36.05″ (departure: -4.18″)
Previous 12 months total (11/21 to 10/22): 39.26″ (departure: -9.69″)
Max. 24hr. total: 2.12″ on the 13th-14th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 14
Days with 1.00″ or more: 2

Month’s snow: 0.0″ (departure: ±0.0″)
Season’s snow: 0.0″ (departure: ±0.0″)

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.54″ on 28th
Month’s low: 29.55″ on 18th

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 1
Days with fog: 11
Peak wind gust: 30 mph on the 2nd
Heating degree days: 305, season: 382 (last year: 260)
Cooling degree days: 2, season: 789 (last year: 690)

Comments:  October was wet with temperatures averaging above normal.  The month started out with the remnants of Hurricane Ian lingering over the area for about five days, bringing us some rainy days and gusty winds.  The total precipitation of 5.94 inches for the month ranks as the 9th wettest October of the 30 on record.  It was the wettest month since October 2021.  The 2.12 inches of rain measured on the 12th and 13th is also the highest 24-hour total since last October… For much of the first part of the month temperatures averaged close to average but the last week of the month averaged nearly 6 degrees warmer than normal, spiking the month’s departure to +1.1 degrees… There were eleven days with fog this month.

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay
Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH
Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST
Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level

 MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—SEPTEMBER 2022
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 64.0°F (departure: -0.5 deg.)
Average daily high: 71.7°F (departure: -0.7 deg.)
Average daily low: 56.2°F (departure: -0.6 deg.)
Month’s high: 82°F on the 11th
Month’s low: 44°F on the 24th

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 4.21″ (departure: +0.12″)
Year’s total: 30.11″ (departure: -5.47″)
Previous 12 months total (10/21 to 9/22): 39.93″ (departure: -8.96″)
Max. 24hr. total: 1.47″ on the 12th-13th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 8
Days with 1.00″ or more: 2

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.36″ on 29th, 30th
Month’s low: 29.42″ on 22nd

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 4
Days with fog: 6
Peak wind gust: 28 mph on the 23rd
Heating degree days: 77, season: 77 (last year: 47)
Cooling degree days: 53, season: 787 (last year: 687)

Comments:  A cool September with precipitation slightly above average.  This month’s 4.21 inches of rain was 0.12 inches above the September average and the first above average precipitation month since April.   By the end of the month the area’s drought status had improved from D3 (extreme) to D1 (moderate)… A rather cool month with an average daily mean temperature of 64.0 degrees.  It was the coolest September since 2013.  There were five days with highs temps in the 80’s and seven days with lows in the 40’s… There were a few days this month with smoky, hazy skies due to wildfires in the northwest United States.

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay
Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH
Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST
Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level

 MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—AUGUST 2022
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 75.0°F (departure: +3.3 deg.)
Average daily high: 83.3°F (departure: +3.5 deg.)
Average daily low: 66.8°F (departure: +3.2 deg.)
Month’s high: 92°F on the 9th
Month’s low: 56°F on the 14th
Days with high 90F or higher: 5

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 3.25″ (departure: -0.75″)
Year’s total: 25.90″ (departure: -5.59″)
Previous 12 months total (9/21 to 8/22): 45.73″ (departure: -2.98″)
Max. 24hr. total: 1.56″ on 23rd
Days with 0.01″ or more: 9
Days with 1.00″ or more: 1

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.21″ on 6th
Month’s low: 29.69″ on 31st

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 4
Days with fog: 11
Peak wind gust: 18 mph on the 17th
Heating degree days: 0, season: 0 (last year: 12)
Cooling degree days: 317, season: 734 (last year: 597)

SUMMER SEASON SUMMARY (June, July, August)—
Average daily mean temperature: 72.3°F (departure: +1.8 deg.)
Season’s high: 92°F on July 29, August 9
Season’s low: 47°F on June 5
Days with high 90°F or higher: 10
Precipitation: 5.95″ (departure: -4.96″)
Maximum 24 hr. precip: 1.56″ on August 23
Days with thunder: 7
Days with fog: 21

Comments:  A very warm August with tropical humidity levels at times.  The average daily mean temperature of 75.0 degrees is the 2nd warmest August on record, surpassed only by August 2018.  A five day heat wave from the 5th through the 9th equals the longest heat wave ever recorded at this station.  During the heat wave period, the lowest overnight temperature recorded was 74F… Predominately dry conditions continued into August.  It was the 4th consecutive month with below average precip.  The area remained in the extreme drought (D3) category for the entire month.  3.25 inches of precipitation this month did provide a bit of relief but about 75% of that precipitation occurred during two fast moving thunderstorm events… The Summer Season was very warm and very dry.  The average summer temperature of 72.3 degrees is the 2nd warmest summer on record.  Ten 90-degree-days is the 2nd highest amount on record (eleven in the summer 2002)… It was the 6th driest summer on record (since 1992).  The 41 day period from June 29 through August 8 recorded just 0.25 inches of precipitation.

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay
Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH
Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST
Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level

 MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—JULY 2022
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 75.5°F (departure: +2.4 deg.)
Average daily high: 84.5°F (departure: +3.0 deg.)
Average daily low: 66.5°F (departure: +1.8 deg.)
Month’s high: 92°F on the 29th
Month’s low: 58°F on the 10th
Days with high 90°F or higher: 5

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 0.14″ (departure: -3.07″)
Year’s total: 22.65″ (departure: -4.84″)
Previous 12 months total (8/21 to 7/22): 46.64″ (departure: -2.06″)
Max. 24hr. total: 0.07″ on 2nd
Days with 0.01″ or more: 4
Days with 1.00″ or more: 0

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.16″ on 15th, 16th
Month’s low: 29.60″ on 19th

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 1
Days with fog: 7
Peak wind gust: 19 mph on the 12th, 24th
Heating degree days: 0, season: 0 (last year: 12)
Cooling degree days: 331, season: 417 (last year: 328)

Comments:  Remarkably low monthly precipitation total recorded this July.  Just 0.14” for the month is the driest July on record and also the driest for any month on record.  The final 25 days of the month recorded just 0.03”.  By month’s end local authorities had imposed water usage restrictions and the U.S. Drought Monitor had us designated in the Severe Drought category… Temperatures were well above normal for the month.  The average daily mean of 75.5 degrees is the warmest July since 2013.  July’s temperature average ranks 4th warmest of 49.  The hot and humid conditions got well established the last two weeks of the month with five 90-degree-days and dew point temperatures well into the 70’s.  In spite of all of the 90-degree-days no official heatwaves were recorded.

Dennis Bollea

 MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—JUNE 2022
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 66.4°F (departure: -0.3 deg.)
Average daily high: 75.3°F (departure: ±0.0 deg.)
Average daily low: 57.5°F (departure: -0.6 deg.)
Month’s high: 83°F on 25th, 26th
Month’s low: 47°F on 5th
Days with high 90°F or higher: 0

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 2.56″ (departure: -1.14″)
Year’s total: 22.51″ (departure: -1.77″)
Previous 12 months total (7/21 to 6/22): 49.43″ (departure: +0.72″)
Max. 24hr. total: 0.92″ on the 8th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 8
Days with 1.00″ or more: 0

Final snowfall season total: 31.7″ (departure: -7.3″)

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.19″ on 16th, 29th
Month’s low: 29.43″ on 18th

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 2
Days with fog: 3
Peak wind gust: 20 mph on the 8th
Heating degree days: 27, final season total: 5277 (last year: 5361)
Cooling degree days: 78, season: 86 (last year: 135)

Comments:  Drier than normal precipitation and temperatures slightly below average provided some very pleasant weather this June.  2.56 inches of rain this month is just 69% of normal and is the driest month of the year so far.  1.34 inches on the 8th and 9th combined to offer some relief from the moderate drought the area was experiencing but the remainder of the month produced just barely another inch… Comfortably warm, but not hot temperatures with generally low humidity readings provided some delightful conditions.  Only three days with any fog reflected the low humidity conditions.

Dennis Bollea

 MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—MAY 2022
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 57.5°F (departure: +0.1 deg.)
Average daily high: 65.4°F (departure: -0.8 deg.)
Average daily low: 49.7°F (departure: +1.2 deg.)
Month’s high: 86°F on the 31st
Month’s low: 37°F on the 1st

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 2.76″ (departure: -1.00″)
Year’s total: 19.95″ (departure: -0.63″)
Previous 12 months total (6/21 to 5/22): 48.53″ (departure: -0.24″)
Max. 24hr. total: 0.66″ on 27th-28th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 14
Days with 1.00″ or more: 0

Month’s snow: 0.0″ (departure: 0.0″)
Season’s snow: 31.7″ (departure: -7.3″)

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.41″ on 25th
Month’s low: 29.50″ on 17th

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 4
Days with fog: 12
Peak wind gust: 37 mph on the 9th
Heating degree days: 234, season: 5250 (last year: 5340)
Cooling degree days: 8, season: 8 (last year: 15)

SPRING SEASON SUMMARY (Mar, Apr, May)—
Average daily mean temperature: 48.8°F (departure: +1.0 deg.)
Season’s high: 86°F on May 31
Season’s low: 14°F on March 4
Precipitation: 10.54″ (departure: -2.07″)
Maximum 24 hr. precip: 1.85″ on April 8
Snowfall: 1.3″ (departure: -7.8″)
Days with thunder: 7
Days with fog: 32
Peak wind gust: 47 mph on April 19

Comments:  Precipitation was on the light side this month.  In spite of there being fourteen days with measurable rainfall, the month finished up exactly 1 inch below the monthly average.  The month ranked #10 of 30, driest to wettest.  There were four days with thunder… The average daily mean temperature was 0.1 degree above average.  The first 70-degree-day of the year was on the 12th and the first 80-degree-day came on the 31st… On the 7th a low pressure system established itself south of New England east of the mid-Atlantic coast and parked itself there for five days pumping in blustery northeast winds and colder than normal temperatures into the area.  Several wind gusts over 30mph were recorded and high temperatures didn’t get out of the 50’s… The Spring Season was warmer than normal with below average precipitation.  It was the driest spring since 2015 and the warmest since 2012.

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay
Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH
Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST
Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level

REGIONAL WIND STORM REPORTS APRIL 19, 2022 PDF 

 MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—

APRIL 2022
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 48.7°F (departure: +1.1 deg.)
Average daily high: 57.4°F (departure: +1.3 deg.)
Average daily low: 39.9°F (departure: +0.9 deg.)
Month’s high: 66°F on the 22nd
Month’s low: 32°F on the 18th
Days with low 32°F or below: 1
Days with high 32°F or below: 0

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 4.63″ (departure: +0.56″)
Year’s total: 17.19″ (departure: +0.37″)
Previous 12 months total (5/21 to 4/22): 51.60″ (departure: +2.93″)
Max. 24hr. total: 1.85″ on the 8th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 8
Days with 1.00″ or more: 1

Month’s snow: 0.0″ (departure: -1.6″)
Season’s snow: 31.7″ (departure: -7.3″)

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.55″ on 21st
Month’s low: 29.33″ on 1st

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 2
Days with fog: 8
Peak wind gust: 47 mph on the 19th *A high gust of 72 MPH was logged at Town Beach – West Island on April 19, 2022. 
Heating degree days: 486, season: 5016 (last year: 5088)
Snow depth days: 0, season: 107, (last year: 101)

Comments:  Overall April was warmer than average with slightly higher than normal precipitation.  For the most-part, the first two weeks of the month was on the warm side with the last couple of weeks turning colder than normal.  From the 1st of the month through the 16th temperatures average close to 4 degrees above normal and the final 14 days averaged about 2.5 degrees below… There was more than adequate precip this month.  4.63 inches was about a half-an-inch above normal.  On the 8th, 1.85 inches was measured along with plenty of thunder and lightning… It was a windy month with four days having gusts exceeding 30mph including a gust of *47mph on the 19th.

*A high gust of 72 MPH was logged at Town Beach – West Island on April 19, 2022. 
 
Dennis Bollea

REGIONAL SNOW REPORTS MARCH 9 2022 PDF 

 MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—MARCH 2022
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 40.1°F (departure: +1.9 deg.)
Average daily high: 49.0°F (departure: +2.8 deg.)
Average daily low: 31.2°F (departure: +1.0 deg.)
Month’s high: 59°F on the 18th, 19th, 21st
Month’s low: 14°F on the 4th
Days with low 32°F or below: 16
Days with high 32°F or below: 0

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 3.15″ (departure: -1.63″)
Year’s total: 12.56″ (departure: -0.19″)
Previous 12 months total (4/21 to 3/22): 50.12″ (departure: +1.42″)
Max. 24hr. total: 1.09″ on the 24th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 11
Days with 1.00″ or more: 1

Month’s snow: 1.3″ (departure: -6.2″)
Season’s snow: 31.7″ (departure: -5.7″)
Max. 24hr. total: 1.0″ on the 9th
Days with 0.1″ or more: 2

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.50″ on 4th, 5th
Month’s low: 28.89″ on 12th

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 1
Days with fog: 12
Peak wind gust: 33 mph on the 22nd
Heating degree days: 767, season: 4530 (last year: 4563)
Snow depth days: 1, season: 107, (last year: 101)

Comments: The month started off cold and ended cold, but there were plenty of warm days in the middle, resulting in a warmer than average March in Fairhaven this year.  Average daily mean temperature of 40.1F was nearly 2 degrees warmer than average.  Highest temperature of the month couldn’t quite reach 60F but did make it to 59F on three days.  Low temperatures at night got down into the teens on four days… Precip was on the light side, about 65% of normal, although there were eleven days with measurable rainfall.  The barometric pressure dropped down to 28.89″ on the 12th… Snowfall was well below normal with 1.3″ measured… Twelve days with fog was observed including one day with freezing fog.

