MARCH RECORD HIGHS/LOWS/PRECIPITATION/SNOWFALL/NORMALS SUNRISE/SUNSET/NOTABLE WEATHER EVENTS

Based on official USWB/NWS data. Downtown Airport records since 1972 are noted with an asterisk. POMP is the Probability Of Measurable Precipitation for the day....TPoP is the probability of audible thunder for the day.....POMS is the Probability Of Measurable Snowfall for the day, all based on the 1888 to 1996 period. The normals are for KCI. The sunrise/sunset times were computed by the U.S. Naval Observatory program and vary slightly from year to year. Originally compiled by Allen Pearson. Last updated March 3, 2014.


      Max/Year Min/Year  Max Pcpn POMP TPop Snow    POMS Normals    Sun Up/Dn
Mar 1 79/1992   -1/1962  0.99/1991 28%  0%  4.6/1953 17% 45/27/0.06 6:51/6:11
Mar 2 80/1901   -7/1980  1.23/1940 22%  2%  8.6/1960  9% 46/28/0.06 6:49/6:12
Mar 3 82/1983*  -7/2014  1.03/1952 27%  7%  6.2/1952 10% 46/28/0.06 6:48/6:13
Mar 4 80/1938  -10/1978 *2.31/2004 37%  5% 10.4/1915 15% 47/29/0.07 6:46/6:14
Mar 5 84/1956    0/1960  1.69/1894 36%  7%  4.5/1947 12% 47/29/0.07 6:45/6:15
Mar 6 77/1974*  +5/1890  1.06/1892 28% 10%  5.0/1941 16% 48/29/0.07 6:43/6:16
Mar 7 82/1974   +2/1996  1.77/1921 29%  6%  8.5/1931 10% 49/30/0.07 6:42/6:17
Mar 8 80/1977*   0/1996  1.58/2009 23%  4%  4.4/1958  8% 49/30/0.07 6:40/6:18
Mar 9 77/1986   +8/1932  1.23/1907 24%  3%  4.8/1975 10% 50/31/0.07 6:39/6:19
Mar10 84/1967   +1/1948  1.34/1901 29%  6%  6.0/1901  9% 50/31/0.07 6:37/6:20
Mar11 84/1972   -3/1948  1.57/1899 35%  8%  6.5/1912  7% 51/31/0.08 7:36/7:21
Mar12 80/2008*  -7/1998  2.34/1961 30%  7%  5.0/1984  8% 51/32/0.08 7:34/7:22
Mar13 82/2012* +10/1993  1.50/1922 28%  9%  3.7/1937 11% 52/32/0.08 7:32/7:23
Mar14 83/2012*  +6/1897  2.56/2001 28%  8%  5.8/1960 14% 52/32/0.08 7:31/7:24
Mar15 84/2013*  +9/1980  0.86/1944 31%  3%  8.0/1960 10% 53/33/0.08 7:29/7:25
Mar16 82/2012*  +6/1900  1.62/1965 17%  8%  2.8/1893  3% 53/33/0.08 7:28/7:26
Mar17 82/2009* +10/1906 *1.46/2008 28% 11%  1.3/1924  6% 54/33/0.08 7:26/7:27
Mar18 85/1921    0/1923  1.98/1992 35% 14%  6.0/1906  7% 54/34/0.09 7:25/7:28
Mar19 83/1995   +3/1923  1.83/1901 32% 13%  3.4/1914  5% 55/34/0.09 7:23/7:29
Mar20 82/1953   +8/1906  1.48/1962 31%  2%  7.3/2010  9% 55/35/0.09 7:21/7:30
Mar21 91/1907  +13/1913  1.19/1932 25%  6%  5.0/1955  7% 56/35/0.09 7:20/7:31
Mar22 90/1910   +8/2002  1.04/1917 22%  8%  0.4/2013  3% 56/36/0.09 7:18/7:32
Mar23 87/1910  +15/1974  2.20/1912 35%  8% 16.0/1912  9% 57/36/0.09 7:17/7:33
Mar24 87/1929  +13/1965  2.06/1904 35% 13%  9.0/1912  8% 57/37/0.09 7:15/7:34
Mar25 90/1907   +9/1955  1.84/1959 27% 11%  1.7/1955  7% 58/37/0.09 7:14/7:35
Mar26 85/1991   +7/1955  2.68/1916 28% 12%  2.0/1979* 2% 58/38/0.09 7:12/7:36
Mar27 84/1895  +17/1913  0.72/2004 28% 13%  4.6/1893  6% 59/38/0.09 7:10/7:37
Mar28 88/1895  +18/1921  1.32/1938 33%  9%  1.7/1899  7% 59/37/0.10 7:09/7:38
Mar29 86/1986  +18/1969  1.11/2007 34%  8%  4.0/1902  6% 60/39/0.10 7:07/7:39
Mar30 84/1986* +17/1964  1.37/1904 33% 13%  8.0/1928  7% 60/39/0.10 7:06/6:40
Mar31 89/1946  +17/1923  2.23/1929 32% 15%  3.1/1926  6% 60/40/0.10 7:04/7:41

Month 91/1907  -10/1978  9.08/1973 29%  8% 40.2/1912  9% 53/33/2.44 CST
      Max/Year Min/Year  Max Pcpn POMP TPop Snow    POMS Normals    Sun Up/Dn
                         Month    Month     Month


The sunrise/sunset tables were computed for 39 degrees 3 minutes North and
94 degrees 33 minutes west.

