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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LAS VEGAS NV
548 AM PDT FRI APR 4 2014 /548 AM MST FRI APR 4 2014/

...SPRING WARMTH WAS THE SHOW IN MARCH 2014...

ALTHOUGH A FEW STORM SYSTEMS PASSED ACROSS THE AREA DURING MARCH
2014, THE MONTH WILL BEST BE NOTED FOR THE RELATIVELY PERSISTENT
WARM WEATHER. THIS ALLOWED FOR VEGETATION TO BLOOM AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
ACROSS THE AREA FOLLOWING THE RELATIVELY MILD WINTER THE AREA
EXPERIENCED. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE LACK OF PRECIPITATION ALLOWED
FOR DROUGHT CONDITIONS TO BECOME WORSE ACROSS THE AREA.

MARCH DAWNED A LITTLE ON THE COOL SIDE FOLLOWING A STORM SYSTEM THAT
MOVED THROUGH AT THE CLOSE OF FEBRUARY AND INTO MARCH 1ST. A FEW
LOCATIONS REACHED THEIR COOLEST READINGS OF THE MONTH ON THE 2ND OR
3RD. TEMPERATURES QUICKLY REBOUNDED AND MILD WEATHER LASTED THROUGH
THE 10TH. LIGHT AMOUNTS OF PRECIPITATION FELL ACROSS FAR NORTHERN
PORTIONS OF THE AREA ON THE 6TH AND 10TH AS SYSTEMS GRAZED THE AREA.

ALTHOUGH COOLER AIR RETURNED AFTER THE 10TH, ONCE AGAIN TEMPERATURES
MODERATED QUICKLY AND READINGS WARMED STEADILY THROUGH ST PATRICK`S
DAY. SEVERAL LOCATIONS SET THEIR WARMEST READINGS OF THE MONTH THEN.
A COLD FRONT PUSHED ACROSS THE AREA THAT AFTERNOON AND EVENING
BRINGING WIND GUSTS OF 40-50 MPH IN SOME AREAS.

THE PERIOD FOLLOWING THIS BROUGHT THE COOLEST READINGS OF THE MONTH
WITH MOST LOCATIONS SETTING THEIR LOWEST READINGS OF MARCH ON THE
19TH OR 21ST. THE 25TH WAS GENERALLY THE WARMEST DAY OF MARCH IN
MOST LOCATIONS. THE FOLLOWING DAY ANOTHER SYSTEM PRESSED THROUGH THE
AREA BRINGING LIGHT PRECIPITATION BUT VERY STRONG WINDS. SEVERAL
GUSTS OVER 55 MPH WERE RECORDED. SIGNIFICANT BLOWING DUST IMPACTED
NORTHWESTERN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY WITH VISIBILITY AT FORT IRWIN,
CALIFORNIA DROPPING AS LOW AS A QUARTER OF A MILE AT TIMES. THE HIGH
WINDS WERE ENOUGH TO DAMAGE SKYLIGHTS AT A REST AREA ALONG HIGHWAY
395 IN INYO COUNTY AT COSO JUNCTION.

A SERIES OF SYSTEMS BROUGHT LIGHT PRECIPITATION TO THE AREA ON THE
30TH AND 31ST. STRONG WINDS BLASTED THE AREA ONCE AGAIN ON THE 30TH
WITH AN 81 MPH WIND GUST MEASURED ON MT CHARLESTON, NEVADA. A GUST
OF 62 MPH WAS MEASURED AT THE PIPE SPRING NATIONAL MONUMENT IN
ARIZONA. AT THE AGRICULTURAL CHECKPOINT ALONG INTERSTATE 15 AT
YERMO, CALIFORNIA THE WINDS WERE HIGH ENOUGH TO BLOW THE ROOF OFF
THE STRUCTURE.

...LAS VEGAS...

RECORDS DATE TO 1937 AT THE OFFICIAL CLIMATE STATION.

* TEMPERATURE AT MCCARRAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

                         OBSERVED     DEPARTURE    RANK
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AVG TEMPERATURE          63.1         +3.2         6TH WARMEST
AVG MAX TEMP             73.8         +3.5         11TH WARMEST
AVG MIN TEMP             52.4         +3.0         4TH WARMEST

MONTHLY TEMPERATURE EXTREMES AT MCCARRAN

HIGHEST MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE...86 DEGREES ON THE 17TH
LOWEST MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE...63 DEGREES ON THE 18TH
HIGHEST MINIMUM TEMPERATURE...61 DEGREES ON THE 15TH
LOWEST MINIMUM TEMPERATURE...45 DEGREES ON THE 2ND

EXTREMES ELSEWHERE IN THE LAS VEGAS VALLEY DURING THE MONTH...

