Northeast and Midwest U.S. flirt with record high temps

March 13, 2012 MINNESOTATemperatures soared to record highs in the Northeast on Monday after a weekend of record-setting warmth across the Upper Plains and forecasts for an unprecedented extended warm front this week, the National Weather Service said. In Boston, temperatures reached a record 71 degrees Monday afternoon, eclipsing the former high of 69 degrees for this date set 110 years ago, the weather service said. The unseasonably warm weather was expected to continue in Boston throughout the week, but likely not with record setting temperatures, said Bill Simpson, a weather service meteorologist based in Taunton, Massachusetts. Temperatures also soared Monday afternoon in New York City to near the record 71 degrees in Central Park. In Washington, above-average temperatures meant cherry trees blossomed sooner than expected ahead of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, one of the biggest U.S. springtime parties, which begins on March 20. Florets were extending on Monday, but peak bloom is expected to fall some time from March 24 to 28, still within the original forecast. Minnesotans accustomed to mid-March snowstorms instead basked in record high temperatures in the mid-60s last weekend and more records may fall under an unprecedented extended warm front, weather service meteorologist Byron Paulson said. The high temperature reached 66 degrees on Saturday and Sunday in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area, topping previous records for those dates set in 1878 and 1902 respectively in climate records that run back to 1871. Record high temperature were recorded across the upper Midwest over the weekend with temperatures punching into the 70s in Bismarck, North Dakota, and across southern Minnesota and eastern Wisconsin, according to the weather service. –Reuters
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6 Responses to Northeast and Midwest U.S. flirt with record high temps

  1. Wiseguy says:

    Heatwave is coming to us, Eastern Canada, next week-end will be unusually hot. I’m predicting major floods on Richelieu river next week when all the snow from the Appalachian mountains will melt on top of heavy rains and reach Champlain Lake. We had the shortest winter ever, starting end of december and ending two weeks ago… Our ski hills are going bankrupt, Ski equipment retailers and snow removal contractors too… So sad… Did I wrote ”unusual” again!!!


    • Chris says:

      Same thing going on in central Canada, have 0C to 10C weather all week this week. Totally odd considering we just got like a foot of snow last week in a freak snow storm.


  2. Julie says:

    Three record breaking days in Minnesota is what the news said! It’s awesome weather right now!


  3. Irene C says:

    Here in Ohio too. We should still be concerned with snow and ice, but temperatures will be in the 70’s. I’m not complaining, but now, with the shortened winter, I’m concerned with what the summer temperatures will be and the mosquitoes. I’ve heard that the mosquito problem has already started.



  4. Susan says:

    Alvin, do you get chem trails where you are? In the midwest, it was beautiful outside today. However, the natural clear blue skies were ruined by many planes ( I counted over 15 different planes I saw at different times) leaving OBVIOUS trails. Doesn’t this tick anyone else off?? And today was the first time I’d noticed one of the trails was “dirty looking” when viewed through sunglasses- like it was smoke. The only words that give me comfort are, Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth…


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