Tuesday – Hottest Day ever in MarchMarch 20th, 2012 at 1:44 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
1 PM – up to 78 in G.R., 79 in Kalamazoo and 82 in Holland and Traverse City – heading to the mid 80s. The Muskegon beach is 63.7 degrees. Here’s current conditions. Today is the Vernal Equinox. Happy Spring! Check out the cool picture of the “smile rainbow” from picture perfect photographer Stacy Niedzwiecki (click to enlarge). That’s the sunlight coming through cirrus clouds, reflecting the colors of the sun at slightly different angles. A facebook friend sent the “spring break in Michigan” pic. 72 at 11 AM in G.R. heading to the low 80s. The LOW temperature at S. Haven of 65 is sure impressive – that’s higher than the average low temperature in July. Impressive rainfall in TX/OK: 5.95″ at Waco, 3.95 at Dallas/Fort Worth, 4.88 at Muskogee. Well, I have Monday and Tuesday off (worked Sat. and Sun.). Monday I had a noon speech to a Safety Group at Brann’s on S. Division (very good chicken salad). Then I went on to Gun Lake, where I put the kayak in for the first time this year. Dozens of turtles…some looked to be 14-16″ long. Saw fish, swans, ducks, geese – many different birds (lots of roadkill on the way…the critters are moving around). When I got back to the state park, I went down to the beach and actually went swimming for a few minutes! How’s that for winter (Monday was the last official day of astronomical winter…the spring equinox is 1:14 AM Tue.). I got water temperatures on the lake from 63-66 and at the edge of the beach in about 3″ of water I got 70. There were about a dozen boats on the water. Most were fishing and not racing around the lake. There were a couple of kids in the water (with mom watching from the shore). Monday’s highs included 81 in G.R. and Kalamazoo. Both G.R. and Kal. were warmer than Key West and Palm Beach. The Muskegon Beach weather station was just 56 degrees at 4 PM, but rose to 70.6 at 1 AM Tue. as the wind went SSE off the land. Traverse City reached a March record 83. They were warmer than Honolulu! Pellston set a March record with 82 and March records were tied at Houghton Lake (80) and Marquette (78). The 78 in Marquette was 42 degrees warmer than average. Intl. Falls MN was 78 and temperatures reached the low 70s 200 miles north of Lake Superior. Fargo, ND has had four days in a row in the 70s – the first time that’s ever happened in March. The West remained cool. Tucson AZ had a high of only 50 on Monday. That was 25 degrees cooler than average and the 14th coldest March day ever. Phoenix struggled to the mid 50s for the second day in a row. Mt. Lemmon near Tucson had a high/low of 30/19 and 8″ of snow! Douglas AZ had a high of 46 (avg. high 73) and snow flurries! The cool air reached across the border where Chihuahua had a high of 65 (average is 79). Alaska is still shivering. It’s the coldest start to March since 1974 at Barrow. During the past week, high temperatures averaged 13 degrees colder than average at Fairbanks. Both Cold Bay and King Salmon had record low temperatures Monday AM. I have a meeting and then a big speech to the Michigan (and some Canadians, too) Rotary this evening. I’ll post again late this evening.