It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
March 2012 is officially the warmest March on record for dozens of cities across more than 25 states and Washington, D.C.
Few will argue that March 2012 felt more like late spring or summer across the eastern two-thirds of the U.S., and now meteorologists can also officially deem the month as historic.
Never before in dozens of cities where long-standing records are kept have March temperatures averaged as warm as they did this past month.
Many non-meteorologists are deducing that global warming, a theory that has gained that substantial media attention over the past few decades, is to blame for the bizarre weather patterns. But meteorologists are keeping their distance from this assumption."You need more data to prove global warming," AccuWeather senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson said. "In only one season, you really can't link it."
"It's certainly not hyperbole to call this a historical weather event," AccuWeather Meteorologist Jim Andrews said. But he's not jumping on the global warming bandwagon just yet.
"If the proposition is that earth's climate is changing -- and most people say warming -- this is how it might manifest," he said. But he believes the unusual weather may be caused by a sort of "perfect storm coincidence" related to North Atlantic oscillation, Atlantic oscillation, the Pacific / North American Pattern, El Nina and La Nina.
"What happens in the oceans is undoubtedly very important to what happens on land," Andrews said. "It may well be that the state of the ocean water temperature surrounding North America is just in an ideal arrangement to maximize warmth over North America."
Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski believes it's a culmination of causes.
"What we're seeing is probably an overlap of several parameters occurring simultaneously. Because of what happened over the winter, you have warm lakes, lack of snow cover. You have a carry over effect, too," Sosnowski said.
"I think the biggest thing in my opinion would be arctic oscillation. It trapped most of the arctic air in the far north and allowed milder air to sweep across Canada and much of the U.S."
The 'Heat Wave' of March 2012, By the Numbers
9 The number of consecutive days that Chicago, Ill., has broken a record high, from March 14 to March 22. Eight of those days saw the mercury climb above 80 degrees, which is normal for mid-June.
93 The temperature swing that occurred over the course of just nine days in International Falls, Minn., from a low of minus 14 degrees on March 9, to a high of 79 degrees on March 18. Also, 10 straight days of new record highs (March 13 to March 22).
26 The number of inches of snow that melted over the course of just seven days in Caribou, Maine, from March 15 to March 22, thanks to the unusual warmth. Also, 18 inches of snow was still on the ground when the first record high fell on March 18 (64 degrees).
32 The gap, in degrees, between the old and new record high on March 21 in Marquette, Mich. The new record high was 81 degrees, obliterating the old record of 49 degrees. The margin of defeat was so great that the low temperature that day was even higher than the old record high temperature.
21.2 The temperature departure (in degrees fahrenheit) from normal for the month of March thus far in Winnipeg, Canada. This occurred despite temperatures having dropped below zero for four days early in the month.
1921 The last year it was above 80 degrees in Boston before March 28 of any given calendar year. In reaching 83 degrees on March 22, this came to fruition for the first time since March 21, 1921.
86 The new all-time record high temperature for March in Detroit, Mich., set on March 22. In fact, a new all-time high temperature was set two days in a row, with the mercury first climbing to 84 degrees on March 21.
60 The average low temperature in Chicago, Ill., from March 17 to March 22 of this year. Such low temperatures, about 30 degrees above normal, are more typical for mid-June.
More than 1,200 record high temperatures have been set over the past week across the U.S., and nearly 6,000 record highs have been recorded since the beginning of 2012.
From March 8-14, 2012, the total number of records is 1,226, according to the National Climatic Data Center.
An above-normal number of tornadoes is forecast for this season with water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico running above normal for this time of year. The active severe weather season follows a deadly year with a near-record number of tornadoes in 2011.
Typically, 1,300 tornadoes strike the U.S. a year. There were nearly 1,700 tornadoes in 2011, falling short of the record 1,817 tornadoes set in 2004.
Warmer-than-normal Gulf of Mexico water is a key component to the active severe weather season anticipated in 2012. There will be a sufficient supply of warm and humid air to fuel supercell thunderstorms, the type of storms that spawn strong tornadoes, because of the warm Gulf water.
Originally posted by usmc0311
I have noticed many people lately commenting on the strange weather we are experiencing here in the U.S. Some people are down right scared due to the irregularities we are seeing. I am going to present some scientific information on the causes of the strange weather and what we may have in store for us as the year progresses. Most of what I will present in this thread will have come from accuweather.com, with a few others thrown in the mix. I have found that accuweather is fairly reliable in their reports and the science behind them. There will be a lot of info presented so bear with me and we will try to get through it as smoothly as possible.
Originally posted by yourmaker
it's definitely been wet and cool in the northwest, nothing spectacular happens ever, except by the grace of almighty god when the clouds open up for a couple hours of sunshine once a week.
can above average temperatures really be such a bad thing?
Originally posted by FissionSurplus
Thanks for the info. I see west Texas is in for more heat and drought.
Originally posted by Argyll
reply to post by usmc0311
It's not just the US that is experiencing a "strange" spring, here in the UK it has been peculiar to say the least!
7 days ago we were basking in temps around the mid 70's......today we got hit with blizzards and around 7" snow in places!
Maybe I'm wrong....but I just don't recall variations like this in my near 50 years on this rock
Originally posted by Under Water
We have had an early spring here on the gulf coast, due to the fact that we had no winter. We need at least 2-3 freezes during the winter to control the mosquito population, but we didn't get any freeze this winter at all. the bugs are a nightmare. The humidity is thick. The storms are epic. The temps are hot. Spring started in early Feb.
I'm terrified of what's to come once hurricane season approaches. Terrified.