Monday, April 2, 2012

March was a heat wave for Detroit and other cities

MSNBC: Warmest March on record for dozens of cities
In states from Colorado to Florida, more than 50 cities saw their warmest March on record, reported Sunday, citing National Weather Service data and its own research.

The list, compiled by meteorologist Chris Dolce, shows that a few cities in states as far west as Colorado and Wyoming saw records. But the vast majority were in the central U.S. and the South. Large cities on the list include Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Washington D.C.
According to the MSNBC article, the other cities in Michigan that set records for warmest March were Flint, Saginaw, Muskegon, Lansing, and Grand Rapids.

The Weather Channel has an interactive map showing all 50 cities that had their warmest March on record.

As for the actual records, the Detroit News has them.
March's weather, which at times hit above 80 degrees in Metro Detroit, also set records for consecutive days with highs set in the 60s, 70s and 80s.
The average temperature listed at Detroit Wayne Airport last month was 50.7 degrees, nearly three degrees higher than the 47.9 in 1945. In 2010, the average temps for March were 42.4 degrees.
April is also predicted to be warmer than average, as well as wetter. Looks like I'll be doing a lot of mowing and weeding!

And now for the song for the day, Detroit's own Martha Reeves and the Vandellas singing "Heat Wave."

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