Sunday, March 25, 2012

Weather Rewind, March 18-24, 2012

Temperatures for the last seven days averaged 17.3 degrees above average -- more typical of the end of April, beginning of May than the middle portions of March.  With record highs on Friday throughout the region and crush brushes with record highs on Monday in Philadelphia, it was a rather warm week in the Delaware Valley.   Too bad Sunday's low clouds and fog held a bit too long otherwise we could have went seven straight days with 70+ (going back to St. Patrick's Day).

Over the two week period from March 10th to March 23rd, the core of the heat in this warm wave was over the Great Lakes and Midwest, with temperature departures in parts of the Upper Midwest exceeding 25 degrees above average.   Some of the toastier warm spots between 3/10 and 3/23:

  • Madison, WI, 27.8 degrees above average.
  • St. Cloud, MN, 27.2 degrees above average.
  • Minneapolis, MN, 27.2 degrees above average.
  • International Falls, MN, 26.3 degrees above average.
  • Chicago, 26.1 degrees above average.
  • Muskegon, MI, 25.1 degrees above average.
Much of the Midwest and East was getting May or even June-like warmth...the West, however, was a bit more cooler as a deep trough set up over the Southwest and brought snow to California and Arizona's higher terrain.