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CLMROC

CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
157 PM EDT WED APR 1 2015

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...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
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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
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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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