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000 CXUS51 KGYX 060138 CLMPWM PWMCLMPWM 000 TTAA00 KGYX 011617 CLIMATE REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME 937 PM EDT SAT APR 5 2014 ................................... ...THE PORTLAND ME CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2014... CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010 CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1941 TO 2014 /FOR TEMPERATURES/ CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1871 TO 2014 /FOR PRECIPITATION/ CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1882 TO 2014 /FOR SNOWFALL/ WEATHER OBSERVED NORMAL DEPART LAST YEAR`S VALUE DATE(S) VALUE FROM VALUE DATE(S) NORMAL ................................................................ TEMPERATURE (F) RECORD HIGH 88 03/31/1998 LOW -21 03/04/1950 HIGHEST 50 03/29 62 -12 56 03/30 LOWEST -2 03/04 6 -8 13 03/18 AVG. MAXIMUM 36.2 42.1 -5.9 42.2 AVG. MINIMUM 17.7 24.9 -7.2 27.4 MEAN 27.0 33.5 -6.5 34.8 DAYS MAX >= 90 0 0.0 0.0 0 DAYS MAX <= 32 10 3.7 6.3 0 DAYS MIN <= 32 28 23.7 4.3 27 DAYS MIN <= 0 1 0.3 0.7 0 PRECIPITATION (INCHES) RECORD MAXIMUM 11.24 2010 MINIMUM 0.09 1915 TOTALS 4.31 4.24 0.07 1.69 DAILY AVG. 0.14 0.14 0.00 0.05 DAYS >= .01 11 11.7 -0.7 8 DAYS >= .10 6 7.5 -1.5 3 DAYS >= .50 3 2.9 0.1 2 DAYS >= 1.00 1 0.9 0.1 0 GREATEST 24 HR. TOTAL 1.89 03/29 TO 03/30 SNOWFALL (INCHES) RECORDS TOTAL 49.0 1993 TOTALS 3.7 12.7 -9.0 13.2 SINCE 7/1 82.2 59.1 23.1 SNOWDEPTH AVG. 6 DAYS >= TRACE 8 5.1 2.9 DAYS >= 1.0 1 3.1 -2.1 GREATEST SNOW DEPTH 9 03/08 03/07 03/06 24 HR TOTAL 1.5 03/12 TO 03/13 DEGREE_DAYS HEATING TOTAL 1170 976 194 928 SINCE 7/1 6409 6018 391 5527 COOLING TOTAL 0 0 0 0 SINCE 1/1 0 0 0 0 ................................................................. WIND (MPH) AVERAGE WIND SPEED 9.2 HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION 37/320 DATE 03/26 HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION 50/340 DATE 03/26 SKY COVER AVERAGE SKY COVER 0.50 AVERAGE RH (PERCENT) 59 WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH THUNDERSTORM 0 HEAVY RAIN 1 RAIN 4 LIGHT RAIN 7 FREEZING RAIN 1 LT FREEZING RAIN 1 HEAVY SNOW 0 SNOW 1 LIGHT SNOW 8 FOG 11 FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE 1 HAZE 2 - INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS. R INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED. MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING. T INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT. && MARCH 2014 WAS A VERY COLD MONTH. IT WAS THE COLDEST IN ALMOST HALF A CENTURY AND THE FOURTH COLDEST ON RECORD. THE MONTH STARTED OUT IN THE MIDST OF A DEEP FREEZE. FROM THE END OF FEBRUARY THROUGH THE BEGINNING OF MARCH... PORTLAND SAW 10 STRAIGHT DAYS WHERE THE TEMPERATURE DID NOT RISE ABOVE FREEZING. THIS TIED FOR THE LONGEST STRETCH OF CONSECUTIVE DAYS AT FREEZING OR BELOW THIS LATE IN THE YEAR. THE TEMPERATURE FIRST ROSE ABOVE FREEZING ON THE 7TH. AFTER A BRIEF RETURN TO NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES... THE PERSISTENT COLD RETURNED ON THE 13TH AND CONTINUED ALMOST UNABATED UNTIL THE 28TH. THE MONTH ENDED ON A RAINY NOTE WITH TEMPERATURE FINALLY RETURNING TO NEAR NORMAL LEVELS. ALTHOUGH SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH WAS WELL BELOW NORMAL... THE PERSISTENT COLD ALLOWED THE ACCUMULATED WINTER SNOW PACK TO REMAIN ON THE GROUND THROUGH THE ENTIRE MONTH. