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March 2015 Was Cold and Rather Dry

Snowfall was nearly 10 inches below normal. However, it was so cold what we got continues to hang around like the ice on Lake Ontario.

Snowfall was nearly 10 inches below normal. However, it was so cold what we got continues to hang around as well as the ice on Lake Ontario.

OSWEGO, NY – March 2015 was another cold month with below average precipitation and snowfall, according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.

The average temperature last month was 28.8 degrees. That is 5.1 degrees below average.

Snowfall was nearly 10 inches below normal. However, it was so cold what we got continues to hang around like the ice on Lake Ontario.
Snowfall was nearly 10 inches below normal. However, it was so cold what we got continues to hang around as well as the ice on Lake Ontario.

“That’s no biggie,” Gregway said. “Last year it was colder, 6.9 degrees below average.

The high for March was 49 degrees on the 10th, 16th and 25th.

The low was 3 degrees on the 6th.

Precipitation for March came in at 1.42 inches. That is 1.94 inches below average.

“That’s not such a big deal, either,” Gregway noted. “It’s around maybe 20th on the all time list.”

For the year, total precipitation at the end of March is 6.36 inches. That is 3.62 inches below normal.

Snowfall for March was 10.0 inches. That is 9.3 inches below average.

Through the end of March, total snowfall stands at 142.4 inches. That is 4.1 inches below average.

“It’s down, but still pretty close to average,” Gregway said.

The area saw 43 percent of the possible amount of sunshine, which is average.

The number of cloudy days, 16, was 2 below average.

The number of partly cloudy days, 11, was 3 above average.

And, the number of clear days, 4, was 1 below average.

There were no thunderstorm days. That is 1 below average.

March had 3 foggy days and that’s 2 above average.

There was 1 occasion of freezing rain.

The average temperature for March 2014 was 27.0 degrees. The high was the same as this year (49 degrees on the 28th ). The low was -2 degrees.

Precipitation was 0.62-inch below average.

The snowfall was 1 inch above average.

And sunshine was 8 percentages below normal.

The coldest March on record is 1885 (18.8 degrees).

The warmest is 2012 (46.7 degrees).

The highest temperature, 83 degrees, was recorded in 1945, 1986 and 1998.

The lowest temperature, -11 degrees was in 1872.

March 1859 is the wettest on record (7.07 inches) and 1850 (0.37-inch) is the driest. March 1885 was also on the dry side (0.48-inch).

The most precipitation ever in a 24-hour period was 2.69 inches in 1971 with 2.68 inches in 1873 right behind.

Most snowfall ever in March is 53.6 inches in 1971. The least snow for March is just a trace in 1962, 2009 and 2010.

The most snowfall ever for a 24-hour period in March is 19.1 inches in 1900.