The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

March 3, 2014

First days of March unlike spring

By Brenden West
Assistant Editor

---- — CLINTON — Three days into "spring," Clinton's climate has set a record-breaking low.

This morning's temperatures dropped to minus-15 degrees, smashing the previous March 3 record of zero set in 1943. So cold was the atmosphere that it set an all-time low for the history of the month, breaking the March 4-5, 1960 record of minus-14.

It's the first time March temperatures have dropped below zero in 11

"I guess winter's not done yet," said Jim Blaess, Clinton-based national weather observer. The meteorological winter, he added, runs from December to February. "We start out March on a bad note."

March 1 was technically the first day of spring. Blaess said that day, alone, received more snowfall than what usually comes in an entire month. The 4.3 inches that fell on Saturday was a full inch more than the 3.3-inch normal for all 31 days.