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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
859 AM EDT FRI APR 1 2016

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...THE FORT WAYNE CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2016...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1912 TO 2016

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              87   03/21/2012
 LOW              -10   03/01/1967
HIGHEST            74   03/27        MM      MM       67  03/16
LOWEST             18   03/02        MM      MM       -3  03/06
AVG. MAXIMUM     53.9              48.0     5.9     43.6
AVG. MINIMUM     35.0              28.7     6.3     24.1
MEAN             44.4              38.4     6.0
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      2               2.7    -0.7        4
DAYS MIN <= 32     13              20.0    -7.0       27
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.0     0.0        1

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         7.10   1913
 MINIMUM         0.48   2001
TOTALS           3.96              2.71    1.25     2.07
DAILY AVG.       0.13              0.09    0.04     0.07
DAYS >= .01        11              12.2    -1.2        7
DAYS >= .10         9               6.3     2.7        6
DAYS >= .50         4               1.7     2.3        1
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.4    -0.4        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.80   03/30 TO 03/31

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           19.5   1964

TOTALS            2.8               4.1    -1.3      8.6
SINCE 7/1        19.0              32.5   -13.5     45.1
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                MM      MM        1
DAYS >= 1.0         1               1.3    -0.3        2
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         1   03/04                          6
 24 HR TOTAL      1.9   MM

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     630               826    -196      961
 SINCE 7/1       4457              5424    -967     6110
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              10.8
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    43/250    DATE  03/16
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    54/250    DATE  03/16

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.70
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR            4
NUMBER OF DAYS PC              8
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         19

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     73

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              3     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                4     RAIN                       3
LIGHT RAIN               14     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       0
LIGHT SNOW                5     SLEET                      0
FOG                      18     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      3
HAZE                      2

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

&&

...A WARM AND WET MARCH...

THE FIRST MONTH OF SPRING CAME IN LIKE A LION WITH COLD AND SNOW BUT
ENDED WITH MILD TEMPERATURES AND SCATTERED STRONG TO SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS.

STRONG LOW PRESSURE TRACKED THROUGH CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST INDIANA ON
THE FIRST OF THE MONTH. RAIN CHANGED TO SNOW IN THE WAKE OF THIS LOW
WITH SOME ACCUMULATION ACROSS THE AREA. ANOTHER LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM
MOVED THROUGH THE OHIO VALLEY ON THE THIRD AND THIS SYSTEM BROUGHT
ANOTHER ROUND OF ACCUMULATING SNOW. THESE WEATHER SYSTEMS AND THE
SNOW PACK THEY PRODUCED HELPED TO DROP LOW TEMPERATURES INTO THE
TEENS AND LOWER 20S DURING THE FIRST 4 DAYS OF MARCH.

A SIGNIFICANT PATTERN CHANGE OCCURRED AFTER THE FOURTH WITH MUCH
WARMER TEMPERATURES WHICH HELPED TO QUICKLY MELT THE SNOW. THE
WARMUP WAS SO DRAMATIC THAT HIGH TEMPERATURES REACHED THE 60S BY THE
7TH AND 70S ON THE 8TH. THE AVERAGE DAILY TEMPERATURE WENT FROM 8
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL ON THE 2ND TO 13 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL ON THE
7TH AND 23 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL ON THE 8TH. THE ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES CONTINUED THROUGH THE 18TH BEFORE A COLD FRONT BROUGHT
TEMPERATURES BACK TO NEAR OR SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL. THE REMAINDER OF
THE MONTH WOULD SEE SWINGS IN TEMPERATURES AS SEVERAL WEATHER
SYSTEMS WOULD MOVE THROUGH THE REGION.

AN ACTIVE WEATHER PATTERN OVER THE LAST WEEK OF MARCH HELPED KICK
OFF THE SEVERE WEATHER SEASON. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AND THE FIRST
THREE TORNADOES OF THE YEAR FOR OUR REGION OCCURRED ON MARCH 24TH.
DAMAGE ASSOCIATED WITH WEAK EF0 TORNADOES WERE FOUND IN EDWARDSBURG
MICHIGAN...AS WELL AS NORTHWEST INDIANA NEAR HANNA AND WANATAH.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ALSO DEVELOPED AGAIN ON THE 27TH WITH LARGE
HAIL THE SIZE OF GOLF BALLS BEING REPORTED OVER NORTHEAST INDIANA
NEAR HUNTINGTON. THE LAST DAY OF MARCH ALSO SAW ISOLATED SEVERE
WEATHER WITH WIND AND HAIL.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE FOR MARCH WAS 44.4 DEGREES...6.0
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 7TH WARMEST MARCH ON
RECORD. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE WAS 74 ON THE 27TH AND THE COLDEST
WAS 18 ON THE 2ND.

PRECIPITATION WAS ABOVE NORMAL WITH 3.96 INCHES WHICH WAS 1.25
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 21ST WETTEST MARCH ON
RECORD. THERE WERE 11 DAYS OF MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION AND 4 DAYS
HAD OVER A HALF INCH OF PRECIPITATION.

SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH WAS 2.8 INCHES...0.3 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.
THIS RANKED AS THE 42ND LEAST SNOWIEST MARCH ON RECORD. ALL OF THE
MEASURABLE SNOW FELL ON THE FIRST THROUGH THE FIFTH OF THE MONTH.

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LASHLEY



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