March 2013 – Winter lingers

Downtown Moncton, 28 March 2013 (Dearing photo)

Downtown Moncton, 28 March 2013 (Dearing photo)

March 2013 proved to be nothing like last year in which spring arrived early giving Greater Moncton its highest March temperature ever of 26.1°C.

This year, winter lingered with cool daytime highs and a monthly maximum of only 10.3°C.

But temperatures were still above normal thanks to relatively mild overnight lows with a brief exception at mid-month when it fell to -14.9°C.

Precipitation was below normal with about half as much rainfall and 30 percent less snowfall compared to the thirty-year average of 1971-2000.

MARCH 2013 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport)

Average HIGH 2.6°C

Average LOW -4.1°C

AVERAGE -0.8°C (2.1 degrees above thirty-year average)

Extreme HIGH 10.3°C (31 March)

Extreme LOW -14.9°C (18 March)

Rainfall 20 mm (50 percent below average)

Snowfall 55 cm (20 percent below average)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada and wunderground.com)

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