George Isobar looks back on March weather 04.06.2011

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Some years we escape snow in April; some years we don’t.

This year was one of the “we don’t” years if you were watching carefully Tuesday.

“We had a few flakes coming down around noon today,” said Morenci weather observer George Isobar, “although it was barely enough to say that it was snowing.”

Many years there’s actually stuff on the ground, he said, and the average over the last 30-odd years is about an inch of snow during April.

“That’s not exactly an accurate representation,” Isobar said. “There were a couple heavy years that skewed the average.”

That would be 1982, for example, when 10.3 inches was measured and 1994 when 7.1 inches fell.

“Many years it’s nothing but a trace, like today’s snow, and, rarely, it’s nothing at all for the entire month,” he said. “It’s supposed to be warming up at least through the start of next week, so maybe we’re finished. We’ve got our trace and we’re done with it now. Maybe.”

Snowfall wasn’t anything too big in March, Isobar said, with a total of 2.1 inches measured. The average for March is about 5.6 inches.

“There are many years when we’ve had a pretty heavy snowfall in March,” he said. “This year nearly all of the snow fell early in the month. In fact, there hasn’t been anything measurable since March 11.

“What we had melted pretty fast. There were only two days in the entire month with a measurable amount on the ground.”

Total precipitation came in at 2.96 inches, right about at the average.

Temperatures ranged from the high of 69° on March 17 to a low of 12 on March 26.

“Morning lows were in the teens on 10 days in March,” Isobar said, “and that led to a colder than usual month.”

According to the Toledo National Weather Service office, the departure from normal was 1.1°. The final nine days of the month were below average, including the 26th when the temperature was 16° below average.

The first thunderstorm of the season was recorded March 20, Isobar said, and the first one of April arrived Monday morning.

“We should have our first 80° day of the season this month, too,” Isobar said, “and probably our first day of the season in which someone is going to complain about how hot it is.”

That’s something most people are going to welcome.

“The snow may be gone, but it sure seems as though winter is lingering,” Isobar said. “When I walked outside Monday morning and it was 60° it felt so balmy and spring-like, but that didn’t last long. I wouldn’t mind getting that feeling again soon.”

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