Tuesday – Hottest Day ever in March

March 20th, 2012 at 1:44 am by 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.

128 Responses to “Tuesday – Hottest Day ever in March”

  1. Mike Geukes says:

    I see the MOS Guidance the NAM gives us 90 on Wednesday

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      wouldn’t that be someting?

    2. Bill Steffen says:

      Won’t happen. “Irrational exuberance” as Alan Greenspan used to say. I think we’ve only made 90 once in April in G.R.

      1. fixxxer says:

        yeah im not thinking we will get much above the low 80′s here before the cool down.

  2. We will be destroying records today and tomorrow. Amazing stuff!

    1. Laker says:

      The end of the world?

        1. fixxxer says:

          did your crystal ball tell you no charles? ;)

  3. Mark (in Okemos) says:

    Relatively speaking, imagine a heat wave of this magnitude if it was to occur in July or August. Oh my…….

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      1936 – pretty similar pattern with a monster ridge…108 degrees in G.R., 112 in Mio, 111 in Newaygo. We had an AVERAGE high of 102 for six days. We’ve only made 100 once since 1964.

    2. Brad says:

      It’s only a matter of time. Look at the anomalous ridges over Europe and central Asia in recent years, with record temperatures including the ridiculous heat in Russia last summer: http://en.rian.ru/russia/20100729/159994984.html. These anomalies are popping up all over the place in recent years, bringing record heat, deluges, droughts, erratic hurricane/cyclone irruptions and tracks, tornadoes and freak storms in winter, etc., etc.

      1. Mike M. says:

        Really? How are we seeing anything different from, say, the 1930′s?


        You people think everything under the sun is new. You completely, actually deliberately, lack historical perspective.

        1. Adam says:

          Actually, the 1930′s only set heat records in the US (which are now being broken). Historical perspective shows that the global average temperature has been steadily rising for over 50 years. Maybe you should do a little research of your own before regurgitating the “Global warming isn’t real” conspiracy theory. Every major scientific organization in the world is in agreement.

        2. Brad says:

          Some of those heat waves are not very impressive, either, when you look at the annual average temps across the US (hint: we’re killing ‘em now).

      2. Adam says:

        It seems your link there is only backing up the fact that we HAVE had erratic weather anomalies across the globe over the last 50 years.

  4. Judy says:

    Did I hear correctly that there was a dam on the Rogue River that gave way and they had to evacuate several families? I haven’t seen any news story on it other than the scrolling news on one of the Channel 13 stations, and that didn’t give any details.

    1. Linda ((Rockford)) says:

      Haven’t heard that – and I live near the river…. There is a Rogue River in Oregon – maybe it was that one?

    2. Bill Steffen says:

      Nope – not correct.

  5. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    This morning its as warm or warmer then many of the reporting stations in Florida. I now have a temp of 62° already. Today should be a record setting day for the month of March but it may be short lived and reset tomorrow. As Mike reported above there are some indications that we could be in the upper 80′s to near 90 tomorrow. I remember being if Florida several years ago at spring training time and there were a few days of upper 80′s and there were record high temps being set down there!

  6. Jacob G. (Kent City) says:

    Wouldn’t be something if these next few days are our highs for the year.

    1. Skot says:


    2. Bill Steffen says:

      In 1978 the warmest week of the year was in May…and that was followed by a cold and snowy winter.

  7. bob says:

    That was right. I was very Hot when I got done with my Jog.

  8. DF (SE Mich) says:

    It is nice out. Great for bike riding.

    1. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

      Did 45 miles on my mountain bike the past weekend!

      1. bob says:

        That is a lot of miles. I couldn’t even run that fast.

      2. Storm waning says:

        Did 72

    2. bob says:

      How many miles????

      1. DF (SE Mich) says:

        It is impossible to ride fast around here with roads still closed and gawkers… I rode a slow 16, 10, and then 10 miles the last couple days. It has been fun to ride up and down the closed roads from the tornado. Normally the nuts from the county to the north would kill me on that road so I’m getting my enjoyment in now. Tornado damage went right down the road and it is pretty extensive just North of Dexter.

        1. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

          You don’t have any pure bike/running trails down there?? I could never bike on or near the road.

  9. INDY says:

    Going for a High of 89* hottt out at the YARXDofBRICKS grill fire and pool time with no clothes on have a great day u alll….INDYY!!