Dennis Bollea

 MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—FEBRUARY 2022
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 32.4°F (departure: +0.3 deg.)
Average daily high: 40.9°F (departure: +1.2 deg.)
Average daily low: 23.9°F (departure: -0.4 deg.)
Month’s high: 59°F on the 23rd
Month’s low: 9°F on the 15th
Days with low 32°F or below: 23
Days with high 32°F or below: 6

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 5.39″ (departure: +1.85″)
Year’s total: 9.41″ (departure: +1.44″)
Previous 12 months total (3/21 to 2/22): 49.82″ (departure: +1.06″)
Max. 24hr. total: 1.96″ on 4th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 13
Days with 1.00″ or more: 1

Month’s snow: 8.8″ (departure: -2.8″)
Max. 24hr. total: 5.7″ on the 13th-14th
Days with 0.1″ or more: 6
Days with 6.0″ or more: 0
Season’s snow: 30.4″ (departure: +0.5″)

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.76″ on 16th
Month’s low: 29.31″ on 18th

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 0
Days with fog: 9
Peak wind gust: 31 mph on the 19th
Heating degree days: 910, season: 3763, (last year: 3767)
Snow depth days: 55, season: 106, (last year: 101)

WINTER SEASON SUMMARY (Dec., Jan., Feb.)—
Average daily mean temperature: 33.2°F (departure: +0.3 deg.)
Season’s high: 59°F on December 16, February 23
Season’s low: 2°F on January 16
Precipitation: 10.78″ (departure: -1.90″)
Maximum 24 hr. precip: 1.96″ on February 4
Snowfall: 30.4″ (departure: +1.0″)
Maximum 24 hr. snowfall: 15.0″ on January 29
Days with thunder: 0
Days with fog: 24

Comments:  Fairhaven experienced above average precipitation this February.   The 5.39 inches collected ranks #5 of 30, wettest to driest.  Mixed precip events on the 4th and and 25th were the primary contributors to the total… Alternating periods of very warm and very cold temperatures throughout the month resulted in the final average being 0.3 degrees above normal.  Seven days had daily departures of +8 degrees or higher and seven days had daily departures of -8 degrees or lower… Snowfall for the month was below normal.  Largest amount was 6 inches of light, fluffy, easy to move snow on the 13th -14th.  On the 25th, 2 inches of just about all sleet made clearing the driveway a major chore… Nine days with fog was observed… The Winter Season was drier than normal with temperatures and snowfall close to average.  10.78 inches of precip is the driest winter total since the winter of 2011-12.

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay
Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH
Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST
Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level

REGIONAL SNOW TOTALS FEB 25 2022 PDF

REGIONAL WIND GUST REPORTS FEB 18 2022 PDF 

REGIONAL SNOW TOTALS FEBRUARY 14, 2022 PDF  

 BLIZZARD REPORTS SNOW TOTALS REGIONAL JAN 29 2022

 Hello to all…

..Historic blizzard slammed Southern New England, particularly Central and Eastern New England, with heavy snowfall, blizzard conditions, minor to moderate coastal flooding at the time of high tide and significant tree and power line damage from the combination of wet snow and damaging winds over Cape Cod and the Islands. At the height of the storm, over 115,000 were without power in Massachusetts with additional outages in Rhode Island and Connecticut..

..An Amateur Radio story will be posted to the ARRL web site and a photo album to the WX1BOX Facebook page within the next day or two. Post storm snowfall, wind damage and coastal flood reports, pictures and videos can be posted as a reply to this message, via our WX1BOX Facebook and Twitter feeds or through the email address pics@nsradio.org with credit given to the spotter for the report unless otherwise indicated..

..We are also interested in any additional spotter reports across our coverage area particularly across the max snowfall zone from Stoughton and Sharon to Whitman to Bridgewater and down through Northern Bristol County Massachusetts from this historic blizzard and in the communities of Ashby, Ayer and Clinton, Massachusetts..

..Another Post Storm Blizzard Coordination Message will be posted by Thursday 2/3/22. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Local Storm Report of spotter reports for snowfall, coastal flooding and wind damage reports, Public Information Statement on where blizzard conditions were met, Public Information Statements on Blizzard determinations and spotter reports, WX1BOX Amateur Radio Team reports log and the Record Event Reports for this historical blizzard from NWS Boston/Norton and the Blue Hill Observatory..

NWS Boston/Norton Local Storm Report – Snowfall Reports:

http://wx1box.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/LSR_Spotter_Reports_1_30_22.pdf

NWS Boston/Norton Local Storm Report – Wind and Coastal Flood Reports:

http://wx1box.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/LSR_Spotter_Reports_1_30_22_wind_gust_wind_damage_coastal_flooding.pdf

NWS Boston/Norton – Public Information Statement – Blizzard Determinations:

http://wx1box.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/pns_1_30_22_blizzard_determinations.pdf

NWS Public Information Statement – Snowfall & Wind Reports:

http://wx1box.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/PNS_snowfall_1_29_22.pdf

NWS Public Information Statement – Snowfall Reports:

http://wx1box.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/PNS_wind_and_snowfall_1_29_22_Part_1.pdf

WX1BOX Amateur Radio Log of Reports:

http://wx1box.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/reports_1_29_22.pdf

NWS Boston/Norton Record Event Reports – Boston, Providence and Worcester:

http://wx1box.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/record_reports_blizzard_of_2022.pdf

Blue Hill Observatory Report on Record Snowfall at Blue Hill:

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MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—

JANUARY 2022

FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–

Average daily mean: 27.9°F (departure: -2.7 deg.)

Average daily high: 36.4°F (departure: -1.5 deg.)

Average daily low: 19.5°F (departure: -3.9 deg.)

Month’s high: 50°F on the 1st, 2nd

Month’s low: 2°F on the 16th

Days with low 32F or below: 28

Days with high 32F or below: 11

PRECIPITATION–

Month’s total: 4.02″ (departure: -0.41″)

Year’s total: 4.02″ (departure: -0.41″)

Previous 12 months total (2/21 to 1/22): 48.29″ (departure: -0.46″)

Max. 24hr. total: 1.38″ on 29th

Days with 0.01″ or more: 11

Days with 1.00″ or more: 2

Month’s snow: 20.3″ (departure: +9.3″)

Season’s snow: 21.6″ (departure: +3.3″)

Max. 24hr. total: 15.0″ on the 28th

Days with 0.1″ or more: 3

Days with 6.0″ or more: 1

BAROMETER–

Month’s high: 30.58″ on 8th

Month’s low: 29.05″ on 17th

MISCELLANEOUS–

Days with thunder: 0

Days with fog: 5

Peak wind gust: 43 mph on the 17th

Heating degree days: 1141, season: 2853, (last year: 2847)

Snow depth days: 49, season: 51, (last year: 34)
Comments:   Cold with above average snowfall this January in Fairhaven.   The average daily mean temperature of 27.9F is the coldest January since 27.7F in 2011.   Nighttime low temperatures fell into single-digits seven times during the month.   +2F on the 16th is the lowest temperature here since January 7, 2018 (-3F)… Near-blizzard conditions on the 29th dropping 15.0 inches of snow with wind gusts estimated near 40 mph.   The 15-inch snowfall event is the most since the 26th and 27th of January, 2015 (17.0″)… On the 17th a strong low pressure system left 1.01 inches of rain with wind gusts reaching 43 mph and a low barometer reading of 29.05″.
Dennis Bollea

REGIONAL SNOW TOTALS JANUARY 7 2022

ANNUAL WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY
2021
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 52.2°F (departure:  +0.9 deg.)
Average daily high: 59.9°F (departure:  +0.6 deg.)
Average daily low: 44.4°F (departure:  +1.1 deg.)
Year’s high: 87°F on May 23, July 7, August 27
Year’s low: 6°F on January 31
Days with high 90°F or higher: 0
Days with low 0°F or lower: 0
Days with high 32°F or lower: 13
Days with low 32°F or lower: 104
Season’s last freeze: April 22
Season’s first freeze: November 4
Growing season: 195 days

PRECIPITATION–
Year’s total (includes melted): 46.36″ (departure: -2.45″)
Days with 0.01″ or more: 131 (departure: ±0)
Days with 1.00″ or more: 13 (departure: ±0)
Max. 24-hr. total: 6.17″ on September 1-2

Year’s snow: 19.7″ (departure: -19.6″)
Days with 0.1″ snow or more: 10
Days with 6.0″ snow or more: 1
Max. 24-hr. snow: 6.1″ on February 7

Longest period with no measurable precipitation: 16 days (March 2-17)
Longest period with 0.10″ or less: 16 days (March 2-17)
Longest period with 1.00″ or less: 32 days (November 13-December 14 and November 16-December 17)

BAROMETER–
Year’s high: 30.73″ on December 15
Year’s low: 29.14″ on October 27

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 12 (departure: -4)
Days with fog: 87 (departure: -14)
Days with hail: 0
High wind gust: *47 mph on October 27

WEST ISLAND WEATHER STATION HIGH GUST 2021 :54MPH FRI NOV 12 2021 

Comments:  A warmer than average year with below average precipitation and snowfall well below normal.  The average daily mean temperature of 52.2F ranks 13 of 46, warmest to coldest.  The year had 7 months averaging above normal, 4 below and 1 month exactly normal.  The warmest month departure-wise was October at +4.0 degrees.  The coldest, July at -2.5 degrees… Precipitation was 95% of normal.  Year’s total of 46.36 inches ranks 9 of 29, driest to wettest.  There were 5 months wetter than average and 7 months drier… Snowfall was 50% of normal.  Just February had an above average total.

Monthly highlights–
Jan: Warm and very dry month.  Just 7 days with measurable precip and 3 days with measurable snowfall.
Feb: Colder than average month.  6.1 inches of snow on the 7th was the snowiest day of the year.
Mar: Dry month with just 6 days with measurable precip.  Just a trace of snow, lease amount on record for March.
Apr: Last 32-degree-day on the 22nd is about 10 days later than average.
May: Memorial Day weekend a rain-out with 3.20 inches.
Jun: Just 1.66 inches of rain, 5th driest June on record.
Jul: TS Elsa passes through on the 9th, 33mph gusts recorded.  Air Quality Alerts posted several days for smoke from western wildfires.
Aug: Strong TS Henri makes landfall at Westerly, RI and stalls over SE New England. 
Sept: Very wet and humid.  10.01” of rain, 2nd wettest on record.  Remnants of Hurricane Ida dumps 6.17” on the 1st and 2nd.
Oct: “Bomb cyclone” develops south Nantucket on 25th-27th.  Extensive damage, power outages, especially on Cape Cod and Islands.
Nov: Tornado warning issued in portions of SE New England on 13th.  Confirmed EF-0 and EF-1 tornadoes in Rhode Island.

Dec: Driest December on record with 1.37”.  First white Christmas since *2009. 

*WEST ISLAND WEATHER STATION REPORTED SNOW ON DEC 25, 2017 

MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—
DECEMBER 2021
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 39.2°F (departure: +3.4 deg.)
Average daily high: 46.7°F (departure: +3.8 deg.)
Average daily low: 31.7°F (departure: +3.0 deg.)
Month’s high: 59°F on the 6th
Month’s low: 19°F on the 20th
Days with low 32F or below: 16
Days with high 32F or below: 1

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 1.37″ (departure: -3.34″)
Year’s total: 46.36″ (departure: -2.45″)
Max. 24hr. total: 0.35″ on 25th-26th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 18
Days with 1.00″ or more: 0

Month’s snow: 1.3″ (departure: -5.5″)
Season’s total: 1.3″ (departure: -6.2″)
Max. 24hr. total: 1.3″ on the 24th
Days with 0.1″ or more: 1

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.73″ on 15th
Month’s low: 29.39″ on 22nd

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 0
Days with fog: 10
Peak wind gust: 27 mph on the 12th
Heating degree days: 793, season: 1712 (last year: 1814)
Cooling degree days: 0, final season total: 793 (last year: 786)
Snow depth days: 2, season: 2, (last year: 20)

Comments:  Driest December on record with just 1.37 inches of precipitation recorded.  Previous low December precip record was 1.39 inches in 1998.  In spite of the record low rainfall there were 18 days with measurable precipitation.  A gloomy end to the month; the final ten days had eight days with precip, six days with fog and very little sunshine… December was very warm.  Average daily mean temperature of 39.2 degrees ranks #8 of 47, warmest to coldest.  The warmest December on record averaged 46.0 degrees, recorded in 2015… The first measurable snowfall of the season arrived on the 24th with 1.3 inches.  It was cold enough to last through the morning of the 25th giving us our first white Christmas here since 2009.  Less than 20% of Fairhaven’s Christmases are white. 

