Climatological Report (Monthly)
Issued by NWS Spokane, WA

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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPOKANE, WA
409 AM PDT WED APR 1 2015

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...THE SPOKANE WA AIRPORT CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2015...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1881 TO 2015

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            70   03/27        MM      MM       56  03/16
                                                          03/09
LOWEST             18   03/03        MM      MM       11  03/02
                                                          03/01
AVG. MAXIMUM     55.5              48.9     6.6     48.5
AVG. MINIMUM     35.5              31.6     3.9     30.7
MEAN             45.5              40.2     5.3     39.6
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      0               0.6    -0.6        2
DAYS MIN <= 32      7              15.6    -8.6       17
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.0     0.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         4.56   2012
 MINIMUM         0.12   1909
TOTALS           2.43              1.61    0.82     2.88
DAILY AVG.       0.08              0.05    0.03     0.09
DAYS >= .01        12              11.6     0.4       14
DAYS >= .10         6               5.9     0.1        9
DAYS >= .50         1               0.5     0.5        1
DAYS >= 1.00        1               0.0     1.0        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    1.33   03/15 TO 03/15           03/05 TO 03/05
                                                          03/05 TO 03/05
                                                          03/05 TO 03/05

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           16.4   MM
TOTALS            0.9               3.5    -2.6      5.8
SINCE 7/1        16.6              43.8   -27.2     37.6
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                MM      MM        0
DAYS >= 1.0         0               1.2    -1.2        2
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         1   03/03                          6  03/03
 24 HR TOTAL      0.9   MM                       03/05 TO 03/05
                                                          03/05 TO 03/05
                                                          03/05 TO 03/05

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     597               767    -170      780
 SINCE 7/1       4719              5596    -877     5823
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              8.5
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    37/240    DATE  03/28
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    45/240    DATE  03/28

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.60
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR            4
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             17
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         10

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     64

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                1     RAIN                       2
LIGHT RAIN               12     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       1
LIGHT SNOW                1     SLEET                      0
FOG                       9     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      1
HAZE                      2

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

MARCH 2015 WAS WARMER AND WETTER THAN NORMAL ACROSS NORTHEAST
WASHINGTON AND THE NORTH IDAHO PANHANDLE.

THE MONTH STARTED OFF ON A COOL NOTE WITH NORTHERLY FLOW OVER THE
AREA.  SNOW SHOWERS EVENING OCCURRED ON THE 2ND WITH AROUND AN INCH
OF SNOW FOR THE SPOKANE AREA.  A STRONG WARMING TREND FOLLOWED WITH
HIGHS WARMING FROM THE UPPER 30S ON THE 3RD TO THE UPPER 60S ON THE
10TH.  THE ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURED CONTINUED FOR MOST DAYS DURING
THE REMAINDER OF THE MONTH.  OVERALL THE REGION WAS FAIRLY DRY
THROUGH THE 13TH WITH EVEN SEVERAL REPORTS OF SMALL GRASS FIRES.
THIS QUICKLY CHANGED AS A VERY MOIST SUBTROPICAL AIR MASS BROUGHT
HEAVY RAIN ON THE 15TH. SPOKANE REPORTED 1.33 INCHES OF RAIN MAKING
IT THE WETTEST MARCH DAY ON RECORD.  BONNERS FERRY OVER A 2 DAY
PERIOD RECORDED 2.23 INCHES OF RAIN. THE REMAINDER OF THE MONTH
SEVERAL SYSTEMS TRACKED THROUGH BRINGING PERIODS OF WINDY CONDITIONS
AND BRIEF WET WEATHER.  ON THE 21ST ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS WITH PEA
SIZE HAIL OCCURRED ACROSS NORTHEAST WASHINGTON MOUNTAINS AND NORTH
IDAHO PANHANDLE. PERIODS OF WARMER AND DRIER CONDITIONS WERE
EXPERIENCED BETWEEN SYSTEMS...SUCH AS THE 27TH WHERE THE HIGH
TEMPERATURE REACH 70 DEGREES AT THE SPOKANE AIRPORT.

SEVERAL RECORDS WERE SET DURING THE MONTH AT THE SPOKANE AIRPORT.
ON THE 10TH A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 67 DEGREES BROKE A RECORD
FOR THE DATE.  ON THE 12TH...14TH...AND 15TH RECORD WARM LOW
TEMPERATURES OF 43...48...AND 43 WERE TIED OR BROKEN RESPECTIVELY ON
THESE DATES.  ON THE 15TH THE WETTEST MARCH DAY ON RECORD WAS SET
WITH 1.33 INCHES RECORDED.

THE MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 45.5 AT sPOKANE WA TIED THE RECORD FOR THE
FIFTH WARMEST MARCH.RECORDS HAVE BEEN KEPT AT THIS SITE SINCE 1881.

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