March 2006 Climate Summary for the Twin Cities

Listed below is a summary of March for the Twin Cities from the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.

CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHANHASSEN MN
320 PM CST SAT APR 1 2006

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...THE TWIN CITIES CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2006...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1971 TO 2000
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1891 TO 2006

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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MONTHLY  REPORT  MARCH    2006    MSP   AIRPORT

TEMPS            ACTUAL  NORMAL  DEPART              RANK
AVERAGE MAX       40.9    40.6    0.3   WARMER        38W
AVERAGE MIN       26.2    23.5    2.7   WARMER        24W
MONTH   MEAN      33.6    32.1    1.5   WARMER        40W

DAILY   MAX        56    MAR-10 -2006
DAILY   MIN        10    MAR-15 -2006
RECORD  HIGHS      1
RECORD  LOWS       0

HDD              ACTUAL  NORMAL  DEPART              RANK
TOTAL   MONTH     967     1034    -67    WARMER       36W
TOTAL   SEASON    6071    7050    -979   WARMER        5W

CDD              ACTUAL  NORMAL  DEPART              RANK
TOTAL   MONTH      0       0       0     NORMAL       N/A
TOTAL   ANNUAL     0       0       0     NORMAL       N/A

PRECIP           ACTUAL  NORMAL  DEPART              RANK
MONTH   TOTAL     2.01    1.86    0.15   WETTER       37W
ANNUAL  TOTAL     3.04    3.69   -0.65   DRIER        57D
DAILY   MAX       0.78    MAR-13-2006
RECORD  PRECIP     1

SNOW             ACTUAL   AVG    DEPART              RANK
MONTH   TOTAL     20.4    10.4    10.0  SNOWIER       10W
SEASON  TOTAL     44.4    52.7    -8.3   DRIER        NRN
DAILY   MAX       9.9     MAR-13-2006
MAX     DEPTH      12     MAR-16-2006
RECORD  SNOW       1

MONTHLY EXTREMESFOR     COMPARISON
EXTREME MARCH   EXTREME   YEAR   DEPART              RANK
WARMEST MAX       55.4    1910    14.8  WARMEST        1W
COLDEST MAX       25.0    1899   -15.6  COLDEST        1C
WARMEST MIN       34.5    1910    11.0  WARMEST        1W
COLDEST MIN       9.2     1899   -14.3  COLDEST        1C
WARMEST MEAN      45.0    1910    12.9  WARMEST        1W
COLDEST MEAN      17.1    1899   -15.0  COLDEST        1C
WARMEST HDD       618     1910    -416  WARMEST        1W
COLDEST HDD       1478    1899    444   COLDEST        1C
WARMEST CDD        0       0       0     NORMAL       N/A
COLDEST CDD        0       0       0     NORMAL       N/A
WETTEST PCP       4.75    1965    2.89  WETTEST        1W
DRIEST  PCP       0.09    1910   -1.77   DRIEST        1D
SNOWIESTSNW       40.0    1951    29.6  SNOWIEST       1W
DRIEST  SNW       0.1     1981   -10.3   DRIEST        1D

WIND    MPH      ACTUAL  NORMAL  DEPART
MONTH   AVG       9.4     10.0    -0.6
PEAK    GUST       37      NE     MAR-12-2006
FASTEST 1-MINUTE   31      NE     MAR-12-2006

SUNSHINEMINUTES PERCENT  ANNUAL  HOURS  PERCENT
GAINED     98      24     238      4       58
LOST        0       0       0      0        0

WEATHER
TYPE            COUNT
1=FOG/MIST        16
2=FOG DENSE        3
3=THUNDER          4
4=IP/SLEET         0
5=HAIL             0
6=FRZ RAIN         2
7=BLWG DUST        0
8=HAZE/SMK        14
9=BLWG SNW         1

 TEMP    COUNT   NUMBER OF DAYS
MAXIMUM  ACTUAL AVERAGE  DEPART
  <=32     3       7       -4    WARMER
  >=50     6       7       -1    COOLER
  >=60     0       2       -2    COOLER
  >=70     0       1       -1    COOLER
  >=80     0       0       0     NORMAL
  >=90     0       0       0     NORMAL

 TEMP    COUNT   NUMBER OF DAYS
MINIMUM  ACTUAL AVERAGE  DEPART
 <= 32     27      24      3     COOLER
 <= 20     7       11      -4    WARMER
 <= 10     1       4       -3    WARMER
  <= 0     0       2       -2    WARMER
 <= -10    0       0       0     NORMAL
 >= 50     0       0       0     NORMAL

 PRECIP  COUNT   NUMBER OF DAYS
         ACTUAL AVERAGE  DEPART
T (ONLY)   4       5       -1    DRIER
>= 0.01    11      10      1     WETTER
>= 0.10    5       5       0     NORMAL
>= 0.25    2       2       0     NORMAL
>= 0.50    1       1       0     NORMAL
>= 1.00    0       0       0     NORMAL

