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NOUS41 KRLX 011243  
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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON WV  
843 AM EDT MON APR 1 2019  
   
..A RATHER DRY AND CHILLY MARCH ACROSS THE AREA
 
 
THE SPRING SEASON STARTED OFF ON THE CHILLY SIDE, WITH  
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH GENERALLY 2  
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL ACROSS THE LOWLANDS. MEANWHILE, MUCH OF THE  
MOUNTAINS WERE PAR FOR THE COURSE WITH NEAR AVERAGE READINGS.  
LOW TEMPERATURES WERE THE PRIMARY CULPRIT TILTING THE MONTH BELOW  
NORMAL. THERE WERE A FEW DAYS WITH SIGNIFICANT WARMTH THOUGH,  
WITH MANY LOCATIONS SOARING INTO THE UPPER 70S FOR HIGH  
TEMPERATURES.  
 
THE LACK OF PRECIPITATION IN MARCH WAS PERHAPS THE BIGGER STORY  
WITH ALL CLIMATE SITES 1 TO 2 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. IN FACT,  
CHARLESTON AND CLARKSBURG EXPERIENCED A TOP 10 DRIEST MARCH ON  
RECORD. THIS ALLOWED THE SOIL TO DRY A BIT, AFTER A VERY WET  
FEBRUARY.  
 
CHARLESTON: 6TH DRIEST MARCH ON RECORD WITH 1.59 INCHES OF  
PRECIPITATION.  
 
CLARKSBURG: 2ND DRIEST MARCH ON RECORD WITH 1.43 INCHES OF  
PRECIPITATION.  
 
WHILE SNOW IN MARCH IS NOT UNHEARD OF IN THE LOWLANDS,  
CLIMATOLOGICALLY SPEAKING, AVERAGE TOTALS FOR THE MONTH ARE  
NEGLIGIBLE. HOWEVER, ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS WHERE SNOW IS EXPECTED,  
MONTHLY SNOW WAS BELOW AVERAGE. THIS WAS PRIMARILY DUE TO THE  
OVERALL LACK OF PRECIPITATION OBSERVED.  
 

 
 
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