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Folks up north going out on a toasty note for the month, no doubt. Bout sums up the rest of this one. It has truly been an exceptionally variable and beautiful March here. It's what spring is all about. Dandelions are up and that all but guarantees, that major anomalous cold in any form is gone from here.

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My family and I took a trip up to Las Vegas, NV for the weekend to explore nature and also the lights and fun activities on the strip and our hotel/resort.  We are staying at the Hilton Grand Vacation

Due to the high winds and chilly weather, we decided to go up into the NE part of the valley where it was warmer to visit the “Valley of Fire State Park.”  Boy, was it a crazy windy day with gusts up

Waking up to a little bit of snow this morning. Temp only made it down to 34 and is now 35.

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The HRRR and NAM are now splitting my area tonight.  They have showers and storms lifting up into northern Iowa and also passing through southeast Iowa, with not much in between.

season snowfall: 52.5"

 

'19-20: 36.2"      '18-19: 50.2"      '17-18: 39.5"      '16-17: 17.9"      '15-16: 20.0"      '14-15: 30.4"      '13-14: 48.3"      '12-13: 34.1"

 

Average snowfall: ~30"

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7 hours ago, Hawkeye said:

I also received 0.42".  The grass is really greening up now.  We could use a stretch of sunny, dry weather.

Actually picked up a 0.03” more after my post.

‘20 - ‘21 season snowfall = 39.3”

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55 minutes ago, Hawkeye said:

The HRRR and NAM are now splitting my area tonight.  They have showers and storms lifting up into northern Iowa and also passing through southeast Iowa, with not much in between.

A lot of the models still good for me.

‘20 - ‘21 season snowfall = 39.3”

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15 hours ago, Sparky said:

A lot of the models still good for me.

Rain moved in at midnight or just after, and ended by 6:00a.m. with 0.58”. It will be nice to dry off and warm up now. Next week is looking mostly dry. 

‘20 - ‘21 season snowfall = 39.3”

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This is more of a summer forecast but I found it to be interesting where the mean Hurricane storm track from the Top 5 analogs off of the TTB site mirrors this years LRC almost a "T".  Gary Lezak is predicting big hits on the western side of FL and the GOM.

 

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I received another 0.36" of rain this morning.  I don't think anyone in Iowa got any thunder.  Thankfully, that should be the last rain for awhile.  I'm looking forward to the big warmup in about a week.

season snowfall: 52.5"

 

'19-20: 36.2"      '18-19: 50.2"      '17-18: 39.5"      '16-17: 17.9"      '15-16: 20.0"      '14-15: 30.4"      '13-14: 48.3"      '12-13: 34.1"

 

Average snowfall: ~30"

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At the current time it is cloudy somewhat windy and 48 here at my house. The overnight low here at my house was 29 and the official overnight low was 30 at GRR it was the first low below freezing in 5 nights.

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All the clouds we've been stuck under for the last four days has killed our temperature.  We underperformed again today.

season snowfall: 52.5"

 

'19-20: 36.2"      '18-19: 50.2"      '17-18: 39.5"      '16-17: 17.9"      '15-16: 20.0"      '14-15: 30.4"      '13-14: 48.3"      '12-13: 34.1"

 

Average snowfall: ~30"

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Had 2 fronts come through today. 
First one came through a little after 9 this morning. Turned the winds to NW, mixed the air up causing a little quicker bump in the morning temps, and we had gusty winds most of the afternoon.

2nd piece came through a little after 8 this evening. The winds had gone almost calm but have kicked back up. You can also see the humidity dropped quite a bit and with this secondary passage the pressure is rising much faster leading to the gusty winds again.

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We were finally expected to get some good sunshine today, but clouds have spread over the area yet again.

season snowfall: 52.5"

 

'19-20: 36.2"      '18-19: 50.2"      '17-18: 39.5"      '16-17: 17.9"      '15-16: 20.0"      '14-15: 30.4"      '13-14: 48.3"      '12-13: 34.1"

 

Average snowfall: ~30"

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A few snow flakes fell here yesterday and I reported it as a trace of snow fall. So far for March 2021 the most snow that has fallen in just a trace and that has been reported on March 1st 15th, 16th and now the 28th the official snow fall for the month of March 2021 is just a trace. Depending on if and when any snow falls on Wednesday night March 2021 with tie 1945 with the 2nd lowest amount of snow fall for any March at Grand Rapids. In first place is 1910 when no snow was reported. Here at my house I did receive about 0.1" of snow on March 1st and that was enough to cover the ground. At the current time it is clear and a cold 23 here.

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It feels great to finally have warmer mornings here in the valley of the sun.  Gorgeous sun rise, clear skies and a slight breeze along with temps right around 60F.  Heading up to near 90F today but I think we'll miss our 1st official 90F day at Sky Harbor due to high clouds rolling in later today.  We won't have a problem later this week as the seasons 1st legit Spring time heat wave hits the region.   A string of low/mid 90's on tap starting Thu-Sun with a possible record tying 97F on Sat!

 

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Cedar Rapids officially hit 70º for the first time this afternoon.