LOCATION               LOWEST TEMP/DATE        HIGHEST TEMP/DATE
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HENDERSON EXEC. ARPT   42 ON 2ND               84 ON 25TH
NELLIS AFB             41 ON 2ND               85 ON 17TH
NORTH LAS VEGAS ARPT   42 ON 19TH & 20TH       85 ON 17TH
NORTH LAS VEGAS CO-OP  43 ON 3RD & 4TH         84 ON 17TH & 25TH
NWS OFFICE             40 ON 19TH & 20TH       86 ON 17TH & 25TH

* PRECIPITATION AT MCCARRAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

MONTHLY TOTAL...0.00 INCH
DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL...-0.44 INCH
NUMBER OF DAYS WITH A TRACE OR MORE...0
NUMBER OF DAYS WITH MEASURABLE - 0.01 INCH - OR MORE...0
WETTEST DAY...0.00 INCH
NUMBER OF DAYS WITH A THUNDERSTORM...0
TOTAL SNOWFALL...0.0 INCH

PRECIPITATION TOTALS IN THE LAS VEGAS VALLEY THAT FELL EXCLUSIVELY
IN MARCH WERE MAINLY A FEW HUNDREDTHS OF AN INCH AT BEST. NO
PRECIPITATION AT ALL WAS REPORTED AT THE NORTH LAS VEGAS AIRPORT AND
HENDERSON EXECUTIVE AIRPORT.

SOME SPECIFIC PRECIPITATION TOTALS INCLUDE...

LOCATION                          TOTAL              SOURCE
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PROVIDENCE                        0.50 INCH          COCORAHS
ROBINDALE & PECOS                 0.37 INCH          COCORAHS
WARM SPRINGS & ARVILLE            0.34 INCH          COCORAHS
MOUNTAIN`S EDGE WEST              0.33 INCH          NWS EMPLOYEE
SAHARA & VALLEY VIEW              0.33 INCH          COCORAHS
TROPICANA & BUFFALO               0.33 INCH          COCORAHS
TENAYA & WASHINGTON               0.32 INCH          COCORAHS
SUMMERLIN                         0.31 INCH          COCORAHS
OAKEY & JONES                     0.28 INCH          COCORAHS
CRAIG & LOSEE                     0.25 INCH          CO-OP OBSERVER
GREENWAY & HEATHER                0.22 INCH          COCORAHS
LAKE MEAD PARKWAY                 0.18 INCH          COCORAHS
NELLIS AFB                        0.01 INCH          ASOS
NWS OFFICE                        0.01 INCH          NWS STAFF
SUMMERLIN CENTRE                  TRACE              NWS EMPLOYEE

* NOTE: CO-OP AND MOST COCORAHS TOTALS ARE REPORTED IN THE MORNING SO
PRECIPITATION DOES INCLUDE PRECIPITATION THAT FELL IN FEBRUARY.

* WIND AT MCCARRAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

AVERAGE WIND SPEED...8.9 MPH
DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL...-1.6 MPH
HIGHEST SUSTAINED WIND...NORTHWEST AT 36 MPH ON THE 17TH
PEAK WIND GUST...NORTHWEST AT 47 MPH ON THE 17TH

* PRESSURE EXTREMES REDUCED TO SEA LEVEL

HIGHEST PRESSURE...30.35 INCHES ON THE 16TH
LOWEST PRESSURE...29.46 INCHES ON THE 26TH

* NOTABLE EVENTS DURING THE MONTH

NO PRECIPITATION AT ALL FELL IN LAS VEGAS DURING THE ENTIRE MONTH OF
MARCH AT THE OFFICIAL CLIMATE STATION LOCATED AT MCCARRAN
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THIS TIES THE RECORD FOR THE DRIEST MARCH ON
RECORD FIRST SET IN 1956 AND TIED IN 1972, 1988 AND 1997.

THERE WERE 6 DAYS DURING THE MONTH IN WHICH THE HIGH TEMPERATURE
REACHED AT LEAST 80 DEGREES. THE NORMAL NUMBER OF SUCH DAYS FOR
MARCH WAS 5.

...ELSEWHERE ACROSS THE MOJAVE DESERT AND SOUTHERN GREAT BASIN...

MARCH 2014 WAS ONE OF THE WARMEST MARCHES ON RECORD AT THE MAJOR
CLIMATE STATIONS IN THE AREA.

