March 2014 will be remembered for the extreme cold and the snow that just wouldn’t go away. The high temperatures were much colder than normal. The average high was 39.94° which is 8.46° below average. The low temperatures for the month were also below average. The average low temperature was 17.29° which is 9.61° below average. The average temperature for the month, which includes both the highs and lows, was 26.61° which is 9.04° below average. March 2014 was the fourth coldest March. See the list of the top ten coldest below. Even with all the cold there was only one record setting cold day. On March 13 the temperature dipped to a new record low of 3°. The old record was 5° set in 1926.
Rank Year Amount
1 1960 23.9°
2 1912 25.0°
3 1965 26.1°
4 2014 26.6°
5 1900 26.7°
6 1899 26.9°
7 1926 27.7°
8 1906 27.9°
9 1941 27.9°
10 1978 27.9°
March was a dry month with Grand Rapids observing 1.54 inches, which was 0.83 inches above average.
The March snowfall in Grand Rapids finally below average. The airport only observed 6.40 inches which is 1.9 inches below average. The months of December - February all observed above average snowfall. In late February Grand Rapids tipped the scales and was launched into the second snowiest winter ever recorded. As of the end of March the total snowfall for the season was 114.2” which is 41.1” above average. As a reminder the snowiest season was in 1951-19521 with a whopping 134”.
With the persistent cold air, the snow sitting on the ground never melted. Grand Rapids went 105 days with at least 1” of snow on the ground. Read this story for more on the 2013-2014 long term snow cover records.
The cold air also created extensive ice cover across all of the Great Lakes. Read this story for more in the New Michigan record and near record ice cover.
The observed sunshine was just a bit above average 51.3% of possible sunshine. In a typical March we see 48% so that makes last month 3.3% above average.
See the images on the top of this story for more on the March weather.
Some of the cold from March may linger into April.
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