A tractor crosses a field on Young Road in Chilliwack on March 5, 2022, in a month described as mostly mild and damp with a week of sun early in the month. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)

A tractor crosses a field on Young Road in Chilliwack on March 5, 2022, in a month described as mostly mild and damp with a week of sun early in the month. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)

Much of Chilliwack’s march weather was mild and damp as usual

Ridge of high pressure in early part of the month saw sunny days last a week

March weather in Chilliwack came in like a lamb – and went out the same way.

Most of March 2022 was “tranquil, mild and damp,” said Roger Pannett, volunteer weather observer in Chilliwack for Environment Canada, in his monthly weather report.

Early in the month a ridge of high pressure parked offshore produced a week of mostly sunny, mild weather.

The only frost was on March 10, with the temperature dipped to a low of -1.8C, after dry outflow winds had reduced the relative humidity to 13 per cent the day before on March 9.

With a series of Pacific frontal systems moving on-shore, conditions were mild and damp to the end of the month, with a total of 21 days of rain, compared to the average of 16 rainy days in the 30-day average.

With total precipitation 23.63 per cent below normal, it was the fifth consecutive March and the fourth consecutive month with below normal precipitation.

However the number of actual days with rainfall were above normal – the most March rainy days since 2017.

Temperatures for the month peaked on March 27. A record high minimum of 9C (+6.3 C & exceeding the previous high minimum of 8.3C in 1934) and a maximum of 17.2C (+5.8C) with a relative humidity of 50 per cent.

With mean temperatures 2.09C above normal ( standard deviation + or – 1.4C), it was the tenth consecutive March with above normal temperatures, a trend never previously observed in the past 127 years.

The 2022 precipitation total to date is 463.0 mm mm on 53 days compared to the average of 634.6 mm on 54 days.

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