Overview

Monthly Climate Summary - March 2012

 
 
 
 

March 2012 will be remembered for record breaking temperatures throughout much of the Midwest including the Missouri Ozarks and southeast Kansas. Monthly average temperatures ranged from 10 to over 14 degrees above normal. The average temperatures at Springfield and Joplin were so warm this March, that the monthly average temperature at both locations would have been warmer than 75% of the warmest April's on record. Long-standing records were broken that had stood, from the very warm March of 1910. Interestingly, the Summer of 1910 was one of the cooler ones in recorded history.

Most of the rainfall for the month fell with one slow moving storm system from the 19th through the 23rd of the month. This brought most locations to slightly above normal readings and far western Missouri and southeast Kansas into the much above normal category.

 
Springfield
Joplin
West Plains
Vichy
Highest Temperature of the Month
82
83
83
83
Average High Temperature
69.9
71.4
71.2
71.3
Lowest Temperature of the Month
26
25
27
21
Average Low Temperature
46.2
48.7
47.8
47.0
Average Mean Temperature
58.1
60.0
59.5
59.1
Depart from Normal
+11.8
+11.8
+14.0
+14.1
Rank
warmest / 125
2nd warmest / 84
warmest / 64
warmest / 64
Days with lows of 32 deg F or Lower
8
7
6
8
Days with lows of 0 deg F or Lower
0
0
0
0
Days with highs of 32 degrees or lower
0
0
0
0
Days with highs of 90 degrees or warmer
0
0
0
0
 
 
 
 
 
Precipitation (Inches)
2.73
6.29
5.24
4.12
Depart from Normal
-1.09
+2.67
+0.44
+0.61
Rank
57th driest / 125
7th wettest / 101
18th wettest / 64
15th wettest / 65
days of 0.01 or greater
7
8
9
10
days of 0.10 or greater
5
6
7
8
days of 0.50 or greater
1
4
4
1
days of 1.00 or greater
1
2
1
1
Monthly Snowfall
T
T
 
 

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