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Dozens of Ark. warm weather records set in March

Dozens of Arkansas weather stations broke warm-weather records for the month of March, temperature readings compiled by the National Weather Service on Tuesday show.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Dozens of Arkansas weather stations broke warm-weather records for the month of March, temperature readings compiled by the National Weather Service on Tuesday show.

March temperatures broke records at 46 Arkansas weather stations, from Marshall in far north Arkansas to the wetlands Saint Charles in the muggy southeast Arkansas Delta. Some of the stations have been keeping records since the 1870s.

The data is preliminary and still has to be evaluated by the Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., but the numbers establish a clear pattern.

The National Weather Service said many Arkansas locations logged average March temperatures that were 10 degrees higher than the 30-year average.

Meteorologist John Robinson of the weather service office in North Little Rock said consistent high pressure systems kept cooler air from moving across the state throughout the month.

In Mount Ida, which has had a weather station since 1872, March 2012 broke a record that had stood since 1921. Little Rock, which has records dating to 1879, broke a March record that had stood since 1907.

Clarksville's weather station has been in place since 1871, but the record broken there had stood only since 2007. That year, a mild March was followed by an April freeze that devastated Johnson County's peach crop.

A mild Arkansas winter doesn't necessarily correlate to a hot summer, forecasters said.

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