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!