Climate Summaries for March 2023 Mobile/Pensacola

Climate Summaries for March 2023 Mobile/Pensacola

Climate summaries for March 2023

Mobile Alabama and Pensacola Florida area

Joe Maniscalco – Observing Program Leader (OPL)/Meteorologist

POC for Observation, Climate and Cooperative Collaboration
National Weather Service Mobile Alabama


April 4, 2022

March 2023 under review – Monthly temperatures for the third straight month of 2023 were above normal in both Mobile and Pensacola. There were a surprising number of daily temperature records set at both locations, 14 combined in Mobile and 10 in Pensacola. Most were new record low temperatures, and a few set warmer daily lows. Mobile saw six record highs, seven record lows and one record low, while Pensacola saw three record highs, six record lows and one record low. For high and low temperatures in Mobile, the longest period of warmth was the first 12 days of the month when average daily highs were 11.0 degrees above Normal and Average daily lows 13.3 degrees above natural. For high and low temperatures in Pensacola, the longest period of warmth was also the first 12 days of the month when average daily highs were 9.9 degrees above Normal and Average daily lows 12.8 degrees above natural. The cold spell affecting the Far South has not been overcome during the middle of the month, which is unusual for March in the Far South. A strong cold front passed late Sunday the 12th and a strengthening cold front passed Friday afternoon the 17th. From day 13 to day 21, the highs and lows went the other way compared to the climatological means. Average highs and lows 6.7 degrees And 10.9 degrees less Normally straight during that period on mobile. For the same time frame, Average highs and lows 6.3 degrees And 9.2 degrees less Normal straight during the period in Pensacola. On the 20th, the thermometer dropped below freezing and set a record high for a mid-March morning. To close the month, the highs and lows rebounded to mostly above normal.

For the third straight month of 2023, rain gauges in the region measured a shortfall in normal monthly precipitation. Mobile was just shy of normal with the Pensacola reaching just over two inches away.

Mobile Alabama District (Normal climatic period 1991-2020, standard climatic period 1872 to present)Average monthly height 76.0 degrees He was 4.2 degrees above natural. March 2023 was the fifth warmest March on record considering the average high. The average was a monthly low 54.7 degrees or 4.7 degrees above natural. Average monthly temperature 65.2 degrees He was 4.5 degrees above natural. highest temperature this month, 87 degreesIt happened on the 25th. In fact, this broke the previous record 86 degrees A setback in 2020 and another in 1907. It was also like that 13 degrees above normal for this date. The lowest temperature for the month fell to a record low 29 degrees On the morning of the twentieth, 22 degrees less Normal for this date Due to the number of records set during the month of March, a complete list is provided in table format below with climate charts for the Mobile region. (Figure A) shows a graphical representation of how mobile zone temperatures compare to normal seasonal daily highs and lows, shown by the colored dashed lines. Bar graphs reflecting the deviation of daily high/low temperatures from normal are provided in the table below (fig. B and C). Rain gauge collected 5.06″ (Figure D), or 0.38″ less natural. The climate of accumulated precipitation is almost in deficit 3.5″ For mobile so far at the end of March (the shape. H). Click to view the NWS Mobile March Weather Summary text product.

Highest records for March during the recording period for the mobile region:

  • high 91 degrees It happened on 27/1910.
  • a little 21 degrees It happened on 14/1993.
  • Highest rainfall in one day – 10.71″ It happened on 14/1929.
  • Highest monthly rainfall – 20.23″/1929.
  • Record lowest monthly rainfall – 0.24″/2006.

