Present Climate Conditions


Mild March 2012

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Mother Nature is rearranging her trophy case. An unprecedented mid-March influx of warm, moist air has produced record-setting temperatures for many locations east of the Rockies, including Minnesota.

During this warm stretch, the maximum temperature in the Twin Cities has reached or exceeded 70 degrees on eight days, breaking the previous March record of five set in 1910. Through March 19, the Twin Cities maximum temperature reached or exceeded 70 degrees for four consecutive days, breaking the previous record of three consecutive days which occurred on March 23-25, 1939 and March 22-24, 1945.

When the Twin Cities temperature reached 80 dgrees on March 17, it was the first 80 degree temperature since October 9, 2011. The span without 80 degree temperatures was 159 days, the fewest consecutive number of days without 80 degrees in the modern record.

Mid-March Temperature Records

Twin Cities
Date Maximum High
Temperature Record
2012 Maximum
Temperature
Maximum Low
Temperature Record
2012 Minimum
Temperature
March 10 59 in 1878 66 new record 45 in 1878 34
March 11 61 in 1902 66 new record 45 in 1977 46 new record
March 12 69 in 1990 52 50 in 1990 43
March 13 66 in 2007 67 new record 46 in 1995 34
March 14 64 in 2010 73 new record 45 in 1973 48 new record
March 15 69 in 1927 63 42 in 1927 42 ties record
March 16 71 in 1930 79 new record 43 in 2003 42
March 17 76 in 1894 80 new record * 47 in 1894 59 new record
March 18 71 in 1921 79 new record 48 in 1968 61 new record **
March 19 72 in 1910 79 new record 48 in 1910 61 new record **
March 20 66 in 1938 65 41 in 1938 57 new record
March 21 76 in 1938 66 47 in 1938 55 new record
March 22 71 in 1945 70 44 in 1910 & 1935 56 new record
March 23 83 in 1910 73 48 in 1910 & 1920 59 new record
March 24 76 in 1939 70 *** 52 in 1945 51
  all records   all records  
* also earliest 80 degree temperature ever recorded in March (previous record: 83 degrees - March 23, 1910)
** also warmest maximum low temperature ever recorded in March
*** eighth day reaching 70 degrees or more lengthens new March record (previous record: five in March 1910)

Additionally, all-time high Twin Cities dew point temperature records were set on March 16 through March 23. The dew point temperatures on those dates ranged from 57 to 60 degrees. The maximum dew point temperature on March 17, 19, 22, and 23 reached 60 degrees, tying the all-time record for the month of March.

Duluth
Date Maximum High
Temperature Record
2012 Maximum
Temperature
Maximum Low
Temperature Record
2012 Minimum
Temperature
March 10 54 in 1902 & 1990 53 37 in 1878 25
March 11 60 in 1902 57 38 in 1902 34
March 12 55 in 1903 43 38 in 1903 37
March 13 57 in 2007 55 42 in 1995 32
March 14 60 in 1902 68 new record 44 in 1902 40
March 15 60 in 2010 53 39 in 2010 35
March 16 60 in 2003 55 40 in 2010 36
March 17 61 in 1968 75 new record 36 in 1966 40 new record
March 18 67 in 1968 73 new record 43 in 1968 50 new record *
March 19 66 in 1910 72 new record 41 in 1918 48 new record
March 20 60 in 1938 62 new record 35 in 1911 & 1918 50 new record
March 21 68 in 1910 58 39 in 1910 & 1946 39 ties record
March 22 72 in 1945 54 39 in 1945 39 ties record
March 23 68 in 1939 48 43 in 1920 42
March 24 64 in 1910 & 1928 70 new record 40 in 1928 & 2000 37
  all records   all records  
* also warmest maximum low temperature ever recorded in March (previous record: 48 degrees - March 28, 1946)

 

