March 1

TodayinWeatherHistoryFrom NWS
: A backward March started with record-breaking warmth before transitioning to unseasonably cold weather by the second week of the month. The warmest readings of the entire month came on the 1st when the statewide average high temperature was 72 F which is a remarkable 34 degrees above normal. Reported high temperatures at individual stations included 78 F at Clarinda, 79 F at Shenandoah, 80 F at Williamsburg, and 81 F at Glenwood.

1962: The bitterly cold air that had settled across Iowa on the last day of February intensified on the first day of March with many locations across the state setting all-time low temperature records for the month. These included Des Moines with a low temperature of -22 F and Hampton where the morning low of -35 F established the all-time Iowa March record. At Waterloo the temperature bottomed out at -34 F, setting an all-time station record that has only been tied once since (on January 16, 2009). Other reported low temperatures included -34 F at Vinton, -33 F at Decorah and Fayette, -32 F at Atlantic, Chariton, Charles City, and Marshalltown, -24 F at Clarinda, and -19 F at Bloomfield.

This Day in National/World Weather History …
 1 March 1980 → An unusually large Florida tornado, an F3, was at times more than 500 yards wide. It struck near Fort Lauderdale and traveled 7 miles. The tornado killed one person and caused $6 million in damage.
 1 March 1983 → An F2 tornado stayed on the ground for three and a half miles as it moved through south central Los Angeles, CA. Fifty buildings were damaged and 30 people were injured, mostly by flying glass.
 1 March 2003 → Officials in charge of the Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race in Alaska were forced to change the route of their famous race because of unusually warm conditions and a lack of snow.
 1 March 2007 → The first tornado of a large outbreak struck Enterprise, AL around 1pm. Eight students died when the EF-4 struck the town’s high school, and there was an additional fatality as the tornado tore through the city.


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This post was written by Schnack on March 1, 2013

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