March 2021 Climate Summaries for the Northland

March 2021 was a warm month across the Northland with all 5 climate locations (Duluth, International Falls, Hibbing, Brainerd and Ashland) reporting a top 10 warmest March on record, but average temperatures for the month were still about 5 to 8 degrees cooler compared to those observed in March 2012 which remains the warmest March on record, just shows you how abnormal temperatures were in March 2012.

Precipitation for March 2021 varied considerably with Duluth picking up over 2.50″ of precipitation (177% of normal) while International Falls picked up a little more than a quarter inch of precipitation the entire month (37% of normal)

Snowfall for March 2021 also varied quite a bit with Duluth picking up nearly 9″ of snow for the month (65% of normal) while International Falls only had 1.6″ of snow (21% of normal) In fact March 2021 tied for 5th least snowiest March on record at International Falls.

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March 2021 Climate Summary for Duluth, Minnesota

Average temperature: 33.2 degrees
Normal: 25.9 degrees
Departure: +7.3 degrees above normal

Highest temperature: 61 degrees on the 29th
Lowest temperature: 0 degrees on the 1st

9 days had a high temp of at least 50 degrees (normal is 2 days)
1 day had a high temp of at least 60 degrees (normal is 0 days)

Total precipitation: 2.64″
Normal: 1.49″
Departure: +1.15″ above normal

Greatest calendar day precipitation total: 0.97″ on the 10th

7 days had at least 0.01″ of precipitation
5 days had at least 0.10″ of precipitation
2 days had at least 0.50″ of precipitation

Total snowfall: 8.7″
Normal: 13.2″
Departure: -4.5″ below normal

Greatest calendar day snowfall total: 5.6″ on the 10th

4 days had at least 0.1″ snowfall (normal is 9 days)
3 days had at least 1.0″ snowfall (normal is 4 days)

Note: March 2021 was the 8th warmest March in station history.
March 2021 Climate Summary for International Falls, Minnesota

Average temperature: 32.8 degrees
Departure: +9.2 degrees above normal

Total precipitation: 0.36″
Departure: -0.59″ below normal

Total snowfall: 1.6″
Departure: -6.0″ below normal

Notes: March 2021 tied for 3rd warmest, and 5th least snowiest March in station history.
March 2021 Climate Summary for Brainerd, Minnesota

Average temperature: 36.0 degrees
Departure: +6.9 degrees above normal

Note: March 2021 was the 5th warmest March in station history.
March 2021 Climate Summary for Hibbing, Minnesota

Average temperature: 31.8 degrees
Departure: +7.4 degrees above normal

Note: March 2021 was the 8th warmest March in station history.
March 2021 Climate Summary for Ashland, Wisconsin

Average temperature: 33.8 degrees
Departure: +6.7 degrees above normal

Days with thunder: 1

Note: March 2021 was the 8th warmest March in station history.
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