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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Quoting TaylorSelseth:


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


Dangerous setup
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International Falls, MN had a low of 52 yesterday. This beat their old record by 14 degrees. They also beat their record for the earliest low above 50. (they only had had one low above 40 before March 17).

International Falls' previous record for the earliest low above 50 was April 9, 1925.
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Just one degree warmer in Key West than it is in International Falls.
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Quoting RitaEvac:







Gonna be a dangerous situation starting tomm and Tuesday....unfortunately there's gonna be deaths and destruction for some areas coming with this setup


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

I am sitting here admiring your Patience and your willingness to Educate.
Well done.


I firmly believe that if you want to support your country/team/whatever you have to be willing to look at its possible weaknesses and the possible strengths of those with whom you compete.

Think about the long term success of a coach who spends all his time talking about the greatness of his quarterback and ignores the weakness of his defensive line.

China ate our lunch due to cheap labor. Their pollution problems probably cost them money, hurt their bottom line. Pollution lowers productivity and increases health costs. Poorly controlled manufacturing can mean that valuable byproducts go down the drain.

China used the income from cheap labor to build state of the art factories and supply chains.

Now China's labor costs are rising. When you add in the cost of shipping to the lesser labor costs you get the feeling that we can start taking back some of the manufacturing we lost. But we've got to quit throwing around platitudes and do some careful and critical analysis.

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I know I'll get it in the neck for writing this but the lower US weather from an interested onlookers point of view is packed with interest and wonder!
1,Over the last year there have been major tornado outbreaks which alarm people with their intensity.
2, There has been seemingly endless days of record high temps in the Texas area.
3, Only one major storm hit the North East at the very beginning of winter.
4,Record high temps are invading more than half of the county, with possibly another session to come after this one.
5,The Western seaboard is shivering with lots of snow.
I am sure I will be rebuked for missing lots more events, I Should keep a week on week record.

As a PS:- a period of more than 4 years has elapsed without a major hurricane landfall.

I am writing this from memory and based on information mainly posted by bloggers on this site but there's no lack of excitement over on your side of the Atlantic and with a brand new season soon to descend who knows what what will astound next?
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Fargo had never had a low of 50 this early in the year before yesterday. Their low of 52 beat the record of 43 in 1967. The earliest low of 50 or more had been on April 5, 1991.

If Fargo stays above 60 through midnight it will be the earliest low in the 60s by over a month. The previous earliest low in the 60s was April 19, 1987.


Fargo's low of 60 if it holds will beat by 19 degrees the old record warmest low of 41 set in 1995.
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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
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Quoting drought:
Here in Atlanta we are also having our 5th day in a row of 80 or more. We will probably tie it tomorrow and break it on Tuesday.



The temps are something else but the pollen is insane. My car is yellow. Yellow! My lungs and I are not amused.
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Quoting BobWallace:


Why is it funny?

Can you find a significant number of business leaders who are calling for a trade embargo with China?

How about a significant number of economists who claim that we could grow our economy even faster if we quit selling our goods and materials overseas?

I was referring to the the euphemism "Bloody Murder" not the business in China part. I have my reservations on how we do business in China too.
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Quoting drought:


Has the grass started to grow this early before?

I see that Fargo ND had a low of 60 last night. And is forecast to stay in the 60s tonight. Checking to see if that is the earliest.

I'm 25, going on 26, and I have never seen green grass or no snow on the ground this early before. usually the grass starts turning green in mid April. Last hard freeze in around the end of April, normally.
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May have a flooding problem early next week!

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Up to 78 in International Falls last hour... it will be interesting to see if they can crack 80 today.
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Quoting TaylorSelseth:


Not in Fargo, but the grass is turning green.


Has the grass started to grow this early before?

I see that Fargo ND had a low of 60 last night. And is forecast to stay in the 60s tonight. Checking to see if that is the earliest.
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INIT. COMMENCE


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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?


Not in Fargo, but the grass is turning green.
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Plenty of moisture for this low to pick up.
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Quoting hydrus:
bloody murder..god thats funny....havnt heard that inna while.


Why is it funny?

