Climatological Report (Monthly)
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486 CXUS51 KBUF 031226 CLMROC CLIMATE REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY 1009 AM EDT FRI APR 1 2016 ................................... ...THE ROCHESTER 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 86 03/29/1905 LOW -9 03/06/2014 HIGHEST 75 03/09 53 03/16 LOWEST 16 03/05 0 03/06 03/01 AVG. MAXIMUM 49.9 42.8 7.1 38.5 AVG. MINIMUM 30.4 25.8 4.6 21.5 MEAN 40.1 34.3 5.8 30.0 DAYS MAX >= 90 0 0.0 0.0 0 DAYS MAX <= 32 4 5.5 -1.5 8 DAYS MIN <= 32 20 23.2 -3.2 28 DAYS MIN <= 0 0 0.1 -0.1 2 PRECIPITATION (INCHES) RECORD MAXIMUM 7.02 1873 MINIMUM 0.47 1958 TOTALS 1.82 2.50 -0.68 1.34 DAYS >= .01 16 16 DAYS >= .10 6 5 DAYS >= .50 0 0 DAYS >= 1.00 0 0 GREATEST 24 HR. TOTAL 0.39 03/15 TO 03/16 03/26 TO 03/26 03/05 TO 03/05 03/05 TO 03/05 SNOWFALL (INCHES) RECORDS TOTAL 54.0 1900 TOTALS 3.2 16.3 -13.1 12.8 SINCE 7/1 54.9 95.2 -40.3 101.4 SNOWDEPTH AVG. 0 3 -3 6 DAYS >= 1.0 1 4.0 -3.0 6 GREATEST SNOW DEPTH 1 03/03 16 03/05 24 HR TOTAL 1.8 MM 03/04 TO 03/05 03/05 TO 03/05 03/05 TO 03/05 DEGREE_DAYS HEATING TOTAL 762 952 -190 1078 SINCE 7/1 4679 5738 -1059 6172 COOLING TOTAL 0 0 0 0 SINCE 1/1 0 0 0 0 ...................................................... WIND (MPH) AVERAGE WIND SPEED 9.4 HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION 38/260 HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION 55/250 DATE 03/17 SKY COVER POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT) MM AVERAGE SKY COVER 0.70 NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR 5 NUMBER OF DAYS PC 11 NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY 15 AVERAGE RH (PERCENT) 65 WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH THUNDERSTORM 1 MIXED PRECIP 0 HEAVY RAIN 1 RAIN 5 LIGHT RAIN 14 FREEZING RAIN 0 LT FREEZING RAIN 3 HAIL 0 HEAVY SNOW 0 SNOW 4 LIGHT SNOW 8 SLEET 1 FOG 12 FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE 0 HAZE 2 - 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 40.1F DEGREES WHICH PLACED 13TH WARMEST ALL-TIME. THE FIRST DAY TO REACH 70F DEGREES WAS MARCH 8TH AND THERE WERE 3 DAYS THAT REACHED 70F THIS MONTH...GREATER THAN THE AVERAGE AMOUNT OF 1. THERE WERE 20 DAYS THAT AVERAGED ABOVE NORMAL THIS MONTH. THERE WERE 4 NEW TEMPERATURE RECORDS...ON THE 9TH A RECORD HIGH OF 75F WAS REACHED...WHILE THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE OF 45F DEGREES THAT DATE SET A NEW WARM MINIMUM. THERE WAS ALSO A RECORD WARM MINIMUM TEMPERATURE SET ON THE 10TH OF 46F DEGREES AND TO CLOSE THE MONTH THE LOW TEMPERATURE OF 53F DEGREES TIED FOR THE WARMEST MINIMUM TEMPERATURE ON THE 31ST. PRECIPITATION WAS JUST BELOW NORMAL THIS MONTH...WITH RAIN THE PRIMARY PRECIPITATION TYPE. THERE WAS JUST 3.2 INCHES OF SNOW THIS MONTH WHICH PLACED 11TH LEAST SNOWIEST ON RECORD. IT WAS ALSO THE THIRD TIME IN THE LAST 8 MARCHES THAT THERE WAS LESS THAN 4 INCHES OF SNOW FOR THE MONTH. PRECIPITATION WAS EVENLY SPREAD THROUGH THE MONTH...AND THE WETTEST DAY WAS ON THE 16TH WHEN 0.38 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 ADDITIONAL LIGHT SNOW TO THE ROCHESTER 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 A 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 OR SNOW SHOWERS. BRIGHT SUNNY SKIES ON EASTER SUNDAY...THE 27TH...SENT AFTERNOON AIR TEMPERATURES TO 70F. THE FINAL DAYS OF THE MONTH ENDED ON THE WINDY NOTE...WITH SEVERAL WIND STORMS PASSING THROUGH. IN ALL A MILD AND RELATIVELY SNOW FREE MONTH. && THOMAS $$

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