Theoretically, how warm could it get in March?

March 3, 2019 0 Comments


As of this writing it is a bone-chilling -5 degrees outside with over 2 feet of snow on the ground and many folks are downright desperate for some warm weather.   I have been hearing a lot people say things like, “the snow won’t melt until June at this rate, or I am going to go crazy if it doesn’t warm up soon!”  So with that in mind I thought it would be good to remind everyone how warm it can get in March every so often.

In Wausau, the warmest we have ever been in the first 5 days of the month is 61 degrees.  We hit that back on March 4th and 5th of 2000.    Interestingly enough, the warmest temperatures recorded from the 6th to 10th of March occurred on March 7th, 2000 when it climbed to 76 degrees.  Wow, that is impressive for so early in the month when the normal high is still in the mid 30s.

Now for the period of March 11th to March 20th, the record highs are more consistently in the upper 60s to upper 70s.  The tops are 78 degrees on March 16th and 17th from 2012.  We had a historic warm spell in March of 2012.  There were 9 days in a row of record highs from the 14th through the 22nd.  That is virtually unheard of.

Then looking at the period of March 21st to March 31st, record highs are mostly in the 70s in Wausau.  However we did max out at 80 degrees on March 29th and March 30th of 1910.

It’s pretty safe to say that there wasn’t any snow on the ground to begin with on any of those days that achieved highs in the 70s to 80 degrees.  So, about the warmest I could see it getting this March with our mega snow cover is probably in the 50 to 60 degree range.  Even that would take an impressive southerly wind flow for a few days to really bring in a warm air mass from the Southern Plains.  Hey at this point, wouldn’t 50 degrees feel wonderful though?

For what it is worth, below is the Climate Prediction Center’s 8 to 14 day temperature outlook for March 11th – March 17th.  It shows the highest odds of being warmer than normal east of Wisconsin and the highest odds of being cooler than normal to our west.  So perhaps if we are lucky, we will be within a few degrees of normal around here.  Stay tuned!  It can be a topsy-turvy time, this time we call March.

Take care!

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StormTrak9 Meteorologist with WAOW-TV in Wausau, WI. Also the owner of Great Lakes Weather Service, LLC.

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