by Tim Burris, Preserve Manager
The first quarter of the year (January – March) carried a little extra precipitation to help the deficit of 2016. January was close to average. February was about an inch below average, and March was 2 inches above average. In the end we received 11.98 inches of precipitation for the first quarter, compared to the average of 10.67 inches.
March had over 6 inches of precipitation thanks to a lot of rain. The snow storm mid month yielded over 2 inches of melted precipitation, which is a lot of water in a 36 hour period. It still wasn’t the wettest March at Mariton. In 2010, we received 7.45 inches of precipitation. Looking back at my records, we received 3.10 inches of rain that year starting March 13 and ending March 16 (the same time frame as this year’s snow storm). Imagine how much snow that would have yielded.