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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published April 03 2012

Weather Talk: Record-breaking March won’t soon be forgotten

March 2012 finished with an average temperature of 41.6 degrees, which is 13.8 degrees above the current 30-year average. That ranked last month as the warmest March on record, surpassing March 1910 by 0.7 degree.

March 1910 was the warmest on record by nearly 5 degrees before this year. March 1910 and 2012 were far warmer than any other March since 1881.

Last month, we recorded five record-high temperatures all in a row from March 15-19, tied the record high on March 11, broke seven records for highest minimum and tied a record for highest minimum on another day. In total that was 14 records or ties set during the month.

Probably the most impressive record was the low of 60 degrees set on March 18, which bested the warmest low temperature on any day on record in March by 12 degrees. Two other days, March 19 and 23, also recorded a low higher than the old monthly high minimum record of 48 degrees. It was a month that will not be soon forgotten.

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