March 1 is the first day of meteorological spring. This marks the start of spring weather record keeping. These same records can help show the changes we can expect in the new month.
Well, let’s first look at the past 30 years to see what we can reasonably expect in terms of wet weather.
January and February both give us about 2 inches of precipitation per year, and that climbs to nearly 3 inches as we head into March.
If we break this wet weather down to snowfall alone, we see the clear signs that we are getting closer to spring. In January we see an average of about 6 inches of snow. That drops to about 4.4 inches in February, and as we head into March we only have an inch and a half of snow left.
This makes sense as we approach the hottest times of the year. Calculating last month’s temperatures, we see that the average high for the whole month was around 50 degrees, which is fair enough for the month’s 30-year average. Based on the averages, we can expect temperatures to climb steadily throughout March. By the time we get to March 30, our average high climbs into the 60s for our average high.
Consider also daylight. We know that we get more daylight each day as we move away from the winter solstice and get closer to the summer solstice. As we head into Mars, we have to deal with a complicating factor; we will switch to summer time in a few weeks.
This will push our sunsets back to almost 7:00, 7:15, then we’ll get closer to 8:00 over the next 8 weeks.