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Feeling Like Ireland This St. Patrick's Day: What A Difference A Year Makes!

March 15, 2013 - 11:00 PM
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Cloudy and cool with chances of showers through the weekend. Not feeling much like spring, but more like Ireland!

Top 'o the mornin' to ya, this St. Patrick's Day weekend! D.C. certainly has the feel of Ireland today with clouds, cool temperatures, and a chance for showers in the forecast. OK, maybe it doesn't quite resemble the country without the lush green pastures and rolling hills, but oh well.

Jason Kottke - Kerry, Ireland

Regardless, the entire weekend will feature cooler than average temperatures and chances for showers, mainly today. I think most areas will be dry tomorrow for the actual St. Patrick's day holiday, but it will be cloudy and rather cool with highs in the 40s.

What a difference a year makes, though! Looking back to last March, temperatures were WAY above average. In fact, the high climbed to 82 degrees last March 15th, which set a new record in Washington.   I did a graphical comparison of the two months.  It's interactive, so roll your cursor over the lines to find out the actual highs.

The rest of March 2012 was well above average. In total, there were 14 days with highs at 70° or higher.  Last March was incredibly mild , overall, ending 10° above the monthly average!  So far, this month is just about average.  It's halfway through the month and no sign of any 70° temperatures.  The first day of March, last year, made it to 70°.

Wondering about last year's St. Patrick's Day weather?  The high made it to 75°!  This year, only about 46°.  The average high, for the middle of March, is 56°.  Maybe add a jacket if you're planning on going to the St. Patrick's Day Parade in D.C., but you can probably leave the umbrella at home with just cloudy skies.  Cheers!

Have a happy and safe St. Patrick's Day!

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