PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN ANGELO TX
1100 PM CST FRI APR 1 2005

...SAN ANGELO TIED ITS 6TH WETTEST MARCH ON RECORD...
...A POTENT STORM SYSTEM BROUGHT SEVERE STORMS AND A BRIEF PERIOD 
OF WET SNOW LATE IN MARCH...

PRECIPITATION FOR MARCH WAS ABOVE NORMAL THROUGHOUT WEST CENTRAL 
TEXAS. ABILENE...SAN ANGELO AND JUNCTION ALL RECORDED OVER TWO
INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH. TEMPERATURES AVERAGED BELOW NORMAL
FOR THE MONTH. 

AT ABILENE REGIONAL AIRPORT...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR MARCH
WAS 55.7 DEGREES. THIS WAS 0.7 DEGREES BELOW THE NORMAL AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE OF 56.4 DEGREES. TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR MARCH WAS
2.19 INCHES. THIS WAS 0.78 INCHES ABOVE THE MONTHLY NORMAL OF
1.41 INCHES. ABILENE RECORDED 1.2 INCHES OF SNOW IN MARCH.

AT SAN ANGELO REGIONAL AIRPORT...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR
MARCH WAS 55.2 DEGREES. THIS WAS 2.0 DEGREES BELOW THE NORMAL
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 57.2 DEGREES. TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR
MARCH WAS 2.81 INCHES. THIS WAS 1.82 INCHES ABOVE THE MONTHLY
NORMAL OF 0.99 INCHES. THIS TIED FOR THE 6TH WETTEST MARCH ON 
RECORD IN SAN ANGELO.


...MARCH 2005 WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS...

A MOIST AIRMASS REMAINED OVER WEST CENTRAL TEXAS DURING THE FIRST
SEVERAL DAYS OF THE MONTH. AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE BROUGHT 
SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS DURING THE OVERNIGHT HOURS OF OF THE 1ST AND 
2ND. PENNY SIZE HAIL OCCURRED WITH A STORM IN ELDORADO. RAINFALL 
AMOUNTS GENERALLY VARIED FROM ONE QUARTER TO THREE QUARTERS OF AN 
INCH...BUT A FEW LOCATIONS RECEIVED AROUND ONE INCH. 

ANOTHER UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE BROUGHT WIDESPREAD RAIN AND A FEW
THUNDERSTORMS TO WEST CENTRAL TEXAS ON THE 5TH. ONE HALF TO ONE INCH
OF RAIN FELL AT NUMEROUS LOCATIONS...WHILE SCATTERED LOCATIONS 
RECEIVED ONE TO TWO INCHES. OVER TWO INCHES WAS REPORTED AT MERTZON
AND NEAR WALL.   

NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS OCCURRED ON THE 15TH AS 
AN UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM MOVED EAST INTO THE RED RIVER VALLEY.
THE SHOWERS AND STORMS WERE MOST NUMEROUS ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN
SECTIONS OF WEST CENTRAL TEXAS. A FEW SHOWERS LINGERED IN 
SOUTHEASTERN PARTS OF THE REGION INTO THE 16TH. RAINFALL AMOUNTS 
MOSTLY VARIED UNDER ONE HALF INCH...BUT A FEW LOCATIONS RECEIVED ONE
HALF TO ONE INCH...MAINLY ACROSS THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN SECTIONS 
OF WEST CENTRAL TEXAS. IN ADDITION TO THE RAIN...A COUPLE OF SEVERE 
STORMS IN CROCKETT COUNTY PRODUCED GOLFBALL SIZE HAIL IN OZONA...AND 
NICKEL SIZE HAIL 20 MILES NORTHWEST OF OZONA.   

SCATTERED SHOWERS AND A FEW THUNDERSTORMS OCCURRED ACROSS EASTERN 
PARTS OF WEST CENTRAL TEXAS EARLY ON THE 21ST. RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF
ONE HALF TO ONE INCH OCCURRED AT SOME LOCATIONS SOUTH OF A BRADY TO
SONORA LINE. 

LATE IN THE MONTH...A POTENT STORM SYSTEM BROUGHT STRONG TO SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS AND A BRIEF PERIOD OF WET SNOW TO WEST CENTRAL TEXAS. 
 
WITH THE APPROACH OF THIS STORM SYSTEM...CLUSTERS OF STRONG TO SEVERE 
THUNDERSTORMS AFFECTED WEST CENTRAL TEXAS ON THE 25TH AND 26TH. THE 
STORMS ON THE 25TH OCCURRED DURING THE EVENING...MAINLY SOUTH OF A 
MERTZON TO SAN ANGELO TO BROWNWOOD LINE. SEVERAL STORMS PRODUCED 
LARGE HAIL RANGING FROM NICKEL TO GOLFBALL SIZE. THE STORMS ON THE 
26TH OCCURRED FROM MIDNIGHT TO MID-MORNING...AND AFFECTED ALL OF WEST 
CENTRAL TEXAS. SEVERAL OF THESE STORMS PRODUCED PENNY TO QUARTER SIZE 
HAIL ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PARTS OF THE REGION. WIND DAMAGE WAS 
REPORTED FROM A COUPLE OF STORMS IN COLEMAN COUNTY. THE STORMS ALSO 
CONTAINED HEAVY RAIN.

ADDITIONAL SHOWERS OCCURRED FROM THE AFTERNOON TO OVERNIGHT HOURS
OF THE 26TH AND 27TH. AS MUCH COLDER AIR ASSOCIATED WITH THE STORM 
SYSTE FILTERED DOWN INTO THE REGION AND TEMPERATURES DROPPED INTO THE 
30S DURING THE POST MIDNIGHT HOURS OF THE 27TH...THE RAIN BRIEFLY 
CHANGED TO WET SNOW IN PARTS OF THE BIG COUNTRY BEFORE ENDING. 
ABILENE RECORDED 1.2 INCHES OF SNOW BEFORE SUNRISE ON EASTER SUNDAY 
MORNING. WITH TEMPERATURES ABOVE FREEZING AND A WARM GROUND SURFACE 
HOWEVER...THE SNOW QUICKLY MELTED. A MEASURABLE SNOW EVENT IS QUITE 
RARE FOR WEST CENTRAL TEXAS IN LATE MARCH.   

TOTAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS FROM THIS SYSTEM OF 1 TO 2 INCHES OCCURRED 
ACROSS MUCH OF THE BIG COUNTRY...NORTHERN HEARTLAND AND NORTHERN 
CONCHO VALLEY...AND ACROSS SCATTERED LOCATIONS IN THE SOUTHERN HALF 
OF WEST CENTRAL TEXAS. ELSEWHERE THE AMOUNTS VARIED UNDER ONE INCH.

DURING THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS OF MARCH WITH HIGH PRESSURE AND A DRY 
AIRMASS...SKIES WERE MAINLY CLEAR IN WEST CENTRAL TEXAS WITH WARM  
DAYTIME AND COOL NIGHTTIME TEMPERATURES.

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