Click on the climate graphics for the Mobile Alabama area below to expand:

Pensacola Florida area (Normal climatic period 1991-2020, standard climatic period 1879 to present) Average monthly height 75.5 degrees He was 3.5 degrees above natural. March 2023 was the fifth warmest March on record considering the average high. Average monthly low 57.6 degrees He was 4.9 degrees above natural. Average monthly temperature 66.5 degrees He was 4.2 degrees above Normal and the fifth warmest average March temperature on record. highest temperature this month, 86 degreesIt happened on the 7th. Thus, he broke the previous record of 83 degrees A setback in 1992 and it was 15 degrees above normal for this date. The lowest temperature for this month fell to 30 degrees On the morning of the 20th, which equaled the previous record on this date dating back to 1923 23 degrees less Normal for this date Due to the number of records set during the month of March, a complete list is provided in table form below with climate charts for the Pensacola area. (the shape. F) shows a graphical representation of how Pensacola area temperatures compare to normal seasonal daily highs and lows, shown by the colored dashed lines. (fig. g and h) Shows daily high/low temperature deviations from the normal range. Rain gauge collected 3.15″ (First form), or 2.10″ less natural. The climate of accumulated precipitation is still in deficit by approx 5.5″ For Pensacola so far at the end of March (fig. C). Click to view the text product of the March weather summary for Pensacola from NWS Mobile.

Highest records for March during the Pensacola area’s recording period:

  • high 90 degrees It happened on 22/2017.
  • a little 22 degrees It happened on 2/1980.
  • Highest rainfall in one day – 11.10″ On 3/1979.
  • Highest monthly rainfall – 16.53″/1948.
  • Record lowest monthly rainfall – 0.24″/2006.

Click on the climate graphics for the Pensacola Florida area below to expand:

Additional March 2023 Climatology and Topics

Total precipitation for the month was most concentrated primarily between the I-10 corridor and south of US Highway 84. However, only isolated areas within the precipitation maximum received more than 110% of normal precipitation. Figure K shows the total monthly precipitation area, Figure L shows the deviations of precipitation from normal and Figure M, the percentage area of ‚Äč‚Äčnormal precipitation. Latest Monthly Summary for March 2023 for Eglin Air Force Base (AFB) – CVBS And Duke Field – Gang They are received and presented in the table below. Temperatures in daily tables consist of numbers whether in degrees Fahrenheit/Celsius. Data provided by Mr. David Biggar, Meteorologist, 96th Weather Squadron. Provided with permission.


April 2023 Climatology, Seasonal Climate and Forecast:

The trend toward above-normal monthly warmth is favored as we move into the heart of spring. The latest forecast for April indicates temperatures will likely be above normal in the Southeast with above-normal precipitation likely concentrated over the lower MS River Delta. Local recreational and commercial growers will need to remain vigilant to ensure spring crops receive adequate irrigation because weather systems can be fickle and their irrigation routines are unpredictable. We can also experience cold spells with occasional freezing temperatures in April, with some of the most recent record-breaking events occurring inland through mid-to-late April. Click on the screenshots below to expand:

Additional climate links:

The links below are intended to provide additional climate information, education, and forecasts. the National Weather Service Mobile Alabama Climate and Past Weather The page provides climate data at your fingertips for many observation points in your local forecast area by accessing the NOWdata tab as well as many other climate resources. the Climate Prediction Center Link provides short- and long-term climate forecasts and education about large-scale global cycles that influence temperatures and weather. With the large agricultural and agricultural presence along the central Gulf Coast, Drought monitor The link provides updates on drought trends and impacts. Another very useful resource is Cooperative Society for Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS) The network, which is a large group of volunteers who work together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail, and snow). The goal of CoCoRaHS is to provide high-quality data for natural resource applications, education, and research. You can be part of the CoCoRaHS team by becoming a volunteer rainfall monitor. To learn more click on the CoCoRaHS link below.

National Mobile Weather Service AL climate and past weather

Climate Prediction Center (CPC)

Drought monitor

CoCoRaHS network

Water year summaries for the CoCoRaHS network

Questions or comments:

Contact: Joe Maniscalco – WFO Mobile Surveillance Program Leader, AL at joe.maniscalco@noaa.gov

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