March 2013 Climate Summaries for La Crosse and Rochester

...Well Below Normal Temperatures and Slightly Above Normal Precipitation During March at La Crosse Wisconsin...

The average temperature for March at the La Crosse Municipal Airport was 26.2 degrees, which was 8.3 degrees below normal. The average high was 34.9 degrees, while the average low temperature was 17.6 degrees. The highest temperature during the month was 50 degrees, which occurred on the 29th. The lowest reading occurred on the 7th and was -4 degrees.

La Crosse received 2.12 inches of liquid precipitation during the month of March which was 0.08 inches above normal. The greatest 24-hour precipitation amount was 0.48 inches, which occurred on the 10th.

Snowfall for the month totaled 15.6 inches, and normal snowfall for the month is 7.1 inches. Total snowfall for the season through the end of March was 55.6 inches, and normal is 41.6 inches.

...Records...

No temperature or precipitation records were set in March.

...Discussion...

An unseasonbly cool pattern marked the month of March. Daily average temperatures were below normal on all but 3 days during the month. Measurable snowfall was recorded on 8 days during the month resulting in a total accumulation nearly twice the normal amount expected.

...Looking Ahead to April...

April is the first full month of the spring season in La Crosse. The average high rises from 52 on the 1st, to 66 degrees on the 30th. The average low warms from 32 on the 1st, to 44 degrees at the end of the month. The normal mean temperature for the month is 48.6 degrees. La Crosse's warmest April occurred in 1915 with an average temperature of 56.9 degrees. The coolest April occurred in 1907 with an average temperature of only of 39.8 degrees.

April average precipitation is 3.34 inches, which makes it wetter than any of the previous winter months but still drier than the following spring months. There are normally 3 days with thunderstorms during April in La Crosse. The wettest April occurred in 1973 with 7.31 inches of precipitation, while the driest was in 1879 with only 0.42 inches. Some wintry weather is still possible in April, as La Crosse averages 1.7 inches of snow for the month.


...Well Below Normal Temperatures and Well Above Precipitation During March at Rochester Minnesota...

The average temperature for March at the Rochester International Airport was 23.8 degrees, which was 8.6 degrees below normal. This ranked as the 11th coldest on record. The average high was 31.7 degrees, while the average low temperature was 16.0 degrees. The highest temperature during the month was 44 degrees, which occurred on the 29th and 30th. The lowest reading occurred on the 7th and was -4 degrees.

Rochester received 2.85 inches of precipitation during the month of March. This was 0.97 inches above normal. The greatest 24-hour precipitation was 0.87 inches where fell on the 9th.

Total snowfall was 23.5 inches and normal snowfall is 8.7 inches. Snowfall for the season as of March 31st stands at 55.3 inches, and normal is 48.6 inches.

...Records...

On the 5th, 4.7 inches of snow fell which broke the previous daily snowfall record for March 5th of 4.2 inches set in 1963. 

...Discussion...

An unseasonably cold pattern was observed through the month. Below normal daily average temperatures were recorded on all but 4 days of the month. Precipitation was recorded on 13 days with 8 of those days seeing more than a trace.

...Looking Ahead to April...

April is the first full month of the spring season in Rochester. The average high rises from 49 on the 1st, to 64 degrees on the 30th. The average low warms from 31 on the 1st, to 42 degrees by the end of the month. The normal mean temperature for the month is 46.7 degrees.

April average precipitation is 3.24 inches, which makes it wetter than any of the previous winter months but still drier than the following spring months. There are normally 2 days with thunderstorms during April in Rochester. The wettest April occurred in 2001 with 7.30 inches of precipitation, while the driest was in 1946 with only 0.46 inches. Some wintry weather is still possible in April, as Rochester averages 3.3 inches of snow for the month.



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