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
DateMaximum High
Temperature Record
2012 Maximum
Temperature
Maximum Low
Temperature Record
2012 Minimum
Temperature
March 1059 in 187866 new record45 in 187834
March 1161 in 190266 new record45 in 197746 new record
March 1269 in 19905250 in 199043
March 1366 in 200767 new record46 in 199534
March 1464 in 201073 new record45 in 197348 new record
March 1569 in 19276342 in 192742 ties record
March 1671 in 193079 new record43 in 200342
March 1776 in 189480 new record *47 in 189459 new record
March 1871 in 192179 new record48 in 196861 new record **
March 1972 in 191079 new record48 in 191061 new record **
March 2066 in 19386541 in 193857 new record
March 2176 in 19386647 in 193855 new record
March 2271 in 19457044 in 1910 & 193556 new record
March 2383 in 19107348 in 1910 & 192059 new record
March 2476 in 193970 ***52 in 194551
 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
DateMaximum High
Temperature Record
2012 Maximum
Temperature
Maximum Low
Temperature Record
2012 Minimum
Temperature
March 1054 in 1902 & 19905337 in 187825
March 1160 in 19025738 in 190234
March 1255 in 19034338 in 190337
March 1357 in 20075542 in 199532
March 1460 in 190268 new record44 in 190240
March 1560 in 20105339 in 201035
March 1660 in 20035540 in 201036
March 1761 in 196875 new record36 in 196640 new record
March 1867 in 196873 new record43 in 196850 new record *
March 1966 in 191072 new record41 in 191848 new record
March 2060 in 193862 new record35 in 1911 & 191850 new record
March 2168 in 19105839 in 1910 & 194639 ties record
March 2272 in 19455439 in 194539 ties record
March 2368 in 19394843 in 192042
March 2464 in 1910 & 192870 new record40 in 1928 & 200037
 all records all records 
* also warmest maximum low temperature ever recorded in March (previous record: 48 degrees - March 28, 1946)

 

International Falls
DateMaximum High
Temperature Record
2012 Maximum
Temperature
Maximum Low
Temperature Record
2012 Minimum
Temperature
March 1054 in 197759 new record30 in 1988 & 201026
March 1152 in 1957, 1959, & 200761 new record36 in 201019
March 1256 in 19964339 in 199537
March 1354 in 1911 & 199555 new record44 in 199529
March 1454 in 1911 & 201057 new record38 in 201031
March 1557 in 2003 & 200957 ties record39 in 191424
March 1658 in 200971 new record34 in 200927
March 1755 in 196877 new record38 in 196852 new record
March 1866 in 191879 new record *38 in 196851 new record
March 1960 in 191878 new record41 in 191860 new record **
March 2061 in 198761 ties record33 in 201142 new record
March 2156 in 198769 new record36 in 191131
March 2262 in 200072 new record36 in 1920 & 198628
March 2366 in 20035448 in 192047
March 2463 in 19215841 in 200029
 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
DateMaximum High
Temperature Record
2012 Maximum
Temperature
Maximum Low
Temperature Record
2012 Minimum
Temperature
March 1063 in 19776240 in 196633
March 1160 in 199063 new record43 in 197737
March 1267 in 19905447 in 199040
March 1363 in 199066 new record48 in 199536
March 1470 in 191074 new record44 in 197349 new record
March 1567 in 200374 new record41 in 194640
March 1673 in 193078 new record43 in 193048 new record
March 1766 in 193081 new record *45 in 196658 new record
March 1860 in 194580 new record46 in 196861 new record
March 1969 in 191077 new record38 in 1913, 1918, & 197662 new record **
March 2072 in 19106942 in 191858 new record
March 2170 in 19186644 in 1918 & 194657 new record
March 2277 in 19387540 in 1935 & 200059 new record
March 2372 in 19457149 in 192055 new record
March 2482 in 19107052 in 194554 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
DateMaximum High
Temperature Record
2012 Maximum
Temperature
Maximum Low
Temperature Record
2012 Minimum
Temperature
March 1054 in 197754 ties record35 in 1966 & 201028
March 1160 in 1901 & 190261 new record45 in 191133
March 1267 in 19905041 in 199534
March 1364 in 19116239 in 191030
March 1465 in 198171 new record44 in 190237
March 1564 in 193565 new record40 in 1902 & 201030
March 1663 in 193076 new record38 in 196637
March 1768 in 189475 new record42 in 196851 new record
March 1870 in 191075 new record46 in 196861 new record *
March 1971 in 191078 new record39 in 1921 & 198759 new record
March 2065 in 1910 & 19116237 in 191850 new record
March 2175 in 19116340 in 1938 & 194650 new record
March 2271 in 19456240 in 191053 new record
March 2381 in 19106543 in 191052 new record
March 2478 in 19107048 in 194541
 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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