It’s (Astronomical) Spring!March 20th, 2014 at 1:23 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Today (Thursday) is Vernal or Spring Equinox. The official start of spring is at 12:57 PM this afternoon. The word “equinox” means equal night. Today, we have approximately 12 hours of daylight over every point on the globe. The sun technically rose for the first time in 6 months at the North Pole and set at the S. Pole, ushering 6 months without sunshine there. The sun is directly overhead along the Equator at solar noon on the Equinoxes. In the Southern Hemisphere, it’s the start of autumn. At this time of year, we gain about 20 minutes of daylight each week. Last year on 3/20, we had a high temperature of 26°. On 3/20/12, we had a record high temperature of 83° in G.R. March 1-19 has been 9.5° cooler than average in G.R. Last year March was 4.1° cooler than average. Here’s the Upper Midwest Winter Climate Trend. This was the coldest winter ever for Ironwood and Marquette, Michigan and Oshkosh, Rhinelander, Eau Claire and Sturgion Bay, Wisconsin. It was the 2nd coldest winter for Alpena and Houghton Lake, Michigan – Green Bay and Wausau, Wisconsin and Duluth and Internationial Falls, Minnesota. It was the 3rd coldest winter for Chicago and Rockford, Illinois – Wheaton, Minnesota and Mason City, Iowa. It was the 4th coldest winter for St. Cloud, Minnesota and Waterloo, Iowa and it was the 5th coldest winter ever for Flint. Picture from Jack Martin at ReportIt. Click here to see the picture full screen.
Updated season snowfall totals (as of midnight): Grand Rapids 112.8″, Muskegon 129.9″, Lansing 68.2″.
Check out the webcam from Krupp’s Resort in Twin Lakes! Uh-Oh – this could be trouble. WOOD did the story last week on the loss of honey bees from the long, cold winter. Other states reporting the same, unfortunately. Up to 10″ of snow to close out winter in Minnesota. This is cool – a comparison of low and high tide. In the search area for Flight 370, which is approx. 1600 miles west-southwest of Perth, Australia the general currents are west to east and would push debris toward Australia.