44 F. average high for March 21.
46 F. high temperature a year ago, March 21, 2011.
1.3" snow so far in (early) March. We should have seen 7.9" snow as of March 21.
+15.5 F. temperature departure for the Twin Cities so far in March.
+13.6 F. temperature departure for St. Cloud so far in March.
Frost possible next Thursday morning, March 29, especially central and northern Minnesota. 1 in 3 risk for the suburbs.
Lake Minnetonka Officially Ice-Free. From The Star Tribune: "Lake Minnetonka officially went ice-free Tuesday morning, a major sign of spring for the metro area and yet another unusually early one. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office declared the lake clear at 5 a.m. On Monday, White Bear Lake, on the opposite side of the metro area, also was declared ice-free. The Freshwater Society, which has monitored ice conditions for many years on Lake Minnetonka, had not made an ice-out call by midafternoon Tuesday. The earliest ice-out date on Minnetonka in the society's records is March 11, 1878. The second-earliest was March 18, 2000."
87 F. Saginaw, Michigan. That's only 2 degrees cooler than the all-time monthly record for April at Saginaw!
86 F. at Dayton, Ohio, breaking the old record set in 1918.
85 F. at Columbus, Ohio, a new record for March 21.
84 F. at Milwaukee, Wisconsin Wednesday, the warmest March day on record.
84 F. Rockford, Illinois.
84 F at Indianapolis, Indiana, breaking the old record of 82 F. in 1907.
84 F. at Detroit, Michigan, a new record.
83 F. at Madison, Wisconsin, warmest March day on record.
*81 F. at Marquette, Michigan, breaking the old record high of 49. First time Marquette has seen 80 F. in March.
82 F. at Green Bay, Wisconsin. Tie for the warmest March temperature on record.
8 consecutive days above 70 at Cleveland, an all-time record.
30 million acres of forestland impacted by bark beetles; an estimated 6 billion trees killed across western USA and British Columbia since 1997. Dead trees emit more carbon into the atmosphere. Source: Live Science. Details below.
Graphic credit above: "Surface temperature anomalies for March 12-18, showing the warmth over North America in bright orange/red colors. Click on the image for a larger version. Credit: NOAA/ESRL."
"Chicago, for example, saw temperatures above 80 degrees every day between March 14 and 18, breaking records on all five days. For context, the National Weather Service noted that Chicago typically averages only one day in the eighties each in April. And only once in 140 years of weather observations has April produced as many 80 degree days as this March."
* does Congress really understand how the National Weather Service operates or how essential they are to America's infrastructure and the day-to-day safety of all its citizens. Proposed cuts to 120 ITO positions? Check out the recent bipartisan testimony from NOAA Administrator Joan Lubchenco in this pdf doc, provided by The Four Winds, The National Weather Service Employees Organization.
MINNESOTA: Wildfire activity has picked up significantly, and people are reminded to obtain burn permits and keep an eye on weather conditions. [Grand Forks Herald]
WISCONSIN: As of Tuesday morning firefighters had responded to 160 wildfires over roughly 300 acres on state-protected lands. Two people were killed in grass fires in the last week. [Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel]
FLORIDA: Statewide, the dry conditions and the lack of tropical systems last year have helped cause 986 wildfires that have burned more than 16,000 acres since Jan. 1. [Palatka Daily]
"Viewers know Roker primarily for trading quips and giving forecasts as part of the “Today” show team, but off-screen he operates a thriving production company that supplies material to Spike, HGTV, A&E, The Cooking Channel and now The Weather Channel. “The previous management didn’t really see the big picture,” Roker said. “They didn’t think the audience would watch these kinds of shows.”Bauder says the network is working on shows “featuring Arctic pilots, iron workers, wind turbine and power line repairers and Coast Guard rescuers in both icy and tropical climates.” The network will debut at least one new show every month for the rest of the year."
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
TODAY: Wettest day in sight. Showers likely. Winds: E 7-12. High: 67
THURSDAY NIGHT: Lingering showers - damp. Low: 58
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Photo credit above: "Unusually warm spring in Maine: It's shirt-sleeve weather for Jackie Stowe-Davis from Sabattus, Maine, who shares an ice cream with her granddaughter, Marlee Jade Stowe, along the Androscoggin River in Lisbon, Maine, on the spring equinox March 20. Amber Waterman/Lewiston Sun-Journal/AP."
Link: Could cherry blossoms one day be blooming in winter?
I decided to analyze the historic data and plotted both March average temperatures in Washington, D.C. and cherry bloom dates dating back to 1921 (as long as bloom date records have been kept by the National Park Service). The National Park Service’s chief horticulturist Rob DeFeo has said March temperatures are the key predictor of peak bloom dates."
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Photo credit above: "Lodgepole pines killed by mountain pine beetles in Colorado, 2008. Credit: Jeffrey A. Hicke, University of Idaho."
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