Thanks to a downsloping northwest wind, skies were partly sunny in the lower Hudson Valley with highs around 50 degrees. On Tuesday March ended with a spectacular early spring day, with a northerly flow of cool, dry air, around high pressure centered over Quebec. Stratocumulus clouds in the morning gave way to mostly sunny skies in the afternoon, with highs in the low 50’s. A powerful storm system tracked eastward to Minnesota, and heavy snow continued in North Dakota, where highs were only in the upper 20’s, preventing melting that would add to already record-breaking levels of the Red River that crested at 41 feet just a few days earlier.
Severe thunderstorms covered a wide area along the Gulf coast, with flooding rains from Louisiana to Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.
Mark Hanok is an Otego based meteorologist.