Click on the graphic to enlarge. This is a map of global temperature anomaly (difference from average) for the last month. You can see a large part of the Eastern U.S. has been on the whole quite cold over the past month. The West has been warm and the southeast ridge has been strong enough to keep Florida on the plus side of average. It’s been a good year to be a Florida snowbird.
The high of 65/low of 41 in Grand Rapids puts today 16° warmer than average. This is the first day that has been 16° warmer than average in 2015. We have already had 17 days that have been 16° or more cooler than average. This is also the first day that has been 12° or more above average. We have already had 27 days this year that have been 12° or more degrees cooler than average.
We are down to 32.6% ice cover on Lake Michigan. Sunday the Great Lakes still had a 60% ice cover. Large wildfire in Oklahoma shows up on radar. Here’s an airplane shot of the fire. Large wildfire in Alabama looks like a t-storm anvil. First 90 of the year in Phoenix AZ today, first 80 in Birmingham AL, first 70 in Kalmazoo, first 60 in Grand Rapids…fourth day of 90 in L.A. 3 pm temperature was 91 in N Platte Neb. – cold front goes thru. Down to 73 at 6 pm with a north wind at 31 mph, gust to 40 mph. Forecast low for tonight is 30! Still no tornadoes in the U.S. in March…only other time we went this late into March without a tornado was 1969. The Ohio River crested at Cincinnati – highest level since 1997.
Benton Harbor dropped 12° in one hour, 18° in two hours, 26° in three hours and 29° in four hours from 9 pm to 1 am.