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

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...THE SOUTH BEND CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2014...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1893 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              85   03/21/2012
                        03/31/1981
                        07/14/1936
 LOW              -13   03/08/1943
HIGHEST            68   03/31        MM      MM       59  03/31
                                                          03/10
LOWEST             -4   03/03        MM      MM       13  03/08
AVG. MAXIMUM     39.8              46.5    -6.7     39.8
AVG. MINIMUM     20.3              28.4    -8.1     24.2
MEAN             30.0              37.5    -7.5
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      9               3.4     5.6        5
DAYS MIN <= 32     25              20.3     4.7       28
DAYS MIN <= 0       1               0.1     0.9        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         7.96   1976
 MINIMUM         0.54   1958
TOTALS           1.69              2.42   -0.73     1.26
DAILY AVG.       0.05              0.08   -0.03     0.04
DAYS >= .01        12              12.7    -0.7       12
DAYS >= .10         5               6.3    -1.3        2
DAYS >= .50         0               1.3    -1.3        1
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.2    -0.2        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.48   03/19 TO 03/19

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           33.9   1960
                        0
                        -26215
TOTALS             MM               7.1      MM     12.2
SINCE 7/1        15.9              65.2   -49.3     59.9
SNOWDEPTH AVG.     MM                MM      MM        1
DAYS >= 1.0        MM               2.2      MM        2
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        MM
 24 HR TOTAL       MM

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1076               855     221     1014
 SINCE 7/1       6259              5544     715     5411
COOLING TOTAL       0                 1      -1        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 1      -1        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              10.0
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    48/020    DATE  03/12
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    49/200    DATE  03/28

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.50
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           13
NUMBER OF DAYS PC              8
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         10

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     66

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       3
LIGHT RAIN                9     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          2     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       2
LIGHT SNOW               11     SLEET                      0
FOG                      15     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      2
HAZE                     15

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

&&

...A COLD START TO SPRING...

MARCH WAS ANOTHER VERY COLD MONTH ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES REGION
DESPITE THE BEGINNING OF SPRING ON THE CALENDAR. 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.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE AT SOUTH BEND WAS 30.0 DEGREES...7.5
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 8TH COLDEST MARCH ON
RECORD. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH OCCURED ON THE LAST DAY
WITH A HIGH OF 68. THIS WAS THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE SINCE OCTOBER
2013. THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS 4 BELOW ZERO ON THE
THIRD. THERE WERE 23 DAYS WITH AVERAGE TEMPERATURES BELOW NORMAL AND
14 OF THESE DAYS WERE MORE THAN 10 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. MARCH THIRD
HAD THE GREATEST DEPARTURE OF 26 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THE HIGH ON
THAT DAY WAS JUST 18 AND THE LOW WAS 4 BELOW ZERO.

DESPITE IT BEING COLD IT WAS ACTUALLY A RELATIVELY DRY MONTH. THERE
WAS 1.69 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION...0.64 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS
RANKED AS THE 24TH DRIEST MARCH ON RECORD.

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