April weather in Tri-Cities should be close to normal

Tri-City HeraldApril 3, 2013 

— Expect temperatures and precipitation to be near normal in the Tri-Cities this month, according to the National Weather Service.

That follows a March with pretty typical, but dry, weather in the Tri-Cities.

Normal highs in the Tri-Cities for April rise from 63 degrees at the start of the month to 70 degrees at the end. Normal lows rise from 40 degrees to 45 degrees. Precipitation typically averages 0.56 inch.

No daily temperature records were set in March, according to the Hanford Meteorological Station, which keeps data back to 1945.

Temperatures in the Tri-Cities averaged near normal in March, according to the weather service. The average temperature was 47.8 degrees, which was 0.4 above normal.

High temperatures averaged 59 degrees, which was 0.6 above normal. The highest temperature was 73 degrees on the last day of the month.

Low temperatures averaged 36.5 degrees, which was 0.1 above normal. The lowest temperature was 26 degrees on March 4.

The temperature fell below freezing on 10 days.

At Hanford the average temperature was 46.4 degrees, 0.1 below normal. The highest temperature was 74 degrees on the last day of the month and the lowest was 22 degrees on March 22.

Precipitation in the Tri-Cities totaled 0.34 inch in March, which is about half of normal. At Hanford it totaled 0.39 inch, which is 68 percent of normal. That included a trace of snow for the month, which is less than the normal snowfall for March of 0.4 inch.

Precipitation for the year has reached 0.79 inch in the Tri-Cities, which is 1.8 inches below normal. For the water year, which starts in October, precipitation has been measured at 4.39 inches, which is 0.93 inch below normal.

The highest wind gust recorded in the Tri-Cities for the month was 45 mph on March 20. At Hanford it was 52 mph on the same day.

-- Annette Cary: 582-1533; acary@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @HanfordNews

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