The All-Star Weather Review of 2015

While temperatures warmed again world-wide, this part of the world experienced cooler-than-average temperatures last year—and for the second year in a row.

"The weather was a little unusual at times," said George Isobar, who serves with the National Weather Service's Cooperative Observer program. "The first three months of the year weren't just cold, they were extra, extra cold. Last February was an unheard of 15.9° below average."

That was followed by a cooler-than-average summer and then a warm fall and exceptionally warm December.

Snowfall tapered down from the previous year, but overall precipitation was back on track after a few years of below-average rainfall. Last year's total was just an inch below the 41-year average.

This area escaped severe weather again last year.

Hottest Day: Very unusual—the hottest day came in September. All of last year's summer months were cooler than normal.The first 90° day came in the middle of July and the month finished with three at 90 or above. August produced only one day at 90° and that was right at the start of the month.

By when September rolled around, there were six days in the 90s, including the year's high of 93° on Sept. 7.

This marked the second year in a row with the high temperature coming in September.

Three high temperature records were set at the Toledo National Weather Service office and all of them were recorded in December. The high of 66° Dec. 12 broke a record set in 1949; the high of 63° Dec. 13 broke a record set in 1975; and a high of 63° Dec. 23 set a record set in 1941.

Record highs were set in several northwest Ohio cities on three days in November, but not in Toledo.

Coldest Day: After a warm December in 2014, January cooled down to become quite a lot colder than normal, but February is when it really dropped. Ten days with sub-zero readings, the low for the year at -16, and the month finishing at -15 below normal.

March came through well below normal, also, but there was only one morning below zero.

The closest to a cold temperature record came in July.

Wettest Month: Eight months finished with below-average precipitation, but the remaining four made up for it, especially June. June is typically the wettest month with an average of about four inches, but last year the month finished with 9.36 inches.

July was well above average at 5.99

Wettest Day: There were two storms in June that dumped about an inch of rain, but June 27 topped them all with 3.65, plus 1.16 in the 24-hour period right before it. But even that one day with 3.65 was greater than the amount recorded for the entire month in nine months last year.

Driest Month: The least amount of monthly precipitation fell during March with only 1.12 inches. The was the most abnormal month, also, coming in almost two inches below average.

Snowiest Day: It certainly didn't come in January. Only 7.8 inches total fell that month. March was light with only 2.6 inches. There was nothing but a few flakes in December. 

It was February that brought the most snow—nearly 18 inches total—and the biggest snowfall came right at the start of the month 9.5 inches. Two and two-tents fell the day before and three inches later in the week. After that, February wasn't much to talk about in the snow department, but it was cold enough to keep at least five inches on the ground right up through March 9. Ten inches on the ground was deepest for 2015.

Earliest Measurable Snow: There was a trace of snow on Nov. 17, then came an unusually deep November snow: 4.2 inches on Nov. 22. And that was it for the year. With January underway, we're still waiting for more. 

The latest that snow was seen at the end of last spring? A few flakes were seen on a chilly April 22.

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Slickest Month: There were three days of glaze back in January, but none of them matched the messy roads that came just after Christmas. This area experienced a combination of rain, freezing rain and snow grains.

Loudest month: There were nine thunderstorms in June, far more than any other month. None of the storms last year produced any significant damage. The most damage from wind came during December on two occasions late in the month. There were stronger gusts during the year, but not with ice-laden branches.

At the Toledo office, the strongest gust was reported Nov. 12 at 53 mph, just ahead of April 21 with 52 mph.

Most Variable Day: The day with the biggest temperature spread between high and low often results when a line of thunderstorms rushes through on a hot summer day to cool things off. Not this year. On April first, a low of 26° was soon forgotten as the air warmed to 68° by afternoon for a 42° difference.

Least Variable Day: It's usually a blah, gray day in winter that takes the prize, and that goes for this year, too. On the final day of the year, the morning low of 29° warmed slightly to just 33° for a four degree difference.

Most Abnormal Day: Dec. 13 takes the prize for the most abnormal. A high of 63 and low of 59—in December!—was 31° warmer than expected for that date. Feb. 15 is a close second, but in the other direction. A high of 3° and a low of -8° was 30° below normal. 

February, by the way, is the winner for most abnormal month. The string of extra cold days is chilling to think about: -23° below normal, -30°, -29°, -23°, -28°, -31°, and so on.