Climatological Report (Monthly)
Issued by NWS Buffalo, NY

Current Version | Previous Version | Text Only | Print | Product List | Glossary Off
Versions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46

000
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

$$



USA.gov is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.