August 2021

Vol. 49, No. 4

Bird Sightings: March–April 2021

Neil Hayward and Robert H. Stymeist

March came in like a roaring lion with a blast of arctic air. The low temperature in Boston for the month was 13 degrees on the morning of March 2, a day when the high reached only 28 degrees. The good news was that the bitter cold lasted only about 28 hours and Boston recovered to 50 degrees by Wednesday March 3. The high temperature for the month was 74 degrees on March 11, shattering the previous high temperature of 67 degrees set on this date in 1990. Worcester also experienced a record high—70 degrees—on the same day, breaking the previous record of 66 degrees set in 1977. The average temperature in Boston for March was 42.1 degrees, 4.1 degrees warmer than the historical average for the month. March was also the sunniest March since 2007. Rainfall was only 2.0 inches, 2.5 inches below the historical average, and the only snow all month was just a trace on March 14. A low-pressure system at the end of the month brought some severe thunderstorms, with wind gusts over 50 miles per hour and a high of 70 degrees.


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