                      NOTABLE WEATHER EVENTS

Heaviest one-day snowfalls  (16.0" March 23 1912)  (9.0" March 24 1912)
(9.0" March 4 1915)  (8.6" March 2 1960)  (8.5" March 7 1931)

Heaviest two-day snowfall  (25.0" March 23-24 1912)

Heaviest three-day snowfall (13.9" March 14-16 1960)  (12.6" March 4-6 1915)

Snowiest Marchs  (40.2" 1912)  (29.3" 1960)  (14.1" 1931)  (13.5" 1915)
(13.1" 1906) (12.4" 1926) (11.8" 1891) (11.4" 1978) (11.1" 1952)

Least Snowiest Marchs (none in 1973, 1908, 1894) Many months with a trace

Wettest Marchs  (9.08" 1973) (6.66" 1961) (5.75" 1912) (5.73" 1922)
(5.51" 1904) (5.09" 1944) (5.03" 1947) (4.84" 1948) (4.60" 1927)

Dryest Marchs  (0.08" 1910 & 1936) (0.33" 1994) (0.36" 1928)
(0.48" 1918) (0.54" 1956) (0.65" 1934) (0.67" 1935) (0.71" 1950 & 1955) 
Most Thunderstorm Days (9/1921) (8 1948 1922) (7 1961 1927 1905)
Fewest Thunderstorm Days none in 1978 1971 1970 1969 1968 1958 1956 1955
1950 1941 1934 1931 1928 1915 1910 1889
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March 1   This is the last winter day that has not recorded a thunderstorm,
March 2 1978  A snowstorm that began the previous day left a two-day total
    of 7.2 inches.
March 2 1960 The snowfall of 8.6 inches was powdery, since it melted down
    to only 0.43 inches, a ratio of 20 to 1.
March 3   The two heaviest snowfalls came on successive years, 6.2 inches in
    1952 and 6.1 inches in 1953.
March 4 1978 The temperature dropped to a minus 4 at the Downtown airport
    and a minus 10 at KCI. Yet on the last day of the month it hit 82 degrees, 
    giving a 92 degree range for the month.
March 7 1931  The 8.5 inches of snow helped the monthly total of 14.1 inches
    which is the second snowiest March to the whopping 40.1 inches in 1912.
March 8 1967  The temperature dropped to a plus 6 and then climbed to 84 in
    two days!
March 10 1946 The minimum of 26 degrees turned out to be the last freezing
    temperature for the year until November 11. This is the 1888-1996 record,
    246 days of frost free weather.
March 11 1948The morning temperature of a minus 3 broke the old record by
    17 degrees (it has since dropped to +12 in 1969).
March 11   This is the last winter day that has had a temperature below 0.
March 14 1989  Strong winds brought dust in from the west.
March 15 1960  The two-day snowfall was 13.8 inches. For the month the
    total was 29.3 inches, the second heaviest March since 1888.
March 16  This day has the lowest probability of measurable precipitation
    for the month, 17% for the period 1889-1996.
March 17 1906  The coldest St. Patrick's Day with a high/low of 26/10.
March 17  This is the first day with 12 hours of sunlight.
March 18 1984  Kansas City had one of the worst ice storms of record. 
    Thunderstorms produced freezing rain that "Black Sunday", leaving a
    coat of ice up to an inch thick. More than 160,000 residents were
    without power, in some cases as much as a week.
March 19 1984 One to four inches of snow followed the ice storm of the
    day before, downing tree limbs and power lines.
March 21 1907 The high temperature reached 91 degrees, the earliest
    day for 90+ temperatures, and the high for the month of March as well.
March 22 There has not been a measurable snowfall on this day since 1933
    and the record amount is only 2/10th of an inch.
March 23 1912  A complete about face when compared to March 22nd. The
    heaviest one and two day snowfalls began with 16 inches in one day
    and 25 inches in two. Topeka had a foot but nearby St. Joseph only
    an inch. This was after "spring" had officially begun.
March 26  This is the last day of the cold season to have had a temp-
    erature in the single digits.
March 28 1910  the city had its eighth straight day with highs in the 80s.
    This helped making March of 1910 the warmest and dryest of record.
March 30 1993  A strong squall line passed across the city and a mini-
    tornado touched down in DeSoto in Johnson County KS.
March 30 1926  The 8.0 inches of snow on the 30th was followed by 3.1
    on the 31st and 6.5 inches the first two days of April, giving a 
    four day total of 17.6 inches.