    1. ~Sherry~(Comstock Park) says:

      Be careful around that grill without the clothes INDY!! You might get more than a sunburn:)

    2. Brad (Lawrence) says:

      Roatin’ Weiners Indy :)

  10. k-man says:

    “smile rainbow,” i’ve always referred to those as “sun dogs.” either way, they are cool!

    1. StacyN says:

      Here you go, k-man – Sundogs: http://www.atoptics.co.uk/halo/parhelia.htm and what I photographed is a Circumzenithal Arc: http://www.atoptics.co.uk/halo/cza.htm – and ALL of that stuff is so cool and fun!!!

  11. StacyN says:

    I just had it confirmed by that this is really called a Circumzenithal Arc by this website: http://www.atoptics.co.uk/halo/cza.htm (which is a fascinating website in itself). If anyone cares to see a few more shots – here’s the link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stacyn/sets/72157629626879981/with/6999870875. I captured these about 5pm yesterday, March 19th, from my yard in Courtland Township right outside of downtown Rockford, Michgan.

    1. Mr. Negative says:

      Thanks for the post Stacy…have never seen them.

      1. StacyN says:

        You’re very welcome. I love all the fun things the weather creates for me to photograph!

        1. bruiseviolet (rockford) says:

          Thanks for sharing- really neat =)

  12. storm waning says:

    Well, it’s over. Thankfully over – lo the winter has past. I’d like to think that the “tradition” of making long range forecasts, especially those for winter, by all of the sapient mouth pieces of metrological wisdom would be over – but alas I am afraid it is not to be so.

    The weather crew at news 8 does a great job. They really do. They do best on the day to day – five days out forecasts. As it has been stated repeatedly on this blog…. Forecasts beyond a few days are tricky, unreliable, and at best an educated guess.

    What if…. What if Storm Team 8 “zagged” next fall when all the other procrastinators “zig”? What if they throw down the gauntlet and refuse to long range on the forecast of winter? What if they instead focus on delivering what they do best, the most accurate up to date forecasts?

    Good bye to the 2011-2012 long range forecast video link. Hello Spring/Summer!

  13. Bernie (Da Original) says:

    Warm weather and manure shoveling season do not go well together.

    1. bruiseviolet (rockford) says:

      lol There is a cow farm about a mile down the road from us- and with the warm weather and the wind at the right direction it STINKS here.

  14. Melissa says:

    Are we considering the area to be beyond frost? Or am I being way too optimistic? My plants are a bit scared, all of my bulbs are confused and I am worried a good frost is yet to come.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      The bulbs will be OK…they wilt when it gets below freezing, then prop back up. I sure wouldn’t plant anything frost/freeze sensitive in March.

      1. I had someone ask me yesterday if they should plant their sensitive annuals. I said no way, even if the trend is for above average temperatures, it only takes one good frost to kill plants off.

        1. bruiseviolet (rockford) says:

          I agree. This weather has me tiching to go buy some flowers etc.. but know it’s way too early for that still! Just feels wierd with it being so warm and having the trees with no leaves and no deck full of flowers. haha!

        2. Steelie says:

          Good Day,

          Potted plants are fine, just watch the low temps at night to bring them inside or even the garage. I do this each winter with my hardy mum (garage) and many herbs like sage, oregano and rosemary, among others. Believe it or not, I am actually growing citrus in Michigan! My lemon trees are loving this weather and are on a growth spurt. I bring them in for the Winter and set them in front of a South facing slider.

          With that said, on average the last frost is usually in mid May.


  15. GunLakeDeb says:

    Bill – if you and Gayle were paddling in the early evening – I saw you!! (Confession time – I was so busy looking at the nice touring kayaks that I never looked at WHO was paddling them….LOL!!) Ooops!! Hubby was firing up the grill and I had glanced out the window and saw kayaks – always a wonderful sight!! Glad you had a nice time!

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      I was by myself – red kayak, but I think I finished by 5:15 PM. I might have gone past your place…I went south from the state park, then west around English Point. I didn’t get as far as the outlet. Very few people to see. The boats on the lake were pretty much all fishing, so it was quiet.

  16. Tom says:

    We are currently in West Palm Beach FL from Zeeland, visiting our daughter and can’t believe the temps in Michigan are higher than here!! We usually go to Florida this time of year to escape the cold-not the heat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. fixxxer says:

    Long range doesnt look as cold now.

    1. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

      You’re right. Upper 50′s now instead of upper 40′s. I can take that.

      CPC predicts a warm April too.

      1. fixxxer says:

        Keep it coming mother nature!

