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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published March 28 2013

Weather Talk: March 2013 weather notable for few days above freezing

One of the most noticeable weather elements during this cold March has been the lack of days with a temperature above 32 degrees. The past two days were only the third and fourth with a high temperature above freezing this month. It is likely the temperature will climb above 32 degrees again today and Saturday, but not Sunday, meaning we will finish March 2013 with only six total days above freezing.

That would rank this month as tied for the fourth fewest such days on record. Other recent March months with few days above freezing include 1969, with five days; 1965, with six days; and 1975, with seven days.

The record for fewest days above freezing in March was set in 1899, when only two days recorded a high above 32 degrees. On the other extreme, in 1973, all 31 days of March recorded a high above freezing. March 2012 recorded 26 such days, which is tied for the seventh most since records began in 1881.

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