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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
548 AM EDT WED APR 1 2015

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...THE SOUTH BEND CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2015...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1893 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              85   03/21/2012
                        03/31/1981
                        07/14/1936
 LOW              -13   03/08/1943
HIGHEST            72   03/16        MM      MM       68  03/31
LOWEST                  03/06        MM      MM       -4  03/03
AVG. MAXIMUM     44.2              46.5    -2.3     39.8
AVG. MINIMUM     24.5              28.4    -3.9     20.3
MEAN             34.4              37.5    -3.1
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      5               3.4     1.6        9
DAYS MIN <= 32     23              20.3     2.7       25
DAYS MIN <= 0       1               0.1     0.9        1

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         7.96   1976
 MINIMUM         0.54   1958
TOTALS           0.78              2.42   -1.64     1.69
DAILY AVG.       0.03              0.08   -0.05     0.05
DAYS >= .01         8              12.7    -4.7       12
DAYS >= .10         2               6.3    -4.3        5
DAYS >= .50         0               1.3    -1.3        0
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.2    -0.2        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.31   03/25 TO 03/25

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           33.9   1960
                        0
                        -26215
TOTALS            6.1               7.1    -1.0     11.8
SINCE 7/1        83.9              65.2    18.7     15.9
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      3                MM      MM       MM
DAYS >= 1.0         2               2.2    -0.2        6
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        12   03/02
 24 HR TOTAL      4.7   MM

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     942               855      87     1076
 SINCE 7/1       6039              5544     495     6259
COOLING TOTAL       0                 1      -1        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 1      -1        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              9.3
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    35/350    DATE  03/17
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    41/350    DATE  03/17

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.40
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           12
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             12
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          7

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     64

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       1
LIGHT RAIN                4     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          1     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                1     SNOW                       1
LIGHT SNOW                6     SLEET                      1
FOG                      15     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      5
HAZE                     13

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

&&

...A COOL AND DRY MARCH WITH SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL SNOWFALL...

MARCH PROVED ONCE AGAIN IT CAN BE A MONTH OF EXTREMES AS WINTER
TRIED TO HOLD ON AND SPRING STRUGGLED TO BEGIN. MARCH BEGAN LIKE A
LION WITH COLD AND SNOWY CONDITIONS BUT WARMED CONSIDERABLY BY MID
MONTH WITH THE FIRST 70 DEGREE DAY OF THE YEAR. THIS WARMTH WOULD BE
BRIEF AS RECORD SNOW WAS RECORDED JUST A SHORT WEEK LATER. THE MONTH
DID END LIKE A LAMB WITH TEMPERATURES CLOSER TO NORMAL.

THE FIRST 8 DAYS OF MARCH WERE BELOW NORMAL...AND 4 OF THESE DAYS
WERE MORE THAN 10 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL AND 2 DAYS WERE AT LEAST 20
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THE NEXT 13 DAYS WERE NEAR OR ABOVE NORMAL
FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER STRETCH OF 8 DAYS NEAR OR BELOW NORMAL. THE
COLDEST DAY OF THE MONTH WAS MARCH 6TH WITH A HIGH OF JUST 26 AND A
LOW OF 1 BELOW ZERO FOR AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 13...21 DEGREES
BELOW NORMAL. THE WARMEST DAY WAS MARCH 16TH. THE HIGH WAS 72 AND
THE LOW WAS 44 FOR AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 58...21 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL.

IT WAS A RATHER DRY MONTH WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION FALLING ON
JUST 8 DAYS. ONLY TWO DAYS...THE 23RD AND 25TH...SAW MORE THAN A
QUARTER OF AN INCH OF PRECIPITATION.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 34.4 DEGREES...3.1 DEGREES BELOW
NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE 43RD COOLEST MARCH. PRECIPITATION WAS
ONLY 0.78 INCHES...WHICH WAS 1.64 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS RANKED
AS THE 5TH DRIEST MARCH ON RECORD.

MARCH SNOWFALL WAS 6.1 INCHES...ONE INCH BELOW NORMAL. THIS RANKED
AS THE 58TH LEAST SNOWIEST MARCH. MEASURABLE SNOW FELL ON JUST FOUR
DAYS WITH THE GREATEST FALLING ON MARCH 23RD WITH A SINGLE DAY
RECORD SNOWFALL OF 4.7 INCHES. THIS BROKE THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 3.4
INCHES SET ON THIS DATE IN 1965.

$$
LASHLEY




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