Nation's Icebox basks in 77°F warmth

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:08 PM GMT on March 18, 2012

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Each year, when the list of coldest U.S. cities is compiled, International Falls, Minnesota regularly winds up at the top of the list, earning its title as "Icebox of the Nation". The city once hit -55°F (on January 6, 1909), and takes pride in the distinction of being the coldest city in the U.S., having trademarked the term "Icebox of the Nation" in 1948. The city recently defended the trademark against the town of Fraser, Colorado, which sought to usurp the title as the Nation's Icebox. But yesterday, International Falls set a truly phenomenal weather record for warmth. The city's temperature soared to 77°F, which was 42° above the average high temperature for the date. Not only was it the city's hottest March temperature on record by 4°, it was just 4° shy of yesterday's high in Miami, Florida. But what was truly amazing is that the 77°F high in International Falls beat the previous record for the date by 22°! I talked to Christopher C. Burt, wunderground's weather historian, and he couldn't recall seeing a station with a century-plus period of weather records break a daily record by such a wide margin (International Falls' records go back to 1895.) Yesterday's temperatures in International Falls were but one chapter in the on-going story of one of the most extreme meteorological events in U.S. history. Never before has such an extended period of extreme and record-breaking warm temperatures affected such a large portion of the U.S. in March, going back to the beginning of record keeping in the late 1800s. The record-breaking warmth will continue through Thursday, and I'll have much more to say in Monday's post.

Jeff Masters

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I'm wondering about the likelihood of one thing happening. We are getting so much early budding, early sap flow, and early leafing of trees and bushes. However, in many places there is still a month or even two to go till that last cold snap "normally" occurs.

With the right combination of factors that would bring down arctic air for a few days and combine with enough moisture to cause snow/ice accumulation on so many newly leafed/woken trees? That could certainly lead to lots of damage. I'm wondering, do any of the long term models hint at anything like that occurring this year?
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Tornado warning needed for Foard County, Texas.
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March 15, 2012, 2:58 PM
Swift To Comply With EU Ban On Blacklisted Entities
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First tornado warning of the day is in Ohio! This storm is going to move very close to Columbus.
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Texas storms initiated quick.... warning for golfball+ sized hail.

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bottom cell near or exceeding 70dbz
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TORNADO WARNING
OHC041-049-182230-
/O.NEW.KILN.TO.W.0018.120318T2157Z-120318T2230Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON OH
557 PM EDT SUN MAR 18 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHERN DELAWARE COUNTY IN CENTRAL OHIO...
NORTHERN FRANKLIN COUNTY IN CENTRAL OHIO...

* UNTIL 630 PM EDT.

* AT 556 PM EDT...RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF
PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR
DUBLIN...MOVING EAST AT 25 MPH. IN ADDITION TO THE TORNADO...THIS
STORM IS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DESTRUCTIVE STRAIGHT LINE WINDS.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
POWELL...
UPPER ARLINGTON...
WORTHINGTON...
MINERVA PARK...
WESTERVILLE...
GAHANNA...

IN ADDITION...RIVERLEA...HUBER RIDGE...CENTER VILLAGE AND NEW ALBANY
ARE NEAR THE PATH OF THIS DANGEROUS THUNDERSTORM.

THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING INTERSTATE...
I-71 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 112 AND 124...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME...A VEHICLE OR
OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT
YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.

PLEASE REPORT TORNADOES...FUNNEL CLOUDS...STRONG WINDS OR HAIL TO THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BY CALLING TOLL FREE...877-633-6772...WHEN
YOU CAN DO SO SAFELY.

&&

LAT...LON 3995 8278 4005 8318 4021 8315 4016 8276
TIME...MOT...LOC 2158Z 285DEG 23KT 4012 8310

$$
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Quoting SPLbeater:


it gives me some work to do by pollishing my Roadmaster and Mongoose off road bikes. Actually...maybe only my Mongoose because my Roadmaster has dirt, blood and all other unclean natural items lol


Blood? I hope it's yours lol
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


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Im betting on the bottom storm for the 1st tornado warning.



never mind i cant decide between the bottom or the one above it now :)
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Quoting SPLbeater:


it gives me some work to do by pollishing my Roadmaster and Mongoose off road bikes. Actually...maybe only my Mongoose because my Roadmaster has dirt, blood and all other unclean natural items lol


it sucks when u are allergic to the stuff.

