The weather in Terrace, BC in March 2019 was abnormally dry. The main weather stories discussed below in more detail are . . .
- March temperature was about a degree warmer than average
- March 2019 was the 4th driest on record
- Total February-March 2019 precipitation set a record low
March was the 27th warmest on record, averaging +3.1°C, which is 0.8°C warmer than the 1971-2000 baseline climate. Temperatures stayed abnormally cold during the first weeks of March (continuing from the cold February), but a change mid-month led to higher than average temperatures for the second half of the month (Fig. 1).
The average monthly temperatures through March show the warmer than average January, colder than average February, and warmer than average March (Fig. 2).
The main weather story for March 2019 is the lack of precipitation. March 2019 was the 4th driest on record, totaling 30mm, 33% of normal (90mm). Cumulatively for the year, precipitation is now 63% of normal, with 237mm of precipitation compared to an average of 376mm. Snowfall to date is 55% of normal, and rainfall to date is 65% of normal (Fig. 3).
March precipitation only tells part of the story of recent dry conditions in Terrace, BC and the larger region. When combined, February-March 2019 precipitation set a record low, with only 41mm of precipitation, 20% of the average of 203mm (Fig. 4).
This winter dry spell follows the driest July-October on record – continuing the drought in northwest BC and southeast Alaska.
Drought in Alaska (Drought.gov)
In Southeast, Alaska is seeing its first extreme drought ever recorded, climatologists say (Anchorage Daily News)
BC Drought Map (BC Government)
BC snowpacks near 40-year lows prompting drought fears (Global News)