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Weather Summary March, 2000

March and Spring showed their colors early on, as the last? of the season's main rains ended suddenly on March 9.  Temps climbed steadily until peaking at the end of the month with near record warmth and very fall-like offshore winds. Overall, 2.79" fell (about 1" below normal), and was concentrated in the first 9 days. Winter's final gasps came in the form of a series of potent upper lows slipping directly along the West Coast but out at sea, then turning inland over SoCal and No. Mexico. Prolonged rains hit the Phoenix area early the second week of the month as a cutoff low which hammered SoCal and gave moderate rains here, anchored over the four corners. Somewhat unusual for intensity and longetivity, but if it does happen down there, this is the time of year when it does. Two spells of 70+ temps, with the first of the year occurring on the 21st and 22nd, with near 80F on the 31st.  Early April should see a continuation of this warm pattern.
In Pacifica, rainfall to date for the season now stands at 29.92", almost 7" above our total yearly average. We currently stand at around 135% of normal to date, which is somewhat higher than the 110-125% of many areas in the vicinity. The seasons last snow measurements in the Sierra were also above normal, continuing an unprecedented 6 straight years of above average precip for Central and Northern California.

                   MONTHLY CLIMATOLOGICAL SUMMARY for MAR. 2000


NAME: HOME CITY: Pacifica  STATE: Ca  ELEV: 540'  LAT: 37.36'N  LONG: 122.27'W 


                   TEMPERATURE (°F), RAIN  (in), WIND SPEED (mph)


                                      HEAT  COOL        AVG
    MEAN                              DEG   DEG         WIND                 DOM
DAY TEMP  HIGH   TIME   LOW    TIME   DAYS  DAYS  RAIN  SPEED HIGH   TIME    DIR
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 1  50.3  58.1  12:35p  44.5   3:50a  13.7   0.0  0.01   1.6  10.0   2:15p   SSW
 2  50.3  53.6   2:00p  47.6   6:15a  14.4   0.0  0.27   2.5  19.0   4:45p     N
 3  52.3  60.3  11:45a  44.7   6:45a  12.5   0.0  0.00   1.8  11.0  12:00p   NNE
 4  52.9  59.2  12:30p  48.4  12:00m  11.2   0.0  0.61   3.9  19.0   3:30p   SSW
 5  48.0  49.4   5:00p  46.9  11:00p  16.8   0.0  0.07   4.4  37.0   7:15a   WNW
 6  49.2  55.8   2:30p  45.4   2:30a  14.4   0.0  0.00   2.4  14.0   2:45p   SSW
 7  48.4  52.9   1:30p  43.5  12:00m  16.8   0.0  0.98   4.0  34.0   2:15p     S
 8  48.3  50.6   3:30p  42.2   1:30a  18.6   0.0  0.49   8.2  33.0   1:00p     S
 9  51.4  56.5   2:43p  48.1  10:30p  12.7   0.0  0.24   7.5  25.0   1:14a     S
10  53.3  61.1   1:45p  44.9   6:45a  12.0   0.0  0.00   2.8  16.0   9:15p   ESE
11  53.4  60.4  12:30p  47.0  12:00m  11.3   0.0  0.04   1.8  13.0   2:45p    SW
12  52.8  61.0  11:00a  46.8  12:30a  11.1   0.0  0.01   2.1  12.0   6:00p     S
13  53.6  59.7   3:15p  50.3   5:00a  10.0   0.0  0.00   2.8  14.0   2:45a    SW
14  55.2  64.9  12:45p  49.8  12:00m   7.7   0.0  0.01   2.2  16.0  11:00a     N
15  56.5  66.9  11:30a  49.1  12:45a   7.0   0.0  0.01   2.3  12.0   6:45p   ESE
16  53.4  58.7   1:15p  47.2  11:15p  12.0   0.0  0.00   4.4  27.0   4:30p     W
17  52.4  63.0   1:15p  44.1   6:30a  11.5   0.0  0.00   2.1  11.0   3:15p    NE
18  55.3  64.6  11:30a  48.5   3:30a   8.5   0.0  0.00   2.6  12.0   5:45p   SSW
19  51.5  55.6  12:45p  47.2  12:00m  13.6   0.0  0.00   6.0  30.0   4:00p   WNW
20  51.2  59.5   1:30p  43.6   4:00a  13.5   0.0  0.00   3.8  24.0  10:30a     N
21  59.9  70.6   1:45p  49.5  12:00m   5.0   0.0  0.00   4.1  25.0  12:30a     N
22  56.3  70.3   1:15p  47.4   5:15a   6.1   0.0  0.00   2.6  16.0  11:30a   SSW
23  52.1  57.8   1:00p  47.8   9:15p  12.2   0.0  0.00   3.3  15.0  12:45a   SSW
24  50.1  60.4   1:00p  42.0   5:15a  13.8   0.0  0.00   2.9  19.0   2:45p   SSW
25  51.6  58.1  11:00a  45.8   1:00a  13.1   0.0  0.00   2.5  17.0   1:45p   SSW
26  51.6  58.4   1:00p  45.5   1:00a  13.0   0.0  0.00   2.2  14.0   2:00p   SSW
27  51.3  55.1  12:45p  48.8  11:15p  13.1   0.0  0.00   4.2  24.0  12:30p   WNW
28  50.9  56.9   1:45p  46.4   6:45a  13.3   0.0  0.00   3.7  22.0   5:45p     W
29  52.5  61.5   1:45p  46.5   6:45a  11.0   0.0  0.00   2.7  14.0  12:30a     W
30  55.6  65.6  11:30a  45.8   4:00a   9.3   0.0  0.00   2.3  13.0  12:00p   SSW
31  67.7  78.1   3:30p  59.5   6:45a   0.0   3.8  0.00   5.1  28.0   9:45a     N
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    52.9  78.1    31    42.0    24   359.1   3.8  2.74   3.4  37.0     5       S


Max >= 90.0:  0
Max <= 32.0:  0
Min <= 32.0:  0
Min <=  0.0:  0
Max Rain: 0.98 ON  3/07/00
Days of Rain: 7 (>.01 in) 5 (>.1 in) 0 (>1 in)
Heat Base:  65.0  Cool Base:  65.0  Method: (High + Low) / 2