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March Averages Boston

Colder weather today will cure that spring fever

Posted by David Epstein March 14, 2013 08:38 AM

Yesterday was one of those mid-March days when you realize that we are closer to spring than the heart of winter. Temperatures reached into the 50s and with the abundant sunshine it really was one of the nicer afternoons so far this year. Occasionally, my work life allows me to take a break during the day. I was able to prune some roses, put down some organic fertilizer, and clean up the leaves around the stems of the shrubs. I am not sure if you get this way, but I actually feel giddy watching life as it emerges in early spring. I saw a tadpole swimming in the pond, noticed my snowdrops opening as well as a few crocuses that are showing some orange color. In some ways, the next 6 weeks are the best of the year to see nature change right before our eyes. I know that most people are stuck in an office and don’t get the chance to enjoy these days and I think that is unfortunate. Centuries ago this time of year, when we would all be starting to work in the fields or go hunting, light and temperature would have been a much bigger focus. Of course, many of us would have also died during the winter, so the trade-off does have its benefits. I'll be updating my weather forecast for the week on Twitter at @growingwisdom please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.

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What can we expect in March?

Posted by David Epstein March 1, 2013 06:08 AM

Sunshine starts our first day of March but clouds will fill back in this afternoon with the risk of a rain shower or two. There could be a few wet snow flakes over the higher terrain. Temperatures will remain typical for this time of year in the lower 40s. Since March begins today I thought it would be fun to look at some of the weather statistics we know about for the 3rd month of the year. March means big changes and two of the biggest occur with light and temperature. I might not get the forecast right every day in March, but I do know that we will gain a lot of light. On March 1st the sun sets at 5:34; on the 31st it sets at 7:09. Of course, 1 hour of that afternoon increase is due to daylight saving time, which starts on Sunday the 10th. If you are a morning person like me you won’t like the sunrises being back to after 7a.m. for a few
days. daylight in boston.pngWe will have to wait until the end of the month to have our sunrises back to around 6:30. All told, we gain just about 90 minutes of daylight this month and, after the 17th, the nights will once again be shorter than the days.
I'll be updating my weather forecasts on Twitter at @growingwisdom please follow me there.

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David Epstein has been a professional meteorologist and horticulturalist for three decades. David spent 16 years at WCVB in Boston and currently freelances for WGME in Portland, ME. In 2006, More »
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