Nearly 14,000 warm weather records, coast to coast. Almost surreal, like we skipped 2 months and went right to May. Or June. Map courtesy of NOAA and Ham Weather.
March, 2012 was the warmest on record for the Twin Cities [Mpls/St. Paul, MN], with a temperature departure 15.5 F. above average. "This March saw the earliest occurence of 80 degrees on record in the Twin Cities (17th) and at Eau Claire [WI] (16th); was the greatest number of 70 degree days for a March at all three climate locations, had St. Cloud see its first cooling degree days in March ever."Images and text from Paul Douglas' incomparable On Weather blog. Here in Madison, Wisconsin, we had our first milkweed plants emerge in the garden on April 2, over a month sooner than any previous year. New record early sightings have been reported for every spring butterfly in Wisconsin, and a peek at the Monarch migration map shows them to have been seen in northern Missouri already (typically only at northern Arkansas by now).
It's not an unpleasant change at our latitude (our household heating bill was half normal for March), but one wonders what the summer will bring.