Last Year, We Were In A Drought

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By Richard Sparago on March 30, 2013, 6:45am Last modified: April 1, 2013, 10:28am

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Remember last year at this time, when we were closing one of the driest months of March Connecticut had ever seen? In fact, in March of 2012, only .87 inches of precipitation were recorded in Bridgeport, while 3.78 inches of precipitation is average for the month. This year, March is once again running below average for precipitation, as 2.39 inches have fallen in Bridgeport. Looking at the year-to-date numbers, last year, the Bridgeport area was running way behind its average precipitation through March 29th. Through March 29th in 2012, 5.43 inches of precipitation were recorded, while 9.67 inches represents the average. This year, we're right on track, with 9.41 inches having fallen year-to-date. An interesting note is that of the 9.41 inches, 2.5 of them came from the blizzard on February 8th and 9th.

Another weather characterisitic of last March you may recall is the month's abnormally warm temperatures. Bridgeport had 3 days over 70 degrees in March of 2012, and 4 additional days over 60 degrees. This year, there have been no days over 60 degrees, and only 7 days over 50 degrees. March is an interesting month, as the average high temperature on March 1 is 43 degrees, and that daily average warms to 52 degrees by March 31st.  

So what can we expect in April? The average high on April 1 in Bridgeport is 53 degrees, and that average rises to 63 degrees by April 30th. As you may expect, April is also one of our wettest months, with an expected average of 4.13 inches of precipitation. What else happens in April? Well, flowers bloom, the pollen count rises, and baseball season begins. I don't know about you, but the last one excites me the most.

Happy Spring!

 

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Richard Sparago

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