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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
859 AM EDT FRI APR 1 2016

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...THE SOUTH BEND CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2016...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1893 TO 2016

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              85   03/21/2012
                        03/31/1981
                        07/14/1936
 LOW              -13   03/08/1943
HIGHEST            71   03/08        MM      MM       72  03/16
LOWEST              8   03/04        MM      MM       -1  03/06
AVG. MAXIMUM     52.2              46.5     5.7     44.2
AVG. MINIMUM     32.9              28.4     4.5     24.5
MEAN             42.5              37.5     5.0
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      3               3.4    -0.4        5
DAYS MIN <= 32     16              20.3    -4.3       23
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.1    -0.1        1

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         7.96   1976
 MINIMUM         0.54   1958
TOTALS           4.17              2.42    1.75     0.78
DAILY AVG.       0.13              0.08    0.05     0.03
DAYS >= .01        12              12.7    -0.7        8
DAYS >= .10         9               6.3     2.7        2
DAYS >= .50         3               1.3     1.7        0
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.2    -0.2        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.93   03/31 TO 03/31

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           33.9   1960
                        0
                        -26215
TOTALS            6.8               7.1    -0.3      6.1
SINCE 7/1        66.1              65.2     0.9     83.9
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                MM      MM        3
DAYS >= 1.0         2               2.2    -0.2        2
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         5   03/04
 24 HR TOTAL      3.5   03/01 TO 03/01

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     690               855    -165      942
 SINCE 7/1       4820              5544    -724     6039
COOLING TOTAL       0                 1      -1        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 1      -1        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              10.0
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    43/220    DATE  03/31
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    61/200    DATE  03/31

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.50
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           10
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             10
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         11

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     72

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              1     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                3     RAIN                       6
LIGHT RAIN               11     FREEZING RAIN              1
LT FREEZING RAIN          1     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                1     SNOW                       1
LIGHT SNOW                6     SLEET                      0
FOG                      21     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      5
HAZE                      4

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

&&

...A WARM AND WET MARCH...

THE FIRST MONTH OF SPRING CAME IN LIKE A LION WITH COLD AND SNOW BUT
ENDED WITH MILD TEMPERATURES AND SCATTERED STRONG TO SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS.

STRONG LOW PRESSURE TRACKED THROUGH CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST INDIANA ON
THE FIRST OF THE MONTH. RAIN CHANGED TO SNOW IN THE WAKE OF THIS LOW
WITH SEVERAL INCHES OF ACCUMULATION ACROSS THE AREA...MUCH OF IT
FROM LAKE EFFECT SNOW.  ANOTHER LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVED THROUGH
THE OHIO VALLEY ON THE THIRD AND THIS SYSTEM BROUGHT ANOTHER ROUND
OF ACCUMULATING SNOW. THESE WEATHER SYSTEMS AND THE SNOWPACK THEY
PRODUCED HELPED TO DROP LOW TEMPERATURES INTO THE TEENS AND SINGLE
DIGITS DURING THE FIRST 4 DAYS OF MARCH.

A SIGNIFICANT PATTERN CHANGE OCCURRED AFTER THE FOURTH WITH MUCH
WARMER TEMPERATURES WHICH HELPED TO QUICKLY MELT THE SNOW. THE
WARMUP WAS SO DRAMATIC THAT HIGH TEMPERATURES REACHED THE 60S BY THE
7TH AND 70S ON THE 8TH. THE AVERAGE DAILY TEMPERATURE WENT FROM 11
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL ON THE 4TH TO 18 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL ON THE
7TH AND 29 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL ON THE 8TH. THE ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES CONTINUED THROUGH THE 17TH BEFORE A COLD FRONT BROUGHT
TEMPERATURES BACK TO NEAR OR SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL. THE REMAINDER OF
THE MONTH WOULD SEE SWINGS IN TEMPERATURES AS SEVERAL WEATHER
SYSTEMS WOULD MOVE THROUGH THE REGION.

AN ACTIVE WEATHER PATTERN OVER THE LAST WEEK OF MARCH HELPED KICK
OFF THE SEVERE WEATHER SEASON. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AND THE FIRST
THREE TORNADOES OF THE YEAR OCCURRED ON MARCH 24TH. DAMAGE
ASSOCIATED WITH WEAK EF0 TORNADOES WERE FOUND IN EDWARDSBURG
MICHIGAN...AS WELL AS NEAR HANNA AND WANATAH INDIANA. SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS ALSO DEVELOPED AGAIN ON THE 27TH WITH LARGE HAIL THE
SIZE OF GOLF BALLS BEING REPORTED OVER MAINLY NORTHEAST INDIANA. THE
LAST DAY OF MARCH ALSO SAW ISOLATED SEVERE WEATHER WITH WIND AND
HAIL.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE FOR MARCH WAS 42.5 DEGREES...5.0
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 17TH WARMEST MARCH ON
RECORD. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE WAS 71 ON THE 8TH AND THE COLDEST
WAS 8 ON THE 4TH.

PRECIPITATION WAS WELL ABOVE NORMAL WITH 4.17 INCHES WHICH WAS 1.75
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 14TH WETTEST MARCH ON
RECORD. THERE WERE 12 DAYS OF MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION AND 3 DAYS
HAD OVER A HALF INCH OF PRECIPITATION.

SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH WAS 6.8 INCHES...0.3 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.
THIS RANKED AS THE 62ND LEAST SNOWIEST MARCH ON RECORD. ALL OF THE
MEASURABLE SNOW FELL ON THE FIRST...SECOND...THIRD AND FIFTH OF THE
MONTH.

$$
LASHLEY



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