Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Yep, It Was Just About The Coldest March On Record In Vermont

You knew March was cold, and you were right.
No April Fool. This is a perennial bed between my deck
and driveway in a photo taken this morning, April 1 in
St. Albans, Vermont. Often, at this time of year
a few tentative daffodil leaves are starting to
poke up here. Not this year.  

The news out of St. Johnsbury, Vermont this morning is they had the coldest March on record, in data that goes back 120 years.

The mean temperature for the month in St. Johnsbury was 18.9 degrees, decisively colder than the previous record chilly March, in 1900.

In Burlington, Vermont, it wasn't quite a record. The mean temperature in March, 2014 there was 22.1 degrees, which was almost nine degrees colder than normal.

This makes the month that just ended the fourth coldest March on record in Burlington.

I'm sure we'll get reports later today of other cities reporting their coldest March on record in 2014, or at least something close

In northern New England, temperatures will continue below normal for the first week of April, but not nearly as far below normal as it was in March.  At least it doesn't look like we're on pace for a record cold April.

And a thaw has set it, the maple sap is running, and the next storm, due Friday night, looks as if it will be mostly rain, at least in the valleys.

We'll take any improvement we can get.

1 comment:

  1. My guess is the only reason Burlington didn't set a record too is because the urban heat island has changed things a lot since the 1800s. Also the lake may have retained some warmth despite freezing due to the last few cold years. Anyhow, here in Montpelier it was really cold.