Records show low temps, more snowfall

Minot had lower average temperatures, but much more snowfall this March than a year ago, says Jim Tarasenko, research specialist at the North Central Research and Extension Center, south of Minot.

“This past month of March we had a monthly average temp of 13.4 degrees, which was 25.6 degrees below last year’s average temps and 11 degrees below the 107-year long-term average here at the NCREC,” Tarasenko said.

Every day at 8 a.m., he records the high and low temperatures and combines them for a monthly average temperature.

He said there was 21.6 inches of snowfall for the month much above last March’s total snowfall of 1 inch. The long-term average was 6.3 inches

The total snowfall this winter from Oct. 1, 2012, through March 31 has been 59 inches, he said. He said this compares with 29.2 inches last year and the long-term average of 35 inches for the same period.

Moisture for the month was 1.82 inches and this compares with 0.85 of an inch a year ago and the long-term average of 0.72 of an inch.

“We had 12 days of below zero temperatures in the month and this compares with none for the same period last year,” Tarasenko said.

Temperatures are expected to be in the 30s this week, with the exception of Wednesday when the temperatures are expected to be in the low 40s. The chance of precipitation is low this week, except Wednesday when the chances are slightly higher and a few showers may occur.