St. Patrick's Day weather information

Posted at 11:54 AM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 13:31:51-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — St. Patrick's Day may have snuck up on us this year with all the cancellations and changes to everyday life that we're undergoing right now, but it's here! And here is some weather/climate information to lighten the mood a little bit.

We are approaching the Spring Equinox, and at this time of year our average high and low temperatures rise rapidly along with the increasing amount of daylight. In fact, they increase by almost a degree every two days. Here are the averages for today:


The forecast high for this afternoon is actually very close to what the long-term average is:


In past years, of course, we've been a huge swing away from those long-term averages in one direction or the other:


Many people likely remember the 2012 high that occurred among an impressive streak of record highs that year that included a handful of days in the 80s. But fewer people will remember our record snowiest St. Patrick's Day that occurred several decades ago:


Although there isn't any extreme warm or cold in the extended forecast, we could see some pretty significant rainfall late Thursday afternoon into Friday morning. Be sure to keep it tuned to FOX 17 for further updates!