Portsmouth Weather Records Service
 

Local Climatological Data
*Data Are Subject to Correction by PWRS

Station:  PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA
Month:   MARCH Year: 2003
Latitude: 36 48 04 N    Longitude: 76 19 40 W
Station Elevation: 20 FT 
Standard Time: EASTERN STANDARD TIME
LOCAL CLIMATOLOGICAL DATA (WS-TYPE FORM: F-6)

                                          STATION:   PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA
                                          MONTH:     MARCH
                                          YEAR:      2003
                                          LATITUDE:   36 48 04 N                   
                                          LONGITUDE:  76 19 40 W                   
NOTE: DATA MAY EXTEND BEYOND RIGHT MARGIN
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|-----TEMPERATURE IN F:--------||RAIN---SNOW-||------WIND-----|BAROMETER||HUMID||SKY||---------------WEATHER-----------------|
                                                AVG  AVG PK  PK  MAX  MIN MAX MIN DOM WX
DY MAX MIN   AVG   DEP   HDD  CDD WTR  SNW DPTH DIR  SPD DIR SPD BAR  BAR HUM HUM SKY TYPES / NOTES
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 1  54  37   45.5   +1  19.5    0 0.00 0.0    0 023  0.2 135 11 0299 9982 100  74  PC 1       
 2  59  46   52.5   +5  12.5    0 0.55 0.0    0 245  3.3 245 18 9982 9566  99  69  PC 1       SHRA FROPA
 3  46  30   38.0   -9  27.0    0 0.00 0.0    0 360  4.0 360 22 0225 9749  88  49  SU 1       BREEZY COLDER
 4  60  30   45.0   -1  20.0    0 0.03 0.0    0 113  0.8 135 12 0245 9986  87  47  PC 1       -FROST -RA
 5  68  50   59.0  +10   6.0    0 0.46 0.0    0 200  3.5 245 24 9986 2758 100  66  PC 1       RA
 6  66  36   51.0   +4  14.0    0 0.84 0.0    0 180  6.8 023 30 0160 9644  98  68   C 1       SHRA FROPA BREEZY
 7  37  33   35.0  -12  30.0    0 0.08 0.0    0 360  5.9 023 23 0287 0150  94  79   C 1       DAMP COLD -RA
 8  60  33   46.5   -1  18.5    0 0.00 0.0    0 180  1.8 180 15 0250 0007 100  63  SU         -FROST
 9  74  45   59.5  +12   5.5    0 0.00 0.0    0 200  5.8 245 22 0007 9811  85  32  SU         PLEASANT
10  48  33   40.5   -7  24.5    0 0.00 0.0    0 023  4.0 023 21 0272 9978  76  41  SU         COLDER
11  44  32   38.0   -9  27.0    0 0.01 0.0    0 045  2.2 068 15 0286 0132  84  65   C 1       -RA DAMP CHILLY
12  67  39   53.0   +5  12.0    0 0.00 0.0    0 200  2.0 200 18 0208 0075  91  43  SU 2       MILDER
13  78  48   63.0  +12   2.0    0 0.10 0.0    0 200  4.4 200 25 0099 9885  91  43  PC 3       SHRA FROPA
14  50  35   42.5   -8  22.5    0    T 0.0    0 045  6.6 045 24 0403 0031  86  58  PC         -SHRA COLDER
15  60  34   47.0   -4  18.0    0 0.00 0.0    0 045  2.1 045 13 0331 0127  85  63  PC
16  61  47   54.0   +4  11.0    0 0.43 0.0    0 360  1.8 360 13 0127 9819  98  79   C 12      RA SHRA DAMP
17  60  54   57.0   +6   8.0      0.01 0.0    0 270  1.7 270 13 9852 9741  99  91   C 12      DZ DAMP
18  64  45   54.5   +4  10.5    0 0.00 0.0    0 045  3.7 045 21 9935 9673  98  93  PC 1
19  50  45   47.5   -2  17.5    0    T 0.0    0 045  7.6 045 25 0222 9935  96  79  PC 1       -SHRA
20  64  48   56.0   +7   9.0    0 0.38 0.0    0 180  5.2 180 23 0176 9814  99  89   C 1       SHRA BR
21  71  58   64.5  +13   0.5    0 0.01 0.0    0 180  3.7 200 15 9844 9695 100  86  PC 1       -SHRA BR
22  68  50   59.0  +10   6.0    0 0.00 0.0    0 045  1.8 270 14 9897 9788  97  60  PC 1
23  64  46   55.0   +6  10.0    0 0.00 0.0    0 360  4.0 045 16 0040 9896  88  50  PC
24  65  46   55.5   +4   9.5    0 0.00 0.0    0 023  3.2 045 16 0112 0048  86  44  SU
25  72  41   56.5   +5   8.5    0 0.00 0.0    0 135  2.5 135 14 0150 9998  91  43  SU 1       QUITE PLEASANT
26  80  52   66.0  +13   0.0  1.0 0.12 0.0    0 200  6.1 360 30 0034 9817  89  85  PC         BREEZY MILD FROPA SHRA
27  61  48   54.5   +2  10.5    0 0.02 0.0    0 045  4.0 045 18 0204 0010  89  47  PC         -RA
28  75  48   61.5   +7   3.5    0 0.00 0.0    0 135  2.5 135 16 0184 0128  90  62  SU
29  78  60   69.0  +11   0.0  4.0    T 0.0    0 180  6.4 180 22 0089 9829  93  68  PC         BREEZY DSTLTG SHRA
30  72  37   54.5   -4  10.5    0 0.42 0.0    0 340  7.7 360 28 9929 9801 100  75   C         FROPA RA BR COLDER
31  50  34   42.0  -14  23.0    0 0.00 0.0    0 295  7.8 360 27 0254 9914  85  36  PC         BREEZY COLD
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SM                     397.0  5.0 3.46 0.0  0.0                                    
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AV 62.1 42.6 52.4 +2.4            0.11          170  4.0        0132 9896  92  63                                        
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NOTES:
WINDS IN M.P.H.
                      
