Climatological Report (Monthly)
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000 CXUS51 KBUF 020230 CLMROC CLIMATE REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY 157 PM EDT WED APR 1 2015 ................................... ...THE ROCHESTER 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 86 03/29/1905 LOW -9 03/06/2014 HIGHEST 53 03/16 57 03/28 LOWEST 0 03/06 -9 03/06 03/01 AVG. MAXIMUM 38.5 42.8 -4.3 37.0 AVG. MINIMUM 21.5 25.8 -4.3 18.5 MEAN 30.0 34.3 -4.3 27.7 DAYS MAX >= 90 0 0.0 0.0 0 DAYS MAX <= 32 8 5.5 2.5 11 DAYS MIN <= 32 28 23.2 4.8 28 DAYS MIN <= 0 2 0.1 1.9 2 PRECIPITATION (INCHES) RECORD MAXIMUM 7.02 1873 MINIMUM 0.47 1958 TOTALS 1.34 2.50 -1.16 2.36 DAYS >= .01 16 15 DAYS >= .10 5 5 DAYS >= .50 0 2 DAYS >= 1.00 0 0 GREATEST 24 HR. TOTAL 0.31 03/26 TO 03/26 SNOWFALL (INCHES) RECORDS TOTAL 54.0 1900 TOTALS 12.8 16.3 -3.5 29.3 SINCE 7/1 101.4 95.2 6.2 112.4 SNOWDEPTH AVG. 6 3 3 2 DAYS >= 1.0 6 4.0 2.0 5 GREATEST SNOW DEPTH 16 03/05 16 03/13 24 HR TOTAL 2.8 03/04 TO 03/05 DEGREE_DAYS HEATING TOTAL 1078 952 126 1148 SINCE 7/1 6172 5738 434 6233 COOLING TOTAL 0 0 0 0 SINCE 1/1 0 0 0 0 ................................................... WIND (MPH) AVERAGE WIND SPEED 9.8 HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION 32/220 HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION 46/320 DATE 03/17 SKY COVER POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT) MM AVERAGE SKY COVER 0.70 NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR 4 NUMBER OF DAYS PC 11 NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY 16 AVERAGE RH (PERCENT) 66 WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH THUNDERSTORM 0 MIXED PRECIP 0 HEAVY RAIN 0 RAIN 2 LIGHT RAIN 10 FREEZING RAIN 0 LT FREEZING RAIN 1 HAIL 0 HEAVY SNOW 1 SNOW 5 LIGHT SNOW 19 SLEET 1 FOG 17 FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE 1 HAZE 8 - 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 30.0F IN MARCH WHICH IS OVER FOUR DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THE FIRST WEEK AVERAGED WELL BELOW NORMAL WITH FIVE OF THE FIRST SEVEN DAYS REGISTERING MINIMUM TEMPERATURES IN THE SINGLE DIGITS. THE COLDEST DAY THIS MONTH OCCURRED ON THE 1ST AS WELL AS THE 6TH...WITH A 0F TEMPERATURE. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE THIS MONTH WAS 53F DEGREES SET ON THE 16TH. THERE WERE ONLY TWO DAYS THAT REACHED INTO THE 50S...WHICH IS FIVE DAYS FEWER THAN NORMAL. PRECIPITATION THIS MONTH TOTALED 1.34 INCHES WHICH MAKES THIS MARCH THE 18TH DRIEST ON RECORD. THIS PRECIPITATION TOTAL WAS JUST OVER AN INCH BELOW NORMAL. THERE WERE NO SIGNIFICANT RAIN EVENTS THIS MONTH...AND MINOR SNOWFALLS ON 15 DAYS THIS MONTH TOTALED 12.8 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. ICE ON LAKE ONTARIO STARTED ITS SLOW MELT THROUGH THE MONTH. BY MONTH`S END THERE WAS JUST SOME MINOR SHORELINE ICE ALONG THE SOUTHERN CENTRAL SHORE...WHILE A GREATER SHEET OF ICE REMAINED OVER THE EASTERN LAKE ONTARIO WATERS. STRONGEST GUST THIS MONTH OCCURRED ON THE 17TH...AT A SPEED OF 46 MPH. OVERALL A COLD...DRY AND QUIET MONTH FOR WESTERN NEW YORK. && THOMAS $$

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