Posted at 11:32 AM on March 16, 2012
by Mark Seeley
Breaking statewide record high temperatures in Minnesota is a rarity, but each day Friday through Monday we will have a chance to do so. Here are the statewide record high temperature values for March 16-19.
March 16, 75 F at Fairmont in 1930 (surely to be broken today)
March 17 (St Patrick's Day), 81 F at Granite Falls in 1894
March 18, 84 F at Canby in 1921
March 19, 80 F at Pipestone in 1921
All of these will the exception of March 18th, may fall by the wayside, due to this unusually long March heat wave we are having.
Posted at 5:16 PM on March 16, 2012
by Paul Huttner
79 degree record high in the Twin Cities Friday
June 11th date when average high reaches 79 degrees at MSP
5th record high at MSP in the past week
82-85 forecast high for the metro Saturday & Sunday
76 & 71 record highs for Saturday & Sunday at MSP Airport
March 23rd, 1910 earliest 80 degree temp in the metro (until this weekend?)
Humid too dew points reach the sticky 60s this weekend
Thunder threat? Slight chance of isolated T-Storms late Saturday
Ice out shifting north toward metro lakes this weekend
Another day, another record:
Talk about "Spring Forward."
Friday was the 5th record high at MSP in the past week. It looks like we'll make it 7 by the time Monday rolls around.
Our exceptionally warm air mass is typical for June not March! We're literally leaping ahead 3 months on the weather.
This looks like an unprecedented string of record March warmth. We'll easily tie the record of five 70 degree days for March set in 1910 by Monday.
We'll cool off slightly next week, but with more warm air masses later this month, my gut tells me this will be the warmest March on record.
Earliest 80 degree temps on record at MSP:
We should hit 80 this weekend at MSP Airport. When we do, it will set a new record for the earliest 80 degree temp on rerecord. The earliest we've hit 80 at MSP was on March 23, 1910 when the mercury touched 83 degrees.
One of the best ways to forecast temps at the surface in spring & summer is to use the 850mb temp "mix down" technique. If you take the air at around 5,000 feet and bring it down to ground level with a "dry adiabatic" method as meteorologist call it...you can get a great estimation of the potential maximum surface temps.
Looking at this weekend, and an 850 mb forecast temp of +17C yields 88 degrees at the surface in summer. Subtract a little for the lower March sun angle and you get about 82 degrees in the Twin Cities this weekend.
I wouldn't be shocked to see a few hyper bank thermometers flashing 85 in southern Minnesota, and maybe the metro this weekend!
Did I just say that in March?
"Warm & Humid?"
I had to dig deep into the weather lab grab bag to find the "H" word in March.
Dew points will hover in the 60s this weekend in southern & eastern Minnesota. Drier air with dew points in the 30s lingers over the Dakotas and western Minnesota.
The interface between the 2 air masses is called a "dry-line." Dry lines can act as pseudo cold fronts, and may serve as the focus for triggering isolated T-Storms.
Though the atmosphere is likely "capped" this weekend above 10,000 feet, I can't rule out a stray thunderstorm...especially Saturday late PM & evening.
A warm front may set up Saturday night, and that could trigger a few "nocturnal thunderstorms" along the front. Unheard of for March in Minnesota.
Chances for boomers will increase as you move east into Wisconsin.
Ice out continues:
Reports of ice free lakes continue to roll in this weekend.
You can check the latest ice-out reports here.
Enjoy our June-like weekend!