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH OF 27.0 DEGREES WAS 6.5 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THIS WAS THE COLDEST MARCH SINCE 1967 AND THE FOURTH COLDEST SINCE RECORDS BEGAN AT THE PORTLAND JETPORT. THE COLDEST MARCH ON RECORD WAS 1956 WHEN THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 25.6 DEGREES. THE WARMEST MARCH WAS 2012 WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 41.2 DEGREES. THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF COLDEST MARCHES AT THE PORTLAND JETPORT. COLDEST MARCH TEMPERATURES AT THE PORTLAND JETPORT RANK YEAR AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 1 1956 25.6 2 1950 26.4 3 1967 26.5 4 2014 27.0 <=== 5 1941 27.3 THIS WAS THE FIFTH STRAIGHT MONTH THAT PORTLAND ENDURED BELOW AVERAGE TEMPERATURES. THERE WERE 10 DAYS DURING THE MONTH WHERE THE HIGH TEMPERATURE DID NOT RISE ABOVE FREEZING. THIS TIED AS THE MOST NUMBER OF DAYS WITH A HIGH OF 32 OR LOWER FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH AT THE JETPORT. THE OTHER YEARS THAT ALSO HAD 10 SUCH DAYS WERE 1984... 1972... 1967... AND 1960. FOR THE SEASON AS A WHOLE (SINCE JULY 1) THERE HAVE BEEN 63 DAYS WITH A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 32 OR LOWER. NORMALLY PORTLAND ONLY SEES ABOUT 42 DAYS WITH A HIGH AT OR BELOW FREEZING. THE MOST EVER WAS 67 DAYS IN 1976-77 AND 1947-48. BELOW IS A LIST OF THE MOST TOTAL DAYS WITH A HIGH OF 32 OR COLDER AT THE PORTLAND JETPORT. MOST DAYS OF HIGH 32 OR COLDER RANK SEASON NUMBER OF DAYS 1 1976-77 67 1947-48 67 3 1942-43 65 4 2002-03 64 5 2013-14 63 <=== 1970-71 63 7 1993-94 60 8 1958-59 59 9 2000-01 58 10 1978-79 57 TOTAL PRECIPITATION OF 4.31 INCHES WAS 0.07 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. MORE THAN HALF OF THIS FELL AT THE END OF THE MONTH WHEN 2.38 INCHES FELL FROM THE 28TH THROUGH THE 31ST. THE WETTEST MARCH ON RECORD WAS 2010 WHEN 11.24 INCHES FELL. THE DRIEST MARCH WAS 1915 WITH ONLY 0.09 INCHES. 3.7 INCHES OF SNOW FELL IN MARCH WHICH WAS 9.0 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THE MOST SNOW FELL ON THE 12TH AND 13TH WHEN 1.5 INCHES FELL. THE LEAST SNOW EVER FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH WAS 1946 WHEN NO SNOW FELL. THE SNOWIEST MARCH EVER WAS 1993 WHEN 49.0 INCHES FELL. THE FOLLOWING DAILY RECORDS WERE SET OR TIED IN MARCH 2014... DATE RECORD PREVIOUS 8 31 - GREATEST TEMPERATURE RANGE 29 IN 1990 AND 1967 24 11 - COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE 13 IN 1997 24 20 - COLDEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 21 IN 1956 $$ KIMBLE

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