Today (Friday) is the Vernal or Spring Equinox. The official start of spring is at 6:45 PM this evening. 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 in West Michigan.
Last year on 3/20, we had a high temperature of 37°. Two years ago, the high on 3/20 was just 30. Three years ago today, on 3/20/12, we had a record high temperature of 83° in G.R. March has trended colder of late. Two years ago, March was 4.1° cooler than average. Last year March was 9.0 cooler than average and so far this year, March is 1.7 cooler than average. Here’s the Upper Midwest Winter Climate Trend. Last year it 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.
Season snowfall totals: Grand Rapids 77.9″, Muskegon 92.1″, Lansing 35.6″.
Check out the webcam from Krupp’s Resort in Twin Lakes! Uh-Oh – this could be trouble. This is cool – a comparison of low and high tide. 600 flights cancelled today, mostly in the northeast. Anybody remember this white light? Another pic. of the snow in Nova Scotia. WOW – did you see these pics. Moderate El Nino?