Climatological Report (Monthly)
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000 CXUS51 KBUF 060328 CCA CLMBUF CLIMATE REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY 828 AM EDT TUE APR 1 2014 ................................... ...THE BUFFALO NY CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2014... CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010 CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1871 TO 2014 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 54 03/14 65 03/10 LOWEST -3 03/04 17 03/04 AVG. MAXIMUM 35.5 42.0 -6.5 39.0 AVG. MINIMUM 18.0 26.0 -8.0 26.8 MEAN 26.7 34.0 -7.3 32.9 DAYS MAX >= 90 0 0.0 0.0 0 DAYS MAX <= 32 11 5.9 5.1 9 DAYS MIN <= 32 27 22.9 4.1 25 DAYS MIN <= 0 2 0.2 1.8 0 PRECIPITATION (INCHES) RECORD MAXIMUM 7.03 1936 MINIMUM 0.68 1910 TOTALS 2.55 2.87 -0.32 1.06 DAYS >= .01 18 14 DAYS >= .10 6 4 DAYS >= .50 2 0 DAYS >= 1.00 0 0 GREATEST 24 HR. TOTAL 0.95 03/12 TO 03/12 SNOWFALL (INCHES) RECORDS TOTAL 38.5 1936 TOTALS 24.5 12.9 11.6 9.8 SINCE 7/1 128.7 91.7 37.0 SNOWDEPTH AVG. 2 3 -1 0 DAYS >= 1.0 5 3.4 1.6 4 GREATEST SNOW DEPTH 12 03/13 4 03/04 24 HR TOTAL 13.8 MM DEGREE_DAYS HEATING TOTAL 1178 961 217 986 SINCE 7/1 6284 5705 579 5306 COOLING TOTAL 0 0 0 0 SINCE 1/1 0 0 0 0 .................................................... WIND (MPH) AVERAGE WIND SPEED 11.4 HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION 36/220 HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION 51/220 DATE 03/14 SKY COVER POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT) 53 NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR 4 NUMBER OF DAYS PC 11 NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY 16 AVERAGE RH (PERCENT) 67 WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH THUNDERSTORM 0 MIXED PRECIP 1 HEAVY RAIN 1 RAIN 3 LIGHT RAIN 9 FREEZING RAIN 1 LT FREEZING RAIN 0 HAIL 1 HEAVY SNOW 1 SNOW 4 LIGHT SNOW 20 SLEET 0 FOG 19 FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE 1 HAZE 10 - INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS. R INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED. MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING. T INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT. && ...CONTINUED COLD AND SNOWY... THE MONTH OF MARCH CONTINUED THIS WINTERS THEME OF SNOW AND ABUNDANT COLD DAYS ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEW YORK. THE OVERALL PATTERN ALOFT OF A RIDGE IN THE WESTERN U.S. AND TROUGH OVER THE EAST PROMOTED A MONTH WHOSE MEAN TEMPERATURE WAS WELL BELOW NORMAL. SEVERAL SYNOPTIC SNOW STORMS...WHICH WHEN COMBINED WITH MINOR LAKE EFFECT SNOW EVENTS...BROUGHT WELL ABOVE NORMAL MARCH SNOW. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE THIS MONTH WAS 26.7F WHICH IS THE 8TH COLDEST MONTH OF MARCH ON RECORD. THERE WERE 24 DAYS THIS MONTH THAT AVERAGED BELOW NORMAL...AND ONE RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE TIED. ON THE MORNING OF MARCH 4TH THE TEMPERATURE DROPPED TO -3F...TYING WITH 1943 FOR THE COLDEST FOR THE DATE. THERE WERE 7 DAYS THAT RECORDED SINGLE DIGIT OR COLDER LOWS WHICH IS 5 MORE THAN THE NORMAL FOR MARCH. BROADENING TO THE ENTIRE WINTER SEASON THERE WERE 38 DAYS WITH SINGLE DIGIT OR COLDER LOWS WHICH IS THE GREATEST NUMBER OF DAYS WITH SUCH MEASUREMENT SINCE RECORDS MOVED TO THE AIRPORT IN 1943...AND 4TH GREATEST ALL-TIME. THERE WERE TWO DAYS THIS MONTH THAT DROPPED BELOW ZERO...A FEAT THAT HAS ONLY OCCURRED 6 TIMES IN MARCH SINCE 1871. PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH AVERAGED JUST BELOW NORMAL WITH 2.55 INCHES RECORDED. THERE WERE 18 DAYS OF MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION...A BIT ABOVE NORMAL. THE GREATEST CALENDAR DAY OF PRECIPITATION OCCURRED ON THE 12TH WHEN A NEW DAILY RECORD OF 0.95 INCHES WAS SET. MUCH OF THE PRECIPITATION RECORDED THIS MONTH FELL AS SNOW. SNOWFALL FOR MARCH WAS ABOUT DOUBLE THAT OF NORMAL...WITH 24.5 INCHES MEASURED. THIS PLACES MARCH TIED FOR 9TH GREATEST SNOWFALL. A NEW DAILY RECORD WAS ESTABLISHED ON THE 12TH WHEN 13.8 INCHES OF SNOW WAS RECORDED. THIS TOTAL WAS ALSO THE GREATEST CALENDAR DAY SNOW OF THE WINTER SEASON. A COLD FRONT CROSSED WESTERN NEW YORK LATE ON THE 1ST AND SENT THE REGION BACK INTO GRIP OF WINTER...WITH LIGHT SNOW AND FRIGID TEMPERATURES. HIGHS ON THE 2ND THROUGH 4TH ONLY MANAGED TO RISE INTO THE TEENS...ABOUT 20 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. TEMPERATURES WOULD REMAIN BELOW NORMAL UNTIL DAY 10 OF THE MONTH WHEN WE RECEIVED OUR FIRST EARLY TASTE OF SPRING. A STALLING AND WEAKENING COLD FRONT...COMBINED WITH THE INCREASING EFFECTS OF DAYTIME HEATING BROUGHT HIGHS INTO THE LOW 50S ON TUESDAY THE 11TH. ON TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY A STRONG LATE WINTER SNOWSTORM DEVELOPED...ONE THAT BROUGHT BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ACROSS WESTERN NEW YORK. THIS SYSTEM DUMPED A FOOT PLUS OF SNOW ACROSS WESTERN NEW YORK AND STRONG WINDS BROUGHT FREQUENT WHITEOUT CONDITIONS. BEHIND THIS SYSTEM A TYPICAL ROLLER COASTER OF TEMPERATURES OCCURRED THROUGH THE END OF THE MONTH...THOUGH THE NUMBER OF BELOW NORMAL DAYS OUTWEIGHED THE ABOVE NORMAL DAYS ABOUT 3 TO 1. A STORM SYSTEM ON THE EVENING OF THE 29TH TO THE MORNING OF THE 30TH BROUGHT A HEAVY WET SNOW ACROSS WESTERN NEW YORK. TOTALS...SOMEWHAT HIGHER ACROSS HIGHER TERRAIN AVERAGED 4 TO 8 INCHES ACROSS WESTERN NEW YORK...AND GREATER TOTALS OF NEAR A FOOT NEAR THE ROCHESTER AREA. SUNSHINE THIS MONTH AVERAGED 54 PERCENT...WHICH IS 8 PERCENT MORE THAN NORMAL. THERE WERE 15 MOSTLY SUNNY DAYS CONTRIBUTING TO THE ABOVE NORMAL SUNSHINE. WINDS WERE GENERALLY TAME THIS MONTH WITH THE STRONGEST GUST OCCURRING DURING THE LATE EVENING HOURS OF THE 14TH WHEN A GUST CAME DOWN AT 51 MPH ACROSS THE AIRFIELD. LAKE ERIE REMAINED FROZEN OVER THE EASTERN END OF THE LAKE. IN ALL ANOTHER COLD MONTH WITH FREQUENT SNOWS. && THOMAS $$

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