Summer in March peaks in U.S. and Canada; record late snow in Oregon

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:17 PM GMT on March 22, 2012

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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." A few of the more remarkable records from yesterday:

Pellston, MI: record high broken by 32°F
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.

Low temperatures beat the previous record high for the date at two stations
The low temperature at Marquette, Michigan was 52° yesterday, which was 3° warmer than the previous record high for the date! The low at Mt. Washington, NH yesterday (44°) also beat the previous record high for the date (43°.)

Canadian cities break all-time April record for warmth in March
Not only was yesterday the warmest March day in recorded history for many of Canada's major cities, it was also warmer than any April day at St. John, New Brunswick. The city hit 25.4°C (78°F.) Not only did this crush the record high for March (previous record: 17.5°C), it is well above any temperature ever measured in April (extreme April temperature on record: 22.8°C.) Halifax, Nova Scotia hit 25.8°C yesterday, beating their all-time March record of 25.6°, and falling just short of their all-time April record of 26.3°C, set on April 30, 2004. As of 1 pm today, Halifax was at 27°C, beating their all-time April record. Other major cities in Canada that set all-time warmest March records yesterday included Ottawa (27.4°C), Montreal (25.8°C), Windsor (27.8°C), Hamilton (25.6°C), London (26.4°C), and Fredericton (27.1°C).


Figure 1. The intensity and scope of Summer in March is clearly visible in this data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on the Terra satellite. The map depicts temperatures on March 8 - 15, 2012, compared to the average of the same eight day period of March from 2000-2011. Areas with warmer than average temperatures are shown in red; near-normal temperatures are white; and areas that were cooler than the 2000-2011 base period are blue. These land surface temperatures are distinct from the air temperatures that meteorological stations typically measure, and indicate how hot the surface of the Earth in a particular location would feel to the touch. From a satellite vantage point, the “surface” includes a number of materials that capture and retain heat, such as sand in the desert, the dark roof of a building, or the pavement of a road. As a result, daytime land surface temperature are usually much higher than air temperatures—something that anyone who has walked barefoot across a parking lot on a summer afternoon knows instinctively. Image credit: NASA Earth Observatory.

Summer in March warmth crushes records in Michigan
Yesterday, nearly every major airport in Michigan's Lower Peninsula broke the record they set the previous day for their hottest March temperature, including Detroit (84°), Flint (86°F, just 2° below their all-time April record), Saginaw (87°F, just 2° below their all-time April record), Grand Rapids (87°), Muskegon (82°), Lansing (86°), Alpena (87°), Gaylord (83°, which was 26° above the average high for the date), Pellston (85°), Houghton Lake (85°), and Traverse City (87°, which was which was 45°F above the average high for the date, and was the fifth consecutive day they tied or broke their record for hottest March temperature, and just 3° below their record high temperature of 90° for April.) In Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Sault Ste. Marie's 83° (26° above the average high for the date) crushed the previous March record by 8°, and was only 2° shy of the warmest temperature ever measured in April. Cities in states neighboring Michigan that broke all-time March records for warmth yesterday included:

Indiana:
Fort Wayne (87°) and South Bend (86°)

Ohio:
Columbus (85°), Toledo (85°), Cleveland (83°), and Mansfield (82°)

Wisconsin:
Milwaukee (84°), Madison (83°), and Green Bay (82°). The NWS office in Madison notes that in July of 2009, Madison only had seven days of 80 degree temperatures, and the highest temperature for the whole month was 82. This March, Madison has had five days of 80 degree temperatures, with a high temperature for the month of 83. Prior to this year, there had been only five March 80°F+ days in Madison's history, going back to 1869.

Record March warmth continues in the Northeast U.S.
For the second consecutive day, temperatures across much of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine yesterday were the warmest on record for so early in the year. Hottest March temperatures on record occurred at Bangor, Maine (83°F), Houlton, Maine (79°F), Caribou, Maine (75°), Mount Washington, New Hampshire (54°F), and Buffalo, NY (82°).


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 is slowly drifting eastwards.

