March wasn't exactly cold nationwide

March didn’t really live up to its name this year.  In reality, it felt more like April or even May in many spots across the country.  Not only did the metro see its 5th warmest March on record, and the state experience it’s 4th warmest March on record, but the country as a whole was in the top 5 as well.

EVERY SINGLE STATE had an above average March temperature.  There are few months that date back to the 1800’s that can say that.  While no state had a record warm March, over a dozen placed in the top 5 with temperatures running more than 6 degrees above average in over half the country.  It was a weird month for precipitation as well, especially considering it is an El Nino year…

Above average rains could be found along parts of the Gulf Coast, The Great Lakes, and the Pacific Northwest.  Meanwhile, the typically wet spots during an El Nino like the Desert Southwest and the Eastern Seaboard were well below average.  In fact, Phoenix Arizona didn’t get a drop of rain all month!  Even for them, that is unusual.  Well if this doesn’t paint a picture, the image below will.  Check out the temperatures as compared to average across the US for the months of January, February, and March combined…

Pretty clear who has been warm… and who has been even warmer.  North Dakota tops the list with average temperatures 10 degrees above the norm.  Crazy!

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