LOCAL CLIMATOLOGICAL DATA (WS-TYPE FORM: F-6) , PAGE 2

                                          STATION:  PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA
                                          MONTH:    MARCH
                                          YEAR:     2003
                                          LATITUDE:   36 48 04 N                   
                                          LONGITUDE:  76 19 40 W                   

[TEMPERATURE DATA]      [PRECIPITATION DATA]               SYMBOLS USED IN WX TYPES COLUMN

AVERAGE MAXIMUM: 62.1   TOTAL FOR MONTH:   3.46            1 = FOG                      
AVERAGE MAX DEP: +2.1   DPTR FM NORMAL:   -0.80 OR  81%    2 = FOG REDUCING VISIBILITY  
AVERAGE MINIMUM: 42.6   GRTST 24HR  0.84" ON 6                 TO 1/4 MILE OR LESS      
AVERAGE MIN DEP: +2.5   GRTST DAILY 0.84" ON 6             3 = THUNDER                  
AVERAGE MONTHLY: 52.4   SNOW, ICE PELLETS, HAIL            4 = ICE PELLETS              
AVERAGE MON DEP: +2.4   TOTAL MONTH:  0.0"                 5 = HAIL                     
                        GRTST DAILY        ON              6 = GLAZE OR RIME            
HIGHEST:    80 ON  26   GRTST 24HR         ON              7 = BLOWING DUST OR SAND:    
LOWEST:     30 ON 3,4   GRTST DEPTH:       ON                  VSBY  MILE OR LESS    
                                                           8 = SMOKE OR HAZE            
[NO. OF DAYS WITH]      [PRECIP  - DAYS WITH]              9 = BLOWING SNOW             
                                                           X = TORNADO                  
MAX 32 OR BELOW:   0    0.01 INCH OR MORE:  14 0R 45.16%
MAX 90 OR ABOVE:   0    0.10 INCH OR MORE:   8                                  
MIN 32 OR BELOW:   3    0.50 INCH OR MORE:   2                                  
MIN  0 OR BELOW:   0    1.00 INCH OR MORE:   0                                  

[HDD (BASE 65) ]                                   [# DAYS WITH]
TOTAL THIS MO. 397.0    CLEAR  (SCALE 0-3)   8     17 FOG                          
                        PTCLDY (SCALE 4-7)  16      3 DENSE FOG    [VSBY 1/4 MILE OR LESS]
SEASONAL      3179.5    CLOUDY (SCALE 8-10)  7      1 THUNDERSTORMS              
                                                    1 # OF THUNDERSTORMS
[CDD (BASE 65) ]                                    0 SNOW                         
TOTAL THIS MO.   5.0                                2 FROST                     
                        [PRESSURE DATA]                                         
SEASONAL TOTAL   5.0    HIGHEST SLP 30.403" ON THE 14TH                         
                        LOWEST  SLP 29.566" ON THE  2ND                         
                        AVERAGE SLP 30.014" 
[STATION RECORDS]

5TH  - PRECIPITATION 0.46" [PREVIOUSLY 0.32" in 1997]
7TH  - TEMPERATURE MINIMUM MAXIMUM 37 [PREVIOUSLY 39 1989]
20TH - TEMPERATURE TIED MAXIMUM MINIMUM 48 [PREVIOUSLY 1998]
21ST - TEMPERATURE MAXIMUM MINIMUM 58 [PREVIOUSLY 55 1995]
22ND - TEMPERATURE TIED MAXIMUM MINIMUM 50 [PREVIOUSLY 1991]
26TH - TEMPERATURE MAXIMUM 80 [PREVIOUSLY 76 1998]
27TH - TEMPERATURE MINIMUM TIED 37 [PREVIOUSLY 37 1982]

