March Temperatures in Midland/Odessa Were Third Warmest Ever
If you were thinking March felt warmer than normal, you would be correct.
According to the Midland Reporter-Telegram, the National Weather Service in Midland recorded the average temperature for March 2018 to be 62.2 degrees, almost 7 degrees warmer than the average of 55.6 degrees making it the third warmest on record.
The warmest March on record was last year at 64.5 degrees and second warmest was in March 1974 at 62.7 degrees.
Four of the warmest five March months happened in the past decade.
The warm conditions are a factor that puts our area in the moderate to severe dought according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
The Climate Prediction Center is predicting that the forecast for April will be drier than average and will continue till about June.
Rainfall in the area is up to .16 of an inch after most of that figure happening in March.
That makes this the driest start to a year in weather history.