Steve and Sam: March in Connecticut

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By WXedge Staff on February 23, 2013, 9:00pm Last modified: February 25, 2013, 4:49pm

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Steve MacLaughlin says, "March might very well be the most extreme month in Connecticut. It is always right on the edge between winter and spring. One day can have bitterly cold, February-like snow, while another day can have warm, April-like rain. A lot of people see March as the end to a long winter, and sometimes it is, but it can also be winter's last stand. Because warm, spring air is trying to move in at the same time, that cold, winter air may still linger, so very powerful snowstorms are always a threat. March is also a month when we have to pay our dues before the spring; roof collapses and river flooding are two things that almost always happen when we try to melt the snowpack with rain. But, March can also be a lovely preview of the incredible spring weather that New England is known for and a mild March can be incredible. The days are slowly getting longer, we move our clocks ahead and even if we get a big snow storm, we can slowly countdown to April every day."

Sam Kantrow has some March facts:

-Sunset March 1: 5:42 p.m. with a day length of 11:15.
-Daylight Saving Time begins on March 10th.
-Sunset March 31: 7:15 p.m. with a day length of 12:38.

Last March:
-7.8 degrees above normal.
-Basically no snow.
-Precipitation was about 3" below average. Only 1.04" last year.

He also says, "Based on the latest forecast models, temperatures will start off below average, but we'll likely not see any major storms.  As warmer temperatures invade up from the south as we get towards the end of the month, the jet stream slows down, and the pattern stops being zonal and becomes more high amplitude.  Troughs and ridges form...this causes a big temperature differential, which often causes stormy weather."

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