Record Warm MarchApril 2nd, 2012 at 3:44 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Dozens watch the sunset on a rare 80-degree day in March at Holland State Park…picture by Tom DeVette from ReportIt. See the picture full size. Note there is the wake of a boat to the left of the breakwater. March 2012 was not only the warmest March ever in Grand Rapids (and Michigan), it was also the warmest month ever relative to average in G.R. We ended 15.1 degrees warmer than average in G.R., +14.7 degrees in Muskegon and +14.2 degrees in Lansing. We beat the previous warmest March day ever temperature by 5 degrees with an 87-degree reading on the 21st. That high of 87 was 40 degrees warmer than the average high for the day of 47. That was the greatest departure above average that we have ever had on a single day in G.R. Monthly records were also set in Lansing (86) and Muskegon (82). From the 14th thru the 22nd, the coolest high temperature was 74. We did have 7 days during the month when the mean temperature was cooler than average. We also did have 2.8″ of snow. Precipitation totaled 3.14″. That was 0.77″ above average. We have now had four consecutive months with above average precipitation (typical of winter with a cold PDO and La Nina). The average wind speed was 10.5 mph and we had a healthy 52% of possible sunshine. Click on the map of the world to the right of the Lake Michigan scene. This is global temperature from March 3 to April 1. Note the “hot” area in red over North America. Also note in the upper right hand that the global temperature for the 30-day period was slightly BELOW average! The Northern Hemisphere was cooler than average despite what was happening in the U.S. and southern Canada. A word of caution…two other very warm Marches saw a turn to cool weather. 1945 was the previous warmest March ever in G.R. That was followed by a devastating freeze of 24 on April 24th and then the latest freeze ever in G.R. on June 4th. In 1910, we had a top 3 warmest March and that was followed by the 8th coolest May we have ever had. VIDEO ADD: 2 1/2 years of ocean currents from NASA. ALSO: A magnitude 6.3 earthquake has occurred in Mexico.