Summer in March: more all-time March temperature records in U.S., Canada

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:53 PM GMT on March 21, 2012

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Summer in March continued for the eighth day yesterday, toppling dozens of records for hottest March day in both the U.S. and Canada. Nearly every major airport in Michigan's Lower Peninsula tied or set records for their hottest March temperature, including Detroit (82°), Flint (84°F), Saginaw (83°F), Grand Rapids (83°), Muskegon (82°), Lansing (83°), Alpena (84°), Gaylord (80°), Pellston (84°), Traverse City (86°), and Houghton Lake (81°). Most of these records will be broken again today or tomorrow. Detroit's current string of six days over 70° is unprecedented so early in the year. One has to go back over 125 years to find an early-season warm spell that compares, and even that streak occurred in April, a full month later (April 16 - 24, 1886.)

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 four days, Pellston has topped out at 80° - 84°F, the first 80°F March days in their history. Yesterday's 84° reading broke the previous record for the date (55° in 1976 and 1948) by an unbelievable 29°, and was 44°F above average. Nearby Traverse City hit 86°F yesterday, which was 45°F above the average high for the date, and was the fourth consecutive day with a hottest March temperature on record.


Figure 1. Summer-like temperatures this March in the Midwest have heated up Lake Michigan to record warm levels for this time of year. The average temperature of the lake is characteristic of what occurs in June. Image credit: NOAA. Thanks to wunderground member Neapolitan for posting this image in my blog comments.

Hot times in Lake Michigan
The NWS in Chicago reported yesterday that the Windy City's high of 85°F that day boosted the average temperature for the month to levels that would make March the 7th warmest April in the city's 140-year record. The unprecedented March warmth in the states surrounding Lake Michigan have heated the lake to temperatures never seen before this early in the year. Water temperatures at the South Lake Michigan buoy were 46 - 47°F yesterday (8°C), which is about 10°F above average for this time of year, and typical of early June temperatures.

Record March warmth spreads into New England
Temperatures across much of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine yesterday were the warmest on record for so early in the year. Burlington, Vermont's 80°F was 39°F above the average high for the date, and the earliest 80° reading in recorded history. Concord, New Hampshire (81°) and Bangor, Maine (78°), also had their warmest temperatures for so early in the year. The 73°F recorded in Caribou, Maine tied for that city's highest March temperature on record, and broke the record for the date by a remarkable 23°F.

Record warmth continues in Canada
Numerous all-time warmest March temperatures were recorded in Ontario, Canada yesterday, including Windsor at 27°C (previous record, 26.6°C), Sarnia (26°C, previous record 25.6°C), and London (25°C, previous record 24.8°C). High temperatures for Wednesday and Thursday across Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia are likely to break records for hottest March day for most of the major cities in these provinces, including Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, St. Johns, and Halifax.


Figure 2. The jet stream pattern features a large, southwards dipping bulge over the Western U.S., creating a trough of low pressure with cold and snow, and a large, northwards looping bulge over the Central U.S., creating a record-strength ridge of high pressure. The Western U.S. trough has cut off into a "cut-off low" that will slowly drift eastwards during the remainder of the week.

Summer in March ends by Friday
The unprecedented Summer in March conditions are due to a loop in the jet stream that has created a large upper-level ridge of high pressure that is stuck in place over the Eastern U.S. Since the jet stream acts as the boundary between cold air to the north and warm air to the south, and the large loop in the jet places its axis far to the north of the eastern U.S., summer-like warmth has developed over the eastern half of the U.S. Conversely, colder than average temperatures have developed over the western third of the U.S. behind the southwards-dipping loop of the jet stream. This jet stream pattern is too extreme to be stable, and the big loop over the Western U.S. has broken off to form a giant eddy. The resulting area of low pressure is known as a "cut-off low", because it is cut off from the jet stream. The cut-off low will drift slowly eastwards during the week, gradually bringing an end to "Summer in March" over the Eastern half of the U.S. by Friday.

