REMARKABLE MARCH WARMTH FOR THE RECORD BOOKS
We skipped Winter and as of now March. Summer level warmth arrived very early Wednesday. The High Wednesday of 81° broke a 22 year old record as well as delivered the first 80° temp of the year. Temps today were a whopping 30° above normal and the normal high for June 10th.
It’s only the third time on record that a 80° temp has occurred so early in the year. Previous early 80° days were March 8th 1974 and March 13th 2007. The average date of our first 80° is April 20th – last year it arrived on April 10th (83°).
RECORDS FALL ACROSS THE NATION
Record high temps were reported in Chicago, Ft. Wayne and St.Louis – hitting 86° there today. Across the country over the past 3 days over 500 temperature high records have been broken.
COLD OUT WEST AND GETTING COLDER
The eastern two thirds of the country is unseasonable warm but it’s a different story out west. Along the west coast temps have been cooling! The high in Indianapolis Wednesday equaled Miami but was warmer than Las Vegas (77), Los Angeles (62), San Francisco (58) and Seattle (46). Heavy snow is likely over the weekend especially in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Late season skiing will be at a premium across the Rockies by early next week.
The streak for the most consecutive 70° days in a March is 6 days set in 1998, 1995 and 1945. Wednesday the streak reached 6 days and our current forecast suggests we may reach 10 days.
Warm air will likely persist through the next 2 weeks. Forecast temps are expected to stay above normal by as much as 20° over the next 5 days.
AVG HIGH FROM NORMAL
Days 1-5: +20°
Days 6-10: +15°
Days 11-14: +3.3°