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay
Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH
Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST
Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level

MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—


NOVEMBER 2021
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 42.8°F (departure: -1.5 deg.)
Average daily high: 51.2°F (departure: -0.6 deg.)
Average daily low: 34.3°F (departure: -2.5 deg.)
Month’s high: 62°F on the 12th, 18th
Month’s low: 24°F on the 24th, 30th
Days with low 32F or below: 12
Days with high 32F or below: 0

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 1.84″ (departure: -2.17″)
Year’s total: 45.32″ (departure: +1.22″)
Previous 12 months total (12/20 to 11/21): 51.48″ (departure: +2.71″)
Max. 24hr. total: 1.22″ on 12th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 8
Days with 1.00″ or more: 1

Month’s snow: trace (departure: -0.7″)
Season’s total: trace (departure: -0.7″)

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.58″ on 20th
Month’s low: 29.44″ on 26th

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 0
Days with fog: 2
Peak wind gust: 32 mph on the 12th
Heating degree days: 659, season: 919 (last year: 926)
Cooling degree days: 0, season: 690 (last year: 786)
Snow depth days: 0, season: 0 (last year: 0)

FALL SEASON SUMMARY (Sept., Oct., Nov.)—
Average daily mean temperature: 55.8°F (departure: +1.6 deg.)
Season’s high: 80°F on September 15
Season’s low: 24°F on November 24 and 30
Precipitation: 18.46″ (departure: +5.95″)
Maximum 24 hr. precip: 6.17″ on September 1-2
Snowfall: trace (departure: -0.7″)
Days with thunder: 6
Days with fog: 17
Peak wind gust: 47 mph on October 27

Comments:   A rather tranquil month with colder and drier than normal conditions.   Just one stormy day this month with 1.22 inches of rain and windy conditions on the 12th.   The remainder of the month produced just 0.62 inches of rain.   Monthly total of 1.84 inches ranks 3 of 29, driest to wettest… Overall colder than normal temperatures this month.   The lowest temperature for the month was a rather high 24F but there were ten days with lows down into the 20’s… No measurable snow this November, just some flurries on the 27th and 28th… The Fall Season averaged out wetter and warmer than normal.   Precip total of 18.46 inches is the 4th wettest Fall on record and the average temperature of 55.8 degrees is also the 4th warmest on record.

Dennis Bollea 

REGIONAL STORM TOTALS IDA EVENT FLOOD SEPT 2 2021 PDF OCTOBER 27, 2021 NOREASTER REGIONAL STORM REPORTS

Major Nor’easter slammed Eastern Massachusetts, particularly Southeast Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands, the Cape Ann area as well as Southern and Central Rhode Island with widespread damaging winds, tree and power line damage and some direct structural damage to weakened structures Tuesday Evening 10/26/21-Wednesday Evening 10/27/21..

..Wind gusts to hurricane force between 74-98 MPH occurred Across East Coastal Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands with 50-70 MPH Gusts across portions of Southeast Massachusetts and South-Central RI..

..At the height of the storm, close to 500,000 customers were without power in Massachusetts and over 93,000 customers without power in Rhode Island. These outages were much higher than Tropical Storm Henri in August in Massachusetts and a bit higher than Tropical Storm Henri for the state of Rhode Island. Most power was restored by Saturday Evening..

..Post storm reports, pictures and videos of storm damage, coastal flooding, flooding from heavy rainfall can be sent as a reply to this message, via our Facebook and Twitter feeds or via the email address pics@nsradio.org. Credit will be given to the spotter for their photo, video or report unless otherwise indicated. A WX1BOX Facebook Photo Album has been created with storm damage photos received to date and will likely be updated one more time between now and week’s end with any additional photos received. This information is being utilized by local and state emergency management officials and is helpful for damage assessment to determine a possible federal disaster declaration for this event..

..There will be a final post storm coordination message from this major nor’easter posted by the end of November. Below is the ARRL Web story on Amateur Radio efforts during the major nor’easter, WX1BOX Facebook Photo Album, NWS Boston/Norton Public Information Statement of Rainfall/Wind Report, Local Storm Report and an updated Amateur Radio Compilation log of wind gusts and wind damage..

ARRL Web Story – Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) & SKYWARN Respond to Major Nor’easter:

http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-emergency-service-and-skywarn-respond-to-major-nor-easter

WX1BOX Facebook Photo Album:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=wx1box&set=a.4949547578412554

NWS Boston/Norton Public Information Statement – Spotter Reports:

http://wx1box.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/pns_10_26_21_10_27_21.pdf

NWS Boston/Norton Local Storm Report:

http://wx1box.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/lsr_10_26_21_10_27_21.pdf

WX1BOX Amateur Radio Log:

http://wx1box.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/reports_10_26_21_10_27_21_Rev_2.pdf

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
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MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—OCTOBER 2021
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 57.9°F (departure: +4.0 deg.)
Average daily high: 64.7°F (departure: +3.0 deg.)
Average daily low: 51.2°F (departure: +5.1 deg.)
Month’s high: 73°F on the 3rd, 14th, 16th
Month’s low: 41°F on the 19th, 24th

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 6.61″ (departure: +2.02″)
Year’s total: 43.15″ (departure: +3.06″)
Previous 12 months total (11/20 to 10/21): 53.43″ (departure: +4.66″)
Max. 24hr. total: 2.24″ on the 26th-27th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 11
Days with 1.00″ or more: 3

Month’s snow: 0.0″ (departure: +0.0″)
Season’s snow: 0.0″ (departure: +0.0″)

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.37″ on 6th
Month’s low: 29.14″ on 27th

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 2
Days with fog: 9
Peak wind gust: 66 mph West Island Town Beach on the 27th
Heating degree days: 213, season: 260 (last year: 402)
Cooling degree days: 3, season: 690 (last year: 786)

Comments:  A very warm and wet month in Fairhaven.  The warmer than normal temperature trend continued in October.  The average daily mean temperature for the month was a near record 57.9 degrees which ranks #3 of 47 Octobers on record.  The temperature departure for the last three months averages out at +2.7 degrees… The month was very wet with 6.61 inches of precip measured.  There were three separate systems during the month that brought in more than an inch of rain.  On the 25th-27th a strong nor’easter, termed by many as a “bomb cyclone” developed south of Nantucket.  The slow moving storm brought heavy rain and damaging winds to all of southeastern New England.  Extensive damage reports and extended power outages were especially prevalent on Cape Cod, the Islands, and coastal Plymouth County.  A 94mph wind gust was reported in the town of Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard.  Storm precip total here was 3.31 inches.

Dennis Bollea

 MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—

SEPTEMBER 2021FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS
TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 66.7°F (departure: +2.2 deg.)
Average daily high: 73.8°F (departure: +1.4 deg.)
Average daily low: 59.5°F (departure: +2.7 deg.)
Month’s high: 80°F on the 15th
Month’s low: 48°F on the 30th

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 10.01″ (departure: +6.10″)
Year’s total: 36.54″ (departure: +1.04″)
Previous 12 months total (10/20 to 9/21): 52.23″ (departure: +3.48″)
Max. 24hr. total: 6.17″ on the 1st-2nd
Days with 0.01″ or more: 10
Days with 1.00″ or more: 2

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.40″ on 20th, 21st
Month’s low: 29.45″ on 2nd

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 4
Days with fog: 6
Peak wind gust: 29 mph on the 2nd
Heating degree days: 35, season: 47 (last year: 81)
Cooling degree days: 90, season: 687  (last year: 785)

Comments:  A very warm, wet and humid September.  Precipitation total of 10.01 inches is the second wettest September on record, exceeded only in 1996 with 11.18 inches.  The bulk of the rain came on the 1st and 2nd when the remnants of Hurricane Ida passed over southern New England.  The storm left a total of 6.17 inches of rain and some gusty winds.  The 24 hour precip total of 6.17″ ranks as the 4th highest on record since 1992 (#1, 7.21″ on August 9-10, 1992)… Average daily mean temperature of 66.7F ranks as the 5th warmest September on record.  Unusually high dew points kept many overnight low temps uncomfortably high.  Just one day this month had a high temperature in the 80’s (80F on the 15th). 

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay
Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH
Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST
Station elevation: 43 feet above sea levelAUGUST 2021
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 73.5°F (departure: +1.8 deg.)
Average daily high: 80.7°F (departure: -0.9 deg.)
Average daily low: 66.3°F (departure: +2.7 deg.)
Month’s high: 87°F on the 27th
Month’s low: 55°F on the 1st
Days with high 90F or higher: 0

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 4.16″ (departure: +0.17″)
Year’s total: 26.53″ (departure: -5.06″)
Previous 12 months total (9/20 to 8/21): 43.37″ (departure: -5.46″)
Max. 24hr. total: 2.21″ on 4th-5th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 12
Days with 1.00″ or more: 1

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.30″ on 28th
Month’s low: 29.64″ on 22nd

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 1
Days with fog: 7
Peak wind gust: 33 mph on the 22nd
Heating degree days: 0, season: 12 (last year: 1)
Cooling degree days: 269, season: 597 (last year: 709)

SUMMER SEASON SUMMARY (June, July, August)—
Average daily mean temperature: 70.7°F (departure: +0.2 deg.)
Season’s high: 87°F on July 7, August 27
Season’s low: 48°F on June 1
Days with high 90°F or higher: 0
Precipitation: 8.75″ (departure: -2.22″)
Maximum 24 hr. precip: 2.21″ on August 4-5
Days with thunder: 5
Days with fog: 27

Comments:  A warmer than average month with precip close to normal this August in Fairhaven.  The average daily mean temperature of 73.5F was 1.8 degrees above August’s average and ranks 10th warmest of the 48 on record.  A cool start to the month with the first week averaging 4 degrees below normal but then warm and humid conditions took over for most of the rest of the month.  The average high temperature was 0.9 degrees below average; the average low temp 2.7 degrees above average is a telling stat indicating the humid conditions we had this month… Hurricane Henri made landfall at Westerly, RI, about 55 miles west of Fairhaven as a strong tropical storm on the 22nd.  In spite of the slow moving storm stalling over southern New England for about 3 days, just 0.75 inches of rain was measured for the storm.  We did have a 33mph wind gust… The summer season was on the dry side with temperatures close to normal.  About 80% of summers here have at least one 90-degree-day.  There were no 90-degree-days this summer.MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—
JULY 2021
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 70.6°F (departure: -2.5 deg.)
Average daily high: 77.7°F (departure: -3.8 deg.)
Average daily low: 63.5°F (departure: -1.2 deg.)
Month’s high: 87°F on the 7th
Month’s low: 52°F on the 31st
Days with high 90°F or higher: 0

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 2.93″ (departure: -0.29″)
Year’s total: 22.37″ (departure: -5.23″)
Previous 12 months total (8/20 to 7/21): 40.22″ (departure: -8.71″)
Max. 24hr. total: 1.01″ on 3rd
Days with 0.01″ or more: 14
Days with 1.00″ or more: 1

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.30″ on 13th
Month’s low: 29.54″ on 9th

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 2
Days with fog: 11
Peak wind gust: 33 mph on the 9th
Heating degree days: 12, season: 12 (last year: 1)
Cooling degree days: 193, season: 328 (last year: 430)

Comments:  A much cooler than average month this year in Fairhaven.  Average daily mean temperature of 70.6F is the coolest July since 2009 and ranks the 9th coolest of 47.  Humidity levels were certainly uncomfortable at times but the lack of any 90-degree-days made things tolerable for the most part… The month got off to a wet start but after Tropical Storm Elsa passed through southeastern New England on the 9th things dried out, at least around here.  While other areas is New England were setting monthly precipitation records, precip totals here were a shade below normal.  There were 14 days with measurable precipitation this month, but just 3 of those days had 0.25″ or more and 9 days had less than 0.10″.  TS Elsa passed through here with 33mph wind gusts and 0.72″ of rain… Air Quality Alerts were posted on several days for smoke and haze transported from Canadian and western US wildfires.  Some people reported an odor of “burnt plastic”… Many foggy days this month.

Dennis Bollea 

 JUNE 2021FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 68.1°F (departure: +1.4 deg.)
Average daily high: 76.6°F (departure: +1.3 deg.)
Average daily low: 59.6°F (departure: +1.5 deg.)
Month’s high: 86°F on 9th, 28th, 30th
Month’s low: 48°F on 1st
Days with high 90°F or higher: 0

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 1.66″ (departure: -2.10″)
Year’s total: 19.44″ (departure: -4.94″)
Previous 12 months total (7/20 to 6/21): 38.25″ (departure: -10.75″)
Max. 24hr. total: 0.44″ on the 14th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 10
Days with 1.00″ or more: 0
Final snowfall season total: 25.1″ (departure: -14.2″)

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.41″ on 24th
Month’s low: 29.62″ on 22nd

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 2
Days with fog: 9
Peak wind gust: 18 mph on the 10th
Heating degree days: 21, final season total: 5361 (last year: 5415)
Cooling degree days: 120, season: 135 (last year: 121)

Comments:  A warm and dry June this year.  Just 1.66 inches of rain this month ranks 5 of 30, driest to wettest.  It did rain on 10 days this month but the amounts were small.  The rainiest day of the month was the 14th with 0.44″ recorded… Overall the month was warm.  Average daily mean temp of 68.1F ranked 9th warmest of 48 on record.  The two warmest periods of the month were on the 6th – 9th which averaged 10 degrees above average, and the 27th – 30th which was 7.5 degrees above.  While much of the region was recording heat waves during these periods the prevailing southwest sea breezes helped to moderate the the temperatures here in Fairhaven.  The humidity levels were much higher during the late month period.