  SNOW   COUNT   NUMBER OF DAYS
         ACTUAL AVERAGE  DEPART
T (ONLY)   4       4       0     NORMAL
 >= 0.1    6       6       0     NORMAL
 >= 1.0    4       3       1    SNOWIER
 >= 1.5    3       2       1    SNOWIER
 >= 2.0    3       2       1    SNOWIER
 >= 3.0    2       1       1    SNOWIER

NEW DAILRECORDS         LISTING         PREVIOUS
NEW DAILSET/TIE AMOUNT     DATE   YEAR  SET/TIE OLD     YEAR
MAX     TIE->      56     MAR-10-2006   TIES->   56    1977
PCP     NEW->     0.78    MAR-13-2006   OLD->   0.69   1917 1986
SNW     NEW->     9.9     MAR-13-2006   OLD->   9.4    1940

3-MONTH
JFM     2006    ACTUAL  NORMAL  DEPART               RANK
JFM-06  MAX       34.6    30.3    4.3   WARMER         8W
JFM-06  MIN       20.1    13.2    6.9   WARMER         6W
JFM-06  MEAN      27.4    21.8    5.6   WARMER         7W
JFM-06  HDD       3343    3923    -580  WARMER         5W
JFM-06  CDD        0       0       0    NORMAL        N/A
JFM-06  PRECIP    3.04    3.69   -0.65  DRIER         57D
JFM-06  SNOW      24.8    32.1    -7.3  DRIER         NRN

3-MONTH EXTREMESFOR     COMPARISON
EXTREME JFM     EXTREME   YEAR   DEPART              RANK
WARMEST MAX       39.3    1987    9.0   WARMEST        1W
COLDEST MAX       18.5    1936   -11.8  COLDEST        1C
WARMEST MIN       22.4    1931    9.2   WARMEST        1W
COLDEST MIN       3.8     1912    -9.4  COLDEST        1C
WARMEST MEAN      30.5    1987    8.7   WARMEST        1W
COLDEST MEAN      11.3    1936   -10.5  COLDEST        1C
WARMEST HDD       3088    1987    -835  WARMEST        1W
COLDEST HDD       4856    1936    933   COLDEST        1C
WARMEST CDD        2      1967     2    WARMEST        1W
COLDEST CDD        0       0     NORMAL COLDEST        1C
WETTEST PRECIP    7.00    1998    3.31  WETTEST        1W
DRIEST  PRECIP    0.77    1958   -2.92   DRIEST        1D
SNOWIESTSNOW      66.4    1917    34.3  SNOWIEST       1W
DRIEST  SNOW      8.3     1931   -23.8   DRIEST        1D

ANNUAL
JAN-MAR 2006    ACTUAL  NORMAL  DEPART               RANK
JAN-MAR MAX       34.6    30.3    4.3    WARMER        8W
JAN-MAR MIN       20.1    13.2    6.9    WARMER        6W
JAN-MAR MEAN      27.4    21.8    5.6    WARMER        7W
JAN-MAR HDD-ANN   3343    3923    -580   WARMER        5W
JAN-MAR HDD-SEA   6071    7050    -979   WARMER        5W
JAN-MAR CDD        0       0       0     NORMAL       N/A
JAN-MAR PCP        3.04    3.69   -0.65  DRIER        57D
JAN-MAR SNW-ANN   24.8    32.1    -7.3   DRIER        NRN
JAN-MAR SNW-SEA   44.4    52.7    -8.3   DRIER        NRN

ANNUAL EXTREMES FOR COMPARISON
JAN-MAR         EXTREME   YEAR   DEPART              RANK
MAX     JAN-MAR   39.3    1987    9.0   WARMEST        1W
MAX     JAN-MAR   18.5    1936   -11.8  COLDEST        1C
MIN     JAN-MAR   22.4    1931    9.2   WARMEST        1W
MIN     JAN-MAR   3.8     1912    -9.4  COLDEST        1C
MEAN    JAN-MAR   30.5    1987    8.7   WARMEST        1W
MEAN    JAN-MAR   11.3    1936   -10.5  COLDEST        1C
HDD     JAN-MAR   3088    1987    -835  WARMEST        1W
HDD     JAN-MAR   4856    1936    933   COLDEST        1C
HDD      SEASON   5865    2000   -1185  WARMEST        1W
HDD      SEASON   8211    1912    1161  COLDEST        1C
CDD     JAN-MAR    2      1967     2    WARMEST        1W
CDD     JAN-MAR    0       0     NORMAL COLDEST        1C
PCP     JAN-MAR   7.00    1998    3.31  WETTEST        1W
PCP     JAN-MAR   0.77    1958   -2.92   DRIEST        1D
SNW     JAN-MAR   66.4    1917    34.3  WETTEST        1W
SNW     JAN-MAR   7.1     1958   -25.0   DRIEST        1D
SNW     SEASON    90.2    1982    37.5  SNOWIEST       1W
SNW     SEASON    14.2    1931   -38.5   DRIEST        1D


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