Spring Is Here... Record Warmth Continues

Spring Is Here... Record Warmth Continues

Spring officially started at 1:14 AM this morning, and near-record warmth will continue through midweek across Kentucky.
Tuesday Morning, March 20, 2012:  Spring Begins, Near-Record Warmth Continues

Good Tuesday morning, and HAPPY SPRING!  The VERNAL EQUINOX occurred at 1:14 AM, very early this morning, then the direct rays of the sun struck the equator at an excruciatingly precise 90° angle.

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It's finally here... although with the exception of the 5" of snow we received in Lexington, 15 days ago, it really has felt like spring for quite a while.  On the heels of a mild winter, temperatures have been well above normal over the past week. 

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We've been talking about the "WHY" behind the warm-up.  A massive ridge of high pressure has expanded across the eastern United States.  Meanwhile, the western US deals with unseasonably cold weather with winter overstaying its welcome, producing heavy snow in many western US states.

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The unusual blow-torch of atypical March heat drove temperatures into record territory yesterday.  Records were tied in Lexington and London, rivaling hot March 19ths that occurred in 1907, 1945 and in London's case, 1982.

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In Jackson, KY, records are set more easily, because the record books only go back to 1981, missing the hot times in the earlier part of the last century.  Jackson blasted past the period of more recent history, breaking 1995's March 19 record high of 77°, peaking at 83° yesterday. 

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The overnight low temperature in Jackson was a June-like 61° on Monday, which also broke a

record.  In this case, it was a record warmest low temperature, beating the old record of 56° from an unusually warm March night on March 19 of 2003.

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Expect record heat to continue today and into tomorrow, at least in many parts of the area.  We're on the road to 82° today in Lexington, likely breaking the old record of 81° from a warm March 20th in 1894.

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Enjoy the summerlike start to spring!

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Geoff

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