Climatological Report (Monthly)
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000 CXUS51 KBUF 051804 CLMROC CLIMATE REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY 724 AM EDT SUN APR 1 2018 ................................... ...THE ROCHESTER 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 ................................................................ TEMPERATURE (F) RECORD HIGH 86 03/29/1905 LOW -9 03/06/2014 HIGHEST 53 03/31 66 03/01 LOWEST 16 03/18 3 03/05 AVG. MAXIMUM 38.0 42.8 -4.8 40.6 AVG. MINIMUM 26.3 25.8 0.5 25.2 MEAN 32.2 34.3 -2.1 32.9 DAYS MAX >= 90 0 0.0 0.0 0 DAYS MAX <= 32 5 5.5 -0.5 8 DAYS MIN <= 32 28 23.2 4.8 19 DAYS MIN <= 0 0 0.1 -0.1 0 PRECIPITATION (INCHES) RECORD MAXIMUM 7.02 1873 MINIMUM 0.47 1958 TOTALS 3.02 2.50 0.52 4.66 DAYS >= .01 13 16 DAYS >= .10 6 7 DAYS >= .50 2 4 DAYS >= 1.00 1 1 GREATEST 24 HR. TOTAL 1.11 03/02 TO 03/02 SNOWFALL (INCHES) RECORDS TOTAL 54.0 1900 TOTALS 29.4 16.3 13.1 33.0 SINCE 7/1 115.3 95.2 20.1 104.6 SNOWDEPTH AVG. 5 3 2 3 DAYS >= 1.0 6 4.0 2.0 5 GREATEST SNOW DEPTH 10 03/16 22 03/15 03/15 03/14 24 HR TOTAL 11.5 03/02 TO 03/02 DEGREE_DAYS HEATING TOTAL 1011 952 59 988 SINCE 7/1 5408 5738 -330 4856 COOLING TOTAL 0 0 0 0 SINCE 1/1 0 0 0 0 ................................................................. WIND (MPH) AVERAGE WIND SPEED 10.2 HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION 38/240 HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION 48/050 DATE 03/02 SKY COVER POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT) MM AVERAGE SKY COVER 0.70 NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR 7 NUMBER OF DAYS PC 8 NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY 16 AVERAGE RH (PERCENT) 70 WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH THUNDERSTORM 0 MIXED PRECIP 0 HEAVY RAIN 1 RAIN 4 LIGHT RAIN 7 FREEZING RAIN 0 LT FREEZING RAIN 0 HAIL 0 HEAVY SNOW 4 SNOW 7 LIGHT SNOW 15 SLEET 0 FOG 15 FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE 3 HAZE 3 - 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. SNOW FELL PRIMARILY THE FIRST HALF OF THE MONTH...A MONTH THAT FEATURED MOST OF ITS DAYS WITH HIGHS IN THE 30S. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 32.2F THIS MONTH, WHICH IS JUST 2.1 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THOUGH HIGH TEMPERATURES REMAINED IN THE 30S FOR MUCH OF THE MONTH, CLOUDY SKIES LIMITED THE COOLING OVERNIGHT...WITH THE AVERAGE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE FINISHING A HALF A DEGREE ABOVE NORMAL. THERE WERE JUST 9 DAYS THAT REACHED THE 40F MARK...WELL BELOW THE NORMAL OF 16. PRECIPITATION TOTALED 3.02 INCHES, WHICH IS ABOUT A HALF AN INCH ABOVE NORMAL. SNOWFALL TOTALED 29.4 INCHES AND FELL MAINLY IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE MONTH AND WAS OVER A FOOT ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 16.3 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 11.5 INCHES OF SNOW ON THE 2ND WAS THE GREATEST CALENDAR SNOWFALL THIS WINTER SEASON. 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 23 DAYS WITH A SNOW DEPTH OF 3 INCHES OR MORE WAS 4TH GREATEST, AND MOST SINCE 1993. A FEW SNOW SHOWERS PASSED THROUGH MID- MONTH...THE BULK OF WHICH CAME WITH ANOTHER NOR`EASTER ON THE 13TH- 15TH THAT DROPPED NEAR A FOOT OF SNOW ACROSS THE ROCHESTER METRO AREA. A WARM FRONT LIFTED THROUGH THE REGION ON THE 26TH, BRINGING TEMPERATURES INTO THE UPPER 40S. THIS BOUNDARY STALLED ACROSS THE REGION THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE MONTH...SERVING AS A FOCUS FOR LIGHT RAIN TO FALL EACH DAY. STRONGEST WINDS CAME AT THE VERY BEGINNING AND END OF THE MONTH, WITH GUSTS ON THE 1ST, 2ND AND 31ST ALL TOPPING THE 40 MPH MARK. THE STRONGEST GUST WAS 48 MPH ON THE 2ND. IN ALL, A CHILLY MONTH WITH A DREARY FINISH. && THOMAS $$

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