Climatological Report (Monthly)
Issued by NWS Medford, OR

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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEDFORD, OR
455 AM PDT WED APR 1 2015

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...THE MEDFORD OR CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2015...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1911 TO 2015

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
................................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              86   03/28/1930
                        03/31/1911
                        03/30/1911
 LOW               14   03/01/1960
                        03/01/1917
HIGHEST            80   03/26                         76  03/24
LOWEST             27   03/01                         30  03/22
                                                          03/18
                                                          03/11
AVG. MAXIMUM     66.3              59.5     6.8     63.1
AVG. MINIMUM     40.4              37.1     3.3     39.2
MEAN             53.3              48.3     5.0     51.1
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MIN <= 32      3               6.2    -3.2        5
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.0     0.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         5.54   1957
TOTALS           1.45              1.71   -0.26     3.50
DAILY AVG.       0.05              0.06   -0.01     0.11
DAYS >= .01         9              12.0    -3.0       16
DAYS >= .10         5               5.5    -0.5        6
DAYS >= .50         1               0.4     0.6        2
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.0     0.0        1
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.74   03/14 TO 03/14

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL            8.1   1956
TOTALS            0.0               0.5    -0.5      0.0
SINCE 7/1           T               4.1    -4.1      3.4

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     355               518    -163      421
 SINCE 7/1       2795              3632    -837     3791
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0

FREEZE DATES
RECORD
 EARLIEST     09/13/1921
 LATEST       06/12/1952
EARLIEST                        10/18
LATEST                          04/29
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              2.8
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    22/340    DATE  03/31
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    30/290    DATE  03/27

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.30
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           18
NUMBER OF DAYS PC              7
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          6

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     64

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       3
LIGHT RAIN               13     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       0
LIGHT SNOW                0     SLEET                      0
FOG                      12     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      1
HAZE                      3

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

&&

MARCH 2015 BEGAN ON A COOLER NOTE COMPARED TO THE FEW WEEKS OF WARM WEATHER
DURING FEBRUARY. ALTHOUGH IT LIKELY FELT CHILLY TO MOST, AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
WERE ONLY A FEW DEGREES BELOW NORMAL FOR EARLY MARCH. AN UPPER LEVEL RIDGE
MOVED IN OVER THE AREA AFTER THIS COOL DOWN, RESULTING IN WARM, QUIET WEATHER
WITH AVERAGE TEMPERATURES RUNNING ABOUT 5 TO 10 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE
SYNOPTIC PATTERN BECAME MORE ACTIVE AROUND THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH, ALLOWING A
FEW WARM SYSTEMS TO MOVE THROUGH. ONE SYSTEM BROUGHT RECORD BREAKING RAINFALL
TO THE MEDFORD AREA. 0.74 INCHES OF RAIN FELL ON THE 14TH, BREAKING THE OLD
RECORD OF 0.37 INCHES SET IN 1980. TOWARDS THE END OF MARCH, A COLDER SYSTEM
MOVED THROUGH THE AREA, DROPPING SNOW LEVELS AND DELIVERING SOME MUCH NEEDED
MOUNTAIN SNOW. AFTER THIS SYSTEM, A RELATIVELY SHORT LIVED RIDGE BUILT IN OVER
THE AREA FOR THE LAST WEEK OF MARCH, WARMING UP TEMPERATURES TO 10 TO 15
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. NUMEROUS SITES AROUND THE AREA SAW RECORD BREAKING HIGH
TEMPERATURES FOR A FEW CONSECUTIVE DAYS DURING THIS TIME. ON THE 26TH, MEDFORD
TIED THE HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORD OF 80 DEGREES SET IN 1923. AS MARCH CAME TO AN
END, THE ACTIVE PATTERN RESUMED AND TEMPERATURES COOLED BACK DOWN TO NORMAL
VALUES.

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