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Temperatures will be cooler but still a little above normal for this time of year, Herron said, with highs in the upper 60s on Friday and in the mid-70s on Saturday and Sunday with lows Friday night in the mid-40s, the low 50s Saturday night and the mid-40s Sunday night.
Normal high for this time of year is 67, and the normal low is 43.
The Wilson County-Nashville area set a new record for April 3, yesterday, with a high temperature of 86 degrees. The old record was 85 and was set on April 3, 1999, he noted.
The high today should be around 80 with a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. There will be scattered showers and thunderstorms tonight with a 50 percent chance and a low of about 60.
There is a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms on Thursday and high in the low 70s. The low Thursday night should be about 46 with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms and then clearing later and on Friday.
It has felt more like summer than spring, which officially began on March 21. Indeed, March 2012 is now the warmest on record and the warmest since 1907, according to records started by the Army Signal Corps in Nashville in 1870, said Bobby Boyd, meteorologist with the NWS.
March 2012s temperature averaged 61.1 degrees which is 11.1 degrees above normal. The average high temperature for the month was 73.4 degrees and the average low was 48.8 degrees. The warmest temperature during the month was 85 degrees on March 28 and the coolest was 28 degrees on March 4. In addition, several new or tied maximum temperature records were set during March 2012.
Record-setting temperatures for the month were:
81 degrees on March 2 which broke the record of 80 set in 1951
83 degrees on March 14 which tied the record set in 1967
82 degrees on March 15 which tied the record set in 1921
84 degrees on March 20 which broke the record of 83 set in 1948
85 degrees on March 28 which tied the record set in 1907
There were 12 days in March 2012 with a high temperature reading of 80 degrees or above, a new record for March, Boyd said, surpassing 1910 which had 11 days. March 1907 had eight days of 80-degree or higher temperatures. On average, there is about one day in March when the temperature reaches 80 degrees.
The temperature averaged 59.7 degrees in March 1907. The warmest temperature then was 89 degrees, still the warmest temperature ever recorded in March.
Its interesting to note that April 1907 ranks as the coldest April on record in Nashville. The outlook for April 2012 is for above normal temperatures to continue, Boyd said.
Boyd many gardeners could no longer resist and have already gotten their hands dirty, he being among them. I have put out onion sets along with radishes much earlier than I normally do. Will hold off tomato and peppers for a while.
He added that not only was it a warm March, it was also a dry one which meant that gardeners and farmers could plow and till earlier than in many years. Rainfall totaled 3.11 inches officially at the Nashville International Airport, which was 1 inch below normal for the month.
Rainfall since Jan. 1 through April 3 was 11.05 inches, also 1 inch below normal, Herron said.
We are looking for above normal temperatures for April. Rainfall is expected (to) average above normal for April. I dont think we are looking at another April 2007 in which we had a very warm March (seventh warmest on record) followed by a very cold early April (2007) where we saw 23 degrees on April 8th (2007) which is the coldest temperature so late in the season and the coldest temperature ever recorded in the month of April.
Many will remember that this occurred after many plants and trees had bloomed and then were killed off by the late season hard freeze.
It was mid-May (2007) before my Zoysia grass recovered since it had already greened up and had come out of dormancy in March (2007), Boyd, a West Wilson County resident, said.
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