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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
724 AM EDT SUN APR 1 2018

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...THE BUFFALO NY CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2018...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1871 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              82   03/21/2012
 LOW               -7   03/08/1984
HIGHEST            51   03/26                         62  03/24
LOWEST             19   03/20                          7  03/05
AVG. MAXIMUM     37.0              42.0    -5.0     40.0
AVG. MINIMUM     25.8              26.0    -0.2     25.9
MEAN             31.4              34.0    -2.6     33.0
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      7               5.9     1.1        8
DAYS MIN <= 32     28              22.9     5.1       20
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.2    -0.2        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         7.03   1936
 MINIMUM         0.68   1910
TOTALS           2.93              2.87    0.06     4.36
DAYS >= .01        14                                 15
DAYS >= .10         8                                 11
DAYS >= .50         2                                  4
DAYS >= 1.00        0                                  0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.83   03/02 TO 03/02

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           38.5   1936
TOTALS           22.2              12.9     9.3     26.8
SINCE 7/1       105.4              91.7    13.7
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      3                 3       0        2
DAYS >= 1.0         5               3.4     1.6        5
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         9   03/02                         12  03/16
 24 HR TOTAL      8.6   03/02 TO 03/02

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1034               961      73      984
 SINCE 7/1       5544              5705    -161     4876
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              10.6
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    32/220
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    44/210    DATE  03/31

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           10
NUMBER OF DAYS PC              6
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         15

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     71

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              1     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                1     RAIN                       2
LIGHT RAIN                6     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                2     SNOW                       7
LIGHT SNOW               13     SLEET                      0
FOG                      16     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      3
HAZE                      2

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

&&

...PERSISTENTLY COLD MARCH...

FOR A SECOND YEAR IN A ROW MARCH 2018 FINISHED COOLER THAN THE
PREVIOUS FEBRUARY AS A PERSISTENT TRACK OF STORMS WENT MAINLY TO OUR
SOUTH AND EAST. THE LARGEST WINTER SNOWSTORM OF THE SEASON OCCURRED
THE FIRST 2 DAYS OF THE MONTH, TO BE FOLLOWED BY THE LONGEST
DURATION OF DAYS WITH HIGHS IN THE 30S.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 31.4F THIS MONTH, WHICH IS JUST 2.6
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THERE WERE 25 DAYS BELOW NORMAL, NONE OF WHICH
FEATURED EXTREME COLD. THOUGH HIGH TEMPERATURES REMAINED IN THE 30S
FOR MUCH OF THE MONTH, CLOUDY SKIES LIMITED THE COOLING
OVERNIGHT...WITH THE AVERAGE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE NEAR NORMAL. THERE
WERE 24 CONSECUTIVE MARCH DAYS WHEN THE HIGH TEMPERATURE REACHED
ONLY THE 30S...DOUBLING THE FORMER RECORD OF 12 DAYS IN A ROW.

PRECIPITATION TOTALED 2.93 INCHES, WHICH IS JUST A FEW HUNDREDTHS OF
AN INCH ABOVE NORMAL. SNOWFALL, ALL WITHIN THE FIRST HALF OF THE
MONTH, FINISHED WELL ABOVE NORMAL TOTALING 22.2 INCHES.

THE FIRST NOR`EASTER OF THE MONTH BROUGHT THE GREATEST IMPACT TO
WESTERN NEW YORK ON THE 1ST AND 2ND OF THE MONTH. THE 8.6 INCHES OF
SNOW ON THE 2ND WAS NOT ONLY THE GREATEST CALENDAR SNOW OF THE
SEASON, BUT ALSO SET A MARCH 2ND RECORD. IN TOTAL, THERE WERE 4
NOR`EASTERS THAT EFFECTED THE NORTHEAST THIS MONTH. THEREAFTER,
STORMS TRACKED TO THE SOUTH AND EAST OF THE REGION...LEAVING WESTERN
NEW YORK IN A PERSISTENT COOL PATTERN. THOUGH THERE WERE MANY SUNNY
DAYS, THE SNOWPACK ONLY GRADUALLY ABLATED OWING TO TEMPERATURES JUST
ABOVE FREEZING AND DRY AIRMASSES. THE 18 DAYS WITH A 3 INCH OR
GREATER SNOW DEPTH WAS 8TH GREATEST, AND GREATEST NUMBER OF DAYS
SINCE 1993. A FEW SNOW SHOWERS PASSED THROUGH MID-MONTH...THE BULK
OF WHICH CAME WITH ANOTHER NOR`EASTER ON THE 13TH-15TH. A WARM FRONT
LIFTED THROUGH THE REGION ON THE 26TH, BRINGING TEMPERATURES INTO
THE LOWER 50S. THIS BOUNDARY STALLED ACROSS THE REGION THROUGH THE
REMAINDER OF THE MONTH...SERVING AS A FOCUS FOR LIGHT RAIN TO FALL
EACH DAY.

ICE REMAINED ON THE EASTERN END OF LAKE ERIE THROUGH THE MONTH,
KEEPING THE LAKE TEMPERATURE AT 32F. STRONGEST WINDS CAME DURING THE
LAST FEW HOURS OF THE MONTH AS A LOW PRESSURE PASSED NEAR THE
REGION, BRINGING WIND GUSTS TO 44 MPH.

IN ALL, A CHILLY MONTH WITH A DREARY FINISH.

&&

THOMAS

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