March 2013 is in the history books now and here is a brief summary of the month's weather.
Generally, March was cooler and drier than normal. The average temperature for the month was 56.3 degrees, which is about four degrees below average. Rainfall was much less than average, I measured only 1.56 inches at KALB-TV in downtown Alexandria. This ranks as the eighth driest on record and only 31% of normal. Here are some of the highlights of the month:
-The highest temperature for the month was 86 degrees on the 18th.
-The lowest temperatures of the month were 25 degrees (a record low) on the 26th and 26 degrees on the 3rd. These are the lowest temperatures of the winter at many locations. Such a delay in the coldest weather for so late in the season is very unusual.
-I counted only four days with fog and three days with thunderstorms. The month closed with an organized line of thunderstorms called a derecho that blasted through central Louisiana on the 31st. Numerous reports of damage and power outages resulted from these storms.
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