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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC

536 PM EDT TUE APR 5 2016

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...THE WASHINGTON NATIONAL DC CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2016...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1871 TO 2016

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE
                                          NORMAL
.............................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              93   03/23/1907
 LOW                4   03/04/1873
HIGHEST            79   03/10        78       1
                        03/09
                        03/08
LOWEST             29   03/03        23       6
AVG. MAXIMUM     63.1              55.9     7.2     54.5
AVG. MINIMUM     44.0              37.6     6.4     36.1
MEAN             53.5              46.8     6.7
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0
DAYS MAX <= 32      0               0.4    -0.4
DAYS MIN <= 32      3               7.1    -4.1
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.0     0.0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         8.84   1891
 MINIMUM         0.05   2006
TOTALS           1.16              3.48   -2.32     4.04
DAILY AVG.       0.04              0.11   -0.07
DAYS >= .01        11              10.5     0.5
DAYS >= .10         5               6.5    -1.5
DAYS >= .50         0               2.4    -2.4
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.9    -0.9
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.45   03/13 TO 03/14

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           19.3   1914
TOTALS            0.3               1.3    -1.0
SINCE 7/1        22.2              15.4     6.8
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0
DAYS >= TRACE       4               0.9     3.1
DAYS >= 1.0         0               0.4    -0.4
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         T   03/04
 24 HR TOTAL      0.3

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     351               568    -217      603
 SINCE 7/1       2952              3676    -724     3727
COOLING TOTAL       3                 2       1        0
 SINCE 1/1          3                 2       1        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              9.8
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    36/340    DATE  03/02
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    49/280    DATE  03/28

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.70
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR            3
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             14
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         14

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     60

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                3     RAIN                       2
LIGHT RAIN               15     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       2
LIGHT SNOW                2     SLEET                      0
FOG                       8     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      0
HAZE                      2

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

&&

WASHINGTON DC...REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT...

THE MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS WELL ABOVE NORMAL...AND RANKED
AS THE FOURTH WARMEST MARCH ON RECORD. MONTHLY PRECIPITATION WAS
WELL BELOW NORMAL. MONTHLY SNOWFALL WAS BELOW NORMAL.

A RECORD DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 79 DEGREES WAS SET ON THE
10TH...BREAKING THE OLD RECORD OF 78 SET IN 2006.

A RECORD DAILY HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 57 DEGREES WAS SET ON THE
10TH...BREAKING THE OLD RECORD OF 56 SET IN 2006.

A RECORD DAILY HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 57 DEGREES WAS SET ON THE
11TH...BREAKING THE OLD RECORD OF 53 SET IN 1925.

THIS MARCH BROKE THE STRETCH OF CONSECUTIVE COLDER AND SNOWIER THAN
NORMAL MARCHES THAT BEGAN IN 2013. NINE DAYS REACHED OR EXCEEDED 70
DEGREES. OVERALL...THIS WAS THE WARMEST AND DRIEST MARCH SINCE 2012.


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DH/SEARS



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