How rare is this Summer in March heat event?
One measure of how record-breaking this "Summer in March" heat wave has been is the impact it had on NOAA's National Climatic Data Center web site. The extremes section of the their web site has been down since last Friday, since their software has been unable to handle both the huge number of records being set and the huge demand from people wanting to see these records. The web site came back on-line this morning with software re-engineered to handle the load, but only with data through Sunday.

We can also quantify how rare a meteorological event is by looking at statistics of past years. By averaging together at least 30 years of data to take a representative snapshot of the climate, we can generate a mean and a standard deviation of the data. The standard deviation gives a measure of how much the data fluctuates around the mean.

In comparing deviations from normal across wide regions, it helps to normalize the deviations. A temperature deviation of 3 degrees C may be not that unusual in one region, but may be very significant in another. The solution is to use climatological anomalies (which we often refer to by the Greek letter, sigma.) Calculating the climatological anomaly is a two step process. First, we calculate the difference between a quantity (i.e., temperature) and it's 30-year average value. Then we normalize the difference by dividing it with the 30-year standard deviation. From statistical theory, we know how unusual climatological anomalies are by value:

Odds of a deviation > 1 climatological anomaly=31.7%
Odds of a deviation > 2 climatological anomalies=4.5%
Odds of a deviation > 3 climatological anomalies=0.27%
Odds of a deviation > 4 climatological anomalies=6.34/1000%
Odds of a deviation > 5 climatological anomalies=5.7/100000%
Odds of a deviation > 6 climatological anomalies=1.9/1000000%

So, if we have a 30-year history of high temperatures for a particular date, we'd expect 20 of those years to be 1-sigma years, when the temperature is plus or minus 34% of average (ten colder years, and ten warmer years.) Rare 2-sigma events occur 4.5% of the time, so we should have about 16 of these per year. Even rarer 3-sigma events occur just 0.27% of the time, or just one day per year, on average. Truly extreme 4-sigma events should only occur once every 43 years. Much of Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Northeast Iowa, and the eastern Dakota have experienced multiple 4-sigma days over the past week.

Wunderground is computing 30-year means of the weather for each day of the year using data from the Climate Forecast System Reanalysis (CFSR) (NOMADS data repository). Here is a description how a reanalysis works. CFSR is notable because it is the first reanalysis to use a coupled atmosphere-ocean model. As a result, CFSR has physically consistent estimates of the conditions of the atmosphere, ocean, and land. CFSR has data from 1979 (When polar-orbiting satellites became able to estimate vertical profiles of temperature) to 2010. We can take the mean and standard deviation for each calendar day using this history, and compare it to the current forecast from the GFS model. The result is an image showing how far from average the temperatures are. Yesterday, the analysis showed that Michigan experienced temperatures that were 4 - 5 climatological anomalies warmer than average (4-sigma to 5-sigma), the type of extreme that occurs between once every 43 years and once every 4779 years. Of course, using 30 years of data to estimate extreme events with a return period of centuries is a sketchy proposition. However, keep in mind that had we used a century-long climatology instead of using the past 30 years, yesterday's warmth would have been classified as much more extreme, since the climate has warmed considerably in the past 30 years. It is highly unlikely the warmth of the current "Summer in March" heat wave could have occurred unless the climate was warming.


Figure 3. Climatological anomalies for March 20, 2012. Michigan experienced temperatures that were 4 - 5 climatological anomalies warmer than average (4-sigma to 5-sigma), the type of extreme that occurs between once every 43 years and once every 4779 years. Wunderground plans to make these plots available in real time on our web site later this year.

Heavy rains create flash flood concerns in Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma
Widespread rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches have fallen over the past two days in Eastern Texas, Eastern Oklahoma, Western Arkansas, and Louisiana over the past two days, creating a serious flash flood hazard. So far, no major river flooding has been reported, and it appears the damage from this flood event will be limited. A few rainfall amounts from the event, from 7 pm CDT Sunday - 3 am CDT Wednesday, taken from the latest NWS Storm Summary:

