March 2013 Weather Summary

April 1st, 2013 at 1:03 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

caledonia snow reportit yvansled  Snow falling in Caledonia on 3/26/13 from “yvansled” at ReportIt.  Click on the picture on here to see full screen.  March was cooler, drier and cloudier than average.  The average high temperature was 38.8°.  That was 5.6° cooler than average and a whopping 21.8° cooler than the 60.6 average high of March 2012 (remember, March last year was warmer than April!).  That was the biggest year-to-year change in high temperature for any month ever in G.R.  The average low temperature was 24.3° which was 2.6° cooler than average (40.8° last March).  So, the average temperature for the month (high and low together) was 35.6° (rounded up to the next tenth) and that was 4.1° cooler than average. The highest temperature was 56°, which means we had two days in January that were warmer than any day in February or March) and the lowest was 11.  We had 0.94″ of precipitation and that was well below the average of 2.37″ and the 3.11″ that we had in March 2012.  We had no thunder (unusual) and no real big snow events, though we did see at least a trace of snow on 17 out of 31 days of the month.  Snowfall totaled 7.7″, slightly below the average 8.3″.  The average wind speed was 9.7 mph and the percent of possible sunshine was 37%.  The clouds held temperatures down a little in the day and up a little at night. This was a cloudy winter.  The percent of possible sunshine was below average in December (18%), January (25%), February (18%) and March (37%).  Precipitation was above average in December (2.85″), January (4.01″) and February (3.05″).  For the period Dec. 1 – March 31, precipitation for G.R. was 10.85″ and that was 2.1″ above average.  We added 0.1″ of snow last night at the Ford Airport, brining our season total to 65.3″.  Muskegon stands at 98.6″.  Snowfall last night at Alba totaled 5.0″ bringing their snow cover up to 26″ (the most in Lower Michigan).  Frederic reported 7″ of new snow.  Other snow cover reports on this April 1:  42″ S. of Grand Marais, 36″ at the Marquette Airport and at Atlantic Mine, 34″ at Herman, 29″ at Munising, 26″ at Newberry (5.2″ snow last night), 19″ S. Ste. Marie, 16″ Ironwood, 14″ E. Jordan, 13″ Iron Mt., 8″ Gaylord, 3″ Cadillac and Houghton Lake and 2″ Traverse City (Munson Arpt.).  16.6% of the Lower 48 states has a snow cover this morning and that compares to 8.2% last year on 4/1.

The highest temperature in Washington, D.C. in March was  63°. This is the coldest high for March since the 58° in 1958. It’s only the second time Washington has failed to reach 65° in March since the 60° high in 1931.  Global satellite IR data shows the globe was very close to average for temperatures in March 2013 (+0.02 degree).  With the exception of NE Canada, populated areas from 40 to 65 N. Latitude in the Northern Hemisphere were quite cold (blocking – negative Arctic Oscillation pushed the cold south into the U.S., Europe and Russia).  “Coldest Easter ever in the U.K.” and coldest March in 50 years.

17 Responses to “March 2013 Weather Summary”

  1. SS (Pwell Area) says:

    Hopefully with the cooler temps this year in March, our farmer friends will have fruitful crops. :)

    1. fixxxer says:

      I fail to see how cold weather will help the farmers. If anything we should start warming up by now. Back to feb type weather and wind today.

      1. Cort S. says:

        Cold weather in March, SS said. Not implying the whole year.

        1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

          On this one I agree with fix, I fail to see how a cold March helps or for that matter hurts most farmers. If anything the cold keeps the farmers out of the fields so that may or may not hurt them. I do not think any farmers in Michigan would plant in March no matter how warm the temps are…

        2. Yup (Grandville) says:

          Established crops Slim, think of apples, cherries, etc. Cooler weather helps. Now, the farmers in my neck of the woods have their fields plowed and ready for planting time. I’d rather be on the cold side in their situation, not the other way around ;)

    2. GunLakeDeb says:

      Yum!! LOCAL fruit!! YAY!!

  2. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    All in all a cold, cloudy, some what dry March…Has some snow flurries here earlier and while the sun is now out its still a cold 34° here. (Notice I said cold not cool March) I for one hope that what looks to be a good warm up takes place. As for the farmers, well other then the fruit farmers who have no control as to when their cops start to grow. Other farmers will plant their crops as the conditions permit. But even they can not prevent a late season frost/freeze that could harm their crops. We can and have had frost and freezing temps into June in Michigan.

    1. Yup (Grandville) says:

      There is some truth in here, didn’t read this until I replied to your other post :) Oops!

        1. Yup (Grandville) says:

          Yeah RY!

  3. Barb says:

    My heating bill was 95% higher this March than last March.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      That is far better than needing the AC running! Keep the COLD and SNOW coming!

  4. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Lets see – currently it is snowing in NWL MI and they may pick up a 12 inch SNOWSTORM this coming weekend! I will be skiing again this weekend. The COLD and SNOW just keeps rolling along even though fixxxer just guaranteed that West MI would not be seeing any more SNOW! The last I checked Traverse City is in West MI! Who knew?

  5. Mike (Mattawan) says:

    glad to see that we aren’t getting some HOT weather that will ruin our farmers’ crops this year! Even though it was nice having those temps around, that frost that followed was devastating! I just hope we stay out of this 30s trend come thursday….

  6. big Daddy BC says:

    “Monthly averaged ice volume for September 2012 was 3,400 km3. This value is 72% lower than the mean over this period, 80% lower than the maximum in 1979, and 2.0 standard deviations below the 1979-2011 trend.”

    Really doesn’t look like the global cooling scenario Steffen and Bastardi were trying to sell us a while back.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      PIOMAS again? I’ve told you they’ve had to “correct” their ice estimates by 28%. Wish I had that kind of leeway on my forecasts! They’ll have to “correct” them again, just like the IPCC computer models will have to be “corrected” because they sure didn’t predict that 10+ year steady global temperatures:

      Global temperature trend from NASA:

      Arctic ice extent significantly greater than on this date six years ago:

      Antarctic sea ice extent is much higher than last year at this time and waaay above average extent: it’s been steadily growing for 25 years!

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