Heat Wave ContinuesMarch 18th, 2012 at 9:57 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
A couple of pictures from ReportIt. The first is the Lake Michigan beach (lots of waders) from Nels and on the right, apricot trees in blossom in Fennville from Sidona. Another record high of 75 for Grand Rapids. That’s three record highs in the last four days and at least three more to come. It’s not just the low temperatures. We’re breaking the record high minimum temperatures by 10 degrees. We’ll reach 80 tomorrow and 82 on Tuesday. The all-time record high temperature for March is 82, set 3 times – in 1910, 1938 and 1945. The NAM model gives G.R. 84 on Tues. and that could happen. If it’s mostly sunny on Weds., we’ll be 82-84, though I think some clouds will approach by then. Grand Rapids is now 14.4 degrees above average for the month of March. Unbelievably warm high temperatures Sunday: 74 in Montreal, Canada, 79 at Intl. Falls MN, 88 at Huron S.D., 82 at Traverse City. As I write this (9:50 PM EDT), not a single reporting station in Hawaii has been as warm as Traverse City this Sunday!! Traverse City was also warmer than Key West and Palm Beach Fl. The cold, rain and snow is out west. Phoenix AZ had a high of 56 and up to 1/2″ of rain. Snowfall in Arizona: Prescott 10″, Grand Canyon 10″ (with 25″ of snow on the ground – North Rim, Flagstaff 12″, Williams 16″, Bellemont 16.5″, Munds Park 18″. There were two dozen reports of pea-marble sized hail in Arizona today. Los Vegas had a windy, cold high of 54 Sunday and Los Angeles struggled to 55. Kentfield CA has had 11.17″ of rain in the past week and San Francisco has received 2.95″. Topping the list is a 19.96″ weekly total at Scott Creek CA. The Kirkwood Ski Area reports 66″ of new snow in the past 3 days. Up to 14″ of snow fell in the hills east of San Diego. Alta Utah had 16″ of snow with 94 mph wind gusts at Snowbasin UT. It’s still cold in Alaska with Nuiqsut at -45 this morning. Barrow bottomed out at -30 and Fairbanks dipped to -27.