Monday, February 20, 2017

Fourth straight day of record breaking warmth

I think by now we've become used to this warmth and many of us may be getting spring fever.  But as the old saying goes, 'All good things must come to an end' and that end appears to be at the end of the week.  More on that cool down can be found here, but this post will focus on just how significantly warm these past four days have been.

Another record high temperature was achieved in Rockford Monday.  The high officially made it up to 69 degrees, breaking the previous record high of 61 degrees set back in 1983.  Not only did we break the daily record high, it was also the fourth straight day where the high temperature exceeded 60 degrees.  This has never occurred before during meteorological winter, or winter alone!  So you could say you were a part of history Monday afternoon.  The past four days have also gone down in the record books as all-time February highs and all-time winter highs!

There are a few showers ahead of a cold front that will move through Monday night and very early Tuesday morning.  Following the front temperatures will warm into the 60's, with highs possibly reaching the low 70's on Wednesday.  Both days the forecast high is expected to exceed the record high for that day.  If that occurs, this winter warm spell with have provided us with six straight days of record breaking warmth!

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