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Selected U.S. City
and State Extremes

March 1999

Source NOAA/NWS Forecast Offices and compiled by NCDC. Last Update 4/07/99





top Temperature

1. Rochester, NY recorded -7 degrees F. on March 8th which tied their all time low temperature for the month previously set in 1872 and 1885.

2. The 139 consecutive days below freezing at Fairbanks, AK (which ended on March 14) was the 4th longest such period. The longest ( in 1971-72) was 157 days.

3. The maximum temperature of -32 at Prudhoe Bay, AK on March 29 was the coldest high temperature so late in the season.

4. Eureka, CA had an average minimum temperature for the month of 39.5. This was the 6th coldest average minimum for the month of March. In addition, the average temperature of 46.7 was colder than February’s value which in turn was colder than the average experienced in January.

top Precipitation

1. The 24.3" of snow that fell in Rochester, NY on March 3-4, 1999 was the second greatest snowfall in a 24-hour period. The record, 29.8", occurred in March 1900. The near record snowfall fell during a 15 hour period starting at 11:00 PM Wednesday March 3rd through 2:00 PM Thursday March 4th, 1999. The snowfall was caused by an ususually strong late winter storm . The storm produced snowfall rates of 2-3 inches per hour. The winds were also very strong with gusty northwest winds as high as 45 mph and produced blizzard conditions at the Rochester airport for a 7 hour period from 5:00 AM until 12:00 PM on March 4th, 1999. The greater Rochester area on average experienced snowfall amounts in the 20-25 inch range.

2. For the period October 1, 1998 through March 13, 1999, the 104.65" of rainfall at Quillayute, WA sets a record.

3. The 19" of snow that fell on March 13 at Medford, OK was the 4th greatest snowfall in that state. The 3 higher totals were 20" in March 1970, 22" in November 1992 with 36" falling in a paralyzing blizzard in Feb 1971.

4. Cold Bay, AK had a record March 24-hour snowfall of 15" on March 17-18. The old record was 10.1" set in 1994. Total snowfall for the month was 44.5" which broke the 1985 record of 28.6" and the 29" maximum snow depth for the month broke the 1984 record of 23".

5. The 2.51" of rainfall that fell on March 28th at Brownsville, TX was the third wettest March day on record exceeded by 2.73" and 2.58" respectively in 1903 and 1981.

6. It was a dry March across lower Michigan. Muskegon with 0.60" had its 4th driest March. Grand Rapids had its 8th driest with 0.96". As of the 31st, Grand Rapids had 22 consecutive days without measurable precipitation.

7. As of the end of the month, the Mt. Baker, Washington ski area reported an unofficial snowfall for the season of 1071 inches or 89.25 ft, with a snow depth on the ground of 306 inches or 25.5 feet ! The official reporting site at Paradise-Mt. Rainier, Washington site reported 940 inches with 283 inches on the ground at the end of the month. The national record for seasonal snowfall occurred at Paradise, in 1971-1972 with 1122 inches.

8. For the water year, October 1998-March 1999, Olympia, WA set a total precipitation record with 66.05", breaking the old record of 57.40" set in 1949-1950.

9. Juneau, AK ended the month with a snow depth of 8". This was the second greatest snow depth for March 31, exceeded only by the 1972 report of 9".

top Wind

1. A record wind gust of 63 mph for March was recorded at Billings, MT on the 16th. The old record was 61 mph which occurred in 1956.

top Pressure

1. None Reported.

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