March Weather Summary

March 2014 continued the recent weather trend since mid-October of well below normal temperatures for central and southeast Illinois.  A predominant northwest flow at the low and mid-levels of the atmosphere continued to bring in frequent bouts of late season Arctic air.  This produced monthly average temperatures that were 6 to 8 degrees below normal.  Only a few brief warm spells occurred, with highs reaching the 60s or 70s, otherwise many days saw temperatures more typical of February than March.  Precipitation was well below normal across the region, primarily a result of the dominant northwest flow pattern which limited Gulf of Mexico moisture from surging north into the Midwest.  Due to the cold air in place, a few light to moderate snow events occurred which resulted in above normal monthly snowfall for locations north of I-72.   The largest winter storm of the month occurred on the 2nd, when several inches of snow fell north of I-72, and significant sleet fell south of I-70.  Due to the cold weather pattern, no severe weather was observed over the area during the month.

 

 

 

 

  March Temp. Departure from normal

March Precip. Total

March Snowfall Total 


The table below summarizes March 2014 precipitation, snowfall, and temperature, and departure from normal for selected cities across central and southeast Illinois.  Data from Peoria and Springfield are from ASOS sites, while others are from NWS Cooperative Observers.
 

Site Precipitation Departure from Normal Snowfall Departure from Normal Average Temperature Departure from Normal
Charleston

1.50"

 -1.39" 2.3" +0.5" 39.3 -4.1
Decatur

1.57"

 -1.02" 0.6"  -1.1"  34.2  -8.5 
Galesburg

0.99" 

-1.77"  6.5"  +4.5"  29.5 -8.5
Jacksonville

1.32" 

-1.40"  2.2"  -0.1"  34.3  -3.4 
Lincoln

1.89" 

-0.71"  4.6"  +2.9"  34.7  -6.4 

Normal

1.87" 

-0.84"  4.5"  +3.0"  31.3  -6.9
Olney

1.45" 

-2.91"  1.6"  +0.5"  35.8  -7.1 
Peoria

1.94" 

-0.86"  7.1"  +4.4"  34.6  -6.0 
Springfield

1.79" 

-0.84"  3.3"  +0.8"  37.2  -4.9 
Urbana

1.41" 

-1.45" 2.7" +0.1"  34.6 -5.4


Links below are the monthly climate summaries for area cities. Only the summaries for Peoria, Springfield and Lincoln are considered "official", meaning they are the station of record for their respective locations. The other summaries are "supplemental", meaning another location in the area is the official climate station for that city.

Climate data for other area cities is available at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/climate/xmacis.php?wfo=ilx



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