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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
239 PM EDT SAT APR 2 2016

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

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1995 TO 2016

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE
                                          NORMAL
.............................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              86   03/31/1998
 LOW               -4   03/09/2007
                        03/07/2007
                        03/06/2007
HIGHEST            72   03/31        62      10       54
                        03/09
LOWEST              9   03/03         4       5        2
AVG. MAXIMUM     45.0              41.9     3.1     37.4
AVG. MINIMUM     27.0              24.0     3.0     18.8
MEAN             36.0              32.9     3.1     28.1
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      2               4.7    -2.7        8
DAYS MIN <= 32     22              26.2    -4.2       28
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.5    -0.5        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         8.93   2010
 MINIMUM         1.19   2006
TOTALS           4.54              4.17    0.37     1.52
DAILY AVG.       0.15              0.13    0.02     0.05
DAYS >= .01        13              11.6     1.4       11
DAYS >= .10         9               7.3     1.7        4
DAYS >= .50         4               3.1     0.9        1
DAYS >= 1.00        1               1.3    -0.3        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    1.10   03/28 TO 03/29

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           58.3   2001
TOTALS            9.3              19.9   -10.6      5.2
SINCE 7/1        46.6              79.0   -32.4    104.3
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0
DAYS >= TRACE       9               6.2     2.8       11
DAYS >= 1.0         3               3.9    -0.9        2
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         5   03/21                         25
 24 HR TOTAL      6.8   03/21 TO 03/21

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     892               993    -101     1135
 SINCE 7/1       5412              6151    -739     6611
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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-  INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.
R  INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.
T  INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.

&&

AFTER A FEW COLD DAYS TO START THE MONTH, THE WEATHER PATTERN BECAME
MUCH WARMER DURING MID MARCH. ON MARCH 9 THE TEMPERATURE SOARED ALL
THE WAY TO 72 DEGREES. THIS WAS THE EARLIEST 70 DEGREE TEMPERATURE
RECORDED IN THE SHORT 21-YEAR HISTORY OF OBSERVATIONS AT THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN GRAY. THE WEATHER TRENDED COLDER
TOWARD THE LAST TWO WEEKS OF THE MONTH WITH A SNOWSTORM BRINGING
MORE THAN 6 INCHES OF SNOW ON MARCH 21, THE FIRST FULL DAY OF
SPRING. BY THE 31ST THE TEMPERATURE WARMED UP TO 72 DEGREES AGAIN.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 36.0 DEGREES WHICH WAS 3.1
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE WARMEST MARCH WAS 2012 WHEN THE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE WAS 40.3 DEGREES. THE COLDEST WAS 2014 AT ONLY 25.1
DEGREES.

A TOTAL OF 4.54 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL WHICH WAS 0.37 INCHES
ABOVE NORMAL. THE HEAVIEST PRECIPITATION FELL ON THE 28TH AND 29TH
WHEN 1.10 INCHES WAS MEASURED. THE WETTEST MARCH WAS 2010 WHEN 8.93
INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL. THE DRIEST WAS 2006 WITH ONLY 1.19
INCHES.

THERE WAS 9.3 INCHES OF SNOWFALL WHICH WAS 10.6 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.
THE BIGGEST SNOWSTORM WAS ON MARCH 21 WHEN 6.8 INCHES OF SNOW WAS
MEASURED. THE SNOWIEST MARCH WAS 2001 WHEN 58.3 INCHES FELL. THE
LEAST SNOWY WAS 2010 WITH ONLY 0.3 INCHES.

$$

KIMBLE



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