Weather as Recorded at the UMass Cranberry Station
Prepared by Peter Jeranyama
March was colder than the 30-year average, with below-average rainfall, 4 inches of snowfall and slightly above average sunshine. The temperatures averaged 33.9 degrees, 3.1 degrees per day below the 30-year average. Maximum temperature for the month was 57.2 degrees on the 8th and 9th and a minimum temperature of 9.5 degrees was recorded on the 5th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 42.2 degrees, 3.1 degrees below the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 25.9 degrees, 3.0 degrees below the norm.
Sunshine totaled 53% of possible sunshine hours, 5 points above average. Sunshine data are from the Blue Hill Observatory where 198 sunshine hours were recorded for the month. Year-to-date sunshine for 2017 is a little above normal.
Precipitation totaled 3.59 inches. This is 1.8 inches below normal. We had measurable precipitation of 0.10 inches or greater on 7 days. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 1.75 inches from the 15th. We have received a total of 13.94 inches of precipitation year-to-date, 0.87 inches above the average for East Wareham. We had 4 inches of snowfall on the 15th.