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      Feeling Like Ireland This St. Patrick's Day: What A Difference A Year Makes!

      Top 'o the mornin' to ya, this St. Patrick's Day weekend! D.C. certainly has the feel of Ireland today with clouds, cool temperatures, and a chance for showers in the forecast. OK, maybe it doesn't quite resemble the country without the lush green pastures and rolling hills, but oh well.

      Jason Kottke - Kerry, Ireland

      Regardless, the entire weekend will feature cooler than average temperatures and chances for showers, mainly today. I think most areas will be dry tomorrow for the actual St. Patrick's day holiday, but it will be cloudy and rather cool with highs in the 40s.

      What a difference a year makes, though! Looking back to last March, temperatures were WAY above average. In fact, the high climbed to 82 degrees last March 15th, which set a new record in Washington.{}{} I did a graphical comparison of the two months.{} It's interactive, so roll your cursor over the lines to find out the actual highs.

      March Temperature Comparisons | Create infographics

      The rest of March 2012 was well above average. In total, there were 14 days with highs at 70 or higher.{} Last March was incredibly mild , overall, ending 10 above the monthly average!{} So far, this month is just about average.{} It's halfway through the month and no sign of any 70 temperatures.{} The first day of March, last year, made it to 70.

      Wondering about last year's St. Patrick's Day weather?{} The high made it to 75!{} This year, only about 46.{} The average high, for the middle of March, is 56.{} Maybe add a jacket if you're planning on going to the St. Patrick's Day Parade in D.C., but you can probably leave the umbrella at home with just cloudy skies.{} Cheers!

      Have a happy and safe St. Patrick's Day!