Year in Review
The year 2005 was just about average in temperatures but very wet with above average sunshine (+76 hours). The average monthly temperature was just below normal for 7 out of 12 months. The maximum temperature for the year was 91 degrees, which occurred twice in July. The minimum temperature was -0.90 degrees in January. January will be remembered by the Blizzard of 2005. We started the month with a daytime high temperature of 65 degrees on January 7th, coming within 2 degrees of the record daytime high of 67 degrees set in 1932. Then, two weeks later the Blizzard of 2005 delivered 27.5 inches of snow in about 26 hours, surpassing the record of 18.9 inches in a single snowstorm set in March of 1960. In East Wareham the winds were gusting at 90 + mph and topping out at 101 mph. Three days later, we received another 12 inches of snow. The monthly total snowfall reached 54.6 inches, surpassing all previous records. The snow on January 16 started a stretch of 67 days with snow cover. The total winter snowfall for the season 2004 – 2005 was 104.13 inches of snow, surpassing the record of 84.60 inches set in 1995 – 1996.
By year’s end, precipitation totaled 61.34 inches, 14.47 inches above normal. The greatest snowfall occurred in January 2005, with 54.6 inches. Total snowfall for the 12 months of 2005 was 101.43 inches, 70.03 inches above normal. October was the wettest month with 12.07 inches of rain. The longest dry spell was 22 days during July and Aug. We only had two rain events with over 0.10 inches of rain in June, one in July and four in August.
Sunshine hours for the year were above average (+76 hours). There were five months with low sunshine hours and seven months with above sunshine hours. September had +54 hours being the sunniest month. May had the lowest sunshine with a -81 hours.
The official winter (Dec. 2004 – Feb 2005) averaged warm, wet and sunny. Temperatures averaged 31.2 degrees, 1.2 degrees above normal. Sunshine averaged 44%, 3 points above average. Precipitation totaled 12.28 inches, 0.24 inches above average and snowfall totaled 80.93 inches, 61.13 above normal.
The official spring season (March – May) averaged cold and wet. On March 1 st we received 13.5 inches of snow. A total of 23.20 inches of snow fell in the month, 16.60 inches above average. May was the 2 nd coldest and 3 rd wettest on record. A 3-day Nor’easter with damaging winds delivered heavy rain totaling 3.21 inches.
The official summer season (June – Aug) had average temperatures, very dry, and above average sunshine. June and July rainfall totaled 2.05 inches, the driest 2-month total for East Wareham. Had we not received rain from the remnants of TS Katrina on the last two days of the season, we would have been 7.71 inches below average; making the summer season the driest on record with only 2.72 inches. However, TS Katrina drop 3.42 inches of rain on the 28 th and 29 th of August, giving us a total of 6.14 inches, 4.29 inches below average, making this the second driest summer season surpassed only by the record of 4.14 inches set in 1993.
The official fall season (Sept – Nov) was mild and wet. In September we received 4.94 inches of rain prior to TS Ophelia, which passed well out to sea. We set another record in October with 12.07 inches of rain, surpassing the previous record of 9.34 inches set in 1996. This came from eight out of nine days of rain that totaled 9.12 inches, which was followed by another 3-day Nor’easter with damaging winds and rainfall that totaled 2.17 inches. We then received 0.75 inches of snow to end the month of October, 0.40 inches of snow in November, and 8.75 inches in December.