March can be a fickle month here in central Virginia. We can see significant snows, violent storms, wild temperature swings, and much more. We knew going into the month that we desperately needed some rain to get us out of an increasing rainfall deficit. Mother Nature delivered on that need! Over the course of the month, we received a whopping 6.84" of precipitation. During an average month of March we would expect closer to 4". That gave us a monthly surplus of nearly 3"! This has also helped to knock our yearly rainfall deficit down to less than 2" as of April 1.
From a temperature perspective, we had lots of ups and downs, but everything balanced each other out. Our monthly temperature departures were within a degree of average. Our warmest afternoon was March 21, when the mercury soared to 80°! Less than a week later, we received our only snowflakes for the entire month, when nearly an inch fell across the area.
What will you remember most about the weather of March 2011? Anything stand out for you?