Pattern and Snow

The warm temperatures this month could be attributed to the lack of snow cover, but even if the month started with a noticeable snowpack, the temperatures would still have been above normal, just not as warm. A typical five-to-ten-inch snowpack usually takes about ten days to melt, this year we only had a few inches to melt which disappeared in just a few days.  The snow free ground, especially with tens of thousands of acres of exposed soil has allowed us to have one of the warmest Marches on record to this point.  With snow cover we wouldn’t be having one of the warmest, but with upper-air pattern we have been in, we would still be experiencing a warmer than average March.

Daryl Ritchison