Climatological Report (Monthly)
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000 CXUX51 KGYX 180324 CLMGYX PWMCLMGYX 000 TTAA00 KGYX 081945 CLIMATE REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME 1124 PM EDT TUE APR 17 2018 ................................... ...THE GRAY ME CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2018... CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010 CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1995 TO 2018 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 55 03/30 62 -7 52 LOWEST 10 03/18 4 6 -1 AVG. MAXIMUM 39.6 41.9 -2.3 35.2 AVG. MINIMUM 26.2 24.0 2.2 19.3 MEAN 32.9 32.9 0.0 27.2 DAYS MAX >= 90 0 0.0 0.0 0 DAYS MAX <= 32 6 4.7 1.3 12 DAYS MIN <= 32 26 26.2 -0.2 27 DAYS MIN <= 0 0 0.5 -0.5 2 PRECIPITATION (INCHES) RECORD MAXIMUM 8.93 2010 MINIMUM 1.19 2006 TOTALS 2.52 4.17 -1.65 2.82 DAILY AVG. 0.08 0.13 -0.05 0.09 DAYS >= .01 12 11.6 0.4 9 DAYS >= .10 5 7.3 -2.3 6 DAYS >= .50 2 3.1 -1.1 2 DAYS >= 1.00 0 1.3 -1.3 1 GREATEST 24 HR. TOTAL 0.94 03/08 SNOWFALL (INCHES) RECORDS TOTAL 58.3 2001 TOTALS 24.6 19.9 4.7 23.1 SINCE 7/1 94.5 79.0 15.5 112.9 SNOWDEPTH AVG. 9 DAYS >= TRACE 15 6.2 8.8 14 DAYS >= 1.0 4 3.9 0.1 3 GREATEST SNOW DEPTH 17 03/14 23 24 HR TOTAL 11.8 03/13 TO 03/14 DEGREE_DAYS HEATING TOTAL 986 993 -7 1163 SINCE 7/1 5877 6151 -274 5857 COOLING TOTAL 0 0 0 0 SINCE 1/1 0 0 0 0 .............................................................. - INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS. R INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED. MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING. T INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT. && AFTER A PERIOD OF VERY WARM WEATHER IN THE LAST HALF OF FEBRUARY, WARM WEATHER PERSISTED FOR THE FIRST WEEK OF MARCH. THE WINTER SNOW PACK HAD DWINDLED DOWN TO JUST 3 INCHES AT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN GRAY. THIS COULD HAVE BEEN A SIGN OF AN EARLY SPRING, BUT THE OPPOSITE OCCURRED. A STRONG NOR`EASTER BROUGHT MORE THAN 10 INCHES OF SNOWFALL ON THE 7TH AND 8TH WITH COOLER AIR RETURNING. ANOTHER STORM BROUGHT MORE THAN 12 INCHES OF SNOW A WEEK LATER ON THE 13TH AND 14TH, WITH EVEN COLDER AIR MOVING IN BEHIND THIS STORM. THE INTENSE WINTER-LIKE COLD LASTED A FEW DAYS BEFORE GRADUALLY EASING UP JUST IN TIME FOR THE START OF ASTRONOMICAL SPRING. THE REST OF THE MONTH SAW GRADUALLY WARMING TEMPERATURES AND A SLOW MELT OFF OF THE RENEWED WINTER SNOW PACK. THE LAST 4 DAYS OF MARCH SAW TEMPERATURES IN THE 50S, INCLUDING 55 DEGREES ON MARCH 30, SPRING-LIKE WARMTH WHICH HAD NOT BEEN SEEN SINCE FEBRUARY. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 32.9 DEGREES WHICH IS NORMAL. ALTHOUGH DAYTIME HIGHS WERE 2 DEGREES COLDER THAN NORMAL, NIGHTTIME LOWS WERE 2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE WARMEST MARCH ON RECORD WAS IN 2012 WHEN THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 40.3 DEGREES. THE COLDEST WAS IN 2014 WHEN IT WAS 25.1 DEGREES. A TOTAL OF 2.52 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL WHICH WAS 1.65 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THE HEAVIEST PRECIPITATION FELL DURING THE TWO MAJOR SNOWSTORMS THAT OCCURRED, EACH DROPPING MORE THAN AN INCH OF LIQUID EQUIVALENT PRECIPITATION ON THE 7TH AND 8TH AND AGAIN ON THE 13TH AND 14TH. THE DRIEST MARCH ON RECORD WAS IN 2006 WHEN ONLY 1.19 INCHES WAS RECORDED. THE WETTEST WAS IN 2010 WHEN 8.93 INCHES FELL. THERE WAS 24.6 INCHES OF SNOWFALL WHICH WAS 4.7 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. MOST OF THIS SNOW FELL DURING TWO MAJOR SNOWSTORMS WHICH EACH BROUGHT MORE THAN 10 INCHES OF SNOWFALL ON THE 7TH AND 8TH AND AGAIN ON THE 13TH AND 14TH. THE SNOWIEST MARCH ON RECORD WAS IN 2001 WHEN 58.3 INCHES OF SNOW FELL. THE LEAST SNOWY WAS IN 2010 WHEN ONLY 0.3 INCHES WAS RECORDED. $$ KIMBLE

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