Potential positive outcomes
It is also worth noting that there is some minor reduction of frost and freeze risk in years with very warm Marches. When only the top 10 warmest Marches were considered, there is an approximate reduction of 10 to 20 percent in the frequency of subsequent freeze events. This is very likely associated with the persistence of the upper air pattern that led to the abnormally warm March weather into April or longer.
Finally, there may also be some positive impacts of the unusual weather. Warm temperatures will accelerate soil evaporation rates and may allow some early fieldwork opportunities, but this will depend greatly on upcoming rainfall frequency and intensity (the forecasts generally call for wetter than normal weather).
Similarly, depending on weather conditions later this year – especially rainfall patterns – there is at least the possibility that seasonal yields of some crops (e.g., forages) could be higher due to a potentially longer than normal growing season.