PULLMAN -- It's obvious that a Washingtonian did not coin the phrase about March weather "coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb."
Widespread heavy rain and flooding during the final week of March punctuated a month of record-setting rainfall.
"Long Beach recorded 15.6 inches of rain last month, which is the highest March rainfall total ever recorded at an AgWeatherNet weather station," said Nic Loyd, meteorologist for Washington State University's Agricultural Weather Network. "The Long Beach station recorded 3 inches of rain in a single day, March 12, and experienced only five rain-free days during the entire month."
According to the National Weather Service, Spokane got a record 4.56 inches of rain last month, smashing the previous record by 3/4 inch.
"One notable advantage of the recent cool and wet weather is that the Cascade Mountain snowpack was above normal at the end of March," said AgWeatherNet director Gerrit Hoogenboom.
Go to the AgWeatherNet website at www.weather.wsu.edu for WSU's statewide weather network.