Unless something unbelievable and unexpected happens between now and the stroke of midnight Saturday night, the month of March 2012 will go down as the warmest on record for Eau Claire. The numbers are not even close compared to previous Marches. Check out the stats below:
Warmest Marches and Average Temp. for that Month
**2012 – 47.9°
1910 – 44.6°
1946 – 41.9°
1973 – 39.7°
1945/2010 – 39.6°
** – In Progress
The list above is ordered from highest to lowest in overall average temperature. Basically, take every hourly observation from 12 AM March 1st through midnight March 31st and find the average. A three degree difference between 2012 and 1910 is impressive, but it gets better! Read the next two paragraphs and you will understand why.
March 1910 still holds on to the title of warmest high temperature average with 58.3°, but barely. March 2012 is close behind at 57.7°. This statistic will remain the same, unless our daytime high is above 83° Saturday afternoon.
So how will March 2012 overall be significantly warmer than March 1910? The average low temperature for March 2012 is 38.1°, a tremendous seven degrees warmer compared to March 1910′s 30.9° average. In fact, March 1948 is the second warmest on record at 31.8°. Maple syrup producers around the area will tell you this spring was the worst sapping season they can ever recall. With only 11 mornings below freezing this month, that’s not surprising. 1910 was slightly better with 18 mornings at or below freezing.
Finally, I can’t go without mentioning the number of new temperature records established this month. Ten daytime high records were logged, while eleven warmest, overnight lows were recorded. That’s a total of 21 temperature records!
What we have witnessed this month as far as temperature is unprecedented. It will likely be several years, or a lifetime, before this happens again in our area. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more from Beyond the Forecast…
This post was written by Nick Grunseth on March 29, 2012