Last month was the coldest March at Sea-Tac (the local climatological station) since 1976. We only reached or exceeded the normal high temperature on three days in the entire month of March!
Even worse, the average high temperature for March was 48.0 degrees versus 48.5 degrees in February. March’s high temperatures were colder than the month before essentially, we had two Februarys!!
Here at my house in Minnesota, that powerful blanket of CO2 pushed afternoon temperatures all the way up to 35 degrees F.
In 1882 on this date, without that blanket, it was only 80 degrees F.
The total snow accumulation from Thunder Bay’s recent winter storm totals 40 to 50 centimetres – more than double the 20 to 25 centimetres that was first predicted to fall on this area.
Environment Canada confirmed the totals Wednesday afternoon, and meteorologist Peter Kimbell said the numbers could even be a record breaker for the area.
“This is probably the most significant storm of this winter,” Kimbell said. “It’s probably also a record … March 31, 1966 there was 10.4 centimetres of snow, and April 1, 1974 there was 13.7. So both of those were broken.”
The March we’ve just left behind was one of the worst we’ve seen in seven years. The mean temperature in Regina was minus 10.7, and in Saskatoon the mean temperature was minus 11.6. This is about five degrees colder than the usual temperature of Saskatchewan’s two largest cities.
Residents of Perth have just shivered through their coldest March nights in 41 years, according to weatherzone.com.au.
The city had an average minimum of 15 degrees, below the long term normal of 17. This made it the coldest March in terms of overnight temperatures since 1968 and the fifth coldest March in terms of overnight temperatures on record.
INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. – International Falls has recorded its snowiest winter on record.
The National Weather Service says the border city has recorded 124.2 inches of snow this winter. That tops the old record of 116 inches set in 1995-1996.
Wildlife experts are concerned hundreds of toads will die after cold weather prevented their migration.
Frozen field conditions in northern Corn Belt:
Northern Midwest corn states Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin still have frozen fields that may hinder corn planting efforts in late April and early May. March temperatures were 3-4ºF colder than normal, averaging 30-35ºF in a band across the Upper Midwest. Strong sunshine and warming temperatures are required to get the frost out. A stubborn cold weather pattern is in effect that will keep temperatures well below normal. Highs in the next several days will be only mid to upper 30’s, while freezes occur at night.