Can you find a significant number of business leaders who are calling for a trade embargo with China?

How about a significant number of economists who claim that we could grow our economy even faster if we quit selling our goods and materials overseas?

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Quoting BobWallace:


Well, China started from a very deep hole. Something like the US was in back in the 1950s, 1960s. Actually probably a deeper hole.

We started cleaning up our mess over a half-century ago.

It shouldn't be hard to understand that even though China has been moving faster than us in the last couple of years they haven't caught up yet.

We had a half-century head start.

I am sitting here admiring your Patience and your willingness to Educate.
Well done.
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Here in Atlanta we are also having our 5th day in a row of 80 or more. We will probably tie it tomorrow and break it on Tuesday.

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Quoting hydrus:
It really is huge..I do not mind saying I am concerned.


The temp contrast between the West and East is going to really squeeze out moisture in the form of thunderstorms. and if the jetstream is in the right place and the right time we will see lotsa supercells.
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

He's asking why China has such a bad smog problem despite how energy efficient they are.


Well, China started from a very deep hole. Something like the US was in back in the 1950s, 1960s. Actually probably a deeper hole.

We started cleaning up our mess over a half-century ago.

It shouldn't be hard to understand that even though China has been moving faster than us in the last couple of years they haven't caught up yet.

We had a half-century head start.
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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?
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Quoting BobWallace:


The right-wing pro-corporation/business types will be the ones most crying bloody murder.

Putting tariffs on imports would isolate America and kill a lot of our business.

We no longer live in a world in which we can be self-contained and prosper.

Calling for "tariffs on the cheap crap from China" is something often seen on well-left-of-center sites. It's a simple idea which wouldn't work regardless of who supports it.

bloody murder..god thats funny....havnt heard that inna while.
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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 80...CORRECTED
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
315 PM CDT SUN MAR 18 2012

CORRECTED FOR TYPO IN STATE LISTING

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A
TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF

FAR WESTERN OKLAHOMA AND THE EASTERN OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE
PARTS OF NORTHWEST TEXAS INTO THE EASTERN TEXAS PANHANDLE

EFFECTIVE THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 315 PM UNTIL
1000 PM CDT.

TORNADOES...HAIL TO 3 INCHES IN DIAMETER...THUNDERSTORM WIND
GUSTS TO 70 MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE
AREAS.

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 55 STATUTE
MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 55 MILES NORTH NORTHWEST OF
GAGE OKLAHOMA TO 45 MILES WEST SOUTHWEST OF ABILENE TEXAS. FOR A
COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE
UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU0).

REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

DISCUSSION...VISIBLE SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWS DEEPENING CUMULUS ALONG
AND E OF THE DRYLINE FROM BIG SPRING TX NWD THROUGH THE CENTRAL/ERN
TX PANHANDLE...WITH THE MOST LIKELY AREA FOR STORM DEVELOPMENT
BETWEEN CHILDRESS AND BIG SPRING BY 21Z. THE STORM ENVIRONMENT IS
BECOMING MORE FAVORABLE FOR SUPERCELLS AS BOTH DEEP-LAYER AND
LOW-LEVEL SHEAR INCREASE IN CONJUNCTION WITH DAYTIME HEATING/
DESTABILIZATION. VERY LARGE HAIL WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH ANY OF THE
SUSTAINED SUPERCELLS THROUGH THE EVENING...AND A FEW TORNADOES WILL
ALSO BE POSSIBLE GIVEN TEMPERATURE-DEWPOINT SPREADS GENERALLY AOB 20
F AND INCREASING EFFECTIVE SRH THROUGH THE EVENING.

AVIATION...TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL
SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 3 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE
WIND GUSTS TO 60 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO
500. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 24030.
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Quoting TaylorSelseth:
TropicalAnalyst is a teen and he seems more mature than many of us adults here, LOL!



Good point, I thought he was older than he said he was.
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Got some bad storms coming from SC

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Quoting hydrus:
Age is just a number, cough, hack....For the record, he does post good info when he wants to..:)



haha, yes he does
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Quoting TaylorSelseth:
That system developing in the western states is ginormous, somebody is gonna get tornadoes when that thing goes east!

