Ithaca Climate Summary for March 1997
- With an average temperature of 32.8 degrees, the month of March fell just 0.1 degrees cooler than normal.
- This was the first month since November to report a negative monthly departure.
- The month averaged 4.4 degrees warmer than March 1996.
- The first six days of the month were unseasonably warm, as were six of the last seven days. Nearly every day in between, however, was cooler than normal.
- The warmest reading of the month was 71 degrees on the 28th.
- The coldest temperature of the month was 6 degrees on the 9th.
- The total precipitation for the month was 2.18 inches, which was 96% of the monthly normal.
- This was just 0.09 inches less than Ithaca received in March 1996.
- The monthly snowfall total was 4.9 inches, which was less than half of the March normal of 10.2 inches.
- An additional 4.3 inches fell after the 8am observation time on March 31. Due to observational practices, this amount will be included in the April total.
- This monthıs total was 14 inches less than the amount received last March.
- The seasonal total through the end of March stands at 46.2 inches, which is 16.8 inches less than normal.
- This total exceeds the amount measured between October and March during 3 of the last 10 winters.
- The greatest depth of snow on the ground during the month was 3 inches on the 31st.
- Amounts for surrounding communities included 8.1 inches in Groton.
Keith L. Eggleston (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Northeast Regional Climate Center