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March 2021 Climate Report for Memphis, TN

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Memphis International Airport, Memphis, TN


Average temperature: 58.3 degrees (4.3 degrees above average) 

Average high temperature: 68.8 degrees (4.9 degrees above average) 

Average low temperature: 47.9 degrees (3.8 degrees above average) 

Warmest temperature: 81 degrees (16th, 27th) 

Coolest temperature: 31 degree (3rd) 

Heating Degrees Days: 219 (139 below average)

Cooling Degree Days: 20 (3 above average) 

Records set or tied: None

Comments: Only one day recorded a low temperature at or below freezing, two days below average for March.


Monthly total: 9.37″ (4.21″ above average) 

Days with measurable precipitation: 10 (0.5 days above average) 

Wettest 24-hour period: 3.77″ (27th) 

Snowfall: 0.0″ (0.4″ below average)

Records set or tied: Record daily maximum rainfall – 3.77″ (27th)

Comments: Four days recorded precipitation of more than an inch, 2.4 days above average for March.


Peak wind: Southwest/47 mph (27th) 

Average wind: 8.7 mph 

Average relative humidity: 62% 

Average sky cover: 56% 

 Click here for a daily statistical recap for Memphis International Airport.

Cirrus Weather Solutions /, Bartlett, TN


Average temperature: 57.2 degrees 

Average high temperature: 69.2 degrees 

Average low temperature: 45.9 degrees 

Warmest temperature: 75.6 degrees (28th) 

Coolest temperature: -0.3 degrees (16th) 

Comments: None 


Monthly total: 8.04″ (automated rain gauge), 8.85″(manual CoCoRaHS rain gauge) 

Days with measurable precipitation: 10

Wettest date: 2.41″ (27th) (via automated gauge) 

Snowfall: 0.0″

Comments: None


Peak wind: West/31 mph (17th)

Average relative humidity: 69% 

Average barometric pressure: 30.08 in. Hg

Comments: None

Click here for a daily statistical recap for Bartlett, TN.


MWN Forecast Accuracy

MWN average temperature error: 2.60 degrees 

MWN forecast temperatures within 2 degrees of actual: 58% 

MWN average dewpoint error: 3.80 degrees 

MWN forecast dewpoints within 2 degrees of actual: 45% 

MWN’s forecasts extend out five periods (2.5 days, or roughly 60 hours). Historical accuracy statistics can be found here.

Climate Outlook – April 2021

The April 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 from the western Great Lakes through the Plains. Below average temperatures are forecast in the Pacific Northwest. Odds favor above average temperatures for Memphis (49%) versus only 18% chance of below average temperatures. The average temperature for April is 62.9 degrees.

Precipitation is expected to be below normal from the central Rockies into the southern Plains and across much of the Deep South in April. Above average precipitation is forecast for a small section of the Upper Midwest. For Memphis, odds favor near average rainfall. Precipitation historically averages 5.50 inches.


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Meteorologist Erik Proseus

2021-04-11 00:22:00

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