Weather gives new meaning to phrase ‘March Madness’

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MILLPORT, Ohio – It was the type of winter not seen often, according to Edwin R. Copeland, U.S. weather observer, reporting from his post in southern Columbiana County.

His weather station received 14 inches of snow during the season, less than half its average of 30 inches. January was the high month with 7 inches.

The temperature averaged 7 degrees above normal for winter. The lowest night temperature was 3 degrees, measured Jan. 1, and the area only had four nights below 10 degrees. The highest temperature was 68 degrees, recorded Jan. 31.

March madness. A month of highs and lows were recorded in March. The high temperature for the month was 67 degrees recorded March 14, and the low temperature was 8 degrees, recorded March 4.

The month had 11 days of rain, which have prevented farmers from doing field work. Copeland predicts the water table should be building up due to above-average rains.

The 109-year averages for March are: 36.9 degrees, 3.36 inches of rain, 4.4 inches of snow and 40 percent sunshine.

Averages for March 2002 are: 41.9 degrees, 3.36 inches of rain, 2 inches of snow and 50 percent sunshine.

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