Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

April 1, 2013

March came in vastly cooler than it did in 2012

By Raymond Linex II
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — With temperatures forecasted in the 50s again this week, few are complaining that spring has hardly been all blue skies and warm, gorgeous days. If you had a feeling March was cooler than normal, you would be right.

Through last Thursday, the average temperature in Corsicana for March 2013 was 56.0 degrees, according to data gleaned from National Weather Service (NWS) reports.

“The average for Corsicana in March is 57 degrees,” said Mark Fox, warning and coordination meteorologist for the NWS in Fort Worth.

Think one degree makes a difference? Then all you have to is look back to last year, when the average temperature in Corsicana was 64.8 degrees for March. There were 11 days of temperatures in the 80s in march 2012, peaking at 85 on March 31. Through 28 days in 2013, there was one — 82 degrees on March 16.

As well, there have been four freezing and below recordings this March, including 31 degrees on March 25. There were none in 2012, with a lowest recorded temperature of 36.

There were 13 times in 2012 when the March low temperature for a given day was in the 60s.

“The biggest reason is the late season cold fronts,” Fox said.

The Daily Sun posted some of March’s results to its Facebook site Friday. The small sampling of comments indicated the cooler-than-normal temperatures were welcome. Very welcome.

“Loving it because I know it won’t last long enough!,” Lene Mitchell wrote.

It was sentiment echoed by Nicole Noble Varick.

“Loving this weather! It will he hot before we know it and for longer than we want it to be, so (I am) enjoying this while I can,” she wrote.

There was one dissension. Linda Jarrett wants hotter weather, she wrote.

That will come soon enough.

In 2012, the average daily temperature rose to 70.6 degrees in April, then to 77.0 in May. Corsicana saw its first 90-degree high temperature on April 26, when it reached 91, the only day in April in the 90s.

May saw a high temperature of 95 degrees on May 25, and there were 13 days overall in the 90s.

Perhaps 2013 will hold out a little longer. The gauge isn’t expected to hit 80, at least not in the next seven days.

“There has been a dominant high pressure area over Siberia and Alaska for most of the winter, building the cold  temperatures,” Fox said. “Eventually, these cold air masses come south. This year, instead of occasionally coming south, the cold air has built up … but eventually came down late in the season.”


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