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Weather Eye: March arrives like a lamb with sunny skies, 60 degrees

     

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certainly didn’t see a lamb Monday but there must have been one somewhere wandering through a local neighborhood as sunny skies rain down upon us and 60 degrees for the afternoon high temperature. Yep, March came in like a lamb.

Last year, March came in like a sheep as well, although I bet the sheep had a double coat of wool with a high and low of 47 and 33 degrees in Vancouver. Two days later, it was 60 degrees. It is officially spring for us weather folks and we welcome it with wide open arms for sure. Let’s bring on some warm and sunny days. I saw a few of you putting around in the yard Monday.

Nine years ago on March 1, many county residents woke up to snow. Camas had 3 inches and Phil Delany above Dole Valley had 10 inches on the ground. Murphy Dennis near Clark County Rifles had 11.5 inches. So, it could have been much worse. We also had a little snow in 2011 on the first of March in parts of Vancouver.

Spring fever? Before we get too excited, March is a fickle month weather-wise. The atmosphere likes to warm but cold storms from the north still bear down upon us. We will see one of those at the end of the week with periods of rain and mountain snow Friday through Sunday.

Meanwhile, it will be a bit cooler today with some clouds, but back to 60 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday. Astronomical spring begins March 20 at 2:37 a.m. Daylight saving time begins Sunday, March 14. We are gaining about three minutes of daylight a day.

February precipitation ended up at 3.78 inches, a quarter of an inch below average. The average mean temperature was 41.5 degrees, 2 degrees below normal thanks to those freezing cold snowy days. The warmest high was 58 degrees on the last day of the month and 25 degrees on both Feb. 12 and 13.

Take good care and enjoy the next couple of days before we return to the reality of the season by the weekend.

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