The cooler-than-normal weather experienced in Nebraska and Iowa was a nationwide phenomenon.
According to the March weather summary published Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, last month was the 43rd coolest March out of 119 years on record.
Cold weather dominated from the Rockies eastward, while higher-than-normal temperatures bathed states to the west of the Rockies.
Nationwide, the weather was dry, with last month the fifth-driest March on record.
Fewer than 20 tornadoes occurred last month, the least in March since 1978, according to the federal climate report.
Out of the past 119 years, March was the:
• 36th coldest in Nebraska and the 51st driest.
• 14th coldest in Iowa and the 75th driest.
As a side note, California has had its driest start to the year on record.
For more analysis of the weather in March 2013, read the report at: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/2013/03
For a comparison of the warmth of March 2012 and the chilly weather of March 2013: http://www.climatewatch.noaa.gov/image/2013/in-stark-contast-to-last-year-march-2013-cooler-than-average-in-the-u-s
Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration