Unlike Last Year: First Day of Spring Marked by Below Normal Temperatures

Spring officially began this morning at 6:02 A.M., however it seemed more like winter based on temperatures and the abundance of snow on the ground. In fact, northeast Wisconsin has averaged about 5 to 6 degrees below normal this March so far. When compared to 2012's unprecedented record warmth, our average high temperature this March so far is 15 to 20 degrees colder than the average high temperature through March 20th of last year. Today's high temperatures should range from the upper teens in northern Wisconsin, to the lower 20s in central and eastern Wisconsin, some 45 to 65 degrees colder than the 70s and 80s we were experiencing a year ago. Below is a table comparing last year's high temperatures to today's forecast high temperatures across northeast Wisconsin:

City

High Temperature March 20, 2012

Forecast High Temperature Today

Difference

Green Bay

80 °F

21°F

-59°F

Appleton

81°F

20°F

-61°F

Brillion

80°F

20°F

-60°F

Chilton

82°F

20°F

-62°F

Clintonville

80°F

20°F

-60°F

Denmark

76°F

21°F

-55°F

Florence

79°F

21°F

-58°F

Hancock

80°F

17°F

-63°F

Kewaunee

62°F

23°F

-39°F

Laona

78°F

20°F

-58°F

Manitowoc

56°F

22°F

-34°F

Marinette

75°F

24°F

-51°F

Marshfield

75°F

17°F

-58°F

Merrill

77°F

19°F

-58°F

New London

81°F

20°F

-61°F

Oconto

79°F

23°F

-56°F

Peshtigo

77°F

24°F

-53°F

Rhinelander

76°F

19°F

-57°F

Shawano

79°F

21°F

-58°F

Stevens Point

79°F

18°F

-61°F

Sturgeon Bay

68°F

22°F

-46°F

Suring

79°F

21°F

-58°F

Two Rivers

53°F

22°F

-31°F

Washington Island

56°F

25°F

-31°F

Waupaca

83°F

20°F

-63°F

Wausau

78°F

19°F

-59°F

Wisconsin Rapids

82°F

18°F

-64°F

With no major pattern change anticipated through the next few weeks, below normal temperatures will continue for northeast Wisconsin:

 

Current 6-10 Day Temperature Outlook - Click for larger view
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Current 8-14 Day Temperature Outlook - Click for larger view
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