John Wheeler: March has been cold and snowy but is far from any records
There is no metric by which we can say this is the coldest or the snowiest March on record.
FARGO — March has been a rough month. It has been snowier and colder than average. However, there is no metric by which we can say this is the coldest or the snowiest. The average daily mean temperature for the month to date is in the coldest 25% but is only the coldest March since 2019. This is the third snowiest March on record in Fargo, but the tally of 21.1 inches is still short of the 26.2 inches in 1997 and the 28.1 inches in 2009.
The Grand Forks tally of 19.5 inches also ranks as the third snowiest but is shy of the 29.3 inches that accumulated in March of 1966. Snow depth has peaked this month is Fargo at 24 inches, which is only the deepest since 2019 and nowhere near the record depth of 32 inches set in March of 1997. The 23-inch depth earlier this month in Grand Forks is way below the record 39-inch set in January of 1989.