71 F. old record for March 18 (1921).
42 F. average high for March 18.
40 F. high a year ago, on March 18, 2011.
+12.4 F. As of Saturday metro temperatures were running more than 12 degrees warmer than average for March.
79 F. at International Falls, Minnesota, 4 degrees warmer than Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Source: Weather Underground.
12 record highs in the Twin Cities since March 10 (7 record highs, 5 record warm nighttime lows)
.62" rain predicted for MSP by Thursday evening (NAM model).
Open Water. My friend and business partner, Todd Frostad, snapped this picture of open water on Lotus Lake, in Chanhassen. A few minutes before people were water-skiing on Lotus. Good grief. Excelsior Bay is open on Lake Minnetonka, still some lingering ice on the main Upper and Lower Lake. It won't be long now.
^The high of 80 degrees on March 17th is the earliest 80 degree temperature on record for the Twin Cities. The previous record for the first 80+ degree temperature of the year was March 23rd, set in 1910.
*The new maximum low temperature of 59 degrees, recorded on March 17th, is also the highest low temperature on record during the month of March in the Twin Cities. The previous record was 57 degrees set on March 27th and 29th 1910.
Running Tally Of Records. The chart above from the Twin Cities office of the NWS doesn't have Sunday's records, which brings the total of up 12, a couple of these records dating back to 1894.
77 F. high at International Falls Saturday. Talk about record-smashing. INL broke their old record by 22 degrees, records go back to 1897. 77 is their average mid-summer high. Thanks to my old pal, Mike Seidel, for passing that great nugget along.
"Showers Of Green Beer". This was the (crazy) scene in St. Paul on Saturday, St. Patrick's Day, with temperatures in the upper 70s to near 80. It was hard not to have a good time, during the warmest St. Patty's Day on record for the cities. Photo courtesy of Broadcast Weather meteorologist Aaron Shaffer.
The Rhubarb Are Coming Up! Thanks to meteorologist-extraordinaire Todd Nelson for sharing his new rhubarb up in St. Michael. I'd say it's about - what - 4-5 weeks early?
Jaw-Dropping Warmth At International Falls. 14 records at Duluth since March 10? Details from the Duluth office of the National Weather Service.
Hey, What's A Few Thousand Weather Records Among Friends? 2,647 daily weather records as of Saturday, and that's just for a 7-day period. Click on the interactive map from Ham Weather (one of my weather companies) to see details.1,381 record daytime highs, 782 daily records for "warmest mins", or warmest nighttime lows in modern-day records. Hyperbole aside, I honestly can't remember anything like this, even back in 1988, when MSP experienced 44 days above 90. I'm afraid we've run out of red dots.
|Low Max Temp:||77|
|High Min Temp:||782|
14:1. NOAA data shows 14 times more warm weather records than cold records since January 1 across the USA.
2:1. Ratio of record highs to lows, nationwide, in the last decade - nationwide. Source: NOAA, NCAR.
$2.2 trillion dollars of the U.S. economy is thought to be affected annually by weather. Transportation, agriculture, insurance, leisure; it's a long list.
2,912 records across the USA from March 10-16, including 1,486 record daytime highs and 808 nighttime lows. I've never seen anything like this during the month of March. It's still March, right? Map above courtesy of Ham Weather's new Aeris platform.
|Low Max Temp:||126|
|High Min Temp:||808|
* "Historic And Unprecedented March Warmth" To Continue. The Chicago NWS office has more details on the historic and persistent levels of warmth in Chicago here.
Photo credit above: "Alana Handman, left, from Atlanta, braids the hair of fellow Columbia College student, Sarah Genematis, from Detroit, Mich., in Chicago's Millennium Park, Tuesday, March 13, 2012. Temperatures were close to record highs after a mild winter on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)."
Photo credit above: "(Loren Holmes, Carlos Osorio/Associated Press) - In this combination photo, Doug Hamrick shovels snow off of his family’s roof in Anchorage, Alaska on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, left, and Katie Cramer looks over the front of her destroyed house in Dexter, Mich. on Friday, March 16, 2012 after a tornado touched down on Thursday night. America’s weather is stuck on extreme. Nearly 11 feet of snow has fallen on Anchorage this winter."
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* graphic above courtesy of the National Weather Service's SPC, the Storm Prediction Center, responsible for issuing all severe storm/tornado watches across the USA, with a duration of 3-8 hours, meaning conditions are ripe for violent weather. Local NWS offices go on to issue county-specific warnings, lasting 20-45 minutes.
