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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
613 AM MDT TUE APR 1 2014

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...THE HELENA MT CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2014...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1866 TO 2014

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              78   03/30/2004
 LOW              -30   03/25/1955
HIGHEST            65   03/16        52      13       62  03/14
LOWEST            -12   03/02        19     -31       10  03/05
                        03/01
AVG. MAXIMUM     45.0              48.2    -3.2     49.3
AVG. MINIMUM     24.7              24.3     0.4     24.6
MEAN             34.9              36.3    -1.4     37.0
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      3               2.8     0.2        1
DAYS MIN <= 32     25              25.4    -0.4       25
DAYS MIN <= 0       2               0.9     1.1        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         2.39   1898
 MINIMUM            T   1881
TOTALS           0.80              0.59    0.21     0.09
DAYS >= .01        13               7.7     5.3
DAYS >= .10         1               2.0    -1.0
DAYS >= .50         0               0.0     0.0
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.0     0.0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL      MM

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           26.6   1888
 24 HR TOTAL       MM
TOTALS            3.8               6.2    -2.4      0.4
SINCE 7/1        41.8              33.5     8.3
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      2
DAYS >= TRACE      13               5.0     8.0
DAYS >= 1.0         1               1.9    -0.9
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        10   03/03
                        03/02
                        03/01
 24 HR TOTAL       MM

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     928               891      37      861
 SINCE 7/1       6444              6452      -8     5980
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              7.3
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    33/260    DATE  03/06
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    58/330    DATE  03/14

SKY COVER
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.50

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     59

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       2
LIGHT RAIN                7     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          1     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       0
LIGHT SNOW               11     SLEET                      0
FOG                      11     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      0
HAZE                      6

-  INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.
R  INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.
T  INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.

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THE MONTH OF MARCH STARTED OUT WITH AN ARCTIC AIRMASS OVER THE
NORTHERN ROCKIES AND TEMPERATURES WELL BELOW ZERO. THE WEATHER
PATTERN THE MAJORITY OF THE MONTH WAS CHARACTERIZED BY A MOIST WEST
TO NORTHWEST FLOW ALOFT RESULTING IN COOLER THAN AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE AVERAGE PRECIPITATION. THE HEAVIEST
PRECIPITATION OCCURRED ON THE 10TH IN THE FORM OF RAIN AND SNOW BUT
LITTLE SNOW ACCUMULATION WAS REPORTED. MOST OF THE OTHER
PRECIPITATION OCCURRENCES THROUGH THE MONTH WERE LIGHT.





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