March 19, 11 PM Weather Forecast Update: Incredible Warmth Alaska, Canada to Northwestern U.S.....Implications Here

Historic heat not seen in records back to at least 1906 is occurring.

Posted: Mar 19, 2019 9:41 PM
Updated: Mar 20, 2019 4:39 PM

Absolute incredible warmth in Alaska, northwestern, western Canada & over the northwestern U.S. for the past couple of days.

Klawock, Alaska hit 70 today, which is just 1 degree from the all-time highest temperature on record for Alaska in March.  Even in mid-east Alaska, covered in snow & ice, temperatures reached 55.  Multiple official NOAA climate sites in central & eastern, northeastern to even southern Alaska hit their all-time record high temperatures for March...........some by several degrees.

This heat occurred over the Yukon & Northwest Territories, as well.  Not far from the Arctic Circle, a high of 61 has been recorded near Norman Wells.

An all-time high for the Northwest Territories of Canada occurred today with at 72 at Yohin Lake!

Surrounded by cold water, Vancouver Island officially hit 75 today, an all-time record for the month of March.

Tofino, British Columbia broke not only the all-time March high temperature record, but also the April high temperature with 74.  A scenario here would be the equivalent of 91 degrees March 19 here.  Our all-time March record is 87 & our all-time April record is 90.

All-time records fell over western Washington State & into Oregon.

Surrounded by cold water, Vancouver Island officially hit 75 today, an all-time record for the month of March.

All-time records fell over western Washington State & into Oregon.

The 79 at Seatle was the warmest day on record with records to 1894. Interestingly, the record high for today was tied at 8 a.m. this morning with 63! It was 62 at 3 a.m.!

Even typically misty, gray, cold Quillayute this time of year on the coast smashed the all-time warmest March day with 81.

Records fell in Oregon with 77 at Astoria & McMinnville, for example.

This is a massive upper ridge there is the most significant March anomaly I have seen since our 87 in March 2012, a tie with 1910 for the warmest March temperature on record. 80s went all the way to northern Ontario & Nova Scotia in late March 2012.

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For us, it was a decent day, but temperatures were still below normal.  Normal is low to mid 50s, but we were in the upper 40s to the lower 50s.

The mornings have been cold & frosty with widespread lower to middle 20s. 

The cumulus clouds have burned off, but high & mid clouds have & continue to very gradually increase.  Temperatures will drop to 29-32 tonight, but as the clouds thicken & winds increase from the southeast at 5 mph, temperatures should rise to 33-36 late.

Scattered showers off & on are likely tomorrow & into tomorrow night.  Some flakes &/or some sleet may mix in with the showers early Thursday before going to just plain chilly rain showers.

Highs will run 43-47 with southeast to south to southwest at 9-18 mph.

After some scattered showers here & there at times tomorrow night, a few spotty rain showers with flakes are possible Thursday morning.

All the clouds Thursday morning-midday will erode with time with brisk northwest winds & highs 46-54.  29-33 is likely Thursday night, followed by lots of sun & less wind Friday with 50s to lower 60s.

30s are likely Friday night.

The massive record warm ridge will be kept at bay to our northwest & west due to big, cold Nor'Easter with rain & snow on the East Coast.  This will hamper our efforts to get that ridging in here & set up up to the 70s. 

Nonetheless, still looks like a good weekened, but rain showers & even some thunder is possible Sunday evening-night & into Monday with some more rain possible Tuesday, which may end as snow.

This brief, potent cold snap will only run 2-3 days, but we may find that a night or two drops to 19-25............likely the last of such temperatures for the spring.

Colder weather right now with the extreme "heat" northwest of our area.

Our warmer weather followed by our brief cold wave equal out to around normal temperatures for the late March period.

Precipitation looks below normal now to the end of March to the first day of April.

Temperatures should bounce back very nicely into early April, followed by t'storms as get to April 6.

CFSV2 model shows warmth increasing in the area with above normal temperatures early April to April 14.

Rainfall looks slightly above normal early April to April 14.

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