TABLE 1. APRIL MONTHLY AVERAGES (C) Dauphin
The Weather Vane is prepared by Daniel Bezte, a teacher by profession with a B. A. (Hon.) in geography, specializing in climatology, from the University of Winnipeg. Daniel has taught university-level classes in climate and weather and currently operates a computerized weather station at his home near Birds Hill Park, on 10 acres he plans to develop into a vegetable and fruit hobby farm.
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While it has only been a couple of years since we’ve seen above-average temperatures in March, it has been 10 years since we last saw a March as mild as this.
2007 was the last time we saw above-average March temperatures across our region. During that March, most places recorded mean monthly temperatures that were about 2 C above the long-term average – not a bad March, but not as warm as this March was. To find another March that was as mild or milder than this March, we have to go back to 2000. During that March, the temperatures really soared, with average monthly temperatures in most regions coming in nearly
7 C above average. So how does March 2010
compare to March 2000? Well, we were really mild but not that mild. Overall, temperatures during March came in 4.7 C above average in Brandon, 5.4 C above average in Dauphin, and 5.7 C warmer than average in Winnipeg.
The coldest weather during the month was recorded during the first few days of March, with overnight lows falling to around -20
C. Temperatures quickly warmed after this cool start and the snow-melt began. Very mild overnight temperatures (most regions saw several days in a row with minimum temperatures remaining above the freezing mark) allowed the snowpack to melt away very quickly. With the exception of the southwestern region, which had a fairly deep snowpack, a good portion of agricultural Manitoba was basically snow free by the middle of the month.
While we did see a few cooler days during the second half of the month, for the most part temperatures