Just looking at the temperature graph, it was pretty incredible. We had 4 days eighty and above. 15 days in the 70′s It only dropped to freezing or lower 8 times, all in the first 10 days of the month.
A record high was tied on March 13th at 82 degrees. It was a very warm week. Humidity flowed freely from the Gulf of Mexico but a lack of fronts or strong weather systems aloft meant rain and storms were rare and random. There was a pocket of rain and hail to the east of Springfield on the 13th.
The “wet week” started as a push of powerful jet stream winds made its way into the central U.S. I took advantage of the Gulf humidity and the fast jet stream winds to go on a storm chase to Oklahoma on Sunday the 18th. Eventually, this system would “cut-off” and slowly move over the south central U.S. and in fact track right over the Ozarks. We were for the most part spared of any severe weather (there were a few isolated wind reports) as this system first started affecting the area. It was mostly a heavy rain producer.
Precipitation fell as all rain expect for a trace of snow on the 8th. Most of the Ozarks had above normal precipitation (insert), thanks mostly to the mid-month low mentioned above. Areas of northern Arkansas, and extreme southern and southwestern Missouri had between 6-8 inches of rain for the month on average with locally much more.
The Springfield National Weather Service review for much of the Ozarks can be found here.