Record Warmth April 1st AND All of March
by Cody Matz
April 01, 2012 7:34 PM
Another record breaking day for many on Sunday as warm air surged out of the southern plains and into our region, not only allowing temperatures to soar in the 90’s, but brought summer like humidity along with it. But not everyone saw record temperatures, just ask those of us in Watertown and Sisseton where fog plagued the area much of the day which didn’t allow temperatures to climb much above overnight lows. But nothing we saw on Sunday was really all that surprising for many as temperatures just one day before climbed into the 70’s and 80’s and broke a couple more records in spots. But even then, the last 4 to 5 weeks have been astonishingly warm with nearly 500 daily temperature records set in the month of March for our area alone. In fact, it was the warmest March on record for several cities across our area breaking the 102-year-old records.
Unfortunately for some, not everyone got to enjoy the heat Sunday. With the southerly flow cam an increase in moisture and that led to widespread fog across the east Sunday morning. But some of that fog took a lot longer to dissipate then others. Across the northeast, because of a more easterly versus a southeasterly wind, it was really tough to mix out excess moisture to the mid layers of the atmosphere, so it just sat. In some cases, almost the whole day. Below is the visible satellite image from Sunday afternoon around 2.
Pretty easy to see where the fog stayed the longest with that little white patch that can be seen in the northeastern corner of South Dakota.
To stay on the topic of heat, of course it hasn’t been just this past weekend that’s been warm. The month of March was exceedingly warm and now we are learning just how warm. Here is the summary of a dozen cities in our area. It shows the monthly average temperature in yellow, the departure from average is in orange, and then an “R” if it’s a record or not. Now, I used two different colored “R’s” for a reason. The Red “R” is for a city that has had their warmest March on record. Now since not all of the March numbers are finalized yet, I threw in a couple of orange “R’s” as well to show you that those cities will likely have their warmest March on record. Now, regardless of records, every city will have their top five warmest March.
If you are looking for more statistics on just how warm the last few weeks have been, then check out the information below. All of the info has been updated through the end of March and comes direct from the National Weather Service.