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The Northeast experienced warmer-than-normal temperatures from March 1-15.
Temperatures during the first two weeks of March were 4°F to 10°F above normal for a large portion of the Norteast. The exceptions were northern Maine, where temperatures were less than 4°F above normal, and a few spots in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, where temperatures were more than 10°F above normal. All but one of the region’s 35 major airport climate sites had one of their top 20 warmest starts to March. In fact, LaGuardia Airport and Islip were both record warm. March 9 was a particularly warm day for the Northeast.
The first two weeks of March ranked among the top 10 warmest at 28 sites.
A large portion of the Northeast was drier than normal from March 1-15.
Precipitation during the first half of March ranged from less than 25% of normal to more than 200% of normal, with a majority of the region seeing 50% to 125% of normal. The driest areas, with less than 25% of normal, included parts of eastern Pennsylvania, northern New Jersey, and southeastern New York. The wettest areas, with more than 200% of normal, were found in western Pennsylvania and northern Maine. Twenty-three airport climates sites were drier than normal, with ten of them ranking the period among their top 20 driest starts to March.
March 1-15 precipitation ranged from 27% of normal to 146% of normal at the airport climate sites.
Snowfall during the first half of March ranged from more than 12 inches below normal to 6 inches above normal.
Most of the Northeast saw below-normal snowfall during the first two weeks of March. The largest departures, which exceeded 12 inches, were in northern New York and northern Vermont. Howevver, southern New Jersey, Delaware, eastern Maryland, and parts of southern West Virginia saw above-normal snowfall. Of the 29 airport climate sites that saw below-normal snowfall, 13 of them ranked the time period among their top 20 least snowy starts to March. However, two sites did rank the period among their top 20 snowiest.
March 1-15 snowfall ranged from 8.2 inches below normal to 3.4 inches above normal at the airport climate sites.