Lack of 50 Degree Days This March

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL
627 AM CDT THU MAR 28 2013 /727 AM EDT THU MAR 28 2013/

...THE LACK OF WARMTH IN MARCH 2013...

WHILE THE FORECAST CALLS FOR THIS MARCH TO END WITH ITS FINAL TWO
DAYS IN THE 50S FOR MOST OF THE AREA...THIS MARCH WILL CERTAINLY BE
REMEMBERED FOR ITS MUCH MORE WINTER FEEL THAN SPRING.

IN CHICAGO THIS MARCH HAS BROUGHT ONLY ONE 50 DEGREE DAY THUS
FAR. IF THE WEEKEND FORECAST STAYS ON TRACK THEN CHICAGO WILL
FINISH THIS MARCH WITH THREE DAYS REACHING THE 50 MARK. THIS WILL
BE THE LEAST AMOUNT OF SUCH DAYS IN A MARCH SINCE 1984...WHEN ONLY
TWO 50 DEGREE PLUS DAYS OCCURRED. SINCE 1873...CHICAGO AVERAGES 10
DAYS IN MARCH WHERE THE MERCURY REACHES AT LEAST 50 DEGREES. ONLY
19 TIMES SINCE 1873 HAS MARCH HAD THREE OR LESS DAYS REACH 50
DEGREES.

CHICAGO MAY NOT REACH 55 DEGREES THIS MARCH WHICH WOULD ALSO BE
THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1984.

IN ROCKFORD THIS MARCH HAS SEEN NO 50 DEGREE DAYS THUS FAR. GIVEN
THE FORECAST...THE MONTH WILL FINISH WITH UP TO THREE DAYS AT OR
ABOVE 50 GIVEN A FORECAST VERY CLOSE TO THAT MARK ON ITS FINAL
FEW DAYS. THE LAST TIME ROCKFORD SAW A MARCH WITH THREE OR FEWER
DAYS REACHING 50 DEGREES WAS ALSO 1984. ROCKFORD AVERAGES TEN DAYS
PER MARCH THAT REACH 50 DEGREES. ONLY 11 TIMES SINCE 1906 HAS
MARCH HAD THREE OR LESS DAYS REACH 50 DEGREES. THERE HAVE ONLY
BEEN FOUR TIMES WHERE A MARCH HAD ONLY ONE 50 DEGREE DAY OR
LESS...AND ONLY 1984 HAD NO 50 DEGREE DAYS.

ROCKFORD IS LIKELY NOT TO REACH 55 DEGREES THIS MARCH WHICH WOULD
ALSO BE THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1984.

TO FURTHER GIVE THIS MARCH A COOL FEEL...LOOKING BACK AT LAST
MARCH IN 2012...THERE WERE 23 DAYS IN BOTH CHICAGO AND ROCKFORD WHICH
REACHED 50 AND ACTUALLY TEN DAYS AT BOTH LOCATIONS WHERE THE LOW
TEMPERATURE DID NOT EVEN DROP BELOW 50! WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR
MAKES!

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MTF

 



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