This post is not very economic oriented except indirectly, but I felt a need to mark the extraordinary temperatures of high and some low 100 year records. Lifted and edited for readability in blog format from an e-mail newsletter sent by reader rjs come examples and links for both record setting high temperatures and consecutive days of high temperatures this March.
I watched in March my daylilies at 6″ plus preceding peones, real azaleas flowering the same time as mongolian azaleas, and trees flowering a month early simultaneous to blue squill. rjs provides links. Dr. Masters website would not allow links to specific posts for me, so go to March archives for material.
…Meteorologist Dr Jeff Masters of the popular wunderblog, writing from Michigan, probably expressed it best; “this March started with 12 days of April weather, followed by 10 days of June and July weather, with 9 days of May weather predicted to round out the month”.
One example is Holland, Michigan was planning a tulip festival for May, but saw their blooms last week. Of course, it wasnt just Michigan as temperatures in the 80s were reached in every border state from North Dakota to Maine, as well as from Manitoba to Nova Scotia in Canada. 2023 record-breaking high temperatures were set in the US, while a low was breached only 58 times…
there are a handful of links immediately below which will lead you to all the details, but the highlights include 4 locations (one ea in NH, MI & 2 in MN) where the overnight low in a location eclipsed the previous daytime record high (in locations with 100 years of records), and several locations where the previous record high temperature for the date was exceeded by more than 30°F. Several locations in the US and Canada also experienced record high temperatures for April, ten record high days in a row at International Falls, MN, the most consecutive records ever set anywhere, (and many cities where a new record was set 9 days in a row, including chicago, when observing 7 consecutive record temps at a location is a once in a meteorological blue moon experience… )
While most everyone experiencing this heat wave probably perferred it to the normal frigid and windy march in this part of the country, there are a few caveats; first, fruit crops are at least a month ahead of schedule over most of the area noted, and damaging frosts are still likely into May.
Secondly, a lot of the western areas that would normally have a snow cover are already starting to dry out, raising the potential for drought during the planting season,
Lastly, anecdotal reports from the region indicated that with the entire winter being mild, the ground did not freeze deeply, so the normal winter kill of damaging insects didnt occur; so we can expect a bad year for plant pests and ticks, & the mosquitoes are already flying…