Climatological Report (Monthly)
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000 CXUS51 KBUF 020228 CLMBUF CLIMATE REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY 157 PM EDT WED APR 1 2015 ................................... ...THE BUFFALO NY CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2015... CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010 CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1871 TO 2015 WEATHER OBSERVED NORMAL DEPART LAST YEAR`S VALUE DATE(S) VALUE FROM VALUE DATE(S) NORMAL ................................................................ TEMPERATURE (F) RECORD HIGH 82 03/21/2012 LOW -7 03/08/1984 HIGHEST 51 03/13 54 03/14 LOWEST -1 03/06 -3 03/04 AVG. MAXIMUM 36.7 42.0 -5.3 35.5 AVG. MINIMUM 21.6 26.0 -4.4 18.0 MEAN 29.2 34.0 -4.8 26.7 DAYS MAX >= 90 0 0.0 0.0 0 DAYS MAX <= 32 8 5.9 2.1 11 DAYS MIN <= 32 29 22.9 6.1 27 DAYS MIN <= 0 1 0.2 0.8 2 PRECIPITATION (INCHES) RECORD MAXIMUM 7.03 1936 MINIMUM 0.68 1910 TOTALS 1.44 2.87 -1.43 2.55 DAYS >= .01 16 18 DAYS >= .10 5 6 DAYS >= .50 0 2 DAYS >= 1.00 0 0 GREATEST 24 HR. TOTAL 0.39 03/26 TO 03/26 SNOWFALL (INCHES) RECORDS TOTAL 38.5 1936 TOTALS 9.6 12.9 -3.3 24.5 SINCE 7/1 112.6 91.7 20.9 SNOWDEPTH AVG. 9 3 6 2 DAYS >= 1.0 5 3.4 1.6 5 GREATEST SNOW DEPTH 23 03/02 12 03/13 24 HR TOTAL 2.8 03/01 TO 03/02 DEGREE_DAYS HEATING TOTAL 1102 961 141 1178 SINCE 7/1 6250 5705 545 6284 COOLING TOTAL 0 0 0 0 SINCE 1/1 0 0 0 0 ................................................... WIND (MPH) AVERAGE WIND SPEED 10.6 HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION 36/220 HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION 47/200 DATE 03/29 SKY COVER POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT) MM NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR 4 NUMBER OF DAYS PC 13 NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY 14 AVERAGE RH (PERCENT) 68 WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH THUNDERSTORM 0 MIXED PRECIP 0 HEAVY RAIN 0 RAIN 2 LIGHT RAIN 13 FREEZING RAIN 1 LT FREEZING RAIN 1 HAIL 0 HEAVY SNOW 3 SNOW 4 LIGHT SNOW 16 SLEET 0 FOG 20 FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE 5 HAZE 12 - INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS. R INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED. MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING. T INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT. && ...DRY AND CHILLY MARCH... MARCH CONTINUED THE EARLY TEMPERATURE THEME OF 2015...WITH A MUCH BELOW NORMAL PATTERN. BITTER ARCTIC AIRMASSES EARLY IN THE MONTH FOUND A STRONGER MARCH SUN ANGLE HARDER TO OVERCOME AND WINTER`S HARSHNESS LOST ITS GRIP ON THE GREAT LAKES REGION. THE MONTH WAS ALSO DRY...LACKING SIGNIFICANT SNOW OR RAIN EVENTS. THE AIR TEMPERATURE AVERAGED 29.2F IN MARCH WHICH IS NEARLY FIVE DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THE FIRST WEEK AVERAGED WELL BELOW NORMAL WITH FOUR OF THE FIRST SIX DAYS REGISTERING MINIMUM TEMPERATURES IN THE SINGLE DIGITS OR LOWER. THE COLDEST DAY THIS MONTH WAS ALSO A DAILY RECORD...WITH THE -1F READING ON MARCH 6TH BREAKING THE FORMER RECORD OF 0F SET BACK IN 2007. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE THIS MONTH WAS 51F DEGREES SET ON THE 13TH. THIS READING WAS ALSO THE ONLY READING IN THE 50S THIS MONTH. IT HAS BEEN 45 YEARS SINCE MARCH HAS HAD SO FEW 50F DEGREE OR GREATER DAYS. PRECIPITATION THIS MONTH TOTALED 1.44 INCHES WHICH MAKES THIS MARCH THE 14TH DRIEST ON RECORD. THIS PRECIPITATION TOTAL WAS HALF OF NORMAL. THERE WERE NO SIGNIFICANT RAIN EVENTS THIS MONTH...AND MINOR SNOWFALLS ON 13 DAYS THIS MONTH TOTALED 9.6 INCHES. OVERALL MARCH WAS A TAME MONTH WITH A SLOW WARMING...BUT LARGELY BELOW NORMAL...TEMPERATURE TREND. THERE WERE NO SIGNIFICANT STORM SYSTEMS THIS MONTH. THIS WAS BENEFICIAL AS IT ALLOWED FOR MANAGEABLE SNOWMELT FOLLOWING A HARSH AND SNOWY WINTER THAT LEFT A DEEP SNOWPACK ACROSS THE REGION. AFTER A VERY COLD JANUARY AND FEBRUARY...THE 38F DEGREE READING ON THE 3RD WAS THE FIRST ABOVE FREEZING TEMPERATURE FOR BUFFALO SINCE JANUARY 29TH. THIS IS A SPAN OF 32 DAYS WHICH IS 4TH LONGEST IN RECORD KEEPING. COLD TEMPERATURES THROUGH THE MONTH OF MARCH MAINTAINED AN ABUNDANCE OF ICE ON LAKE ERIE. STRONGEST WIND GUSTS (47 MPH) OCCURRED ON BOTH THE 3RD AND THE 29TH OF THE MONTH. OVERALL A COLD...DRY AND QUIET MONTH FOR WESTERN NEW YORK. && THOMAS $$

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