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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS, MI
647 AM EDT TUE APR 1 2014

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...THE MUSKEGON MI CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2014...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1895 TO 2014

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
................................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              82   03/21/2012
                        03/20/2012
                        08/06/1918
 LOW              -11   03/16/1897
HIGHEST            64   03/31        65      -1       55  03/30
LOWEST             -5   03/03         7     -12        8  03/04
AVG. MAXIMUM     35.3              43.0    -7.7     38.4
AVG. MINIMUM     17.6              27.0    -9.4     24.4
MEAN             26.5              35.0    -8.5     31.4
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32     12               4.6     7.4        6
DAYS MIN <= 32     27              21.7     5.3       28
DAYS MIN <= 0       2               0.0     2.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         6.59   1976
 MINIMUM         0.00   1936
                        1910
TOTALS           1.67              2.25   -0.58     1.25
DAILY AVG.       0.05              0.07   -0.02     0.04
DAYS >= .01        10              11.2    -1.2       11
DAYS >= .10         5               5.8    -0.8        3
DAYS >= .50         1               1.0     0.0        1
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.2    -0.2        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.57   03/27 TO 03/27           03/10 TO 03/10

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           35.7   1965
 24 HR TOTAL     10.5   03/02/2002 TO 03/02/2002
 SNOW DEPTH        24   03/05/2014
TOTALS            7.5               9.0    -1.5      5.7
SINCE 7/1       131.1              91.4    39.7     98.6
SNOWDEPTH AVG.     12                 4       8        3
DAYS >= TRACE      15               6.3     8.7       11
DAYS >= 1.0         2               2.8    -0.8        3
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        24R  03/05                          9  03/02
                                                          03/01
 24 HR TOTAL      3.2   03/04 TO 03/04           03/20 TO 03/20

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1188               930     258     1034
 SINCE 7/1       6328              5662     666     5456
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0

FREEZE DATES
RECORD
 EARLIEST     09/22/1976
 LATEST       06/22/1992
EARLIEST      03/01             10/14
LATEST                          05/04
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              10.1
RESULTANT WIND SPEED/DIRECTION   1/179
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    29/330    DATE  03/28
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    39/180    DATE  03/14

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.60
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR            4
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             14
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         13

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     65

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       2
LIGHT RAIN                6     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       3
LIGHT SNOW               13     SLEET                      0
FOG                      14     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      2
HAZE                     15

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

&&

MARCH 2014 IN SOUTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN WAS CHARACTERIZED BY WELL
BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND RECORD SNOW DEPTH VALUES DURING THE
FIRST TWO WEEKS OF THE MONTH. PRECIPITATION WAS BELOW NORMAL IN
MARCH.

RECORD SNOW DEPTH VALUES FOR MARCH WERE SET AT GRAND
RAPIDS...LANSING...AND MUSKEGON. THE SNOW DEPTH HIT 20 INCHES IN
GRAND RAPIDS ON MARCH 2ND...BREAKING THE PREVIOUS MARCH RECORD OF 15
INCHES SET IN 2007. GRAND RAPIDS SET DAILY SNOW DEPTH RECORDS
THROUGH MARCH 13TH. ALSO THIS MARCH...LANSING SET A RECORD FOR THE
MOST CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH AT LEAST ONE INCH OF SNOW ON THE GROUND.
THAT STREAK REACHED 106 DAYS ON MARCH 24TH...BREAKING THE OLD RECORD
OF 101 DAYS SET IN WINTER 1962-63. MUSKEGON ALSO SET A RECORD FOR
MARCH SNOW DEPTH WITH 24 INCHES ON THE 5TH...BREAKING THE OLD RECORD
OF 22 INCHES IN MARCH 1963.

TEMPERATURES IN MARCH WERE AROUND 10 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL ACROSS
SOUTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN...WHICH ALLOWED THE RECORD SNOWPACK TO
PERSIST AT THE TAIL END OF THIS PROLIFIC WINTER. THE FIRST WEEK OF
MARCH WAS BITTERLY COLD...WITH LOWS AT ALL 3 PRIMARY CLIMATE
STATIONS DIPPING INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS AND EVEN NEGATIVES. THE
COLDEST DAY WAS MARCH 3RD...WHEN MEAN TEMPERATURES WERE AROUND 27
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. GRAND RAPIDS AND LANSING SET RECORD LOW
TEMPERATURES ON THE 13TH. TEMPERATURES REMAINED BELOW NORMAL THROUGH
THE 26TH BEFORE MODERATING.

PRECIPITATION WAS BELOW NORMAL IN MARCH...WITH THE REGION RECEIVING
AROUND A QUARTER OF AN INCH OF PRECIPITATION ON JUST A FEW
OCCASSIONS. THE BIGGEST PRECIPITATION EVENT WAS ON THE 12TH...WHEN
LANSING RECEIVED A HALF INCH OF PRECIPITATION AND 6.3 INCHES OF
SNOW...SETTING A DAILY SNOWFALL RECORD. SNOWFALL WAS NEAR NORMAL
NEAR LUDINGTON AND MT. PLEASANT AND SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL IN AREAS
FURTHER SOUTH.

ONE OF THE BIGGER HEADLINES IN MARCH WAS THE FLOODING
POTENTIAL...WHICH WAS MOSTLY UNDER CONTROL. SEVERAL RIVERS AND
STREAMS DID EXCEED BANKFULL...BUT NO SIGNIFICANT FLOODING ISSUES
AROSE. THIS WAS ATTRIBUTED TO A TEXTBOOK MELT...WITH INTERMITTENT
WARM PERIODS FOLLOWED BY COLDER AIR THAT SERVED TO SLOW OR
COMPLETELY STOP THE SNOW MELT. SNOW DEPTH VALUES IN THE 18-24 INCH
RANGE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MONTH WERE REDUCED TO 0 AT THE
END OF THE MONTH WITH NOT EVEN MINOR FLOODING ON AREA RIVERS.

$$

EBW HOVING






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