...Monthly Average Temperatures for March were Above Normal!...
(Yes, really - the first time since November 2009)
Temperatures in March were on the upswing across south central Nebraska and north central Kansas, starting a good 10 degrees below normal for highs on the 1st (in the 30s), but readings became more spring-like and climbed well above normal by the end of the month. Temperatures topped out in the 70s from the 29th through the 31st, nearly 20 degrees above normal. Low temperatures averaged above normal the majority of the month, which was a primary factor in overall monthly temperatures averaging above normal at both Grand Island and Hastings. The average monthly temperature at Grand Island was 41.8 degrees, or 3.5 degrees above normal. Hastings had a monthly average temperature of 41.6 degrees, or 2.5 degrees above normal. This is the first time average monthly temperatures have climbed above normal since November of 2009, as all three winter months (December, January, February) were below normal.
Snowfall during March began to wind down, with measurable snow falling just on the 1st, and again on the 19th. Snow amounts were light, with Grand Island only receiving 0.5 inch for the entire month, while Hastings accumulated 2.0 inches. Monthly precipitation averaged above normal. Grand Island received 2.53 inches of precipitation (rain and melted snow), which was 0.49 inch above normal. Hastings saw 2.95 inches of precipitation, which was 0.87 inch above normal. The majority of the precipitation fell during a rainy period from the 5th through the 13th (excluding the 7th). Daily record rainfall amounts were set on March 9th.
The following records were set at Grand Island and Hastings in March:
- Grand Island / March 9th: Record daily maximum precipitation amount of 1.08 inches. The previous record was 0.55 inch set in 1992.
- Hastings / March 9th: Record daily precipitation amount of 0.91 inch. The previous record was 0.64 inch set in 1992.
The following is a summary of noteworthy weather events across south central Nebraska and north central Kansas during March:
March 4th: The prolonged stretch of sub 50 degree temperature days came to an end. Click here for the temperature information.
March 5-6: Widespread rain fell across the region. Click here for the rain amounts.
March 6-11: Ice jam flooding impacted the Loup River near Genoa. Click here for photos and links to video of the ice jam.
March 8-9: Widespread rain set daily record rainfall amounts at Grand Island and Hastings . Click here for the rainfall map.
March 1-12: The first 12 days of March were the wettest on record for Grand Island and Hastings. Click here for the precipitation data.
March 13: This day marked the 20th anniversary of the March 13, 1990 tornado outbreak. Click here for information on the tornadoes.
March 19: The last full day of winter featured another round of snow. Click here for the snow amounts.
March 26-27: Locally heavy rain in excess of an inch fell across portions of southern Nebraska and north central Kansas. Click here for the rain amounts.