Ithaca Climate Summary for March 2003
- With an average temperature of 32.6 degrees, the month averaged 0.2 degrees warmer than normal.
- This ended the streak of five consecutive cooler-than-normal months.
- This March was 2 degrees cooler than March 2002.
- The first fifteen days of the month averaged 8.1 degrees colder than normal, but the next fifteen days averaged 10.5 degrees warmer than normal.
- The warmest temperature of the month was 73 degrees on the 25th.
- The coldest temperature of the month was -14 degrees on the 7th.
- The -14 degree temperature was the second coldest March day on record and the coldest reading in any month since January 7, 1996.
- One low temperature record was tied and two broken this month:
- March 6: -8 degrees tied record low last set in 1948.
- March 7: -14 degrees broke record low of -9 set in 1960.
- March 31: 8 degrees broke record low of 9 set in 1923.
- The March precipitation total was 2.16 inches, which represented 84% of normal.
- This total was quite similar to that of March 2002 (2.10 inches).
- The year-to-date precipitation accumulation of 7.36 inches is 0.62 inches ahead of normal.
- Total snowfall for the month was 11.2 inches, just 0.8 inches shy of normal.
- This was 5.5 inches more than last March, but about two feet less than March 2001.
- Snowfall for the season totaled 95.2 inches at month's end, 30.9 inches more than normal.
- The seasonal snowfall through the end of March was the greatest such total since the winter of 1995-96 (97.1 inches) and the sixth greatest October through March total on record.
- There was at least an inch of snow on the ground every day this winter from December 25th through March 8th.
- The greatest depth of snow on the ground this month was 7 inches on the 31st.
Keith L. Eggleston (KLE1@cornell.edu)
Northeast Regional Climate Center