March 2013 – In like a lion, out like a lion!

St. Antoine, north of Moncton, 31 March 2014 (Facebook)

St. Antoine, north of Moncton, 31 March 2014 (Facebook)

According to folklore, if March comes in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb and vice versa – but that wasn’t the case for the month in Greater Moncton.

Temperatures were well below normal – the extreme March maximum failed to crack 10 C and the extreme minimum fell below -18 C six times during the first week of the month.

Snowfall was well above normal thanks to three major snow events while rainfall was slightly below normal.

MARCH 2014 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport, 1981-2010)

Average HIGH -0.8 C

Average LOW -12.3 C

AVERAGE -6.5 C (about 3.6 degrees BELOW normal)

Extreme HIGH 6.8 C (15 Mar)

Extreme LOW -23.7 C (04 Mar)

Snowfall 122.6 cm (about 100 percent ABOVE normal)

Rainfall 42.2 mm (slightly BELOW normal)