Last snow of the season? 3.26

Written by David Green.

Saving the best for last?

That depends on what you consider the best, says Morenci area weather observer George Isobar.

Friday’s snowstorm did produce the biggest one-day total of snow for the season at 6.8 inches, he said. On the other hand, some people would consider that the worst day of winter weather.

“It all depends on what you like,” Isobar said. “Personally, I thought it was a little exciting. A great storm.”

The storm was a little unusual for March, he said, and especially for this late in the month.

“We’ve had five other six-inch-plus snowstorms in March over the past 33 years of records, but we had two of them this month. We had 6.2 inches back on March 4th,” he said.

The biggest March snow since 1975 came in 1993 with 9.6 inches.

“We haven’t had much in March in recent years,” he said. “There was only 3.7 inches last year and 1.6 inches the year before. 2005 was a bump upward with 8.1 inches, but 2004 finished out at 2.8 and 2003 at 2.9.”

The average for March stands at 5.5 inches and this month has produced 15.2 inches—and counting.

As far as last week’s 6.8 inches coming in as the deepest of the season, that’s only partially true.

“It’s the deepest one-day snow,” Isobar said, “but there was actually a heavier storm back in December. It was all one storm, it just continued over two days.

“The total came in at 7.7 inches. At that point we were wondering if we were off to a snowy winter, but we didn’t even get a white Christmas out of it.”

So, is this the end of it for this season?

“Hard to say. We had 1.9 inches last April, none the year before, 1.3 the year before that. The April average stands at about an inch and our local record came in 1982 when we measured 8.2 inches from a single April snow storm.”

Let’s not hope for any record-setters.

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