March 2013 cool in Columbia, but far from coldest

April 1, 2013 

— With relatively normal temperatures in the final few days, last month finished tied for the 11th coolest March in Columbia’s weather history.

The average daily temperature was 51 degrees, according to the Southeast Regional Climate Center. Columbia’s coldest March was in 1960, with an daily average of 43.7.

Last month was an extraordinary contrast to March 2012, when Columbia set an all-time record highest average daily temperature of 65.4 degrees. Columbia temperature records go back to 1887.

March 2013 also ranked as the 61st wettest, with 3.65 inches of rain.

The long-term forecast is for above average temperatures for April, according to the National Climate Prediction Center.

Joey Holleman

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