Im betting on the bottom storm for the 1st tornado warning.
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Quoting Patrap:
Eeeeeeeeek,..


Buck moth caterpillars...in Audubon Park!




The Buck Moth (Hemileuca maia) is a common insect found in oak forests stretching from the south east to the north east and as far west as Texas and Kansas. The larvae typically emerge in a single generation in the spring. The larvae are covered in hollow spines that are attached to a poison sac. The poison can cause symptoms ranging from itching and burning sensations to nausea.

Mature larvae enter the soil to pupate in late June and emerge between October and December as moths to mate and lay eggs. Eggs are typically laid in spiral clusters on oak twigs In Louisiana, particularly in cities such as Baton Rouge or New Orleans, where use of live oaks as street trees is extensive, the caterpillars can become a significant nuisance for humans.



Awww he just wants some luuuuuuv!
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Active tornado watches
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
I hate the pollen, i am dreading the onslaught of pine.

I went walking to the store with my mom and came back with yellow shoes, ankles, shirt, eyebrows, etc.

This stuff is disgusting.


it gives me some work to do by pollishing my Roadmaster and Mongoose off road bikes. Actually...maybe only my Mongoose because my Roadmaster has dirt, blood and all other unclean natural items lol
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Quoting CybrTeddy:
Never seen 87 degree temperatures in SD in March, April, and sometimes not even in late-May.


In the records there was a heat wave in April 1980 that brought 100+ to some stations in ND and SD.

April 21, 1980 brought the earliest 90 to International Falls and the earliest 100 to Fargo.
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Quoting Chicklit:
omg, so is this the earliest warmest spring on record in the contiguous u.s.?

I supose that sooner or later some people might start saying," This might be due to 'global warming?" but then again the press will counter, with, "its only a temporary blip!" Move along everybody and try to remember, this is election year and somebody might be to blame for this weather gimmick?
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I hate the pollen, i am dreading the onslaught of pine.

I went walking to the store with my mom and came back with yellow shoes, ankles, shirt, eyebrows, etc.

This stuff is disgusting.
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Eeeeeeeeek,..


Buck moth caterpillars...in Audubon Park!




The Buck Moth (Hemileuca maia) is a common insect found in oak forests stretching from the south east to the north east and as far west as Texas and Kansas. The larvae typically emerge in a single generation in the spring. The larvae are covered in hollow spines that are attached to a poison sac. The poison can cause symptoms ranging from itching and burning sensations to nausea.

Mature larvae enter the soil to pupate in late June and emerge between October and December as moths to mate and lay eggs. Eggs are typically laid in spiral clusters on oak twigs In Louisiana, particularly in cities such as Baton Rouge or New Orleans, where use of live oaks as street trees is extensive, the caterpillars can become a significant nuisance for humans.
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Never seen 87 degree temperatures in SD in March, April, and sometimes not even in late-May.
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Days like this make it very apparent to me why some people, those who don't pay attention to data, have problems understanding that our planet's climate is changing.

The middle of the country is cooking, but here on the West Coast it's pretty much winter/spring as usual. The inch of snow we were suppose to get today has turned into a foot.

Snow, this time of year around here is expected. I've experienced as much as four feet in mid-March.

If I weren't aware of the very unusual extreme weather that's happened around the world over the last few years I'd probably believe "urban heat islands"....

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Quoting SPLbeater:
Awesome. A special 5% including me lol
Goodlord...30% on top of me on the NE side of Houston. I suspect our flight sched is going into the trash heap Mon night and all thru Tuesday.
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925-850mb winds outta the south from 50-65kts overspread by mid level flow outta the SW at 60-80kts....and surface heating with incoming cold front
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Awesome. A special 5% including me lol
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Quoting drought:


It's still winter Chicklit! ;)

oops, fooled me...am going to my mother's pool now to clean the leaves out of the bottom; and no, it's not heated!
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To Haze Night (sally) ...

