NASELLE - The early spring Northwest weather for the month of March was very winter-like, at least as far as the temperature was concerned. After a fairly benign first two weeks of the month when the daily high temperatures as recorded at the Naselle Hatchery ranged from 50 to 63 degrees and the nighttime temperature only dipped below freezing on two nights with a low of 27 on March 6, things changed. Man, did they ever.

The last half of the month saw the high temperature readings drop into the high 40s and 50-degree range with only one day when the high reached 61 degrees. The nighttime lows dropped below freezing the last 11 nights of the month with a low of 27 on March 24. There were 14 nights during the month when the temperature dropped below 32 degrees with all but two of those nights after March 18.

The weather stations at such locations as Olympia and Sea-Tac reported that the upper atmosphere temperature readings for March were the lowest on record for the month. While such measurements are not readily available for this area, one had to only observe and feel the cold.

The weather guru in our household, my wife, commented that snow had fallen in the lower Salmon Creek area at least twice on her dad's birthday, which was April 2. Snow didn't fall on that day this year, but it came close and it might not be done yet.

The precipitation for the month was 12.64 inches, less than the 25-year March monthly average of 13.05 inches. The total rainfall for the first three months of 2008 is 37.68 inches, more than three inches less than last year's total for the first three months. There were only five days during the month with no precipitation and the highest daily precipitation was 1.05 inches which was recorded on March 26. The precipitation during the last few days of the month was just as likely to fall as snow, hail or frozen rain. The combination of the cold and moisture was enough to cause schools to start late to raise havoc due to hazardous driving conditions.

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