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay
Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH
Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST
Station elevation: 43 feet above sea levelMONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—
MAY 2021
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 57.1°F (departure: -0.3 deg.)
Average daily high: 66.3°F (departure: +0.1 deg.)
Average daily low: 47.9°F (departure: -0.6 deg.)
Month’s high: 87°F on the 23rd
Month’s low: 41°F on the 1st, 10th

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 5.83″ (departure: +2.17″)
Year’s total: 17.78″ (departure: -2.84″)
Previous 12 months total (6/20 to 5/21): 38.52″ (departure: -10.54″)
Max. 24hr. total: 2.30″ on 28th-29th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 12
Days with 1.00″ or more: 2

Month’s snow: 0.0″ (departure: 0.0″)
Season’s snow: 25.1″ (departure: -14.2″)

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.58″ on 21st
Month’s low: 29.46″ on 1st

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 0
Days with fog: 7
Peak wind gust: 28 mph on the 29th
Heating degree days: 252, season: 5340 (last year: 5382)
Cooling degree days: 15, season: 15 (last year: 6)

SPRING SEASON SUMMARY (Mar, Apr, May)—
Average daily mean temperature: 47.9°F (departure: -0.2 deg.)
Season’s high: 87°F on May 23
Season’s low: 15°F on March 2 and March 16
Precipitation: 11.83″ (departure: -0.77″)
Maximum 24 hr. precip: 2.30″ on May 28-29
Snowfall: trace (departure: -9.1″)
Days with thunder: 1
Days with fog: 22
Peak wind gust: 38 mph on March 2

Comments:  A cool and wet month.  Precipitation amount of 5.83 inches is the wettest March since 2012 and ranked #5 of 30 (wettest to driest) on record.  3.20 inches of the month’s rain came during the Memorial Day weekend.  Temperatures did not get out of the 40’s on the 29th and 30th.  Temperatures were running above normal until the last three days of the month.  The temperature peaked out at 87F on the 23rd, the hottest May temperature since May 29, 2010.  It was the only 80-degree-day of the month.  The largest positive (+) departure day was the 23rd (+14), the largest negative (-) departure day was the 29th (-16)… The Spring Season averaged out drier than normal and slightly cooler than average.  There was no measurable snowfall this spring for the first time on record.

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay 

REGIONAL STORM REPORTS APRIL 16 2021 PDF 
APRIL 2021
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 47.6°F (departure: ±0.0 deg.)
Average daily high: 56.1°F (departure: ±0.0 deg.)
Average daily low: 39.1°F (departure: +0.1 deg.)
Month’s high: 69°F on the 24th
Month’s low: 25°F on the 3rd
Days with low 32°F or below: 4
Days with high 32°F or below: 0

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 3.15″ (departure: -0.95″)
Year’s total: 11.95″ (departure: -5.01″)
Previous 12 months total (5/12 to 4/21): 35.00″ (departure: -14.10″)
Max. 24hr. total: 1.58″ on the 15th-16th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 9
Days with 1.00″ or more: 1

Month’s snow: trace (departure: -1.6″)
Season’s snow: 25.1″ (departure: -14.2″)

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.28″ on 3rd
Month’s low: 29.27″ on 30th

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 1
Days with fog: 7
Peak wind gust: 37 mph on the 30th
Heating degree days: 525, season: 5088 (last year: 5095)
Snow depth days: 0, season: 101, (last year: 29)

Comments:  While most of southern New England had precip amounts at or above average, the south coast region felt cheated with rainfall totals below average for the month.  Here 3.15 inches is nearly an inch below average.  The month ranked 11 of 29, driest to wettest.  The 2021 total is now running a 5 inch deficit and for the last 12 months we are a whopping 14 inches below normal… As usual for April, temperatures ran the gambit with some warm days and some days very cold.  The final tally for the month was exactly at the monthly average.  Probably the final freezing temperature of the season occurred on the 22nd, about 10 days later than average. 

Dennis Bollea
MARCH 2021
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 39.0°F (departure: +0.8 deg.)
Average daily high: 48.5°F (departure: +2.3 deg.)
Average daily low: 29.6°F (departure: -0.6 deg.)
Month’s high: 64°F on the 12th, 25th
Month’s low: 15°F on the 2nd, 16th
Days with low 32°F or below: 21
Days with high 32°F or below: 2

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 2.85″ (departure: -1.99″)
Year’s total: 8.80″ (departure: -4.06″)
Previous 12 months total (4/20 to 3/21): 36.32″ (departure: -12.74″)
Max. 24hr. total: 1.29″ on the 18th-19th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 6
Days with 1.00″ or more: 1

Month’s snow: trace (departure: -7.5″)
Season’s snow: 25.1″ (departure: -12.6″)
Max. 24hr. total: trace on the 19th

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.58″ on 10th, 21st
Month’s low: 29.40″ on 29th

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 0
Days with fog: 8
Peak wind gust: 38 mph on the 2nd
Heating degree days: 796, season: 4563 (last year: 4474)
Snow depth days: 0, season: 101, (last year: 29)

Comments:  Overall a warm and very dry March with snowfall practically nonexistent.  The month started out on the cold side with the first week averaging 4 degrees below normal.  Other than a cold snap on the 15th – 16th most of the remainder of the month was on the warm side.  The warmest departure day was the 12th with +17 and the coldest was the 15th with -14… Precipitation this March was well below average.  2.85″ ranks as the 7th driest March of 29 years.  There were just six days with measurable precip.  The wettest event of the month was 1.29″ on the 18th through 19th.  Another 1+ inch event took place on the 28th into the 29th… For the first time on record no measurable snowfall was recorded this March.  Just a trace was observed in the early morning hours of the 19th.  Previous low was 0.1″ in 1995… Four days had wind gusts 30mph or higher.

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay
Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH
Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST
Station elevation: 43 feet above sea levelFEBRUARY 2021
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 31.8°F (departure: -0.3 deg.)
Average daily high: 38.5°F (departure: -1.2 deg.)
Average daily low: 25.2°F (departure: +0.9 deg.)
Month’s high: 50°F on the 16th, 24th
Month’s low: 13°F on the 12th
Days with low 32°F or below: 26
Days with high 32°F or below: 6

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 3.86″ (departure: +0.33″)
Year’s total: 5.95″ (departure: -2.07″)
Previous 12 months total (3/20 to 2/21): 37.75″ (departure: -11.36″)
Max. 24hr. total: 1.13″ on 1st-2nd
Days with 0.01″ or more: 14
Days with 1.00″ or more: 0

Month’s snow: 14.1″ (departure: +2.6″)
Max. 24hr. total: 6.1″ on the 7th
Days with 0.1″ or more: 6
Days with 6.0″ or more: 1
Season’s snow: 25.1″ (departure: -4.9″)

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.54″ on 18th
Month’s low: 29.27″ on 2nd

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 0
Days with fog: 6
Peak wind gust: 39 mph on the 2nd
Heating degree days: 920, season: 3767, (last year: 3756)
Snow depth days: 67, season: 101, (last year: 27)

WINTER SEASON SUMMARY (Dec., Jan., Feb.)—
Average daily mean temperature: 33.3°F (departure: +0.7 deg.)
Season’s high: 61°F on December 1
Season’s low: 6°F on January 31
Precipitation: 12.11″ (departure: -0.58″)
Maximum 24 hr. precip: 2.65″ on December 5
Snowfall: 24.9″ (departure: -4.6″)
Maximum 24 hr. snowfall: 6.2″ on December 16-17
Days with thunder: 0
Days with fog: 16

Comments:  For the first time since last May the monthly average temperature was below average.  The average daily mean of 31.8F was 0.3 degrees below the normal for February.  Daytime highs struggled to make it into the 40’s during the first three weeks before things warmed up a bit toward the end of the month… Monthly precip was a slightly above average.  Fourteen days had measurable precipitation.  Three days had freezing rain or freezing drizzle…  Above average snowfall this month.  14.1 inches was the most snow measured in any month since March 2018… Overall the Winter Season was warmer than average, precipitation was somewhat above normal and snowfall was below average.  Probably the most noteworthy event of the season was 6.2 inches of snow with 31mph wind gust on December 16-17, a close second would be 2.65 inches of rain with 38mph wind gusts on December 5.

Dennis Bollea

 REGIONAL SNOW TOTALS FEB 20 2021

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REGIONAL SNOW TOTALS AND STORM REPORT FEB 1 2021 PDF

REGIONAL SNOW TOTALS JANUARY 26, 2021 PDF REPORT

 MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—
JANUARY 2021
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 31.8°F (departure: +1.2 deg.)
Average daily high: 38.5°F (departure: +0.6 deg.)
Average daily low: 25.1°F (departure: +1.7 deg.)
Month’s high: 50°F on the 16th
Month’s low: 6°F on the 31st
Days with low 32F or below: 26
Days with high 32F or below: 4

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 2.09″ (departure: -2.40″)
Year’s total: 2.09″ (departure: -2.40″)
Previous 12 months total (2/20 to 1/21): 37.31″ (departure: -11.80″)
Max. 24hr. total: 1.26″ on 16th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 7
Days with 1.00″ or more: 1

Month’s snow: 4.3″ (departure: -6.9″)
Season’s snow: 11.0″ (departure: -7.5″)
Max. 24hr. total: 4.0″ on the 26th-27th
Days with 0.1″ or more: 3

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.56″ on 1st
Month’s low: 29.29″ on 17th

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 0
Days with fog: 5
Peak wind gust: 36 mph on the 16th
Heating degree days: 1033, season: 2847, (last year: 2927)
Snow depth days: 14, season: 34, (last year: 27)

Comments: 
A warm and dry January this year in Fairhaven with snowfall well below average.  Overall the month was very pleasant with warmer than normal temperatures and only seven days with measurable precipitation.  The average daily mean temperature for January of 31.8 degrees ranks 19 of 46, highest to lowest.  For the first 28 days of the month the lowest temperature of the month was just 16F.  The first “arctic blast” of the season arrived on the 29th with low temps in the single numbers for the last three days of the month… A dry month.  Just 2.09 inches precip measured which ranks 4 of 29 Januarys, lowest to highest.  60% of the month’s precip came on the 16th with 1.26 inches measured… Only three days had measurable amounts of snowfall.

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay

 ANNUAL WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY
2020
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 52.6°F (departure: +1.8 deg.)
Average daily high: 60.5°F (departure: +1.5 deg.)
Average daily low: 44.7°F (departure: +2.1 deg.)
Year’s high: 94°F on July 27
Year’s low: 9°F on February 15
Days with high 90°F or higher: 5
Days with low 0°F or lower: 0
Days with high 32°F or lower: 8
Days with low 32°F or lower: 93
Season’s last freeze: April 23
Season’s first freeze: October 30
Growing season: 189 days

PRECIPITATION–
Year’s total (includes melted): 36.71″ (departure: +12.49″)
Days with 0.01″ or more: 127 (departure: -4)
Days with 1.00″ or more: 7 (departure: -6)
Max. 24-hr. total: 2.65″ on December 5

Year’s snow: 11.0″ (departure: -29.1″)
Days with 0.1″ snow or more: 7
Days with 6.0″ snow or more: 0
Max. 24-hr. snow: 6.2″ on December 16-17

Longest period with no measurable precipitation: 14 days (June 13-26)
Longest period with 0.10″ or less: 21 days (July 23-August 12)
Longest period with 1.00″ or less: 43 days (July 1-August 12)

BAROMETER–
Year’s high: 30.75″ on January 9
Year’s low: 28.77″ on February 7

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 9 (departure: -7)
Days with fog: 93 (departure: -9)
Days with hail: 0
High wind gust: 47 mph on February 6

Comments:  A very warm year with record low precipitation and snowfall amounts.  36.71″ of precipitation is the lowest yearly total on record. (precip records kept since 1992).  Previous low: 36.72″ in 1993.  The area experienced extreme drought conditions during periods of the fall… Record low snowfall also set with just 11.0″, 29.1″ below average.  Previous low: 12.2″ in 1998… The year’s average temperature of 52.6F is the warmest since 2012 and ranks 6 of 45, highest to lowest.  Just two months averaged below average.

Monthly highlights–
Jan:  Driest January on record, 1.49″.  Also very warm, 5.5 deg. above average.
Feb: No snow, not even a trace!  Barometer reading 28.77″ and 37 mph wind gust on the 7th.
Mar: Very warm month.  Snow drought continues, just 1.5″ this month.
Apr: Very cold, 6th coldest April on record.
May: Coolest May since 2008.  A trace of snow on the 9th.
Jun: Warm and dry month.  First 26 days of the month, just 0.95″ precip.
Jul: Driest month of the year, 0.96″.  Heat wave 26th-28th, first heat wave here since 2013.
Aug: Another very dry month.  1.01″ was the 2nd driest August on record.
Sept: Drought conditions continue.  Smoke from west coast wildfires dims the sunshine.
Oct: Tropical moisture from hurricane remnants provides some drought relief.
Nov: Very warm.  Rainy and 40 mph wind gusts on the 30th.
Dec: Wettest month of the year, 6.16″.  Warm month, just 2 days with temps in the teens.

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay
Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH
Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST
Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level

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 MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—
DECEMBER 2020
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 36.2°F (departure: +1.3 deg.)
Average daily high: 43.3°F (departure: +1.1 deg.)
Average daily low: 29.1°F (departure: +1.4 deg.)
Month’s high: 61°F on the 1st
Month’s low: 18°F on the 16th
Days with low 32F or below: 23
Days with high 32F or below: 2

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 6.16″ (departure: +1.49″)
Year’s total: 36.71″ (departure: -12.49″)
Max. 24hr. total: 2.65″ on 5th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 11
Days with 1.00″ or more: 2

Month’s snow: 6.5″ (departure: -0.3″)
Season’s total: 6.7″ (departure: -0.8″)
Max. 24hr. total: 6.2″ on the 16th-17th
Days with 0.1″ or more: 3
Days with 6.0″ or more: 0

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.52″ on 16th
Month’s low: 29.16″ on 5th

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 0
Days with fog: 5
Peak wind gust: 38 mph on the 5th
Heating degree days: 888, season: 1814 (last year: 2017)
Cooling degree days: 0, final season total: 786 (last year: 634)
Snow depth days: 20, season: 20, (last year: 24)

Comments:  Wet and warm this December.  Wettest month of the year with 6.16” measured.  Soaking rain with winds gusting close to 40mph on the 5th.  2.65” for the day was the highest precip day of the year… The month was quite warm, 1.3 degrees above average.  Eight days had high temperature readings over 50 degrees, just two days with lows below 20.  It was the seventh month in a row that averaged above normal… A very windy month with five days recording wind gusts 30 mph or higher… First plowable snow event of the year came on the the night of the 16th into the 17th with a total of 6.2” of heavy wet snow and sleet.

