2017 in Okarche – warmer and wetter than average

For 2017, the average temperature ended up at 61.2 degrees which was 0.7 of a degree above average.  We were only 0.4 of a degree warmer on high temperatures, but 0.9 of a degree warmer than average with low temperatures.  There were 59 days where the temperature dropped to at or below 32 degrees.  This was 26 days fewer than average.  This would indicate a very warm year, right?  Interestingly, we only had 65 days where the temperature reached at least 90 degrees which was 19 days below average.  The five days where 100 degrees was reached was 14 days below average.

The highest temperature of 105 degrees was reached on July 22nd.  The lowest temperature of one degree occurred on January 7th.

There were 77 days with measurable precipitation which is exactly average.  This resulted in 39.81 inches – 4.61 inches above average – or 113 percent of average.  The first four months of the year were all above average and April came in with an impressive 9.67 inches.  It appeared we were headed toward a top 5 precipitation year.  Despite May, June and July coming in below average, August was very wet (7.14 inches) and it still appeared that we could easily break the 40 inch mark for the year and end up in the top 5.  Precipitation shut down hard at the end of October and both November and December came in well below average.  The end result was still a well above average year that came in as the 9th wettest on record.

The most rain in a day occurred on April 21st when 4.30 inches fell.  The most snow was a 4.0 inch event on January 6th.

As far as weather events go, dense fog was observed on a record setting 24 days.  The 54 days with thunder was four days more than average.  Hail fell on four days which was a day more than average.

The highest observed wind speed was 60 mph which occurred in a severe thunderstorm on August 10th.

Our last seasonal freeze occurred on March 15th, and this was just 6 degrees later than the record earliest date.  The first seasonal freeze was October 28th which was just shy of the average date of October 31st.