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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Early March Warmth, Then Lousy Smarch Weather

My post last Monday about March weather pointed out that there's often an early to mid March warm up here in Ithaca and Freeville before winter heaves one last sigh.  This has happened over the past few days.  On Sunday we warmed up into the 50s for the first time since January 31.  It stayed warm through Monday and most of Monday night, but not quite as warm as expected because it was cloudier than expected.  The winds picked up Monday night, and by early Tuesday morning (today), it had cooled down into the lower 40s and upper 30s.  We picked up about a half-inch of rain (0.44" at my house), and that rain combined with the melting of what snow was left with the warmer temperatures has swollen the creeks in the area and ponded water on low-lying ground.

And now we're faced with, to quote The Simpsons, "lousy Smarch weather".  It's going to be relatively cold - in the 30s - with a chance of snow showers through the rest of the week.  It figures: I just washed my car.  But I'm hoping that by the middle of next week we'll be back into a warming pattern, and warmer weather will be here to stay. 

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