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Ending March Below Average

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Meteorologist Cody Matz Meteorologist Cody Matz

After the winter we have just had, I can't imagine you are all that surprised that more sub average temperatures are in our future. The overall weather pattern from December to February hasn't changed since hitting March, so it looks like our predominantly below average pattern will continue right into April. The Climate Prediction Center has released its forecast for the next couple of weeks and it continues to show cool temperatures in the north and warm in the south. The following is their forecast for days 6 through 10 (March 21-25) and then days 8 through 14 (March 23-29).

Remember that the CPC's forecasts are probabilities of below, normal, and above normal temperatures. Right now, much of the state has an elevated chance, about 60%, of getting below average temperatures for the end of the 7 day forecast. They are also predicting a 70% chance of seeing below average temperatures in the 8 to 14 day timeframe, or basically the week after next. This pretty much rounds out the rest of the month and keeps temperatures well below average overall. If our current below average forecast holds true, it will be another sub average month with the first half of March running 7.6° below normal.

Here's the good news… at least average highs are climbing, now into the low 40's, and will be into the mid 40's by the end of the week. Not to mention, average highs really start to accelerate upward in the coming weeks with highs average 50° by April 1st and upper 60's by May 1st. Just hold on a little while longer because it will get better!

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