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March was one of the wettest on record

*Feature Photo: Snowfall in the Lander Valley during the last week of March. h/t Rebecca Murray / Pitchengine Communities.* (Riverton, Wyo.) - March started warm and dry across western and central Wyoming, with only one significant storm affecting the state through the first week of the month. The National Weather Service noted this trend changed by the middle of the month, when several storms brought cooler temperatures and much needed precipitation. This was punctuated by a potent storm during the last week of March which brought copius amounts of moisture to most of the state. This directly raised the monthly precipitation amounts into one of the wettest March's on record. *Lander* The average temperature in Lander in March was 38.4 degrees, 2.9 degrees above normal. Highest March temperature was 67 degrees on the 21st. No temperature records were set during the month. Total precipitation for the month was 4.59 inches, 396 percent of the norm. This makes it it the wettest March since records began in 1891. The wettest 24-hour period of the month was on the 28th and 29th, when 1.81 inches fell. Total snowfall during the month was 33.3 inches, a amount 207 percent of normal. This makes it the 8th snowiest March on Record. The highest wind gust was 50 mph on the 2nd. PRECIPITATION AND SNOW RECORDS BROKEN IN MARCH INCLUDE: 0.50 OF PRECIP ON THE 7TH... OLD 0.44 FROM 1909 1.74 OF PRECIP ON THE 29TH... OLD 0.99 FROM 1998 0.85 OF PRECIP ON THE 30TH... OLD 0.80 FROM 1897 15.3 INCHES OF SNOW ON THE 29TH... OLD 13.7 FROM 2007 7.1 INCHES OF SNOW ON THE 30TH... OLD 6.9 FROM 1970 *Riverton* The average temperature for Riverton in March was 38.7 degrees, 3.3 degees above normal. The warmest reading of the month was 67 degrees on the 21st. The coldest reading of the month was 13 degrees on the 19th. Only one daily record high was set, that being 66 degrees on the 6th, which tied the record from 2005. One record low was also set, 13 degrees on the 19th, which tied the record from 1998. Total precipitation for the month was 2.13 inches, which was 387 percent of the norm. This made it the wettest March on record since records started in 1996. The wettest 24-hour period of the month was the 29th and 30th, when 0.78 inches fell. Total snowfall for March was 21.5 inches, which also makes it the snowiest March on record since 1996. The highest wind gust was 46 mph on the 14th. PRECIPITATION AND SNOW RECORDS INCLUDE: 0.41 OF PRECIP ON THE 7TH... OLD 0.04 FROM 2014 0.35 OF PRECIP ON THE 22ND... OLD 0.28 FROM 2009 0.70 OF PRECIP ON THE 29TH... OLD 0.14 FROM 2009 0.45 OF PRECIP ON THE 30TH... OLD 0.10 FROM 2001 1.9 INCHES OF SNOW ON THE 7TH... OLD 0.5 FROM 2012 1.5 INCHES OF SNOW ON THE 22ND... OLD TRACE FROM 2011 0.5 INCHES OF SNOW ON THE 26TH... OLD 0.5 FROM 2009 8.8 INCHES OF SNOW ON THE 29TH... OLD 7.4 FROM 1998 6.6 INCHES OF SNOW ON THE 30TH... OLD 2.1 FROM 1998 [image: Inline image 1] #county10 #news