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Posted on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 2:32 p.m.

Ann Arbor sets new record for highest March temperature

By Cindy Heflin

The official high temperature in Ann Arbor Thursday was 85 degrees, the highest temperature ever recorded in March.

That’s the word from Dennis Kahlbaum, University of Michigan weather observer.

Thursday’s high was the latest in a string of records set by this most unusual of months, which included three consecutive days of record-setting heat.

Cooler air moving into the region was expected to bring showers and thunderstorms Friday afternoon and a high of 71. More rain is in store for the weekend, with highs in the 60s.

For updates and forecasts any check's weather page.



Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 4:02 p.m.

I was just 7 when the first national distribution of the Salk Polio vaccine took place. This caused a national celebration - it was that summer of the worst polio outbreak ever and this was a miracle cure - which worked! News involving scientific advancement was daily news, everyone knew science could achieve miracles. Science teachers were in demand, we had to produce more leading scientists. Oct. 4, 1958: I was 12. That day, the radio & TV announced that the Soviets had launched the world's first earth orbiting satellite: Sputnik 1. That caused another national uproar: we needed MORE scientists to help compete with and defend us from foreign science and technology. BOTH political parties were solidly on the Science bandwagon - they knew what voters wanted. Climate theory didn't take off until around 1969. For years, climate science had "speculated" on the danger of increased CO2 content in our atmosphere. The heat transfer mechanism was well understood: but this was just the start of the actual scientific studies of what our atmosphere was "doing" and it took years of field study and calculations to even begin to understand. This was no sudden satellite launch, this was a long term, slow learning process. The results kept coming in and some non-scientists didn't like the implications: those that established that we're burning too much fossil fuels. It became "a business matter" and that's when the attacks on Science began. Just sayin' -- it's not a good idea to base our conclusions & cast our votes based on political (business funded) advertising.


Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 12:16 p.m.

Hey other commenting geniuses, it is called climate change and if you really understood it, it causes more extreme weather patterns. Like unusual heat waves, cold fronts or strong storms, like the kinds that cause tornadoes in march. Go learn something, please.

Bosco Boscowitz

Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 10:45 p.m.

Tea Party has blamed Al Gore for the heat - after all, he's partially responsible for trying to make global warming an accepted scientific theory.

Matt Sussman

Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 9:28 p.m.

I had guessed Ann Arbor reached a record high, but not temperature.


Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 3:40 p.m.

That would be for April 1, not today. Although today is rather chilly and I am not use to it, but enjoying it.


Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 9:12 p.m.

Why isn't it this warm every year? If this is global warming I am for it!

Peter Baker

Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 7:33 p.m.

Yeah, but it snowed once when it shouldn't have, thereby disproving "global warming".


Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 11:39 p.m.

I had this conversation with my niece in Kazoo earlier this week: she was somewhat disturbed to find out that they had not exceeded the high temperature for the month set in 1910. Of course back then, they didnt call it global warming . . .it was just a 'warm spring'.

Peter Baker

Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 9:43 p.m.

No, my point was about all the people who pointed out unseasonable cold weather as a refutation of climate change. "It's snowed in Las Vegas, where's your global warming now?" Well, hear it is.


Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 9:23 p.m.

Thank yopu for making that point........the weather is what it is and always will be.........or did you mean something else?