In early March 1983 we had an early false spring! 5 days in the 70s turned into an Arctic Blast to end the month that wiped out the budding trees, shrubs & blooming flowers!
Heavy vegetation damage occurred after early false spring in early March 1868. March 4-12 was very warm with daily highs in the 60s & 70s. The spring peepers were calling loudly on March 4. In late March & early April, lows dropped into the single digits, following a significant severe weather outbreak on March 17.
14 of the first 22 days in March 1894 were 65 degrees or greater, followed by record cold in late March. In mid-March, some areas were as high as the lower 80s in the viewing area. The vegetation was advanced by 2-3 weeks later than normal with a high of 23 & a low of 11 on March 26 with snow on the ground!
In March 1945, it was very mild, especially in the early half of March. March 9 was the last occurrence of a temperature at or below 30 degrees in West Lafayette for the spring; the earliest on record back to 1880.
Early March 1990 saw very rare, potent early false spring. It was largely known for its incredibly warm nights! The ovenright low temperatures were above 60 for 5 nights in parts of the area, over 40 degrees above normal! At West Lafayette, overnight lows of 63, 62, 62 & 62 with highs in the mid to upper 70s occurred after intense t’storms & 66 with 3.85″ of rain on March 10.
Highs of 65 or greater occurred March 10-16 with four days in the upper 70s & lows of 64, 63, 63, & 62 March 12-15. Even way north at Wheatfield, 4 days peaked at 79 in early March with lows of 59, 60, 61, 62 & 60.
The vegetation responded rapidly with buds & flowers & leaves bursting forth. This was all wiped out by a hard freeze in latter March with a high at 32 by March 20!
Early March 1974 saw unsually warm weather with highs in the 70s in 5 of the first 8 days at West Lafayette. The high/low on March 8 was an incredible 77/60! By late month, 2″ was on the ground & lows were near 0!
A similar thing happened in 1992 when Romney hit 70s for 5 consecutive days March 3-7! From March 1-9 at West Lafayette highs were 67, 72, 69, 73, 72, 71, 59, 67 & 64. This was followed by a near 4″ snow on the 10th & then well-below normal temperatures (with all budding vegetation damaged) the rest of the month.
History shows that getting too warm (into the 70s) in the first 10 days of March usually comes back to bite you!
After temperatures level-off tonight, then slowly rise with increasing high/mid clouds we will head to 25-32 Tuesday with partly cloudy skies.
After 29-36 Wednesday, clipper will pass north of here Wednesday night with a few snow showers/flurries here.
By Thursday, highs will run 35-41 with a nice end to the week with partly cloudy skies & 44-52.
Clipper will pass Saturday with a few rain, then a few snow showers will steady/falling temperatures in the lower to middle 30s followed by 15-21 Saturday night.
Sunday may be partly cloudy & 35-40, but Monday looks like a 47-54 day with partly cloudy skies.
It doesn’t look particularly wet right now March 11-20, nor does it look like a massive warm-up. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a 60s day near the 15. Looks like quite a few 40s & 50s days mixed with 30s & some cold nights of 20s & even a few teens.
GREAT maple sap running weather with sun, thawing during day & crisp, frosty nights!
Nothing leaps out at me & says Arctic event & snow, but I would not be one bit surprised if there is a last snow hurrah at the end of March, even if it is just a 1-3″ snow.