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Published March 19, 2012, 06:58 PM

Unusual March weather setting records

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - So just how unusual is it to get a long streak of summer like temperatures in March? StormTRACKER Meteorologist Rob Kupec breaks down our record setting stretch.

So just how unusual is it to get a long streak of summer like temperatures in March? StormTRACKER Meteorologist Rob Kupec breaks down our record setting stretch.

When you got up this morning the 102 year old record high of 66 had already been broken at midnight when the temperature was 68. This is the 5th straight day with a record high. So what's behind this wealth of warm weather?

Daryl Ritchison – StormTRACKER Meteorlogist: “Really, to me it’s always an easy way to explain it as a give and take in the atmosphere. If some area is really too cold you have to counteract that.”

Over the weekend snow fell over part of Arizona while we were reveling in our 70 degree St. Patties day weekend. 1910 is the warmest March on record with average temperature of 40.9 degrees, and it's nearly 5 degrees warmer than the number 2 year of 1918.

Looking at the weather maps from March of 1910, they look very similar to what's going on today, and back in 2000 we had a similar warm stretch setting 5 straight record highs in the beginning of the month. That year the weather turned late in the month and we had snow and very cold weather in April. So will we stay warm enough to challenge 1910?

Daryl Ritchison: “Considering what I see in the future for the rest of the month, if had right now to forecast it, I would say we are going to break the record for the warmest March on record.”

So far we're on our way. We've had the warmest first 18 days of March. We also set the record Sunday for the warmest daily low for March with 60 degrees. That's 12 degrees warmer than the old record.

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