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Then and now: How does this winter compare

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It appears that spring has sprung early for us in Mid-Michigan. Temperatures this week will cruise into the 50s and 60s and don’t appear to be going down anytime soon.

In fact the Climate Prediction Center’s 10-day temperature outlook predicts that we have an 80-90 percent chance of seeing above normal temperatures through March 15.

So just how warm are we?

Our average daily high temperature for Saginaw for March 7 is 38 degrees.  For Flint the average temperatures is 40 degrees. Today we are looking at a high near 55, that’s 15 to 17 degrees above our average. We only go up from there.

Tomorrow we are looking at highs near 62. If we get there, we’ll exceed our average highs by almost 25 degrees! Temperatures all week won’t fall below 52, which is still more than 10 degrees above our seasonal average.

Thanks El Niño

We have been seeing warmer/ above normal temperatures for most of the winter season. According to the National Weather Service in Detroit, this past November was the fourth warmest November on record for Saginaw and Bay City.

It also was the fiftth warmest on record for Flint. We’ve also enjoyed twice the normal amount of sunny days than what we usually see. December was no different, with us seeing record breaking temperatures Dec.13 and 14 in the 60s.

This past December was the warmest December globally since records began in 1880, according to the National Climatic Data Center. January and February were less out of the ordinary with the typical cold and snowy days, but we're still mild compared to past years.

El Niño played a significant role in the mild winter we have seen overall.

A little Perspective

To give you the bigger picture of just how mild we have been, and still are, Dec. 13 this past year we saw record breaking temperatures of 60 and 65 degrees for Saginaw and Flint respectively. On those same days in 2013 we had temperatures in the lower and upper 20s.

Although, not quite as drastic this time last year, March 7, 2015, our daytime high was 35 degrees. Which is close to normal for this time of the year. The high for Flint at the same time last year was 41 degrees. Today we are blowing past that.

We won’t reach record breaking temps. For Saginaw March 8 is 78 degrees set in 2000 and the record for Flint is 80 degrees also set in 2000. Even without record breaking temperatures it will still be nice in comparison to the past week.

Tomorrow we are looking at the lower 60s.  For a little more perspective, the high for March 8, 2014, was 37 degrees. For Flint the temperature was 42 degrees. These may not be huge differences, but it is still well above what we should expect, running anywhere from 10 to close to 30 degrees above normal.

All in All

This month started on a very cold and snowy note, but what the difference a week makes. The tables have turned and we are now entering a period of much warmer temperatures for this week and likely beyond.

One thing is for sure, we are looking up in the temperature department. It appears that spring is here to stay, at least for the next two weeks anyway. 

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