Another day of record heat around our area! Amazing numbers from a meteorological standpoint, but probably from anyone's standpoint. If you are from here, you know...something's just not right!
For the 3rd consecutive day, record warm temperatures have blanketed our region. This will, of course, mean bad news for area ski resorts and those who thrive on snowpack, which has been quickly dripping away into our area rivers and lakes.
Temperatures today reached the upper 70s and low 80s regionwide! Of note, St Johnsbury reached 78 degrees, breaking a record that stood since 1903! Burlington also broke a record that stood for 109 years, topping out at a toasty 80 degrees! Today, March 20, 2012 marks the earliest date on record that Burlington reached 80 degrees. Records have been kept since 1883, and that's about as good as weather records get.
Finally, the next big important marker is to see if the state threatens it's all time March high temp record. As of today, the highest temperature ever recorded in Vermont was 88 degrees in Union Village on March 31, 1998. Perhaps more achievable is the top Burlington March temp record, which stands at 84 degrees (reached 3/29/1946).
**This would be a good time to remind you that despite the very warm temps around our region, please remember that the water temperature in many area lakes is still much too cold for swimming. Hypothermia is a big concern for anyone who would think of venturing into the water for a prolonged period of time. Also, as snow continues to melt, water flow on rivers is picking up. Be sure to stay away from fast flowing water and don't attempt to swim in any swollen water holes just yet**