...TEXAS...
ORANGE 9.68
WACO 6.17
FORT HOOD AAF/KILLEEN 5.43
DALLAS LOVE FIELD 4.49
NWS FORT WORTH 4.13

...OKLAHOMA...
LANGLEY 7.16
NORMAN 5.55
TULSA 4.52
MCALESTER 4.02
OKLAHOMA CITY 3.18

...LOUISIANA...
FORT POLK 6.14
SHREVEPORT 4.06
LAKE CHARLES 2.11

...ARKANSAS...
FORT SMITH 3.49
BENTONVILLE 3.09
LITTLE ROCK 2.22
FAYETTEVILLE 2.08


Jeff Masters

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5h05 PM today, the Local Weather Station in Beauceville reported 22C, (73F) ! An ALL TIME RECORD ALL MARCH MONTHS CONFUSED SINCE 1871 ! The previous record was 20.6C (69F) recorded on March 30th 1977.We also broke the daily record of 12C (54F) recorded on 1970.On local thermomethers with sun sensation, put them up to 29C (84F) ! Guys in Arizona, DON'T SEARCH THE HEAT ! IT IS IN QUEBEC AS INSANE AS I LOOKS !!!!!! I LOVE IT, KEEP THE SNOW !!! :)))P
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Quoting nigel20:

Though this was a minor quake, but why do you think the "Ring of Fire" is so active earthquake and volcano wise?
Tectonic plates.
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Quoting ClimateChange:


Which is ironic because he was lying on Twitter today. Claimed Chicago had 11 consecutive 80+ days and one 90+ day in March 1910. A simple fact check would have shown him that, in fact, Chicago has only had 10 80+ days in 140 years in March prior to this month.

According to Bastardi, two years ago, U.S has reached its peak in major extreme weather ;)

Hurricanes, Global Warming or Cooling: The Weather Year of a Lifetime

by Joe Bastardi on June 29, 2010


...This past winter, now this summer and this hurricane season... well, I will never get a chance at hitting such major extreme weather events in the U.S. again. I don't plan on dying anytime soon; it's just that as far as the overall pattern recognition skills I use to come up with my ideas go, they will never line up like this again.

I realize there may have been individual events that outstrip individual events of this past year: bigger hurricanes, higher record highs, lower record lows, a snowstorm that might be bigger for a place, etc. But in terms of the frequency of headline-grabbing weather, it won't happen again in my lifetime. Here I am with 35 years of experience with the weather (45-50 if you count all the schooling my dad gave me with his insight when I was younger) that has reached its peak...


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Quoting Patrap:


Magnitude 4.6 - TAIWAN
2012 March 21 23:44:34 UTC


Earthquake Details

This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

Magnitude4.6

Date-Time
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 23:44:34 UTC
Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 07:44:34 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
23.160N, 121.711E
Depth
17.6 km (10.9 miles)
Region
TAIWAN
Distances
73 km (45 miles) NE of Taitung, Taiwan
91 km (56 miles) S of Hualien, Taiwan
129 km (80 miles) ESE of Chiayi, Taiwan
950 km (590 miles) N of MANILA, Philippines
Location Uncertainty
horizontal /- 11 km (6.8 miles); depth /- 3.3 km (2.1 miles)
Parameters
NST= 44, Nph= 45, Dmin=50.1 km, Rmss=1.41 sec, Gp=108,
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=5
Source
Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID
usc0008n00

Though this was a minor quake, but why do you think the "Ring of Fire" is so active earthquake and volcano wise?
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Quoting weatherh98:
One kid goes

"theres an election coming up, you can pick. Communist party or party communist! You choose!"

I laughed so hard with his cheesy Russian accent
You should hear the crap that is being said in my gov/econ class. Almost every conversation has the United States trying to destroy China. My favorite line was we replaced the term slavery with "Mandatory Teamwork".
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58F/90% humidity at 7:30 PM in southeast Louisiana in late March? The winds have briefly shifted a couple times between north and west, but unlike with a cold front, there is no cold air accompanying those winds. Now that's rain-cooled air, folks.
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Quoting nigel20:

Imagine hurricane Newton....I'm good


That would be a smart storm
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Quoting KoritheMan:


Actually, Newton is another cool name. Too bad the Pacific is the only one sporting it.

I'm just chillin. Just got off from work an hour ago (actually, we had a code black (bad weather), which was a first for me). How are you?