International Falls
Date Maximum High
Temperature Record
2012 Maximum
Temperature
Maximum Low
Temperature Record
2012 Minimum
Temperature
March 10 54 in 1977 59 new record 30 in 1988 & 2010 26
March 11 52 in 1957, 1959, & 2007 61 new record 36 in 2010 19
March 12 56 in 1996 43 39 in 1995 37
March 13 54 in 1911 & 1995 55 new record 44 in 1995 29
March 14 54 in 1911 & 2010 57 new record 38 in 2010 31
March 15 57 in 2003 & 2009 57 ties record 39 in 1914 24
March 16 58 in 2009 71 new record 34 in 2009 27
March 17 55 in 1968 77 new record 38 in 1968 52 new record
March 18 66 in 1918 79 new record * 38 in 1968 51 new record
March 19 60 in 1918 78 new record 41 in 1918 60 new record **
March 20 61 in 1987 61 ties record 33 in 2011 42 new record
March 21 56 in 1987 69 new record 36 in 1911 31
March 22 62 in 2000 72 new record 36 in 1920 & 1986 28
March 23 66 in 2003 54 48 in 1920 47
March 24 63 in 1921 58 41 in 2000 29
  all records   all records  
* also warmest temperature ever recorded in March (previous record: 77 degrees - March 17, 2012)
** also warmest maximum low temperature ever recorded in March (previous record: 52 degrees - March 17, 2012)

 

Rochester
Date Maximum High
Temperature Record
2012 Maximum
Temperature
Maximum Low
Temperature Record
2012 Minimum
Temperature
March 10 63 in 1977 62 40 in 1966 33
March 11 60 in 1990 63 new record 43 in 1977 37
March 12 67 in 1990 54 47 in 1990 40
March 13 63 in 1990 66 new record 48 in 1995 36
March 14 70 in 1910 74 new record 44 in 1973 49 new record
March 15 67 in 2003 74 new record 41 in 1946 40
March 16 73 in 1930 78 new record 43 in 1930 48 new record
March 17 66 in 1930 81 new record * 45 in 1966 58 new record
March 18 60 in 1945 80 new record 46 in 1968 61 new record
March 19 69 in 1910 77 new record 38 in 1913, 1918, & 1976 62 new record **
March 20 72 in 1910 69 42 in 1918 58 new record
March 21 70 in 1918 66 44 in 1918 & 1946 57 new record
March 22 77 in 1938 75 40 in 1935 & 2000 59 new record
March 23 72 in 1945 71 49 in 1920 55 new record
March 24 82 in 1910 70 52 in 1945 54 new record
  all records   all records  
* also earliest 80 degree temperature ever recorded in March (previous record: 82 degrees - March 24, 1910)
** also warmest maximum low temperature ever recorded in March (previous record: 61 degrees - March 18, 2012)

 

Saint Cloud
Date Maximum High
Temperature Record
2012 Maximum
Temperature
Maximum Low
Temperature Record
2012 Minimum
Temperature
March 10 54 in 1977 54 ties record 35 in 1966 & 2010 28
March 11 60 in 1901 & 1902 61 new record 45 in 1911 33
March 12 67 in 1990 50 41 in 1995 34
March 13 64 in 1911 62 39 in 1910 30
March 14 65 in 1981 71 new record 44 in 1902 37
March 15 64 in 1935 65 new record 40 in 1902 & 2010 30
March 16 63 in 1930 76 new record 38 in 1966 37
March 17 68 in 1894 75 new record 42 in 1968 51 new record
March 18 70 in 1910 75 new record 46 in 1968 61 new record *
March 19 71 in 1910 78 new record 39 in 1921 & 1987 59 new record
March 20 65 in 1910 & 1911 62 37 in 1918 50 new record
March 21 75 in 1911 63 40 in 1938 & 1946 50 new record
March 22 71 in 1945 62 40 in 1910 53 new record
March 23 81 in 1910 65 43 in 1910 52 new record
March 24 78 in 1910 70 48 in 1945 41
  all records   all records  
* also warmest maximum low temperature ever recorded in March (previous record: 52 degrees - March 29, 1910)
Last modified: March 25, 2012. Prepared by Climatology Volunteer Nick Yates

 

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