OSWEGO, NY – March 2012 goes into the record books as the warmest March in Port City history.
According to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service, the average temperature last month was 46.7 degrees.
That is 12.8 degrees above average.
It is also the warmest March going back to 1844.
Before this year, 42.8 degrees (1945) was the champ. The following year, 1946, was also a very warm March (42.0 degrees), Gregway added.
There was quite a range in temperatures, Gregway pointed out. The highest was 78 degrees on the 18th and the lowest was 13 on the 5th, he said.
“We set 3 new high temperature records and tied another,” Gregway said. “The records were 66 degrees on the 7th, 78 degrees on the 18th and 75 degrees on the 21st. On the 12th, we tied 65 degrees.”
March 1885 holds the dubious honor of being the coldest on record – 18.8 degrees.
There were 5 days where the high was in the 70s and 8 days where it was 60 or above.
There was just the single day when the temperature sank into the teens.
“The overnight low was in the 50s 7 times, 6 in a row,” Gregway said. “That basically corresponded with the string of 70s.”
Total precipitation for the month was 1.75 inches.
That is 1.61 inches below average.
Since the first of the year, precipitation stands at 8.41 inches, which is 1.57 inches below average.
The greatest precipitation in a 24-hour period last month was 0.28-inch on the 9th.
There were 14 days where measurable precipitation fell; 3 of them consecutively.
A trace fell on 3 days, and 14 days saw no precipitation – with a stretch of 5 in a row.
March saw just 9.1 inches of snow. That is 10.2 inches below where it should be.
For the winter, through the end of March, snowfall stands at 70.6 inches. That is 75.9 inches below normal.
There were 3 days with snow pellets and 1 day with ice pellets last month.
March had 1 thunderstorm, which is average. And, it had 3 foggy days, which is 2 above average.
The number of cloudy days, 16, was 2 below average.
The number of partly cloudy days, 11, was 3 above average.
The number of clear days, 4, was 1 below average.
The area saw 48 percent of the possible amount of sunshine in March. That is 5 percentages above normal.
The highest barometric pressure was 30.57 on the 6th and 30.56 on the 10th. The lowest was 29.32 on the 3rd.
The first part of the month saw a lot of high pressure, Gregway noted.
The strongest winds were west-southwesterly around 30-35 mph with gusts greater than 45 mph on the 3rd.
The highest temperature in March is 83 degrees. That happened 3 times – in 1945, 1986 and 1998.
The lowest temperature in March (yes, March) was -11 degrees set in 1872.
The wettest March (7.07 inches) was in 1859. The driest (0.48-inch) was in 1885.
The greatest amount of precipitation in a 24-hour period in March was set in 1971 (2.69 inches) and 1873 wasn’t far behind (2.68 inches).
The most snow in March was 53.6 inches coming in 1971. And, there was 47.4 inches in 1947, Gregway added.
The least amount of snow to fall in March is a trace, which occurred in 1962, 2009 and 2010.
The greatest snowfall in a 24-hour period in March is 19.1 inches in 1900.
The average temperature for March 2011 was 33.5 degrees.
That month saw a high of 61 degrees and a low of 7 degrees.
Precipitation came in at 3.49 inches and there was 5.8 inches of snow.