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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published March 22 2013

Weather Talk: March in region is often just another winter month

I have been asked frequently in the past week when was the last time we had a March this cold. Usually, I get a surprised look when I say that it was two years ago.

March 2011 was about as snowy and cold as this year. The average temperature was about 20 degrees, which will likely be just a little warmer than where this month will probably finish.

One distinct difference was that March 2011 did have at least a few days in the 40s and much of the snowpack melted before a late-season snow dropped 7 more inches on March 22 and 23.

Another recent cold March was recorded in 2002. That March occurred after a very mild winter that currently ranks as the fifth warmest on record. The winter months were so warm that March 2002 almost had the lowest average temperature of any month during that cold season. Only January finished colder than March that winter.

Like it or not, March is often just another winter month.

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