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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSONVILLE FL
838 AM EDT TUE MAR 3 2018

...MARCH 2018 CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR JACKSONVILLE...

SUMMARY...The month of March was generally cooler and drier for
northeast Florida and southeast Georgia. Several cold fronts moved
through the area over the period, providing some rain, however, the
long-term periods of dry and cooler temperatures following the
fronts were more impactful on the monthly average. While the monthly
average for Jacksonville was only 2.2 degrees below normal, the
month of March was actually cooler than the month of February by 6.6
degrees. A strong low pressure system did bring some hazardous
thunderstorms to the area on March 20th. Large hail, up to golf ball
size, fell at several locations across northeast Florida and
southeast Georgia.

AT JACKSONVILLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...

TEMPERATURES...The average temperature for March was 59.5 degrees
which is 2.2 degrees below normal for Jacksonville International
Airport. The average daily high was 72.4 degrees and the average
daily low was 46.7 degrees. The maximum temperature for the month
was 86 degrees which occurred on the 1st of the month. The minimum
temperature for the month was 30 degrees which occurred on the 15th.
There were no record high maximum or minimum temperatures recorded
for the month. There were no days in January that had a high
temperature of 90 degrees or higher. There were 2 days during
March in which temperatures were at or below freezing.

RAINFALL...There were 15 days of measurable rainfall in March at
Jacksonville International Airport. Monthly rainfall totaled 2.14
inches which is 1.81 inches below normal. The greatest 24 hour total
in March was 0.84 inches on the 25th. There were no record
precipitation amounts measured this month.

WIND...The average wind speed for March was around 8.5 miles per hour.
The peak wind speed was 31 miles per hour on the 21st. The peak wind
gust for the month was 44 miles per hour and it set the daily record for
the 21st.

FOR ENERGY CONSUMPTION PURPOSES...There were 202 heating degree days
which is 46 days above normal. There were 40 cooling degree days
which is 14 days below normal.

APRIL OUTLOOK...The temperature outlook for northeast Florida and
southeast Georgia indicates a nearly equal probability for above,
below, or average temperatures. The precipitation outlook for
northeast Florida and southeast Georgia indicates a nearly equal
probability for above, below, or normal precipitation. The average
temperature for April is 67.0 degrees. The average max temperature
is 79.2 degrees and the average min temperature is 54.7 degrees.
Average rainfall for the month of April is 2.64 inches.

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ADDITIONAL RAINFALL REPORTS FROM AROUND THE AREA...

FL   MAYPORT NAVAL STATION             2.78
FL   JASPER                            3.20
FL   BEAUCLERC                         2.56
FL   JACKSONVILLE BEACH                2.87
FL   FERNADINA BEACH                      M
FL   LAKE CITY                            M
FL   LAKE CITY 2 E                     2.44
FL   GLEN ST MARY 1 W                     M
FL   SOUTH PONTE VEDRA BEACH SHOP      1.99
FL   GUANA RIVER STATE PARK N          1.70
FL   PALM COAST 6 NE                   1.52
FL   CRESCENT CITY                     1.38
FL   GAINESVILLE RGNL AP               2.41
FL   HASTINGS 4NE                      1.30
FL   STARKE                               M
FL   OCALA                             3.69
FL   WHITE SPRINGS 7N                     M
FL   JACKSONVILLE CRAIG MUNI AP        1.69
FL   JACKSONVILLE INTL AP              2.14
FL   JACKSONVILLE NAS                  1.26
FL   ST AUGUSTINE LH                      M
FL   ST AUGUSTINE AP                      M
FL   BELL 4NW                          2.88
FL   FEDERAL POINT                     1.11
FL   BIG TALBOT ISLAND BOAT RAMP          M
FL   BIG TALBOT ISLAND BIKE TRAIL         M
FL   L. TALBOT ISLAND PARK SHOP           M
FL   L. TALBOT ISLAND RANGER STATION      M
FL   L. TALBOT ISLAND SOUTH BEACH         M
FL   BUNNELL                           2.66
FL   PALM COAST                        1.46
FL   NW PALM COAST                        M
FL   W PALM BEACH                         M
FL   FLAGLER BEACH                     1.17
FL   MARINELAND                        1.32

GA   PRIDGEN                           2.39
GA   HOMERVILLE 5 N                    1.77
GA   ALMA BACON CO AP                  2.03
GA   NAHUNTA 6 NE                      3.60
GA   FARGO 17 NE                          M
GA   BRUNSWICK                            M
GA   BRUNSWICK MALCOLM MCKINNON AP     1.80
GA   WOODBINE                          2.24


RAINFALL REPORTS ARE PRELIMINARY. CO-OP SITES REPORT A 24 HOUR TOTAL
NOT BASED ON A MIDNIGHT TO MIDNIGHT CALENDAR DAY.

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FOR ADDITIONAL RAINFALL REPORTS CHECK OUT COCORAHS...THE COMMUNITY
COLLABORATIVE RAIN...HAIL...AND SNOW NETWORK. THIS PUBLIC VOLUNTEER
RAIN GAUGE NETWORK IS OPEN TO ANYONE WILLING TO MEASURE AND REPORT
PRECIPITATION. GO TO THE COCORAHS WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND
TO SIGN UP. HTTP://WWW.COCORAHS.ORG

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