The weather to start March was, for the most part, the same weather we saw to wrap up February. With the exception of a few fast moving fronts that brought little more than windy conditions, it’s been uneventful. And that boring weather means no rain, which has National Weather Service meteorologist Marilyn Lohmann pointed out has led to abnormally dry conditions across the Inland Northwest.

“Also we can look back on the wind episode on February 23rd, and we had blowing dust.  Which is not uncommon across the area, but its not something we normally see in February.  So, I’m really afraid that the soil moisture, that there’s not a lot of deep moisture in the profile.”

Lohmann says over the next week or so, the dry pattern will continue. But she noted there is reason for hope as we look to the middle portion of March.

“We’ll look for near to above normal temperatures and near to above normal precipitation, so a little bit of a pattern change as we get toward the middle of the month.”

Lohmann noted the warmer weather across the area has started to warm up soil temperatures, with some locations reporting soil temps in the mid-40s.

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