March almanac

March

March is quite the month for change in terms of our weather.  It features a big increase in temperature and daylight, but it can potentially be a wet and snowy month as well.

Normal high/low:

55° / 33°  March 1

65° / 42°  March 31

A typical March produces 4.09″ of liquid precipitation.  This includes rain and melted snow/ice.

On average, March produces around 1.4″ of snowfall.  However, while many Marches can be snow-free, some very big snow storms have struck the area.

Here are some of the bigger March snows:

  • 15.2″  March 5-7, 1962
  • 13.0″  March 1-2, 1980
  • 10.6″  March 3-6, 1912

We see not only a change of season, but a change in the clock as well.  We spring ahead one hour to Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, March 10th at 2 a.m.  Ten days later, astronomical spring, the vernal equinox, occurs on March 20th at 7:02 a.m. EDT.

But the end of the month, March will gain 73 minutes of daylight, mostly at the end of the day due to the clock switch.

Sunrise & sunset times:

6:41 a.m. / 6:04 p.m.  March 1 (EST)

6:56 a.m. / 7:32 p.m.  March 31 (EDT)