Memphis International Airport, Memphis, TN
Average temperature: 37.0 degrees (8.5 degrees below average)
Average high temperature: 44.6 degrees (10.1 degrees below average)
Average low temperature: 29.5 degrees (6.8 degrees below average)
Warmest temperature: 75 degrees (28th)
Coolest temperature: 1 degree (16th)
Heating Degrees Days: 778 (230 above average)
Cooling Degree Days: 2 (0 below average)
Records set or tied: The following temperature records were set or tied during the month:
- Coldest high temperature: February 14 (19°)
- Coldest low temperature: February 15 (9°)
- Coldest high temperature: February 15 (15°)
- Coldest low temperatures: February 16 (1°)
- Tied coldest high temperature: February 16 (18°)
- Coldest low temperature: February 20 (9°)
- Tied for consecutive days with high temperatures at or below 32° (February 11-19)
Comments: 16 dates recorded low temperatures at or below freezing versus an average of 9.5. Nine (consecutive) days recorded high temperatures at or below freezing versus an average of 0.9. The average temperature for the month ended 10th coldest in the 147 year historical record.
Monthly total: 6.95″ (2.56″ above average)
Days with measurable precipitation: 14 (4.8 days above average)
Wettest 24-hour period: 2.26″ (26th-27th)
Snowfall: 10.0″ (8.7″ above average)
Records set or tied: Two daily snow records were set this week: 4.0″ (sleet and snow) on the 15th and 4.7″ on the 17th.
Comments: Snow fell on six (consecutive) days during the month, including the two record above, as well as 1.3″ on the 14th and trace amounts on the 13th, 16th, and 18th. This month ranks second snowiest on record behind 10.3″ that fell in 1905. In addition to the snow, two days also recorded more than an inch of rain.
Peak wind: West-northwest/42 mph (25th)
Average wind: 8.7 mph
Average relative humidity: 67%
Average sky cover: 67%
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Cirrus Weather Solutions / MemphisWeather.net, Bartlett, TN
Average temperature: 36.4 degrees
Average high temperature: 44.4 degrees
Average low temperature: 28.2 degrees
Warmest temperature: 75.6 degrees (28th)
Coolest temperature: -0.3 degrees (16th)
Monthly total: 7.12″ (automated rain gauge), 7.37″(manual CoCoRaHS rain gauge)
Days with measurable precipitation: 13
Wettest date: 2.16″ (28th) (via automated gauge)
Peak wind: South/26 mph (21st)
Average relative humidity: 79%
Average barometric pressure
: 30.14in. Hg
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MWN Forecast Accuracy
MWN average temperature error: 3.31 degrees
MWN forecast temperatures within 2 degrees of actual: 45%
MWN average dewpoint error: 3.08 degrees
MWN forecast dewpoints within 2 degrees of actual: 48%
MWN’s forecasts extend out five periods (2.5 days, or roughly 60 hours). Historical accuracy statistics can be found here
Climate Outlook – March 2021
The March climate outlook for the United States from the Climate Prediction Center is shown below. Above average temperatures are forecast for a large section of the United States with highest probabilities in the Great Lakes and Southern Plains to Gulf Coast. Below average temperatures are forecast for the west coast. Odds favor above average temperatures for Memphis (48%) versus only 19% chance of below average temperatures. The average temperature for March is 54.0 degrees.
Precipitation is expected to be above normal from the Great Lakes into the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys. Below average precipitation is forecast for the southern Rockies into the Four Corners during March. For Memphis, odds favor above average rainfall (a 45% chance) versus only a 22% chance of below average rainfall. Precipitation historically averages 5.16 inches.
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