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!
The Blizzard of 2016 had many similarities to the Blizzard of 1996. Will there be a similar flood?
The Blizzard of 2016 flooded coastal communities and piled up over 40 inches of snow, with incredible drifts. Here are the stats.
The Blizzard of 2016 has begun. Here are some historical and model maps.
The NCEP SREF snow plumes are in; now the snow-forecasting fun begins.
Yes, it's true. The possibility of a snowstorm in the East (the first this season for coastal areas).
We've had three named tropical cyclones already this month, two in the Pacific, and today one in the Atlantic.