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay
Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH
Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST
Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level

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 MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—

NOVEMBER 2020
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 47.3°F (departure: +3.1 deg.)
Average daily high: 55.9°F (departure: +4.2 deg.)
Average daily low: 38.7°F (departure: +2.0 deg.)
Month’s high: 68°F on the 11th
Month’s low: 19°F on the 19th
Days with low 32F or below: 8
Days with high 32F or below: 0

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 4.12″ (departure: +0.11″)
Year’s total: 30.55″ (departure: -13.98″)
Previous 12 months total (12/19 to 11/20): 38.94″ (departure: -10.14″)
Max. 24hr. total: 1.19″ on 30th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 9
Days with 1.00″ or more: 1

Month’s snow: 0.0″ (departure: -0.7″)
Season’s total: 0.2″ (departure: -0.5″)

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.65″ on 19th
Month’s low: 29.48″ on 2nd

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 1
Days with fog: 8
Peak wind gust: 40 mph on the 30th and 63 mph at West Island

 Heating degree days: 524, season: 926 (last year: 1096)
Cooling degree days: 0, season: 786 (last year: 634)
Snow depth days: 0, season: 0 (last year: 0)

FALL SEASON SUMMARY (Sept., Oct., Nov.)—
Average daily mean temperature: 55.4°F (departure: +1.9 deg.)
Season’s high: 85°F on September 4
Season’s low: 19°F on November 19
Precipitation: 10.68″ (departure: -1.89″)
Maximum 24 hr. precip: 1.47″ on October 29-30
Snowfall: 0.2″ (departure: -0.5″)
Days with thunder: 1
Days with fog: 24
Peak wind gust: 40mph on November 30

Comments:  A very warm November with precipitation close to average.  Average daily mean temperature of 47.3F ranks the 9th warmest of the 46 on record.  A cold Canadian air mass did drop the temperature to 19F on the 19th.  Daily record high and low temperature records were set: record highs of 66F on the 8th and 68F on the 11th along with a record low of 23F on the 18th… For the most part the month was rather dry but a powerful system dropped 1.19” of rain along with 40mph wind gusts on the last day of the month… Historically 41% of Novembers get measurable snowfall here, no snow this year… The Fall Season was warm and somewhat dry.  Extreme drought conditions early in the Fall with some relief late October and November.

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay
Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH
Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST
Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level

 MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—
OCTOBER 2020
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 54.4°F (departure: +1.6 deg.)
Average daily high: 61.7°F (departure: +0.8 deg.)
Average daily low: 47.1°F (departure: +2.5 deg.)
Month’s high: 74°F on the 1st
Month’s low: 25°F on the 31st

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 5.41″ (departure: +0.84″)
Year’s total: 26.43″ (departure: -14.09″)
Previous 12 months total (11/19 to 10/20): 37.80″ (departure: -11.31″)
Max. 24hr. total: 1.47″ on the 29th-30th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 12
Days with 1.00″ or more: 3

Month’s snow: 0.2″ (departure: +0.2″)
Season’s snow: 0.2″ (departure: +0.2″)

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.53″ on 31st
Month’s low: 29.47″ on 7th

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 0
Days with fog: 6
Peak wind gust: 26 mph on the 10th, 30th
Heating degree days: 321, season: 402 (last year: 385)
Cooling degree days: 1, season: 786 (last year: 634)

Comments:  The month’s precipitation was a above average for the first time since April and it was only the second wetter than average month of the year.  Tropical moisture from a pair of hurricane remnants helped to boost the precip totals.  Remnants of Delta left 1.08 inches on the 13th and Zeta dropped 1.97 inches on the 29th and 30th.  But in total the year is still more than fourteen inches below normal… For the 5th consecutive month temperatures averaged warmer than average.  Temperatures did dip to 25F on the 31st though.  The 25 degree reading is the lowest October temperature recorded at this station (since 1974)… 0.2 inches of snow was measured on a snowboard on the 30th.  It was the first October snow measured here since 2011 and only the 4th time snow has been recorded in October in the past 28 years.

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay
Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH
Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST
Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level

SEPTEMBER 2020
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 64.5°F (departure: +1.0 deg.)
Average daily high: 72.7°F (departure: +0.9 deg.)
Average daily low: 56.3°F (departure: +1.0 deg.)
Month’s high: 85°F on the 4th
Month’s low: 40°F on the 21st

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 1.15″ (departure: -2.84″)
Year’s total: 21.02″ (departure: -14.93″)
Previous 12 months total (10/19 to 9/20): 39.54″ (departure: -9.49″)
Max. 24hr. total: 0.51″ on the 2nd
Days with 0.01″ or more: 10
Days with 1.00″ or more: 0

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.52″ on 21st
Month’s low: 29.52″ on 30th

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 0
Days with fog: 10
Peak wind gust: 28 mph on the 30th
Heating degree days: 80, season: 81 (last year: 77)
Cooling degree days: 76, season: 785   (last year: 627)

Comments:   The very low precipitation trend that started in May continued into September.   The 1.15 inches of rain this September is the 2nd driest of 28 on record.   Total precipitation in the past three months totaled just 3..12 inches, 27% of normal.   Since September 15th the US Drought Monitor has graded the area in their D3-Extreme Drought category.   The year is now almost 15 inches below normal.   Just one day this year has had more than one inch of rain…   Overall it was a warmer than normal month though there were some cooler periods.   Temperature dropped to 40F on the 21st, a record for the date… Smoke from the west coast wildfires filtered the sunshine here mid-month providing some beautifully colorful sunsets… Lots of foggy days especially toward the end of the month.

Dennis Bollea


 MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—
AUGUST 2020
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 73.8°F (departure: +3.1 deg.)
Average daily high: 81.9°F (departure: +2.8 deg.)
Average daily low: 65.7°F (departure: +3.3deg.)
Month’s high: 92°F on the 3rd
Month’s low: 52°F on the 31st
Days with high 90F or higher: 2

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 1.01″ (departure: -3.08″)
Year’s total: 19.87″ (departure: -12.09″)
Previous 12 months total (9/19 to 8/20): 31.91″ (departure: -9.20″)
Max. 24hr. total: 0.45″ on 13th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 9
Days with 1.00″ or more: 0

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.18″ on 7th
Month’s low: 29.42″ on 30th

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 3
Days with fog: 3
Peak wind gust: 37 mph on the 4th
Heating degree days: 0, season: 1 (last year: 7)
Cooling degree days: 279, season: 709 (last year: 579)

SUMMER SEASON SUMMARY (June, July, August)—
Average daily mean temperature: 72.0°F (departure: +2.3 deg.)
Season’s high: 94°F on July 27
Season’s low: 41°F on June 1
Days with high 90°F or higher: 5
Precipitation: 3.90″ (departure: -7.30″)
Maximum 24 hr. precip: 0.52″ on June 29
Days with thunder: 6
Days with fog: 29

Comments:  Year-long dry conditions continues into August.  Monthly precipitation total of 1.01 inches ranks as the 2nd driest of 28 years, exceeded only by 0.51 inches in 1992.  2020 precip total of 19.87 inches is more that 12 inches below normal.  Just one day this year has had a daily precip total of more than one inch… Very warm month with the average daily mean temperature more than 3 degrees warmer than normal.  August’s average daily mean temperature of 73.8 degrees ranks 6 of 46 highest to lowest.  Two 90-degree-days this month… Hurricane Isaias passed well to the west of Fairhaven as a strong tropical storm gave us wind gusts to 37 mph… Summer Season was very dry and very warm.  Summer precip total of just 3.90 inches is the driest summer on record.  The average temperature of 72.0 degrees is the 3rd warmest summer on record.  There were five 90-degree-days. 

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay
Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH
Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST
Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level


JULY 2020
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 74.8°F (departure: +2.7 deg.)
Average daily high: 82.5°F (departure: +1.5 deg.)
Average daily low: 67.0°F (departure: +3.7 deg.)
Month’s high: 94°F on the 27th
Month’s low: 55°F on the 16th
Days with high 90°F or higher: 3

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 0.96″ (departure: -2.33″)
Year’s total: 18.86″ (departure: -9.01″)
Previous 12 months total (8/19 to 7/20): 42.28″ (departure: -6.85″)
Max. 24hr. total: 0.38″ on 14th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 8
Days with 1.00″ or more: 0

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.35″ on 16th
Month’s low: 29.67″ on 12th

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 1
Days with fog: 14
Peak wind gust: 20 mph on the 3rd
Heating degree days: 1, season: 1 (last year: 0)
Cooling degree days: 309, season: 430 (last year: 354)

Comments:  A very warm month with precipitation well below normal.  A very warm final two weeks of the month.  The final 12 days of the month averaged close to 8 degrees above normal.  A three day heat wave on the 26th-28th was the first heat wave recorded here since July 18-20, 2013.  The month ranked the 7th warmest July of 46… As the month came to an end the area was in a moderate drought.  July precip amount of 0.96 inches ranks the 2nd driest July of the last 28 on record.  May, June and July combined to be 5.61 inches below normal.  The year is now running a 9.01 inch deficit…  Tropical Storm Fay gave us a bit of a scare but the storm passed about 160 miles to the west of us on the 10th with almost no local effects… Lot of foggy days this month.

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay

MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—
JUNE 2020
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 67.5°F (departure: +1.2 deg.)
Average daily high: 76.0°F (departure: +0.7 deg.)
Average daily low: 59.0°F (departure: +1.7 deg.)
Month’s high: 83°F on 20th
Month’s low: 41°F on 1st
Days with high 90°F or higher: 0

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 1.93″ (departure: -1.89″)
Year’s total: 17.90″ (departure: -6.68″)
Previous 12 months total (7/19 to 6/20): 48.35″ (departure: -0.66″)
Max. 24hr. total: 0.52″ on the 29th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 9
Days with 1.00″ or more: 0
Final snowfall season total: 16.8″ (departure: -23.1″)

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.45″ on 15th
Month’s low: 29.54″ on 3rd

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 2
Days with fog: 12
Peak wind gust: 18 mph on the 1st
Heating degree days: 33, final season total: 5415 (last year: 5706)
Cooling degree days: 115, season: 121 (last year: 37)

Comments:  A dry month with above normal temperatures this June.  Average daily mean temperature of 67.5F is the warmest June since 2013.  This June ranked as the 11th warmest in the last 46 years.  The first eighteen days of the month averaged out right at the normal mark but the final twelve days was close to 3 degrees above normal.  The 90-degree mark was not threatened though.  The month’s high temperature was just 83F… Precipitation wise the first three and a half weeks of the month was very dry.  Just 0.95″ was measured through the 26th of the month.  No measurable rainfall recorded from the 13th through the 26th.  This June ranked #10 of 28, driest to wettest… This Heating Degree Days season saw nearly 300 less degree days this season compared to last.

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay
Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH
Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST
Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level

REGIONAL STORM REPORTS MAY 9 2020 PDF

MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—

MAY 2020

FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–

Average daily mean: 55.7°F (departure: -1.3 deg.)

Average daily high: 64.6°F (departure: -1.7 deg.)

Average daily low: 46.8°F (departure: -0.9 deg.)

Month’s high: 76°F on the 22nd

Month’s low: 34°F on the 10th

PRECIPITATION–

Month’s total: 2.31″ (departure: -1.39″)

Year’s total: 15.97″ (departure: -4.79″)

Previous 12 months total (6/19 to 5/20): 51.67″ (departure: +2.71″)

Max. 24hr. total: 0.98″ on 1st

Days with 0.01″ or more: 14

Month’s snow: trace (departure: 0.0″)

Season’s snow: 16.8″ (departure: -23.1″)

BAROMETER–

Month’s high: 30.51″ on 20th

Month’s low: 29.42″ on 9th

MISCELLANEOUS–

Days with thunder: 0

Days with fog: 9

Peak wind gust: 28 mph on the 5th, 9th

Heating degree days: 281, season: 5382 (last year: 5626)

Cooling degree days: 6, season: 6 (last year: 4)

SPRING SEASON SUMMARY (Mar, Apr, May)—

Average daily mean temperature: 47.1°F (departure: -0.5 deg.)

Season’s high: 76°F on May 22

Season’s low: 18°F on March 1

Precipitation: 11.06″ (departure: -1.59″)

Maximum 24 hr. precip: 1.40″ on March 24

Snowfall: 1.5″ (departure: -7.8″)

Days with thunder: 2

Days with fog: 20

Peak wind gust: 47mph on March 6

Comments: A cool and rather dry month. The average daily mean temperature of 55.7F is the coolest May since 2008 and ranks 10 of 46 years, coolest to warmest. The first 3 weeks of the month were very cool averaging nearly 3 degrees below normal. The final week of warmer temperatures brought the final monthly departure to -1.3 degrees… A somewhat dry month with 62% of the normal amount of precipitation recorded though there were 14 days with measurable amounts. Most of the precip came on the first two days of the month when 1.15 inches fell. A brief snow shower on the 9th is the first recorded May snowfall here in more than 28 years… The Spring Season was cool and dry with snowfall amounts well below average.