O_O
It really is huge..I do not mind saying I am concerned.
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Quoting TaylorSelseth:
Also, put tariffs on the cheap crap from China. I know the Libertarian and Neo-Liberal types will cry bloody murder, but I don't care. And we have a legit excuse to raise tariffs, China manipulates it's currency.


The right-wing pro-corporation/business types will be the ones most crying bloody murder.

Putting tariffs on imports would isolate America and kill a lot of our business.

We no longer live in a world in which we can be self-contained and prosper.

Calling for "tariffs on the cheap crap from China" is something often seen on well-left-of-center sites. It's a simple idea which wouldn't work regardless of who supports it.

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That system developing in the western states is ginormous, somebody is gonna get tornadoes when that thing goes east!

O_O
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Quoting SPLbeater:


movement and size ofa hurricane matter with damage. hurricane ike had a category 4 storm surge, yet a cat 2. everything is not by the books. i am not judging what category it is and its really not worth and arguement. So lose the attitude because i am not engaging it.
I sorry...I will be behave, and my attitude will change. I need to govern my passion for weather..it steeps me so..
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Quoting BobWallace:


Sorry, you're reading things into what I wrote.

Someone posted information which was incorrect and I listed what I believe to be facts.

Had someone posted that all Chinese live in mansions, drive Rolls-Royces, and enjoy great personal freedom I would have posted a set of facts that would not have put China in a good light.

If you decide that your country/state/town/sports team is the absolute best and don't consider possible weaknesses and possible areas of superiority for another country/state/town/sports team you are going to do yourself a great disservice.

--

Don't imitate the ostrich....

Bravo !
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Quoting PensacolaDoug:


China, of whom you seem to be so enamoured of, also has one of the worst "human rights" records there is. Each couple is allowed only one child with forced abortions to enforce it. Barbaric! Also if the state sees talent in your child, they can and will take it and raise it as they see fit against the wishes of the parents. Great place. Since we're the "villians" please feel free to go live with your heroes. I won't try to stop you.


Sorry, you're reading things into what I wrote.

Someone posted information which was incorrect and I listed what I believe to be facts.

Had someone posted that all Chinese live in mansions, drive Rolls-Royces, and enjoy great personal freedom I would have posted a set of facts that would not have put China in a good light.

If you decide that your country/state/town/sports team is the absolute best and don't consider possible weaknesses and possible areas of superiority for another country/state/town/sports team you are going to do yourself a great disservice.

--

Don't imitate the ostrich....
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Quoting BobWallace:


I listened to This American Life's hour-long program on how they screwed up the Apple factory story by not adequately fact-checking the guy who did the reporting.

Something that they reported at the end was that if the iPad were to be manufactured in the US the labor-caused cost to Apple would rise as little as $10/unit.

China isn't getting a lot of the manufacturing that it is these days due to low labor costs, but because they have built a manufacturing support stream that the US doesn't have.

We can compete, but we've got to invest in our manufacturing processes to do so.

It's extremely unlikely that we can return manufacturing to America based on an appeal to national pride/whatever. Folks are going to continue to shop more on cost/value than on where the product is made. We've got to catch up with China on how we manufacture.
Also, put tariffs on the cheap crap from China. I know the Libertarian and Neo-Liberal types will cry bloody murder, but I don't care. And we have a legit excuse to raise tariffs, China manipulates it's currency.
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I,ve seen pictures and heard stories of Cat 5 Hurricane Hattie here in Belize the hurricane took down most houses in Belize City while today the same storm would only take out a few buildings.
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Here ye..Here ye!! Cant run me off Sheriff!
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Quoting Jedkins01:



I'm not knocking his age, but there are just some limitations of such a young age that are part of brain development, I wanted so bad to grow up and be responsible at that age, but as much as I worked at it, there are some things to learn and understand that come with age alone. Well, someone can come of age and STILL not learn but that's a subject for a different time :)
TropicalAnalyst is a teen and he seems more mature than many of us adults here, LOL!
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Quoting Jedkins01:



Yeah true, well I don't want to keep talking about his age, which would be rude, but you get my point :)
Age is just a number, cough, hack....For the record, he does post good info when he wants to..:)
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Quoting nrtiwlnvragn NWS gearing up.....

