March was a month of big extremes in Texoma weather. The month came in unseasonably warm:: Duncan hit 90 on March 5th, Ardmore 86, and Sherman 83. These were not records but easily more than 20 degrees above the norm.
Warm and windy weather continued until the 10th, when an arctic front ushered in a late winter weather pattern. Several days of welcome rainfall and unwelcome cold persisted with highs and lows hovering close to one another around 40 degrees.
The soaking rainfall helped to ease the drought with eastern sections from Antlers to Paris receiving one to three inches of precipitation.
A fairly quiet mid-month was followed by more intense conditions. Strong winds of 35-45mph blasted us again on March 23rd.
Perhaps the most noteworthy event of the month was the severe weather episode of March 26. Two confirmed tornadoes formed over Cooke and Montague Counties of north Texas. These tornadic supercells moved eastward, dropping hail from golf ball to baseball size in a wide swatch from St. Jo to Muenster and eastward all the way to Sherman. Hundreds of cars and roofs were damaged in the Sherman area and also across parts of Cooke and Montague Counties. Final damage tallies are likely to be in the millions.
Luckily, the tornadoes remained over open country with no tornado winds damage reported.
The month ended on a very cold note with a dusting of snow on the morning of the 28th...and a freeze as high pressure built in. Lows on the 29th dove to 25 at Sulphur, 27 at Antlers, 30 at Ardmore, and 32 at Sherman.
Here are the city-by-city rainfall totals for March 2009:
Ada 3.2" (130% of average)
Antlers 3.86" (130% of average)
Ardmore 1.19" (50% of average)
Atoka 3.65" (145% of average)
Bonham 4.76" (183% of average)
Coalgate 3.53" (140% of average)
Durant 3.07" (120% of average)
Gainesville 1.84" (73% of average)
Hugo 4.26" (140% of average)
Madill 2.42" (97% of average)
Marietta 3.10" (125% of average)
McKinney 5.59" (223% of average)
Paris 5.32" (177% of average)
Ringling .60" (27% of average)
Sherman-Denison 2.34" (93% of average)
Sulphur 2.28" (91% of average)
Tishomingo 2.96" 120% of average)
So while the drought is not over, soil mositure conditions for the bulk of texoma are the bets they have been in many months.
Take Care, Steve LaNore Chief Meteorologist KXII-TV