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March was one of the warmest, wettest on record in Lincoln
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March was one of the warmest, wettest on record in Lincoln

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Weather Feature, 3.31

A cyclist rides on the Antelope Valley Trail under P Street on Wednesday.

Temperatures in Lincoln continued on a roller-coaster ride last month.

After the fifth-coldest February on record, a month in which the average temperature was nearly 14 degrees below normal, March rebounded in a big way.

The average temperature last month was 46.6 degrees, or 6.5 degrees above normal, making it the seventh-warmest March ever.

It also was among the wettest.

The 5.23 inches of rain recorded were the third-most ever for the month, marking the first time in more than 130 years of record-keeping that March ranked in the top 10 for both precipitation and warmth in Lincoln.

The month also was notable for its lack of snow. The National Weather Service reported that it was only the second time since 1948 that Lincoln did not record at least a trace of snow in March.

That lack of snow was even more notable because Lincoln recorded its most-ever snow from November-February, according to the weather service, with more than 46 inches.

Lincoln has seen 49.4 inches total this winter, the sixth-most ever recorded, and it seems unlikely it will go any higher.

Though April started off cold — Lincoln tied a record low of 17 degrees Thursday — things are set to warm up in a big way.

The high temperature is expected to be in the 70s Friday and Saturday before moving into the 80s Sunday, topping out at 85 Monday.

Longer-term forecasts have the warmth sticking around. Accuweather's two-week forecast has temperatures in Lincoln remaining above 70 for the next week and then in the 60s through the middle of the month.

Retired University of Nebraska-Lincoln climatologist Ken Dewey posted a similar forecast on Twitter, noting that the temperatures expected Sunday and Monday are more typical of what we would experience in mid-June.

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A LOOK BACK AT THE RECORD COLD:

Reach the writer at 402-473-2647 or molberding@journalstar.com.

On Twitter @LincolnBizBuzz.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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