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March 2010

  • Tulsa: The cold season 2009-2010 was the 2nd snowiest since records began in 1900 with 22.8" of snow. 2 of the top 3 snowiest seasons occurred in the last 7 years (#2 2009-2010 and #3 2002-03, which is tied with 1969-70).
  • Tulsa: So far in 2010, 15.4" of snow has been recorded.  This already makes 2010 the 7th snowiest year on record, and we still have the winter months of November and December 2010 to come.
  • Tulsa: a record cold maximum temperature of 37°F was set on March 20, 2010.  The previous record was 39°F in 1983.
  • Fort Smith:  A daily record snowfall of 2.0" was set on March 20, 2010 and of 5.5" was set on March 21, 2010.  There are no previous records (it has never snowed on these days since records began in 1882).
  • Fort Smith: A record calendar day snowfall total for March of 5.5" was set on March 21, 2010. The previous record was 5.0" on March 12, 1890.
  • Fort Smith: A record 2-day snowfall total in March of 7.5" was set on March 20-21, 2010.  The previous record was 3.2" on March 17-18, 1891.
  • Fort Smith: March 2010 was the #1 snowiest March on record with 7.5".  The previous record was 5.3" which occurred in March 1968.
  • Fort Smith: A record for the latest 1" or greater snowfall was set with 5.5" on March 21, 2010 and 7.5" on March 20-21, 2010.  The previous record was 1.7" on March 18, 1934 and 3.2" on March 17-18, 1891.
  • Fort Smith: The cold season 2009-2010 was the 6th snowiest since records began in 1882 with 18.5" of snow.
  • Fort Smith: So far in 2010, 15.5" of snow has been recorded.  This already makes 2010 the 7th snowiest year on record, and we still have the winter months of November and December 2010 to come.
  • 2 rivers reached minor flood stage this month: the Neosho River near Commerce and the Spring River near Quapaw
  • According to the Oklahoma Climatological Survey (OCS), southeast OK ranked as the 1st wettest last 365 days (Apri 1, 2009 - March 31, 2010) since records began in 1921.
  • McAlester, OK set a record cold maximum temperature of 39°F on March 21, 2010.  The previous record was 41°F in 1968.
  • A late Winter Storm on March 20-21, 2010 brought widespread snow to eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas.  A large area received 6" of snow or more.  The highest totals of 12" to 15" occurred across far northeast Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas.
  • All but far northeast Oklahoma received below average rainfall during March 2010 despite receiving high snowfall totals.
  • The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) outlook for April 2010 (issued March 31, 2010) indicates an enhanced chance for above median precipitation and an equal chance for above, near, or below average temperatures.  For the 3-month period Apr-May-Jun 2010, CPC is forecasting a slightly enhanced chance for below average temperatures and equal chances for above, near, and below median precipitation (outlook issued March 18, 2010).
  • Sea-surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific indicate that moderate El Niño conditions currently exist.  According to CPC, El Niño is expected to continue, though gradually weaken, through the spring.  The three-month outlooks for the Southern Plains are consistent with the general impacts expected during El Niño events and global climate model output.  An El Niño Advisory remains in effect.
  • According to the Drought Monitor, no drought conditions exist across eastern OK or northwest AR.
 
 

 


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