11:14am

Tue April 3, 2012
Middle Tennesse Temps Highest in the State

Warmest March, Winter on Record

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The month just ended was the warmest March on record across Tennessee.

National Weather Service records for Middle Tennessee show the average temperature was more than 11 degrees above normal. Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville and the Tri-Cities were all more than 10 degrees warmer than normal.

That news comes on the heels of Weather Service announcements that the winter just ended was also one of the warmest on record. Jason Wright is Weather Service Senior Meteorologist in Nashville.

“We have some statistics from Nashville’s Top Ten Warmest Winters from 1913 to 2012. This (winter) ranks sixth all time warmest winter, with a season average of 44.267 degrees.”

 Forecasters say the lack of strong cold fronts moving through the state helped maintain the warm temperatures in March. They say the La Nina weather pattern is partially responsible for the warm winter.