The Alabama Climate Report

Brought to you by the Office of the Alabama
Climatologist

Volume 13, Number 12 - March 2022

March signifies the beginning of climatological spring, which for most Alabamians was warmer and wetter than normal. However, winter weather can still make an appearance, which was the case on March 12th when most areas across the northern part of the state recorded 1-3 inches of snowfall. March also signifies an increase in the frequency of severe weather which held true this month as there were multiple rounds of severe weather reported throughout the state.

As mentioned earlier, March was wetter than normal with 7.06 inches of rainfall statewide. This was 0.9 inches above the long-term average of 6.16 inches. The wettest locations generally were around the central part of the state thanks in part to heavy rainfall from the multiple rounds of severe weather this month. The Hoover 1.9 NW CoCoRaHS station recorded the most rainfall of the month at 12.07 inches. In contrast, the drier areas were generally located around southwest Alabama and the Montgomery area with a station in Seale, AL recording the driest location of the month at 2.65 inches of rainfall (with less than five days of observations missing).

Temperature-wise, March’s monthly average temperature was 2.5°F warmer than the long-term average of 55.1°F. The warmest weather of the month mostly occurred during the first week in March and the last few days in March. The Andalusia-Opp airport, once again, recorded the warmest location of the month at 90°F on the 29th. While there were certainly warm days in March, sub-freezing temperatures hit most of the state from the 11th through the 13th, with the coldest spot of the month bottoming out to 13°F at a station in DeSoto State park.

As was the case in previous years for the month of March, the above average warmth and moisture provided a ripe environment for severe weather. This March had multiple rounds of severe weather including flash flooding, hail, wind damage, and tornadoes. In total, there were 26 tornadoes, 4 hail reports, and 59 wind reports (preliminary). The most active month for severe weather is April in Alabama, thus it important to have a severe weather plan and to be prepared.

Monthly summaries are provided by Drs. Rob Junod and John Christy.


 

CONTACT:

Dr. JOHN R. CHRISTY
Distinguished Professor, Atmospheric and Earth Sciences
Director, Earth System Science Center
Alabama State Climatologist
The University of Alabama in Huntsville
256-961-7763
christy@nsstc.uah.edu
Dr. ROB JUNOD
Assistant State Climatologist
Earth System Science Center
The University of Alabama in Huntsville
256-961-7743
rjunod@nsstc.uah.edu
LEE ELLENBURG
Associate State Climatologist
Alabama Office of State Climatology
Earth System Science Center
The University of Alabama in Huntsville
256-961-7498
wle00001@uah.edu