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay

Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH

Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST

Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level

REGIONAL STORM REPORTS APRIL 13 2020 PDFMONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—APRIL 2020FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS TEMPERATURE–Average daily mean: 44.1°F (departure: -3.5 deg.)Average daily high: 51.9°F (departure: -4.3 deg.)Average daily low: 36.3°F (departure: -2.6 deg.)Month’s high: 62°F on the 7thMonth’s low: 29°F on the 1stDays with low 32°F or below: 6Days with high 32°F or below: 0 PRECIPITATION–Month’s total: 4.50″ (departure: +0.41″)Year’s total: 13.66″ (departure: -3.40″)Previous 12 months total (5/19 to 4/20): 52.71″ (departure: +3.74″)Max. 24hr. total: 0.78″ on the 2nd-3rdDays with 0.01″ or more: 13Days with 1.00″ or more: 0 Month’s snow: trace (departure: -1.6″)Season’s snow: 16.8″ (departure: -23.1″) BAROMETER–Month’s high: 30.36″ on 29thMonth’s low: 29.01″ on 9th MISCELLANEOUS–Days with thunder: 1Days with fog: 5Peak wind gust: 37 mph on the 3rdHeating degree days: 621, season: 5095 (last year: 5345)Snow depth days: 0, season: 29, (last year: 41) Comments: A cold month with above average precipitation for April 2020 in Fairhaven. Average daily mean temperature for the month of 44.1 degrees is the 3rd coldest April on record exceeded only by 43.4 degrees in 2003 and 43.9 degrees in 1992. (Station temp records date back to 1974). The maximum temperature for the month was 62F, the lowest maximum for April on record. It was the first colder than normal month since November… A winter type weather pattern brought numerous windy cold rainy days. Three days had peak wind gusts over 30mph. If this pattern was with us in January and February the winter would have been a different story… No measurable snow but three days recorded a trace. Dennis Bollea

 MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—
MARCH 2020
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 41.5°F (departure: +3.2 deg.)
Average daily high: 49.3°F (departure: +2.9 deg.)
Average daily low: 33.8°F (departure: +3.6 deg.)
Month’s high: 62°F on the 27th
Month’s low: 18°F on the 1st
Days with low 32°F or below: 13
Days with high 32°F or below: 0

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 4.25″ (departure: -0.61″)
Year’s total: 9.16″ (departure: -3.81″)
Previous 12 months total (4/19 to 3/20): 53.06″ (departure: +4.11″)
Max. 24hr. total: 1.40″ on the 24th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 11
Days with 1.00″ or more: 1

Month’s snow: 1.5″ (departure: -6.2″)
Season’s snow: 16.8″ (departure: -21.5″)
Max. 24hr. total: 1.5″ on the 7th
Days with 0.1″ or more: 1

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.73″ on 23rd
Month’s low: 29.31″ on 4th

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 1
Days with fog: 6
Peak wind gust: 47 mph on the 6th
Heating degree days: 864, season: 4474 (last year: 4865)
Snow depth days: 2, season: 29, (last year: 41)

Comments:  Very warm this March with precipitation total a bit below normal..  Average daily mean temperature of 41.5 degrees is 3.2 degrees warmer than normal.  This March ranks as the 7th warmest in the last 46 years.  It was the third consecutive month with temperatures significantly warmer than normal.  January, February and March cumulative departure was +4.3 degrees…. First half of the month was rather dry with just 0.71″ through the first 16 days.  Remainder of the month was rather unsettled with many days recording some measurable precip.  Reports of severe thunderstorms with hail were reported in the area on the 29th.  Just a few distant rumbles of thunder here… Snow drought continued into March with just 1.5 inches measured, just 4.3 inches since January.

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay
Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH
Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST
Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level

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ANNUAL WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY
2019
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 51.0°F (departure: +0.2 deg.)
Average daily high: 58.8°F (departure: +0.1 deg.)
Average daily low: 43.2°F (departure: +0.1 deg.)
Year’s high: 93°F on July 20, July 21
Year’s low: 3°F on January 21
Days with high 90°F or higher: 2
Days with low 0°F or lower: 0
Days with high 32°F or lower: 20
Days with low 32°F or lower: 114
Season’s last freeze: April 11
Season’s first freeze: November 2
Growing season: 204 days

PRECIPITATION–
Year’s total (includes melted): 57.80″ (departure: +8.88″)
Days with 0.01″ or more: 143 (departure: +12)
Days with 1.00″ or more: 17 (departure: +4)
Max. 24-hr. total: 3.01″ on January 19-20

Year’s snow: 34.1″ (departure: -11.8″)
Days with 0.1″ snow or more: 19
Days with 6.0″ snow or more: 1
Max. 24-hr. snow: 6.9″ on December 3

Longest period with no measurable precipitation: 10 days (July 25-August 3 and December 19-28)
Longest period with 0.10″ or less: 16 days (June 27-July 11)
Longest period with 1.00″ or less: 25 days (August 30-September 23)

BAROMETER–
Year’s high: 30.71″ on December 12
Year’s low: 28.84″ on October 17

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 19 (departure: +3)
Days with fog: 90 (departure: -13)
Days with hail: 0
*High wind gust: 39 mph on October 17

*West Island Wind Gust 88MPH October 17, 2019

Comments:  A very wet year with temperatures a shade warmer than the long term average.  Nine of the last ten years have averaged warmer than normal.  Yearly precipitation of 57.80 inches was the 4th wettest year on record (since 1992).  No major encounters with any tropical storms this year.  Three tornado touchdowns confirmed on Cape Cod on July 23.

Monthly highlights–
Jan: Rainy month with a thunderstorm on the 20th.  Just 1.5 inches of snow.
Feb: Average precip and temperatures.  Two freezing rain events this February.
Mar: A colder than average month with an average amount of snow.
Apr: Very warm with lots of days with some rain.  Many foggy days.
May: Coolest May since 2008.  No 80-degree-days, rather unusual for May.
Jun: A wet month.  Seven consecutive days with measurable precipitation.
Jul: Very warm, humid and very wet.  EF-1 tornadoes on Cape Cod on the 23rd.
Aug: Six thunderstorm days.  Remnants of TS Erin skirts the area bringing some heavy rain.
Sept: Driest month of the year with 1.52″.  Just six days with measurable rainfall.
Oct: Very wet and warm.  Intense system drops the pressure to 28.84″ with plenty of rain and wind gusts on the 17th.
Nov: Coldest November since 1996, 3.1 degrees below average.
Dec: Wettest month of the year and wettest December on record with 8.39”.  Also the snowiest month of the year with 12.4″.

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay
Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH
Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST
Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level

MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—
DECEMBER 2019
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 35.1°F (departure: +0.2 deg.)
Average daily high: 42.3°F (departure: +0.1 deg.)
Average daily low: 27.8°F (departure: +0.1 deg.)
Month’s high: 57°F on the 14th
Month’s low: 13°F on the 19th
Days with low 32F or below: 24
Days with high 32F or below: 3

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 8.39″ (departure: +3.84″)
Year’s total: 57.80″ (departure: +8.88″)
Max. 24hr. total: 2.08″ on 9th-10th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 13
Days with 1.00″ or more: 3

Month’s snow: 12.4″ (departure: +5.8″)
Season’s total: 12.5″ (departure: +5.2″)
Max. 24hr. total: 6.9″ on the 3rd
Days with 0.1″ or more: 5
Days with 6.0″ or more: 1

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.71″ on 12th
Month’s low: 29.18″ on 14th

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 0
Days with fog: 8
Peak wind gust: 31 mph on the 2nd, 19th
Heating degree days: 921, season: 2017 (last year: 2024)
Cooling degree days: 0, final season total: 634 (last year: 837)
Snow depth days: 24, season: 24, (last year: 4)

Comments:  Very wet month with temperatures slightly above normal and above average snowfall.  Precip total of 8.39 inches is the wettest December on record (since 1992).  The month started off with a 3-day event starting with some sleet and snow on the 1st and ending with more than 6 inches of snow on the 3rd with plenty of rain in between.  Next on the 9th-11th came another 3-day storm with a total of 2.59 inches of precipitation ending with 4.2 inches of snow.  And then another 2+ inch event (all rain) on the last three days of the month… For the most part the month was on the cold side but a warm finish to the month brought the final monthly average just above the normal mark… Sleet and freezing rain on the 17th made driving and walking an adventure.

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay
Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH
Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST
Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level

REGIONAL SNOW TOTALS DECEMBER 11 2019 MA RI CT PDF

REGIONAL SNOW TOTALS DECEMBER 4 2019 MA RI CT PDF 

MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—
NOVEMBER 2019
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 41.1°F (departure: -3.1 deg.)
Average daily high: 49.6°F (departure: -2.1 deg.)
Average daily low: 32.5°F (departure: -4.2 deg.)
Month’s high: 66°F on the 1st
Month’s low: 19°F on the 13th, 14th
Days with low 32F or below: 14
Days with high 32F or below: 1

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 2.98″ (departure: -1.06″)
Year’s total: 49.41″ (departure: +5.04″)
Previous 12 months total (12/18 to 11/19): 53.27″ (departure: +4.32″)
Max. 24hr. total: 1.35″ on 24th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 12
Days with 1.00″ or more: 1Month’s snow: 0.1″ (departure: -0.6″)
Season’s total: 0.1″ (departure: -0.6″)

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.47″ on 14th
Month’s low: 29.00″ on 24th

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 1
Days with fog: 7
Peak wind gust: 37 mph on the 1st
Heating degree days: 711, season: 1096 (last year: 1115)
Cooling degree days: 0, season: 634 (last year: 837)
Snow depth days: 0, season: 0 (last year: 4)

FALL SEASON SUMMARY (Sept., Oct., Nov.)—
Average daily mean temperature: 53.4°F (departure: +0.1 deg.)
Season’s high: 80°F on September 4 and October 2
Season’s low: 19°F on November 13 and 14
Precipitation: 11.65″ (departure: -0.95″)
Maximum 24 hr. precip: 2.53″ on October 27
Snowfall: 0.1″ (departure: -0.6″)
Days with thunder: 1
Days with fog: 19

Comments:  A very cold month with below average precipitation this November in Fairhaven.  The average daily mean temperature of 41.1F is 3.1 degrees below normal and the coldest November since 1996.  It was the 5th coldest November in the past 45 years.  The season’s first freeze arrived on the 2nd of the month with a hard freeze on the 9th… Precip was somewhat on the low side.  2.98 inches for the month is about 75% of normal.  Rainiest day was on the 24th with 1.35 inches and a low barometer reading of 29.00″…  Overall the Fall season was on the dry side with temperatures averaging right around the normal mark.
Dennis Bollea MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—
OCTOBER 2019
FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–
Average daily mean: 55.5°F (departure: +2.2 deg.)
Average daily high: 61.4°F (departure: +0.5 deg.)
Average daily low: 48.6°F (departure: +4.0 deg.)
Month’s high: 80°F on the 2nd
Month’s low: 37°F on the 5th

PRECIPITATION–
Month’s total: 7.15″ (departure: +2.66″)
Year’s total: 46.43″ (departure: +6.10″)
Previous 12 months total (11/18 to 10/19): 59.23″ (departure: +10.44″)
Max. 24hr. total: 2.53″ on the 27th
Days with 0.01″ or more: 19
Days with 1.00″ or more: 3

BAROMETER–
Month’s high: 30.45″ on 5th
Month’s low: 28.84″ on 17th

MISCELLANEOUS–
Days with thunder: 0
Days with fog: 9
Peak wind gust: 39 mph on the 17th

Heating degree days: 308, season: 385 (last year: 432)
Cooling degree days: 7, season: 634 (last year: 837)

Comments:  A very warm and wet month.  With 7.15 inches of precip it was the wettest month of the year and the wettest October since 2011.  The rain gauge had to be emptied on nineteen days this month, three days had more than an inch measured.  An intense off-shore system on the 17th dropped the barometer to 28.84″, left 1.74 inches of rain and produced a 39mph wind gust here. ML’s Note: West Island Town Beach recorded a gust to 88MPH on the 17th.  Temperatures overall were very warm.  Just one day during the month had the overnight low drop into the 30’s.  We were picking ripe tomatoes  almost until the end of the month.  80F on the 2nd equaled the record high for that date.

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay
Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH
Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST
Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level

OCTOBER 27, 2019 REGIONAL FLOOD EVENT  RAIN TOTALS MA RI CT PDF

October 17 2019 GALE  REGIONAL STORM REPORTS MA CT RI  PDF

MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—

SEPTEMBER 2019

FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–

Average daily mean: 64.0°F (departure: +0.5 deg.)

Average daily high: 72.3°F (departure: +0.5 deg.)

Average daily low: 55.7°F (departure: +0.4 deg.)

Month’s high: 80°F on the 4th

Month’s low: 42°F on the 19th

PRECIPITATION–

Month’s total: 1.52″ (departure: -2.55″)

Year’s total: 39.28″ (departure: +3.44″)

Previous 12 months total (10/18 to 9/19): 58.55″ (departure: +9.83″)

Max. 24hr. total: 0.58″ on the 12th

Days with 0.01″ or more: 6

Days with 1.00″ or more: 0

BAROMETER–

Month’s high: 30.50″ on 13th

Month’s low: 29.55″ on 7th

MISCELLANEOUS–

Days with thunder: 0

Days with fog: 3

Peak wind gust: 25 mph on the 7th

Heating degree days: 70, season: 77 (last year: 56)

Cooling degree days: 48, season: 627 (last year: 822)

Comments: A drier than normal month this September in Fairhaven. Just six days with measurable precipitation this month yielding 1.52 inches which is 37% of the average amount. It was the driest September since 2007. The year as a whole though still has a surplus amount of precip of more than three inches… The average daily mean temperature for the month was a bit warmer than the long term average but it was still the coolest September since 2013. Just one day hit the 80 degree mark… Hurricane Dorian passed about 200 miles southeast of Fairhaven on the 7th with minimal effect, 0.27 inches of rain and a 25 mph wind gust… Eleven days this month were judged to be with predominately clear skies, just five days overcast.

