Climatological Report (Monthly)
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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEDFORD, OR
156 AM PDT FRI APR 1 2016

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...THE MEDFORD OR CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2016...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1911 TO 2016

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
................................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              86   03/28/1930
                        03/31/1911
                        03/30/1911
 LOW               14   03/01/1960
                        03/01/1917
HIGHEST            75   03/31                         80  03/26
LOWEST             33   03/08                         27  03/01
AVG. MAXIMUM     60.6              59.5     1.1     66.3
AVG. MINIMUM     40.1              37.1     3.0     40.4
MEAN             50.4              48.3     2.1     53.3
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MIN <= 32      0               6.2    -6.2        3
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.0     0.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         5.54   1957
TOTALS           2.45              1.71    0.74     1.45
DAILY AVG.       0.08              0.06    0.02     0.05
DAYS >= .01        17              12.0     5.0        9
DAYS >= .10         9               5.5     3.5        5
DAYS >= .50         0               0.4    -0.4        1
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.0     0.0        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.46   03/20 TO 03/21

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL            8.1   1956
TOTALS            0.0               0.5    -0.5      0.0
SINCE 7/1         1.9               4.1    -2.2        T

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     445               518     -73      355
 SINCE 7/1       3119              3632    -513     2795
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0

FREEZE DATES
RECORD
 EARLIEST     09/13/1921
 LATEST       06/12/1952
EARLIEST                        10/18
LATEST                          04/29
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              4.2
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    31/150    DATE  03/09
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    37/150    DATE  03/09

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.60
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR            6
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             16
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          9

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     66

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       6
LIGHT RAIN               18     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       0
LIGHT SNOW                0     SLEET                      0
FOG                      14     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      2
HAZE                      2

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

&&

THE FIRST HALF OF MARCH 2016 STARTED OUT ON A SOGGY NOTE. IN FACT, THE
FIRST TWO WEEKS OF THE MONTH WERE THE 9TH WETTEST FIRST TWO WEEKS OF
MARCH ON RECORD. THANKS TO THE VERY STRONG EL NINO PRESENT IN THE
PACIFIC OCEAN, THE WEATHER PATTERN WAS VERY ACTIVE DURING THIS TIME
WITH A PARADE OF STORM SYSTEMS. THESE SYSTEMS BROUGHT PLENTY OF
BENEFICIAL RAINFALL TO THE AREA ALONG WITH ADDITIONAL SNOW PACK IN THE
MOUNTAINS. THIS HELPED TO BRING MANY RESERVOIRS TO NORMAL CAPACITY, AND
MORE IMPORTANTLY, REMOVED MUCH OF SOUTHWEST OREGON FROM THE DROUGHT
STATUS THAT HAD BEEN PRESENT SINCE 2013.

THE REST OF MARCH WAS RELATIVELY QUIET. A FEW DAYS OF SPRING LIKE
WEATHER FOLLOWED THE SOGGY START WITH TEMPERATURES AROUND 10 TO 15
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. AFTERWARDS, THE PATTERN TURNED MORE ACTIVE,
BRINGING MORE RAINFALL. HOWEVER, THE SYSTEMS WEREN`T AS STRONG COMPARED
TO THE FIRST HALF OF MARCH. TEMPERATURES REMAINED JUST BELOW NORMAL
UNTIL THE LAST FEW DAYS OF THE MONTH WHEN A STRONG RIDGE OF HIGH
PRESSURE SETTLED OVER THE WEST COAST.

$$


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