Lovely pic - but what will it look like in July? More clouds, and LEAVES on the TREES! :-)

Meanwhile, we have an official drought in Southern England. It rained all yesterday, but that doesn't count.

Brian
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Expect SPC to upgrade to moderate by tomm
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Day 2 from the SPC,large area!
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Quoting hydrus:
I sorry...I will be behave, and my attitude will change. I need to govern my passion for weather..it steeps me so..


:) excuse me for sounding rude. hard to judge the tone of somebody's emotions online.

Now on the weather note, the stratus clouds are finally LEAVING me and giving way to cumulus.
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Quoting Chicklit:
omg, so is this the earliest warmest spring on record in the contiguous u.s.?


It's still winter Chicklit! ;)
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This is sooooo cool, being able to sit in the armchair in the living room and pulling up all this weather info on my iPad , instead of tied to a desktop computer!
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omg, so is this the earliest warmest spring on record in the contiguous u.s.?
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Neither the t-storm passing over Guthrie or the one to the SW show rotation. But it's the kickoff.
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Quoting ClimateChange:
88 degrees in Winner, SD; 87 degrees in Huron, SD. Can someone top 90 in South Dakota?


I checked the records in Aberdeen, Huron, Rapid City and Sioux Falls and none of those places has reached 90 in March.
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Y'all the oak pollen in Nola is about to kill me
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Once the supercells merge and conjoin, one hellava squall line is in for TX
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Quoting ClimateChange:
88 degrees in Winner, SD; 87 degrees in Huron, SD. Can someone top 90 in South Dakota?


Huron's record for March is 89 on March 30, 1943.

Huron has set a record for so early in the year.
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--Chicago hit 81 again today for the fifth consecutive time. That's never happened in March, nor even in April. Five of the 15 times Chicago has reached 80 degrees in March since the 1890s have occurred in the past five days.

--International Falls broke a daily record again today (and set a new all-time March record, set just yesterday). International Falls has now set or tied a high temperature record seven out of this month's 18 days, and it's set a high minimum record eight of this month's 18 days. At least four or five more records should be set this month, meaning that at least half of the March high temperature records there will have been set this month.

--As I said earlier, Pelliston, Michigan, hit 80 today, breaking the daily high temperature record of 58 by 22, the same margin as International Falls did yesterday.
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I put my money on the Guthrie storm in TX to be our first tornado warning of the day.
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Day 3..
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Ok, Environment Canada says Winnipeg is going to be 25C on Monday.... With Thunderstorms and rain. Look at the

Low for Monday coming up 3C in Winnipeg. Be interesting to see what happens as this historic March heat wave rolls on......
http://weatheroffice.gc.ca/city/pages/mb-38_metri c_e.html

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88 degrees in Winner, SD; 87 degrees in Huron, SD. Can someone top 90 in South Dakota?
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Gonna be a dangerous situation starting tomm and Tuesday....unfortunately there's gonna be deaths and destruction for some areas coming with this setup
Well, the diagram of the jetstream "punch" into all of that warm, juicy air is what is really alarming. Shows an incredible amount of lift that will be generated. But all three diagrams taken together paint what WILL be a very nasty scenario. Will be interesting to see what the computer models do the next two days.
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Flood watches already out for TX, sign of what's coming there
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Quoting drought:
Chicago has hit 80 again. Their 5th day in a row!

Minneapolis had a low last night of 61. If they do not go below 60 before midnight this will be the earliest in the year they have had a low in the 60s. Their earliest low in the 60s was April 4, 1921.

Are deciduous trees starting to leaf out in Chicago and Minneapolis yet?


Can't speak for Chicago or Minneapolis, but the trees here in northern Ohio are showing large, swelling green buds. I'd expect full-on leaf-out to begin on some trees within the next week. Normally leaves begin to emerge in the second or third week of April, although in recent years it's been more first or second week of April. NCDC climate & phenology records show leaf-out began in the first or second weeks of May at the dawn of the 20th Century.
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The earliest International Falls has reached 80 is April 9, 1991. C'mon you can do it!
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Quoting TaylorSelseth:


Negatively tilted kink in the jet stream = "OH ****!!!"


Dangerous setup
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