Sunday, April 1, 2012

March In Review - 90+ Year Record Falls

A 91 year-old record fell in Cookeville. In short, March was warm and wet. Lets get right to the details.

Our average daily high temperature was 71.6° breaking the old record of 71.2° set in 1921. We recorded 5.93" of rain (normal is 4.80").

The average temperature (combining the high and low each day) was 57.6°, which was 1.6° short of the record March from 1921.

Speaking of highs, we had just one day in the 40's, 3 days in the 50's, 7 days in the 60's, 10 days in the 70's, and 10 days in the 80's, including one stretch that went 6 days in a row and 8 days out of 9.

The coldest day was a low of 27° on March 4th and the warmest day was 86° on March 20th.

High temperature records were set on March 16th, 18th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, and we were within 2 or 3 degrees on 7 other days.

We had a wind gust of 33 mph on March 8th.

Tornadoes touched down in Jackson and Overton Counties on the late afternoon/early evening of March 2nd causing significant damage in the Dodson Branch and Hardy's Chapel communities.

Tennessee was declared a disaster area in the counties of Bradley, Claiborne, Cumberland, DeKalb, Hamilton, Jackson, McMinn, Monroe, Overton, and Polk.

*FEMA Information*

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