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season snowfall: 52.5"

 

'19-20: 36.2"      '18-19: 50.2"      '17-18: 39.5"      '16-17: 17.9"      '15-16: 20.0"      '14-15: 30.4"      '13-14: 48.3"      '12-13: 34.1"

 

Average snowfall: ~30"

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Meanwhile - wind chills below zero in and around Dickinson,ND -- this map just pushed it to 3F or 4F- but before this was 21F sustained 35kts-- now moderate snow. image.thumb.png.45c6c9d716d3d3e080cc0ea95a5bea70.png

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The two loudest sounds known to man: a gun that goes bang when it is supposed to go click and a gun that goes click when it is supposed to go bang.

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59 minutes ago, Grizzcoat said:

Meanwhile - wind chills below zero in and around Dickinson,ND -- this map just pushed it to 3F or 4F- but before this was 21F sustained 35kts-- now moderate snow. image.thumb.png.45c6c9d716d3d3e080cc0ea95a5bea70.png

Exactly why I love this part of the country at this time of year, the temp here today got to the upper 70s. 52 now with the loudest wind I have  had in my time here.

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>1" Snowfalls for Fargo-Hector Int'l Airport in 2020-21: 10/20 (4.2"), 10/22 (2.7"), 12/23 (1.2"), 12/27 (1.8"), 12/29-30 (4.1"), 1/23 (1.9"),

 

Total Snowfall for 2020-2021 @ KFAR: 26.8"            Coldest Low: -25*F (2/15)

 

 

First flake of the season: 10/15 @ 21:27 CDT

 

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Hit 76.8 in my backyard. Warmest high since last November 3rd.

We're relatively close to wiping out the deficit this month for below normal temps in February that was 10.4 degrees below normal. March is running +7.5 so far.

If you take out 2/6-2/17, this would have been one of the warmer winters on record I'm guessing. November +4.9, December +4.5, January +5.8....

2/6-2/17 average: -8.5/ 9.4 (27.7 degrees below normal)

Rest of February: 20.8/ 40.6 (2.6 degrees above normal)

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With just two more days to go here is where March 2021 stands. With a mean of 40.9 at Grand Rapids as of this morning GR is in 11th place in the warmest March race. 2016 is in 12th place with 40.6 and in 10th place is 2021 at 41.0 then 1894 in 9th with 41.1 and 2000 is in 8th with 41.2. In the snow fall department with just a trace of snow fall Grand Rapids is now in 2nd place and that looks like where GR will end the month unless but we shall see. The overnight low here was 46 at this time it is clear and 54 here. The grass has became much greener in the last few days and the trees now have good buds on them.

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Went from very strong south winds and 60s yesterday to screaming west winds, 20s and snow/blowing snow this morning.  My house is wide open to the west for at least half a mile, it was one of the windiest/loudest nights I can remember at my place in the almost 10 years I have been in it.  Sounded like a summer thunderstorm at times.  

Getting more precip and snow this morning than anytime since at least Jan. 1, as hard as that may be to believe with all the rain in Nebraska, Iowa, etc. the last few weeks.  

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14 hours ago, OmahaSnowFan said:

Hit 76.8 in my backyard. Warmest high since last November 3rd.

We're relatively close to wiping out the deficit this month for below normal temps in February that was 10.4 degrees below normal. March is running +7.5 so far.

If you take out 2/6-2/17, this would have been one of the warmer winters on record I'm guessing. November +4.9, December +4.5, January +5.8....

2/6-2/17 average: -8.5/ 9.4 (27.7 degrees below normal)

Rest of February: 20.8/ 40.6 (2.6 degrees above normal)

Feb in the top 10 coldest and snowiest while March in top 10 warmest and wettest. Feb 21 is also the 6th earliest last measurable snowfall, while this is the only other March besides 2012 and back to 1908 to have zero snow (not even a trace). March has been a worse offender than even Dec in recent years with low snowfall. 

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Snowfall in Lincoln, NE:

2017-18: 21.4"   

2018-19: 55.5"   

2019-20: 17.6"   

2020-21: 49.4" (so far)

Average: 25.9"

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1 hour ago, snowstorm83 said:

Feb in the top 10 coldest and snowiest while March in top 10 warmest and wettest. Feb 21 is also the 6th earliest last measurable snowfall, while this is the only other March besides 2012 and back to 1908 to have zero snow (not even a trace). March has been a worse offender than even Dec in recent years with low snowfall. 

Definitely wild and wacky stuff!!😁

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Going to end March with record precipitation, but only a trace of snowfall unless I'm forgetting a small snow event.  Thought for sure with even an average March snowfall wise, that we'd jump over 50".  I think we'll finish about 45-46" of snowfall according to local media unless there is a surprise April snowfall, has happened lately.   Odd season with great snows and then long stretches of nothing.  Our school ended with 4 snow days and 1 late start.  We usually build in extra hours, so we can miss up to 5 days of school with a late start or two and not extend the year or have to go to school on the Monday after Easter.  Haven't had to make up any days since the winter of 2000-2001.

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After a cold front with thru and dropped 0.04" of rain here the overnight low here was 32 and there was a thin crust of ice in the bird bath. The official low at GRR looks to have been 34. With a mean of 41.4 with one more day to go Grand Rapids is now at the 8th warmest March in recorded history. This month should end up in the top ten warmest but will have to wait until tomorrow to see just where. A top 5 looks good for Lansing and at Muskegon a top 10 will be a good bet but there like Grand Rapids it is still too close to call just where. As for snow fall Grand Rapids will be tied with 1945 for the 2nd least amount for any March with a trace. Lansing will also be tied for 2nd place with their trace but there it will be with several other years. And at Muskegon then should end up in 9 place for the least amount of March snow fall.

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