Imagine hurricane Newton....I'm good
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One kid goes

"theres an election coming up, you can pick. Communist party or party communist! You choose!"

I laughed so hard with his cheesy Russian accent
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Quoting weatherh98:


Hahaha it was a joke gro


I know, just joshing back. :)
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Quoting bappit:
Is that going to reach Florida? Would make some people happy I think.
Apparently not. From Tampa NWS forecast discussion:

ON THURSDAY THE LARGE CLOSED LOW OVER THE SOUTHERN PLAINS WILL BEGIN TO SLOWLY LIFT OUT TO THE EAST AND NORTHEAST MOVING INTO THE MID MISSISSIPPI VALLEY BY LATER THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY WHILE UPPER RIDGING PERSISTS OVER THE EASTERN U.S. EAST OF THIS UPPER LOW. AT THE SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE OFF THE MID ATLANTIC RIDGING SOUTHWEST ACROSS THE DEEP SOUTH AND FLORIDA WILL WEAKEN AND SINK SOUTH THROUGH FRIDAY. AS THE HIGH SINKS SOUTH THE MODERATE EAST TO SOUTHEAST WIND FLOW WILL WEAKEN WHICH WILL LEAD TO ISOLATED DIURNAL CONVECTION ALONG THE SEA BREEZE CIRCULATIONS (POPS 20 PERCENT) DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING HOURS AS ADEQUATE LOW LEVEL MOISTURE AND INSTABILITY REMAINS IN PLACE.
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Quoting bappit:
"It may be that Ethan was a cymbal-player in King David's court. He authored Psalm 89. Charles Spurgeon theorized that this was the same person as Jeduthun.

"Ethan means strong and optimistic, solid and enduring, permanent."


Remind the WMO to never use that name for a hurricane. XD
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Quoting Grothar:


If your teacher still thinks Russia is Soviet, I would change schools fast.


Hahaha it was a joke gro
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Even as the current historic heat wave starts to fade, more unseasonable warmth is on tap for next week

hot
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Quoting KoritheMan:


David
Ethan
Isaac
James
Lucas
Shawn

Just to name a few I like.


And to throw some females into the mix...

Ashley
Elizabeth
Grace
Melissa
Michelle
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I'd name mine Ethan.
"It may be that Ethan was a cymbal-player in King David's court. He authored Psalm 89. Charles Spurgeon theorized that this was the same person as Jeduthun.

"Ethan means strong and optimistic, solid and enduring, permanent."
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Quoting yqt1001:


In soviet russia meme references you!

Nah, I actually had a teacher say OVER9000(!!!!!) once. Best teacher ever though.


Haha, are you serious? XD
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I'd name mine Ethan.


David
Ethan
Isaac
James
Lucas
Shawn

Just to name a few I like.
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Magnitude 4.6 - TAIWAN
2012 March 21 23:44:34 UTC


Earthquake Details

This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

Magnitude4.6

Date-Time
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 23:44:34 UTC
Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 07:44:34 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
23.160N, 121.711E
Depth
17.6 km (10.9 miles)
Region
TAIWAN
Distances
73 km (45 miles) NE of Taitung, Taiwan
91 km (56 miles) S of Hualien, Taiwan
129 km (80 miles) ESE of Chiayi, Taiwan
950 km (590 miles) N of MANILA, Philippines
Location Uncertainty
horizontal /- 11 km (6.8 miles); depth /- 3.3 km (2.1 miles)
Parameters
NST= 44, Nph= 45, Dmin=50.1 km, Rmss=1.41 sec, Gp=108,
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=5
Source
Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID
usc0008n00
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Quoting KoritheMan:


Maybe she's referencing the internet meme. Nah, she's not. Scratch that.


In soviet russia meme references you!

Nah, I actually had a teacher say OVER9000(!!!!!) once. Best teacher ever though.
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Quoting nigel20:

Sir Isaac Newton....what's up KoritheMan?


Actually, Newton is another cool name. Too bad the Pacific is the only one sporting it.

I'm just chillin. Just got off from work an hour ago (actually, we had a code black (bad weather), which was a first for me). How are you?
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Quoting KoritheMan:


I'd name my son Isaac. So badass.

