Third Warmest Spring on Record

Spring 2007

3rd Warmest Spring Ever 

With June 1, the official period of Meteorological Spring comes to an end. The spring of 2007, covering the period March 1 through May 31, was remarkable in Central Indiana for being one of the warmest springs ever. However, this does not tell the whole story, as it is very important to remember that April 2007 saw one of the worst April cold snaps in 25 years across not just Central Indiana , but much of the Midwest and Southeast United States . This freeze was devastating to agriculture in many locations. Despite this April chill, March and May were so far above normal that they forced the seasonal average to one of the highest values ever recorded.

 

 As a whole, the spring of 2007 finished with an average temperature of 56.0 in Indianapolis . This squeaked by the springs of 1878 and 2004 to make 2007 the 3rd warmest spring on record, and the warmest since 1977 when the average spring temperature was 58.1 degrees.

 

  The dryness of May made this the 30th driest spring season on record in the Indianapolis area. Across Central Indiana , the dryness became more pronounced the farther south one went, with Terre Haute and Bloomington nearly 4 inches below normal for the spring. Farther north, precipitation deficits ranged from less than an inch at Lafayette to actually slightly above normal at Indianapolis-Eagle Creek and Muncie .

 

The following is a summary of weather conditions observed in various locations across Central Indiana during the spring of 2007.

 

Indianapolis International Airport

   

 

 

 

 

 

Average Temperature

Total Precipitation

Total Snowfall

Highs of 80 or more

Lows Below Freezing

Spring 2007

56.0

10.18

0.9

21

20

Normal Spring

52.1

11.41

3.5

11

22

2007 Difference from Normal

+3.9

-1.23

-2.6

+10

-2

 

 

 

Other Sites in Central Indiana

  

 

 

Site

Spring 2007 Temperature

Temp. Diff from Normal

Spring 2007 Precipitation

Precip. Diff from Normal

Lafayette

54.4

+4.3

9.83

-0.93

Terre Haute

56.0

+3.2

8.32

-3.94

Bloomington

57.2

+4.7

9.27

-3.80

Shelbyville

55.5

+3.4

10.65

-1.18

Muncie

54.1

+4.0

11.35

+0.48

Indianapolis -Eagle Creek

55.7

+3.7

11.46

+0.05

 

 

Data prepared by Logan Johnson, Climate Services Focal Point

Assistance provided by National Weather Service, Indianapolis Forecast Team



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