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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPOKANE, WA
128 AM PDT TUE APR 1 2014

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...THE SPOKANE WA AIRPORT CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH
2014...

MARCH 2014 CAME IN LIKE A LION ACROSS NORTHEAST WASHINGTON AND THE
NORTH IDAHO PANHANDLE. THE MONTH BEGAN VERY COLD WITH ARCTIC AIR
WITH A PEAK WIND OF 47 MPH ON THE 1ST AT THE SPOKANE AIRPORT.  ON
THE 2ND A HIGH OF ONLY 19 WAS ACHIEVED WITH HEAVY SNOW.  SPOKANE
REPORTED 4.7" OF SNOW...WITH 8 INCHES IN SANDPOINT...10 INCHES
SILVER MOUNTAIN...AND AN IMPRESSIVE 17 INCHES AT LOOKOUT PASS.

A RAPID WARM UP OCCURRED FROM THE 3RD THROUGH THE 6TH MELTING AWAY
THE SNOW.  RAIN STARTED BRIEFLY AS FREEZING RAIN AND SNOW ON THE 3RD
IN SPOKANE.  HEAVIER RAIN FELL ON THE 5TH.  FLOODING RESULTED ACROSS
THE AREA WITH RAPID RISES ON SMALL STREAMS.  THE MOST SIGNIFICANT
DAMAGE OCCURRED IN HAYDEN LAKE ON RIMROCK ROAD. TWO CARS DROVE INTO
A DITCH WITH THREE INJURIES.  JACKSON ROAD NORTHWEST OF ROCKFORD HAD
FLOODING THAT TOOK OUT AN EIGHT FOOT CULVERT AND PART OF THE ROADWAY
ABOVE IT.  ELSEWHERE SEVERAL REPORTS OF HIGH WATER RESULTED IN
FLOODING...INCLUDING SPANGLE CREKK...FLEMING CREEK (NORTH OF BONNERS
FERRY)...AND LITTLE SPOKANE RIVER.  PORTIONS OF STATE ROUTES 23, 231
AND 291 WERE ALSO CLOSED.

ON THE 8TH THROUGH THE 10TH MORE RAIN COMBINED WITH MILD
TEMPERATURES.  THIS DROVE THE COEUR D`ALENE RIVER AT CATALDO AND ST.
JOE RIVER AT SAINT MARIES ABOVE FLOOD STAGE WITH MINOR FLOODING. ON
THE 14TH A LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS WENT THROUGH SPOKANE WITH PEAK WIND
GUST OF 58 MPH. 2600 AVISTA CUSTOMERS IN SPOKANE AREA LOST POWER. IN
CHENEY A 40 FOOT TREE FELL ON A HOME. IN SAINT MARIES A TREE FELL
ACROSS TWO LANES ALONG HIGHWAY 5.  FROM THE 15TH THROUGH THE 25TH
QUIETER WEATHER OCCURRED WITH JUST A FEW WEAK SYSTEMS PASSING
THROUGH WITH LIGHT SHOWERS.  THE WEATHER THEN TURNED UNSETTLED
AGAIN.  ON THE 27TH A SMALL DISTURBANCE STALLED OVER THE OKANOGAN
HIGHLANDS AND NORTHEAST WASHINGTON MOUNTAINS WITH THE REPUBLIC AREA
HIT HARDEST WITH 6 INCHES OF SNOW.  ON THE 28TH A MUCH WETTER SYSTEM
BROUGHT WIDESPREAD RAIN TO THE REGION.

NO RECORDS WERE SET DURING THE MONTH AT THE SPOKANE AIRPORT.

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1881 TO 2014

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
................................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              74   03/30/1881
 LOW              -10   03/03/1891
HIGHEST            56   03/16        MM      MM       68  03/31
                        03/09
LOWEST             11   03/02        MM      MM       22  03/23
                        03/01
AVG. MAXIMUM     48.5              48.9    -0.4     50.4
AVG. MINIMUM     30.7              31.6    -0.9     32.0
MEAN             39.6              40.2    -0.6     41.2
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      2               0.6     1.4        0
DAYS MIN <= 32     17              15.6     1.4       17
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.0     0.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         4.56   2012
 MINIMUM         0.12   1909
TOTALS           2.88              1.61    1.27     0.82
DAILY AVG.       0.09              0.05    0.04     0.03
DAYS >= .01        14              11.6     2.4        8
DAYS >= .10         9               5.9     3.1        3
DAYS >= .50         1               0.5     0.5        0
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.0     0.0        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.78   03/05 TO 03/05           03/20 TO 03/20

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           16.4   1897
TOTALS            5.8               3.5     2.3      0.9
SINCE 7/1        37.6              43.8    -6.2     43.5
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                MM      MM        0
DAYS >= 1.0         2               1.2     0.8        0
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         6   03/03                          1  03/07
 24 HR TOTAL      4.7   MM                       03/20 TO 03/20

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     780               767      13      730
 SINCE 7/1       5823              5596     227     5267
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    47/240    DATE  03/14
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    58/230    DATE  03/14

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.70
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR            4
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             13
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         14

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     66

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               1
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       2
LIGHT RAIN               15     FREEZING RAIN              1
LT FREEZING RAIN          1     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       1
LIGHT SNOW                3     SLEET                      1
FOG                      13     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.

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