March weather 04.07.10

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

It was a record-setting month, says Morenci climate observer George Isobar, but he probably won’t find anyone to complain about it.

In the 36 years of Morenci weather records, there’s always been at least a trace of snow falling in March. Always, until last month.

“We started the month with four inches on the ground and there was still a trace through March 9,” Isobar said. “But that was all February snow. I never witnessed so much as a flake falling in March.”

Two years ago, 19.6 inches of snow fell in March, Isobar said, and 13.2 the year before that in 2007. Last year there was just a trace, but then you have to go back to 1991 to find snow that light.

Even though March was an extra warmth month, there were still plenty of opportunities for snow as far as the temperature was concerned.

Morning temperatures fell below freezing at last half of the days last month, with temperatures in the 20s coming as late as March 30. The low for the month was recorded March 26 at 19°.

On the upper end, the warmest day of the month came on the final day with 80°.

“We just didn’t have any extra cold days in March,” Isobar said. “The daily average from Toledo shows March 26 at 9° below average and that was the coldest.”

There were eight days with averages in the double-digit range for warmer than average.

“We haven’t had many 80° days in March over recent decades,” Isobar said.

In addition to the lack of snow, there was a shortage of precipitation of any kind. Rainfall totaled 2.60 inches which is about two tenths below average for the month.

APRIL—April is the month when Isobar talks about whether or not it will snow; not March. Nearly every year there’s at least a trace of snow in April.

“I really don’t think that’s going to be the case this year,” he said. “I don’t pretend to be a forecaster, I’m just making a guess.”

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