      2. Lisa (Caledonia) says:

        Awesome.. fingers crossed that my spring break will be fabulous.

  18. Wood Boiler says:

    Im from Quebec, Canada and we shattered a record as well yesterday.. not even close.

    ..and it is hotter today! something is going wrong!

  19. fixxxer says:

    im shocked we haven’t had any severe weather this week witht he heat. although it doesn’t feel very humid out either. starting too see a ton of bee’s out today too.

    1. Steelie says:

      Good Day,

      Well… with all the “cold air” staying out West…


  20. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

    Dont even mention Bee’s I don’t want them out already I am extreamly alergic to them:(

    1. fixxxer says:

      there out in full force today. my daughter is also allergic.

      1. Steelie says:

        Good Day,

        I was out for a bike ride the other day and ran into a swarm of bees. I heard them before I saw them. Needless to say, I steered well away from them… ;-) They numbered in the several hundred easily.


  21. fixxxer says:

    record heat in michigan for march. 7.9 earthquake in mexico. f3 tornado in michigan in “march” YUP it’s 2012 alright! ;)

    1. Sarah says:

      your right something weird is going on fixxxer

      1. fixxxer says:

        i dunno if i buy into it but some events are unexplainable and weird. worst part is IF 2012 were true the government would never advise the general public anyways. too much chaos and hell would break loose.

        hey maybe there will be a zombie apocalypse! ;)

        1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

          You’ve been watching to much “The Walking Dead”. LOL, pretty good show ;-)

        2. fixxxer says:

          The CDC said it could happen LOL!

    2. Brad says:

      These height anomalies are plain wacky- we’ve had a few of them in recent years, mostly in the fall (two or three falls with near-record or record highs recently…remember the 80s in October?). Of course, these ridges mean unusual to unprecedented cold elsewhere from time to time- but record highs are smashing record lows globally. Say goodbye to yesteryear’s predictable weather patterns, folks. The climate has tipped.

      1. Mike M. says:

        This is the newest Alarmist talking point issued by Think Progress this past week. It’s yet another last ditch attempt to connect ANY weather event with global warming. Show me a paper. Show us some numbers instead of the usual hyperventilating. Show us some heavyweights from the AMS who can show us the supposedly unique nature of your “height anomalies.”

        1. Brad says:

          LOL…the papers are researchers are out there. Check out the papers or contact them for the details- it beats political jargon anyday.

      2. michael g (SE GR) says:

        Sorry about the caps lock, but this calls for it.


        1. Adam says:

          Normal compared to the last 20 to 30 years? (all of which were above average compared to the last 100+ years.) Show you a paper, how about anything that NASA, NOAA, IPCC, American Meteorological Society, or any other major scientific organization has put out in the last 20 years. Here are some specifically from the AMS:

        2. Brad says:

          Michael, I assume from your question that you believe that worldwide temperatures have to always average warmer than normal for global warming to be “true?” I suggest you email a climatologist your question and report back your learning!

        3. Brad says:

          I should mention, too, that Bill’s blog post on Newton’s Third Law was deceiving, in that it implied an “equal and opposite” cold anomaly that is simply not there. Globally, record highs are dominating in recent years. Cold anomalies have been restricted in scope and intensity compared to warm ones.

        4. michael g (SE GR) says:

          Brad, if you want to think that a localized heat wave on an otherwise cooler than normal planet is a result of global warming, feel free. Just don’t waste my money on the idea.

  22. dyhanne Morrow says:

    Did anyone hear about the crazy weather in Tucson AZ. We had wind, snow and hail. Unheard of.

  23. Ryan (Plainfield Township) says:

    I’ve got 86.9 on the gauge right now in Plainfield. It seems my thermometer has been running a bit higher than other nearby sites, but only by a few degrees. Either way, this is a very warm summer day on the first day of spring and a continuation of what I would consider the most out-of-characteristic week-plus stretch of weather I can ever remember being a part of.

    1. fixxxer says:

      got 83 here but it feels good out. not quite summer like because im not feeling any humidity. heres to hoping the rest of the spring & summer follow suit.

      1. bruiseviolet (rockford) says:

        I agree- loving this weather because of the low humidity =)

  24. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

    New spring forecast out from Weather.com (April – June) for what it’s worth:


    It shows us having a warm spring.

    1. fixxxer says:

      looks good to me.

    2. Brad says:

      Man, the broadcast meteorologists have been baffled as of late…a few are starting to realize the climate is erratic.

