"This post was composed by Intern Sid Abramson..."
For more information on our latest thinking in regards to the dynamic storm system that will begin to move through later today through Wednesday-- click on the previous blog post that Brian posted earlier this morning.
Many people have talked about whether or not our area has seen normal weather for the month of March or abnormal. Well-- I've spent this morning looking back at the past 5 months of March, comparing high and low temperatures, averages and yes...... snow! I'm going to share my thoughts on our past 5 years for this month and let's see whether or not we've seen "normal weather".
March 2008 (most remember this as the snowy march)
Overall-- March of 2008 was an up and down month with some days in the 30s and 40s and others in the 60s and 70s. It was a snowy beginning as a snowstorm affected the viewing area on the 7th-8th-- Louisville recieived around 10 inchesof snow with this storm!
The highest temperature occurred on the 3rd and was 73 degrees.
The lowest temperature occurred on the 9th and was 17 degrees.
During this March-- the weather was mostly normal temperature wise but below average precipitation.
Overall-- March 2009 recieved a trace for the total snow total.
The years of 2009 and 2010 looked very similar while looking over past observations.
The warmest temperature occurred on the 31st and was 79 degrees.
The lowest morning temperature was on the 5th with a low of 26 degrees.
The snow total for March 2010 was a trace, similar to 2009.
2011 was a mostly steady month with temepratures ranging from the upper 40s to at times to lower 80s for daytime highs!
The warmest temperature occurred on the 21st with a high of 82 degrees.
The lowest morning temperature occurred on 1st and 27th and was 31 degrees.
For the entire month, there was a total of 0.3" snow.
March 2012 (A March to remember)
Obviously-- no one will forget this March as it began with a deadly tornado outbreak in our viewing area, causing widespread destruction. On March 2, an EF-4 tornado moved across Southern Indiana, affecting towns such as Henryville, Pekin, Marysville and many more. In Kentucky, the worst damage occurred in West Liberty with several other counties feeling the impact. Following this sad day, the area recieved an Alberta Clipper, dropping 2-4 inches of snow.
So far this month-- we have started our fairly chilly with temperatures in the 30s and 40s and a trace of snow so far. We could be adding to that as our next storm system moves through this week with some minor snow accumulation possible. Many are grateful that our weather so far this March is nothing like the beginning of last year.
highs 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
in the: 30s 2 3 1 0 1
40s 7 3 4 8 1
50s 9 4 8 11 3
60s 10 13 14 4 7
70s 3 8 4 4 10
80s 0 0 0 2 9
Overall-- the past 5 years have been fairly consistent with the exception of a snowy March of 2008 and a warm/stormy March 0f 2012. Other years were average in temperatures and snow. I would say that so far, March of 2012 will be an average month with some ups and downs! Here is what the Climate Predicition Center is thinking for the remainder of the month.