Climatological Report (Monthly)
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402 CXUS51 KBUF 031223 CLMBUF CLIMATE REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY 1009 AM EDT FRI APR 1 2016 ................................... ...THE BUFFALO NY 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 DATE(S) NORMAL ................................................................ TEMPERATURE (F) RECORD HIGH 82 03/21/2012 LOW -7 03/08/1984 HIGHEST 70 03/27 51 03/13 LOWEST 16 03/02 -1 03/06 AVG. MAXIMUM 48.8 42.0 6.8 36.7 AVG. MINIMUM 31.0 26.0 5.0 21.6 MEAN 39.9 34.0 5.9 29.2 DAYS MAX >= 90 0 0.0 0.0 0 DAYS MAX <= 32 3 5.9 -2.9 8 DAYS MIN <= 32 20 22.9 -2.9 29 DAYS MIN <= 0 0 0.2 -0.2 1 PRECIPITATION (INCHES) RECORD MAXIMUM 7.03 1936 MINIMUM 0.68 1910 TOTALS 2.85 2.87 -0.02 1.44 DAYS >= .01 14 16 DAYS >= .10 8 5 DAYS >= .50 1 0 DAYS >= 1.00 0 0 GREATEST 24 HR. TOTAL 0.80 03/10 TO 03/10 03/26 TO 03/26 03/02 TO 03/02 03/02 TO 03/02 SNOWFALL (INCHES) RECORDS TOTAL 38.5 1936 TOTALS 0.9 12.9 -12.0 9.6 SINCE 7/1 48.0 91.7 -43.7 SNOWDEPTH AVG. 0 3 -3 9 DAYS >= 1.0 0 3.4 -3.4 5 GREATEST SNOW DEPTH 1 03/03 23 03/02 03/02 24 HR TOTAL 0.8 MM DEGREE_DAYS HEATING TOTAL 772 961 -189 1102 SINCE 7/1 4710 5705 -995 6250 COOLING TOTAL 0 0 0 0 SINCE 1/1 0 0 0 0 ................................................... WIND (MPH) AVERAGE WIND SPEED 10.5 HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION 41/230 HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION 56/220 DATE 03/28 SKY COVER POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT) MM NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR 2 NUMBER OF DAYS PC 16 NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY 13 AVERAGE RH (PERCENT) 67 WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH THUNDERSTORM 2 MIXED PRECIP 0 HEAVY RAIN 2 RAIN 8 LIGHT RAIN 14 FREEZING RAIN 0 LT FREEZING RAIN 2 HAIL 0 HEAVY SNOW 0 SNOW 2 LIGHT SNOW 6 SLEET 0 FOG 12 FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE 2 HAZE 3 - INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS. R INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED. MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING. T INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT. && ...WINTRY START TO MARCH...THEN MILD...AND FINALLY OUT LIKE A LION... A MILD MARCH WAS OFFSET BY A COOL FIRST WEEK OF THE MONTH...WITH THE BULK OF THE MEAGER SNOW FALLING WITHIN THIS FIRST WEEK. SEVERAL SIGNIFICANT WARM SPELLS BROUGHT A SPRING FEEL ACROSS WESTERN NEW YORK ALONG WITH SUNNY DAYS. THE MONTH ENDED ON A WINDY NOTE WITH SEVERAL WIND STORMS HOWLING ACROSS WESTERN NEW YORK. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN MARCH WAS 39.9F DEGREES WHICH PLACED 10TH WARMEST ALL-TIME. THE FIRST DAY TO REACH 70F DEGREES WAS MARCH 27TH...ABOUT A WEEK BEFORE THE NORMAL DATE. THERE WERE 20 DAYS THAT AVERAGED ABOVE NORMAL THIS MONTH. THERE WERE 3 NEW TEMPERATURE RECORDS...ON THE 9TH A RECORD HIGH OF 69F WAS TIED...WHILE THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE OF 47F DEGREES THAT DAY SET A NEW WARM MINIMUM FOR THE DATE. TO CLOSE THE MONTH THE LOW TEMPERATURE OF 51F DEGREES TIED FOR THE WARMEST MINIMUM TEMPERATURE ON THE 31ST. PRECIPITATION WAS NORMAL THIS MONTH...WITH RAIN THE PRIMARY PRECIPITATION TYPE. THERE WAS JUST 0.9 OF AN INCH OF SNOW THIS MONTH WHICH PLACED 6 LEAST SNOWIEST ON RECORD. IT WAS ALSO THE THIRD TIME IN THE LAST 8 MARCHES THAT THERE WAS LESS THAN AN INCH OF SNOW FOR THE MONTH. PRECIPITATION WAS EVENLY SPREAD THROUGH THE MONTH...AND THE WETTEST DAY WAS ON THE 10TH WHEN 0.80 INCHES OF RAIN FELL. A WINTRY START TO THE MONTH INCLUDED A MIX OF SNOW...SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN ON THE 1ST THROUGH THE 2ND. ANOTHER WINTER STORM SYSTEM PASSED TO THE SOUTH OF WESTERN NEW YORK ON THE 3RD AND 4TH...BRINGING THE FINAL MEASURABLE SNOW TO THE BUFFALO AREA FOR THE MONTH. FOLLOWING A COOL AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE THAT SETTLED OVER THE EASTERN GREAT LAKES REGION FOR THE FIRST WEEKEND OF THE MONTH...THE AIR TEMPERATURES STARTED TO INCREASE BEHIND AN AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE WITH ABOVE NORMAL WARMTH REACHING WESTERN NEW YORK BY THE 7TH. THIS WARMTH PEAKED AHEAD OF COLD FRONT...WITH RECORD WARMTH ON THE 9TH BEFORE A STEADY PERIOD OF RAIN FELL OVER THE REGION ON THE 10TH WITH THE COLD FRONT. TEMPERATURES REMAINED ABOVE NORMAL THROUGH MID-MONTH BEFORE A COLD FRONT DROPPED SOUTHWARD ACROSS WESTERN NEW YORK WITH SCATTERED RAIN AND WET SNOW SHOWERS. COOLER AIR IN THE WAKE OF THE FRONT LEFT THE THIRD WEEKEND OF THE MONTH WITH BELOW NORMAL AIR TEMPERATURES. TEMPERATURES BEGAN TO WARM THE FOLLOWING WEEK...THOUGH IT DID REMAIN UNSETTLE FROM THE 22ND THROUGH 25TH WITH PERIODIC LIGHT RAIN SHOWERS. THE WARMEST DAY THIS MONTH WAS EASTER SUNDAY...WHEN BRIGHT SUNNY SKIES SENT AFTERNOON AIR TEMPERATURES TO 70F. THE FINAL DAYS OF THE MONTH ENDED ON THE WINDY NOTE...WITH SEVERAL WIND STORMS PASSING THROUGH. THERE WAS A MODERATE LAKE SEICHE EVENT ON THE 29TH WITH LAKE ERIE RISING TO JUST OVER 7 FEET AT THE BUFFALO HARBOR. LAKE ERIE...WHICH NEVER FROZE OVER THIS WINTER...WARMED FROM 34F AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MONTH TO 40F BY MONTHS CLOSE. STRONGEST WIND GUSTS WERE AT THE END OF THE MONTH WITH 56 MPH RECORDED ON THE 28TH...AND 51 MPH REGISTERED ON THE 31ST. IN ALL A MILD AND RELATIVELY SNOW FREE MONTH. && THOMAS $$

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