I'm a 30 year old weather enthusiast from Central Ohio. Certified SKYWARN storm spotter.
By: Buckey2745 , 9:07 PM GMT on April 06, 2013
What a difference a year makes, right? Last March was one of the warmest on record, and this March was one of the snowiest on record. Our 5.75" was the snowiest March I've recorded since 2008 when we had our blizzard.
Two major winter storms, Saturn and Virgil, were the main reasons for our accumulation, but I also recorded measurable snow on 6 different days in March.
Here are some comparables:
2013: 70.1° (March 10th)
2013: 16.4° (March 4th)
Days Above 70°
Numbers don't lie, and that tells the entire story. Our weather was dominated the entire month by a trough putting the entire eastern US under cold Arctic air. Any weather system that moved through brought the chance for snow.
Last March was also very active for severe weather, giving us 1 Tornado Watch, 1 Severe Thunderstorm Watch, and 3 Severe Thunderstorm Warnings. Not to mention the massive tornado outbreak at the beginning of the month spawning a couple of EF3 and EF4's in southern Ohio. This March? Nothing. The only warnings we got were two Winter Storm Warnings.
So now it's April and it's time for a gradual warmup and eventually some severe weather. We have a lot of ground to make up to catch last season's severe tally.
In the near term our chances of getting in to severe weather are low, with a chance of thunder tomorrow and Monday, with things ramping up later in the week. I'm thinking right now Thursday could be an active day, definitely in the south, but depending on the placement of the vigorous low pressure we could see some storms as well.
Because Thursday's storm is already being talked about around the country, I plan on posting about this as the time gets closer.
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