(Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun )
It’s no secret last month’s summer-like weather was an anomaly. With the data in the books, March 2012 was so warm, average lows nearly matched typical average temperatures for the month overall.
The average low was 43.2 degrees, while average temperature was 53.7 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The average temperature for the month dating back to the mid-1800s is 43.6 degrees. We topped that by a good 10 degrees.
It seems we're about a month ahead of schedule when it comes to spring warmth -- 53.7 degrees is the average temperature for April in Baltimore, again dating back to the mid-1800s. Will things even out with a chilly rest of spring?
Now, the unofficial rankings: It was the third-warmest March on record for Baltimore, trailing March 1945 and March 1921. Here are the top five warmest average temperatures recorded in March, according to the National Weather Service at BWI Airport:
- March 1945, 55.7 degrees
- March 1921, 54.6 degrees
- March 2012, 53.7 degrees
- March 1946, 53 degrees
- March 1929, 50.2 degrees