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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 04/ 6/2010

March recap: The month of melting snow piles

By Jason Samenow

* Summer heat today and tomorrow: Full Forecast *

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One of the region's lone remaining snow piles still stands tall outside the hourly parking garage at BWI Airport yesterday - despite 80 degree heat. Photo courtesy Jonathan Dean, BWI Airport Communications.

As high as the snow piles from February's epic snows reached into the sky, most were no match for March's mild temperatures. Melting occurred uninterrupted in the warmer parts of the region. As I mentioned last week, the temperature did not dip to freezing the entire month at Reagan National Airport (DCA), for the first time on record. In fact, the average low temperature at DCA was warmer than it has ever been since records have been kept.

Keep reading for more climate facts for the month of March...

The National Weather Service Office in Sterling put together the following summary points for the month at the three airports (emphasis added with bold text):

Reagan National (DCA)

Average temperatures in March 2010 were well above normal. The monthly average temperature of 51.2 deg F makes it the 8th warmest march on record and the warmest March since 2000 when the monthly average was 51.7 deg F.

The minimum temperature averaged 42.5 degrees for the month... which is the warmest average minimum temperature on record for the month of March. The previous record was 41.7 degrees in March 2000.

The maximum temperature averaged 59.8 degrees for the month...which Is the third warmest average maximum temperature for March behind 60.1 deg F in 1990 and 61.6 deg F in 2000.

Temperatures did not reach freezing at DCA during the entire month of March for the first time on record. Temperatures had reached freezing only one day during March two previous times...In 1945 and 1973.

After a dry first third of the month...monthly precipitation turned out near normal.

After a record snowy February and winter...Only a trace of snow fell in March...on the 2nd. 5 out of the last 10 march months have had measurable snowfall...more than a trace. The last time more than 0.5 inch of snow was recorded at DCA was February 10th.

Baltimore Washington International (BWI)

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A lonely snow pile remains at BWI. Photo courtesy Jonathan Dean, BWI Airport Communications.

Average temperatures in March 2010 were well above normal. The monthly average temperature of 48.5 deg F tied for 13th warmest march on record...matching the same reading in March 2000. The last March warmer was 1977...which averaged 49.9 deg F. Also 7 of the past 10 average monthly march temperatures have been above
normal.

Minimum temperatures at or below freezing were reached on five separate days in Baltimore. This is the least frequent occurrence of minimum temperatures at or below freezing during the month of March since March 1973...which also had five days. There have been only two March months... 1942 and 1945...that have not hit freezing for
the entire month.

Despite a dry first third of the month...monthly precipitation was above normal. Nearly two-thirds of the total monthly precipitation fell during the three-day stretch March 12-14.

After a record snowy February and winter...only a trace of snow fell in March...on the 2nd and 3rd. 5 out of the last 10 March months have had measurable snowfall...more than a trace. The last time that at least 0.5 inch of snow fell in Baltimore was on February 10th.

Dulles Airport (IAD)

March 2010 was the warmest March on record. The average monthly temperature of 49.5 deg F broke the previous warmest March record of 48.8 deg F set in 1977.

The average monthly minimum temperature was 38.9 deg F...the warmest average minimum temperature on record for March. The previous record was 38.4 deg F set in March 1973.

The average monthly maximum temperature was 60.1 deg F...The third warmest average maximum temperature for March behind the values of 60.3 deg F in march 2000...and 61.2 deg F in March 1977.

Low temperatures only reached freezing 6 times during the month...the least frequent occurrence during any March on record at Dulles.

After a dry first third of the month...precipitation for the month ended near normal.

Following a record snowy February and winter...only a trace of snow fell in march...on the 2nd. 5 out of the last 10 march months have had measurable snowfall...more than a trace. The last time at least 0.5 inch of snow fell at Dulles was on February 10th.

By Jason Samenow  | April 6, 2010; 10:45 AM ET
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Comments

Here is the post containing the poll about when the snow piles would melt from February: Tracking the region's giant snow piles

Also, see this related post: Snow Pile Watch 2010

How many folks still know of snow piles in the area? Besides the BWI photos in this post, where are they?

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | April 6, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Monday 5 April 2010, record high temperatures
were recorded in: Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario,
Maine, New Hampshire, Delaware, Ohio, Indiana,
Texas, Georgia, South Carolina ...

--bks

Posted by: bks8 | April 6, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

The vienna metro parking garage had one on the north side of the north garage but that was several days ago . It may be gone now.

Posted by: ah___ | April 6, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I saw a MASSIVE snow pile outside one of the parking garages for Tyson's Galleria I think. I was surprised that there was still something that big out there.

Posted by: hobbes9 | April 6, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

There is one at the end of the highway portion of US-40 in downtown Baltimore. Also some big snow piles still at the end of I-70.

Posted by: bachaney | April 6, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

There's still a big pile near the corner of Longdraft Rd. and Quince Orchard Rd. in Gaithersburg. It's now only about 3 feet high, but is about one block long (it's an untravelled part of old Q.O. Rd.) That one won't last another week though.

Posted by: curtmccormick | April 6, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Any update on the DC Stadium/Armory Snow Piles?

Posted by: drewbird911 | April 6, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I bet some of that snow from the piles at BWI is from the December storm. That's a long time for snow to stick around.

Posted by: crazer | April 7, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

The huge snow pile in Charlottesville, VA, nicknamed Mr. Barracks or Mt. Chipotle, is still standing strong. On Easter Sunday, it was still at least 12 feet high.

Posted by: NoVaSnow | April 7, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

As of Sunday 4/5, there was still a noticeable (but shrinking) snow pile against one of the parking garages at Reston Town Center. I'll check with my friend who lives close by and update...

Posted by: fsd50 | April 7, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

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