      1. fixxxer says:

        Were baffeled too.

      2. bruiseviolet (rockford) says:

        No an erratic climate would mean in the middle of December it would be 10° and then the very next day the temperature would soar to 80°. Weather on some level is unpredictable. However, there are still general patterns it follows. Erratic would mean that it’s completely unpredictable.

        I can only speak for myself, but I love a good debate. However, a good debate is not stating opinions and then not backing them up with facts/documentation from reliable sources, especially when others ask for them, and you just say, “the data is out there- go find it”.

  25. Frances says:

    Can you give us any indication of what the week of Spring Break will be like here in Michigan? Thanks!

  26. bruiseviolet (rockford) says:

    Love the Spring Break in Michigan photo! Love Aruba as well, been there a few times. =)

  27. Swanson (South Haven) says:

    started at 60 deg this morning and hit 85 this afternoon in SoHvn.
    Bumblebees, honey bees, cabbagewhite butterflies, 3 buzzards, 8 crows, 2 flickers, couple of robins, 15 juncos, 5 black squirrels, 3 grays and a chipmunk in a “pear tree”. hmmm sounds like another winter song.

  28. Mike (Mattawan) says:

    I got a reading of 87 here at about 3:45. Wow it feels nice out.

  29. fixxxer says:

    Okay bill its spring, wheres your outlook?

  30. INDY says:

    Wow walked in for some more sprites been outside all day and red as a lobster thanks to the sun hit 88* out at the YARDofBRICKS today with a hot fire going in the month of March and a Tigers win don’t get any better enjoy the sun set u all !!!!! Back Outside I go …Bill this day is for u!!! INDYY

    1. fixxxer says:

      Hmmm only 82 here in fixxxers world but nice non the less.

  31. fixxxer says:

    You will crush peoples dreams with any more mention of the white stuff!

    Food for thought bill! ;)

  32. Brad says:

    LOL. Pellston’s record high for March 19 was 56F…before it hit 82F yesterday. This is the warmest, moistest air mass ever recorded this early in this region. Meanwhile, the Arctic meltdown has actually exceeded the most aggressive models, and it’s looking more and more like the Arctic will be ice-free in summers in our very near future. The anomalies abound- it’s hard to keep track of all the extreme weather. It looks like Oklahoma is in for some big-time flooding, soon.

      1. Brad says:

        Ah, but the multi-year ice and seasonal ice show marked downward trends, which leaves Heritage Foundation types relying on cherry-picking and claims of a global conspiracy of science geeks who want to raise our energy costs.

        1. bruiseviolet (rockford) says:

          Prove it with some data. Show us the numbers and don’t just say, “it’s out there go find it”.

    1. Mike M. says:

      SST anomalies don’t look to good for you, either Brad…


      1. Mike M. says:

        Global composite temp.: -0.12 C (about 0.22 degrees Fahrenheit) below 30-year average for February.


        Do you pray each night that another Super El Niño develops soon so you don’t look so hapless?

        1. Mike M. says:

          And this…


          76 years ago come July!! Now that was a decade for weather.

        2. Adam says:

          We have been in a warming cycle for over 30 years. How does your global composite temp stack up in comparison to the last 130 years? Yes 1936 was a record year for heat in the United States, not the rest of the world. I don’t know if you have been paying attention but the weather channel is doing a piece on record breaking temps that have been occurring over the last week and a half:
          Besides, global warming doesn’t simply mean that it just gets hot everywhere, it has to do with changes to weather patterns across the globe because of SLIGHT global temp increases. That’s why they changed the name from global warming to climate change so everyday people could more easily understand it…

        3. Adam says:

          Here’s a graphic from the EPA along with the information to back it up. Take a minute or two and do some research.


        4. Brad says:

          What were global averages in 1936?

        5. Mike M. says:

          Hey, “Adam”, did you know that 90% of the world’s ice is found at Antarctica? Did you know that sea ice there is well above the thirty year average?


        6. Mike M. says:

          We only have honest temperature since 1979. The UHI contaminated temps used by GISS are constantly readjusted by the crazy uncle of climate science, James Hansen, to make the past cooler and the present warmer…


        7. Mike M. says:

          Brad, you seem amazed by blocking highs. It just might be low solar activity at work…


          Oooh, peer-reviewed.

        8. bruiseviolet (rockford) says:

          Adam are you serious? Their Data (from the EPA website) is taken from the IPCC. The IPCC is a total fraud and is NOT a credible scientific organization, but an agenda driven political organization.