Remarkable late-season snow storm on West Coast
The convoluted jet stream pattern that brought Summer in March conditions to the Eastern U.S. and Canada is also bringing record snows to Oregon. Eugene, Oregon picked up 7.5 inches of snow yesterday, the largest snowstorm this late in the year on record. The previous record was a 7.6" snow storm on March 5 - 7, 1951. Snow amounts as high as 32" have been recorded in the Oregon Cascades over the past few days. A loop in the jet stream has created a large upper-level ridge of high pressure that is stuck in place over the Eastern U.S., and large upper-level trough of low pressure over the Western 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 was 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 is drifting slowly eastwards, and will bring an end to "Summer in March" over the Eastern half of the U.S. by Friday.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting TomTaylor:
He's busy getting whipped at Waaaaal maaaart.

Gosh I love that place so much!


Oh shut up lol
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Quoting TomTaylor:
He's busy getting whipped at Waaaaal maaaart.

Gosh I love that place so much!
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Ever been there on a saturday at noon? Did it once... Never again.
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in the mean time the big spin is getting closer

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drg0dOwnCountry, thanks for making it clear that Lutz is a lousy scientist in addition to being a lousy CEO.
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Quoting drought:
New Brunswick shatters weather records




cooler conditions rtning
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Quoting WxGeekVA:


I don't move.... I wait in dark corners and ambush you.


NOBODY...NOBODY, can ambush me. its impossible
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New Brunswick shatters weather records
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Weather records continue to fall on P.E.I.
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Quoting TomTaylor:
Yeah, one whole year?

Lol, you realize the first image is from March of 1997 and the second is from March of 1998, right? It is rather quick for the Ocean to turn around so quickly, but people are wondering if we are going to see an El Nino develop in 3 months (when hurricane season starts), not this time next year.

It was a fast develop.

March 21, 1997 May 27, 1997 June 28, 1997
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Record highs reached throughout Nova Scotia
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Quoting SPLbeater:


You arent as stealthy as me. You wouldnt stand a chance in the dark! creaky floor, creaky stairs NO problem...i float over them with ease, lol:)


I don't move.... I wait in dark corners and ambush you.
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Quoting WxGeekVA:


Ah, but I have siblings who are almost as good as me. We can shoot all of them at once lol


You arent as stealthy as me. You wouldnt stand a chance in the dark! creaky floor, creaky stairs NO problem...i float over them with ease, lol:)
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Update: #6 GOES-15 (GOES-West) recovery is underway. The problem has been isolated; however, the estimated return to service will occur no earlier than 1600 UTC on Friday, March 23, 2012. In addition, a comprehensive list of products impacts is provided in this message. Lastly, we are currently experiencing some challenges that are impacting our group e-mail notification distribution. We will return to normal operations as soon as possible, and regret any inconvenience this outage may cause.


http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/PS/SATS/SPBULL/MSG_01.txt
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More rain is expected for Puerto Rico overnight thru Friday.

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN JUAN PR
931 PM AST THU MAR 22 2012

.UPDATE...SATTELITE DERIVED PW IMAGERY DEPICTS AN ELONGATED AREA
OF DEEP MOISTURE ACROSS THE NORTHEAST CARIBBEAN INTO THE TROPICAL
ATLANTIC WITH PRECIPITABLE WATER VALUES AROUND 1.7 INCHES. THIS
AREA OF HIGH MOISTURE...ALONG WITH THE FAVORABLE UPPER LEVEL
DYNAMICS WILL CONTINUE TO RESULT IN SCATTERED TO NUMEROUS
CONVECTION ACROSS THE FORECAST AREA AT LEAST DURING THE NEXT 24
HOURS...WITH MODELS SHOWING MOST ACTIVE WEATHER DEVELOPING OVER
THE LOCAL WATERS AND NORTH AND EAST PORTIONS OF PUERTO RICO AS
WELL AS THE USVI...CULEBRA AND VIEQUES LATE TONIGHT AND EARLY
FRIDAY MORNING. FORECAST CHARTS DO NOT INDICATE MUCH IMPROVEMENT
IN THE WEATHER CONDITIONS UNTIL AT LEAST SATURDAY...DUE TO THE
INSTABILITY ASSOCIATED WITH THE UPPER LOW AND THE RESIDUAL
MOISTURE FROM A DIFFUSE BOUNDARY. MADE CHANGES TO FORECAST GRIDS
TO ACCOMMODATED FORECAST WITH ONGOING SITUATION.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I do not understand why it does not already have one.



so do you think that this particular cell will be an anomaly for tonight... These cells coming of the gulf look to be promising for more warnings.. thoughts?
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Quoting AussieStorm:

Hey mate! What did you think of the show?


