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|
|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|
|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|
|20-Mar-18||40||10||CHANGING||CLOUDING UP MID DAY|
|22-Mar-18||46||30||CHANGING||0.8||WINDY. LIGHT SNOW EARLY AM. CLEARING AT SUNRISE.|
|25-Mar-18||43||26||CHANGING||VCLDY. SNOW FLURRIES AM. BREEZY|
|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|