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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
153 PM MDT WED APR 1 2015

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...THE GREAT FALLS MT CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2015...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1886 TO 2015

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              78   03/30/2004
                        03/29/1978
 LOW              -32   03/10/1932
HIGHEST            76   03/31        49      27       61
LOWEST             -6   03/03        20     -26      -17
AVG. MAXIMUM     56.7              45.9    10.8     39.6
AVG. MINIMUM     30.4              22.6     7.8     20.1
MEAN             43.6              34.2     9.4     29.8
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0
DAYS MAX <= 32      1               4.6    -3.6
DAYS MIN <= 32     18              25.2    -7.2
DAYS MIN <= 0       2               2.0     0.0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         2.27   1908
 MINIMUM         0.08   1916
TOTALS           0.09              0.91   -0.82     1.31
DAYS >= .01         3               9.3    -6.3
DAYS >= .10         0               3.0    -3.0
DAYS >= .50         0               0.2    -0.2
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.0     0.0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.05   03/17 TO 03/17

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           27.8   2005
 24 HR TOTAL       MM
TOTALS            0.8              11.9   -11.1     12.8
SINCE 7/1        57.1              51.9     5.2     70.3
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0
DAYS >= TRACE       4               7.8    -3.8
DAYS >= 1.0         0               3.5    -3.5
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         1   03/25
 24 HR TOTAL       MM

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     656               953    -297     1084
 SINCE 7/1       5794              6458    -664     6738
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              13.4
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    46/250    DATE  03/28
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    58/250    DATE  03/28

SKY COVER
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.30

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     51

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       0
LIGHT RAIN                6     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          1     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       0
LIGHT SNOW                4     SLEET                      0
FOG                       6     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      2
HAZE                      2

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

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SUMMARY...MARCH STARTED OUT BELOW NORMAL DUE TO AN UPPER LEVEL
TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE OVER THE WESTERN US. HOWEVER...THE GENERAL
THEME FOR MUCH OF THE MONTH WAS ABOVE TO WELL-ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES AND BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION AS A SEMI-PERSISTENT
UPPER LEVEL HIGH DOMINATED THE WEATHER ACROSS THE WESTERN US.
SEVERAL DAILY RECORD HIGHS WERE BROKEN. THE HIGHEST RECORD OCCURRED
ON THE 31ST WHEN THE TEMPERATURE REACHED 76 DEGREES. MARCH 2015
ENDED UP BEING THE 2ND WARMEST MARCH ON RECORD. WITH THE DRY
CONDITIONS...SNOWFALL WAS WELL BELOW NORMAL AS WELL. THE 0.8 INCHES
OF SNOW RECORDED WAS THE 2ND LOWEST ON RECORD FOR MARCH.

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