Terry’s Take: March 2013…What a difference a year makes!

Posted on: 9:52 pm, April 1, 2013, by , updated on: 11:23pm, April 2, 2013

Terry Swails Weather Blog

March is now behind us and I think most of us agree that’s a good thing.  The average temperature for the month came in at 31.4 degrees which is 7.7 degrees below normal.  We did not see our first 50 degree day until March 28th and only 2 days had temperatures that at some time did not dip below freezing.  Our coldest morning was 1 above on the 3rd and 19 of the months 31 days had highs in the 20s and 30s (61%).

A COLD MARCH FOR THE EASTERN U.S.

A COLD MARCH FOR THE EASTERN U.S.

While precipitation was slightly below normal at 2.57″, the prevailing cold led to above normal snowfall.  The 10.6″ measured in the Quad Cities was more than twice the normal of 4″ and the snowiest in quite some time.

AREA CITIES MARCH TEMPERATURES

AREA CITIES MARCH TEMPERATURES

Just as interesting as this years cold and snow was how it compared to last March.  Many of you recall last March’s remarkable warmth. The average temperature of 53.3 degrees in 2012 was not only the warmest March on record, it was 22 degrees higher than this year!  Amazingly, 23 of 2012′s highs exceeded 60 degrees and 6 days were in the 80s.  This year not a one!  One of the most telling facts emphasizing the contrast between the two years is high temperatures.  This year the average high was 39.6 and last year we came in at a whopping 64.4 degrees.  Wow, now that’s what I call payback!

MARCH 2013 TEMPERATURE ANOMALY

MARCH 2013 TEMPERATURE ANOMALY

MARCH 2012 TEMPERATURE ANOMALY

MARCH 2012 TEMPERATURE ANOMALY