Warm Weather Makes March Fifth Warmest Ever

Warm Weather Makes March Fifth Warmest Ever
Historic downtown area of Flagstaff along Route 66, with San Francisco Peaks in distance, Flagstaff, Arizona, AGPix_0400

March 2017 is the fifth warmest in Flagstaff history, thanks to a string of high temperatures in the middle of the month.

Despite the high wind gusts and snow showers at the end of the month, which made it seem much more average,  March 2017 was very warm, with an average temperature of 41.4 degrees, 4.4 degrees above the normal temperature for the time of year.

March 8 through March 21 brought a warm streak, with temperatures ranging from 9 to 13 degrees above normal. In fact, March 19 was a record-tying day, when the high temperature reached 69 degrees in Flagstaff, a record that was set in 2004.

Despite the warmer weather, Flagstaff did receive 1.79 inches of precipitation, with most of it coming during the rain and snow mix on March 22 and March 23.

The wild moth of weather ended with strong winds on Thursday and Friday, with gusts reaching up to 66 miles per hour in Flagstaff and 73 miles per hour on Agassiz Peak. These strong winds returned for the start of this week.

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