The cold front that stalled across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands from Friday evening March 5th, 2010 - through early Monday morning March 8th, 2010 - broke several records across both San Juan and Saint Thomas.

The high temperature at the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport of 74 degrees March 7th, 2010 was the second coolest high temperature ever recorded in San Juan, and the high temperature of 75 degrees at the Cyril E. King Airport on Saint Thomas was the third coolest high temperature ever recorded there (the coolest high temperature ever recorded in San Juan was 73 degrees on January 18, 2000 and 72 degrees in Saint Thomas on October 27, 2007). Both records shattered the previous coolest high temperatures for the date of 80 and 79 degrees respectively. The high temperature of 77 in San Juan on Saturday March 6th, 2010, also broke the previous record for March 6th of 79 degrees, recorded back in 1969.
March is also statistically the driest month of the year across the local islands. Therefore it is of no surprise that several precipitation records also fell over the past weekend. New record precipitation totals for both San Juan and Saint Thomas were recorded on both March 6th and March 7th. A summary of the records set with this event are displayed below.
 

San Juan
Coolest High Temperature
March 6, 2010
77ºF
Previous Records
79ºF
1969
San Juan
Coolest High Temperature
March 7, 2010
74ºF
 
80ºF
1985
San Juan
Record Precipitation
March 6, 2010
0.26”
 
0.24”
1982
San Juan
Record Precipitation
March 7, 2010
1.05”
 
0.34”
1995
Saint Thomas
Coolest High Temperature
March 7, 2010
75ºF
 
79ºF
2009
Saint Thomas
Record Precipitation
March 6, 2010
0.88”
 
0.73”
2009
Saint Thomas
Record Precipitation
March 7, 2010
0.75”
 
0.49”
1983

 (Records for San Juan date back Jan 1, 1956 and for Saint Thomas to January 1, 1953)

 

 

 


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