Ithaca, N.Y. — Those hoping for a reprieve from unseasonable cold this Spring will have to wait a little longer – March has been been well below normal, and is expected to remain cold through the rest of the month.

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As of yesterday, the 24th, temperatures in Ithaca were averaging 23.9 F this month, 8.7 degrees below normal. Currently, it’s the third coldest March on record, exceeded only by 1960 and 1984, and ahead of fourth-place 2014 by 0.1 F. However, milder temperatures are expected as we go through the week, and while conditions will still be cooler than they normally are, March 2015 should fall back in the ranking of coldest Marches.

As of yesterday the 24th, temperatures in Ithaca were averaging 23.9 F this month, 8.7 degrees below normal. Currently, it’s the third coldest March on record, exceeded only by 1960 and 1984, and ahead of fourth-place 2014 by 0.1 F. However, milder temperatures are expected as we go through the week, and while conditions will still be cooler than they normally are, March 2015 should fall back in the ranking of coldest Marches.

For better or worse (perhaps worse for snow lovers), precipitations has also trended well below normal this month, thanks to a prevailing storm track over the mid-Atlantic, leaving Ithaca and its environs too far north to get appreciable precipitation on most days. 0.82″ of precipitation have fallen, compared to 2.64″ typical by this time of the month. The United States Drought Monitor has given Ithaca a first-level D0 drought rating, “Abnormally Dry”.

However, it looks like there’s no need to worry about a drought in Tompkins County anytime soon. The federal Climate Prediction Center (CPC) is calling for sustained below-normal temperatures throughout the northeast, with an elevated chance of above-normal precipitation for the next couple of weeks. Meanwhile, residents in Western states will once again be subject to warmer and drier than normal conditions, which won’t be good for California’s ongoing water crisis.

At this time, with snowfall winding down for the year, Ithaca currently stands at 64.9″, just a finger’s width over the average of 64.4″. The winter of 2014/2015 is finishing up and looking a lot like the winter of 2013/14 – well below normal temperatures, with snowfall totals very close to average. Of course, that could change if a snow storm decides to make a visit for Cornell’s Charter Day Weekend.

If there’s any silver lining to these abnormally cool temperatures, it’s that temperatures are rising as nature goes into Spring (more like being dragged into Spring). Ten degrees below normal at the start of March means mid-20s F; ten degrees below normal at the end of March is about 40 F.


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Brian Crandall

Brian Crandall reports on housing and development for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached at bcrandall@ithacavoice.com.