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)