Pat Shingleton: "Spring and The Ides..."
March is the month that tries to hang onto winter while tossing in some springtime warmth. Spring officially springs this Sunday and traditionally the nationwide weather combination includes readings in the 80s and other past examples of snowstorms. Two paralyzing blizzards occurred in March. The Times News reports that March 12 to 13, 1993 found the “Storm of the Century” dumping 42 inches of snow in the northeast. On March 11-14, 1888, “The Blizzard of ‘88” blocked trains in New York resulting in over 400 deaths. Rewinding to March 24, 1765, more than two feet of snow was recorded in Eastern., PA and was called “The Washington and Jefferson Snowstorm” because both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were trapped by the storm in Virginia and Mount Vernon. Finally, the ancient Roman calendar was divided into three lunar sections identified as Kalends, Nones and Ides. The ides would fall on the 15th. Interesting weather occurrences include the 15th of March and a record high and low on the same day and the same location. Astoria, Oregon recorded an overnight low of 28 and later in the day the mercury soared to 61. It was a first for the local Weather Service Office that opened in 1951. On March 15, 1936, an intense stretch of dust storms in southeast Colorado sandblasted paint from vehicles and damaged windshields. The world’s five day rainfall record was set in the Indian Ocean at Ciaos, Reunion Island. A tropical cyclone dumped 151.73 inches of rain.