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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA

900 AM EDT SUN APR 1 2018

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...THE SOUTH BEND CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2018...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1893 TO 2018

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              85   03/21/2012
                        03/31/1981
                        07/14/1936
 LOW              -13   03/08/1943
HIGHEST            56   03/31        MM      MM       78  03/24
LOWEST             15   03/10        MM      MM       12  03/16
AVG. MAXIMUM     43.4              46.5    -3.1     44.7
AVG. MINIMUM     25.0              28.4    -3.4     29.0
MEAN             34.2              37.5    -3.3
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      3               3.4    -0.4        6
DAYS MIN <= 32     28              20.3     7.7       18
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.1    -0.1        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         7.96   1976
 MINIMUM         0.54   1958
TOTALS           1.78              2.42   -0.64     4.23
DAILY AVG.       0.06              0.08   -0.02     0.14
DAYS >= .01        12              12.7    -0.7       13
DAYS >= .10         4               6.3    -2.3        8
DAYS >= .50         1               1.3    -0.3        4
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.2    -0.2        1
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.81   03/01 TO 03/01

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           33.9   1960
                        0
                        -26215
TOTALS            7.6               7.1     0.5      7.9
SINCE 7/1        91.6              65.2    26.4     41.6
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                MM      MM        0
DAYS >= 1.0         3               2.2     0.8        3
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         2   03/14
                        03/13
                        03/08
 24 HR TOTAL      3.9   03/13 TO 03/13

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     947               855      92      862
 SINCE 7/1       5640              5544      96     4839
COOLING TOTAL       0                 1      -1        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 1      -1        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              10.0
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    32/320    DATE  03/31
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    38/320    DATE  03/31

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.30
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           19
NUMBER OF DAYS PC              4
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          8

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     64

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                1     RAIN                       2
LIGHT RAIN                7     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       3
LIGHT SNOW                8     SLEET                      0
FOG                      11     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      1
HAZE                      5

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

&&

...IN LIKE A LION OUT LIKE A LION WITH A LAMB IN BETWEEN...

MARCH CAME IN LIKE A LION WITH A VERY SOGGY FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH
BUT ALSO WENT OUT LIKE A LION WITH A WET LAST DAY. IN BETWEEN, THE
MONTH WAS GENERALLY DRY, COOL AND QUIET.

THE FIRST WEEK OF MARCH SAW NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES BUT
ACCUMULATING SNOW OCCURRED ON THE 5TH AND TEMPERATURES TRENDED BACK
TO BELOW NORMAL FROM THE 7TH THROUGH THE 17TH. SEVERAL WEAK SYSTEMS
BROUGHT LIGHT NOW DURING THIS PERIOD AND A COUPLE DAYS OF LAKE
EFFECT SNOW DELIVERED SEVERAL INCHES OF ACCUMULATION ACROSS PARTS OF
NORTHWEST INDIANA AND SOUTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN. THE 14TH THROUGH THE
25TH WAS DRY WITH TEMPERATURES GENERALLY STAYING BELOW NORMAL. NEAR
TO SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES FINALLY RETURNED ON THE 27TH
BUT SO DID SOME MUCH NEEDED RAINFALL TO END THE MONTH.

THE MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 34.2 WHICH WAS 3.3 DEGREES BELOW
NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 40TH COLDEST MARCH ON RECORD. WHILE IT
WAS BELOW NORMAL, THERE WERE NO SIGNIFICANTLY COLD PERIODS DURING
THE ENTIRE MONTH. NO SINGLE DAY HAD AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE DEPARTURE
MORE THAN 9 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

MONTHLY PRECIPITATION WAS 1.78 INCHES, 0.64 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.
THIS RANKED AS THE 28TH DRIEST MARCH ON RECORD. THE MAJORITY OF THE
PRECIPITATION FELL ON THE 1ST, AND BETWEEN THE 27TH AND 31ST.
BETWEEN MARCH 2ND AND MARCH 25TH, JUST 0.45 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION
OCCURRED. THIS RANKED AS THE 4TH DRIEST STRETCH ON RECORD FOR THIS
RANGE OF DATES.

SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH WAS 7.6 INCHES WHICH IS 0.5 INCHES ABOVE
NORMAL. THIS TIED WITH 1926 AS THE 57TH SNOWIEST MARCH ON RECORD. A
DAILY SNOWFALL RECORD WAS SET ON MARCH 13TH WHEN 3.9 INCHES OF SNOW
WAS RECORDED.

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