Climatological Report (Monthly)
Issued by NWS Bethel, AK

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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BETHEL, AK
119 PM AKDT FRI APR 10 2015

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...THE BETHEL AP CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2015...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1948 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              50   3/27/2015
 LOW              -42   3/01/1956
HIGHEST            50   3/27         40      10      35  3/01
LOWEST            -16               -14      -2     -12  3/12
AVG. MAXIMUM       28.9              22.6     6.3    21.3
AVG. MINIMUM       12.2               7.8     4.4     4.2
MEAN               20.5              15.2     5.3    12.7
DAYS MAX >= 90      0                 0.0     0.0     0
DAYS MAX <= 32     12                21.9    -9.9    24
DAYS MAX >= 80      0                 0.0     0.0     0
DAYS MAX >= 70      0                 0.0     0.0     0
DAYS MIN <= 32     31                30.5     0.5    31
DAYS MIN <= 0       8                11.0    -3.0    10

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM            3.44   1991
 MINIMUM            0.00   1986
TOTALS              0.50              0.71   -0.21    0.48
DAILY AVG.          0.02              0.02    0.00    0.02
DAYS >= .01        11                 8.2     2.8     8
DAYS >= .10         1                 2.4    -1.4     1
DAYS >= .50         0                 0.1    -0.1     0
DAYS >= 1.0         0                 0.0     0.0     0
GREATEST
 24 HR TOTAL        0.16   3/17                       0.16  3/13

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL             36.1   1951
 24 HR TOTAL        9.9   3-15-1951
 SNOW DEPTH        45     3-21-1951
TOTALS              6.8               8.2    -1.4     4.7
SINCE 7/1          32.3              53.6   -21.3    26.8
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      2                 7      -5       2
DAYS >= TRACE      12                15.5    -3.5    14
DAYS >= 1.0         4                 3.2     0.8     1
DAYS >= 6.0         0                 0.0    -0.0     0
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         5   3/18                          6  3/17
 24 HR TOTAL      2.2   3/06                        1.6  3/13

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1370              1544    -174    1613
 SINCE 7/1       9145             10290   -1145    9078
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0       0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0       0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED               10.0
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION     38/250    DATE    03/7
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION     47/250    DATE    03/7

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER             MM
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           MM
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             MM
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         MM

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     MM

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     ICE PELLETS                 0
RAIN                      5     GLAZE                       1
DRIZZLE                   1     HAIL                        0
SNOW                     12     HAZE                        2
FOG                       6     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE       1
BLOWING SNOW              5


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

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MARCH 2015 WAS SIGNIFICANTLY LESS ACTIVE THAN CLIMOTOLOGY WOULD SUGGEST.  THERE
WERE FEWER AND WEAKER LOW PRESSURE SYSTEMS THAT MOVED INTO THE AREA.  THIS RESULTED
IN A 1-2MB HIGHER AVERAGE PRESSURE FOR THE MONTH AT THE SURFACE.  THE HIGHER
PRESSURE RESULTED IN LESS PRECIPITATION AND SNOW IN THE BETHEL AREA.  THE AVERAGE
PRECIPITATION WAS 0.3 LESS FOR MARCH THAN CLIMOTOLOGY AVERAGES.  SNOWFALL WAS ALSO
SLIGHTLY LESS THAN NORMAL WITH 6.8 INCHES FALLING WHEN 8.6 IS THE AVERAGE.  THERE
WAS ALSO A LOT LESS THAN AVERAGE SNOW DEPTH FOR THE MONTH.  THE BETHEL AREA
AVERAGED 6.4INCHES LESS SNOW ON THE GROUND THAN CLIMOTOLOGY DATA SUGGESTS.  THERE
WAS ONLY AN AVERAGE OF 2.4 INCHES ON THE GROUND FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH.  THIS WAS
INFLUENCED BY LESS THAN AVERAGE PRECIP AMOUNTS DISCUSSED EARLIER, AND  ALSO
INFLUENCED BY HIGHER THAN AVERAGE TEMPERATURES.  THE AVERAGE MAX AND MIN
TEMPERATURES WERE 7-8 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL FOR MARCH, WHILE SETTING 4 NEW RECORD
HIGHS THIS MONTH INCLUDING THE EARLIEST IN THE YEAR THAT BETHEL HAS EVER REACHED
50F.


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