LOCATION               AVG. TEMP         DEPARTURE         RANK
                      MARCH 2014        FROM NORMAL
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BISHOP                   50.7              +2.4         8TH WARMEST
BARSTOW-DAGGETT          61.6              +3.3         10TH WARMEST
DEATH VALLEY             72.0              +3.6         11TH WARMEST
NEEDLES                  69.0              +4.6         9TH WARMEST
DESERT ROCK              56.0              +2.9         9TH WARMEST
MT CHARLESTON            38.9              +2.8         6TH WARMEST
KINGMAN                  54.9              +3.3         12TH WARMEST

TEMPERATURE EXTREMES ACROSS THE LAS VEGAS NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
AREA AT OFFICIAL WEATHER STATIONS.
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HIGHEST TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH

IN CALIFORNIA...96 AT DEATH VALLEY ON THE 24TH AND 25TH
IN NEVADA...91 AT LAUGHLIN ON THE 17TH AND 25TH
IN ARIZONA...93 AT BULLHEAD CITY ON THE 18TH

LOWEST TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH

IN CALIFORNIA...24 AT BISHOP ON THE 19TH
IN NEVADA...5 AT SPRING VALLEY STATE PARK ON THE 19TH
IN ARIZONA...21 AT DIAMOND M RANCH ON THE 21ST AND PIPE SPRING
             NATIONAL MONUMENT ON THE 19TH

MONTHLY PRECIPITATION TOTALS WERE GREATEST ACROSS THE SPRING
MOUNTAINS IN CLARK COUNTY AS WELL AS EASTERN PORTIONS OF LINCOLN
COUNTY AND FAR NORTHERN MOHAVE COUNTY. THE DRIEST PORTION OF THE
AREA WAS ACROSS FAR SOUTHEASTERN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, FAR SOUTHERN
MOHAVE COUNTY AND IN THE LAS VEGAS VALLEY WHERE TOTALS WERE UNDER
A QUARTER OF AN INCH AND SOME LOCATIONS SAW NO PRECIPITATION AT ALL.
THE HIGHEST TOTAL AT AN OFFICIAL WEATHER STATION WAS 3.47 INCHES AT
MT CHARLESTON, NEVADA. THE LOWEST TOTAL WAS NO PRECIPITATION AT
SEVERAL, LOCATIONS IN LAS VEGAS AS WELL AS SEARCHLIGHT, NEVADA AND
MEADVIEW, ARIZONA.

LOCATION            MONTHLY          DEPARTURE            RANK
                     TOTAL          FROM NORMAL
--------------------------------------------------------------------
BISHOP             0.04 INCH        -0.49 INCH         18TH DRIEST
BARSTOW-DAGGETT    0.04 INCH        -0.46 INCH         17TH DRIEST
DEATH VALLEY +     0.36 INCH        +0.06 INCH         23RD WETTEST
NEEDLES            TRACE            -0.54 INCH         20TH DRIEST
DESERT ROCK        0.04 INCH        -0.61 INCH         6TH DRIEST
MT CHARLESTON +    3.47 INCHES      +1.03 INCHES       5TH WETTEST
KINGMAN            0.11 INCH        -0.65 INCH         22ND DRIEST

+ CALCULATED USING OBSERVATIONAL DAY PRECIPITATION...WHICH IS TAKEN
AT ABOUT 8 AM EACH DAY...THUS TOTALS MAY NOT BE ENTIRELY FROM THE
MONTH.

SNOWFALL WAS BELOW NORMAL ONCE AGAIN ACROSS THE AREA FOR MARCH. UNDER
A FOOT FELL IN THE EASTERN SLOPES OF THE SOUTHERN SIERRA NEVADA IN
THE 7000 TO 10000 FOOT ELEVATION RANGE. AT MT CHARLESTON, NEVADA THE
TOTAL SNOWFALL WAS 3.9 INCHES IN KYLE CANYON AT 7450 FEET AT THE
OFFICIAL WEATHER STATION. THE NORMAL MARCH SNOWFALL IS 18.9 INCHES
HERE. DESPITE THE LACK OF SNOW THROUGH THE MONTH, THE SNOW THAT DID
FALL AT THE END OF FEBRUARY IN ELEVATIONS ABOVE 10000 FEET GENERALLY
REMAINED IN THE GROUND THROUGH THE END OF THE MONTH. NO SNOW WAS
REPORTED AT ANY WEATHER STATIONS IN LINCOLN COUNTY, NEVADA FOR THE
MONTH LOCATED IN THE 4000 TO 6000 FOOT ELEVATION RANGE.

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NOTE...NORMALS ABOVE USE THE 1981-2010 PERIOD.

PERIOD OF RECORD FOR LOCATIONS:
LAS VEGAS (1937-PRESENT)             BISHOP (1943-PRESENT)
BARSTOW-DAGGETT (1943-PRESENT)       DEATH VALLEY (1911-PRESENT)
NEEDLES (1888-PRESENT)               DESERT ROCK (1978-PRESENT)
MT CHARLESTON (1980-PRESENT)         KINGMAN (1901-PRESENT)

THE ABOVE INFORMATION IS PRELIMINARY AND IS SUBJECT TO A FINAL
REVIEW BEFORE BEING CERTIFIED BY THE NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER.

$$

STACHELSKI





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