This report describes the typical weather at the Jackson International Airport (Jackson, Mississippi, United States) weather station over the course of an average March. It is based on the historical records from 1974 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Jackson, Mississippi has a warm humid temperate climate with hot summers and no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by forests (62%), croplands (32%), built-up areas (3%), and lakes and rivers (3%).
The month of March is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 65°F to 72°F over the course of the month, exceeding 82°F or dropping below 52°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of March, the length of the day is gradually increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 60 minutes, implying an average day-over-day increase of 1.9 minutes.
The shortest day of the month is March 1 with 11:31 hours of daylight; the longest day is March 31 with 12:31 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:16am on March 10; the latest sunset is at 7:20pm on March 31; the latest sunrise is at 7:15am on March 11; the earliest sunset is at 5:58pm on March 1.
Daylight savings time (DST) starts at 3:00am on March 11, 2012, shifting sunrise and sunset to an hour later.
The median cloud cover ranges from 50% (partly cloudy) to 66% (partly cloudy). The trend is for the sky to be clearing rapidly with the median cloud cover decreasing by 16% from the start to the end of the month.
On March 30, the clearest day of the month, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 57% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 40% of the time.
On March 1, the cloudiest day of the month, the sky is overcast, mostly cloudy, or partly cloudy 55% of the time, and clear or mostly clear 42% of the time.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 42%, with little variation over the course of the month.
Throughout March, the most common forms of precipitation are thunderstorms, moderate rain, and light rain.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 34% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around March 31, when it is observed during 16% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 28% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around March 2, when it is observed during 13% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 26% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around March 4, when it is observed during 12% of all days.
The likelihood of snow falling is highest around March 1, occurring in 3% of days.
Either snow rarely accumulates at this location in March or snow depth measurements are unavailable or unreliable.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 44% (comfortable) to 93% (very humid) over the course of a typical March, rarely dropping below 23% (dry) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around March 14, at which time the relative humidity drops below 55% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around March 31, rising above 91% (very humid) three days out of four.
Dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find the weather than relative humidity because it more directly relates to whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid.
Over the course of a typical March, the dew point typically varies from 36°F (dry) to 55°F (very comfortable) and is rarely below 22°F (dry) or above 67°F (muggy).
The time of the month between March 6 and March 31 is the most comfortable, with dew points that are neither too dry nor too muggy.
Over the course of March typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 14 mph (calm to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 21 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 8 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around March 2, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 14 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 8 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around March 31, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 14 mph (moderate breeze).