Climatological Report (Monthly)
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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPOKANE, WA
439 AM PDT WED APR 1 2020

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...THE SPOKANE WA AIRPORT CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2020...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1881 TO 2020

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              74   03/30/1881
 LOW              -10   03/03/1891
HIGHEST            59   03/20        MM      MM       64  03/20
LOWEST             16   03/14        MM      MM       -1  03/01
AVG. MAXIMUM     47.8              48.9    -1.1     44.5
AVG. MINIMUM     29.6              31.6    -2.0     24.6
MEAN             38.7              40.2    -1.5     34.6
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      1               0.6     0.4        4
DAYS MIN <= 32     23              15.6     7.4       21
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.0     0.0        1

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         4.56   2012
 MINIMUM         0.12   1909
TOTALS           0.81              1.61   -0.80     0.71
DAILY AVG.       0.03              0.05   -0.02     0.02
DAYS >= .01         8              11.6    -3.6        7
DAYS >= .10         4               5.9    -1.9        2
DAYS >= .50         0               0.5    -0.5        0
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.0     0.0        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.20   03/07 TO 03/07              0.38

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           16.4   MM
TOTALS            6.4               3.5     2.9      3.8
SINCE 7/1        47.3              43.8     3.5     53.6
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      1                MM      MM        8
DAYS >= 1.0         2               1.2     0.8        1
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         4   03/16                         16  03/13
                        03/15                             03/01
                        03/14
 24 HR TOTAL      3.4   03/13 TO 03/13               3.2

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     809               767      42      938
 SINCE 7/1       5385              5596    -211     5790
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              10.2
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    41/240    DATE  03/30
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    49/250    DATE  03/30

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.60
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR            6
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             16
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          9

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     62

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
  3
  0
  0
  3
  1
  0
  0
HAZE                      3

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

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MARCH 2020 BROUGHT COOLER AND DRIER THAN NORMAL CONDITIONS TO
NORTHEAST WASHINGTON INTO THE NORTH IDAHO PANHANDLE.  DESPITE THE
DRY MARCH THERE WAS SEVERAL NOTEWORTHY WEATHER EVENTS.  ON THE 4TH A
STRONG COLD FRONT PASSAGE PASSED EARLY IN THE MORNING. A FEW TREES
WERE BLOWN DOWN AROUND OSBURN, PINEHURST, AND SPIRIT LAKE WITH SOME
POWER OUTAGES AS WELL.  PEAK WIND GUSTS INCLUDE 48 MPH FIVE MILE
HILL IN BOUNDARY COUNTY, 45 MPH WALLACE, AND 42 MPH SPOKANE. ON THE
13TH AND 14TH COLD AND SNOWY CONDITIONS DEVELOPED ALONG WITH GUSTY
NE WINDS. A BAND OF SNOW SET UP FROM THE UPPER COLUMBIA BASIN EAST
TO AIRWAY HEIGHTS WITH SNOW AMOUNTS AS HIGH AS 3 TO 6 INCHES. WINDS
WERE STRONGEST OVER THE NORTH ID PANHANDLE WITH GUSTS 61 MPH AT US
95 BYWAY, 55 MPH SANDPOINT, AND 53 MPH SAGLE.  DOWNED TREES AND
POWER OUTAGES WERE REPORTED OVER NORTH IDAHO IN BONNER AND KOOTENAI
COUNTIES, WITH SANDPOINT AND SAGLE AREAS HARDEST HIT. OVER 10,000
HOMES AND BUSINESSES LOST POWER.  ALSO THERE WERE NUMEROUS CLOSURES
OF INTERSTATE 90 BETWEEN SPOKANE AND MOSES LAKE DUE TO BLOWING SNOW
AND/OR COLLISIONS.  SPRING LIKE WEATHER RETURNED FROM THE 16-20TH
WITH ABUNDANT SUNSHINE AND WARMER TEMPERATURES, WITH HIGH
TEMPERATURES IN THE LOW TO MID 50S.  WINTER RETURNS TO SOME AREAS ON
THE 25TH.  A BAND OF SNOW SET UP IN THE MORNING CLIPPING SPOKANE
WITH HIGHER AMOUNTS OF SNOW TO THE NORTH AND EAST. THIS INCLUDES
REPORTS OF PRIEST RIVER WITH 4-6 INCHES, NEWPORT 3 INCHES, COEUR
D`ALENE 2.5 INCHES, AND CLAYTON 2 INCHES.  ON THE 30TH A STRONG
FRONT BROUGHT RAIN AND A FEW EMBEDDED THUNDERSTORMS.  ONE EVEN
TURNED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM AS IT RACED FROM NORTH SPOKANE THROUGH
DIAMOND LAKE AND NEWPORT AREAS WITH DOWNED TREES AND POWERLINES.

THE COLD AND SNOWY WEATHER ON THE 13TH AND 14TH SET A COUPLE RECORDS
AT THE SPOKANE AIRPORT.  ON THE 13TH A DAILY RECORD SNOWFALL OF 3.4
INCHES WAS SET. THE HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 23 DEGREES ON THE 14TH WAS
THE COLDEST OBSERVED FOR THE DATE.



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