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The rumors are true -- March was a little chilly

The rumors are true -- March was a little chilly
Video shot by Dr. Dale Ireland of Silverdale, March 15, 2009.

The statistics bear what many of you knew all along -- it was a really cold March! 2009's version will go down as the coldest March since 1976, and 7th coldest since records were kept at Sea-Tac Airport (1945). The average temperature was 41.7 degrees -- a full 4.5 degrees below normal. (1976 was 41.2).

If you count the Downtown Federal Building records, which were used between 1891 and 1945, it's the 10th coldest March on record.

Here are the top 8:

  1. 39.11 (1955)
  2. 39.34 (1951)
  3. 40.68 (1954)
  4. 40.82 (1956)
  5. 41.21 (1976)
  6. 41.31 (1971)
  7. 41.69 (2009)
  8. 41.85 (2002)

Other cities were in the same boat. All of Forks, Hoquiam and Olympia had their third coldest March on record.

QUILLAYUTE  HOQUIAM OLYMPIA
1. 39.3 (1971) 1. 39.8 (1971)  1. 38.9 (1955)
2. 39.9 (1976) 2. 40.0 (1955) 2. 39.9 (1971)
3. 40.3 (2009) 3. 41.6 (2009 AND 76) 3. 40.2 (2009 AND 76)

Finally, for just the third time sine 1891 that there has been over an inch of snow in each of the winter months -- December, January, February and March. The only other times that has happened was in 1970-71 and 1895-96.

Moving Up The Snow Chart Too?

With the snow on April Fool's Day, we'll have to see if Seattle can move up the chart of snowiest winters on record. Before today, we were tied at No. 6 with 23.3"  We need a half inch to pass No. 5, but I don't think we'll get there. But we might get a smidge to at least have 2009 climb into 6th place by itself.