Warm and Dry: March 2010

Not only has March been virtually snow-free across the state, temperatures have been consistently mild through the month. Monthly average temperatures range from three degrees above normal in the southwest, to ten degrees above normal over northern Minnesota. March 2010 finished in the top ten warmest for many places in Minnesota. March has been a dry month too, with precipitation running about an inch below normal over parts of east central and southeast Minnesota.

Below are listings of where March 2010 ranks in the historical record.

Twin Cities Warmest Average March Temperatures from 1820-2010

Rank Temp  Year
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1.  45.0...1910  
2.  44.8...1878
3.  42.4...1946
4.  41.1...2000 
5.  41.0...2010
6.  40.2...1973
7.  39.8...1945 
8.  39.4...1851
9.  39.2...1842
10. 39.0...1918  

International Falls Warmest Average March Temperatures from 1948-2010
(Note that International Falls is missing the very warm March 1910.)

Rank Temp  Year
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1.  34.4...2010
2.  32.7...1973  
3.  32.5...1918  
4.  32.2...2000  
5.  30.2...1987  
5.  30.2...1977  
7.  29.1...1994  
8.  29.1...1961  
9.  29.0...1911  
10. 28.6...1981