March 2013 ends up middle of the road...(4-1-13)
March 2013 has come to a close, and not a minute too soon for most folks. It was colder than normal but, as we hinted last week, the month was not going to come in anywhere near the top ten coldest Marches on record in Syracuse. The 50 degree weather the last couple days of the month push March 2013 even farther down the list. It was not even colder than March 2011! If you look at all the records for Syracuse dating back to August 1902, you’ll find that March 2013 was only the 58th coldest March out of a sample of 111 years! From a statistical standpoint, this March was middle of the road temperature-wise.I think there are a couple things at work that made it feel worse than the numbers would indicate. First, we all still have March 2012 fresh in our memory. It was the warmest March on record in Syracuse, almost 13 degrees warmer than the March we just went through. Secondly, we went through a last half of the month without the normal early spring swings of temperatures we are accustomed to. You might normally have a few days where we are above normal followed by a stretch of below normal temperatures. Because we were in a stable, blocking pattern the last half of the month we didn’t see any of those kinds of swings. We were just consistently cold up until the Easter weekend.Finally, the overnight lows likely kept our overall mean temperature higher. Here is a comparison that shows that. March 2011 was actually colder than this March, however, if you break down the numbers to show highs and lows, you see that our lows this past March were quite a bit warmer than in 2011.
Sometimes, the raw numbers don’t tell the whole story.For those of you wondering, here are the other numbers for March. Syracuse had 20.2” of snow, which was about 2” above normal and the precipitation was only 2.02” or about an inch below normal.
|Year||Mean Temp||Mean High Temp||Mean Low Temp|
|2013||33.6 F||40.7 F||26.5 F|
|2011||33.3 F||41.4 F||25.2 F|
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