57 F. low Friday morning. Keep in mind the normal low for March 23 is 27 F. Let's see, higher math....that's 30 degrees warmer than average? We set yet another record warm minimum (old record was 48 in 1920). I've run out of superlatives.
45 F. average high for March 23.
33 F. high temperature a year ago, on March 23, 2011.
4.1" snow fell a year ago, on March 23, 2011.
+16.5 F. The first 22 days of March are running 16.5 degrees above normal in the Twin Cities.
50.5 F. average temperature during the last year. The preceding 365 days were the warmest on record, dating back to 1871, according to NOAA.
18 new daily maximum and minimum temperature records so far this month in the Twin Cities, all since March 10.
40 F. water temperature on Lake Erie at Buffalo; first 40 F. ever observed in March. Records go back to 1927.
10 days. Spring comes an average of 10 days earlier than it did 20 years ago. Details below.
- As of March 22nd, the maximum temperature in the Twin Cities has reached or exceeded 70 degrees on six days, breaking the March record of 5 days set in 1910.
- The Twin Cities maximum temperature reached or exceeded 70 degrees for four consecutive days (March 16-19), breaking the previous record of three consecutive days, which occurred on March 23-25, 1939 and March 22-24, 1945.
- When the Twin Cities temperature reached 80 degrees on March 17, it was the first 80 degree temperature since October 9, 2011. The span without 80 degree temperatures was 159 days, the fewest consecutive number of days without 80 degrees in the modern record.
- March 23, 2011 through March 22, 2012 was the warmest 365 day period on record, back to 1871, with an average temperature of 50.5 degrees.
- Temperatures in the Twin Cities haven't dropped below the average high temperature since March 13.
* the last week's worth of records above, courtesy of NOAA and Ham Weather.
|Low Max Temp:||146|
|High Min Temp:||555|
Photo credit above: Fred Squillante, Dispatch.
Photo credit above: "As residents of Carencro, La. cleanup after Mondays flooding, areas in the West of Lafayette Parish are still fighting flooding Tuesday, March 13, 2012. Trucks travel past flooded fields on Mills Street as the sun comes out. (AP Photo/The Advertiser, P.C. Piazza)."
- Don’t leave your car unlocked. Approximately 50 percent of all vehicles stolen were left unlocked.
- Never leave your car running, even if you’ll only be gone for a minute. Vehicles are commonly stolen at convenience stores, gas stations, ATMs, etc. Many vehicles are also stolen on cold mornings when the owner leaves the vehicle running to warm up.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
SATURDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy, turning cooler late. Low: 49
The (usually more reliable) ECMWF model shows a warm bias into early April; probably frost-free. The GFS cools us off quite a bit late next week, but I'm not buying it - at least not yet.
That said, don't pack away the jackets just yet. And don't even think of planting annuals just yet. I can't believe I'm writing this in late March...in Minnesota.
Map credit above: "Surface temperature departures from average from march 13-19, showing the heat in the U.S. and Canada (in orange and red). Click on image for a larger version. Credit: NOAA/ESRL."
Photo credit above: "Boats lay on a dried-up bed of the artificial lake on river Neretva near the Bosnian town of Konjic, 45 kms south of Sarajevo, Bosnia, on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. A lack of rain has caused a drought across the region making water shortages in some parts of the country and difficulties in production of electric energy in hydropower plants. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)."
Photo credit above: Etsa/Corbis.
Let’s try a simple math equation, looking not so much to the past or even the present, but rather to the future:
___________________ Civil Rights Movement
___________________ Climate Change