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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS, MI
105 PM EDT SUN APR 3 2016

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...THE HOLLAND/TULIP CITY MI CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2016...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1996 TO 2016

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
HIGHEST            70   03/08        MM      MM       64  03/16
LOWEST              5   03/04        MM      MM       -2  03/05
AVG. MAXIMUM     49.2              44.9     4.3     42.1
AVG. MINIMUM     31.6              28.7     2.9     24.2
MEAN             40.4              36.8     3.6     33.1
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      3               3.2    -0.2        6
DAYS MIN <= 32     17              20.7    -3.7       26
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.0     0.0        2

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
TOTALS           3.87              2.27    1.60     0.62
DAILY AVG.       0.12              0.07    0.05     0.02
DAYS >= .01        14                MM      MM        5
DAYS >= .10         8                MM      MM        2
DAYS >= .50         4                MM      MM        0
DAYS >= 1.00        1                MM      MM        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    1.09   03/30 TO 03/31

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     756               874    -118      977
 SINCE 7/1       4746              5374    -628     5944
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              9.2
RESULTANT WIND SPEED/DIRECTION   2/207
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    39/220    DATE  03/16
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    52/220    DATE  03/16

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.50
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           10
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             12
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          9

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     73

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              4     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                4     RAIN                       8
LIGHT RAIN               12     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          2     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                1     SNOW                       1
LIGHT SNOW                5     SLEET                      0
FOG                      20     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      6
HAZE                      5

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

&&

MARCH 2016 WAS SEVERAL DEGREES WARMER THAN NORMAL THROUGHOUT ALL OF
SOUTHWESTLOWER MICHIGAN. IN ADDITION TO TEMPERATURES EXCEEDING
NORMALVALUES...PRECIPITATION WAS INCREASINGLY ABOVE NORMAL FROM SOUTH TO
NORTH.DESPITE MILD TEMPERATURES...MOST LOCATIONS RECEIVED THEIR FAIR SHARE OF
WINTRYWEATHER IN WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE AN ACTIVE MARCH PATTERN.

THE MONTH STARTED OUT QUITE WINTER-LIKE. ON MARCH 1...A SWATH OF HEAVY
SNOWSTRETCHED FROM SOUTH HAVEN...NORTHEAST THROUGH THE SAGINAW BAY REGION.
ALLTHREE CLIMATE SITE IN SOUTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN SET DAILY SNOWFALL RECORDS.
WELLBELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES CONTINUED THROUGH THE FIRST FOUR DAYS OF THE
MONTH.COLDER THAN NORMAL CONDITIONS QUICKLY TURNED WARMER THAN NORMAL BY THE
SECONDWEEK IN MARCH. WELL ABOVE NORMAL WARMTH REMAINED IN PLACE FOR MORE THAN A
WEEK.

COOLER AIR WAS POISED TO RETURN TO LOWER MICHIGAN AS A POTENT STORM
SYSTEMDEVELOPED OVER THE MIDWEST MARCH 15 AND 16. STRONG THUNDERSTORMS RESULTED
INCLOSER-TO-NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR SEVERAL DAYS FOLLOWING THE EVENT. THE NEAR-
NORMAL CONDITIONS SWAYED SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL ON MARCH 24...WHICH
ULTIMATELYPROVED TO BE PROBLEMATIC. SOME LOCATIONS WERE NEAR OR BELOW
FREEZING...SETTINGTHE STAGE FOR A SIGNIFICANT ICE...SLEET AND SNOW EVENT
THROUGH CENTRAL LOWERMICHIGAN ON MARCH 23 AND 24. MANY RESIDENTS LOST POWER DUE
TO DOWNED TREE LIMBSAND POWER LINES.

ANOTHER STRONG SPRING STORM SYSTEM SENT MILD AIR SURGING NORTHWARD INTO
LOWERMICHIGAN AT THE TAIL END OF THE MONTH. TEMPERATURES REACHED INTO THE 50S
AND60S ON MARCH 30 AND 31 BEFORE A CLASH OF AIR MASSES OCCURRED ON THE LAST DAY
OFTHE MONTH. AN ELONGATED LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS STRETCH FROM NORTH TO SOUTH
OVERLAKE MICHIGAN...EVENTUALLY MARCHING EASTWARD THROUGH THE STATE. GUSTY
WINDS...HEAVY RAIN AND FREQUEST LIGHTNING QUICKLY RIPPED THROUGH SOUTHWEST
LOWERMICHIGAN DURING THE AFTERNOON HOURS. THIS ACTIVELY CLOSED AN ALREADY BUSY
MONTH.

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JAM



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