If you’re one of those folks who believed that March never quite seemed to warm up, there are now statistics to support your suspicion.
The average temperature in Wichita was 45.5, or .4 of a degree cooler than normal, according to data collected at the National Weather Service’s Wichita office next to Mid-Continent Airport.
That’s the same departure from the mean temperature in March for the contiguous United States, according to figures gathered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The average temperature of 42 put 2008 as the 63rd warmest March since national records began being kept in 1895.
Only Rhode Island, Arizona and New Mexico were warmer than average.
Besides being slightly cooler than normal, March in Wichita was also a bit soggier. A total of 3.08 inches of rain fell last month, .37 above the average.
There were 11 days where the overnight low fell to freezing or below, and six days where at least .01 of an inch of precipitation was recorded.
The highest temperature of the month, 74, came on March 20; the lowest, 11, was recorded on March 8.