Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Warmest spring in metro Detroit history predicted

Looks like that record warm March led into a record warm spring season.

NOAA: Southeast Michigan on Pace to Shatter Warmest Spring Record
Through May 20th, Detroit and Flint already have the warmest spring on record and Saginaw is third. The warmest eleven days, by the averages, are still yet to go (May 21st to May 31st)! Based on the forecast for the remainder of the month, Detroit, Flint and Saginaw will have daily averages that will easily exceed the lower 50s that the 2012 spring is currently averaging. This will push the average spring temperatures even higher over the next eleven days, shattering the previous record warmest springs especially for Detroit and Flint.
There should be no problem breaking that record. Here is the forecast for Sunday and Memorial Day.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 67.

Memorial Day: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 90.

Monday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.
At this rate, my fears for this summer might be realized.
Both the anchor on the Weather Channel and I are worried about what this might portend for this summer. I hope nothing, but after last summer, I'm expecting a hot one.
I still am, although one of the years with warm springs listed at the NOAA link above is 1992, which had one of the coldest, rainiest, and cloudiest Julys ever. Of course, that was because of the eruption of Mount Pinatubo the previous winter, and I don't think there's been anything comparable this past year that might have the same effect.

As for the other side of the state, they'll have a hot Memorial Day weekend, too. Here's the latest forecast from WOOD-TV.

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