March Climate Summary: Topeka

CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOPEKA KS
937 AM CDT TUE APR 1 2008

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...THE TOPEKA CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2008...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1971 TO 2000
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1887 TO 2008

WEATHER OBSERVED NORMAL DEPART LAST YEAR`S
VALUE DATE(S) VALUE FROM VALUE DATE(S)
NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
HIGH 93 03/31/1946
03/22/1907
LOW -7 03/04/1978
HIGHEST 75 03/12 61 14 83
LOWEST 10 03/08 28 -18 18
AVG. MAXIMUM 54.0 55.5 -1.5 65.2
AVG. MINIMUM 30.4 32.9 -2.5 42.4
MEAN 42.2 44.2 -2.0 53.8
DAYS MAX >= 90 0 0.0 0.0 0
DAYS MAX <= 32 1 1.3 -0.3 0
DAYS MIN <= 32 17 15.2 1.8 10
DAYS MIN <= 0 0 0.1 -0.1 0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
MAXIMUM 8.44 1973
MINIMUM 0.06 1910
TOTALS 2.58 2.56 0.02 3.65
DAILY AVG. 0.08 0.08 0.00 0.12
DAYS >= .01 8 9.2 -1.2 12
DAYS >= .10 3 5.1 -2.1 5
DAYS >= .50 2 1.8 0.2 1
DAYS >= 1.00 2 0.4 1.6 1
GREATEST
24 HR. TOTAL 1.10 03/02 TO 03/02 2.22

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
TOTAL 26.2 1912
TOTALS 0.1 2.3 -2.2 T
SINCE 7/1 32.6 19.2 13.4 9.6
SNOWDEPTH AVG. 0 0 0 0
DAYS >= 1.0 0 0.7 -0.7 0
GREATEST
SNOW DEPTH 0 0
24 HR TOTAL 0.1 03/07 TO 03/07 T

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL 700 647 53 364
SINCE 7/1 4745 4776 -31 4202
COOLING TOTAL 0 3 -3 24
SINCE 1/1 0 3 -3 24
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED 8.4
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION 35/320 DATE 03/02
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION 45/180 DATE 03/02

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT) 66

NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR 16
NUMBER OF DAYS PC 9
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY 6

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT) 63

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM 2 MIXED PRECIP 0
HEAVY RAIN 2 RAIN 5
LIGHT RAIN 10 FREEZING RAIN 0
LT FREEZING RAIN 0 HAIL 0
HEAVY SNOW 0 SNOW 0
LIGHT SNOW 2 SLEET 0
FOG 15 FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE 1
HAZE 12

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

REMARKS...

THE MONTH STARTED OFF WINDY AND WARM...AND ENDED WINDY AND
COOL...BUT...OVERALL...CONDITIONS DIDN/T STRAY FAR FROM MARCH
NORMALS. THE MOST NOTABLE WEATHER OF THE MONTH OCCURRED AT THE
BEGINNING...WHEN NEAR 70-DEGREE TEMPERATURES WERE DROPPED 22 DEGREES
IN AN HOUR EARLY ON THE 2ND WITH OVER AN INCH OF RAIN FALLING ON
THAT DAY AS A POTENT COLD FRONT PASSED THOUGH. MORE SIGNIFICANT
PRECIPITATION FELL ON THE 17TH AS PERSISTENT RAIN FELL FOR MUCH
OF THE DAY. WARM AIR SURGED NORTH EARLY ON THE 31ST BRINGING SUNRISE
TEMPERATURES INTO THE MIDDLE 60S...BUT BY SUNSET TEMPERATURES WERE IN
THE MIDDLE 40S AS ANOTHER STRONG COLD FRONT SURGED SOUTHEAST.


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