Halfway Through March
March 1-15 average temperatures ranged from 4°F below normal to 6°F above normal.
Average temperatures during the first half of March ranged from 4°F below normal in parts of Maine and northern New York to 6°F above normal in parts of West Virginia, southern/eastern Maryland, and western Pennsylvania, with a large portion of the region falling on the warm side of normal. March 1-15 average temperatures at the 35 major climate sites ranged from 2.5°F colder than normal in Caribou, ME, to 4.6°F warmer than normal in Beckley, W.V., with 30 of the sites being warmer than normal. In fact, four of the sites ranked this first half of March among their 20 warmest on record.
This March 1-15 period ranked among the 20 warmest on record for four major climate sites.
March 1-15 precipitation ranged from 25% of normal to more than 200% of normal.
Precipitation during the first half fo March ranged from 25% of normal in areas such as southern Pennsylvania to more than 200% of normal in areas such as central New York. Twenty-seven of the 35 major climate sites were drier than normal during the March 1-15 period, with precipitation for all the sites ranging from 52% of normal at Newark, NJ, its 20th driest, to 180% of normal in Binghamton, NY, its eighth wettest. In addition, Caribou, ME, had its 13th wettest March 1-15 period.
This March 1-15 period ranked as Newark, NJ’s 20th driest but among the 13 wettest for Caribou, ME, and Binghamton, NY.
March 1-15 snowfall ranged from 8 inches below normal to more than 8 inches above normal.
Snowfall during the first half of March ranged from 8 inches below normal in areas such as eastern West Virginia and western Maine to more than 8 inches above normal in central New York. March 1-15 snowfall at the 35 major climate sites ranged from 5.8 inches below normal in Portland, ME, to 10.8 inches above normal in Binghamton, N.Y., with 22 of the sites seeing below-normal snowfall. However, this March 1-15 period ranked among the 15 snowiest on record for five of the sites.
This March 1-15 period ranked among the 15 snowiest on record for five major climate sites.