March could set cool temperature record

MARQUETTE – Warmer temperatures forecast for the weekend threaten establishment of a would-be record at the National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township for the first March in more than 50 years to not reach the 40-degree mark.

In a recent weather statement, forecasters said the highest temperature recorded so far this month was 37 degrees on March 8. The March that had the coldest average high temperature was in 1965, where only one day had a temperature above 40 degrees (March 2), forecasters said.

“The next several days look to keep the below normal temperatures in place, but the longer range models are hinting at temperatures around 40 degrees for the last couple days of March,” forecasters said.

The weather forecast for the weekend shows partly to mostly cloud skies with highs around 40 degrees predicted Friday through Sunday.

Weather records at the National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township date back to October 1961. Before that, weather records were logged in the city of Marquette.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.