March wraps up with higher than average temps

A major storm raced across North Dakota Monday, the last day of March, bringing significant amounts of snow to many areas. However, throughout the month of March, Minot had very little snowfall and the monthly average temperature was higher than a year ago.

The monthly average temperature was 20.9 degrees.

“This compares with the average temp of 13.4 degrees last year for the same month and the 108-year long-term average of 24.3 degrees,” said Jim Tarasenko, research specialist at the North Central Research and Extension Center south of Minot. He said the lowest temperature of the month that he recorded was minus 25 on March 1.

As of early Monday morning, he said snowfall for the month of March at the center was “just 3 inches.”

“This compares with the 6.2 inches of a year ago and the 108-year long-term average of 6.5 inches,” he said.

“So far this winter we have had 32.7 inches of snow,” Tarasenko said. That amount was recorded between Oct. 1, 2013, and March 31. He said this compares with the long-term average of 35.8 inches for the same period.

He said moisture for the month of March was 0.26 of an inch compared to 0.63 of an inch for the same month last year and the long-term average of 0.73 of an inch.

As the storm moved across the state Monday Minot wasn’t expected to be hit with heavy snow amounts as some other areas reportedly would be receiving.

At 8 a.m. Monday, Tarasenko said he recorded 1.2 inches of snowfall and 0.10 of an inch of moisture in that snow at the center in the past 24-hour period.