Final Week Of March

March is a typically unsettled month. Rain, snow, hot and cold are all possible. Historically, the last week of March has had some notable weather locally.

In 1945 on March 28 & 29 record high temperatures were recorded … 87 and 90 respectively. The 90 degree reading stands as the record high for the month so far.

In 1920 on March 29, a storm dumped 31 inches of snow in a 24 hour period at Clear Spring in Western Maryland.

In 1942 on March 29, the Great Palm Sunday Snowstorm hit Baltimore with 22 inches of snow in a 24 hour period, the record for the month and the 5th biggest snow ever recorded in Baltimore.

The coming week doesn’t look quite as extreme as these events but will be interesting. Temperatures should be at or a little above average for the season and there will likely be a couple of opportunities for some rain, possibly even a thunderstorm.

I can’t pass up mentioning this one additional March oddity. Tuesday and Wednesday will be the third anniversay of the “Brazilian Unnamed Hurricane” It struck coastal areas in the states of Santa Catarina and Grande do Sul. Hurricanes are virtually nonexistent in this part of the world and there was some debate as to whether it was indeed tropical in nature. It had a very clearly defined eye with winds estimated by satellite to range between 74 to 95 mph. The storm made landfall on a somewhat remote, coastal area and there were no weather instruments to take direct measurements of the storm. 300 homes were reported destoyed with 40,000 damaged. There were two reported deaths and numerous injuries. The storm was unofficially dubbed “Catarina”.

So goes the month of March.

John Collins

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