National Overview - March 2006


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Maps and Graphics:


March Most Recent 3 Months Most Recent 6 Months
Most Recent 12 Months Annual Summary for 2005 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 the 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:

  • March temperatures were above average for the nation with no states much warmer or much cooler than their long-term means. For information on temperature records during the month, please go to NCDC's Extremes page.
  • Precipitation was near average for the contiguous US with record dryness occurred along the East Coast. For more information on drought during March, please visit the U.S. Drought page.
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 2006 ranked as the 37th warmest March in the 1895 to present record, or near the long-term mean. The preliminary nationally averaged temperature was 44.0°F (6.7°C), which was 1.5°F (0.8°C) above the long-term mean.
  • March 2006 had near average precipitation, nationally, ranking 47th driest.
  • For the last 3 months temperature was much above average and ranked as the 5th warmest such period in the 1895 to present record. The preliminary nationally averaged temperature for January-March was 39.8°F (4.3°C) which was 3.8°F (2.1°C) above the long-term mean.
  • January-March had near average precipitation, ranking 38th driest in the last 112 years.
  • The April 2005-March 2006 temperature was much above average and ranked as the 4th warmest such period in the 1895 to present record. The preliminary nationally averaged temperature was 54.7°F (12.6°C) which was 1.9°F (1.1°C) above the long-term mean.
  • Precipitation was near average for March-March, ranking 52nd driest for the last 12 months based on a record of 111 such periods.

Regional and Statewide:
  • March 2006 temperatures ranked warmer than average for 23 states and colder than average for California. All other contiguous states were near average for the month.
  • Alaska was colder than average for March. Details will be available on the 13th.
  • March was record dry for 5 eastern states. Twelve other eastern states were much drier than average. Eighteen states were wetter than average including Utah which was much wetter than average.
  • The 3 month period, January-March, was warmer than average for all contiguous US states except California and Florida. Twenty-eight states were much warmer than average and Oklahoma was record warm.
  • January-March was record dry for 3 mid-Atlantic states and drier or much drier than average for 17 additional states. Ten states were wetter or much wetter than average.
  • April 2005-March 2006 was warmer or much warmer than average for much of the nation, with record warmth for Vermont and only the Southeast remaining near average.
  • The last 12 months had a mixed precipitation pattern across the country. There were 20 states that were wetter or much wetter than average, including 2 record wet states in New England, and there were 14 states acros the southern and central US that were drier or much drier than average.

    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 the Climate Monitoring Products page.

Citing This Report

NOAA National Climatic Data Center, State of the Climate: National Overview for March 2006, published online April 2006, retrieved on September 23, 2014 from http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/2006/3.