NCDC Releases March 2014 U.S. Climate Report
The average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during March was 40.5°F, 1.0°F below the 20th century average. This was the 43rd coldest March on record. The coldest temperature departures from average occurred across the Great Lakes and Northeast. Vermont had its coldest March on record.
The March national precipitation total was 2.29 inches, 0.22 inch below the 20th century average, and the 41st driest March on record. Parts of the Central Plains and Midwest were much drier than average. In contrast, the Pacific Northwest was much wetter than average, helping to replenish snowpack totals.
This monthly summary from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides to government, the business sector, academia, and the public to support informed decision-making.