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Posted on Thu, May 24, 2012 : 8:45 a.m.

Spring of 2012 shaping up to be warmest on record in Ann Arbor

By Cindy Heflin

We all know this spring has felt a lot more like summer, and a check of the record books confirms that. The spring of 2012 is on track to be the warmest in recorded history in the Ann Arbor area.

With an average temperature of 53.5 degrees so far, it’s the warmest since record keeping began in 1880, said University of Michigan weather observer Dennis Kahlbaum.

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A run through the sprinkler might feel good this weekend as above-normal temperatures continue.

The previous record was 52.7F set in 1977. The normal average spring temperature is 48.4F.

The coldest spring was recorded in 1883 when the average temperature was 40.2 degrees, Kahlbaum said.

Although the calendar says spring lasts from March 20 to June 20, we’re talking about meteorological spring here, considered to be March through May.

After March broke practically every warmth record ever set, April was a pretty normal month, but May is following the above-normal trend for 2012, which began with the fifth warmest winter on record.

Above normal temperatures will continue for the upcoming holiday weekend, starting with today. Forecasters predict a high of about 85 in Ann Arbor. The normal high for this date is 66 degrees.

Friday and Saturday are expected to have highs near 80. The forecast calls for a high of 87 Sunday and 89 on Monday.

For weather updates and forecasts anytime, check's weather page.




Fri, May 25, 2012 : 11:15 a.m.

I believe it is among the driest also.


Thu, May 24, 2012 : 4:42 p.m.

I remember in 1977 that in April (right after Easter weekend I believe) we had a string of 5 or 6 days in the mid to upper 80's. Really, really bizarre for that time, although this year beats that. This has all the signs of a very hot summer. I hope not. Maybe it will turn around. What's really becoming a problem is the lack of rain. Browning grass and dry soil is strange for this time of year.


Thu, May 24, 2012 : 3:43 p.m.

I am glad I contributed to the warm spring by idling my car longer than normal! I guess that is solid proof that man made global warming is real!


Thu, May 24, 2012 : 3:19 p.m.

Glad to have summer back and to be going up country where the water tastes like wine....

Will Warner

Thu, May 24, 2012 : 5:22 p.m.

Be sure to take some canned heat...


Thu, May 24, 2012 : 2:54 p.m.

OK, let's have the usual climate denial that subscribes to the theory that we can dump 60% of sequestered coal and 80% of sequestered petroleum, while destroyed 40% of our rainforests... and nothing will happen to the environment.


Fri, May 25, 2012 : 2:47 a.m.

"Sea level has not chnaged at all over the past several decades and may have decreasd a bit." Also false statement. In the last 150 years, global average sea level has consistently risen, with faster rise happening in the last 50 years.


Thu, May 24, 2012 : 8:34 p.m.

"There are as many highly reputable climatologists who are skeptics in the AGW idea as there are those who believe it." This is a blatantly, 100% false statement. The scientific literature overwhelmingly supports anthropomorphic climate change.


Thu, May 24, 2012 : 4:43 p.m.

Agree. The rate at which the polar ice cap and ice pack in Greenland are melting can't be a "normal" planetary cycle.

Kara H

Thu, May 24, 2012 : 4:13 p.m.

Oh no @noSUV, this is a problem only more arguing about gay marriage can solve.


Thu, May 24, 2012 : 3:59 p.m.

Global temps have actually cooled a few tenths of degree centigrade since 1998. The prevailing warmth has been concentrated over the USA this past year. It has not been as warm across Europe. Alaska has had one the coldest winters and early spings. There are as many highly reputable climatologists who are skeptics in the AGW idea as there are those who believe it. Too bad that nearly all of the universities are funded by the Global Warming groups. There is plenty of eveidence refuting this idea but believe what you want. Climate will always change. FYI: Sea level has not chnaged at all over the past several decades and may have decreasd a bit. Wonder why all those condos and resorts in Cancun have not been submerged yet? Take a look at development all along the Florida coastlines...


Thu, May 24, 2012 : 2:33 p.m.

warm? try hot. The planets normal climate fluctuations are amazing, glad humans had no hand in it, we aren't Gods!


Fri, May 25, 2012 : 2:40 a.m.

You really need to work on your imagination. Why would we need to be "Gods" to affect the climate?


Thu, May 24, 2012 : 4:47 p.m.

Are you saying humans can have no effect on the environment? I believe we know that's not the case. Human activity can pollute the water, land and air, and cause great alterations on ecosystems. Why should this be any different?


Thu, May 24, 2012 : 2:11 p.m.

Ok, let's have the usual barrage of "climate change/global warming dire warnings".