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay

Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH

Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST

Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level

MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—

AUGUST 2019

FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–

Average daily mean: 71.7°F (departure: +1.0 deg.)

Average daily high: 79.5°F (departure: +0.4 deg.)

Average daily low: 63.8°F (departure: +1.4deg.)

Month’s high: 85°F on the 1st, 3rd, 4th

Month’s low: 51°F on the 27th

Days with high 90F or higher: 0

PRECIPITATION–

Month’s total: 3.38″ (departure: -0.73″)

Year’s total: 37.76″ (departure: +5.99″)

Previous 12 months total (9/18 to 8/19): 62.15″ (departure: +13.46″)

Max. 24hr. total: 1.64″ on 28th-29th

Days with 0.01″ or more: 10

Days with 1.00″ or more: 0

BAROMETER–

Month’s high: 30.28″ on 31st

Month’s low: 29.64″ on 9th

MISCELLANEOUS–

Days with thunder: 6

Days with fog: 3

Peak wind gust: 21 mph on the 25th

Heating degree days: 7, season: 7 (last year: 1)

Cooling degree days: 225, season: 579 (last year: 719)

SUMMER SEASON SUMMARY (June, July, August)—

Average daily mean temperature: 71.0°F (departure: +1.3 deg.)

Season’s high: 93°F on July 20, July 21

Season’s low: 47°F on June 4

Precipitation: 15.66″ (departure: +4.61″)

Maximum 24 hr. precip: 2.83″ on July 22-23

Days with thunder: 11

Days with fog: 24

Comments: A warm August. Average daily mean temperature of 71.7F is 1.0 degrees above normal. There were no 90-degree-days this month but there were sixteen days with high temps into the 80’s… Precip total was on the low side with 3.38 inches measured, 82% of normal. Heaviest rain event came on the 28th and 29th when the remnants of Tropical Storm Erin passed well to the southeast of the area. There were six thunderstorm-days this month, a rather high number. None of the thunderstorms were categorized as being severe… Summer Season’s average daily mean temperature was 71.0F some 1.3 degrees warmer than normal. Nine of the past ten summers have averaged warmer than normal. It was also a very wet summer with 15.66″ which ranks as the 4th wettest summer on record (precipitation)

MLBaron’s Note: A death resulted from a mosquito bite infected with the EEE Virus  to a 59 Fairhaven woman on Sconticut Neck Fairhaven on Aug 25, 2019. records kept since 1992).

MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—

JULY 2019

FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–

Average daily mean: 74.9°F (departure: +2.8 deg.)

Average daily high: 83.3°F (departure: +2.3 deg.)

Average daily low: 66.5°F (departure: +3.2deg.)

Month’s high: 93°F on the 20th, 21st

Month’s low: 60°F on the 1st, 8th, 9th

Days with high 90°F or higher: 2

PRECIPITATION–

Month’s total: 7.03″ (departure: +3.86″)

Year’s total: 34.38″ (departure: +6.72″)

Previous 12 months total (8/18 to 7/19): 61.44″ (departure: +12.71″)

Max. 24hr. total: 2.83″ on 22nd-23rd

Days with 0.01″ or more: 8

Days with 1.00″ or more: 3

BAROMETER–

Month’s high: 30.30″ on 27th

Month’s low: 29.63″ on 12th

MISCELLANEOUS–

Days with thunder: 3

Days with fog: 8

Peak wind gust: 24 mph on the 23rd

Heating degree days: 0, season: 0 (last year: 1)

Cooling degree days: 317, season: 354 (last year: 374)

Comments: A warm and very wet July. Generally a very warm and humid month but extremely humid on the 20th and 21st with dew points in the upper 70’s and heat indexes well over 100 degrees. Average daily low temperature for the month of 66.5F is 3.2 degrees warmer than the long term average…An intense thunderstorm cell with very heavy downpours moved over the area on the 23rd. A short time later the cell moved over Cape Cod creating three EF-1 tornadoes. Remnants of Hurricane Barry passed south of the area leaving just over an inch of rain on the 18th.

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay

Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH

Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST

Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level

MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—

JUNE 2019

FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–

Average daily mean: 66.5°F (departure: +0.2 deg.)

Average daily high: 74.9°F (departure: -0.4 deg.)

Average daily low: 58.2°F (departure: +0.9 deg.)

Month’s high: 83°F on 24th, 30th

Month’s low: 47°F on 4th

Days with high 90°F or higher: 0

PRECIPITATION–

Month’s total: 5.25″ (departure: +1.48″)

Year’s total: 27.35″ (departure: +2.86″)

Previous 12 months total (7/18 to 6/19): 55.55″ (departure: +6.75″)

Max. 24hr. total: 1.59″ on the 13th

Days with 0.01″ or more: 14

Days with 1.00″ or more: 2

Final season snowfall total: 19.9″ (departure: -20.5″)

BAROMETER–

Month’s high: 30.41″ on 9th

Month’s low: 29.40″ on 21st

MISCELLANEOUS–

Days with thunder: 2

Days with fog: 13

Peak wind gust: 25 mph on the 13th, 22nd

Heating degree days: 80, final season total: 5706 (last year: 5484)

Cooling degree days: 33, season: 37 (last year: 91)

Comments: A rather wet June this year in Fairhaven. 5.25 inches is the wettest June since 2013. Seven consecutive days, the 16th through the 22nd, had measurable precipitation… Daily average temperatures averaged slightly warmer than the long term average with no real temperature extremes either warm or cold. The highest temperature recorded for the month was just 83 degrees. Thirteen days had positive departures, twelve days had negative departures and fives days were exactly normal… High number of foggy days this month.

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay

Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH

Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST

Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level

MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—

MAY 2019

FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–

Average daily mean: 56.0°F (departure: -1.0 deg.)

Average daily high: 63.7°F (departure: -2.6 deg.)

Average daily low: 48.2°F (departure: +0.5 deg.)

Month’s high: 77°F on 27th

Month’s low: 39°F on 1st and 7th

PRECIPITATION–

Month’s total: 3.35″ (departure: -0.36″)

Year’s total: 22.10″ (departure: +1.38″)

Previous 12 months total (6/18 to 5/19): 53.69″ (departure: +4.88″)

Max. 24hr. total: 0.90″ on 12th

Days with 0.01″ or more: 14

BAROMETER–

Month’s high: 30.49″ on 1st

Month’s low: 29.59″ on 31st

MISCELLANEOUS–

Days with thunder: 2

Days with fog: 9

Peak wind gust: 28 mph on 24th

Heating degree days: 281, season: 5626 (last year: 5428)

Cooling degree days: 4, season: 4 (last year: 8)

SPRING SEASON SUMMARY (Mar, Apr, May)—

Average daily mean temperature: 47.3°F (departure: -0.3 deg.)

Season’s high: 77°F on May 27

Season’s low: 13°F on March 7

Precipitation: 12.23″ (departure: -0.43″)

Maximum 24 hr. precip: 1.29″ on March 3-4

Snowfall: 7.8″ (departure: -1.5″)

Days with thunder: 6

Days with fog: 26

Peak wind gust: 29mph on several days

Comments: A cool and a bit drier than normal month. Daily average mean temperature of 56.0 degrees is the coolest May since 55.4 degrees in 2008. The season’s first 70-degree-day came rather late on the 20th and the 80 degree mark was not hit which is kind of unusual for May… Several wet periods during the month but precip amounts were low. 3.35 inches for the month is about 90% of the normal amount. There were two thunderstorm day this month… The Spring season average slightly cooler and drier than the long term average. There were six thunderstorm days this spring.

Dennis Bollea

MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—

APRIL 2019

FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–

Average daily mean: 48.9°F (departure: +1.3 deg.)

Average daily high: 57.0°F (departure: +0.8 deg.)

Average daily low: 40.8°F (departure: +1.9 deg.)

Month’s high: 69°F on the 24th

Month’s low: 26°F on the 2nd

Days with low 32°F or below: 4

Days with high 32°F or below: 0

PRECIPITATION–

Month’s total: 4.85″ (departure: +0.78″)

Year’s total: 18.75″ (departure: +1.74″)

Previous 12 months total (5/18 to 4/19): 52.54″ (departure: +3.68″)

Max. 24hr. total: 1.01″ on the 20th-21st

Days with 0.01″ or more: 19

Days with 1.00″ or more: 0

Month’s snow: trace (departure: -1.6″)

Season’s snow: 19.9″ (departure: -20.5″)

BAROMETER–

Month’s high: 30.53″ on 5th

Month’s low: 29.15″ on 27th

MISCELLANEOUS–

Days with thunder: 2

Days with fog: 13

Peak wind gust: 29 mph on the 4th, 19th, 27th

Heating degree days: 480, season: 5345 (last year: 5245)

Snow depth days: 0, season: 41, (last year: 107)

Comments: A wet and warm April this year in Fairhaven. Nineteen days with measurable precipitation made for some soggy ball fields and golf courses. Most of the precip events were on the light side. Just barely over an inch did fall in a two day period on the 20th and 21st… Overall it was a warm month (1.3 degrees above average), the warmest period being from the 19th through the 21st. The 70 degree mark was not broken here at this coastal location. The last freezing temperature of the season was probably on the 11th (27F). Lots of foggy days and two days with thunder were recorded.

Dennis Bollea

MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—

MARCH 2019

FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–

Average daily mean: 36.9°F (departure: -1.4 deg.)

Average daily high: 45.2°F (departure: -1.2 deg.)

Average daily low: 38.5°F (departure: -1.7 deg.)

Month’s high: 60°F on the 30th, 31st

Month’s low: 13°F on the 7th

Days with low 32°F or below: 21

Days with high 32°F or below: 3

PRECIPITATION–

Month’s total: 4.03″ (departure: -0.85″)

Year’s total: 13.90″ (departure: +0.96″)

Previous 12 months total (4/18 to 3/19): 52.54″ (departure: +3.71″)

Max. 24hr. total: 1.29″ on the 3rd-4th

Days with 0.01″ or more: 8

Days with 1.00″ or more: 2

Month’s snow: 7.8” (departure: +0.1”)

Season’s snow: 19.9” (departure: -18.9”)

Max. 24hr. total: 3.7” on the 3rd-4th

Days with 0.1” or more: 5

Days with 6.0” or more: 0

BAROMETER–

Month’s high: 30.54″ on 27th

Month’s low: 29.27″ on 23rd

MISCELLANEOUS–

Days with thunder: 2

Days with fog: 4

Peak wind gust: 29 mph on the 22nd

Heating degree days: 864, season: 4865 (last year: 4642)

Snow depth days: 24, season: 41, (last year: 104)

Comments: Meteorological Spring got off to a slow start. The first eight days of the month averaged more than 7 degrees colder than normal. It was also the snowiest period of the season with a total of 6.6 inches falling from the 2nd through the 4th. The last half of the month was more March-like with moderating temperatures with some windy days. Overall March was colder and drier than normal. Snowfall was just a shade above average.

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay

SNOW REPORTS MARCH 23, 2019 MA RI CT PDF

SNOW REPORTS MARCH 4, 2019 MA RI CT PDF

SNOW REPORTS MARCH 2 2019 MA CT RI PDF

MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—

FEBRUARY 2019

FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–

Average daily mean: 32.1°F (departure: +0.1 deg.)

Average daily high: 38.9°F (departure: -0.7 deg.)

Average daily low: 25.3°F (departure: +1.0 deg.)

Month’s high: 50°F on the 15th

Month’s low: 9°F on the 1st

Days with low 32°F or below: 24

Days with high 32°F or below: 5

PRECIPITATION–

Month’s total: 3.67″ (departure: +0.14″)

Year’s total: 9.87″ (departure: +1.81″)

Previous 12 months total (3/18 to 2/19): 55.37″ (departure: +6.60″)

Max. 24hr. total: 1.41″ on 12th-13th

Days with 0.01″ or more: 12

Days with 1.00″ or more: 0

Month’s snow: 6.8″ (departure: -5.3″)

Season’s snow: 12.1″ (departure: -19.0″)

Max. 24hr. total: 2.3″ on the 12th

Days with 0.1” or more: 6

BAROMETER–

Month’s high: 30.62″ on 10th

Month’s low: 29.26″ on 24th

MISCELLANEOUS–

Days with thunder: 0

Days with fog: 7

Peak wind gust: 58 mph on the 25th West Island

Heating degree days: 915, season: 4001 (last year: 3781)

Snow depth days: 12, season: 17, (last year: 64)

WINTER SEASON SUMMARY (Dec., Jan., Feb.)—

Average daily mean temperature: 32.5°F (departure: +0.2 deg.)

Season’s high: 58°F on December 21 and January 1

Season’s low: 3°F on January 21

Precipitation: 13.73″ (departure: +1.09″)

Maximum 24 hr. precip: 3.01″ on January 19-20

Snowfall: 8.6″ (departure: -22.0″)

Maximum 24 hr. snowfall: 2.3″ on February 12

Days with thunder: 1

Days with fog: 22

Comments: Temperature averaged out just about normal this February. No real temperature extremes either high or low. The 50 degree mark was just barely hit once and the low just dipped into single numbers on one day… Precipitation for the month was just slightly above the average. A mixed snow, sleet, freezing rain event on the 12th and 13th left 1.41″ total precip. Again this month’s snow was on the light side with just 6.8″ being measured… The Winter Season was slightly warmer than normal with above average precipitation. Snowfall this winter was very light with 8.6″. It was the least amount of snow since 7.6″ in the winter of 1997-98.

