This report describes the historical weather record at the Port Columbus International Airport (Columbus, Ohio, United States) during 1985. This station has records back to January 1948.
Columbus, Ohio has a humid continental climate with hot summers and no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by croplands (82%), built-up areas (8%), and grasslands (7%)
Daylight saving time (DST) was observed at Columbus, Ohio during 1985. There were two time changes during 1985:
1985 was not a leap year, so it has 365 days and no February 29th. The first leap year before 1985 was 1984 and the first after was 1988.
The summer and winter solstices and the spring and fall equinoxes mark the passing of the seasons. They fall on nearly the same day each year, with differences of a day or two depending on the year. In 1985 they occurred on:
|Spring Equinox||Wednesday, 20 March 1985.|
|Summer Solstice||Friday, 21 June 1985.|
|Fall Equinox||Monday, 23 September 1985.|
|Winter Solstice||Saturday, 21 December 1985.|
The hottest day of 1985 was August 13, with a high temperature of 91°F. For reference, on that day the average high temperature is 83°F and the high temperature exceeds 90°F only one day in ten. The hottest month of 1985 was July with an average daily high temperature of 82°F.
Relative to the average, the hottest day was January 1. The high temperature that day was 64°F, compared to the average of 37°F, a difference of 27°F. In relative terms the warmest month was April, with an average high temperature of 68°F, compared to an typical value of 63°F.
The longest warm spell was from April 11 to May 1, constituting 21 consecutive days with warmer than average high temperatures. The month of April had the largest fraction of warmer than average days with 73% days with higher than average high temperatures.
The coldest day of 1985 was January 20, with a low temperature of -19°F. For reference, on that day the average low temperature is 21°F and the low temperature drops below 4°F only one day in ten. The coldest month of 1985 was January with an average daily low temperature of 16°F.
Relative to the average, the coldest day was January 20. The low temperature that day was -19°F, compared to the average of 21°F, a difference of 40°F. In relative terms the coldest month was December, with an average low temperature of 19°F, compared to an typical value of 27°F.
The longest cold spell was from June 11 to June 22, constituting 12 consecutive days with cooler than average low temperatures. The month of December had the largest fraction of cooler than average days with 74% days with lower than average low temperatures.
The longest freezing spell was from January 19 to January 30, constituting 12 consecutive days with temperatures strictly below freezing.
The clearest month of 1985 was September, with 57% of days being more clear than cloudy. The longest spell of clear weather was from April 17 to April 21, constituting 5 consecutive days that were clearer than they were cloudy.
The cloudiest month of 1985 was January, with 90% of days being more cloudy than clear. The longest spell of cloudy weather was from November 24 to December 8, constituting 15 consecutive days that were cloudier than they were clear.
This station provides hourly reports of significant weather events at and around the station, but does not report the quantity of precipitation at the station itself. This is common for weather stations located outside of the United States, and for a small subset of stations in the United States that are located at lesser used and smaller airports.
This station reports when significant weather events (including precipitation) are visually observed at or near the station. Such events do not always correspond to measured quantities of liquid equivalent precipitation, such as when the event is near by not at the station, or in the case of solid precipitation that does not melt in the collection basin.
The day in 1985 with the most precipitation observations was November 3. There were 24 hourly weather reports that day (out of a maximum of 24) in which some form of precipitation was observated at or near the station. The month with the most precipitation observations was January, with 319 hourly present weather reports involving some form of precipitation.
As determined by the present weather reports, the longest dry spell was from September 12 to September 23, constituting 12 consecutive days with no observed precipitation. The month with the largest fraction of days without observed precipitation was September, with 77% of days reporting no observed precipitation at all.
The month with the largest fraction of days with at least some observed precipitation was January, with 84% of days reporting some observed precipitation.
In this section we consider only those weather reports that indicate liquid precipitation. For the purposes of this analysis, we include thunderstorms even though some thunderstorms are not accompanied by liquid precipitation.
The month of 1985 with the largest number of those reports was November, with a total of 259 reports. The day with the largest number of those reports was November 3, with a total of 24 reports.
