Abnormal March weather slashes more records

March 20, 2012

According to the National Weather service, temperatures reached the 80s in the Chicago region today, breaking yet another weather record.
Today's weather has broken a record set back in 1921, making today the seventh consecutive day Chicago has either broken or tied a record for warm temperatures.
"Besides a couple days with cloud cover and showers, we haven't had a prolonged period of seeing clouds, to really dampen or block out a lot of that sunlight to heat the surface, so we've seen really good sunshine, allowing us to really warm up," said David Beachler, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.
To keep things in perspective, Chicago usually only averages about one 80 degree day in April each year. According to the National Weather Service, only once in 140 years of weather observations, has April seen as many 80 degree days as Chicagoans have seen this March.
Beachler said he doesn't anticipate any record high temperatures for next week, but it won't feel like normal March weather.