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2017 Statistics

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2017 is in the books (so to speak), and so are the weather statistics. In review, last year was unusually warm and wet. Let's take a look at how the weather year shaped up.

Temperature:

The warmest temperature recorded was a high of 94 degrees on the 21st and 22rd of July. Early January had the coldest temperature recorded, the morning of 7th at 4 degrees. Mean temperature is achieved by taking the average of all highs and lows every day. By doing this we had a mean temperature of 58 degrees; making it the 3rd warmest year.

2017 had 12 days with temperatures that remained at or below freezing the entire day. The longest consecutive stretch with freezing or below temperatures started on Christmas Day and lasted the 7 days after into the New Year. That stretch continues as of writing this post and will likely end after 13 days.

Only three records were tied or broken:

February 24th reached a maximum high temperature of 79 degrees demolishing the old record of 71 which was set back in 1944. It was also the 2nd warmest temperature ever recorded in February.

86 degrees was the high recorded on April 29th. This tied the old record set back in 1899.

A low temperature record was set on September 7th. The low dipped to 47 degrees that morning passing the old record of 48 degrees last set in 1988.

We reached 90 degrees or more on 14 occasions through 2017. 5 consecutive days stretched from 7/18 to 7/22.

Overall, 7 days were recorded that hit single digit lows.

Precipitation:

2017 ended with a total of 49.17” of precipitation, which is 4” higher than average. The 49.17” put 2017 down as the 36th wettest year on record. The highest one-day rainfall was October 8th with a total of 3.73.” That also goes down as the 19th wettest day in Lexington History. June was the month with the most precipitation ending with 5.78.”

2017 was not a huge snow producer. 3.5” was the total snowfall for the year, which is the 2nd least yearly snowfall on record. 2.5” was the highest amount of snow that fell in one day. It occurred on January 5th. The highest snow depth was recorded the day after at 2.”

The longest consecutive stretch with days recording precipitation was 11, starting on January 10th. It is tied for the 8th longest stretch on record.

I can't wait to see what 2018 brings! Have a happy New Year!

-Meteorologist Seth Phillips

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