Wednesday, April 2, 2014

March 2014 Lincoln Climate Summary


Headline:  March 2014 was cooler than normal and much drier than normal for Lincoln, NE.

The highest temperature observed in Lincoln, NE in March 2014 was 78 F on March 10, 2014.   The lowest temperature observed in Lincoln, NE in March 2014 was -7F on March 3, 2014.

The high temperature on March 2 was only 5F which is the coldest high temperature observed for that date as well as the coldest observed daytime high for any day in March (1887-2014).  The high of 5F on March 2 was 41 degrees BELOW the normal for the date of 46F.  A record high of 78F was set a few days later on March 10. March 2014 was the 6th month in a row of below normal temperatures for Lincoln.  This is the longest stretch of monthly temperatures below normal since November 1992 through November 1993 with 13 months in a row averaging below normal.
 
The March 2014 precipitation total in Lincoln, NE was 0.13 inches, or 1.80 inches below normal.   This was ranked the 5th lowest March precipitation on record out of 128 years of data (1887-2014).  Year to date January 1 -March 31 precipitation normal is 3.34 inches, observed January 1-March 31, 2014 is only 0.99 inches or 2.35 inches below normal.

Top Ten Driest Months of March (1887-2014)

Driest
Year
Amount
in Inches
Rank
1994
0.06
1
1929
0.08
2
1910
0.10
3
1968
0.11
4
2014
0.13
5
1988
0.13
5
1918
0.14
7
1936
0.18
8
2009
0.18
8
1989
0.24
10



Lincoln saw two minor snowfalls during the March 2014, March 1 with 0.6 inches and March 18 with 0.1 inches.  This 0.7 inches is 4.1 inches below the normal March total of 4.8 inches.  The Winter 2013-14 snowfall total as of the end of March 2014 is only 17.7 inches
 
The following graph shows the Lincoln, NE, March 2014 daily high and low temperatures compared to normal daily highs and lows.  NOTE:  The March 2014statistics are located below the graph.

Here are the Lincoln, NE, summary statistics for March 2014.

TEMPERATURE:
March 2014 Temperature Statistics:
Average High Temperature 52.1 F (0.2 degrees BELOW Normal)
Average Low Temperature 22.2F (5.7 degrees BELOW Normal)
Mean Temperature 37.1 F (3.0 degrees
BELOW  Normal)
Note: Mean temperature = the average of all the highs and lows
Number of days ABOVE Normal = 15
Number of Days BELOW Normal = 15
Number of Days exactly Normal = 1
Highest temperature 78F on March 10

Lowest temperature -7 F on March 3
Record cold daytime high, 5F on March 2
Record high temperature of 78F on March 10


PRECIPITATION:
March 2014 Precipitation Statistics:
Total precipitation 0.13 inches (1.80 inches
BELOW Normal)
Heaviest precipitation 0.07 inches on March 27

Snowfall total 0.7 inches (4.8 inches  BELOW  Normal)

Normal January 1 - March 31 precipitation =  3.34 inches
Total precipitation January 1 - March 31 2014 = 0.99 inches
January 1 - March 31, 2014 precipitation deficit =  2.35 inches 

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