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Editorial: Anything possible with Northeast Michigan weather

April 12, 2012
The Alpena News

We lamented the fact this week that it was snowing Tuesday.


After having just packed away the snow shovel and drained the gas out of the snowblower for another season, there was the white stuff falling from the sky.

We learned a long time ago that what Mother Nature wants, she gets. She's always in control.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Jeff Halblaub shared in a recent news story that Alpena was 12.2 degrees warmer in March than average, which beat the previous record by 1.2 degrees that was set in 1946. The average temperature in March was 40.9 degrees.

Alpena was not alone. According to Jillian McMath of, every state in the nation experienced at least one record warm daily temperature in March, with 15,272 warm temperature records broken during the month.

AccuWeather officials also predicted the rest of the spring would probably be warmer than normal as well.

Still, as evidence by this week, we take nothing for granted. Halblaub shared this bit of advice in our recent weather story: "In 1946 ... Alpena posted record temperatures in March, then saw over three inches of snow in April and unmeasurable traces in May."

Remember, this is the same region that experienced snowflakes on the 4th of July one year.

Anything is possible.



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