Usually we are lucky to score just a couple sessions in the month of March here in WNY. Lake Erie is often frozen, and air temps are typically not friendly in March. But 2020 has been a different story.
While most of us have been occupied with more serious issues this month, the wind and warmth has prevailed this March like no other year that I have witnessed. Although I have not personally gotten a ton of water time, I have still recorded the data. It's fun to think about even when we don't get out on the water every day.
As many of you know, I record sessions only when air temps are 40 degrees or more AND wind magnitude is at least 15-20mph for at least one hour. And, of course, the water must be ice free. In March of 2020 there were 14 sessions that met this criteria, with an average windsurfing sail size of 4.3 meters. Average air temp during those sessions was 46 degree while each session individually was at least 40 degrees. And, on Tuesday, March 31, the temperature of Lake Erie was 41 degrees which equals the warmest temperature ever recorded on that date.
Not bad for March. The 2019 season was the best overall season I have ever recorded even though Lake Erie was frozen through most of April that season. I can only imagine how good the 2020 season will be if it continues on the path it has started, especially since we have the bonus months of March and April compared to not having those months in 2019. Let's look forward to getting outside and enjoying the fresh air.
Eric L. Mihelbergel is an intermediate/advanced windsurfer, kiteboarder, and foiler living in the Great Lakes Region of New York State who enjoys sharing about windsports and fitness.