Above-average temperatures had the crocuses blooming in March.

March warmer, drier than normal in West Kootenay

A year after the wettest March on record, last month saw only two-thirds of the normal amount of rain.

A year after the wettest March on record, last month saw only two-thirds of the normal amount of rain and one of the warmest temperatures in nine years.

“What a difference a year makes,” Southeast Fire Centre weather forecaster Ron Lakeman wrote in his monthly roundup. The lack of precipitation was even more unique given that most of it fell as snow, he said.

“Granted most of the snow was wet and rapidly melted, but the monthly snowfall was more than double the average.”

Just over 32 centimetres of snow fell at the airport in Castlegar while only 9.1 millimetres of rain fell — 19 per cent of the monthly normal.

The average temperature was slightly above average. While most of the month was cool and unsettled, high pressure dominated to create dry and unseasonably warm conditions during the final six days, Lakeman said.

The thermometer reached 20.1 degrees Celsius on the afternoon of the 30th, the first time we’ve seen a temperature above 20 in March since 2004. The record high for the month of 23.1 was set on March 30, 2004.

Just Posted

Downtown Automotive awarded for hiring practices

The annual award is handed out by the Kootenay Career Development Society

Castlegar, Grand Forks areas to see cleaner winter roads under new contract

YRB set to take over 10-year maintenance contract on Monday

VIDEO: Nelson Tennis Club’s new home opens

The revitalized courts above LVR had their grand opening Saturday

Purcell withdraws from Nelson council election

First-time candidate Heather Keczan has also withdrawn

U.S. Court upholds Teck pollution ruling

Teck appealed a previous decision that it must pay $8.25 million in Colville Confederated Tribes’ court costs

VIDEO: Rare close encounter with whale pod spotted off B.C. waters

Pod of southern resident orca whales breach within arms length of whale watchers

Premier John Horgan ponders debate on voting system changes

B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson wants one-on-one, no Green

Saganash drops F-bomb in Commons over federal approach to Trans Mountain

NDP’s reconciliation critic accused federal government of ‘wilfully’ violating constitutional duties

VIDEO: B.C. dairy farmer says Trump doesn’t understand the industry

‘They need supply management just as bad as we need to keep it’: sixth generation farmer Devan Toop

VIDEO: Death threat, racist comments spewed over empty seat on B.C. bus

Transit Police are investigating the incident, shared online by fellow passengers on Vancouver bus

Sister of plane crash victim that went missing in B.C. starting support network

Tammy Neron wants to help families who are searching for missing people

‘Hello, 911? There’s a horse in my living room’

Sproat Lake firefighters called to ‘rescue’ quarter-horse from Alberni Valley house

Assault charge withdrawn vs. ex-Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna

Former Toronto player agrees to peace bond

UPDATED: Bill Cosby gets 3-10 years in prison for sexual assault

Judge also declared the disgraced comedian a ‘sexually violent predator’

Most Read