44 F. average high for March 22.
39 F. high temperature a year ago, on March 22, 2011.
4.5" snow. A year ago the Twin Cities was enjoying/enduring a "plowable" snowfall. .4" fell on March 22, another 4.1" on March 23, 2011.
22.3" snow so far this winter season, least since 1986-87, when 17.4" fell at KMSP.
10th least winter snowfall since 1884 in the Twin Cities. I could only find 9 other winters with less snow, overall.
+16 F. March temperatures, to date, are 16 degrees warmer than average in the metro area.
16 new daily warm-weather record for the Twin Cities since March 10. Details from NOAA.
"Weekends don't count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless." - Bill Watterson
7,000+ warm temperature records for the USA since March 12. Source: obp.org.
"Once In A Lifetime Warm Spell For March." I did a triple-take when I saw this statement from the Caribou, Maine office of the National Weather Service: "To put things in perspective...this was a once in a lifetime warm spell for March...and not just here but across much of the northern tier of the U.S."
8 days above 80 in Chicago? That sets an all-time 80-degree record....for April! "March-uly" continues...
4 1/4" diameter hail reported in Hawaii on March 9, 2012 - a new state record. Details below.
"The analysis showed that Michigan experienced temperatures that were 4 - 5 climatological anomalies warmer than average (4-sigma to 5-sigma), the type of extreme that occurs between once every 43 years and once every 4779 years." - Weather Underground Founder Dr. Jeff Masters, in a Capital Weather Gang post below.
24 days of 32 F. or colder in Washington D.C. this past winter; fewest on record. Details below.
"80° warmth is not very common even in April, let alone mid March. Chicago only averages about 1 day in the 80's in April each year. Only once in the 140 recorded years of weather observations has April produced as many 80° days as have been observed this March." from the Chicago office of the National Weather Service.
Chicago: Soared to 87 today, its eighth consecutive day of record warmth. That is the highest temperature so early in the season and just one degree shy of the all-time highest March temperature of 88. Chicago has hit 80 7 times in the last 8 days. It is now only one shy of the APRIL record for most 80+ days and could tie it Thursday. More information from the National Weather Service (NWS)."
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Photo credit above: "Gene Bang is pictured with the seed drill he used Monday to plant oats on his farm near Kenyon Tuesday, March 20, 2012. The drill has a written record of the dates of seedings on the farm going back to 1957. Monday's seeding was the earliest recorded."
Photo credit above: "Tim Knight, with Knight's Lawn Service, kicks up a small cloud of pollen and tree debris while finishing a job in Atlanta, March 21, 2012. Spring has arrived early this year, causing changes such as pollen levels hitting record highs. (Rich Addicks/The New York Times)."
* map above showing Doppler radar rainfall estimates for the last week courtesy of NOAA.
Japanese Tsunami Debris Offered Up As Explanation For Wildly Inaccurate Winter Forecast. O.K. I'm open to new ideas, but this one seems off-the-wall....um...odd. More from The Chicago Tribune: "A meteorologist for AccuWeather — the forecasting company that predicted a winter so bad, "people in Chicago are going to want to move" — has a theory for the recent Midwest heat wave: Japanese tsunami debris. AccuWeather.com made headlines last fall, you may recall, with breathlessly apocalyptic predictions for the season ahead. Five months later, winter 2011-12 is in the books as the ninth warmest on record, punctuated by a stretch of historically high temperatures over the last week, and the Chicago area remains remarkably populous." Computer simulation image above courtesy of NOAA and kpix.com.
* The new Missouri StormAware web site is here.
* click here for a brief video describing the new pilot warning system, from the NWS Central Headquarters.
Photo credit above: Shawn G. Henry.
"We are a class at Lakeville North High School. We read your weather report every day. Last October we made snowfall predictions for the winter. We followed the snowfall totals in the newspaper. We were wondering what your final snowfall total was for the winter so we can declare a winner."
Lisa Meier's Class
* photo above from an article about the toilet-worthiness of the iPad at Gizmodo. I love the fact that they chose a weather app for the test. Makes sense to me.
"All of the biggest technological inventions created by man - the airplane, the automobile, the computer - says little about his intelligence, but speaks volumes about his laziness." - Mark Kennedy
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
TODAY: A brighter day. Mild and humid with a pop-up shower or T-shower. Winds: W 3-8. High: near 70
FRIDAY NIGHT: A couple of leftover showers. Low: 57
"Nature always strikes back. It takes all the running we can do to remain in the same place." - Rene Dubos, "Medical Utopias", 1961
- With No End in Sight for Texas Drought, ABC News Explains: “Every Farmer in the World Will Be Affected by Climate Change”
What Is "Global Weirding"? Some answers in an interview at physorg.com. Here's a small excerpt: "The culprit of the recent warm U.S. winter is most likely variations in a climate phenomenon known as the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO). The positioning of this year’s jet stream has resulted in warmer temperatures and lower precipitation because of fewer incidences of clashing warm and cold fronts. The NAO, which influences the jet-stream air current, has experienced unusually low pressure this year. What caused the pressure drop in the NAO this year? Some speculate that global-warming-related loss of Arctic sea ice may be the driver."