Aside from a once-in-a-generation flood, weather this March was fairly average, statistically speaking.

The story of March 2019, undoubtedly, was rain. Omaha experienced nine days of precipitation totaling 2.68 inches, well above the typical March average of 1.99 inches, according to data from the National Weather Service. The Omaha area tied a record when 0.54 of an inch of rain fell on March 9.

But aside from the rain, Omaha’s March was fairly typical, albeit a bit chilly.

Omaha’s highest temperature of the entire month, 76 on March 27, wouldn’t have broken a daily temperature record even in early March. On average, Omaha in March 2019 was 6 degrees below normal. Readings were at 44.5 degrees on average across the month, compared with 50.9 when averaging all years on record.

More than half the month — 17 days — experienced sub-freezing temperatures, but only two fell below zero. The first week of March never saw a high above freezing. The lowest temperature of the month was 5 below zero on March 3.

Spring gradually arrived as the month moved along. For two full weeks, temperatures stayed above freezing all day. The Omaha area had 21 consecutive days with a high above 40 degrees starting on March 11.

More than one-third of the month, 13 days, saw highs above 50. Five days peaked above 60.

This March brought snowfall on only two days, March 2 and 6. Snowfall totaled 2.9 inches for the month, well below the average of 4.2 inches.

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