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Mark Anthony

March was dry and way above normal

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Wow, where did the month of March go? Now that we are into the month of April, I wanted to look back to see how the month of March compared to other years. In St. Cloud, where the records go back further than most other locations in Greater Minnesota, the average monthly temperature was 43.9 degrees. This was 14.5 degrees above normal. The average high for the city was 54.4 degrees. The average low, meanwhile, was 33.4 degrees.

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How about precipitation for the month? St. Cloud received 1.15 inches of precipitation for the month. That was nearly .50" precipitation below normal.

The warmest day was on March 19 when it hit 78 degrees. The coldest day during the month was when it hit 2 below zero on March 4.

The 30-day outlook for the month of April calls for above normal temperatures and equal chances for precipitation. This basically means that for precipitation there is no clear indication so we could have either above or below normal precipitation. Time will certainly tell...

Weather history

In 1928 severe thunderstorms pushed across portions of central and east central Minnesota. Some $100,000 dollars in damage was done at Anoka.

Weather fact

"Fetch" is an area of the water surface over which waves are generated by a wind having a constant direction and speed. Also, it is the name given to the length of the fetch area, measured in the direction of the wind from which the seas are generated. One of the ingredients for lake effect snow is the fetch of the water over which cold air can gain moisture.

Minnesota at a glance

Moorhead: Low 34; High 57.

Duluth: Low 32; High 54.

Park Rapids: Low 33; High 57.

Twin Cities: Low 40; High 61.

Rochester: Low 38; High 60.

Marshall: Low 35; High 56.

Wednesday

Partly cloudy. High 57; Low 38. Winds: NE 10-15 mph. Precipitation: None. Today's sunrise: 6:55 a.m. Today's sunset: 7:55 p.m. Normal high: 48. Normal low: 28.

High pressure will influence our weather for much of the rest of the week making for quiet weather and low dew points.

Thursday

Partly cloudy. High 56; Low 34. Winds: E 10-15 mph. Precipitation: None.

Friday

Partly cloudy, slight chance of rain late. High 60; Low 40. Winds: SE 10-15 mph. Precipitation: Trace-.10."

Saturday

Mostly cloudy, 60 percent chance of showers. High 53; Low 33. Winds: SW/W 10-20 mph. Precipitation: .10"-.25."

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