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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN ANGELO TX
1121 PM CST TUE APR 1 2003

...TEMPERATURES AVERAGED NEAR NORMAL WHILE PRECIPITATION VARIED
FROM ABOVE TO BELOW NORMAL ACROSS WEST CENTRAL TEXAS IN MARCH...

PRECIPITATION TOTALS FOR MARCH WERE GREATER OVER CENTRAL AND
SOUTHERN SECTIONS OF WEST CENTRAL TEXAS THAN OVER THE BIG
COUNTRY.

AT ABILENE REGIONAL AIRPORT...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR MARCH
WAS 56.1 DEGREES. THIS WAS 0.3 DEGREES BELOW THE NORMAL AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE OF 56.4 DEGREES. TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR MARCH WAS
0.48 INCHES. THIS WAS 0.93 INCHES BELOW THE MONTHLY NORMAL OF
1.41 INCHES.

AT SAN ANGELO REGIONAL AIRPORT...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR
MARCH WAS 57.6 DEGREES. THIS WAS 0.4 DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 57.2 DEGREES. TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR
MARCH WAS 1.25 INCHES. THIS WAS 0.26 INCHES ABOVE THE MONTHLY
NORMAL OF 0.99 INCHES.

JUNCTION RECORDED A PRECIPITATION TOTAL OF 1.74 INCHES IN MARCH.


...MARCH 2003 WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS...

NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS OCCURRED ACROSS MUCH
OF WEST CENTRAL TEXAS SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 20 ON THE 2ND AND 3RD...
AS AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE MOVED INTO THE REGION FROM THE
WEST. RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF ONE QUARTER TO ONE HALF INCH FELL AT
SCATTERED LOCATIONS SOUTHEAST OF A LINE FROM BROWNWOOD TO SONORA.
ELSEWHERE THE AMOUNTS WERE GENERALLY LESS THAN ONE QUARTER OF AN
INCH.

AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE BROUGHT SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TO
PARTS OF WEST CENTRAL TEXAS ON THE EVENING OF THE 15TH. THE
SHOWERS AND STORMS WERE MOST CONCENTRATED IN A BAND FROM STERLING
CITY TO LOWAKE INTO MCCULLOCH COUNTY. SOME LOCATIONS ALONG THIS
BAND RECEIVED AMOUNTS RANGING FROM 0.50 TO 1.50 INCHES...WHILE
NEARLY TWO INCHES FELL IN PARTS OF STERLING COUNTY. THE COVERAGE
OF SHOWERS AND STORMS WAS SCATTERED ACROSS THE BIG COUNTRY AND
MORE ISOLATED ELSEWHERE. RAINFALL AMOUNTS IN THESE OTHER
LOCATIONS GENERALLY VARIED UNDER ONE INCH. SMALL HAIL WAS
REPORTED IN THE TOWN OF THROCKMORTON.

STRONG WEST WINDS OCCURRED ACROSS WEST CENTRAL TEXAS ON THE 18TH
AND 19TH...AND WERE ASSOCIATED WITH AN UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE
SYSTEM WHICH WAS SITUATED OVER THE TEXAS PANHANDLE AND SOUTHERN
GREAT PLAINS. PEAK WIND GUSTS EXCEEDED 40 MPH ACROSS MUCH OF THE
REGION ON THOSE DAYS. THE PEAK GUST REACHED 44 MPH IN ABILENE ON
BOTH DAYS...AND REACHED 44 MPH IN SAN ANGELO ON THE 19TH.
SCATTERED RAINSHOWERS OCCURRED...BUT RAINFALL AMOUNTS WERE LIGHT
(LESS THAN ONE QUARTER OF AN INCH).

AN UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM BROUGHT NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS TO WEST CENTRAL TEXAS LATE ON THE 21ST AND 22ND.
OVER CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN SECTIONS OF THE REGION...RAINFALL
AMOUNTS FROM 0.50 TO 1.25 INCHES WERE COMMON. ACROSS THE BIG
COUNTRY THE AMOUNTS WERE GENERALLY LESS THAN ONE HALF INCH.

LATE IN THE MONTH A STRONG COLD FRONT SWEPT SOUTH ACROSS WEST
CENTRAL TEXAS DURING THE LATE EVENING OF THE 27TH. GUSTY SOUTH
WINDS AND WARM TEMPERATURES OCCURRED ON THE 27TH BEFORE THE
FRONTAL PASSAGE...WITH HIGHS IN THE MID 80S. ABILENE RECORDED
A PEAK WIND GUST FROM THE SOUTH OF 43 MPH. BEHIND THE FRONT...
TEMPERATURES FELL QUICKLY AND WERE ACCOMPANIED BY GUSTY NORTH
WINDS. PEAK WINDS GUSTS REACHED 46 MPH IN SAN ANGELO AND 39 MPH
IN JUNCTION. LOW TEMPERATURES WERE BELOW FREEZING ACROSS MUCH
OF THE REGION ON THE 29TH AND 30TH.

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