Dennis Bollea

FEBRUARY 28 2019 SNOW REPORTS MA RI CT PDF

FEBRUARY 25 2019 WIND STORM REPORTS MA RI CT PDFFEBRUARY 18 2019 SNOW REPORTS MA RI CT PDF

FEBRUARY 12 2019 SNOW REPORTS MA RI CT  PDF

MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—

JANUARY 2019

FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–

Average daily mean: 30.0°F (departure: +0.1 deg.)

Average daily high: 37.8°F (departure: +0.5 deg.)

Average daily low: 22.3°F (departure: -0.1 deg.)

Month’s high: 58°F on the 1st

Month’s low: 3°F on the 21st

Days with low 32F or below: 27

Days with high 32F or below: 8

PRECIPITATION–

Month’s total: 6.20″ (departure: +1.67″)

Year’s total: 6.20″ (departure: +1.67″)

Previous 12 months total (2/18 to 1/19): 58.16″ (departure: +9.49″)

Max. 24hr. total: 3.01″ on 19th-20th

Days with 0.01″ or more: 8

Days with 1.00″ or more: 3

Month’s snow: 1.5″ (departure: -10.2”)

Season’s snow: 5.3″ (departure: -13.7”)

Max. 24hr. Total: 1.5″ on the 19th-20th

Days with 0.1” or more: 2

BAROMETER–

Month’s high: 30.56″ on 22nd

Month’s low: 29.13″ on 20th

MISCELLANEOUS–

Days with thunder: 1

Days with fog: 6

Peak wind gust: 30 mph on the 24th, 30th

Heating degree days: 1062, season: 3086, (last year: 3027)

Snow Depth Days: 1, season: 5, (last year: 56)

Comments:
A wet January this year in Fairhaven. On the 19th – 20th we got over 3 inches of precip with a few rumbles of thunder. There were two other 1+ inch storms during the month. The 6.20″ total for the month is the wettest January since 2006… Snow shovels were collecting dust as there was just 1.5″ of snow for the month, the least amount of snow in January since 1.3″ in 2007. December and January snowfall total was a mere 1.8″… The average daily mean temperature for the month averaged right around the normal mark. Two days had high temps in the 50’s and three days had the the low drop into the single numbers. There were no days with zero degree temperatures.

Dennis Bollea

REGIONAL SNOW TOTALS MA RI CT JANUARY 20 2019

REGIONAL STORM REPORTS MA RI AND CT JANUARY 30 2019

ANNUAL WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY

2018

FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–

Average daily mean: 51.6°F (departure: +0.8 deg.)

Average daily high: 59.1°F (departure: +0.3 deg.)

Average daily low: 44.1°F (departure: +1.5deg.)

Year’s high: 92°F on August 30

Year’s low: -3°F on January 7

Days with high 90°F or higher: 2

Days with low 0°F or lower: 1

Days with high 32°F or lower: 14

Days with low 32°F or lower: 110

Season’s last freeze: April 11

Season’s first freeze: October 21

Growing season: 192 days

PRECIPITATION–

Year’s total (includes melted): 57.73″ (departure: +9.10″)

Days with 0.01″ or more: 142 (departure: +12)

Days with 1.00″ or more: 17 (departure: +4)

Max. 24-hr. total: 3.04″ on March 2

Year’s snow: 34.1″ (departure: -6.4″)

Days with 0.1″ snow or more: 16

Days with 6.0″ snow or more: 2

Max. 24-hr. snow: 11.5″ on March 13

Longest period with no measurable precipitation: 14 days (Aug 23-Sept 5)

Longest period with 0.10″ or less: 14 days (Aug 23-Sept 5)

Longest period with 1.00″ or less: 27 days (Jun 29-Jul 25; Aug 14-Sept 9)

BAROMETER–

Year’s high: 30.82″ on February 13

Year’s low: 28.73″ on January 4

MISCELLANEOUS–

Days with thunder: 16 (departure: 0)

Days with fog: 95 (departure: -8)

Days with hail: 1

High wind gust: 51 mph on March 2

Comments: A warm and very wet year. Average daily mean temperature was 0.8 degrees warmer than the long term average. Eight of the past nine years have averaged warmer than normal… Very wet year with 57.73 inches measured. It was the 4th wettest year since 1992 and most precip since 2009… A couple of hurricane remnant systems effecting the area with some heavy rain… Snowfall for the year was on the light side.

Monthly highlights–

Jan: -3F on the 7th was the only day of the year with below zero temperatures.

Feb: Warmest and wettest February on record. 2nd lowest February snowfall on record, 1.2”.

Mar: Stormy month. 3.21” rain with 51mph wind gust on the 2nd-3rd. 11.5” wet sticky snow     on 13th snapped trees, brought down power lines.

Apr: Wet and very cold. Coldest April since 2003, 4th coldest on record.

May: Warm and dry month. 3rd snowiest spring season on record.

Jun: Delightful weather. Warm temperatures with comfortable humidity levels.

Jul: Driest month of the year with just 1.14”. Very warm, 8 days 85F or higher.

Aug: Very warm with periods of oppressive humidity. Warmest August on record, average daily mean 75.9F.

Sept: 4th warmest September on record. 13 days with fog.

Oct: Remnants of Hurricane Michael leaves 2.95” rain on 12th. Thunder with pea-sized hail on the 23rd.

Nov: Wettest month of the year and wettest November on record, 8.94”. Wettest fall season on record, 20.53”.

Dec: Hardly any snow, just 0.3”.

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay

Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH

Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST

Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level

DECEMBER 2018

FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–

Average daily mean: 34.4°F (departure: +0.5 deg.)

Average daily high: 42.5°F (departure: +0.3 deg.)

Average daily low: 28.3°F (departure: +0.6 deg.)

Month’s high: 58°F on the 21st

Month’s low: 18°F on the 8th, 9th

Days with low 32F or below: 23

Days with high 32F or below: 1

PRECIPITATION–

Month’s total: 3.86″ (departure: -0.72″)

Year’s total: 57.73″ (departure: +9.10″)

Max. 24hr. total: 1.14″ on 2nd-3rd

Days with 0.01″ or more: 11

Days with 1.00″ or more: 1

Month’s snow: 0.3″ (departure: -6.5″)

Season’s total: 3.8″ (departure: -3.6″)

Max. 24hr. total: 0.3″ on the 18th

Days with 0.1″ or more: 1

BAROMETER–

Month’s high: 30.67″ on 27th

Month’s low: 29.30″ on 22nd

MISCELLANEOUS–

Days with thunder: 0

Days with fog: 9

Peak wind gust: 36 mph on the 18th

Heating degree days: 909, season: 2024 (last year: 1014)

Cooling degree days: 0, final season total: 837 (last year: 625)

Snow depth days: 0, season: 4, (last year: 15)

Comments: A rather warm and dry December with hardly any snow. Average daily temperature was 0.5 degrees above normal. The lowest temperature for the month was a not so cold 18F. Seven days this month had high temperatures into the 50’s… Precipitation was about three-quarters of an inch below normal. Just three-tenths of an inch of snow was measured. Only five Decembers since 1992 have had less than an inch of snow for the month.

Dennis Bollea

 REGIONAL SNOW TOTALS NOVEMBER 15 2018 RI MA CT

MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—

NOVEMBER 2018

FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–

Average daily mean: 42.0°F (departure: -2.2 deg.)

Average daily high: 48.9°F (departure: -2.8 deg.)

Average daily low: 35.1°F (departure: -1.6 deg.)

Month’s high: 66°F on the 1st

Month’s low: 12°F on the 23rd

Days with low 32F or below: 10

Days with high 32F or below: 2

PRECIPITATION–

Month’s total: 8.94″ (departure: +5.06″)

Year’s total: 53.87″ (departure: +9.82″)

Previous 12 months total (12/17 to 11/18): 56.55″ (departure: +7.86″)

Max. 24hr. total: 1.86″ on 13th

Days with 0.01″ or more: 13

Days with 1.00″ or more: 3

Month’s snow: 3.5″ (departure: +2.9″)

Season’s total: 3.5″ (departure: +2.9″)

BAROMETER–

Month’s high: 30.58″ on 15th

Month’s low: 29.24″ on 27th

MISCELLANEOUS–

Days with thunder: 1

Days with fog: 11

Peak wind gust: 33 mph on the 16th

Heating degree days: 683, season: 1115 (last year: 877)

Cooling degree days: 0, season: 837 (last year: 625)

Snow depth days: 4, season: 4 (last year: 0)

FALL SEASON SUMMARY (Sept., Oct., Nov.)—

Average daily mean temperature: 53.9°F (departure: +1.1 deg.)

Season’s high: 88°F on September 6

Season’s low: 12°F on November 23

Precipitation: 20.53“ (departure: +8.19”)

Maximum 24 hr. precip: 2.95” on October 11-12

Snowfall: 3.5“ (departure: 2.9”)

Days with thunder: 6

Days with fog: 28

Comments: A cold and very wet November this year in Fairhaven. A continuous line of storm systems brought a precip total of 8.94”. It was the wettest November on record (since 1992). Numerous flash flood advisory messages issued by NWS. Three calendar days logged 1+ inch totals… The month started out on the warm side but quickly turned colder than normal by the second week of the month. On the 21st-23rd an arctic air mass settled over the region dropping the temperature to 12F early on the morning of the 23rd. 12F is the lowest November temperature recorded (since 1974)… Snowfall on the 15th-16th totaled 3.5 inches. Historically about 50% of Novembers records measurable snow… The Fall season was warm and very wet. 20.53” of precip is the 2nd wettest Fall season on record.

Dennis Bollea

WEST ISLAND TOWN BEACH WEATHER SUMMARY FOR OCTOBER 2018

October 23 2018 TORNADO EVENT PHOTO ALBUM

OCTOBER 23 2018 REGIONAL STORM AND TORNADO REPORTS

OCTOBER 12 2018 REGIONAL RAIN TOTALS

MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—

OCTOBER 2018

FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–

Average daily mean: 53.1°F (departure: +0.3 deg.)

Average daily high: 61.1°F (departure: +0.2 deg.)

Average daily low: 45.0°F (departure: +0.4 deg.)

Month’s high: 77°F on the 10th

Month’s low: 28°F on the 22nd, 16th

Days with low 32°F or below: 4

PRECIPITATION–

Month’s total: 6.47″ (departure: +2.05″)

Year’s total: 44.93″ (departure: +4.76″)

Previous 12 months total (11/17 to 10/18): 51.30″ (departure: +2.60″)

Max. 24hr. Total: 2.95″ on the 11th-12th

Days with 0.01″ or more: 15

Days with 1.00″ or more: 2

Month’s snow: trace (hail on the 23rd)

BAROMETER–

Month’s high: 30.47″ on 8th

Month’s low: 29.35″ on 12th

THE WEATHER REVIEW 2011 – TO AUGUST 2018 ENTER HERE

MISCELLANEOUS–

Days with thunder: 3

Days with fog: 4

Days with hail: 1

Peak wind gust: 31 mph on the 16th

Heating degree days: 376, season: 432 (last year: 258)

Cooling degree days: 15, season: 837 (last year: 625)

Comments: A warm first two weeks of the month and a cold last two weeks results in October averaging slightly warmer than the long term average. It was the coldest October since 2009 and averaged 6.3 degrees colder than last October. The first freezing temperature of the season arrived on the 21st… It was a wet month with 6.47” measured. It was the wettest October since 2011. The remnants of Hurricane Michael left a total of 2.95” of rain on the 11th and 12th. A thunderstorm with pea-sized hail on the 23rd… In nearby Woods Hole an EF-0 tornado/waterspout was confirmed by NWS.

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay

Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH

Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST

Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level

MONTHLY WEATHER/CLIMATE SUMMARY—

SEPTEMBER 2018

FAIRHAVEN, MASSACHUSETTS

TEMPERATURE–

Average daily mean: 66.5°F (departure: +3.0 deg.)

Average daily high: 73.1°F (departure: +1.3 deg.)

Average daily low: 60.0°F (departure: +4.7 deg.)

Month’s high: 88°F on the 6th

Month’s low: 49°F on the 30th

PRECIPITATION–

Month’s total: 5.12″ (departure: +1.08″)

Year’s total: 38.46″ (departure: +2.71″)

Previous 12 months total (10/17 to 9/18): 49.68″ (departure: +0.99″)

Max. 24hr. total: 1.60″ on the 28th

Days with 0.01″ or more: 12

Days with 1.00″ or more: 2

BAROMETER–

Month’s high: 30.57″ on 24th

Month’s low: 29.71″ on 18th

MISCELLANEOUS–

Days with thunder: 2

Days with fog: 13

Peak wind gust: 22 mph on the 25th

Heating degree days: 55, season: 56 (last year: 69)

Cooling degree days: 103, season: 822 (last year: 603)

Comments: Another warmer than normal September this year is Fairhaven. It was the 4th warmest September on record (since 1974). Eight of the past nine Septembers have averaged warmer than normal. The first week of the month saw temperatures well into the 80’s breaking two daily high temp records. The low temperature for the month just barely made it into the 40’s on the last day of the month. 49F is the highest low temp for September on record… Monthly precipitation was wetter than average for the first time since April. Remnants of Hurricane Florence brought 0.64” on the 18th… Lots of foggy days this month.

Dennis Bollea

Fairhaven, Mass., 2 miles east of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay

Latitude: 41 deg., 38 min. NORTH

Longitude: 70 deg., 53 min. WEST

Station elevation: 43 feet above sea level