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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
1115 PM EDT SAT APR 5 2014

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...THE GRAY ME CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2014...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1995 TO 2014

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            51   03/29        62     -11       54
LOWEST              0   03/04         4      -4       12
AVG. MAXIMUM     34.5              41.9    -7.4     41.3
AVG. MINIMUM     15.7              24.0    -8.3     26.6
MEAN             25.1              32.9    -7.8     34.0
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32     10               4.7     5.3        2
DAYS MIN <= 32     30              26.2     3.8       27
DAYS MIN <= 0       1               0.5     0.5        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
TOTALS           3.88              4.17   -0.29     2.10
DAILY AVG.       0.13              0.13    0.00     0.07
DAYS >= .01        13              11.6     1.4        9
DAYS >= .10         7               7.3    -0.3        3
DAYS >= .50         3               3.1    -0.1        2
DAYS >= 1.00        2               1.3     0.7        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    1.43   03/29 TO 03/30              0.92

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
TOTALS            7.7              19.9   -12.2     12.5
SINCE 7/1        81.8              79.0     2.8     92.3
SNOWDEPTH AVG.     14                13       1        8
DAYS >= TRACE      11               6.2     4.8       15
DAYS >= 1.0         3               3.9    -0.9        3
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        17   03/05                         16
                        03/04
                        03/03
 24 HR TOTAL      2.7   03/19 TO 03/20               8.1

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1226               993     233      955
 SINCE 7/1       6636              6151     485     5876
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.

&&

MARCH 2014 WAS THE COLDEST MARCH IN THE HISTORY OF OBSERVATIONS AT
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN GRAY. VERY COLD AIR WHICH HAD
MOVED INTO THE REGION AT THE END OF FEBRUARY CONTINUED THROUGH THE
FIRST WEEK OF MARCH. AFTER A BRIEF RETURN TO NEAR NORMAL
TEMPERATURES... THE COLD RETURNED ON THE 13TH AND PERSISTED ALMOST
UNABATED UNTIL THE 28TH.  THE MONTH ENDED ON A RAINY NOTE WITH
TEMPERATURES FINALLY RETURNING TO NEAR NORMAL LEVELS. IN SPITE OF
THE COLD... SNOWFALL ENDED UP BELOW NORMAL FOR THE MONTH. BUT THE
COLD WEATHER KEPT THE WINTER SNOW PACK IN TACT WITH 8 INCHES STILL
ON THE GROUND AT THE END OF THE MONTH.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH OF 25.1 DEGREES WAS 7.8
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THIS WAS THE COLDEST MARCH IN THE SHORT 19
YEAR HISTORY OF THE GRAY OFFICE... BEATING THE NEXT COLDEST YEAR BY
MORE THAN 4 DEGREES. THE PREVIOUS COLDEST MARCH WAS 1997 WITH AN
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 29.4 DEGREES. THE WARMEST MARCH WAS 2012 WHEN
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 40.3 DEGREES.

THE 2014 COLD SEASON HAS HAD 77 DAYS WHERE THE HIGH TEMPERATURE DID
NOT RISE ABOVE 32 DEGREES AT THE GRAY OFFICE. THIS IS THE MOST SUCH
DAYS EVER RECORDED AT GRAY. THE YEAR WITH THE NEXT MOST DAYS AT
FREEZING OR BELOW WAS THE 2002-03 SEASON WHEN 73 DAYS DID NOT RISE
ABOVE 32.

TOTAL PRECIPITATION OF 3.88 INCHES WAS 0.29 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.
ALMOST HALF OF THIS FELL AT THE END OF THE MONTH WHEN 1.89
INCHES FELL FROM THE 28TH THROUGH THE 31ST. THE WETTEST MARCH ON
RECORD WAS 2010 WHEN 8.93 INCHES FELL. THE DRIEST MARCH WAS 2006
WITH ONLY 1.19 INCHES.

7.7 INCHES OF SNOW FELL IN MARCH WHICH WAS 12.2 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.
THE MOST SNOW FELL ON THE 19TH AND 20TH WHEN 2.7 INCHES FELL. THE
LEAST SNOW EVER FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH WAS 2010 WHEN ONLY 0.3 INCHES
FELL. THE SNOWIEST MARCH WAS 2001 WHEN 58.3 INCHES FELL.

RECORDS AT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN GRAY HAVE ONLY
BEEN KEPT SINCE OCTOBER 1995.

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KIMBLE





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