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March 2017 General Discussion

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5 hours ago, IWXwx said:

We're off to a roaring start precipwise here.

Jan 4.51" (2.24)

Feb 1.95" (2.05)

March 4.22" (2.72)

2017 10.68" (7.01) +3.67"

March was very wet around here.

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DTW finished at 36.9F for March, which was a departure of -0.3F.

At 36.9F in March and 38.0F in Feb, this was only the 6th time on record March was colder than February. March seemed to run unusually "warmer" than many surrounding areas at DTW on several days, so much of SE MI actually finished March 1.5-2 degrees colder than February. Detroit City airport finished a full 1.4 degrees colder than DTW in March.

 

Its quite interesting how we have transformed from DET averaging 2-3 degrees warmer than DTW in the 1960s and 1970s, and by the 2000s it was down to about 1 degree warmer, and now all of a sudden in 2017 DET has averaged 1.2F COLDER than DTW. DTW is still a semi-rural area and when you look at the monthly roundups from DTX, which has probably 3 or 4 dozen stations listed, DTW is always the warmest with the occasional exception of Monroe. Not a fan of how UHI affects of the airport the climate sites like that.

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I find this VERY interesting.

At Detroit...

Only 6 of the last 24 months have been colder than normal. BUT...19 of the previous 26 months had been colder than normal.

So in the past 50 months (Feb 2013-Mar 2017), exactly 25 months were colder than normal and 25 months were warmer than normal.

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Yes it was wet here too, though it was not dry in Jan/Feb. March finished with 4.88" imby and 7.7" snow. DTW finished with 4.26" precip (11th wettest March) and 6.9" snow.

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On 3/26/2017 at 3:00 PM, Hoosier said:

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NWS is really digging for something to classify as rare/record.

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