This report describes the historical weather record at the Fort Wayne International Airport (Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States) during 1972. This station has records back to December 1947.
Fort Wayne, Indiana has a humid continental climate with hot summers and no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by croplands (88%), grasslands (9%), and built-up areas (3%)
Daylight saving time (DST) was not observed at Fort Wayne, Indiana during 1972.
1972 was a leap year and thus has 366 days rather than the normal 365. Leap years occur every fourth year and the extra day is always February 29th. In 1972 February 29th falls on a Tuesday.
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 1972 they occurred on:
|Spring Equinox||Monday, 20 March 1972.|
|Summer Solstice||Wednesday, 21 June 1972.|
|Fall Equinox||Friday, 22 September 1972.|
|Winter Solstice||Thursday, 21 December 1972.|
The hottest day of 1972 was July 11, with a high temperature of 91°F. For reference, on that day the average high temperature is 84°F and the high temperature exceeds 92°F only one day in ten. The hottest month of 1972 was July with an average daily high temperature of 82°F.
Relative to the average, the hottest day was March 11. The high temperature that day was 71°F, compared to the average of 45°F, a difference of 26°F. In relative terms the warmest month was January, with an average high temperature of 32°F, compared to an typical value of 31°F.
The longest warm spell was from May 17 to May 30, constituting 14 consecutive days with warmer than average high temperatures. The month of January had the largest fraction of warmer than average days with 61% days with higher than average high temperatures.
The coldest day of 1972 was January 16, with a low temperature of -18°F. For reference, on that day the average low temperature is 17°F and the low temperature drops below -1°F only one day in ten. The coldest month of 1972 was January with an average daily low temperature of 16°F.
Relative to the average, the coldest day was January 16. The low temperature that day was -18°F, compared to the average of 17°F, a difference of 35°F. In relative terms the coldest month was June, with an average low temperature of 57°F, compared to an typical value of 60°F.
The longest cold spell was from March 22 to April 11, constituting 21 consecutive days with cooler than average low temperatures. The month of June had the largest fraction of cooler than average days with 70% days with lower than average low temperatures.
The longest freezing spell was from January 25 to February 2, constituting 9 consecutive days with temperatures strictly below freezing.
The clearest month of 1972 was May, with 32% of days being more clear than cloudy. The longest spell of clear weather was from May 23 to May 27, constituting 5 consecutive days that were clearer than they were cloudy.
The cloudiest month of 1972 was December, with 81% of days being more cloudy than clear. The longest spell of cloudy weather was from November 7 to November 15, constituting 9 consecutive days that were cloudier than they were clear.
This station reports both the quantity of liquid precipitation and categorical observations of precipitation (e.g., moderate rain, or heavy snow). Both are subject to erroneous reports, but the former is particularly prone to false reports, especially ones indicating an excessive quantity of precipitation. Please bear this in mind when reading the extrema reported in this section.
The day with the largest quantity of precipitation was September 13. That day saw 1.642" of liquid (or liquid equivalent) precipitation, compared to a median value of 0.153". The month with the most precipitation was September, with 2.988", compared to a median value of 2.409".
As determined by quantitative measurements, the longest dry spell was from May 15 to May 29, constituting 15 consecutive days with no measured precipitation. The month with the largest fraction of dry days was June, with 80% of days reporting no measured precipitation at all.
The month with the largest fraction of days with at least some measured precipitation was September, with 50% of days reporting some measured precipitation.
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 1972 with the most precipitation observations was March 14. There were 8 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 December, with 89 hourly present weather reports involving some form of precipitation.
As determined by the present weather reports, the longest dry spell was from May 15 to May 29, constituting 15 consecutive days with no observed precipitation. The month with the largest fraction of days without observed precipitation was May, with 74% of days reporting no observed precipitation at all.
The month with the largest fraction of days with at least some observed precipitation was December, with 81% 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 1972 with the largest number of those reports was December, with a total of 51 reports. The day with the largest number of those reports was May 8, with a total of 7 reports.
This station reports when snow is observed falling but does not report the quantity of snow that has fallen or the depth of snow on the ground.
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 1972 was on October 18; the last was on April 7. The month of 1972 with the largest number of those reports was February, with a total of 38 reports. The day with the largest number of those reports was March 14, with a total of 8 reports.
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 1972 was May with an average daily low humidity of 46%, and the most humid month was December with an average daily low humidity of 72%.
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 1972, January had 29 dry days, 2 comfortable days, and no humid days; April had 19 dry days, 11 comfortable days, and no humid days; July had 1 dry day, 17 comfortable days, and 13 humid days; and October had 18 dry days, 13 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 24 mph (January 25); and the highest wind gust speed was 25 mph (December 31).
The windiest month was January, with an average wind speed of 13 mph. The least windy month was July, with an average wind speed of 8 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 1972 with the lowest average visibility was December 21, with an average visibility of 0.6 mi. The month with the lowest average visibility was December, with an average visibility of 7.0 mi. With an average visibility of 10.9 mi, the month of January had the highest average visibility.
This station did not reliably report the cloud ceiling during 1972.