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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RIVERTON WY
524 AM MDT FRI APR 1 2016

...PRELIMINARY MONTHLY CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE NATRONA COUNTY
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEAR CASPER FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2016...

...OFFICIAL CLIMATE DATA FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2016 WILL BE
AVAILABLE APPROXIMATELY IN MAY 2016 FROM THE NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA
CENTER (HTTP://WWW.NCDC.NOAA.GOV/OL/CLIMATEDATA.HTML).
UNOFFICIAL ASOS DAILY SUMMARIES ARE AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET AT
HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/CLIMATE/INDEX.PHP?WFO=RIW

...MARCH WAS WARMER AND WETTER THAN NORMAL IN CASPER...

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR CASPER IN MARCH WAS 37.2 DEGREES...
WHICH WAS 2.0 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE WARMEST READING OF THE MONTH
WAS 67 DEGREES ON THE 21ST. THE COLDEST READING WAS 3 DEGREES ON THE
19TH. A RECORD HIGH OF 64 DEGREES WAS SET ON MARCH 5TH...BREAKING
THE OLD RECORD OF 63 IN 2006

TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS 1.36 INCHES...WHICH WAS 166
PERCENT OF NORMAL. THE WETTEST 24 HOUR PERIOD OF THE MONTH WAS THE
29TH AND THE 30TH...WHEN 0.84 OF AN INCH OF PRECIPITATION FELL.
TOTAL SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH WAS 13.4 INCHES...WHICH WAS 123 PERCENT
OF NORMAL. ONE DAILY SNOW RECORD FELL DURING MARCH...WHEN 9.7 INCHES
OF SNOW FELL ON THE 30TH...BREAKING THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 2.5
INCHES...SET IN 2007.

THE HIGHEST WIND GUST WAS 56 MPH ON THE 14TH.

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1939 TO 2016

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM
                                          NORMAL
................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              77   03/31/2012
 LOW              -21   03/25/1965
HIGHEST            67   03/21
LOWEST              3   03/19
AVG. MAXIMUM     50.8              47.9     2.9
AVG. MINIMUM     23.6              22.4     1.2
MEAN             37.2              35.2     2.0
DAYS MAX >= 90      0
DAYS MAX <= 32      0
DAYS MIN <= 32     26
DAYS MIN <= 0       0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         2.43   1954
 MINIMUM         0.12   2004
TOTALS           1.36              0.82    0.54
DAILY AVG.       0.04              0.03    0.01
DAYS >= .01         8
DAYS >= .10         4
DAYS >= .50         1
DAYS >= 1.00        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.84   03/29 TO 03/30

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
TOTALS           13.4              10.9     2.5
SINCE 7/1        72.1              60.3    11.8
DAYS >= 1.0         2

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     854               925     -71
 SINCE 7/1       5789              6373    -584
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0
.................................................

WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              13.4
RESULTANT WIND SPEED/DIRECTION   8/248
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    39/240    DATE  03/21
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    56/280    DATE  03/14

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.30
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           19
NUMBER OF DAYS PC              6
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          6

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     54

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       0
LIGHT RAIN                9     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          1     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                1     SNOW                       4
LIGHT SNOW                9     SLEET                      0
FOG                       8     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      2
HAZE                      4

-  INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.
R  INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.
T  INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.

LOOKING AHEAD TO APRIL 2016...THE AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE ON THE
FIRST OF THE MONTH IS 53 DEGREES...AND THE AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE
IS 26 DEGREES. THE AVERAGE HIGH BY THE END OF THE MONTH IS 62
DEGREES...AND THE AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE IS 33. THE AVERAGE MONTHLY
PRECIPITATION IS 1.29 INCHES WITH 11.6 INCHES OF SNOWFALL.

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