Maryland, No. 3?
Nebraska, No. 11?
The expert, Greg Forbes, used National Weather Service data from 1950 to 2010, calculating the number of tornadoes per 10,000 square miles -- a different approach than the traditional tornadoes-per-state-per-year rankings. Florida ranked first, with 12.3 tornadoes per 10,000 square miles. Louisiana was last, with 8.5."
Photo credit above: "Mauricio Castillo, on the lower garage roof, and Hendrix Estrada and Israel Castillo clear snow off the roof of a home on Lupine Drive on Friday, March 16, 2012 in Anchorage, Alaska. Even by Alaska standards, this winter is unusual for the hardy residents of the state's largest city. Near-record snowfall buried Anchorage neighborhoods, turning streets into canyons with walls of snow on each side. The snow's weight collapsed the roofs of some buildings. Moose are fleeing into the city to get away from too-deep snow. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Bob Hallinen)."
Top 3 At-Risk States From Flooding:
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More Record Warmth. With the exception of poor Grand Marais just about the entire state was treated to 70s and 80s on Sunday. Highs ranged from a chilly 51 at Grand Marais to 73 at Duluth, 75 St. Cloud, 79 at International Falls and the Twin Cities to 80 in Rochester and a balmy 83 at Redwood Falls - all records.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
TODAY: Warm sun early. A few strong PM T-storms (probably not severe). Winds: S 20+ Record high: 72 (1910). High: 77
MONDAY NIGHT: More showers, possible thunder. Yet another record. Low: 60
Politicians Fiddle While The Earth Burns. Here's an excerpt of an Op-Ed from Bill Press at The Chicago Tribune: "But today, six years after Gore's film, climate change has disappeared as an issue. And things have only gotten worse. With glaciers all but gone, ice caps melting, and sea levels rising, we may, in fact, have already reached the point of no return. Yet, in the last four years, not one significant piece of climate change legislation has been debated in the Congress. In January 2011, a frustrated Carol Browner, director of President Obama's Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, resigned her post. No successor was named, and Congress has since eliminated all funding for the position. Ironically, the only one making noise about climate change today is anti-global warming zealot James Inhofe (R-OK) who claims, in his book "The Greatest Hoax," that the Bible tells us God created the earth, God will take care of it, and we don't have to worry about mucking it up."
MIT Climate Scientist's Wife Threatened In A "Frenzy Of Hate" And Cyberbulling Fomented By Deniers. The unbelievable story from Think Progress: "Prominent MIT researcher Kerry Emanuel has been receiving an unprecedented “frenzy of hate” after a video featuring an interview with him was published recently by Climate Desk. Emails contained “veiled threats against my wife,” and other “tangible threats,” Emanuel, a highly-regarded atmospheric scientist and director of MIT’s Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate program, said in an interview. “They were vile, these emails. They were the kind of emails nobody would like to receive.” “What was a little bit new about it was dragging family members into it and feeling that my family might be under threat, so naturally I didn’t feel very good about that at all,” Emanuel said. “I thought it was low to drag somebody’s spouse into arguments like this.”
U.S. Warmth Continues, But Globally Coolest Land Temperatures Since 1994. An update from Huffington Post: "Reading any article based on statistics is a lesson in interpretation, and the latest global temperature statistics provide an opportunity for some differing opinions on the topic of the climate: While the United States had an exceptionally warm winter (fourth warmest) and global temperatures remained above average in February, global land areas were the coolest since 1994. In other words, just as cold winter in the U.S. during the previous two years did not mean that it was cold globally, a warm U.S. winter this year didn't mean that it was warm globally. Determinations about global temperature trends need to be made based on global data, not the data in one part of the world."
Map credit above: maplecroft.com.
Outdoor Skating, A Joy Of Winter In Canada, Feels Effects Of Changing Climate. The story from The New York Times: "OTTAWA — Outdoor ice skating rinks are the hubs of many Canadian communities, the basis of national legends (particularly the backyard rink where Wayne Gretzky learned to play hockey) and the source of some of its best-loved stories (“The Hockey Sweater” by Roch Carrier). Now a study by climate scientists suggests that they may be doomed. The analysis, led by H. Damon Matthews of Concordia University in Montreal, of 50 years of rink-related climate data shows a steady and rapidly increasing deterioration of rink-friendly weather in most of southern Canada." Photo: David Brewster, Star Tribune.
* the full study (pdf) is here.