March 2024 Climate Report for Memphis, TN

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March Climate Recap

The month of March was warmer than normal by almost three degrees. High temperatures ranged from the 50’s to the low 80’s, while lows ranged from 29 to the low 60’s. Overall, only 11 days during the month saw an average temperature below normal (as low as 13 degrees below normal), while some days were as much as 20 degrees above normal.
Departure from normal temperatures for March for the Lower 48 states

Precipitation was nearly an inch below normal for the month. The wettest period was between the 14th-15th at 2.12″ at the airport, while MWN headquarters in Bartlett saw 1.49″ during that time. Totals for the month ended up at 4.90″ at the airport and 3.79″ in Bartlett.
As far as lingering drought goes, there was continued improvement across the area. Much of the portion of the Memphis metro in west Tennessee is now out of drought status, while northwest Mississippi continues in a abnormally dry to moderate drought, but has also seen improvement in the past month.

Drought conditions as of April 2, 2024 (UNL)

Change in drought conditions over 4 weeks as of April 2, 2024 (UNL)

Memphis International Airport, Memphis, TN

Average temperature: 57.0 degrees (2.8 degrees above average) 
Average high temperature: 66.7 degrees (2.5 degrees above average) 
Average low temperature: 47.3 degrees (3.0 degrees above average) 
Warmest temperature: 81 degrees (4th) 
Coolest temperature: 29 degrees (19th)
Heating Degrees Days: 260 (92 below average)
Cooling Degree Days: 19 (1 above average) 
Records set or tied: Record high tied (81° on the 4th)
Comments:  None

Monthly total: 4.90″ (0.84″ below average) 
Days with measurable precipitation: 9 (2.5 days below average) 
Wettest 24-hour period: 2.11″ (14th-15th) 
Snowfall: None (0.5″ below average)
Records set or tied: None
Comments: None
Peak wind: Southeast/55 mph (25th) 
Average wind: 8.2 mph 
Average relative humidity: 65%
Average sky cover: 56%
 Click here for a daily statistical recap for Memphis International Airport. Headquarters, Bartlett, TN

Average temperature: 57.0 degrees 
Average high temperature: 68.3 degrees 
Average low temperature:  45.6 degrees 
Warmest temperature: 83.0 degrees (4th) 
Coolest temperature: 27.4 degrees (19th) 
Comments: None
Monthly total: 3.66″ (automated rain gauge), 3.78″ (CoCoRaHS rain gauge) 
Days with measurable precipitation: 7
Wettest date: 1.72″ (25th) (via automated gauge) 
Snowfall: None
Comments: None

Peak wind: South/34 mph (25th)
Average relative humidity: 67% 
Average barometric pressure: 30.01 in.

Comments: None

Click here for a daily statistical recap for Bartlett, TN.


MWN Forecast Accuracy

Average temperature error: 2.06 degrees 
Forecast temperatures within 2 degrees of actual: 71% 
Average dewpoint error: 2.21 degrees 
Forecast dewpoints within 2 degrees of actual: 69% 
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