NCDC says that 1,222 daily snow records have been broken (in 44 states!) already this March 2013 through March 24. If that sounds like a lot, it is more than twice last year's 514 and is the most since 2006, when 2,030 were broken (tied records are not considered here).
There have also been 929 low (or low maximum) records broken so far this month. The two maps above might make you want to read my fan fiction from a couple years ago entitled "April 3, 2031: The Big Ice Age."
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Indeed it does sound impressive until you consider than there have been 934 record highs (or high minimums) so far the month:
NOTE: The links do not include low or high minimum temperatures because you can't select that; I overplotted both mins and maxs in the maps above.
Because of the seasonal fight of warm and cold air, extreme weather (even "madness" if you will) is what March is typically all about in the United States.
The fact that the lows are keeping up with the highs is impressive, considering there were twice as many record highs as lows during 2000-2010. It's worth pointing out that many of the record highs this month have been in the West, and lows have far dominated highs during the last week (see hourly animation below from CoolWx.com):
Because the cold and snow is centered in the Midwest and Northeast, it's the subject of dozens of amusing "Spring FAIL" memes, many of which I have collected at our meme site, AccuWeather.Cheezburger.com. Enjoy!
A huge thunderstorm dropped up to a foot of hail in Sydney, Australia earlier today and residents took to social media to show their photos.
Thunderstorms aren't unusual here in central Pennsylvania during the spring but they are rare during April. That all changed yesterday.
A massive fire broke out after an explosion at the GE's Appliance Park in Louisville, Kentucky April 3, 2015. Was it weather-related?
The Ambient WeatherBridge is a breakthough in electronic weather station Internet transmission.
Eastern Pennsylvania was darkened by a massive, triple-decker shelf cloud last night. It was the first thunderstorm of the year, and it did not disappoint.
This year had been a markedly (and thankfully) slow year for tornadoes. That luck ran out last night, when multiple twisters struck Oklahoma and Arkansas.