The Great Lakes Echo reports that the first five months of 2012 were the warmest on record for many Great Lakes cities:
Folks around the Great Lakes are around or within one of the most unusual temperature episodes that we’ve seen in the U.S. since we’ve been keeping track of things,” Arndt said.
The unusually high temperatures in March caused fruits and vegetables in the region to start growing earlier. Unfortunately, the frost that followed the early spring start caused serious economic problems for farmers. Michigan lost 80 percent of its sweet cherry crop and 90 percent of its tart cherries because of the weird weather.
Over the past 43 years, Michigan is the second fastest warming state in the country, according to a map from Climate Central, a nonprofit news and research organization that analyzes and reports on climate science. It used data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to make the comparison.
…The data center also measured the unusualness of the temperature hikes for 2012, making it easier for people to understand how drastic the changes are. The unusualness is based on how much each city’s 2012 temperature deviates from its long-term average.
Muskegon, Mich. has the highest unusualness rating of the Great Lakes record breakers at 3.6 and has an average temperature of 44.7 degrees for 2012.