I'm on spring break so will get to watch as this latest weather pattern unfolds. Still, one cannot say that any rain, no matter what threats accompany it, is not welcome in the great state of Texas.
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Quoting hydrus:
Do me a favor O.K.? Please read this first,...Link ...and then come back with another post saying that this storm was a cat-4, and that cat-4,s do this type of damage. After that, if you still think that the experts are wrong calling this a 5, I will post more relevant information and see if you change your mind then.


movement and size ofa hurricane matter with damage. hurricane ike had a category 4 storm surge, yet a cat 2. everything is not by the books. i am not judging what category it is and its really not worth and arguement. So lose the attitude because i am not engaging it.
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Quoting hydrus:
Even at 13, it should be obvious that this was a catastrophic storm. You have a very legitimate point, and I should have remembered he is not an adult..:)



Yeah true, well I don't want to keep talking about his age, which would be rude, but you get my point :)
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Quoting wxmod:


This is true. And someday China hopes to clean it up. It's really American companies who have opened shop in China because of lax labor and environmental regulations and the people who consume the products they sell that have made the mess. So America, it's time to fix the mess. Bring the jobs back home and learn to comply with the regulations.


I listened to This American Life's hour-long program on how they screwed up the Apple factory story by not adequately fact-checking the guy who did the reporting.

Something that they reported at the end was that if the iPad were to be manufactured in the US the labor-caused cost to Apple would rise as little as $10/unit.

China isn't getting a lot of the manufacturing that it is these days due to low labor costs, but because they have built a manufacturing support stream that the US doesn't have.

We can compete, but we've got to invest in our manufacturing processes to do so.

It's extremely unlikely that we can return manufacturing to America based on an appeal to national pride/whatever. Folks are going to continue to shop more on cost/value than on where the product is made. We've got to catch up with China on how we manufacture.
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Quoting Ameister12:

I will never forget to bring a pen to school ever again. O_O

In my second desk drawer, I have a box of 12, G2 Pilot pens (with 6 left), plus two cartridge refills in the top drawer. And if I meet someone in need of a pen, I give them one of these on condition they agree to buy the gel refill and not throw the pen away.
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Quoting ncstorm:


some people are over 18 here and he acts more of an adult than most people here..

good afternoon everyone..how is the severe weather threat shaping up for texas and points forward today and next week?



I'm not knocking his age, but there are just some limitations of such a young age that are part of brain development, I wanted so bad to grow up and be responsible at that age, but as much as I worked at it, there are some things to learn and understand that come with age alone. Well, someone can come of age and STILL not learn but that's a subject for a different time :)
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Like a Town crier,,

Right on time.



But, Lets review from a cited source...though.


One-child policy
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Quoting BobWallace:


Places in the US used to look like that. Open hearth steel mills used to do that to US cities.

I can remember Gary, Indiana with that sort of air in the 1960s.

China is starting to work on their problems. The Chinese people have moved past the point where just getting enough food each day is a struggle. They are now starting to look at quality of life issues.


Well that's the problem, granted China is far worse than us on the pollution issue but most people have to focus their earnings on just putting food on the table before they can even deal with going green.



Here in America though, there are many wealthy who could invest in electric vehicles. For example, the company Tesla offers electric cars which if I was wealthy, I would buy one in a heartbeat over luxury cars using the same old, outdated internal combustion engine that dirties our air every day.

Seriously, who would NOT want to buy one of these? Link
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Quoting Jedkins01:



The lad is 13 or something like that, don't waste your time arguing ;)


some people are over 18 here and he acts more of an adult than most people here..

good afternoon everyone..how is the severe weather threat shaping up for texas and points forward today and next week?
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Quoting BobWallace:


Sorry, your question makes no sense.

He's asking why China has such a bad smog problem despite how energy efficient they are.
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Warmer in Chicago than NOLA ..

Sheesh
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Jeff co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.