Climatological Report (Monthly)
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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
711 AM EDT THU APR 2 2015

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...THE PORTLAND ME CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2015...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1940 TO 2015 /FOR TEMPERATURES/
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1871 TO 2015 /FOR PRECIPITATION/
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1882 TO 2015 /FOR SNOWFALL/

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              88   03/31/1998
 LOW              -21   03/04/1950
HIGHEST            56   03/11        62      -6       50  03/29
LOWEST             -2   03/01         6      -8       -2  03/04
AVG. MAXIMUM     39.4              42.1    -2.7     36.2
AVG. MINIMUM     21.0              24.9    -3.9     17.7
MEAN             30.2              33.5    -3.3     27.0
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      5               3.7     1.3       10
DAYS MIN <= 32     28              23.7     4.3       28
DAYS MIN <= 0       1               0.3     0.7        1

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        11.24   2010
 MINIMUM         0.09   1915
TOTALS           1.79              4.24   -2.45     4.31
DAILY AVG.       0.06              0.14   -0.08     0.14
DAYS >= .01        11              11.7    -0.7       11
DAYS >= .10         3               7.5    -4.5        6
DAYS >= .50         1               2.9    -1.9        3
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.9    -0.9        1
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.83   03/14

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           49.0   1993
TOTALS            2.4              12.7   -10.3      3.7
SINCE 7/1        91.6              59.1    32.5
SNOWDEPTH AVG.     15
DAYS >= TRACE      11               5.1     5.9
DAYS >= 1.0         1               3.1    -2.1
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        22   03/04
                        03/02
 24 HR TOTAL      1.4   03/03 TO 03/04

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1070               976      94     1170
 SINCE 7/1       6124              6018     106     6409
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              9.6
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    39/320    DATE  03/17
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    53/300    DATE  03/17

SKY COVER
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.50

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     56

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     HEAVY RAIN                 0
RAIN                      1     LIGHT RAIN                 7
FREEZING RAIN             0     LT FREEZING RAIN           0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       2
LIGHT SNOW               11     FOG                       12
FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE     0     HAZE                       4

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

&&

THE CONSTANT SNOWY WEATHER THAT DOMINATED THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY
FINALLY CAME TO AN END IN MARCH, BUT THE PERSISTENT COLD CONTINUED.
AFTER SOME LIGHT SNOW AND COLD TEMPERATURES TO START THE MONTH,
TEMPERATURES FINALLY WARMED TO NEAR AND OCCASIONALLY ABOVE NORMAL
LEVELS FOR THE SECOND WEEK OF THE MONTH. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE OF
THE MONTH WAS ON MARCH 11 WHEN THE TEMPERATURE REACHED 56 DEGREES.
COLD WEATHER AGAIN DOMINATED THE LAST HALF OF THE MONTH, BUT NO
SIGNIFICANT SNOW FELL. IN SPITE OF THE LACK OF SNOW, THERE WAS STILL
7 INCHES OF SNOW ON THE GROUND AT THE END OF THE MONTH, LEFTOVERS
FROM THE VERY SNOWY JANUARY AND FEBRUARY.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 30.2 DEGREES WHICH WAS 3.3
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. WHILE IT WAS A COLD MARCH, IT WAS NOT AS COLD
AS LAST YEAR WHEN PORTLAND ENDURED ITS 4TH COLDEST MARCH ON RECORD
WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 27.0 DEGREES. THE COLDEST MARCH ON
RECORD WAS 1956 WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 25.6 DEGREES. THE
WARMEST WAS 2012 AT 41.2 DEGREES.

A TOTAL OF 1.79 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL WHICH WAS 2.45 INCHES
BELOW NORMAL. THE HEAVIEST PRECIPITATION FELL ON MARCH 14 AND 15
WHEN 0.88 INCHES OF RAIN AND MELTED SNOW WAS MEASURED. THE WETTEST
MARCH ON RECORD WAS 2010 WHEN 11.24 INCHES WAS RECORDED. THE DRIEST
WAS 1915 WITH ONLY 0.09 INCHES.

ONLY 2.4 INCHES OF SNOW FELL WHICH WAS 10.3 INCHES BELOW NORMAL AND
THE LEAST SNOW IN MARCH SINCE 2010. MORE THAN HALF OF THE SNOW FELL
ON MARCH 3 AND 4 WHEN 1.4 INCHES WAS MEASURED. THE SNOWIEST MARCH ON
RECORD WAS 1993 WHEN 49.0 INCHES WAS RECORDED. THE LEAST SNOWY WAS
1946 WHEN NO SNOW WAS OBSERVED. THERE HAVE BEEN A FEW MARCHES WITH
ONLY TRACES OF SNOW, MOST RECENTLY IN 1979.

THE FOLLOWING DAILY RECORDS WERE SET OR TIED IN MARCH 2015...
DATE  RECORD                              PREVIOUS
NO RECORDS WERE TIED OR BROKEN

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KIMBLE


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