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The snowy March weather was epitomized by the snowstorm on Wednesday, March 7, leaving Railroad Street in Great Barrington nearly empty.

Nick Diller weather summary: March 2018 snowy and cold

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By Monday, Apr 2, 2018 Life In the Berkshires

Great Barrington — There was a lot of snow in March, but it was not quite a record amount. The 42.8 inches this March finished just shy of the 44.8 inches of March 1993. The moisture content of the snow was half of the standard 10-1 ratio (1 inch of snow equals .10 inch of water).

By the way, that 1993 figure included 26 inches from a very intense storm that affected the entire eastern seaboard.  Meteorologists called it a cold hurricane with winds of up to 83 mph and a sea level pressure reading of what I think the Blue Hill Observatory said was 27.70 inches. Here in Great Barrington, I observed heavy snow and gusty 40 mph winds with a barometric pressure reading of just 28.37 inches. The Albany, New York, weather office said it doesn’t keep daily barometer readings but, for that month, it was one of the lowest ever. Needless to say, it was quite a storm.

But getting back to 2018: The temperatures for March were colder than average with a mean of 33 degrees, which turned out to be the 11th coldest in the 53 years of record-keeping with a temperature of 33 degrees compared to 34.5 degrees. This year it was a case of the highs being not that high and the lows not that low.

So: a colder and snowier March.

How does April stack up? Weather people tell me the first half will be colder than average but the last part will be warmer. I’m ready!

    DATE  HI TEMP LO TEMP       SKY RAIN SNOW                               COMMENTS
1-Mar-18 54 32 CHANGING 0.03 FAIR AM. INCREASING CLOUDINESS AFT. RAIN LATE PM.
2-Mar-18 42 31 CLOUDY 0.95 4.4 RAIN CHANGING TO MIXED PRECIP EARLY AM. THEN SNOW MID AM 1.03
3-Mar-18 37 32 CHANGING VCLDY
4-Mar-18 38 30 CLOUDY 0.1 SNOW SHOWER 5P.
5-Mar-18 35 29 CHANGING CLOUDY DAY. PCLDY LATE EVENING.
6-Mar-18 45 18 CHANGING FAIR DAY. CLOUDING UP EVENING.
7-Mar-18 35 30 CLOUDY 12.6 SNOW  (.68″)  LIGHT 3A TIL 0A. NONE 9A-1P. THEN HEAVY TIL MIDNIGHT.
8-Mar-18 36 23 CHANGING 3.6 SNOW (.14″) EARLY AM. THEN VCLDY
9-Mar-18 36 20 CHANGING 0.6 VCLDY SNOW FLLURRIES. PERIOD OF LIGHT SNOW (.02)LATE PM
10-Mar-18 37 29 CHANGING 0.3 EARLY AM LIGHT SNOW (.02) THEN VCLDY
11-Mar-18 38 24 CHANGING FAIR DAY. MCLDY EVENING
12-Mar-18 42 18 CHANGING
13-Mar-18 36 30 CLOUDY 5.7 SNOW (.35) 3A TIL 9A. THEN 1P  MIDNIGHT
14-Mar-18 33 28 CLOUDY 13.5 SNOW (.37) 4A TIL MIDNIGHT
15-Mar-18 41 28 CHANGING 1.2 SNOW (.03) TIL SUN RISE. THEN PCLDY BREEZY
16-Mar-18 32 26 FAIR PCLDY  WOMDY  .  SNOW SHOWERS IN CENTRAL AND NORTHERN BERKSHIRE
17-Mar-18 40 18 FAIR WINDY
18-Mar-18 32 9 FAIR
19-Mar-18 35 18 FAIR
20-Mar-18 40 10 CHANGING CLOUDING UP MID DAY
21-Mar-18 41 26 CLOUDY WINDY
22-Mar-18 46 30 CHANGING 0.8 WINDY. LIGHT SNOW EARLY AM.  CLEARING AT SUNRISE.
23-Mar-18 45 26 CHANGING VCLDY BREEZY
24-Mar-18 43 26 FAIR
25-Mar-18 43 26 CHANGING VCLDY.  SNOW FLURRIES AM. BREEZY
26-Mar-18 49 19 FAIR
27-Mar-18 48 20 CHANGING INCREASING CLOUDS AM. MCLDY PM
28-Mar-18 50 35 CHANGING 0.06 RAIN 3A TIL 6A. THEN CLOUDS AND SUNNY INTERVALS. FAIR EVENING.
29-Mar-18 47 31 CHANGING 0.03 FAIR EARLY AM, CLOUDING UP AT SUNRISE. PERIODS OF DRIZZLE PM
30-Mar-18 52 39 CHANGING 0.14 PERIODS OF LIGHT RAIN AND DRIZZLE TIL MID DAY. HI TEMP 4A.CLEAR LATE PM
31-Mar-18 56 29 FAIR CLEAR DAY AND EARLY EVENING. PCLDY LATE EVENING.
41 25 Mean-33 1.21 42.8 AVERAGE: 45/24  Mean=34.5  Rsin=3.27″  Snow=11.2
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