I'd name mine Ethan.
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SEL8

URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 98
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
605 PM CDT WED MAR 21 2012

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

EXTREME SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA
SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI
COASTAL WATERS

EFFECTIVE THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY MORNING FROM 605 PM
UNTIL 100 AM CDT.

TORNADOES...HAIL TO 1 INCH IN DIAMETER...THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS
TO 70 MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS.

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 40 STATUTE
MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 25 MILES NORTHWEST OF MERIDIAN
MISSISSIPPI TO 20 MILES SOUTHEAST OF BOOTHVILLE LOUISIANA. FOR A
COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE
UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU8).

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.

OTHER WATCH INFORMATION...CONTINUE...WW 97...

DISCUSSION...LITTLE CHANGE IS ANTICIPATED IN THE SITUATION ACROSS
THE DELTA THROUGH LATE THIS EVENING. VERY MOIST AIRMASS WILL
CONTINUE TO UNDERGO DEEP LAYER ASCENT FOCUSED ALONG A
QUASI-STATIONARY N-S ORIENTED BAROCLINIC ZONE ASSOCIATED WITH THE
LARGE CUT-OFF LOW CENTERED ACROSS OK/TX. FORCING SHOULD MAINTAIN THE
CHANCE FOR A FEW MORE ROBUST TSTM UPDRAFTS AMIDST STRONG LOW LEVEL
SHEAR SUPPORTIVE OF ONE OR TWO BRIEF TORNADOES...AND/OR WIND DMG
EVENTS. LATEST GUIDANCE APPEARS TO SUGGEST THERE MAY BE A BRIEF LULL
IN THE STRONGER SYNOPTIC SCALE ASCENT UNTIL THE NEXT VORT LOBE
ROTATES/PIVOTS INTO THE ERN FLANK OF THE LARGE CLOSED CYCLONE LATER
TONIGHT AND STRONG ASCENT AGAIN ACTS ON THE VERY MOIST AIRMASS TO
SUPPORT RENEWED TSTM DEVELOPMENT. IN ADDITION TO THE ISOLATED SEVERE
WEATHER POTENTIAL...HEAVY RAIN WILL CONTINUE TO POSE FLOODING
PROBLEMS.

AVIATION...TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL
SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 1 INCH. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE WIND
GUSTS TO 60 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO 450.
MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 20040.


...CARBIN
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Quoting Grothar:


If your teacher still thinks Russia is Soviet, I would change schools fast.


Maybe she's referencing the internet meme. Nah, she's not. Scratch that.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


I'd name my son Isaac. So badass.
I was mainly referring to the 6 I listed. The others are alright.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


I'd name my son Isaac. So badass.

Sir Isaac Newton....what's up KoritheMan?
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Jax82 Only 71 more days til Hurricane season 2012 begins! Here's a list of this seasons names...
380 TomTaylor "hmm, not really diggin these names. lol . Beryl? Kirk? Leslie? Nadine? Sandy? Valerie? Maybe it's just me but these names just don't sound worthy enough..."

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408. skook


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Quoting weatherh98:


It kind of looks like a.... Dare I say it HOT TOWER:P

It is a weird system, had a tornado warning at school today and I noticed it like 20 minutes before they made us go in the hall... I kept telling my teacher we were under one and she was like, yea in soviet Russia...


If your teacher still thinks Russia is Soviet, I would change schools fast.
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Is that going to reach Florida? Would make some people happy I think.
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Quoting TomTaylor:
hmm, not really diggin these names lol


Beryl? Kirk? Leslie? Nadine? Sandy? Valerie?

Maybe it's just me but these names just don't sound worthy enough, or at least common enough, to be slapped on to a hurricane. Not a big deal, but to put it another way, I'd never name my children any of those names.


I'd name my son Isaac. So badass.
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Quoting DDR:

Hi there,yes indeed,there has been no shortage of rain here in the last 22 months thanks to la nina.

I'm in Jamaica, it's not as wet as Trinidad, but we have been getting more rain when compared to average
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402. skook
Statement as of 7:26 PM EDT on March 21, 2012

... Torrential rains will affect western Hillsborough County...