          I’m sorry you believe our government really cares about you.

        9. Adam says:

          bruiseviolet, let me guess, you get your news from Alex Jones? Think about who has what to gain from the “debate” on climate change. Oil companies stand to lose billions and billions if we start using less oil. Why would scientists be conspiring in telling a big lie? Are they going to personally receive billions of dollars for doing so? Did you know that thousands of scientists and other experts contribute (on a voluntary basis, without payment from the IPCC) to writing and reviewing reports, which are reviewed by representatives from all the governments, with summaries for policy makers being subject to line-by-line approval by all participating governments. Typically this involves the governments of more than 120 countries. Must be a huge conspiracy to fool a few Americans! Oh, and what exactly would their agenda be?

  33. Concerning our own weather. I snapped some images of the cumulus clouds and sun rays yesterday. Here is a link: http://charlesimages-stormedia.com/sun-rays-and-cumulus-clouds-photos/ Enjoy!

  34. Steve G says:

    Check out the long term temp forecast (8-14 days). Bill would this not be unprecedented?

  35. RJ (Rockford) says:

    Here is the good news – the first week of April which is Spring break week for most of the schools in this area the temperatures will be in the 60′s and 70′s! Keep the SUN and WARM temperatures coming! ROCK N ROLL GR!!!

    1. fixxxer says:

      We shall see, hope your right.

  36. Kelly R says:

    I would like to see an entire blog topic devoted to the plants and the buts and even leaves on the trees. Including comments for the budding flowers, and comments regarding our gardens. Can you imagine the crops we could have with an extra month or two of the sun! I know better than to plant, but this weather is messing with my internal reasoning.

  37. fixxxer says:

    I know ill catch hell for this..BUT..we all know eventually this pattern will break. As much as i enjoy it i wish this was may instead of march. I mean think about it. Warm summer last year, warm fall and very mild winter with this heat wave that is going to be pretty hard to top for many years to come. I sort of know why a few on here think it will be a cool summer. Seems to me we always pay somehow. I hate to say this but were not safe from snow until at least mid may. If we get alot of cold weather still and any snow it would be horrid for the crops, budding trees and blooming plantlife that is a good month ahead of time. I mean damn, the grass by me is already green. The ice cream shops are already open.

    I guess what im saying is i doubt anyone on here wants snow after this but we have to face the “cold” hard reality of the state which we live in. I know the long ranges look mild but im not sold on it just yet. I wont lie, im worried about summer this year as you guys know its my favorite time of year. I guess all we can do is enjoy it for another day or so and see what mother nature pulls on us next. Shes for sure bipolar this year!

    1. Stephen says:

      What if the pattern does not break until this upcoming winter? That would be one heck of a cold winter!

  38. Bill says:

    Does anyone know how winter 2011-2012 stacked up for warmth. I am under the impression it may be the warmest on record.

  39. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Wow, some crazy records falling lately! Seems like we’ve had a lot of much above average temps for the past 8 or 9 months now. Even back last summer when we had night temps that didn’t fall below 80, and now 80′s almost 90 in March?? I’ve almost got all my yard work done that I usually don’t get to until mid May. What next? Time to re-side the house??

    1. Brad says:

      Moscow (where I am from) roasted last summer. We roasted in October with a similar ridge, as did Canada and Great Britain. The current heat wave is unprecedented and bringing ridiculous heat to the area! Flat-out crazy heat.

  40. Brad says:

    This 2011-2012 winter forecast from Accuweather has me rolling: http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/brutal-winter-ahead-for-the-mi/55832. Too funny. On the other hand, I remember bigdaddyBC predicted a warm winter with below-normal snowfall.

    1. Adam says:

      I gotta say, it was absolutely brutal!

  41. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

    I can’t believe how long it’s been POURING over the same exact spots in Louisiana. Has it been 6 hours now? That line of storms just won’t move.

    Must be some serious flooding going on there…

    1. fixxxer says:

      Yup i noticed that too.

    2. GunLakeDeb says:

      My poor daughter is in New Orleans, on vacation :-( Not sure if she packed a raincoat or not…..

  42. BigK says:

    My father flew to Alaska on the frist day of spring in 1974. Ironiclly he forgot his winter coat but took the car keys leaving us stranded at the GR airport. If I recall it was -40 in Fairbanks when he got off the plane and the first thing he did was buy a winter coat and mittens. We never did move there tough.

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