Climatological Report (Monthly)
Issued by NWS Billings, MT

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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BILLINGS MT
536 AM MDT FRI APR 1 2016

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...THE BILLINGS MT CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2016...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1934 TO 2016

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM
                                          NORMAL
................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
HIGHEST            71   03/06
                        03/05
LOWEST             12   03/19
AVG. MAXIMUM     54.7              48.6     6.1
AVG. MINIMUM     31.3              26.9     4.4
MEAN             43.0              37.7     5.3
DAYS MAX >= 90      0
DAYS MAX <= 32      0
DAYS MIN <= 32     17
DAYS MIN <= 0       0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
TOTALS           1.55              1.06    0.49
DAYS >= .01        10
DAYS >= .10         5
DAYS >= .50         1
DAYS >= 1.00        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.56   03/29 TO 03/29

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
TOTALS            1.9              10.2    -8.3
SINCE 7/1        26.3              44.7   -18.4
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0
DAYS >= TRACE       7
DAYS >= 1.0         1
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         1   03/23
 24 HR TOTAL      1.0   03/22 TO 03/22

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     674               845    -171
 SINCE 7/1       4935              5810    -875
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0
.................................................

WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              11.9
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    41/290    DATE  03/14
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    59/280    DATE  03/14

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     49

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               1
HEAVY RAIN                1     RAIN                       2
LIGHT RAIN               10     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       6
LIGHT SNOW                6     SLEET                      2
FOG                      10     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      0
HAZE                      0

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

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...MARCH 2016 MONTH IN REVIEW FOR BILLINGS...

BELOW IS A SUMMARY OF THE TEMPERATURE...PRECIPITATION...AND WIND
STATISTICS FOR BILLINGS FOR MARCH 2016. ALL TEMPERATURES ARE IN
DEGREES FAHRENHEIT AND ALL PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS ARE IN INCHES. NORMALS
ARE 30 YEAR AVERAGES CALCULATED FROM 1981 TO 2010. MONTHLY RANKINGS
FOR PRECIPITATION...SNOWFALL...AND TEMPERATURES USE A PERIOD OF RECORD
THAT STARTED IN AUGUST 1934 AT THE BILLINGS AIRPORT. MONTHLY RANKINGS
FOR WIND USE A PERIOD OF RECORD THAT STARTED IN 1984.

NUMBERS DENOTED WITH AN * IS MISSING DATA IN THE CALCULATION.

...BILLINGS MONTHLY PRECIPITATION...

 MONTH   2016 VALUES  NORMALS    DEPARTURE  RANKING

MARCH        1.55     1.06       +0.49      TIED FOR THE 15TH WETTEST OUT OF 82 YEARS
                                            (RECORD WETTEST WAS 2.70 IN 1954)
                                            (WETTEST SINCE 2.67 IN 2006)

...BILLINGS MARCH 2016 BROKEN OR TIED DAILY PRECIPITATION RECORDS...

NONE

...BILLINGS MONTHLY SNOWFALL...

 MONTH   2016 VALUES  NORMALS    DEPARTURE  RANKING

MARCH         1.9      10.2       -8.3      TIED FOR THE 5TH LEAST SNOWIEST OUT OF 82 YEARS
                                            (RECORD LEAST SNOWIEST WAS 0.3 IN 2010)
                                            (LEAST SNOWIEST SINCE 0.3 IN 2010)

...BILLINGS MARCH 2016 BROKEN OR TIED DAILY SNOWFALL RECORDS...

NONE

...BILLINGS AVERAGE TEMPERATURES...

 MONTH   2016 VALUES  NORMALS   DEPARTURE  RANKING

MARCH        43.0      37.7      +5.3      9TH WARMEST OUT OF 82 YEARS
                                           (RECORD WARMEST WAS 47.0 IN 2012)
                                           (WARMEST SINCE 46.8 IN 2015)

...BILLINGS AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURES...

 MONTH   2016 VALUES  NORMALS   DEPARTURE  RANKING

MARCH        54.7      48.6      +6.1      9TH WARMEST OUT OF 82 YEARS
                                           (RECORD WARMEST WAS 59.8 IN 2012)
                                           (WARMEST SINCE 59.6 IN 2015)

...BILLINGS MARCH 2016 BROKEN OR TIED WARMEST DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORDS...

71 ON MARCH  5 (TIED RECORD IN 1987)
71 ON MARCH  6 (OLD RECORD 68 IN 1987)

...BILLINGS MARCH 2016 BROKEN OR TIED COLDEST DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORDS...

NONE

...BILLINGS AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURES...

 MONTH   2016 VALUES  NORMALS   DEPARTURE  RANKING

MARCH        31.3      26.9      +4.4      9TH WARMEST OUT OF 82 YEARS
                                           (RECORD WARMEST WAS 34.5 IN 1986)
                                           (WARMEST SINCE 34.0 IN 2015)

...BILLINGS MARCH 2016 BROKEN OR TIED WARMEST DAILY LOW TEMPERATURE RECORDS...

43 ON MARCH 11 (OLD RECORD 42 IN 2008)

...BILLINGS MARCH 2016 BROKEN OR TIED COLDEST DAILY LOW TEMPERATURE RECORDS...

NONE

...BILLINGS MONTHLY WIND AVERAGES...

 MONTH   2016 VALUES  NORMALS    DEPARTURE  RANKING

MARCH        11.9      10.8       +1.1      TIED FOR THE 17TH WINDIEST OUT OF 67 YEARS
                                            (RECORD WINDIEST WAS 14.2 IN 1955)
                                            (WINDIEST SINCE 12.6 IN 2015)

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