Wednesday, March 21, 2012: Record Warm Stretch Continues
Good Wednesday, everybody. The record warm stretch continues across the area. The massive ridge of high pressure responsible for our warmth will hold strong today, but its days are numbered, as an occluded front will arrive from the west later this week, bringing showers and a return to more seasonable springtime weather.
It's not here yet, though!
Yesterday brought our first 80° day (in Lexington) since October 10th. We climbed into record territory across the entire area.
We'll start with the stats from Jackson, KY. Jackson's numbers LOOK especially impressive, because the records only go back to 1981 in Breathitt County. Therefore, some of the extremely hot years from the early 1900s do not factor into the database. With that said, yesterday's numbers shattered the former records from the 1981-2011 time period in Jackson, for March 20th.
Jackson broke the record high by 8°, soaring to 86°. Also, Jackson obliviated the record warmest low for March 20th by 9°, only bottoming out at 63° yesterday. Because records go back farther in other towns, no other "warmest lows" were set yesterday in places like Lexington, Frankfort or London.
Also of note, Jackson came close to its record warmest March temperature of 87°, set on March 28th, 8 years after the climate history began in Jackson.
When we look at some of the local climate sites with a more respectable database, in terms of decades upon decades of climatology, we find some new record highs that were set yesterday.
Lexington's high of 83° yesterday broke the old record of 81° from 1894. Frankfort's high of 83° broke the old record of 82° from a warm March 20th in 1921. London blasted past its old record of 79° (1968) to reach a high of 85°. (There's no telling just how warm London was in 1894 or 1921, because London's records only go back to the 1950s.)
Bottom line: record heat is here, and it will continue for another day or two! Enjoy the early summer preview!