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March notes...


       Almost a snowless March!  The trace received on March 13 was more than a dusting, but below the minimum 0.1" to be recorded numerically.  A trace does count as recordable snowfall.  The previous lowest March snowfall was in 2003 with 0.25".  I thought that record would stand for much longer.  Even with warming temperatures winter will still happen including cold snaps.

Note: In early January there was considerable freaking out in meteoroligical and climate circles over the spike in temps in the upper atmosphere over the Arctic.  Forecasts and warnings were issued this would bleed down and disrupt the polar vortex allowing it to spill out.  It rolled down to Texas.  Many questions over not only who, but why they either discounted this extended forecast or blew it off completely.

     Through March 25th the month was heading for what would be not only the driest March in my records but the driest month.  The 0.35" rain on the 26th moved it out of the driest month which is January of 2004.  The rain on the 28 & 29 moved it out of the lowest March.  The driest March for humidity was in 2006 with an average humidity of 56.52%.  I think that will remain the lowest month for march for quite some time.

     On the precipitation days where two days (23 & 24) which recorded 0.01" which was from dense fog.  This has happened up on the hill many times, but was surprising considering how dry the moth was to that point.

     I drove around Lake St.George when I arrived home from work to see if a March ice-out had occurred.  Did not need spotlights as car headlights could see ice at Marshall Shores and off the boat launch on Route 3.  The rain on April 1st may push it away....

     Note: 1/2/21 12:24am. Drove around again at midnight. Saw no ice, which shows up in car headlights at Marshall Shores, Rte 3 boat launch or the cove before the junction of Rte 3 & 220... Will amend tomorrow as time allows.

     Update: from observations and speaking with several residents living around the lake I am recording April 1st as ice-out date.

Daily Records summary:

     Three record highs were set, along with one record low. One record was set for coldest high temp and three records were set for warmest low temp.

     2021 temperature records stand at 4 record highs, 1 record lows.  One record has been set for coldest high temps, with four days setting a record for warmest low temp.  

     Summary 2021 total: 8 warm records and 2 cold records.


     The 20 year average temp through March 31th is 25.61°.  The average temp this year through February is 28.10°.  At this point the year is 2.49° warmer.

     


March rankings (out of 24):

High Temp:     4th

Low Temp:     13th

Avg Temp:          5th

Precip:          20th

Snow:          24th

Wind:          13th

Humidity:          23rd

Dew Point:     14th

Heat Deg:          20th

Cool Deg:          --

Barometer:     7th out of 21



Liberty, Maine weather data for...

March, 2021

Daily Data

High Temp              67.1° (3/22)

Low Temp               2.4° (3/2)

Top Rain Storm       0.95" (3/28-29)

Top Snow Storm     Trace (3/13)

High Wind Gust      44 mph (3/2)

Low Windchill          -17° (3/2)

High Dew Point      53.1° (3/26)     

Low Dew Point       -13.7° (3/2)

Barometer  H/L      1032.6/988.6mb

Precipitation Days    8

2021 Averages

High Temp              44.28°

Low Temp               24.57°

Avg. Temp               34.43°

Precip.                       1.62”

Snow                            0”

High Wind Gust       21.84 mph

Humidity                   60.73%

Dew Point                 20.51°

Degree Days            947.8

Cooling Deg Days     0

Barometer            1014.98 mb

Red= record high since 1998

Blue= record low since 1998

Difference from 2020

High Temp         +0.51°

Low Temp          -1.99°

Avg. Temp         -0.74°

Precip.               -0.35”

Snow                  -8.00”

High Gust          +0.78 mph

Humidity            -2.77%

Dew Point          -1.15°

Degree Days      +23.0

Cooling Days      0

Barometer          -2.39 mb

20 Year Avg.

High Temp      40.00°

Low Temp       23.89°

Avg. Temp       31.95°

Precip.               3.03”

Snow                15.72”

High Gust         22.46 mph

Humidity           66.40%

Dew Point         20.39°

Degree Days     1025.43

Cooling Days         0.82

Barometer         1012.99


(avg 1998-2017)

2021 Vs. Average

High Temp         +4.28°

Low Temp          +0.68°

Avg. Temp         +2.48°

Precip.               -1.41”

Snow                  -15.72”

High Gust          -0.62 mph

Humidity            -5.67%

Dew Point          +0.12°

Degree Days     -77.63

Cooling Days      -0.82

Barometer          +1.99mb

Difference from last month (Feb 2021)

High Temp      +13.11°

Low Temp       +7.30°

Avg. Temp      +10.21°

Precip.            -0.50”

Snow              -23.85”

High Gust        +5.05 mph

Humidity          -8.13%

Dew Point        +5.90°

H Degree Days  -194.05

C Deg Days      0

Barometer       -0.07mb

Season snowfall amounts:

(Highest to Lowest)

'14-'15    148.25"

'07-'08    135.90"

'00-'01    126.98"

'10-'11    125.10"

’17-’18    108.15"

’12-’13    100.70"

’18-’19      96.70"

’16-’17      93.65 "

'08-'09      90.25"

'01-'02      85.15"

’13-’14      82.95"

'06-'07      82.65"

'03-'04      78.75"

'98-'99      78.65"

'09-'10      78.45"

'02-'03      74.00"

’19-’20      73.85"

’11-’12      68.70"

'99-'00      64.90"

’20-’21      55.05"

'05-'06      50.35"

’15-’16      50.10"

'04-'05      44.77"



22 season average: 88.14"

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20 Year

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Yearly Summary

2020

May 9th snowstorm.

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