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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA NEBRASKA
202 PM CDT TUE APR 1 2014

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...THE LINCOLN CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2014...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1887 TO 2014

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM
                                          NORMAL
................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
HIGHEST            78   03/10
LOWEST             -7   03/03
AVG. MAXIMUM     52.1              52.3    -0.2
AVG. MINIMUM     22.2              27.9    -5.7
MEAN             37.1              40.1    -3.0
DAYS MAX >= 90      0
DAYS MAX <= 32      3
DAYS MIN <= 32     26
DAYS MIN <= 0       2

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         6.65   1973
 MINIMUM         0.06   1994
TOTALS           0.13              1.93   -1.80
DAILY AVG.       0.00
DAYS >= .01         4
DAYS >= .10         0
DAYS >= .50         0
DAYS >= 1.00        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.07   03/27 TO 03/27

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           21.3   1912
TOTALS            0.7               4.8
SINCE 7/1        17.7
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0
DAYS >= 1.0         0               1.3    -1.3
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         1   03/04
                        03/03
                        03/02
 24 HR TOTAL      0.6   03/01 TO 03/01

DEGREE DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     857               773      84
 SINCE 7/1       5974              5476     498
COOLING TOTAL       0                 1      -1
 SINCE 1/1          0                 1      -1
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              12.8
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    44/180    DATE  03/26
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    56/190    DATE  03/26

SKY COVER
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.30


WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       1
LIGHT RAIN                3     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       0
LIGHT SNOW                9     SLEET                      0
FOG                      10     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      0
HAZE                     11

-  INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.
R  INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.
T  INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.
>= INDICATES GREATER THAN OR EQUAL TO.
<= INDICATES LESS THAN OR EQUAL TO.

&&

    ...MARCH WAS MUCH DRIER AND SLIGHTLY COLDER THAN NORMAL IN LINCOLN...

WITH ONLY 0.13 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION...THIS WAS THE 5TH
DRIEST MARCH ON RECORD IN LINCOLN.  THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF 2014
HAVE BEEN THE 5TH DRIEST ON RECORD...WITH JUST 0.99 INCHES
OF PRECIPITATION.  ADDITIONALLY...LINCOLN IS UP TO ITS 5TH LONGEST
STREAK OF DAYS WITH 0.30 INCHES OR LESS OF PRECIPITATION...AT 146
DAYS.  COLD WINTER WEATHER ALSO CONTINUED INTO MARCH...WITH RECORD
COLD READINGS TO START THE MONTH.  THE RECORD COLDEST HIGH
TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH WAS SET ON THE 2ND...AT 5
DEGREES.  WARMER TEMPERATURES LATER IN THE MONTH HELPED OFFSET THE
RECORD COLD START. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 37.1 DEGREES WAS
3.0 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL AND THE 49TH COLDEST IN 128 YEARS.

MARCH ROARED IN LIKE A POLAR BEAR RATHER THAN A LION...WITH BELOW
NORMAL TEMPERATURES THROUGH THE 8TH AND WITH SEVERAL RECORDS SET.
THE HIGH TEMPERATURE ON THE 2ND SET DAILY AND MONTHLY RECORD COLD
READINGS. LIGHT SNOW FELL ON THE 1ST...WITH 0.6 INCHES...IN AN
OTHERWISE DRY PERIOD.

CONDITIONS TURNED WARMER FROM THE 9TH THROUGH THE 21ST...WITH JUST
ONE DAY OF BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES IN THAT STRETCH. A RECORD WARM
HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS SET ON THE 10TH AT 78 DEGREES...JUST A WEEK
AFTER THE RECORD COLD HIGH TEMPERATURE.  VERY LIGHT RAIN OR SNOW
FELL ON TWO DAYS IN THIS STRETCH.  TEMPERATURES RETURNED TO BELOW
NORMAL READINGS ON 6 OF 8 DAYS FROM THE 22ND THROUGH THE 29TH.
SOUTH WINDS GUSTED AS HIGH AS 56 MPH ON THE 26TH IN ADVANCE OF A LOW
PRESSURE SYSTEM...BUT THE SYSTEM BROUGHT ONLY 0.07 INCHES OF RAIN ON
THE 27TH.  TRUE TO FOLKLORE...MARCH EXITED LIKE A LAMB...THOUGH A
RATHER BREEZY LAMB WITH WINDS ONCE AGAIN GUSTY OUT OF THE SOUTH
AHEAD OF A STORM SYSTEM THAT BROUGHT LITTLE PRECIPITATION.
OVERALL...SEVERAL DAYS IN MID TO LATE MARCH WERE MARKED BY VERY HIGH
TO EXTREME FIRE DANGER...WITH A RASH OF GRASS FIRES NEAR LINCOLN.


DAILY RECORDS SET IN MARCH 2014:
DATE         RECORD           READING  PREVIOUS RECORD
MARCH 2      COLD MAX TEMP      5      14 (1916)
MARCH 10     WARM MAX TEMP     78      76 (1989)

MONTHLY RECORDS SET IN MARCH 2014:
DATE         RECORD           READING  PREVIOUS RECORD
MARCH 2      COLD MAX TEMP      5      6 (3/10/1948, 3/18/1923)

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MAYES/TL/JRB/JEK



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