Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
Hello and happy Tuesday everyone, hope all is well on this 13th of March. We’re still talking incredible warmth across the eastern two-thirds of the nation with temperatures at record or near record territory through the upcoming weekend.
Early Signs of Spring
Thanks to Marlo Lundy from Southern Iowa for the picture below. She is noting some early signs of spring… her trees are budding!
These are the high temperatures from yesterday, which show extremely warm conditions and even hitting record levels for a number of locations.
Another Very Warm Day Today
These are high temperatures expected across the nation today. 70s and 80s are pretty commonplace through the eastern two-thirds of the nation.
Highs From Normal Today
Temperatures from normal for today show readings anywhere from 10° to 30° above normal… and there’s more to come this week!
6 to 10 Day Temperature Outlook
The extended model runs show are still hinting at well above average temperatures through the end of the month. In fact, the 6 to 10 day temperature outlook has a near 75% chance of above average temperatures through that time frame.
Why So Warm?
The high amplitude weather pattern into the weekend keeps places east of the Rockies under high pressure, which will allow warm conditions to persist.
Strong Storm Brings Lots of Moisture
The 5 day QPF for the Northwest shows a ton of moisture through early Sunday. the forecast below suggest up to 10″+ for parts of the Sierra Nevada Mountains! Keep in mind that some/most of this moisture for the mountains will be in the form of SNOW!
Cherry Blossoms to Arrive Early in DC
This is an interesting read, but not all that surprising with the way temperatures have been so far this 2012.
“The May-like warmth forecast over the next week promises to give the cherry blossoms a big shot of adrenaline, likely bringing them to peak bloom considerably earlier than normal (which is around April 1). With the big temperature spike ahead, the peak bloom date could come close to the earliest on record (over the last 20 years) of March 17, 2000.“
Bloom Watch 2012
The National Park Service is forecasting a peak bloom of March 24th-28th… the average peak bloom date is April 4th… the earliest peak bloom date was March 17th, 2000
“The Peak Bloom Date is defined as the day on which 70 percent of the blossoms of the Yoshino cherry trees that surround the Tidal Basin are open. This date varies from year to year, depending on weather conditions. The Blooming Period is defined as that period when 20 percent of the blossoms are open until the petals fall and leaves appear. The blooming period starts several days before the peak bloom date and can last as long as 14 days, however, frost or high temperatures combined with wind or rain can shorten this period.“
From Viewers Like You
Yesterday I asked if anyone was noticing any early signs of spring in their neck of the woods and this is what they had to say. Thanks for participating and don’t forget to post your pictures/video on our facebook page!
Thanks again for checking in and have a great rest of your week.
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-Meteorologist Todd Nelson-