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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
1010 AM EDT SAT APR 2 2016

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...THE PORTLAND ME CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2016...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1941 TO 2016 /FOR TEMPERATURES/
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1871 TO 2016 /FOR PRECIPITATION/
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1882 TO 2016 /FOR SNOWFALL/

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              88   03/31/1998
 LOW              -21   03/04/1950
HIGHEST            72   03/31        62      10       56  03/11
LOWEST             13   03/03         6       7       -2  03/01
AVG. MAXIMUM     46.2              42.1     4.1     39.4
AVG. MINIMUM     29.4              24.9     4.5     21.0
MEAN             37.8              33.5     4.3     30.2
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      2               3.7    -1.7        5
DAYS MIN <= 32     20              23.7    -3.7       28
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.3    -0.3        1

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        11.24   2010
 MINIMUM         0.09   1915
TOTALS           4.37              4.24    0.13     1.79
DAILY AVG.       0.14              0.14    0.00     0.06
DAYS >= .01        13              11.7     1.3       11
DAYS >= .10         8               7.5     0.5        3
DAYS >= .50         4               2.9     1.1        1
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.9    -0.9        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.92   03/28
                        03/02

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           49.0   1993
TOTALS            7.1              12.7    -5.6      2.4
SINCE 7/1        48.1              59.1   -11.0     91.6
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0
DAYS >= TRACE       8               5.1     2.9
DAYS >= 1.0         1               3.1    -2.1
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         3   03/21
 24 HR TOTAL      6.3   03/21 TO 03/21

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     836               976    -140     1070
 SINCE 7/1       5127              6018    -891     6124
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              8.8
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    32/320    DATE  03/29
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    43/340    DATE  03/29

SKY COVER
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.60

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     62

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              1     HEAVY RAIN                 1
RAIN                      3     LIGHT RAIN                12
FREEZING RAIN             0     LT FREEZING RAIN           2
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       2
LIGHT SNOW                6     FOG                       13
FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE     0     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 TREND OF ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AT PORTLAND CONTINUED THROUGH
MUCH OF MARCH. AFTER A FEW DAYS OF COLD TEMPERATURES AT THE
BEGINNING OF THE MONTH, THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH WAS VERY WARM WITH
OCCASIONAL ROUNDS OF RAINFALL. THE WEATHER PATTERN SHIFTED AROUND
THE 18TH WHEN COLDER AIR MADE A RETURN. A WINTER STORM BROUGHT 6.3
INCHES OF SNOWFALL ON MARCH 21, THE FIRST FULL DAY OF SPRING, BUT
THE SPRING SUN WAS ABLE TO MELT THE FRESH SNOW VERY QUICKLY. THE
TEMPERATURE REBOUNDED AGAIN BY THE 31ST WHEN THE TEMPERATURE SOARED
TO 72 DEGREES, THE WARMEST OF THE MONTH AND THE YEAR SO FAR.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 37.8 DEGREES WHICH WAS 4.3
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AND THE 5TH WARMEST ON RECORD. THIS MARKS THE
8TH CONSECUTIVE MONTH OF ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AT PORTLAND
DATING BACK TO JULY 2015 WHEN THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS EXACTLY
NORMAL. THE LAST BELOW NORMAL MONTH WAS JUNE 2015. THE WARMEST MARCH
WAS 2012 WHEN THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 41.2 DEGREES. THE COLDEST
WAS 25.6 DEGREES IN 1956. THE FOLLOWING TABLE LISTS THE WARMEST
MARCHES ON RECORD AT PORTLAND.

WARMEST MARCH AVERAGE TEMPERATURE (SINCE 1940)...
RANK  TEMP  YEAR
1     41.2  2012
2     39.9  2010
3     39.5  1946
4     38.6  1945
5     37.8  2016 <===
6     37.7  1973
7     37.6  2000
8     37.0  1991
9     36.7  1998
10    36.2  1977
      36.2  1958

A TOTAL OF 4.37 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL WHICH WAS 0.13 INCHES
ABOVE NORMAL. THE HEAVIEST PRECIPITATION FELL ON THE 2ND AND AGAIN
ON THE 28TH WHEN 0.92 INCHES WAS MEASURED ON EACH DAY. THE MOST
PRECIPITATION IN MARCH WAS IN 2010 WHEN 11.24 INCHES FELL. THE LEAST
WAS IN 1915 WHEN ONLY 0.09 INCHES WAS MEASURED.

THERE WAS 7.1 INCHES OF SNOWFALL IN MARCH WHICH WAS 5.6 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL. THE BIGGEST SNOWSTORM WAS ON MARCH 21 WHEN 6.3 INCHES FELL.
THE SNOWIEST MARCH ON RECORD WAS 1993 WHEN 49.0 INCHES WAS MEASURED.
THE LEAST SNOWY MARCH WAS 1946 WHEN NO SNOW WAS OBSERVED.

THE FOLLOWING DAILY RECORDS WERE SET OR TIED IN MARCH 2016...
DATE RECORD                              PREVIOUS
9    66 - WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE       55 IN 2012
9    40 - WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE        39 IN 2000
9    53 - WARMEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE    47 IN 2000
10   66 - WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE       58 IN 1998 AND 1977
10   41 - WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE        37 IN 2006
10   54 - WARMEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE    47 IN 1977
13   50 - WARMEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE    50 IN 2012 AND 1946 /TIED/
15   38 - WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE        37 IN 1990 AND 1945
16   39 - WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE        38 IN 1948

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KIMBLE


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