March 2013 was quite cold, with only 6 or 7 days of the month (depending on the location) having warmer than normal temperatures. The most below normal day of the month came on the 21st when morning lows hovered around 20 degrees and the mercury only climbed into the middle and upper 30s in the afternoon at most locations. The cold continued for the next few days, bringing occasional light snows to the region.
The most significant snow of the month fell during the overnight hours of the 5th-6th, when 2 to 3 inches piled up from southern Indiana to the northern Blue Grass.
The persistent cold kept severe weather to a minimum. Only one day, the 24th, saw any severe weather, and it consisted of just four reports of marginally severe hail in Warren and Simpson counties. No tornado warnings or flash flood warnings were issued during the month, and just one severe thunderstorm warning was issued (for the storm on the 24th). A very welcome change from March 2012!
|Average Temperature||Departure from Normal||Precipitation||Departure from Normal||Snow||Departure from Normal|
|Louisville OFFICIAL (SDF)||41.1°||-6.7°||4.25"||+0.08"||1.7"||+0.3"|
18th: Record precipitation of 1.71" at Lexington
21st: Record low of 20 at Bowling Green, record cold high of 34 at Frankfort
22nd: Record low of 14 at Frankfort
24th: Record precipitation of 1.13" at Lexington, record snowfall of a trace at Bowling Green
25th: Record snowfall of 0.5" at Bowling Green, record cold high of 35 at Frankfort
26th: Record snowfall of 0.7" at Lexington, record snowfall of 0.5" at Bowling Green
7th coldest March on record at Frankfort
9th coldest March on record at Bowling Green
Hail in downtown Bowling Green on the 24th. Photo: Billy Carder