National Overview - March 2005


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Maps and Graphics:

March Most Recent 3 Months Most Recent 6 Months
Most Recent 12 Months Annual Summary for 2004 US Percent Area Very Wet/Dry/Warm/Cold

It should be emphasized that all of the temperature and precipitation ranks and values are based on preliminary data. The ranks will change when the final data are processed, but will not be replaced on these pages. Graphics based on final data are available on this page: Climate Monitoring Products page.

For graphics covering periods other than those mentioned above or for tables of national, regional, and statewide data from 1895-present, for March, last 3 months or other periods, please go to the Climate At A Glance page.

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National Overview:

March:

For additional details, see the Monthly Highlights section. For details and graphics on weather events across the U.S. and the globe go to NCDC's Global Hazards page.

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Monthly and Seasonal Highlights:

National:

For tables of national, regional, and statewide data from 1895-present, for March, last 3 months or other periods, please go to the Climate At A Glance page.

  • March 2005 ranked as the 49th warmest March in the 1895 to present record. The preliminary nationally averaged temperature was 43.2°F (6.2°C), which was 0.7°F (0.4°C) above the long-term mean.
  • March 2005 had near average precipitation, nationally, ranking 57th driest.
  • January-March temperature was above average and ranked as the 12th warmest such period in the 1895 to present record. The preliminary nationally averaged temperature for January-March was 38.4°F (3.6°C) which was 2.4°F (1.3°C) above the long-term mean.
  • January-March had above average precipitation, ranking 33rd wettest in the last 111 years.
  • The April 2004-March 2005 temperature was much above average and ranked as the 11th warmest such period in the 1895 to present record. The preliminary nationally averaged temperature was 53.9°F (12.2°C) which was 1.1°F (0.6°C) above the long-term mean.
  • Precipitation was also much above average for April-March, ranking 2nd wettest for the last 12 months based on a record of 110 such periods.

    Regional and Statewide:

  • March 2005 temperatures ranked much above average for Oregon. A further 13 states in the contiguous U.S. had above average temperature while 17 eastern states were colder average for the month.
  • Alaska temperatures were 6th warmest on record statewide, with an anomaly of 7.9°F (4.4°C)
  • March was wetter than average for much of the West, while the Midwest was mostly drier than average. Sixteen states had above average precipitation statewide, and 13 states had less precipitation than the long-term mean.
  • The 3 month period, January-March, was warmer than average for every state west of the Mississippi, with 2 states much warmer than average. Most states along the eastern Seaboard and across the Northeast were near average.
  • January-March 2005 was much wetter than average for 6 states. Ten states were below the mean and 2 states were much drier than average.
  • April-March 2005 was warmer than average for much of the nation. No state was significantly cooler than average over the last 12 months.
  • The last 12 months were much wetter than average for much of the nation, with Pennsylvania having its wettest April-March on record.

    See NCDC's Monthly Extremes web-page for weather and climate records for the month of March.

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It should be emphasized that all of the temperature and precipitation ranks and values are based on preliminary data. The ranks will change when the final data are processed, but will not be replaced on these pages. Graphics based on final data are available on this page: Climate Monitoring Product page.

Citing This Report

NOAA National Climatic Data Center, State of the Climate: National Overview for March 2005, published online April 2005, retrieved on November 22, 2014 from http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/2005/3.