March 2014 continued our string of “old fashioned Winter” months with snow and record cold. Winter refused to give up its icy grip which was great for skiers and snowmobilers but tiresome to those who were looking for an end to this long Winter.
The average high temperature was 31.3 degrees and the average low was 10.4 degrees giving us an average of 20.9 degrees which is a whopping 9.3 degrees below normal. This was the coldest March in the last 32 years by a large margin.The previous coldest March was in 1984 when the average temperature was 24.0 degrees, and the warmest was only 2 years ago when the average was 38.8 degrees. This March was almost 19 degrees colder than 2 years ago. The highest temperature,47 degrees ,was recorded on the 11th and the lowest,-14 degrees, was recorded on the 6th.There were 9 days below zero compared to an average of about 2. The -1 degree temperature recorded on the 25th was the latest below zero reading on record. Because of this record cold the maple syrup industry has started very slowly with very little syrup made in March, usually a very productive month. Producers are worried that April will warm up too quickly and the season will be very short.
Melted precipitation for the month was 3.39 inches, only 0.08 above normal. This brings our seasonal total to 9.28 inches, 0.59 inches above normal. Measurable precipitation fell on 11 days with the greatest amount, 1.52 inches, falling on the 12th.
Snowfall for the month was 18.6 inches, 3.3 inches above normal. This brings our seasonal total to 78.8 inches, 4.6 inches above our normal amount of 74.2 inches. The largest snowstorm was the 12.7 inches that fell on the 12th.
The river reached its highest level, 3.95 feet, on the 31st and its lowest level, 2.77 feet, on the 25th, 26th and the 27th.