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Last month was West Kootenay’s coolest March in a decade

It was significantly cooler and drier than normal in our area last month, according to a roundup of stats from the weather office at the Southeast Fire Centre in Castlegar.

The average temperature for the month of 1.9 degrees was 2.5 degrees below normal and the lowest in at least 10 years, although it was still warmer than the record low of 0.9 set in 1976.

A new daily record low of minus-5.7 was set early on the 17th, although it fell well short of the overall record for the month of minus-18.1 set on March 3, 2019.

The lowest temperature last month was minus-9.2 on the 6th and the highest was 16.4 on the 30th. The record high for the month is 23.1, set on March 30, 2004.

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On the precipitation side, both rainfall and snowfall levels were below average.

A Pacific frontal system that passed over on the 12th and 13th brought 26 millimeters of rain, briefly mixed with snow, which accounted for about 60 per cent of the month’s total precipitation.

Overall, we received 36.2 mm of rain and 11.4 cm of snow, which was 69 per cent of usual.

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