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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
613 AM MDT TUE APR 1 2014

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...THE GREAT FALLS MT CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2014...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1886 TO 2014

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              78   03/30/2004
                        03/29/1978
 LOW              -32   03/10/1932
HIGHEST            61   03/09        49      12       68
LOWEST            -17   03/01        20     -37        4
AVG. MAXIMUM     39.6              45.9    -6.3     49.5
AVG. MINIMUM     20.1              22.6    -2.5     22.5
MEAN             29.8              34.2    -4.4     36.0
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0
DAYS MAX <= 32      8               4.6     3.4
DAYS MIN <= 32     27              25.2     1.8
DAYS MIN <= 0       3               2.0     1.0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         2.27   1908
 MINIMUM         0.08   1916
TOTALS           1.31              0.91    0.40     0.24
DAYS >= .01        12               9.3     2.7
DAYS >= .10         4               3.0     1.0
DAYS >= .50         1               0.2     0.8
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.0     0.0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL      MM

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           27.8   2005
 24 HR TOTAL       MM
TOTALS           12.8              11.9     0.9      4.0
SINCE 7/1        70.3              51.9    18.4     59.8
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      1
DAYS >= TRACE      16               7.8     8.2
DAYS >= 1.0         5               3.5     1.5
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         8   03/02
 24 HR TOTAL       MM

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1084               953     131      892
 SINCE 7/1       6738              6458     280     5705
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              11.5
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    41/240    DATE  03/16
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    51/240    DATE  03/16

SKY COVER
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.50

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     68

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       1
LIGHT RAIN                2     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          1     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                1     SNOW                       2
LIGHT SNOW               15     SLEET                      0
FOG                      17     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      5
HAZE                      3

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

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THE MONTH OF MARCH STARTED OUT WITH AN ARCTIC AIRMASS OVER THE
NORTHERN ROCKIES AND TEMPERATURES WELL BELOW ZERO. THE WEATHER
PATTERN THE MAJORITY OF THE MONTH WAS CHARACTERIZED BY A MOIST WEST
TO NORTHWEST FLOW ALOFT RESULTING IN COOLER THAN AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE AVERAGE PRECIPITATION. A RECORD 0.58 INCHES
OF PRECIPITATION OCCURRED ON THE 10TH BREAKING THE OLD RECORD OF 0.46
SET IN 1967. THE MAJORITY OF THE PRECIPITATION FELL IN THE FORM OF
SNOW...HOWEVER...MOST OF THE SNOWFALLS WERE A FEW INCHES OR LESS.



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