March roared like a lion in New York City this year, with cold and blustery conditions dominating the month. With all but ten days posting cooler than normal readings, the city’s average monthly temperature only reached 40.1°F. That is 1.9°F below normal. In fact, this was the first March in twelve years that we did not have a single day break the 60°F mark. This was a huge departure from last March, which was the second warmest March on record for the Big Apple.
In terms of precipitation, snowfall was abundant. March usually brings the city 3.6 inches of snow, but this year we saw 7.3 inches accumulate in Central Park. Rainfall, however, was scarce. The city only collected 2.90 inches, which is 1.46 inches below normal.