Incredibly Gloomy & Unseasonably Cool Weather Continues

March 17th, 2013 at 10:00 am by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

This is probably the last post until Monday night…….I am gone tonight-tomorrow……I will try to get time tonight to post, but can’t guarantee it.


The incredibly gloomy weather continues.  Since February 18, we have had just two mostly sunny days & most of the others have been either solid overcast or mostly cloudy.  In fact late February-early March we had 6 consecutive days of solid overcast.

This is beginning to rank up with the excessively gloomy weather in late winter-early spring 1975, & 1984.  Both were especially gray.  1984 had 11 consecutive overcast days in mid to late March.  1975 had nearly as many gray days in late winter-early spring.  Early- to mid-spring 1983 was also quite gray & chilly.


Rain will arrive this evening & may mix with some snow & sleet, before tending to go to freezing rain.  Northeast of a Rensselaer to Lafayette to Frankfort line, there may be some minor ice accumulations of less than 0.1″.

Period rain Monday will wind down with warmer highs in the 40s.  We will dry out by Monday afternoon, though it will tend to be mostly cloudy to cloudy.


Tuesday through Saturday looks unseasonably cold.  In fact, high temperatures Tuesday may run over 20 degrees BELOW NORMAL.  A chunk of the viewing area looks hard-pressed to even hit 40 for the next 7 days as Greenland Block locks in.

After Monday, looks like a mainly dry week.  The next potential of precipitation appears to be evolving for next Friday &/or Saturday.  I am leaning more towards rain/snow or even snow than all rain at this point with that system.


Long-range models bring much warmer weather in here around March 30 with 70-72 degrees.  However, long-range models also brought 68-72 in here around Friday.  They were very close & analog indicated 70 Friday about 1-2 weeks before.  It also nailed that warmth last Sunday that occurred over a good chunk of the viewing area.  We will see how well long-range models handle the projected rapid warm-up around March 30.  I do not have my analog data sets in front of me to see the likelihood from that standpoint.




12 Responses to “Incredibly Gloomy & Unseasonably Cool Weather Continues”

  1. Jim says:

    Stoogies snow next weekend

  2. Brian says:

    The weather may be gloomy and cold, but its making me excited for my apple trees. Last year they were lulled into blooming early by the crazy warm weather and then got socked by an April frost. This year, they are nice and dormant.

  3. Tom says:

    This March is everything that I thought it would be and more. It might turn out to be the coldest March since 2001. On March 17, 2001 the high temp. at West Lafayette was 40 degrees and the high on March 25, 2001 was only 28 degrees.

  4. Crista says:

    Ha! You were right Tom. :) I owe you cookies!

  5. Tom says:

    We didn’t get as much snow as I thought we would this winter, so you don’t owe me cookies. I bet you probably make the best cookies. I guess I’ll just have to suffer and think about the great cookies I could have had. :)

  6. Teri says:

    Sun is out in Lafayette, has perked me up enough to get some yard work done, despite the wind:) Temp is 39.4*, not bad;) And as always, Thank you Chad!

  7. Autumn says:

    Brian, I agree!

    Chad, did you get any lettuce planted?

  8. Tamm says:

    Easter is comes,and it usally rains on Good friday

  9. dan says:

    didn’t that groundhog said this year spring would arrive early? LIAR!!!!!!! that groundhog SHOULD RETIRE!

  10. Maury Runnion says:

    When can I quit wearing my winter coat? Memorial day?

  11. JEM says:

    Brian I am with you – I trimmed them last month and getting ready (probably late) in getting the oil spray on them. Looking forward to a spring where my fruti trees make it and reward me with some great fruit this summer.

  12. Ryan H says:

    This will change, but 6z GFS on Bufkit soundings showed Lafayette with 10-12″ of snow. Take it with a grain of salt…..probably end up being a cold rain!

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