I liked it thanks for letting me know!
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Quoting drought:
Barometer Bob is cool, thanks AussieStorm!

They discussed my question extensively, very friendly show.

Hey mate! What did you think of the show?
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Quoting JNCali:

Don't think it would be the rich folks surviving.. it would be the military


Is that relevant?
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Quoting SPLbeater:


I can already tell, if me and you ever meet one day, you are gonna be hit with darts left and right! :D

i havnt been spanked for years. but i have gotten chewed out pretty common..lol


Ah, but I have siblings who are almost as good as me. We can shoot all of them at once lol
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Quoting Cyclone2012:


Ha. He'll be on within an hour or so. I'll be here. I need to ask him an inquiry about canes.
Whats your question, I might be able to help you (I'm at least 231 times smarter than said "kori")
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Quoting WxGeekVA:


I have 4 of these:



2 of these:



3 of these:



2 of these:



3 of these:



1 of these:



And something like this left over in my dart pile:





I can already tell, if me and you ever meet one day, you are gonna be hit with darts left and right! :D
Quoting washingtonian115:
I would spank you and send you to your room.Children need disciplin...


i havnt been spanked for years. but i have gotten chewed out pretty common..lol
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FLOOD ADVISORY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
703 PM CDT THU MAR 22 2012

ALC091-230300-
/O.NEW.KBMX.FA.Y.0042.120323T0003Z-120323T0300Z/
/00000.N.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000 Z.OO/
MARENGO AL-
703 PM CDT THU MAR 22 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR...
MARENGO COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ALABAMA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...LINDEN...DEMOPOLIS...

* UNTIL 1000 PM CDT

* AT 701 PM CDT A LINE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WAS MOVING INTO
SOUTHERN MARENGO COUNTY. RAINFALL AMOUNTS COULD EXCEED 2 INCHES OVER
THE NEXT FEW HOURS AS THESE STORMS MOVE THROUGH.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

MOST FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES. NEVER DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO
AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY. FLOOD WATERS ARE USUALLY
DEEPER THAN THEY APPEAR. JUST ONE FOOT OF FLOWING WATER IS POWERFUL
ENOUGH TO SWEEP VEHICLES OFF THE ROAD. WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED
ROADS MAKE THE SMART CHOICE...TURN AROUND...DONT DROWN.

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE ELEVATED LEVELS ON
SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS...AND PONDING OF WATER ON COUNTRY ROADS AND
FARMLAND ALONG THE BANKS OF CREEKS AND STREAMS.

&&

LAT...LON 3208 8805 3214 8805 3216 8802 3226 8802
3230 8800 3231 8794 3235 8798 3252 8789
3252 8784 3248 8772 3244 8753 3231 8753
3230 8751 3198 8768 3198 8797 3202 8812
3206 8812

$$
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I do not understand why it does not already have one.



and there is goes... tornado warning
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
KORI ARE YOU HOME FROM WALMART YET?

Huh. Guess not.
He's busy getting whipped at Waaaaal maaaart.

Gosh I love that place so much!
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BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS LA
845 PM CDT THU MAR 22 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NEW ORLEANS HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTHEASTERN HARRISON COUNTY IN SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI...
NORTHWESTERN JACKSON COUNTY IN SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI...

* UNTIL 915 PM CDT

* AT 842 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO OVER JACKSON
COUNTY...OR 10 MILES NORTH OF ST. MARTIN...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 25
MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL OTHERWISE REMAIN OVER MAINLY RURAL AREAS OF THE
INDICATED COUNTY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

IN ADDITION TO THE TORNADO...THIS STORM IS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING
DESTRUCTIVE STRAIGHT LINE WINDS.

THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS UNDER A WORKBENCH OR OTHER
PIECE OF STURDY FURNITURE. SEEK SHELTER ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF THE
BUILDING IN AN INTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM SUCH AS A CLOSET. USE
BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TO COVER YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS STAY AWAY FROM
WINDOWS.

