Jeff Masters’ great coverage of “Summer in March” continues today. He begins:
A spring heat wave like no other in U.S. and Canadian history peaked in intensity yesterday, during its tenth day. Since record keeping began in the late 1800s, there have never been so many temperature records broken for spring warmth in a one-week period – and the margins by which some of the records were broken yesterday were truly astonishing. Wunderground’s weather historian, Christopher C. Burt, commented to me yesterday, “it’s almost like science fiction at this point.”
…Pellston, Michigan in the Northern Lower Peninsula is called “Michigan’s Icebox”, since it frequently records the coldest temperatures in the state, and in the entire nation. But the past five days, Pellston has set five consecutive records for hottest March day. Yesterday’s 85° reading broke the previous record for the date (53° in 2007) by a ridiculous 32°, and was an absurd 48°F above average.
The low temperature at Marquette, Michigan was 52° yesterday, which was 3° warmer than the previous record high for the date!
Record-breaking warm weather advances beginning of growing season (MSU Dairyherd Management)
There’s no way of knowing how this will all play out, but we’ve already seen tornados (more right here and a video below). Yesterday afternoon Jeff Masters of the Weather Underground wrote more about Summer in March for the Midwest, saying:
The ongoing March heat wave in the Midwest is one of the most extreme heat events in U.S. history. With so many records being shattered, it is difficult to cover in detail just how widespread, long-lasting, and extreme the event is…
Houghton, Michigan, near the frigid shores of Lake Superior, hit 76°F both Saturday and Sunday. It was the hottest March temperature on record, and an astonishing 44°F above the average high for the date (Saturday) of 32° … Most of the cities in Northern Michigan set all-time March high temperature records over the weekend.
Read on for much more including some great maps. It’s important to note that he’s not saying record high days – that’s all time highs for the month of March! He adds that Chicago broken high temperature records for 5 days in a row and could set 8 days in a row, an extraordinarily rare happening with 100+ year of records to break. Here’s an appropriate quote from the 1936 Chicago Tribune:
From the Hudson bay region of northern Canada a wave of cool air pushed into Chicago late last night, halting the heat that has baked the city for eight days.
All that’s wrong is the date … July 15th. Take it home, Martha & the Vandellas,’cause we’re surely talking about a Heatwave: