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Another warm March?

Since 2015, spring brings in the heat

Azaleas are a sure sign of March!
Azaleas are a sure sign of March!

Trail rides and azalea trails always signal changing weather and this year will be no exception.

Meteorological spring, as it’s known, began yesterday. For record-keeping, it’s easier to simply have spring as March-April-May. Given that we keep seeing each year and many months setting records for global warmth, I took a look back from 2015 to see how March has shaped up for us the past five years.

The average high and low for the month are 72 and 52 with a little more than 3″ of rain being the normal. Our highs are certainly well above that and it’s interesting to see how many days of the month get to 80F or higher. Rain, on the other hand, seems to be a roll of the dice:

YearHighLowNumber of 80F+ daysRain
20158330126.34″
2016873473.25″
20178743155.63″
20188544152.97″
201987307.50″

Last year’s March came in extremely dry. Right now, long term forecasts for March are calling for another warmer-than-normal one and below-normal for rain. I can see at least a rain event each week for the next three, starting with Wednesday:

We'll keep a close eye on Wednesday
We'll keep a close eye on Wednesday

March has a reputation of coming in like a lion and out like a lamb. We are going to get our first bite on Wednesday.

Frank

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