March Weather Summary 2022 – Forecast for April

March was wetter and slightly warmer than average for western Michigan. Grand Rapids was 1/2 degree warmer than average. This follows February which was 2.0° cooler than average and January which was 4.6° cooler than average. Thus, the first quarter of 2022 ended with 2.0° less than the average. The coldest temperature. during the month was 12° on the 12th and the hottest was 67° five days later on the 17th.

Grand Rapids had 3.5″ of precipitation. It was 1.11″ above average. The highest 24-hour rainfall was 1.41″ on 30/31. GR recorded 6.0″ of snow, which is 1.6″ below average. We had measurable snow for 9 days, with the maximum being 2.4″ on the 7th. There were four more days with a trace of snow.

It was a relatively windy month, with an average wind speed of 11 mph. We had 16 days during the month with gusts of 30 mph or more, with the peak gust of 62 mph on the 6th. We had two days with lightning and/or thunder. There were two severe weather reports in Michigan in March. They both performed on the evening/night of March 5/6. Siding was torn from a home near Bertrand in S. Berrien County with a gust measured at 61 mph. A large tree was knocked down in Shepherd, Isabella County. These are the only two severe weather reports in Michigan since last December 11.

We only had 29% possible sunshine, cloudier than average after a sunnier than average meteorological winter from December 1 to February 28.

Some records for March – the hottest day ever peaked at 87°C on 3/21/2012 (the year the flowers came out too early and were frosted over). The coldest March temperature. had -13 on 08/03/1943. The snowiest March was 36.0 inches in 1965 (a very cold and snowy March, followed by the Palm Sunday tornado outbreak of 11/4/1965). The wettest March was 5.77″ in 1948 and the driest was 0.08″ in 1910 (another year when it was hot early, the flowers came out too early and were then frozen off the trees – so no fruit harvest.

The image. above is the Modis satellite image from March 19. The landscape is brown (no snow on the ground). It would look a little greener today in southern Michigan as the grass has turned a little greener.

30-day European forecast

European 30-day forecasts call for slightly cooler than average temperatures in the Great Lakes. It looks pretty good. You can see building heat (and continued dry conditions with high fire danger) from Texas all the way to western Kansas. Much of the west is cooler than average, but southern California and Arizona remain warm. It should be an overall warm and sunny month for much of Florida.

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