Tuesday, April 15, 2014

March Was Officially Vermont's Coldest On Record

The National Climate Data Center came out today with their monthly analysis of the nation's weather in the previous month.
Lake Street in St. Albans, Vermont
looked like something out
of the Arctic on March 13, 2014.
March was the coldest on
record in Vermont, according
to the National Climate Data Center  

The data showed that Vermont had its coldest March on record, with a mean temperature of 18.3, or 8.9 degrees below normal.

Individual towns in Vermont might not have had the coldest March on record, (Burlington was only fourth coldest), but if you take the state as a whole, it was the coldest.

What with the planet heating up, it's become quite rare for a state to record its coldest month. It's still rare for states to record their hottest month, but not as rare as the coldest.

The problem with March was a persistent flow of air from the northwest wouldn't quit all during the month.

And Vermont seemed to be always in the path of the coldest core of the frigid air from the North Pole that kept flooding the eastern half of the nation.

Maine and New Hampshire had their second coldest March on record.

For the nation as a whole, it was the coldest March since 2002, so irt wasn't anything horribly extreme.

For Vermonters pining for spring, at least March's frigid trend ended as April came along. The month is average a little warmer than normal so far, and the state was treated to temperatures in the 70s to low 80s yesterday.

True, it's going to snow in Vermont later today and tonight, but this cold wave won't last long like the one in March did. By Friday and the weekend, near normal temperatures in the 50s are forecast.

I, for one, don't want to see another record cold month in Vermont. I think we've all had enough.

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