National Weather Service Doppler radar indicates thunderstorms
located from around Citrus Park southeast through Carrollwood and
Ybor City to near Gibsonton... drifting northwest at 5 mph. These
storms are producing locally heavy rainfall with Skywarn spotters
reporting over 3 inches in Citrus Park. These storms will continue
to affect these areas until about 830 PM EDT.

Gusty winds 35 to 45 mph may occur. Occasional lightning is
expected. To be safe go indoors immediately. If caught outside...
find a low spot... and stay away from tall objects. These storms
could produce pea size hail. Torrential rains will reduce visibility
to near zero and will cause ponding of water on roadways.


Lat... Lon 2817 8264 2811 8242 2796 8229 2774 8232
2782 8241 2784 8241 2784 8244 2786 8241
2790 8242 2792 8248 2788 8248 2794 8256
2796 8256 2795 8257 2801 8264
time... Mot... loc 2325z 126deg 4kt 2800 8249

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Quoting Grothar:
It really is an odd feature. Not a typical tail of a front or system. Anyone else think this has been an odd season? I mean the weather, not the blog.



It kind of looks like a.... Dare I say it HOT TOWER:P

It is a weird system, had a tornado warning at school today and I noticed it like 20 minutes before they made us go in the hall... I kept telling my teacher we were under one and she was like, yea in soviet Russia...
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400. DDR
Quoting JNCali:
the mangoes will be bountiful this year!

Hello
we get mangoes every year,but when it rains like this in the dry season most trees get confused,citrus esp. oranges are few this year.
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Quoting nigel20:
Almost look like a candy cane


I wanna eat it now!
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398. DDR
Quoting nigel20:

I've notice that the eastern carib have been very wet over last week or so

Hi there,yes indeed,there has been no shortage of rain here in the last 22 months thanks to la nina.
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It really is an odd feature. Not a typical tail of a front or system. Anyone else think this has been an odd season? I mean the weather, not the blog.

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Atlantic Hurricane Season begins Sunday, July 1, 2012, and ends Friday, November 30, 2012.

Lol.


What I'm going to die!!! That's a whole thirty more days I have to wait!!!!
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Quoting TomTaylor:
Yeah Isaac isn't bad
Quoting JrWeathermanFL:
The I name!
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Issac is going to be like Igor and Ivan and Isabel and Ida and Ike...
It depends on what time of the year he'll form.Will he carry out the bad reputation that the "I" storms have had over the last few years?.That is yet to be seen.No one can surpass Igor in my book!!!.
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374 ScottLincoln "What, no color for temps warmer than +16F?"
376 TropicalAnalystwx13 "It only goes down to -16°F."

JoeBastardi chose the scale. He could have just as easily chosen to use a different one;
especially since no area on the map was marked with colors denoting more than a -10°F anomoly.
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Almost look like a candy cane
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I have a blog poll about the names of big ones that you think the 2012 Atlantic season will have.

By the way,for those who may have missed this morning's release by CSU of a brief update,here it is. Prepare for a slow season,but it only takes one.

Link

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Quoting TomTaylor:
Yeah Isaac isn't bad
Quoting washingtonian115:
I like Issac :).

Issac is going to be like Igor and Ivan and Isabel and Ida and Ike...
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390. wxmod
Closer view of where the storm bands begin. MODIS satellite photo today. Off the coast of Central America.

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Quoting washingtonian115:
I like Issac :).
Yeah Isaac isn't bad
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Quoting washingtonian115:
I like Issac :).
The I name!
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Quoting Chicklit:
Grothar: The blob does look a little omniferous: (def: producing all kinds)

omnipotent? ominous?


Hey, how come I can't use the wrong word? I knew someone would get that.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Atlantic Hurricane Season begins Sunday, July 1, 2012, and ends Friday, November 30, 2012.

Lol.

Exactly!
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Quoting JrWeathermanFL:
Google says that Hurricane season starts in July. Tell me thats a typo?

Atlantic Hurricane Season begins Sunday, July 1, 2012, and ends Friday, November 30, 2012.

Lol.
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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.