This station reports both when snow is observed to be falling and the measured depth of the snow on the ground. Both are subject to erroneous reports, but the latter is significantly less reliable. Please bear this in mind when reading this section.
In this section we consider hourly weather reports that contain an observation of falling snow. These reports do not necessarily correspond to accumulation.
The first reported snow fall in 1985 was on December 2; the last was on April 9. The month of 1985 with the largest number of those reports was January, with a total of 301 reports. The day with the largest number of those reports was February 13, with a total of 22 reports.
Snow depth on the ground is an optional and inconsistently reported part of standard weather reports. It is rarely reported more often than every six hours, it is often skipped, it is often reported erroneously, and a snow depth of zero is normally not distinguished from a missing report. These issues (particularly the last one) make it hard to collect statistics on snow depth with any confidence. To overcome this issue, we base our statistics on only those reports with present non-zero measurements of snow depth. Reports that fail to mention snow that is present, and reports that do not report snow depth because there is no snow on the ground are excluded because they cannot be distinguished from one another.
The first reported accumulation in 1985 was on December 5. The last day of the snow season with snow reported on the ground was February 23. The day with the deepest snow depth was February 15, with an average snow depth of 11.3" over the course of the day. The longest stretch of time during which there was always snow on the ground was from January 7 to February 24 (49 consecutive days).
Humidity is an important factor in determining how weather conditions feel to a person experiencing them. Hot and humid days feel even hotter than hot and dry days because the high level of water content in humid air discourages the evaporation of sweat from a person's skin.
When reading the graph below, keep in mind that the hottest part of the day tends to be the least humid, so the daily low (brown) traces are more relevant for understanding daytime comfort than the daily high (blue) traces, which typically occur during the night. Applying that observation, the least humid month of 1985 was April with an average daily low humidity of 35%, and the most humid month was November with an average daily low humidity of 65%.
But it is important to keep in mind that humidity does not tell the whole picture and the dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find a given set of weather conditions. Please see the next section for continued discussion of this point.
Dew point is the temperature below which water vapor will condense into liquid water. It is therefore also related to the rate of evaporation of liquid water. Since the evaporation of sweat is an important cooling mechanism for the human body, the dew point is an important measurement for understanding how dry, comfortable, or humid a given set of weather conditions will feel.
Generally speaking, dew points below 50°F will feel a bit dry to some people, but comfortable to people accustomed to dry conditions; dew points from 50°F to 68°F are fairly comfortable to most people, and dew points above 68°F are increasingly uncomfortable, becoming oppressive around 77°F.
To take some examples, and basing our categorization on the daily high dew point in 1985, January had 30 dry days, 1 comfortable day, and no humid days; April had 17 dry days, 13 comfortable days, and no humid days; July had no dry days, 17 comfortable days, and 14 humid days; and October had 13 dry days, 18 comfortable days, and no humid days.
The highest sustained wind speed was 35 mph, occurring on January 25; the highest daily mean wind speed was 26 mph (December 2); and the highest wind gust speed was 53 mph (March 12).
The windiest month was January, with an average wind speed of 12 mph. The least windy month was August, with an average wind speed of 5 mph.
Visibility is the maximum distance at which a given reference object or light can be clearly discerned. In the United States, visibilities that are greater than or equal to 10 miles are typically reported as 10 miles.
The day of 1985 with the lowest average visibility was January 31, with an average visibility of 1.8 mi. The month with the lowest average visibility was November, with an average visibility of 7.6 mi. With an average visibility of 10.8 mi, the month of April had the highest average visibility.
The cloud ceiling is the altitude of the lowest layer of clouds that are at categorized as broken (mostly cloudy) or overcast (cloudy). If no such cloud layer exists then the ceiling is unlimited and no value is reported.
The day of 1985 with the lowest average cloud ceiling was November 11, with an average cloud ceiling of 470'. The month with the lowest average cloud ceiling was December, with an average cloud ceiling of 3793'. The month of September has the highest average cloud ceiling, with an average cloud ceiling of 12677'.