In South Jersey, March can bring anything from t-shirt weather to snow boots and gloves as planet Earth transitions from the depths of winter into spring.
While the Earth does try to warm up, snow is still a common sight at Atlantic City International Airport in Pomona, the region's main climate station. In fact, the last time the airport did not receive measurable snow into at least March was 2012. The average last measurable snowfall is on March 9.
On average, the airports sees 1.1 inches of snow each March, part of the broader 16.5 inches seen on average each winter. Upper Deerfield Township averages 1.1 inches during the third month of the year as well. Cape May actually receives more snow than the inland airport during the month, averaging 1.6 inches of snow. Do note, though, that it is just an average and some years, like 2012, can have none, while others are much higher.
Sometimes, the snow packs as much of a punch as a January or February storm. On five occasions March has brought over 9 inches of snow at the airport, enough to bring out the snowplows more than once. The top five biggest snow events in recorded history are here, and how The Press covered them.
Note that records for Atlantic City International Airport go back to 1945.
This is my first newspaper but not my first forecast for NJ. I graduated with a B.S. in Meteorology from Rutgers. Two TV internships gave me a taste for the newsroom. Then, after nearly 4 years in private NJ weather, I'm forecasting South Jersey for you.
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