By DAVID GREEN
In like a lion, out like a lamb?
That was one rambunctious lamb that marked the end of March Monday.
Heavy rain, a little lightning and thunder, very strong wind gusts—at least the temperature was finally gentle as March gave way to April.
That brings to a close a chilly, wet month, says National Weather Service climate observer George Isobar.
“The mean temperature for the month was an usual 3.4 degrees below normal,” he said. “There were a lot more days below average than there were above.”
Until Monday, Isobar said, the high temperature for the month stood at 56°. That was recorded back on March 14. That was eclipsed on the final day of the month when 60° was reached. There were five days in the 50s last month, Isobar said, but on the other end of the thermometer, there were seven days in the teens.
“There was also one day in the single-digit range. A low of 9° was recorded on the morning of March 9,” he said. “That’s not so unusual for March. We just had a lot of other chilly nights in the 20s and 30s to bring down the average for the month.”
Coming on the heels of February—a historically snowy month—comes March with, once again, the most snow in Morenci’s record book since data was saved in 1975.
“We finished up with 19.6 inches,” Isobar said. “We haven’t had all that many Marches with snow in the teens, although last year was unusual, too, with 13.2 inches.”
Total precipitation came in about an inch over the average, with 3.81 measured this year.
“That doesn’t include the additional half inch that fell Monday night and Tuesday morning,” Isobar said. “That should be split between March and April, but as far as record-keeping goes, it will all spill into April.”
Wind gusts on Monday reached 29 miles an hour at the Toledo weather service office, no match for the high of 43 measured March 25 or the 41 measured March 3.
This is the time of year that Isobar points out how at least a little snow falls almost every year in April.
So what about it?
“You’re not going to hear it from me this time around,” Isobar said. “Unless a few flakes fell Tuesday, this will be one of the snowless ones.”
Sounds good, and we’ll hold you to it.