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POLL: Hot Enough for Air Conditioner Yet? Tell If You've Flipped the Switch or Are Tempted

We're enjoying, if that's the right word, a record-setting March – for a few more days, at least.

It's another week for bare limbs, open-toe footwear and iced beverages.

It's also time to consider indoor climate control. The letters A-C are being heard in households, shops and offices – sometimes along with a whirring sound that signals chill out.

Though the calendar says first week of spring, the temperature – above 80 again Thursday – says midsummer.

Government meteorologists flipped on air-conditioned comfort this week at the regional National Weather Service branch in White Lake. "It's also on at my house and has been since yesterday," Debra Elliott said when Patch checked Thursday.

She and colleagues posted data confirming this month is a record-setter:

  • A high reading of 82 in the Detroit area Tuesday tied a March record set in 1945.
  • Wednesday's high of 84 is a new record for the month.
  • We've had nine straight days at 70 or warmer, as of Thursday. That hasn't happened during spring since April 1886.
  • We've had 12 straight days at 60 or higher, beating the previous March record of nine in 1945.

But we don't need stats to sense something strange has sprung three weeks before Easter.

Jeanne DeKay, a marketing agency vice president in Bloomfield Township, "did not turn on my air and probably won't until April or May." She explains: "My goal is to wait as long as possible and use a few circulating tower fans to postpone the inevitable."

"It's hard not to be in a good mood when it's 80+ degrees in March – in Michigan," of Troy posted on Facebook.

Contacted Thursday afternoon, Houghton – who said she likes wearing sandals and shorts this time of year -- added: "So far, we've gutted it out without turning on the air-conditioning. Even though it's warm in the house, it's so nice to have the windows open in March!"

The helpful weather wonks in White Lake on Thursday posted an explanation of what's up:

"The jet stream has been displaced well north of its typical position since the middle of last year.  Now, with none of the typical ice on the Great Lakes to insulate Michigan from the effects of this unusually warm spring, record warmth has been allowed to surge into the state like never before."

The outlook from their air-conditioned office in northern Oakland County: "This streak does not look to end until the weekend, when forecast high temperatures are expected to dip down into the 50s."

Nate Stemen March 23, 2012 at 02:26 PM
I have a strict no air conditioning policy before July. That said, we just had a baby and I think the policy will be replaced by a new one--it's called the baby gets what the baby wants because mom and dad can't stand the crying anymore policy.
ExTroyGal March 23, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Ed, this is only one of your comments that I actually agree with.
Marty Rosalik March 23, 2012 at 05:03 PM
When the temperature in Farenheit plus relative humidity exceeds 160 it's AC on time.
Margaret Rayburn March 23, 2012 at 06:54 PM
What a joy to have the windows open & the curtains flapping! Geez, wasn't long ago that we turned the heat off. Nothing like the smells of spring, less use of energy & lower utility bills!
Don April 02, 2012 at 02:54 PM
With DTE Energy always telling us we can save by cutting our use, is a joke. Then they go to Lansing, where they cry, less demand, we need another rate increase. Just like Detroit, Water, and Consumer gas. Cut back all you want, but your still going to pay for it in higher cost because the PSC in Lansing has a rubber stamp, yes to every rate increase, just like the Insurance commission.

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