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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
823 AM EDT TUE APR 1 2014

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...THE FORT WAYNE CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2014...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1897 TO 2014

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            65   03/31        MM      MM       60  03/31
LOWEST             -3   03/03        MM      MM       11  03/21
AVG. MAXIMUM     40.3              48.0    -7.7     40.2
AVG. MINIMUM     20.4              28.7    -8.3     25.9
MEAN             30.3              38.4    -8.1
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      7               2.7     4.3        4
DAYS MIN <= 32     27              20.0     7.0       28
DAYS MIN <= 0       3               0.0     3.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         7.10   1913
 MINIMUM         0.48   2001
TOTALS           1.90              2.71   -0.81     2.34
DAILY AVG.       0.06              0.09   -0.03     0.08
DAYS >= .01        11              12.2    -1.2       13
DAYS >= .10         4               6.3    -2.3        6
DAYS >= .50         1               1.7    -0.7        1
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.4    -0.4        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.91   03/12 TO 03/12

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           19.5   1964
                        0
                        -26215
TOTALS           13.2               4.1     9.1     18.1
SINCE 7/1        73.6              32.5    41.1     38.5
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      1                MM      MM        1
DAYS >= 1.0         3               1.3     1.7        4
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         6   03/13                         10
 24 HR TOTAL      6.7   MM

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1067               826     241      982
 SINCE 7/1       6320              5424     896     5373
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              10.2
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    32/240    DATE  03/28
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    42/210    DATE  03/28

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.70
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR            3
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             13
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         15

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     70

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               1
HEAVY RAIN                1     RAIN                       3
LIGHT RAIN                8     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          1     HAIL                       1
HEAVY SNOW                1     SNOW                       7
LIGHT SNOW               13     SLEET                      3
FOG                      15     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      1
HAZE                     13

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

&&

...A COLD AND SNOWY START TO SPRING...

MARCH WAS ANOTHER VERY COLD MONTH ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES REGION
DESPITE THE BEGINNING OF SPRING ON THE CALENDAR. IT WAS ALSO A VERY
SNOWY MONTH FOR PARTS OF NORTHEAST AND EAST CENTRAL INDIANA AS MANY
LOCATIONS RECEIVED OVER 10 INCHES OF SNOW. THE PERSISTENT RIDGE OF
HIGH PRESSURE OVER THE EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN CONTINUED THROUGH THE
MONTH AND IN TURN ALLOWED THE JET STREAM TO DIVE SOUTH OUT OF THE
ARCTIC REGION AND INTO THE GREAT LAKES AS IT HAS DONE MOST OF THE
WINTER. SEVERAL COLD FRONTS WITH ARCTIC ORIGIN BROUGHT VERY COLD AIR
SOUTH WHICH KEPT TEMPERATURES WELL BELOW NORMAL FOR THE MONTH. THERE
WERE ALSO SEVERAL SYSTEMS THAT DEVELOPED IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN AND
TRACKED THROUGH THE OHIO VALLEY. MOISTURE ASSOCIATED WITH THESE
SYSTEMS MOVED NORTH AND INTERACTED WITH THE COLD AIR...LEADING TO
SEVERAL DAYS OF SNOWFALL OVER NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST INDIANA.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE AT FORT WAYNE WAS 30.3 DEGREES...8.1
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 6TH COLDEST MARCH ON RECORD
SINCE 1912. THIS WAS ALSO THE COLDEST MARCH IN FORT WAYNE SINCE
1984...WHICH WAS THE SECOND COLDEST MARCH ON RECORD. THE WARMEST
TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH OCCURED ON THE LAST DAY WITH A HIGH OF 65.
THIS WAS THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE SINCE NOVEMBER 2013. THE LOWEST
TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS 3 BELOW ZERO ON THE THIRD. THERE WERE
23 DAYS WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE BELOW NORMAL AND 14 OF THESE
DAYS WERE MORE THAN 10 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. MARCH THIRD HAD THE
GREATEST DEPARTURE OF 27 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THE HIGH ON THAT DAY
WAS JUST 14 AND THE LOW WAS 3 BELOW ZERO.

DESPITE IT BEING COLD IT WAS ACTUALLY A RELATIVELY DRY MONTH. THERE
WAS 1.90 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION...0.70 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS
RANKED AS THE 23RD DRIEST MARCH ON RECORD SINCE 1912.

SNOWFALL WAS 13.2 INCHES...9.1 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS
THE 5TH SNOWIEST MARCH ON RECORD. INTERESTINGLY...MARCH 2013 RANKED
AS THE 3RD SNOWIEST MARCH ON RECORD WITH 18.1 INCHES AND 1964 IS THE
SNOWIEST MARCH ON RECORD WITH 19.5 INCHES. JUST TWO YEARS
AGO...MARCH 2012 WAS THE WARMEST MARCH ON RECORD WITH AN AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE OF 52.6 DEGREES AND ONLY 0.3 INCHES OF SNOW FELL IN THAT
ENTIRE MONTH.

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