I think a lot of people will remember this March. Who can forget the birds chirping, flowers and trees budding early, and of course golf courses opening up almost a month before normal in some cases. In the middle of the month we had a stretch of days that would have made for good pool days in the middle of Summer. In a normal year, you would think that extreme “heat” in March would be followed up by a cold blast of some sort. With the lack of snow cover, cold airmasses crossing over the ground tend not to hold their chill without a good snow pack to insulate them was one reason we didn’t see that. Another reason, most of our weather systems came from the pacific area, rather than down from Canada where it would have been slightly cooler. So how warm were? The graphics below, and more importantly the numbers on them are mind blowing!
The first is the recap of some of the records we broke. The warmest all time high in March was 82°. That was one record, probably the only one that didn’t fall this month, but we cam extremely close with two days hitting the low 80s. (81,80) The graphic below breaks down the big picture of March.
This is where the the REAL eye popping stat comes in. In doing calculations to determine how warm we were for the month of March, I had to do them multiple times to make sure I was doing it right. The graphic below shows us where we stand for warmest March of all time. You would think with the temps we had that we’d be right up there. Well, we were and then some. These numbers are compiled by averaging the daytime high and overnight low of all 31 days of March. By no surprise we were the warmest of all time. What was a HUGE surprise to me was that we destroyed the previous warmest month of March of all time by 6.3 degrees. That March had been our warmest March for the last 112 years and we blew it out of the water this year! Here is the breakdown!
This post was written by jkegges on March 31, 2012