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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
109 PM EDT MON APR 3 2017

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...THE GRAY ME CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2017...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1995 TO 2017

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE
                                          NORMAL
.............................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              86   03/31/1998
 LOW               -4   03/09/2007
                        03/07/2007
                        03/06/2007
HIGHEST            52   03/08        62     -10       72
LOWEST                  03/11         4      -5        9
AVG. MAXIMUM     35.2              41.9    -6.7     45.0
AVG. MINIMUM     19.3              24.0    -4.7     27.0
MEAN             27.2              32.9    -5.7     36.0
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32     12               4.7     7.3        2
DAYS MIN <= 32     27              26.2     0.8       22
DAYS MIN <= 0       2               0.5     1.5        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         8.93   2010
 MINIMUM         1.19   2006
TOTALS           2.82              4.17   -1.35     4.54
DAILY AVG.       0.09              0.13   -0.04     0.15
DAYS >= .01         9              11.6    -2.6       13
DAYS >= .10         6               7.3    -1.3        9
DAYS >= .50         2               3.1    -1.1        4
DAYS >= 1.00        1               1.3    -0.3        1
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    1.26   03/14

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           58.3   2001
TOTALS           23.1              19.9     3.2      9.3
SINCE 7/1       112.9              79.0    33.9     46.6
SNOWDEPTH AVG.     12
DAYS >= TRACE      14               6.2     7.8        9
DAYS >= 1.0         3               3.9    -0.9        3
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        23   03/15                          5
 24 HR TOTAL     16.6   03/14

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1163               993     170      892
 SINCE 7/1       5857              6151    -294     5412
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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-  INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.
R  INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.
T  INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.

&&

THE UNUSUALLY PERSISTENT LATE-FEBRUARY WARMTH CONTINUED INTO THE
FIRST FEW DAYS OF MARCH. BUT A COLD FRONT ON MARCH 3 USHERED IN
COLDER AIR AND A SHIFT IN THE WEATHER PATTERN. ROUND AFTER ROUND OF
ARCTIC AIR POURED INTO NEW ENGLAND THROUGH THE MONTH OF MARCH,
BRINGING A PERSISTENT COLD THAT RIVALED THE PERSISTENT FEBRUARY
WARMTH. TEMPERATURES IN MID MARCH WERE MORE LIKE MID-WINTER
TEMPERATURES THAN EARLY SPRING, AND FOR 7 STRAIGHT DAYS THE
TEMPERATURE DID NOT RISE ABOVE FREEZING FROM THE 10TH THROUGH THE
16TH. ON THE 14TH A NOR`EASTER BROUGHT MORE THAN 16 INCHES OF
SNOWFALL ACCOMPANIED BY BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WHICH REPLENISHED THE
DWINDLING WINTER SNOW PACK. ALTHOUGH THE COLD WEATHER CONTINUED
THROUGH MUCH OF THE REST OF THE MONTH, THE INTENSE COLD GRADUALLY
WANED. BY THE END OF THE MONTH TEMPERATURES WERE CREEPING BACK UP
CLOSER TO NORMAL. ANOTHER SNOWSTORM ARRIVED LATE ON THE 31ST,
DROPPING A FEW MORE INCHES OF SNOW BEFORE MIDNIGHT.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 27.2 DEGREES WHICH WAS 5.7
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THE WARMEST MARCH WAS IN 2012 WHEN THE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE WAS 40.3 DEGREES. THE COLDEST WAS IN 2014 AT ONLY 25.1
DEGREES. IN FACT, THE 3 COLDEST MARCHES ON RECORD AT GRAY HAVE ALL
OCCURRED IN THE LAST 4 YEARS. THE FOLLOWING TABLE LISTS THE COLDEST
MARCHES IN THE SHORT 22-YEAR HISTORY OF OBSERVATIONS AT THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN GRAY.

COLDEST MARCH AVERAGE TEMPERATURE (SINCE 1996)...
RANK  TEMP  YEAR
1     25.1  2014
2     27.2  2017 <===
3     28.1  2015
4     29.4  1997
5     30.2  2005

IN ADDITION, THERE WERE 12 DAYS IN MARCH 2017 THAT DID NOT RISE
ABOVE THE FREEZING MARK. THIS IS THE MOST SUCH DAYS YET RECORDED IN
MARCH. THE OLD RECORD WAS 10 DAYS SET IN 2014, 2005, AND 1997.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAY ALSO OBSERVED ITS TWO COLDEST
MARCH DAYS ON RECORD IN 2017. THE FOLLOWING TABLE LISTS THE LOWEST
DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURES RECORDED IN THE MONTH OF MARCH.

COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE IN MARCH (SINCE 1996)...
RANK  TEMP  YEAR
1      12   MARCH 11, 2017 <===
2      13   MARCH 4, 2017 <===
3      16   MARCH 6, 2007
4      17   MARCH 8, 2007
5      18   MARCH 7, 2007

A TOTAL OF 2.82 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION WAS RECORDED WHICH WAS 1.35
INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THE HEAVIEST PRECIPITATION FELL ON MARCH 14
WHEN A TOTAL OF 1.26 INCHES OF LIQUID EQUIVALENT SNOWFALL WAS
RECORDED. THE DRIEST MARCH WAS IN 2006 WHEN ONLY 1.16 INCHES WAS
MEASURED. THE WETTEST WAS IN 2010 WITH 8.93 INCHES.

THERE WAS 23.1 INCHES OF SNOWFALL WHICH WAS 3.2 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.
MOST OF THE SNOW FELL ON MARCH 14 WHEN 16.6 INCHES FELL, RANKING AS
THE SECOND LARGEST MARCH SNOWSTORM ON RECORD. THE SNOWIEST MARCH ON
RECORD WAS IN 2001 WHEN 58.3 INCHES WAS MEASURED. THE LEAST SNOWY
WAS IN 2010 WITH ONLY 0.3 INCHES.

LARGEST SNOWSTORMS IN MARCH (SINCE 1996)...
RANK  SNOWFALL  DATES
1       17.1    MARCH 5-6, 2001
2       16.6    MARCH 14, 2017 <===
3       14.9    MARCH 11-13, 2005
4       14.4    MARCH 22-24, 2001
5       12.6    MARCH 30-31, 2001


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KIMBLE



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