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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
157 PM EDT WED APR 1 2015

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...THE BUFFALO NY CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2015...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1871 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              82   03/21/2012
 LOW               -7   03/08/1984
HIGHEST            51   03/13                         54  03/14
LOWEST             -1   03/06                         -3  03/04
AVG. MAXIMUM     36.7              42.0    -5.3     35.5
AVG. MINIMUM     21.6              26.0    -4.4     18.0
MEAN             29.2              34.0    -4.8     26.7
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      8               5.9     2.1       11
DAYS MIN <= 32     29              22.9     6.1       27
DAYS MIN <= 0       1               0.2     0.8        2

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         7.03   1936
 MINIMUM         0.68   1910
TOTALS           1.44              2.87   -1.43     2.55
DAYS >= .01        16                                 18
DAYS >= .10         5                                  6
DAYS >= .50         0                                  2
DAYS >= 1.00        0                                  0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.39   03/26 TO 03/26

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           38.5   1936
TOTALS            9.6              12.9    -3.3     24.5
SINCE 7/1       112.6              91.7    20.9
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      9                 3       6        2
DAYS >= 1.0         5               3.4     1.6        5
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        23   03/02                         12  03/13
 24 HR TOTAL      2.8   03/01 TO 03/02

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1102               961     141     1178
 SINCE 7/1       6250              5705     545     6284
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              10.6
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    36/220
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    47/200    DATE  03/29

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR            4
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             13
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         14

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     68

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       2
LIGHT RAIN               13     FREEZING RAIN              1
LT FREEZING RAIN          1     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                3     SNOW                       4
LIGHT SNOW               16     SLEET                      0
FOG                      20     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      5
HAZE                     12

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

&&

...DRY AND CHILLY MARCH...

MARCH CONTINUED THE EARLY TEMPERATURE THEME OF 2015...WITH A MUCH
BELOW NORMAL PATTERN. BITTER ARCTIC AIRMASSES EARLY IN THE MONTH
FOUND A STRONGER MARCH SUN ANGLE HARDER TO OVERCOME AND WINTER`S
HARSHNESS LOST ITS GRIP ON THE GREAT LAKES REGION. THE MONTH WAS
ALSO DRY...LACKING SIGNIFICANT SNOW OR RAIN EVENTS.

THE AIR TEMPERATURE AVERAGED 29.2F IN MARCH WHICH IS NEARLY FIVE
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THE FIRST WEEK AVERAGED WELL BELOW NORMAL WITH
FOUR OF THE FIRST SIX DAYS REGISTERING MINIMUM TEMPERATURES IN THE
SINGLE DIGITS OR LOWER. THE COLDEST DAY THIS MONTH WAS ALSO A DAILY
RECORD...WITH THE -1F READING ON MARCH 6TH BREAKING THE FORMER
RECORD OF 0F SET BACK IN 2007. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE THIS MONTH
WAS 51F DEGREES SET ON THE 13TH. THIS READING WAS ALSO THE ONLY
READING IN THE 50S THIS MONTH. IT HAS BEEN 45 YEARS SINCE MARCH HAS
HAD SO FEW 50F DEGREE OR GREATER DAYS.

PRECIPITATION THIS MONTH TOTALED 1.44 INCHES WHICH MAKES THIS MARCH
THE 14TH DRIEST ON RECORD. THIS PRECIPITATION TOTAL WAS HALF OF
NORMAL. THERE WERE NO SIGNIFICANT RAIN EVENTS THIS MONTH...AND MINOR
SNOWFALLS ON 13 DAYS THIS MONTH TOTALED 9.6 INCHES.

OVERALL MARCH WAS A TAME MONTH WITH A SLOW WARMING...BUT LARGELY
BELOW NORMAL...TEMPERATURE TREND. THERE WERE NO SIGNIFICANT STORM
SYSTEMS THIS MONTH. THIS WAS BENEFICIAL AS IT ALLOWED FOR MANAGEABLE
SNOWMELT FOLLOWING A HARSH AND SNOWY WINTER THAT LEFT A DEEP
SNOWPACK ACROSS THE REGION. AFTER A VERY COLD JANUARY AND
FEBRUARY...THE 38F DEGREE READING ON THE 3RD WAS THE FIRST ABOVE
FREEZING TEMPERATURE FOR BUFFALO SINCE JANUARY 29TH. THIS IS A SPAN
OF 32 DAYS WHICH IS 4TH LONGEST IN RECORD KEEPING.

COLD TEMPERATURES THROUGH THE MONTH OF MARCH MAINTAINED AN ABUNDANCE
OF ICE ON LAKE ERIE. STRONGEST WIND GUSTS (47 MPH) OCCURRED ON BOTH
THE 3RD AND THE 29TH OF THE MONTH.

OVERALL A COLD...DRY AND QUIET MONTH FOR WESTERN NEW YORK.

&&

THOMAS

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