I look at my calendar and it says that we’re well into April. But the weather hasn’t received the memo. I’m a warm weather person anyway, and by April I expect to have more good days than bad. But it’s still cold. It snowed yesterday and snow remains in the forecast.
How not-spring is it? Here are some “fun” facts:
- Zero days in March 2018 had a temperature above 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The last time Lafayette did not reach 60 in March was in 2001. Since then, we’ve hit the 80’s twice (80 in 2007 and 86 in 2012).
- We briefly reached the 60’s on Tuesday. That was the first time we hit the 60’s since February 28.
- We haven’t had three consecutive days above 60 since October 23.
- The highest temperature in March was 2.5 degrees colder than the highest temperature in January.
- The average temperature in March was only 3.4 degrees warmer than February. The normal increase is 9 degrees.
- As measured by the monthly heating degree days, March 2018 was colder than six of the last 10 Marches.
- Yesterday’s high temperature (which happened just after midnight) is only two degrees above the normal low for the day.
Now March 2018 hasn’t been historically cold for the Lafayette area. It’s just obnoxiously cold. And the cold pattern looks like it will stick around through at least the middle of the month. So I’ll keep my shorts put away and my window closed a little longer. Spring has to happen eventually.