Record-setting high temperatures in March

USA map record high temperatures
USA map record high temperatures
Map: Weather Channel

I continue to be amazed at the extraordinary, record-setting high temperatures across much of the United States. According to The Weather Channel, approximately 2,000 record highs have been recorded in the last seven days. One of the effects of this we are seeing is the wildfire occurrence occurring a couple of months earlier than normal in the Northern Rockies and Great Plains areas.

The map below is a screen grab of an interactive map at the The Weather Channel web site, at which you can click on a dot to see the high temperature predicted for today, March 18, and how much it will exceed the record high for this date.

Record high temperatures forecast 3-18-2012
Credit: Weather Channel

Some of the more notable high temperature records that are predicted for today include:

  • Bismarck, ND  +10
  • Williston Sloulin AP, ND  +12
  • Rochester, MN  +17
  • Houghton Lake, MI  +12
  • Burlington, VT  +13

On Wednesday the temperature in Traverse City, Michigan was 81, which was 42 degrees above the average for that date, and 4 degrees above the previous high, according to records that go back to 1897.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

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