March's weather colder, drier than average in Knoxville

March continued to be colder but drier than average in Knoxville, according to National Weather Service records.

The average temperature for the month was 47.6 degrees, which is 2.7 degrees colder than the average mean temperature of 50.3 degrees.

The average high this March was 59.5 degrees, just about two degrees colder than the typical March average high of 61.4.

The average low was 35.7 degrees, which is 3.5 degrees colder than the normal average of 39.2 degrees.

We had a low temperature below freezing on 12 days.

Knoxville recorded half an inch of snow in March, bringing the total for the season to 12.4 inches. While the March snow total was 0.4 inches less than normal, the recorded snowfall for the season was more than double the average of 6 inches.

In all, 2.42 inches of liquid precipitation fell during the month, which is 1.92 inches below the average of 4.34.

For the first three months of the year, 10.49 inches of precipitation has fallen in Knoxville. The measuring station at McGhee Tyson Airport normally sees 12.92 inches during that period, meaning 2014 has started 2.43 inches of precipitation below normal for the first three months.

The comparison is more striking when compared to 2013, which was a very wet year in East Tennessee. Last year, 20.58 inches of precipitation fell from January through March. So in 2014, Knoxville has seen just barely more than half of last year's precipitation for the first three months.


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