Rochester Could Smash a 104 Year Old Record Monday
The old saying about 'records being made to be broken' could happen in Rochester on Monday.
Spring officially arrived in Minnesota on Sunday, March 20th (at 10:33 am, according to TimeAndDate.com) and Mother Nature certainly got the memo, giving us a beautiful Sunday with plenty of sunshine and high temperatures into the low 60s.
Keep in mind that according to the National Weather Service (NWS), our average high temperature on the first day of Spring is only 43, the same as it is for Monday, March 21st. But our stretch of warmer-than-average weather is expected to continue and could cause us to smash right through a Rochester weather record that's been standing for over a hundred years
NWS says that the official record high temperature for March 21st in Rochester is 70 degrees, which was set waaaay back in 1918. And, the NWS forecast for Minnesota's Med City calls for cloudy skies with a high of 68. That's pretty close to the record, right? Now because it's cloudy and not a bright, sunny day (like Sunday), we might have a more difficult time getting to 70 degrees or higher.
I thought perhaps the record high would have been even warmer on March 21st, seeing as several warm-weather records were set in Minnesota just 10 years ago, during the Spring of 2012. (For instance, we set a new record high on St. Patrick's Day in 2012, when we hit 81.)
But apparently, that heatwave ended by the time Spring arrived 10 years ago, so the 1918 record still stands. Will we smash that 104-year-old record this year? Only time will tell, I guess!