The mercury rose to a new level today in Evansville, Indiana.

March is Here

Technically, the first official day of Spring isn't until March 21 when the vernal equinox takes place. However, for many of us that live in the Midwest, March 1st is the first signal that Spring is here. Anyone who battles with depression or Seasonal Affected Disorder can tell you that they feel a little lighter and a little more optimistic when they wake up on March 1st just knowing that the worst of Winter and its long, cold nights are almost over.

Midwest Highs and Lows

Of course, living in the Midwest, we are all familiar with the temperature swings that we can experience this time of year. It is nothing at all to experience a 30-degree drop in temperature like we did last week when it went from a high of 60 one day to dropping to 29 that night.

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Breaking Weather Records

Today, March 1, 2023, we set a new weather record here in Evansville, Indiana. According to the National Weather Service out of Paducah, Kentucky, the mercury reached 80 degrees Fahrenheit today. While that is not a particularly high temperature for this part of the country, it happened earlier than usual. According to a tweet from the National Weather Service in Paducah,

Evansville officially hit 80 degrees today. This is the earliest first 80 ever recorded there. Previous earliest in the year was March 4, 1983. Several other locations from Hopkinsville to Madisonville and Owensboro, KY also hit 80. Exceptional warmth for March 1st!


More in Store?

Is this an indication that we are going to have a brutally hot summer? Who knows. After all, this is the Midwest we're talking about. We literally could have snow again next week, but for now, let's just enjoy the 80 degrees!

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