A cold start to March across the area

It was a very cold start to the month of March across southeast South Dakota, southwest Minnesota, northwest Iowa, and northeast Nebraska.  While March is the start of meteorological spring, the temperatures were similar to mid winter across the area.  Because of unseasonably cold air mass combined with fresh snow cover and light winds, low temperatures were below zero in most locations. 

While subzero temperatures were quite a change from 5 days earlier, when highs were in the 50s and 60s, it is not unusual to fall below zero in early March.  On average, Sioux City, Iowa will have 1 day below zero each March.  Sioux Falls and Huron average 2 days below zero in March.  In fact, Huron will be -10 degrees or colder once every two years.

The table examines where our chilly March day fits into the climate of this area. 

A look at cold temperatures in March
Location March 1, 2009 High March 1, 2009 low March 1 Normal High March 1, Normal Low Coldest  Maximum temperature for March 1 Record Low for March 1 Last time high temperatures was this cold in March Last time low temperature was this cold in March

Sioux Falls

13

-7

37

16

-4

-16

March 7, 2008 (9)

March 7, 2008 (9)

Sioux City

15

-4

40

20

9

-15

March 7, 2008 (13)

March 7, 2008 (-5)

Huron

10

-20

36

16

5

-17

March 8, 2003 (10)

March 4, 1960 (-24)



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