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Event Details

Event Heat
State VERMONT
County/Area ESSEX
WFO BTV
Report Source COOP Observer
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2012-03-17 11:00:00.0 EST-5
End Date 2012-03-22 19:00:00.0 EST-5
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 0.00K
Crop Damage 500.00K
Episode Narrative The Winter of 2011-12 was largely abnormal with temperatures that averaged 4-5 degrees above normal and snowfall was 40-60 percent of normal. This combination accounted for snow packs across the region to be largely below normal or even non-existent by mid-March. Maple sugar producers started tapping trees by late February-early March.
In Mid-March, a huge, upper atmospheric ridge dominated the eastern half of the lower 48 states, which allowed for unprecedented RECORD heat from the northern Plains and Mississippi River Valley to the Atlantic coast. In fact, thousands of daily record maximum temperature records were broken during this time frame.
In Vermont, temperatures reached the mid 50s to lower 60s on March 17th, then climbed into the 70s on the 18th with 70s and lower 80s on the 19th through 22nd. The normal high temperature during this period is the mid 30s to lower 40s. These record temperatures combined with Winter 2011-12 conditions accounted for the Maple Sugaring industry to end by the last week of March. Preliminary estimates of a 20 percent loss in the maple sugaring industry or approximately 200,000 gallons at a market rate of $50-60/gallon or approximately a $10-12 Million loss statewide.
In addition, but not accounted for in damage estimates, is the loss revenue of the ski industry during the winter due to a 25-50 percent snow drought and early spring closures.
Climatological records available in Vermont are Burlington, Montpelier and St. Johnsbury and are included in their corresponding zones.
Event Narrative Record heat across all of Vermont with maximum temperatures 30 to 40 degrees above normal and some daily records being broken by 10 or more degrees and some records that were established for more than 100 years. In St. Johnsbury, Daily Record Highs were broken on March 18th with 78 degrees (66 degrees in 1927), March 19th with 76 degrees (71 degrees in 1903), March 20th with 78 degrees (75 degrees in 1903), March 21st with 81 degrees (71 degrees in 1903) and March 22nd with 81 degrees (69 degrees in 1946).


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 9.650M
WINDSOR (ZONE) WINDSOR (ZONE) VT 03/17/2012 11:00 EST-5 Heat 0 0 0.00K 1.000M
ORLEANS (ZONE) ORLEANS (ZONE) VT 03/17/2012 11:00 EST-5 Heat 0 0 0.00K 1.000M
WASHINGTON (ZONE) WASHINGTON (ZONE) VT 03/17/2012 11:00 EST-5 Heat 0 0 0.00K 1.000M
CALEDONIA (ZONE) CALEDONIA (ZONE) VT 03/17/2012 11:00 EST-5 Heat 0 0 0.00K 750.00K
WESTERN RUTLAND (ZONE) WESTERN RUTLAND (ZONE) VT 03/17/2012 11:00 EST-5 Heat 0 0 0.00K 300.00K
WESTERN FRANKLIN (ZONE) WESTERN FRANKLIN (ZONE) VT 03/17/2012 11:00 EST-5 Heat 0 0 0.00K 500.00K
EASTERN RUTLAND (ZONE) EASTERN RUTLAND (ZONE) VT 03/17/2012 11:00 EST-5 Heat 0 0 0.00K 350.00K
WESTERN ADDISON (ZONE) WESTERN ADDISON (ZONE) VT 03/17/2012 11:00 EST-5 Heat 0 0 0.00K 300.00K
EASTERN FRANKLIN (ZONE) EASTERN FRANKLIN (ZONE) VT 03/17/2012 11:00 EST-5 Heat 0 0 0.00K 500.00K
GRAND ISLE (ZONE) GRAND ISLE (ZONE) VT 03/17/2012 11:00 EST-5 Heat 0 0 0.00K 500.00K
ESSEX (ZONE) ESSEX (ZONE) VT 03/17/2012 11:00 EST-5 Heat 0 0 0.00K 500.00K
EASTERN ADDISON (ZONE) EASTERN ADDISON (ZONE) VT 03/17/2012 11:00 EST-5 Heat 0 0 0.00K 450.00K
ORANGE (ZONE) ORANGE (ZONE) VT 03/17/2012 11:00 EST-5 Heat 0 0 0.00K 1.000M
WESTERN CHITTENDEN (ZONE) WESTERN CHITTENDEN (ZONE) VT 03/17/2012 11:00 EST-5 Heat 0 0 0.00K 250.00K
EASTERN CHITTENDEN (ZONE) EASTERN CHITTENDEN (ZONE) VT 03/17/2012 11:00 EST-5 Heat 0 0 0.00K 500.00K
LAMOILLE (ZONE) LAMOILLE (ZONE) VT 03/17/2012 11:00 EST-5 Heat 0 0 0.00K 750.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 9.650M