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March 2013 vs March 2012

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Or, if you prefer, in large format.

For whatever reason, we've been a little cranky about spring this year. You know, it's just so... slow... in... arriving. Or is it?

Well, as you know, 2012 was an unusually warm year. And March of last year was the warmest March on record for this area. So any typical March is going to seem kind of cold and drab compared to March 2012. Heck, the magnolias bloomed last year during March.

And, as it happens, March 2013 has been... more or less typical. The average high was a little cooler than usual -- by about 2.5 degrees. But the mean temp was just 1.2 degrees off the 30 year average.

So, in other words, this is what March is usually like. The chart above gives some sense of how typical this past March was -- and how odd March 2012 was.

All temperature data from National Weather Service.


I don't care if this year is typical. It still stinks. Stupid non-spring spring. Hmph.

I hope is snows until Memorial Day. Nature owes us skiers.

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