In Tulsa and Oklahoma, it's been bit on the warm side; March temperature highest on record
BY Staff and Wire Reports
Monday, April 02, 2012
4/02/12 at 5:44 AM
The average temperature last month in Oklahoma and Tulsa were the highest on record for March, forecasters said.
The average temperature in Tulsa was 61.5 degrees, said Brad McGavock, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tulsa.
Statewide, temperatures were more than 9 degrees above normal with an average of 59.4 degrees, said Associate State Climatologist Gary McManus. The previous record was 58.3 degrees in March 2007.
Oklahoma City also had record warmth in March with an average temperature of 60.8 degrees.
The warmest day of the month came Saturday, when temperatures reached the 80s and 90s statewide. McManus said 90 degrees at Beaver was the hottest temperature.
The high temperature in Tulsa on Saturday was 85, and Sunday it reached 90, McGavock said.
Heavy rain during the month also helped to ease Oklahoma's long-term drought. McManus said the statewide average precipitation total was 4.5 inches, ranking March as the sixth wettest on record and 1.4 inches above normal.
Tulsa's precipitation total for the month was 6.24 inches.
Original Print Headline: Average March temperature breaks Tulsa, state records