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March 2018 - Report and Summary

by Robert K. Peters, Ph.D. - National Weather Service Cooperating Observer

The month of March 2018 saw above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation.

The thirty-day outlook, issued on February 15, had called for near normal temperatures and near normal precipitation. The February 28 revision called for above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation. Compared with March 2017, the month was 1.1 deg. Cooler, and 1.25 inches wetter.

There were no sub-freezing temperatures in March 2018 nor in March 2017. The 2018 growing season apparently began with the latest freeze on February 12; the last freeze in 2017 was on February 16. The median date for the last freeze is March 15. (Should a freeze occur in April, the first sentence in this paragraph will be incorrect.

Year-to-date rainfall through March 31 was 2.61 inches greater in 2018 than in 2017.

The reporting period for temperatures and phenomenon on each day is for the twenty-four hours ending at midnight hours GMT--6 p.m. CST and 7 p.m. CDT. The reporting period for precipitation is for the twenty-four hours ending at noon GMT--6 a.m. CST and 7 a.m. CDT. All times are given using the twenty-four hour clock, and are expressed in Greenwich Mean Time.

Effective April 1, 2012, the term "day" in the Records and Summary section refers to the clock day beginning at 0000 GMT, and ending at 2359 GMT. The term "normal" refers to averages from the standard climatic period 1981-2010.

Observations are from NWS Station 41/9207/4 in Tyler, Texas. The term "normal" refers to averages from the standard climatic period 1971-2000.

March 2018

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March 2018, RECORDS AND SUMMARY:

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