Ann Arbor breaks string of weather records; 80s expected by Tuesday
Melanie Maxwell | AnnArbor.com
Ann Arbor is racking up a string of record-high days, and it looks like several more records will fall this week.
We’ve already had three record-high days this month, on the 14th, 16th and 17th. With a high of 79 expected Monday afternoon, we’re likely to set another record. The previous high for March 19 is 77 set in 1921.
Tuesday looks to be another record-breaker with a high of 82 expected, about 30 degrees above the normal high for this time of year. The previous record for March 20 was 75 degrees set in 1921. That would also break the record for earliest day to record a high temperature of 80 or higher. That was set on March 22, 1938, with a high of 81.
We could even have three record-breaking days in a row if we reach the expected high of 83 on Wednesday. The record for that day is 74.
And that’s not all. Ann Arbor is also likely to break the record for consecutive days above 70 degrees in March. The current record stands at six, set in 1998, when temperatures were above 70 degrees from March 26 to 31. The temperature in Ann Arbor stood at 71 at 1:30 p.m. Monday, tying that record. Another 70-degree-plus day on Tuesday would break it.
The Detroit area was expected to tie the record Monday for most consecutive days in March above 60 degrees. Ann Arbor is also approaching that record. It was set in 1910, when the area had 10 days in a row of days above 60. Monday's 71 degrees makes it the ninth consecutive day with temperatures above 60 degrees.
And while warm temperatures can lead to severe thunderstorms, such as those that spawned the tornado that destroyed homes and uprooted trees in the Dexter area last Thursday, no severe weather is in the immediate forecast.
Meteorologists say the warmer-than-normal conditions are likely to continue for some time. A ridge of high pressure is firmly parked to the east, pulling up warm air from the south.
“Just looking at things it doesn’t really look like there’s going to be any chance for any snap back to reality even through the end of the month,” said Eric Leister, a meteorologist with AccuWeather.com. A bit of a cool down is expected this weekend, with daytime highs in the 50s, but by Tuesday of next week, temperatures could be back in the 70s, Leister said.
All this abnormality has Monica Hicks of Ann Arbor a bit worried. The warm weather is pleasant, she said, but the self-described tree hugger worries about the impact on the environment.
“It’s just kind of got me wondering what’s going on with the climate,” she said, sitting outside The Arena on Washington Street Monday, enjoying the first outdoor lunch of the year with co-worker Chelsea Dulin.
Dulin, of Ypsilanti, expressed no such reservations. “I’m super excited,” she said. “I wish I wasn’t working. If I wasn’t working I’d be lying out in my back yard. I think it’s going to be a hot summer.”
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