Spring Valley 2E #62 (Greene County) - Ed Kramer March was a quiet month, but it did continue a pattern of below normal rainfall. Soil temperature rose to 42 degrees by month's end. Field work is underway, but as soil temperatures increase along with evaporative loss, so will dry soils with limited moisture.
Perrysville 4W #79 (Richland County) - Katie Gerwig Temperatures were normal. Snowfall was near normal but total liquid precipitation was over 1.5 inches below normal.
Springfield 2N #1 (Clark County) - Dick Groeber March was below that stations 33 year averages for both temperature and precipitation. This was despite the fact that the barometric pressure was near the average and the relative humidity above the average. The most outstanding figure was the precipitation. This was the driest of the period since 1968 for precipitation of both rainfall and melted snowfall. The previous least precipitation was 1.27 inches in 1981. Although snowfall was not the least, it was one of the lower totals at 1.8 inches. The least was in 1997 without any snow total. There were 9 of the 33 dates with lower monthly totals. The number of dates with liquid precipitation (11) was the period average. This indicates that the daily totals were mostly light. The month total also indicates that March is usually a wet month. Temperatures were also below the station's 33 year averages. The highest recorded temperature of 65 degrees on the 31st was below what is usually expected. A high for the month of 72 is expected. The low of 11 degrees on the 26th, although not the lowest, was one of the coldest. A low temperature of 14 degrees is usually expected. The atmospheric pressure may have been the controlling factor. The overall month average of 29.95 inches was .03 higher than the station period average.
Streetsboro 2N #98 (Portage County) - Vance Lunn March this year lacked the wild temperature swings normally associated with the month. The high temperature failed to even reach 60 degrees, only making it to 57 degrees. Extreme cold was also lacking, as the lowest temperature did not even reach single digits. The temperature averaged a little below normal overall. Snowfall was heavy with the highlight being the storm that came on the 5th and 6th. This was the wrap-around precipitation from a nor-easter, greatly enhanced by the lake effect. A total of 13.2 inches of snow fell, beginning late on the 4th and continuing through the 6th, with 11.5 inches of that coming in a 24 hour period. Another series of snow events occurred from the 24th to the 27th. A total of 10.4 inches fell over those four days. Greatest snow depth was 12 inches on the 6th. Rain events occurred on the 11th through 13th (0.81 inch mixed with 0.5 inch snow); 16th (0.29 inch changing to snow on the 17th with 1.5 inches of that) and the 21st (0.21 inch). Other weather included two days with fog occurring and one day with sleet. No days had thunder.
Cincinnati 5NW #13 (Hamilton County) - Ronald E. Rothhaas Jr. Cold and dry. This summarizes March 2001. Precipitation was less than half normal in March as well as for the year, continueing a trend from last year and hopefully not setting us up for problems this summer. The last time we had a La Nina pattern, we had the drought of 1999. Precipitation seems headed in that direction, at least for now. Fourteen of thirty one days saw lows below freezing, bottoming out on the 26th with a low of only 16 degrees and a high of only 31! By month's end, only minor progress had been made by plants toward spring and the landscape retained a decidedly wintry appearance.
Wooster 7N #16 (Wayne County) - Jack Sisler Cold and dry were the words for the month. Mean temperatures were almost 3 degrees below normal for the month. An all-time record low of 7 degrees on the 26th was set. Precipitation was also below normal for the month with only 1.48 inches recorded; over 1.50 inches below normal. This brings the deficit for the year so far to almost 4 inches.
Kidron 1N #2 (Wayne County) - Ronald A. Hahn This was the 5th driest March in my records with only 1.48 inches of liquid precipitation - 50 per cent of normal. Temperature averaged 2.5 degrees below normal and snowfall was over an inch below normal. The 11 degree reading on the 26th set a new low temperature record for that date and it also was the second latest date for such a low reading.
Kent 2W #53 (Portage County) - Eric Wertz March 2001 was slightly drier than normal and colder than normal. Two weather advisories, one watch and one warning were issued during the month. A significant snow event occurred across northeastern Ohio on the 5th and 6th as a low pressure system laden with moisture, moved through the region. Snowfall on the 5th and 6th totaled 6.1 inches at Kent 2W with some areas receiving higher amounts. Lake effect snows set up from the 25th through 27th amounting to a total of 2.7 inches. Total snowfall for the month was 10.4 inches (near normal) with measurable snowfall noted on 11 days and measurable liquid equivalent precipitation recorded on 16 days. The heaviest 24 hour liquid equivalent precipitation was 0.33 inch on the 12th. There was one thunderstorm day and two fog days.