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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA NEBRASKA
203 PM CDT TUE APR 1 2014

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...THE NORFOLK CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2014...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1888 TO 2014

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM
                                          NORMAL
................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
HIGHEST            77   03/10
LOWEST            -14   03/03
AVG. MAXIMUM     47.6              48.6    -1.0
AVG. MINIMUM     20.9              26.2    -5.3
MEAN             34.2              37.4    -3.2
DAYS MAX >= 90      0
DAYS MAX <= 32      6
DAYS MIN <= 32     28
DAYS MIN <= 0       3

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         7.27   1987
 MINIMUM            T   1910
TOTALS           0.37              1.77   -1.40
DAILY AVG.       0.01
DAYS >= .01         5
DAYS >= .10         1
DAYS >= .50         0
DAYS >= 1.00        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.15   03/01 TO 03/01

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           20.8   1960
TOTALS            4.0               5.1
SINCE 7/1        15.4
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0
DAYS >= 1.0         1
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         3   03/03
 24 HR TOTAL      3.2   03/01 TO 03/01

DEGREE DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     944               856      88
 SINCE 7/1       6294              5949     345
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              12.8
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    38/300    DATE  03/31
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    49/310    DATE  03/31

SKY COVER
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.30


WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       0
LIGHT RAIN                4     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       1
LIGHT SNOW                9     SLEET                      0
FOG                       7     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      0
HAZE                      8

-  INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.
R  INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.
T  INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.
>= INDICATES GREATER THAN OR EQUAL TO.
<= INDICATES LESS THAN OR EQUAL TO.

&&

   ...MARCH WAS MUCH DRIER AND SLIGHTLY COLDER THAN NORMAL IN NORFOLK...

WITH ONLY 0.37 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION...THIS WAS TIED AS THE
8TH DRIEST MARCH ON RECORD IN NORFOLK.  THE FIRST THREE MONTHS
OF 2014 HAVE BEEN THE 4TH DRIEST ON RECORD...WITH JUST 0.93
INCHES OF PRECIPITATION.  ADDITIONALLY...NORFOLK IS UP TO ITS 3RD
LONGEST STREAK OF DAYS WITH 0.20 INCHES OR LESS OF
PRECIPITATION...AT 146 DAYS.  COLD WINTER WEATHER ALSO CONTINUED
INTO MARCH...WITH RECORD COLD READINGS TO START THE MONTH.  THE
RECORD COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH WAS SET ON
THE 2ND...AT 0 DEGREES.  WARMER TEMPERATURES LATER IN THE MONTH
HELPED OFFSET THE RECORD COLD START. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF
34.2 DEGREES WAS 3.2 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL AND THE 40TH
COLDEST IN 122 YEARS.

MARCH ROARED IN LIKE A POLAR BEAR RATHER THAN A LION...WITH BELOW
NORMAL TEMPERATURES THROUGH THE 8TH AND WITH SEVERAL RECORDS SET.
THE HIGH TEMPERATURE ON THE 2ND SET BOTH DAILY AND MONTHLY
RECORDS...AND ANOTHER LOW TEMPERATURE RECORD FELL ON THE 3RD...WITH
THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH AT -14 DEGREES. SNOW FELL ON
THE 1ST...WITH 3.2 INCHES RECORDED...AND ON THE 7TH...WITH 0.5
INCHES.

CONDITIONS TURNED WARMER FROM THE 9TH THROUGH THE 21ST...WITH JUST
ONE DAY OF BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES IN THAT STRETCH. A RECORD WARM
HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS SET ON THE 10TH AT 77 DEGREES...JUST A WEEK
AFTER THE RECORD COLD HIGH TEMPERATURE.  VERY LIGHT RAIN OR SNOW
FELL ON TWO DAYS IN THIS STRETCH.  TEMPERATURES RETURNED TO BELOW
NORMAL READINGS ON 7 OF 8 DAYS FROM THE 22ND THROUGH THE 29TH.
SOUTH WINDS GUSTED AS HIGH AS 49 MPH ON THE 26TH IN ADVANCE OF A LOW
PRESSURE SYSTEM...BUT THE SYSTEM BROUGHT ONLY 0.03 INCHES OF RAIN ON
THE 27TH.  TRUE TO FOLKLORE...MARCH EXITED LIKE A LAMB...THOUGH A
RATHER BREEZY LAMB WITH WINDS ONCE AGAIN GUSTY OUT OF THE SOUTH
AHEAD OF A STORM SYSTEM THAT BROUGHT LITTLE PRECIPITATION.
OVERALL...SEVERAL DAYS IN MID TO LATE MARCH WERE MARKED BY VERY HIGH
TO EXTREME FIRE DANGER...WITH A RASH OF GRASS FIRES AROUND EASTERN
NEBRASKA.


DAILY RECORDS SET IN MARCH 2014:
DATE         RECORD           READING  PREVIOUS RECORD
MARCH 2      COLD MAX TEMP      0      10 (1916)
MARCH 3      COLD MIN TEMP    -14      -10 (1960)
MARCH 10     WARM MAX TEMP     77      76 (1967)

MONTHLY RECORDS SET IN MARCH 2014:
DATE         RECORD           READING  PREVIOUS RECORD
MARCH 2      COLD MAX TEMP      0      2 (3/10/1948)

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MAYES/TL/JRB/JEK



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