IF IN MOBILE HOMES OR VEHICLES...EVACUATE THEM AND GET INSIDE A
SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER. IF NO SHELTER IS AVAILABLE...LIE FLAT IN THE
NEAREST DITCH OR OTHER LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.

&&

LAT...LON 3046 8889 3061 8901 3069 8890 3068 8889
3070 8889 3074 8883 3074 8857 3067 8851
TIME...MOT...LOC 0145Z 234DEG 22KT 3059 8886

$$
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Quoting WDEmobmet:
expected this cell north of biloxi,ms to go tornado warned any minute


I do not understand why it does not already have one.

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
KORI ARE YOU HOME FROM WALMART YET?

Huh. Guess not.
Lol.And I had just finished seeing a Walmart commercial about "everyday low prices"
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Quoting Patrap:
4.7 mag Quake, Mexico
gee its been one a day now for a week.
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KORI ARE YOU HOME FROM WALMART YET?

Huh. Guess not.
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Quoting WxGeekVA:


Bottom center: PINEHOLE EYE!!!!!

Funny
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expected this cell north of biloxi,ms to go tornado warned any minute

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Quoting nigel20:


Bottom center: PINEHOLE EYE!!!!!
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Quoting StormTracker2K:
This just goes to show how fast these El-Nino's develope. Look at this below!



Yeah, one whole year?

Lol, you realize the first image is from March of 1997 and the second is from March of 1998, right? It is rather quick for the Ocean to turn around so quickly, but people are wondering if we are going to see an El Nino develop in 3 months (when hurricane season starts), not this time next year.
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Quoting SPLbeater:


You cant make me! lol

LOL you wouldnt do notin. I have a nerf aresenal consisting of:

Longshot CS-6 Rifle

Longstrike CS-6 Rifle

Barricade RV-10 Blaster

Bandolier Kit

4 Spare magazines

Over 135 bullets

And each are always locked and loaded!!(im looking at saving my money for a Nerf Vulcan EBF-25. has a band of 25 dart holders, and can go through them in 8 seconds)



he already home and didnt do notin so you lose xD
I would spank you and send you to your room.Children need disciplin...
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ATREX Overview
Launch Madness at Wallops in March - "Five in Five"



Launch madness will hit the east coast in March as NASA launches five rockets in approximately five minutes to study the high-altitude jet stream from its Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

The Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment (ATREX) is a Heliophysics sounding rocket mission that will gather information needed to better understand the process responsible for the high-altitude jet stream located 60 to 65 miles above the surface of the Earth.

The high-altitude jet stream is higher than the one commonly reported in weather forecasts. The winds found in this upper jet stream typically have speeds of 200 to well over 300 mph and create rapid transport from the Earth's mid latitudes to the polar regions. This jet stream is located in the same region where strong electrical currents occur in the ionosphere. It is therefore a region with a lot of electrical turbulence, of the type that can adversely affect satellite and radio communications.

The sounding rockets being used for the mission are two Terrier-Improved Malemutes , two Terrier-Improved Orions and one Terrier-Oriole.

The five rockets will release a chemical tracer that will form milky, white tracer clouds that allow scientists and the public to "see" the winds in space. In addition, two of the rockets will have instrumented payloads, to measure the pressure and temperature in the atmosphere at the height of the high-speed winds.

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Quoting OracleDeAtlantis:
Perhaps, but don't you think it's rather odd that all three of NASA's primary North American facilities were struck by historic tropical systems in only three years? The odds were statistically very much against this. These were not glancing blows either, but direct hits.

It seems to me that someone may be trying to send U.S. a powerful message, and whatever it is, it can apparently steer hurricanes, or perhaps even create them.
Gonna repost Jedkins response cause it was funny


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Anyway, which North American facilities are you referring too? Why would they target our space agency above everything else? Seems highly unlikely, and there's basically no evidence to support this.
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Quoting barbamz:

Stunning show tonight at aurora skystation.
Hi all, Barb

What a beauty
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Quoting aislinnpaps:
Here are some pictures from here in Western Louisiana.

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[IMG]http://i846.photobucket.com/albums/ab22/aisl innpaps/walmart.jpg[/IMG]

That's quite a bit of water and look at the damage road
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Good evening all
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