YEAR-TO-DATE

[TEMPERATURE DATA]      [PRECIPITATION DATA]

AVERAGE MAXIMUM: 51.8   TOTAL FOR YEAR:   11.75
AVERAGE MAX DEP: -1.7   DPTR FM NORMAL:   +0.11" OR 101%                          
AVERAGE MINIMUM: 35.3   GRTST 24HR  1.40 ON  2/16                      
AVERAGE MIN DEP: +0.2   GRTST DAILY 1.40 ON  2/16                               
AVERAGE MONTHLY: 43.5   SNOW, ICE PELLETS, HAIL                                 
AVERAGE MON DEP: -0.8   TOTAL:          5.3                                     
                        GRTST DAILY   2.0 ON 1/16, 1/23
HIGHEST:    80 ON 3/26  GRTST 24HR    2.0 ON 1/16, 1/23
LOWEST:     15 ON 1/23  GRTST DEPTH:  2.0 on 1/16, 1/17, 1/23                
                  1/24

[NO. OF DAYS WITH]      [PRECIP  - DAYS WITH]                                   
                                                                                
MAX 32 OR BELOW:   2    0.01 INCH OR MORE:  39  OR 43.33%                      
MAX 90 OR ABOVE:   0    0.10 INCH OR MORE:  23                                  
MIN 32 OR BELOW:  36    0.50 INCH OR MORE:   9                                  
MIN  0 OR BELOW:   0    1.00 INCH OR MORE:   2                                  

[HDD (BASE 65) ]                                   [# DAYS WITH]
TOTAL         1938.0    CLEAR  (SCALE 0-3)  25     38 FOG                          
                        PTCLDY (SCALE 4-7)  40      4 DENSE FOG    [VSBY 1/4 MILE OR LESS]
SEASONAL      3179.5    CLOUDY (SCALE 8-10) 25      2 THUNDERSTORMS              
                                                    2 # OF THUNDERSTORMS
[CDD (BASE 65) ]                                   11 SNOW                         
TOTAL THIS MO.   5.0                                7 FROST                     
                        [PRESSURE DATA]                                         
SEASONAL TOTAL   5.0    HIGHEST SLP 30.493" ON THE 27TH OF JANUARY
                        LOWEST  SLP 29.212" ON THE 23RD OF FEBRUARY
PWRS DENOTATIONS: SU/CL = Clear sky; PC = Partly cloudy sky; C = cloudy sky; NA, not available; NR, not recorded; TEMP, temperature; MAX, maximum; MIN, minimum; T, trace of precipitation; INOP, inoper- ative equipment; MPH, miles per hour; DN, departure from normal; DEP, departure; YR, year; NORM, normal; DST LTG, distant lightning; FROP or FROPA, frontal passage; AM morning; AFT afternoon hours; EVE evening hours; PM evening hours; E estimated; VBL, variable wind directions; TS, tropical storm

METAR DENOTATIONS


BC   Patches
BL   Blowing 
BR   Fog with visibilites > 5/8 but <=6 statute miles and
below to 5/8 mile
DU   Dust (widespread)
DS   Duststorm
DZ   Drizzle
FC   Funnel Cloud
FC+  Tornado/waterspout
FG   Fog with visibility <= 5/8 statute miles
FU   Smoke
FZDZ Freezing drizzle
FZRA Freezing rain
FZFG Freezing fog
GR   Hail
GS   Small hail
HZ   Haze
IC   Ice crystals
PL   Ice pellets
PY   Spray
RA   Rain
SA   Sand
SS   Sandstorm
PO   Sand or dust whirls
SG   Snow granules
SH   Shower 
SHRA Shower of rain
SHSN Shower of snow
SHPE Shower of ice pellets
SHGR Shower with hail
SHGS Shower with small hail
SM   Statute miles
SN   Snow
SQ   Squalls
TS   Thunderstorm
TSGR Thunderstorm with hail
TSGS Thunderstorm with small hail
TSPE Thunderstorm with ice pellets
TSRA Thunderstorm with rain
TSSN Thunderstorm with snow
UP   Unknown precipitation
VA   Volcanic ash
VC   Vicinity
V V   Used for obscurred sky

METAR Qualifiers: (now placed in FRONT of code)

-  Light     + Heavy      DR Low drifting    M  Below ( -x.x degrees)
                                       MI Shallow     PR Partial